Star Times: Football defense
Star Times all-area players are selected by The Seattle Times staff and freelancers from schools in King and Snohomish counties, or in Metro and WesCo.
How the Star Times teams are selectedSTAR TIMES all-area teams are chosen after the regular season by Seattle Times reporters, freelancers and editors. Selections must be from schools in King and Snohomish counties, or in Metro and WesCo.
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Eastside Catholic, DL, 6-0, 305, So.
Fetui is surprisingly agile for a guy who weighs more than 300 pounds. Teams don't run up the middle with much success against Eastside Catholic's defense, and that starts with Fetui. He has 81 tackles and four sacks through 13 games.
Mount Si, DL, 6-4, 245, Sr.
McLain is a big reason why Mount Si's defense allowed just 11.3 points per game, with four shutouts. During the regular season, he had six sacks and anchored a stingy defensive line. He also had five touchdown receptions as a tight end.
Bellevue, DL, 5-11, 290, Sr.
One of the quickest linemen in the area, Freeman is a three-year starter and one of Bellevue's key defensive pieces. He held his own against a far bigger Trinity team from Euless, Texas, and draws double teams that allow his linebackers to run free.
Skyline, LB, 6-1, 225, Sr.
Skyline coach Mat Taylor calls Pelluer the quarterback of his defense. He has been banged up late in the season, but he had a huge forced fumble in Skyline's semifinal win against Camas. He'll continue playing next year at Washington State.
Bellevue, LB, 6-3, 225, Sr.
Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff says he's never seen a player dominate on defense like Jack has this season. The UCLA commit has more than 20 sacks, including six in the first half of one game this season. He also averaged 19 yards per rush during the regular season.
Bellevue, LB, 6-2, 225, Sr.
A three-year starter and one of the leaders of a Bellevue defense that has allowed 69 points all season, Constantine is about as steady as they come. The two-time KingCo 3A/2A first-team linebacker has committed to Washington.
Bothell, DB, 5-11, 185, Sr.
A first-team All-KingCo 4A cornerback, Wilson had a knack for sticking with his receiver. But he also had a knack for big plays on offense. He rushed for nearly 1,500 yards and 22 TDs despite missing one game, and was named KingCo Crest Division Offensive Player of the Year.
O'Dea, DB, 5-11, 170, Sr.
One the fastest players in the state, Taylor was a first-team All-Metro Mountain cornerback. He was also a big-play threat on offense, scoring on kickoff returns of 75 and 85 yards in one game. He has offers from Arizona State, Mississippi and Oregon State.
Bellevue, DB, 5-10, 175, Jr.
Likely the top returning player in the state next year, Baker already has scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Washington and Arizona State, to name a few. Baker is as dynamic as they come. In one game, he returned two interceptions for touchdowns and had one carry for 53 yards and a TD.
Federal Way, LB, 6-2, 240, Sr.
Havili has a unique blend of size and speed and is known for his seismic hits. He led Federal Way to the 4A state quarterfinals for the first time since 1996 and was voted Offensive Lineman of the Year and Linebacker of the Year in the SPSL South.
Auburn, DB, 5-9, 160, Sr.
One of the most versatile players in the state, Lee lived up to his neon-green shoes and socks with electrifying plays, averaging 170 all-purpose yards in leading Auburn to the 4A semifinals. His 15 TDs came in five fashions, including three on interception returns.
Federal Way, Returner, 5-7, 165, So.
McClatcher turned heads as a freshman and was even more dynamic this season, averaging better than 150 all-purpose yards. He returned four punts for touchdowns and had six rushing and six receiving TDs. Nicknamed "Blue Mamba," he already has a UW offer.
Kentwood, P, 6-0, 200, Sr.
One of the most proficient kickers in the state, Cox made 14 field goals in 17 attempts and 36 of 38 PATs for 9-1 Kentwood, and also started at center. As a punter, he averaged 35 yards and was voted SPSL 4A North Special Teams Player of the Year.
Player capsules by Jayson Jenks and Sandy Ringer, Seattle Times staff reporters