SAMOHI — Santa Monica football’s successful 2012 season earned the Vikings four spots on the All-CIF Southern Section Western Division first team, it was announced Thursday.
Wide receiver Sebastian LaRue led a list that includes offensive lineman Andres Meza, wide receiver Jason King and defensive lineman Nick Cardiel. Cardiel was second in the state with 20 sacks and has drawn the interest of Georgetown.
“This was one of my most exciting years to coach,” head coach Travis Clark said. “We overcame hurdles and I felt that we had a good season. Those guys deserved it.”
The All-Western Division honors come on the heels of an impressive number of players named to the All-Ocean League team.
LaRue was the league Most Valuable Player with King the Offensive Player of the Year. In guiding Samohi to a 5-0 record in league and a 7-3 overall mark, Clark was named Coach of the Year. It was the second year in a row that Clark earned the honor.
In all, 12 Vikings were named to the first team.
On offense, Meza was joined by fellow offensive linemen Steve Becerra and Tim Darby, as well as quarterback Ryan Barbarin, kicker Denicio Gonzalez-Drake and running backs Yachal Butler and Russell Revis.
Defensive selections included cornerback Tramaine Taylor, Cardiel and defensive lineman Pete Breceda.
Safety Matthew Rusk-Kosa was named to the second team.
There were also a pair named to the honorable mention list — offensive lineman Noah Anderson and defensive lineman Blair Goulsby.
Samohi advanced to the second round of the Western Division playoffs, but lost to eventual champion Serra. It was the second year in a row that the Vikings reached the second round or beyond. Last year they played in the semi-final, but lost to Ocean League rival Culver City.