Despite coming off a disappointing three-win season, College of the Redwoods football has plenty of reasons for optimism this offseason.
None more so than an exciting receiving corps, which continued to receive end-of-season accolades this week.
Two freshmen Corsair receivers, Micah Fontenot-Cornely and Marcus Finney, were each named to California All-Region II All-State Team this week, along with CR sophomore defensive lineman TeeJay Tome.
Each were earlier also named to American-Pacific 7 All-Conference First Team.
“It’s a great honor,” CR head coach Frank Borba said. “I think all three are deserving, and we had a couple of guys also in the mix. Elijah Hicks was right in the mix.”
It’s the second time in Borba’s four years in charge that the Corsairs have had three players receiving all-state honors, having had no more than two selected in any year dating back to 2000.
“To have just three wins and get three players on the all-state is just a testament to these young men,” the head coach said.
Finney had a huge impact in his comeback season at CR, having last played at Eureka High in the fall of 2014.
He contributed at both receiver and kick returner, getting the nod for all-state at the latter, where he averaged 22.1 yards a return, including one touchdown.
At receiver, the former Logger had 790 yards and nine TDs.
Likewise, Fontenot-Cornely, a former St. Bernard’s standout who got the nod at receiver, had an immediate impact at CR as a big-play threat.
Fontenot-Cornely finished the season with 673 yards and four TDs, with an average 18.7 per catch.
After an injury-plagued freshman campaign, Tome closed out his CR career in style, with a dominating season along the defensive line, leading the team with 9.5 sacks.
Ray Hamill writes at humboldtsports.com, where you can read lots more about sports in Humboldt County.