Five football student-athletes from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) were named to the D3football.com All-West Region Teams as recently announced by the organization.
The 2017 D3football.com All-Region teams are presented by the City of Salem, hosts of Stagg Bowl XLV, to be played on Friday, Dec. 15, in Salem, Virginia. Tickets are on sale now for Stagg Bowl XLV at Ticketmaster and the Salem Civic Center. Call 540-375-3004 to charge by phone or purchase online through Ticketmaster.
The teams, selected in balloting by West Region sports information directors and D3football.com staff, were chosen from 259 nominations by Division III member schools. A total of 77 players were chosen. Players nominated for All-Region are eligible to be considered for D3football.com All-America honors, which will be announced the evening of Dec. 15, in D3football.com's pregame coverage for Stagg Bowl XLV.
Redlands senior cornerback Daniel Gonzales was named First Team All-West Region, while teammate junior/senior placekicker Nathan Hierlihy - a finalist for the Fred Mitchell Award - was named Second Team All-West Region. Chapman also had a trio of third team all-region recipients including senior quarterback Ricky Bautista, senior wide receiver Jacob Isabel, and senior defensive lineman Austin Pyka.
Gonzales was a 2017 First Team All-SCIAC selection after registering 35 tackles, and picking off a whopping nine passes. He also broke up 10 other pass attempts in nine games played this season, helping the Bulldogs to a 7-2 (5-1 SCIAC) record.
Hierlihy also turned in an impressive campaign for Redlands, hitting on 15-of-21 field goals including a long of 55 yards, while also converting 33-of-34 extra point attempts. He also averaged 43.4 yards per punt (25 total) with a long boot of 70 yards, with 10 kicks downed inside the 20 yardline. For his efforts, he was named a First Team All-SCIAC placekicker, and received Second Team All-SCIAC praise a punter and special teams player.
The 2017 SCIAC Offensive Athlete of the Year and First Team All-SCIAC selection, Bautista led Chapman to an undefeated SCIAC mark and the program's second conference title in the last four years. The Irvine, Calif. native helped the Panthers stake a 6-3 overall record en route to securing the league's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Championship, and led the SCIAC with 24 touchdowns.
A fellow First Team All-SCIAC honoree, Isabel set a Panthers single-season record with 1,050 receiving yards in 2017, and led the conference with 137.7 yards per game in SCIAC games, while his nine TDs against league competition was also a SCIAC-best mark.
On the defensive side of the ball, Pyka, who was named the SCIAC Defensive Athlete of the Year and a First Team All-SCIAC honoree, ranked third on the team in tackles with 45 (5.6 per game), helping the Chapman 3-4 defense lead the conference in sacks and rushing yards allowed in 2017.