In each of the last three years, the Star has selected an offensive and defensive Player of the Year for football. This year is no different.
Offensive Player of the Year: Cameron Denson.
Defensive Player of the Year: Cameron Denson.
The only player who can cover Cameron Denson: Cameron Denson.
Denson, a two-way star for state champ Salpointe Catholic, was by far the best player in Southern Arizona on both sides of the ball and arguably the best player in the state. While several others could be considered in that debate, no one else has the résumé that Denson does.
The 6-foot-1-inch Arizona Wildcats commit was a huge part in helping the Lancers go 14-0 and win their first state title. He scored almost every way possible this year – the only thing he didn’t do was account for a safety. He finished the season with 32 total touchdowns, not including the three he passed for.
The best game in Denson’s storied four-year career with Salpointe was definitely the final one, a 46-20 win over Scottsdale Chaparral in the Division II state championship game when he had an 84-yard kick return for a touchdown and caught seven passes for 148 yards and two scores, including a 98-yard touchdown reception that electrified the crowd at Arizona Stadium. Chances are, it won’t be the last time he does that.
As for coach of the year, it stays close to Denson as well - Dennis Bene, who notched his 100th win earlier this season and finally won that state title, is the 2013 winner.