There are over 5,000 high school footballers in the state of Utah each year, but only 116 through all 1A-5A categories are honored as All-Staters. An All-State selection means you were voted on by the coaches in a division as the best at your position. The Deseret News selects athletes based on input and nominations from coaches to honor the most deserving kids from across the state, with first-team, second-team and honorable mentions almost entirely based on voting by the state’s coaches. Multiple Kanab Cowboy players were recognized as first and second team All-Staters.
Griffen Bone was selected as the 1A First-Team QB, ending the season with 29 total TD’s, and 1,756 and leading the Cowboys to a runner-up place in the 1A championship game. Parker Franklin, who battled all season to lead the Cowboys rushing attack, also received First-Team All-State honors with 210 carries for 990 yards and 12 TD’s his senior year and totaled 2,102 and 24 total yards for his Cowboy career. Max Kartchner also received First-Team honors at Offensive Line as a consistent leader up front. On the defensive side, Senior Kason Janes received First-Team honors at Defensive line with 86 tackles, 26 Tackles for Loss and eight sacks, with a total of 206 tackles, 50 TFL and 21 total sacks over his career, but also added to the offensive attack with a total of 1,538 total receiving yards and 25 TD’s. Preston Houston was honored as a Second- Team Offensive Lineman, with Derek Brown and Waylon White being honored for their spots at Cornerback on the Defensive side of the ball.
Coach Quarnberg spoke about his player’s honors, “Congratulations to all seven all-state selections. Griffen Bone was selected as the 1A First team QB as a junior with over 1,700 passing yards and 29 total TDs this season. Parker and Kason are first team All-Staters for the second season in a row, which is an incredible accomplishment. Two very impressive careers. It’s also impressive that Derek and Waylon made the list in their first and only year playing high school football. We will miss this group of seniors but at the same time we are excited for the future of Cowboy football.”