VERSATILE…Ammon York | Cedar Reds – Cedar City, UT
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AMMON YORK | CEDAR | SENIOR | WR, S, CB
For those familiar with Region 9, the Cedar Reds have always been known for hard-nosed gritty football. Regardless of the year or the record, Cedar is always a threat up in Iron County. With a fantastic home field advantage and a passionate fanbase, Cedar can never be taken lightly. But a solid home field advantage, and a grit and grind attitude only go as far as players themselves are willing to take it. It's about a group of guys who buy in and show up every Friday night. Few players exemplify this ability more so than Ammon York. York was a staple on both sides of the ball for the Reds last year and will be so again this upcoming season. In terms of region leaders, expect Ammon to rise to the top in both receptions and interceptions. York is capable of breaking free for a big time pick up and then turning around and preventing the opposing wide receiver corps from doing the same.
According to MaxPreps, York had a junior year resulting in 24 receptions (3rd on the team) and a team high 551 yards. His 50.1 yards per game average led all Reds and his 4 hauled in touchdowns was icing on the cake. York was a sure thing in tough situations when Cedar needed to convert on third, and his 23 yards a snag was nearly 6 yards better than any other Red receiver. York recorded 104 yards and a score when Cedar visited Crimson Cliffs later in the season for his best yardage mark of the year. This came only weeks after falling one yard short of the 100-yard mark in a 31-28 win over Pine View where York had 99 yards and a Touchdown. The best part for Cedar fans is certainly the fact alone that both York and Quarterback, Koden Lunt, have had another full offseason to strengthen that connection for what should be one of the more dynamic duos in Region 9 this year.
With all that said, we’ve only touched on one side of the ball. York makes just as many plays on the flip side of the field. When it came to 4A defensive return touchdowns last year, Ammon sat at the top with two. In a near upset win over Snow Canyon, York returned an interception 36 yards for a score to make the Warriors sweat. This was fresh off him doing the same thing for a 22-yard touchdown against Juab. York finished the season with those 2 interceptions and 45 tackles from a secondary spot, 23 of which were solo pursuits. He would lead the team in passes broken up and added a fumble recovery to boot. For three straight weeks in region play, York would have 8 tackles per game demonstrating his versatility defensively.
Cedar is primed for a solid year, bringing back some key pieces, but few are as essential and pivotal to the Reds success as Ammon York. York is set up for big time plays like we witnessed last season, but even more important will be the solid consistency and stability he will provide for this Cedar squad.
We are excited to have Ammon York back as a 2-way starter at WR and Safety. He led 4A state last year in interception returns and looks to match that this season. Ammon is also a great receiver standing at 6’4” giving our QBs a big target to throw the football. Ammon has play making ability to change games. He has had an outstanding off-season in the weight room and has set high goals for the season. Ammon will be one to keep an eye on this year as a top WR/DB in the state. He is also drawing attention from several colleges for his play making ability. Excited to see what he is able to do this year and how he can help our team be successful.
-Josh Bennett, Cedar Head Coach
Cedar kicks off the season in a home faceoff against the Richfield Wildcats, Friday August 11th.
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