By Wayne Crick
A winless 2020 football campaign did not deter Paonia’s Eagles from playing their best in a season where there was little experience to draw from. Four players were selected to this year’s 1A Western Slope League All Conference team.
Highlighting Paonia’s selections was senior First-Team selection Dominic Felice who played at running back on offense and linebacker on defense. Felice played in four games and carried the ball 39 times for 158 yards (39.8 yards a game) and caught three passes for 17 yards and a touchdown for the Eagles. Defensively, Felice was one of Paonia’s top tacklers with 25 total tackles (12 solo, 13 assists) in 2020.
Sophomore Malachi Deck was also a First Team selection to this year’s All Conference team as an offensive and defensive lineman. Deck accounted for 14 tackles in 2020 with a 3.5 average for four games played.
Earning Honorable Mention honors were sophomore Logan Farnsworth (OL/DL) and freshman Christian Balzy (OL). Farnsworth had six solo and 19 assisted tackles for a total of 25 tackles in 2020. He also recorded two interceptions for the Eagles in four games played.