Nine Whitworth football players named All-NWC

Pirates Fall To #1 Pointers

Ronnie Thomas and Austin Ehlo each led the Northwest Conference in an important statistical category and for that the league’s football coaches voted both as First Team All-NWC honorees according to the official list posted Wednesday by the conference office. The pair leads a group of nine Pirates who earn All-NWC honors in 2011 and five others who picked up honorable mention consideration.

Whitworth finished the season 4-6 overall and 3-3 (tied for fourth) in the NWC. After a 1-5 start that included five closes losses, the Pirates finished with three wins in their final four games and the only loss among those four was a 42-38 setback to fifth-ranked Linfield.

Thomas (Jr., RB, Granite Bay, Calif.) was named to the First Team after leading the Northwest Conference in rushing yards (1,044) and rushing yards per game (104.2). His 11 rushing touchdowns were the second-most in the league this season and his per-carry average of 6.0 yards is the best among the NWC’s starting running backs.

Ehlo (RS Fr., WR/P, Spokane, Wash.) led the NWC in punting average this season to earn First Team honors. He averaged 39.9 yards per punt, with a season-long of 68 yards. He had 16 punts downed or stopped inside the opponent’s 20 yard line, also the highest total in the NWC this season.

Three Pirates were named Second Team All-NWC on defense.

Scott Carr (Jr., LB, Rathdrum, Idaho), another 2011 Pirate team captain, finished with 44 total tackles, 32 of which were solo tackles. He led Whitworth with 9.5 tackles for loss.

Ryan Loutsis (So., LB, Bothell, Wash.) battled through an early-season ankle sprain and a mid-season concussion to post 41 total tackles, including 31 solo stops, in only six total games. He had 6.0 tackles for losses totaling 24 yards.

Paul Miller (Fr., CB, Spokane, Wash.) led Whitworth in total tackles with 71 and also had 7.0 for losses of 21 yards. He led the team with 12 pass breakups and also intercepted two other passes.

Whitworth had two of the three freshmen on the All-NWC First and Second Teams.

Brodrick Hirai (So., DT, Kennewick, Wash.) finished with 28 total tackles for the Pirates. Eighteen of those were solo tackles and he forced two fumbles.

Jonathan Allen (Fr., DE, Kennewick, Wash.) became a starter midway through the season and made a huge impact with 38 tackles.Alyssa’s Test Link to Video