Monaco named ACCAC Coach of the Year - Tucson News Now

Monaco named ACCAC Coach of the Year

Tucson, AZ - The Pima Community College football team was well represented in the All-WSFL and All-ACCAC conference teams released on Tuesday.

Jim Monaco, in his second year at the helm, was named ACCAC Coach of the Year after leading the Aztecs to a 7-4 overall record. It was the most wins in one season for Pima since 2004 when they went 9-3. Monaco was also selected WSFL Co-Coach of the Year along with Snow College's Britt Maughan.

Sophomore linebacker Wesley Payne (Mountain Pointe HS) was named WSFL and ACCAC Defensive Player of the Year after he led the NJCAA with 149 tackles. He led the ACCAC with 13.5 tackles per game and was second in the NJCAA. Payne was also named first team All-WSFL and All-ACCAC first team.

Freshman Timmy Hernandez (Mountain Pointe HS) made history by being the first player to be selected All-ACCAC on both offense and defense. He was named first team All-WSFL and All-ACCAC at wide receiver and second team All-ACCAC at defensive back. He had 53 catches for 849 yards with six touchdowns. On defense, he had 45 tackles, five tackles-for-loss, five passes broken up and two interceptions.

Sophomore defensive back Landry Payne (Mountain Pointe HS) was named first team All-WSFL and All-ACCAC. Payne led the team with five interceptions for 104 yards. He also had 54 tackles, two tackles-for-loss and six passes broken up.

Wesley and Landry Payne, along with Hernandez were nominated by the WSFL coaches to be considered NJCAA All-Americans.

Sophomore running back Deontay Townsend (Mountain Pointe HS) was named first-team All-ACCAC and second team All-WSFL after he led the ACCAC and WSFL in carries (213), rushing yards (1,160), yards per game (105.5) and touchdowns (14).

Freshman kicker Nathan Farmer (Ironwood Ridge HS) was named first team All-ACCAC and second team All-WSFL. He led the ACCAC and WSFL in points scored (89) and was fifth in the NJCAA. He was 47 for 48 in extra points and 14 for 17 in field goals.

Sophomore slot receiver/quarterback Donovan Moore (Tucson Magnet HS) finished second in voting for ACCAC Offensive Player of the Year. He was named second team All-ACCAC at quarterback. He threw for 708 yards and a touchdown. He had 478 yards rushing with five touchdowns and 231 yards receiving and one touchdown.

Offensive linemen Alex Rios (Sahuarita HS), a sophomore and Jordan Agasiva, a freshman, were named first team All-ACCAC. Agasiva was selected second team All-WSFL.

Other Aztecs players who were named to the All-WSFL and All-ACCAC:

Sophomore defensive back Olen Brown (Sahuarita HS) (Second Team All-ACCAC and All-WSFL; 76 tackles, three passes-broken-up, 2.5 tackles-for-loss and one forced fumble).

Sophomore tight end Eric Dedrick (Second Team All-ACCAC; 19 catches for 246 yards and two touchdowns.)

Freshman defensive lineman Aarron Boatwright (Second Team All-ACCAC; 41 tackles, six tackles-for-loss)

"It goes to show the quality of men we brought in and the ACCAC recognizes Pima as a force," coach Monaco said. "We were given so much respect and it's what you do and how you build your team."

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