Marcus Montano, the placekicker responsible for more points than all but two players in this history of Southern Oregon University football, was named a first-team NAIA All-American by the American Football Coaches Association on Tuesday afternoon.
Montano, a senior criminal justice major from Manteca, Calif., spent four years at SOU and in that time accounted for 354 points — converting 50-of-69 field goals and 204-of-213 point-after attempts.
The final season was his best. He went 17-of-21 on field-goal attempts, kicking through the second-most in the NAIA, and was perfect on nine tries inside 30 yards. He also went 5-of-7 from 40 yards and out, including a season-long 47-yarder at Montana Tech. On kickoffs, he averaged 60.8 yards per attempt and 20 of his 58 went for touchbacks.
Montano is SOU’s first-ever placekicker to earn the All-America tag. He’s the first Raider special teams player since punter Tyler Crowley in 2011.
Montano’s career-long field goal was a 48-yarder in 2017 at Rocky Mountain (Mont.). Spanning from the end of 2016 into the following season, he’d at one point converted 87 consecutive point-after attempts.
TEN RAIDERS EARN ALL-WEST REGION HONORS; SOU MEN'S COACHING STAFF WINS AWARD: Ten Southern Oregon University soccer players — five from the men’s team and five more from the women’s — have been selected to the All-West Region teams and the Raider men’s coaches were named the NAIA West Region Staff of the Year by the United Soccer Coaches organization.
Along with first-year head coach Davie Carmichael, the men’s coaching staff also included assistants Avneet Shergill, Paul Coffelt, Logan Guler and Sean McManamon. It guided the Raiders to a Cascade Conference championship and the NAIA round of 16, and has been moved forward to the ballot for National Staff of the Year, which will be announced Friday.
The Raider men took up five of 12 spots on the All-West Region first team with Noah Addie, Gonzalo Garcia, Michael Miller, Zak Woolley and Wyatt Zabinski all recognized.
Addie, a forward, was the team’s top scorer and established a new SOU freshman points record with 10 goals and one assist, including three game-winning goals. Garcia, Miller, Woolley and Zabinski formed a defense that had the fourth-most shutouts in the NAIA (15). Miller was voted the Cascade Conference co-Defensive Player of the Year, while Zabinski topped the CCC in save percentage (.847) and was No. 2 on the national leaderboard in average goals allowed (0.47).
On the women’s side, Daisy Cervantes and Kailey Lemon received All-West Region first-team recognition and Trinity Rhoades, Maddy Spangler and Makena Totushek were selected to the second team.
In a 9-5-3 season, Cervantes, Rhoades and Spangler were all key defenders and who helped the Raiders give up just 0.82 goals per game. Lemon was the team’s primary keeper and posted a save percentage of .855 that ranked second in the CCC in her first year with the team. Totushek — who was also a CoSIDA Academic All-District team selection — had four goals and four assists from midfield and finished her career with 11 goals and nine assists.