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Union’s Zak Browning Alone Atop The 2010 GSHLFootball.com 4A All-League Team | Greater St. Helens League Football

Union’s Zak Browning Alone Atop The 2010 GSHLFootball.com 4A All-League Team

Written by Bryan Levesque on November 25, 2010

Union Senior Zak Browning (#21) is both the GSHLFootball.com 4A GSHL Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year – Photo by Miller Lowe

Union Senior Zak Browning (#21) is both the GSHLFootball.com 4A GSHL Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year – Photo by Miller Lowe

For the 4A Greater St. Helens League, 2010 saw plenty of changes. Yet, at the end of the day, it also remained quite the same.

For the first time since 1992 there were only 5 schools playing in the largest classification of the Greater St. Helens League. Mountain View dropped out of the 4A for the first time in school history while the Union jumped up for the first time in their short history. Perennial league power Evergreen won just 1 league game for the first time since 1987 and lost 8 games for the first time since 1975.

However, despite the 2 time defending 3A GSHL Champion Union Titans jumping up to 4A, the Skyview Storm remained league champs for a 3rd year in a row with their exciting 37-34 week 9 win at Union. Heritage advanced to the preliminary round of the 4A playoffs for the 4th season in a row, while Battle Ground went a 2nd year in a row without a league win, and a 7th season in a row with a sub .500 league record.

One thing that was quite evident all season was the dominance of Union Senior Zak Browning. Browning, a 3rd year starter for the Titans first grabbed our attention as a Sophomore in 2008 when the Titans knocked off Lakes 28-7 in the Semifinals. The young Sophomore had a 23 yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter in the win. However, Browning spent all of 2009 as the Titans fullback and did most of his shining on defense. In 2010, after Brandon Bordy-Heim (our 2010 preseason 4A Offensive Player of the Year pick) was injured in week 3, Browning showed us all just what he could do as the feature back in the Titans attack. Browning finished the season with 1175 yards rushing on only 135 attempts, or 8.70 yards per carry. He also found the end zone 19 times rushing the football. Zak was also the linchpin of a Union defense that only allowed 10.6 points per game in the regular season, and in weeks 2-8, only surrendered 2 touchdowns and 1 field goal as they outscored their opponents 278-38.

Of the 26 players selected on our 1st team (11 offense, 11 defense, 4 special teams) 12 were also selected on our preseason 4A All-League team.

Skyview landed 13 of the 26 players on our 1st team, 10 of which position players, while Union had 8 players selected, all of which position players. Heritage had 5 players selected to the 1st team, 4 of which position players.

2010 GSHLFootball.com 4A All-League Team

Union Senior Zak Browning (#21) is both the GSHLFootball.com 4A GSHL Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year

First Team Offense

Player of the year: Zak Browning Sr. Union

Kieran McDonagh QB Jr. Skyview
Zak Browning RB Sr. Union
Parker Henry RB Jr. Skyview
Ben Lyons WR Sr. Heritage*
Ellis Henderson WR Sr. Skyview
Reiley Henderson WR Sop. Skyview
Nolan LaValley OL Sr. Heritage*
Cody Fields OL Sr. Skyview*
Max Proudfit OL Sr. Union
Matt Smith OL Jr. Union
Matt Cruz OL Jr. Skyview

Nick Phillips P Sr. Skyview*
Michael Quintana KR Jr. Heritage

First Team Defense

Player of the year: Zak Browning Sr. Union

Cody Fields DL Sr. Skyview*
Jordan Newman DL Sr. Union*
Andy Bemis DL Sr. Heritage
Nolan Stitzel DL Sr. Skyview*
Zak Browning LB Sr. Union*
Sam Ferenchak LB Sr. Union
T.J. Boatright LB Sr. Union*
Ellis Henderson CB Sr. Skyview*
Rajheem Carrie CB Jr. Heritage
Mo Morrison S Jr. Skyview
Brandon Brody-Heim S Jr. Union

Nick Phillips K Sr. Skyview*
Ellis Henderson PR Sr. Skyview*

NOTE: This is an All-League team selected by GSHLFootball.com. Players marked with an (*) were also selected to the Preseason GSHLFootball.com 4A All-League Team.

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55 Responses to “Union’s Zak Browning Alone Atop The 2010 GSHLFootball.com 4A All-League Team”

  1. Goodcall on November 25th, 2010 10:08 am

    Goodcall with Browning on bothsides. He was without a doubt the best player in the GSHL in 2010!

  2. Storm from EWU on November 25th, 2010 2:12 pm

    Browning was a beast this year, outstanding.

  3. donkeyshow on November 25th, 2010 7:27 pm

    Bryan you should name a special teams player of the year!?!!

  4. Bryan Levesque on November 25th, 2010 8:10 pm

    Well, we have never picked a Special Teams Player of the Year, but if we did, it would probably be Karl Graves, the long snapper for Skyview!

  5. donkeyshow on November 25th, 2010 8:22 pm

    A long snapper. Priceless!!

  6. Really??? on November 25th, 2010 11:55 pm

    Looks like Bryan has a little crush… lol

    “best player in the GSHL in 2010!”… And where is Mr. Browning going???

  7. Graves on November 26th, 2010 12:02 am

    haha 🙂 thanks Bryan!!!

    I tried my best every snap!!! ha

  8. hydro on November 26th, 2010 6:22 pm

    Yes he is by far the top player and will do and go wherever he wants to. and so will Ellis! They are at the top of there games. great men..best of luck to both.

  9. GSHL Fan on November 26th, 2010 9:58 pm

    Has anyone ever won both awards in the same year before?

  10. Ro' on November 29th, 2010 8:20 am

    CONGRATS Zak you had an incredible year and deserve the recognition!
    Looking forward to seeing you play at the collegiate level as well….definitely an impactful player for Union all year long!

  11. Gamer on November 29th, 2010 11:39 am

    I know the Columbian’s in love with union but dont tell me GSHLfootball.com is too, i know the kid was hands down the most impressive offensive player in all of the GSHL but i think someone else in 4A could have gotten the defensive player of the year award, im sure Skyview is not too happy with this decision

  12. Truth on November 29th, 2010 3:55 pm

    Maybe the guy with 5 D1 offers as a corner on the table…Or the safety that had 8 picks…Bryan you know who I am…We are going to have some words at our next encounter… 🙂 On another note. Browning was a beast on both sides of the ball. Just watch the game against Skyview. That game alone gives Bryan some credence on his pick…

  13. Fan on November 29th, 2010 4:52 pm

    Well these selctions where really good. But did a jr. CBs make it over some of the senior CBs that wernt getting burnt or caught on in this season. Not saying that he wasn’t good but Union had no senior CBs. I mean even Evergreen had some good CBs. And Ellis nothing you can say but beast ha.

  14. Bryan Levesque on November 29th, 2010 4:59 pm

    Truth – Ellis and Mo had great years as well. You know I am in a tough spot, I got to make a pick.

  15. Storm Swarm on November 30th, 2010 9:18 am

    Gamer, Zak browning is a stud on both sides of the ball and deserves these awards. go back and watch the highlights

  16. Gamer on November 30th, 2010 1:42 pm

    Storm Swarm i never said browning was a bad player i even said he was hands down the most outstanding offensive player in the gshl this year but i think someone else should have gotten the defensive award just to reward another kid, and many would agree that you can find a better defensive player in the skyview defense!

  17. old fan on November 30th, 2010 2:55 pm

    Browning is a very good player on offense, But Ellis Henderson is the most explosive player to play in the GSHL in a very long time. He had to be doubled everygame or he would have put up some huge numbers, probably the only D1 talent in the league

  18. MVHS Athlete on November 30th, 2010 4:26 pm

    very long time? kyrell played against ellis?

  19. Someone on November 30th, 2010 5:26 pm

    I think Kyrell played Ellis when ellis was a soph.

  20. Things That Make You Go Hmmm on December 3rd, 2010 6:44 am

    Bryan: Assuming the last posting was deleted, which I don’t blame you, however, does GSHL abide by District and WIAA policies when selecting the All-League players? Not having seen this circumstance before – just a question.

  21. High School Football Fan I on December 3rd, 2010 7:55 am

    Why would it? Didn’t know the district (Evergreen or Vancouver, Surrounding) had “policies” involved when selecting All League players.

  22. Maxmillion on December 3rd, 2010 9:20 am

    Please highlight any tape when Ellis was double teamed. I caught a few of the Storms game and I can tell you that Ellis took almost every offensive run play off and teams threw to his side. I dont think any D coordinators lost sleep over rolling coverages or finding an answer to Ellis.

  23. Things That Make You Go Hmmm on December 3rd, 2010 11:03 am

    High School Football Fan: I would just hate to see an All League selected player (a well-respected player that should be exhibiting exemplary behavior) involved in something that is an automatic lengthy suspension from the team/school he was playing on to get that nomination. This has nothing to do with boundary exceptions.

  24. High School Football Fan I on December 3rd, 2010 12:07 pm

    Things That Make You Go Hmmm: If I’m reading this correctly…
    If said player was involved in any type of behavior/suspension because of such, what would that have to do with getting All League nomination? The selection is based upon “On Field Performance” only as voted on by area league coaches.

    Maybe I missed your “circumstances” you are talking about. I just assumed you were talking about Bryan’s picks for All League and his criteria and what guidelines he is required if any to follow.

  25. seriously? on December 3rd, 2010 4:15 pm

    with all respect to ellis, hes very good.. but to say that hes the most explosive player to come through here in recent years is ridiculous.. hes overrated and i could give you a handful of guys that are just as good if not BETTER!

    And dont get me started on overrated because then i shall have to bring up oden coes name..

  26. MVHS Athlete on December 3rd, 2010 6:53 pm

    Who all was more explosive? and who is overrated? have you seen him take that screen pass 60 yards in a blink of an eye? my guess is probably not

  27. MVHS_athlete2 on December 4th, 2010 5:31 pm

    Seems like your pick of Zak Browning both ways 4A athlete of the year is to promote him to someone outside of the GSHL. We know Ellis Henderson of Skyview was the most explosive player in the league. You site Ellis as a #11 recruited player on 2011preps.com, yet I don’t even see Zak on the list. Nothing against Zak, but your loyalty seems skewed. Too bad.

  28. Camas on December 4th, 2010 6:06 pm

    No seriously? Please go on about odin being overrated… 1st team all state, league… And over 25 tackles againts juanita? hmm…

  29. Someone on December 5th, 2010 7:44 pm

    25 tackles? those seem more like LINEBACKER stats haha

  30. MVHS Athlete on December 5th, 2010 7:54 pm

    Just because he was the most explosive doesnt mean he had better stats…brownings stats this year were just rediculous. i think he averaged like 9 yards a carry or somethin

  31. weareone on December 6th, 2010 9:23 am

    don’t you guys have anything else to talk to complain about. at first, i wasn’t an Ellis backer, but after watching him at a few games, he really is good. i feel sorry for him cuz he’s got colleges standing in line for him but his little brother is out getting into trouble. kind of embarrassing.

  32. seriously? on December 6th, 2010 1:52 pm

    If you really want to get into an argument than i could write you a 12 paragraph essay but I truly dont feel like it

    the honest truth is, is that Zak Browning is a better football player than Ellis Henderson and there’s no question about it… and again, not saying ellis isnt good, no question hes good

    Zak is just better

    and again, YES there have players in the league recently that are more explosive than ellis

  33. MVHS Athlete on December 6th, 2010 8:49 pm

    Why dont you name those players then?
    I mean I can think of a few but not many
    Kyrell, Garrett Grayson, Nathaniel peneranda maybe?
    but that is about it. NObody in recent years has had his quickness and his speed

  34. NoCalHomer on December 6th, 2010 9:05 pm

    Good thing most of you dont make a living evaluating athletic talent…you would be broke and homeless! Ellis is heads above this years recruiting class from SW Washington;

    Offers from SMU, Washington State, Idaho, Air Force Hawaii.
    Serious interest from Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Mizzouri, Colorado & (yes) Miami. Dont forget this is a “blog” site not a major media outlet.

    I am confident there’s quite a few things written here for hype & effect…


  35. Maxmillion on December 7th, 2010 8:31 am

    A standarized letter from a school is nothing special. If its not a handwritten not from the head coach or position coach then its meaningless. Just because Ellis received a pamphlet from Mac Brown saying “support the horns” doesent mean he is on the next American Airlines flight to Austin.

  36. Uniongreen Fan on December 7th, 2010 9:40 am

    Okay, Ellis Henderson’s dad.. (Which I’m betting you are from how you sound). There is a lot more that goes into the equation of “Player of the Year” than what colleges are looking at you. Player of the Year is someone who was the most valuable and most productive player in the league. The only thing Ellis has over browning is he is faster. That’s it and that’s that. And that’s what the college recruiters like. They perceive Ellis to be a better athlete because Ellis is good in space and makes some impressive long runs on screens, kick returns etc. There is a lot more to football than that. Browning was the heart and soul of that Union team. You can’t deny that. Browning has unmatched strength and stamina. You can’t deny that. He average over 9 yards per carry when everyone keyed on him and knew he was getting the ball. He was basically the heart and soul of the Union offense. He dominated, ran guys over. He was also very quick and explosive in his own right for a big, strong guy. Try 320 lb bench press and probably not that much slower than Ellis. We haven’t even talked about the defensive side of the ball. He dominated on that side too. Countless sacks and tackles for losses.

    It basically comes down to this. Do you pick a wide receiver/DB that made some impressive runs when he got the ball and made some nice plays on defense? Or do you pick a guy that basically was a manchild out there and put his team on his back and thoroughly dominated from start to finish? Look at the numbers. He had a way tougher job out there than Ellis did. I was a DB back in the day a well, but running backs/linebackers that play both ways and carry the ball 30 times a play and then turn around and dominate on the other side earn it just a little more than a guy that touches the ball 5 times a game and runs around and gets an aerobic exercise and makes a few plays on defense. This isn’t about someone who is faster and who recruits perceive as the better athlete. This is about the “MOST VALUABLE PLAYER.” The MOST PRODUCTIVE PLAYER. Most of us realize that is Browning. You clearly can’t see beyond your own guy, or son. I have no doubt Browning will play small college and get his shot at the D1 level after his mission.

  37. backfromthegrave on December 7th, 2010 10:02 am

    Browning did have some impressive number. Just not against Skyview…..

  38. Ro' on December 7th, 2010 11:29 am

    I am Ron Henderson and No Cal is a friend of mine…if you ever want to know the truth on any of this (again) feel free to ask me directly. Unlike many others I am not hiding who I am on this site…

    An athlete’s decision should not be made by a parent whom may desire to where a specific teams apparel so that they can boast about their son at the water cooler or within blogs such as this.

    Zak is a very good player in this area, but those whom make their living on making these decisions know, without a doubt, who the best players are, who the most “talented” players are and where they are at from EVERY region that they recruit…its their job!!!

    It is the unique qualities of each athlete that sets them apart from one another each other…I congratulated Zak several weeks ago on his accomplishments and season. (see: Ro’ on November 29th, 2010 8:20 am) Well deserved by his efforts and hard work.

    However, there are far too many people who feed and take care of their families as recruiters, evaluators, coaches and administrators who recognize and are “capable” of differentiating wihtout bias…it’s their opinions that truly count!

    i am proud of Ellis’ accomplishments but i choose to share that in private. It’s a sad testimonial on our society when people choose to teardown the hard work and accomplishments of today’s youth through petty jealous behavior and/or comments!

    Ron Henderson

  39. Uniongreen Fan on December 7th, 2010 1:49 pm


    Browning dominated against Skyview too, especially on defense, every bit as much as Ellis. He was running Skyview guys over…. He’s a complete manchild of a football player that I haven’t seen in this area in awhile. He had issues with cramps against Skyview, so didn’t have as many carries. But Brody-Heim took his place and gashed Skyview for several long runs. Skyview did pretty much sell out all 11 guys to slow down Browning, so of course he didn’t have as high of a YPC, but he would have busted some long ones had he had more carries.

  40. GSHL2 on December 7th, 2010 2:03 pm

    It doesn’t matter who is more heavily recruited for purposes of selecting a Player of the Year. If a lot of us think Zack is just as good as Ellis, that’s just the way it is. That’s what a lot of us see out there. We see who is making all the big plays. It doesn’t take a full time recruiter to see who is making a ton of plays and being a man among boys, dominant force out there on the football field. Ellis had a lot of games where he didn’t get a lot of touches and put up huge, dominant games which is, of course, not all his fault, but the guys on this site that select who is POY etc., played a ton of football, watch a TON of football and video, talk to all of the coaches etc. They know what we see out there, and I am sure they have zero regrets concerning the POY pick, a fellow all state first team player. Although, it is, of course, a very tough and unclear choice to make.

  41. backfromthegrave on December 7th, 2010 2:12 pm

    shoulda coulda woulda….

  42. NwNiner on December 7th, 2010 3:52 pm

    Wow, unbelievable how hardheaded (being polite) some people are on this site.
    I am pretty sure from the comments that neither maxmillion or uniongreen played at the college level and have no idea what it takes to make the team let alone play in college, at any level. Zak Browning was a hell of a high school football player and I truly hope he plays somewhere in college, he clearly has the passion necessary to play at the next level. Speed kills. In college the linebackers are bigger than the running backs and most of em are just as fast, it is a different game and the recruiters and coaches know that. Ellis Henderson has the passion, the speed and the quickness to play D-1.

    With no disrespect to Browning he did not dominate against Skyview, he had a very good game and made plays, but he did not dominate, if he had union probably would have won. He did dominate against a lot of other teams and that is why he was named player of the year on both sides of the ball. Got no problem with that. But to rip on Ellis Henderson for doing his job on a loaded team, and doing it unselfishly, is beneath any real high school football fan. Any scholarship to play football in college isa fantastic accomplishment and worthy of recognition. Congrats Ellis and ” Pomaik ‘i”

  43. Final say on December 7th, 2010 4:51 pm

    Zak is a great athlete and i would love to see him bulk up even just a bit more and play fullback in college somewhere. That being said i want to bring up a point no one else has said yet. Union’s non-league schedule was, well to be generous weak at best. Skyview played 2 state playoff teams (camas, lincoln) and 2 state champions (sherwood, couer d’ lane). Maybe strength of schedule should be a factor in this debate because how hard is it to pad your stats against the enunclaws? I’m in no way, shape, or form trying to bring down zak cuz like i said i think he is a great player who plays with lots of passion and is the most physically powerful in the league.

  44. Ro' on December 7th, 2010 9:49 pm

    I dont recall making mention to not deserving the honor nor the recognition at any time…nothing but congratulations because I understand the forum.

  45. weareone on December 8th, 2010 8:21 am

    Ro: Your #1 son is a great athlete, student, and human. He is what he is. A well deserved congrats! Whats up with #2 son?

  46. High School Football Fan I on December 8th, 2010 10:31 am

    To: weareone

    This site is intended for football discussion, coverage and related topics. Not an outlet for you to leave disparing comments or your opinion about players personally that are NOT related to football and the GSHL.

  47. answer to mvhs athlete on December 8th, 2010 5:45 pm

    MVHS athlete

    To be Honest I dont even know if garrett deserves to be mentioned up there.

    Great body, phenominal combine stats, but never really put them to use on the field when he carried the ball.

    I would definitely say Kyrell, and yes to penaranda. I would also throw James Monks name in there, a great talent, didn’t touch the ball very much in HS.

    And all three of those names are just as quick, and just as fast.

    Browning is not as fast, but he is very quick. Could be just as quick if he dropped down to ellis’s 170 lb frame. We’ll never know.

    Congrats to Ellis on a great career, he deserves all of it. These kids are just an answer to MVHS athletes question..

  48. MM fan on December 8th, 2010 6:21 pm

    weareone: You are obviously a teen. I don’t know what you are talking about, but grow up.

  49. weareone on December 9th, 2010 9:31 am

    MM fan: i will grow up eventually, but, not necessary from the looks of the blogs on this site. I understand you may not know what i am talking about, but, “Ro” does.
    #2 is an athlete and probably deserves the nom. but consequences for your actions,man. There arent any.

    High School Football Fan: do you mean “disparaging”?
    And this is definitely related to the high school he goes to and sports.

  50. GSHL2 on December 9th, 2010 1:49 pm

    Browning is 215, and hasn’t put on his college weight yet. He’s about as tall as Ellis, and is very quick, but not as fast. But he benches 315. I’d say when you compare the complete package, we will see. I heard from a very reliable source that Bornwing will start out at Snow JC (like Taylor Nelson) and then do his mormon mission. after that he should go somewhere D-1, and I’m betting it’s a school at the same, or close to, the level of Hawaii. Ellis just had more publicity and is very fast/impressive looking on tape. Browning got very little publicity the preview few years beacuse he was mainly a blocker on offense and on defense Taylor Nelson got all the pub. Browning can and will get as far as Ellis if he wants to, he just will have to take the harder road to get there since he didn’t jump out on tape like Ellis does with Ellis’s speed.

    If I had to start my own team, it would be hard to pick who I’d want first, Browning or Ellis, considering all Browning can do for you when you take into account size, strength and quickness.

  51. Uniongreen Fan on December 9th, 2010 1:52 pm

    Two Evergreen guys – Kyrell Hudson and Taylor Rank – aer without a doubt the two most big time athletes we’ve had in this area in the last 10 years. Kyrell turned down Oregon State for baseball and Rank goes to South Carolina, and could have gone to Udub if he wanted to. Not bad…

  52. storm1 on December 9th, 2010 3:03 pm

    Oregon State might have been in need of a great kick returner but your Boy Kyrell did not turn them down. His grades are what turned him away. Let it be a lesson to the rest of the talented student athletes that don’t think hitting the books is important.

  53. Truth on December 9th, 2010 5:24 pm

    You are a coward! Ron stated who he was with his comments, why don’t you man up and say who you are. If your so confident in what your saying you should have no problem identifying yourself. Let me guess, you won’t. Cause if it wasn’t for boards like this with fake screen names, no one would take the time to listen to your a@$. Brian, these are times you should “accidently” leak the names of people. Then maybe more would watch what they say.

  54. heisman watch on December 10th, 2010 3:42 pm

    NoCalHomer – So I assume you feel that Andrew Luck should be the run away winner for the Heisman this weekend? No? I know you would not say Newton. CLEARLY people who make their living at evaluating talent (NFL DRAFT EXPERTS) have Luck as the #1 rated QB in this years draft. Mel Kiper has Luck #1 overall… Newton is NOWHERE to be seen. What? The Heisman award is not for the #1 NFL prospect, but the best college player that season? Wow! So why do you even mention what college either Browning or Henderson are going to? Winning a player of the year only has to do with what they did that year at that level, not how they project at the next level. People can see that Henderson translates better to the next level, that is why he had all of the offers and has already given his verbal. But, I am sure you would have voted for Luck, because that is how your brain works.

  55. weareone on December 18th, 2010 10:58 am

    I’m just stating (as in your alias) the “truth”. Fact not fiction.
    And….practice what you preach there dude, I don’t see your legal name printed anywhere either.

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