The Hancock College Bulldogs’ football season is over but the awards season is just beginning and the Bulldogs cashed in big time when the first batch of postseason awards were announced Wednesday.
Head coach Kris Dutra and tight end Dominic Chance lead the list of 17 Bulldogs recognized in a vote of coaches from the American Pacific League (APL).
After leading Hancock to a perfect 5-0 record (8-3 overall) and outright championship of the APL, Dutra was voted the conference’s Coach of the Year and Chance the Offensive Player of the Year.
Another six players were named to the All-Conference first team with nine more earning second team honors.
Dutra just completed his 17th season as Hancock’s head coach.
When the Bulldogs beat Citrus College 29-24 on Nov. 11 to wrap up their league season, it marked Dutra’s 100th career victory — tying him with his mentor, Barney Eames, for most wins in Hancock History.
Chance, a sophomore from Atascadero High School, made the transition from linebacker to tight end this year.
He had 10 catches for 168 yards and four touchdowns during the year. He was even more important in leading the Bulldog’s rushing attack.
“Dominic’s physicality had a major impact on the conference and our success. He is very strong, versatile and intelligent,” said Kris Dutra in a press release to the Times. “Our running game was a big reason why we won the league title, and we ran the ball behind him nearly every play.”
Sophomore offensive lineman Lesone Smith and freshman center Jacob Rothanzl (Righetti) were also key reasons why freshman tailback Ryheem Skinner was able to run for 749 yards and seven touchdowns this season.
All three were named to the All-Conference first team.
Three more sophomores were first team selections on defense — defensive end Osa Omokaro, linebacker Basiru Jobe and defensive back Lenny Roundtree, Jr.
Another nine Bulldogs earned second team honors including quarterback Jimmy Kelleher, tailback Isaac Bausley (Nipomo), wide receiver Nick Kimball (Nipomo), kicker Jordan Pollard (Righetti) and offensive linemen Kobi Smith-Parrot and Jamil Viaud, defensive lineman Connor Epley (Santa Ynez), safety Ben Willkomm (Arroyo Grande) and kick returned Markese Jackson.
There are likely still more awards on the horizon.
In the coming weeks, the California Community College Football Coaches Association will announce its All-America and All-California teams.