Zane Vrvilo

Colony senior linebacker Zane Vrvilo has been recognized by USA Today.

PALMER — USA Today recently listed a trio of Colony High seniors among Alaska’s best high school football players in 2018.

Seniors Julian McPhail, Zane Vrvilo and Noah Krozel were named to the All-USA Alaska Football Team by USA Today High School Sports, a national online sports publication. McPhail, who was named Alaska’s Division I Utility Player of the Year, landed on USA Today’s first-team at wide receiver. McPhail, who was also named first-team all-state at both running back and kick returner, finished with nearly 600 yards of total offense. As a wide receiver, McPhail caught 27 passes for 475 yards and five scores. He finished with 115 yards rushing and a touchdown. McPhail also returned four kickoffs for a touchdown and an interception for a score.

He averaged 17.6 yards per catch and 8.1 yards per run.

Vrvilo led a Colony defense that shutout three straight opponents at the end of the regular season and beginning of the postseason.

Krozel was the top kicker in Alaska as a senior.

McPhail, Vrvilo and Krozel helped the Knights finish second in the Chugach Conference and advance to the second round of the Division I state playoffs.

Colony quarterback Eric Christy and offensive lineman Ethan Connaker were named to the second team. Palmer senior offensive lineman Parker Smith represented to the Moose on the list.

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman managing editor Jeremiah Bartz at sports@frontiersman.com.

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