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Who will prove himself this season as the best player in the 6A Mountain Valley Conference?
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By René Ferrán and Bob Lundeberg

We’ve spent the past four weeks highlighting more than 100 teams and more than 1,000 players in Oregon high school football.

Now we want to hear from you: Who will prove himself this season as the best player in the 6A Mountain Valley Conference? Cast your vote below and let us know who you think will be the Mountain Valley’s top star in the fall of 2021.

We will send a free SBLive T-shirt to the winner of this poll! (Voting ends at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, and we’ll announce the winner the following week.)

Logan Smith (Sprague) photo by Leon Neuschwander

QB Seve Castillo, Sr., Bend: Castillo is a big, strong-armed quarterback with two years of varsity experience. He throws an excellent deep ball and has matured during his high school career. (Bend season preview)

RB/LB Ben Martin, Sr., Bend: Martin was a second-team all-city running back during the spring season. He will play fullback and some linebacker as a senior. (Bend season preview)

WR/DB Zane Aicher, Sr., McNary: Aicher is a versatile senior who will play running back and slot on offense and get time at free safety, strong safety, corner and rover on defense. (McNary season preview)

QB/DB Tyler Copeland, Sr., McNary: Copeland was McNary’s top wide receiver last season and has the inside track to win the starting quarterback job. The 6-foot-3 Copeland also will be a starter in the secondary. (McNary season preview)

QB/DB Jakoby Moss, Sr., Mountain View: Moss, an all-city quarterback last season, is entering his third season as a starter. Cougars coach Brian Crum said Moss might be the best quarterback he’s had in 25 years of coaching. (Mountain View season preview)

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TE/DL Sam Larson, Sr., Mountain View: Younger brother of former Cougars star running back Jonas Larson, Sam Larson is an imposing 6-foot-3, 225-pound two-way standout who was an all-city selection on offense as a junior. (Mountain View season preview)

QB Daschel Smith, Jr., South Salem: Smith was a productive JV quarterback last spring, throwing for around 1,500 yards in six games. He is inexperienced at the varsity level, but Saxons coach Scott Dufault believes Smith has all the tools to run the offense. (South Salem season preview)

WR/DB Tinitali Tinitali III, Jr., South Salem: Tinitali III led South Salem in receptions and touchdowns as a sophomore. He has good size (6-foot, 180 pounds) and runs well, and he’s also slated to start at cornerback. (South Salem season preview)

QB Logan Smith, Sr., Sprague: At 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, Smith has ideal size to play quarterback. He had a strong spring in his first season as a starter and should be even better as a senior. (Sprague season preview)

WR/DB Drew Rodriguez, Jr., Sprague: Rodriguez has two years of starting experience and has the potential to be a Division I defensive back. He is rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports. (Sprague season preview)

RB/DB Ryan Powell, Sr., Summit: Powell was Summit’s offensive most valuable player in the spring as a running back. He also was an all-city pick at cornerback. (Summit season preview)

WR/DB Joe Schutz, Sr., Summit: Schutz grew up playing safety but moved to cornerback last season. He impressed the coaching staff with his play on defense and will be in the mix this season at wide receiver. (Summit season preview)

K/P Soren McKee, Sr., Summit: One of the country’s highest-rated specialists, McKee nailed a 50-yard field goal last season against Bend. He plays goalie for Summit’s soccer team. (Summit season preview)

QB/DB Brooks Ferguson, Sr., West Salem: The son of Western Oregon University head coach Arne Ferguson, Brooks Ferguson is a 6-foot-6 senior with tremendous potential. Ferguson could be one of the top quarterbacks in the state, but he sat behind Jackson Lowery in the spring. (West Salem season preview)

WR/DB Zach Dodsen-Greene, Sr., West Salem: Dodsen-Greene was hurt all last season after transferring from Sprague, but the senior is back and ready to roll. (West Salem season preview)

OL/DL Aydan Watson, Sr., West Salem: Watson is a returning starter who will be the leader of the Titans’ offensive line from the guard position. “Aydan went from a potential player to an all-conference-type performer for us last year,” coach Shawn Stanley said. (West Salem season preview)

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