ALL-AREA FOOTBALL: Sutter’s Facey named Most Valuable Player after historic season
Trever Facey’s quest to become a better football player has taken him to camps in Oregon and Arizona, and to 7-on-7 tournaments in the Bay Area, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
He’s put in countless hours in the weight room and on the practice field running drills to hone his skills, and his knack for making tacklers miss and finding his way to the end zone has been there since his earliest days playing with the Gridley Titans youth football program.
But out of all of the places football has taken him, Facey’s biggest trip came midway through his sophomore year, when he moved from Gridley to Sutter.
Facey was coming off a great season as a call-up to Gridley High’s varsity football team in the fall of 2015, and was the starting point guard on the Bulldogs’ Northern Section Division IV championship basketball team that winter.
His athletic career was off to a great start, but once he settled in at Sutter, everything started to change.
“I always loved the game, but I started taking it more seriously when I moved to Sutter. It’s a big football program, and I was surrounded by others who wanted to be great,” Facey said. “When I came here, it was a wake-up call because my position wasn’t given to me. Being surrounded by people who worked hard and trained hard – and are just used to winning – touched me, and that’s when I began to take it seriously.”
The change in schools made Facey work even harder, and his electric playmaking ability allowed him to put together a season for the history books this fall.
After putting up big numbers in his first season with the Huskies as a junior, Facey out-did himself this year when he became the first player in Northern Section history to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in both rushing and receiving.
A threat to score every time he put his hands on the ball, Facey averaged 13 yards per carry while rushing for 1,797 yards and 19 touchdowns, and he led the section in receiving with 70 catches for 1,034 yards and nine additional scores.
He broke Sutter’s single-season rushing record of 1,630 yards set by Jake Winship in 2004, and the 3,399 yards over his two years at Sutter moved him past Mike Jiminez’s career mark of 2,929 yards set from 1994-96.
Along with the eight games he played during his sophomore season at Gridley, Facey capped off his three-year varsity career with 4,148 rushing yards to finish ninth all-time in Northern Section history. His 69 total touchdowns also moved him up to third all-time in the section record book.
His penchant for big plays helped open up things for his teammates and allowed the Huskies to win their fourth straight Northern Section Division III title, and for his historic season, Facey has been named the Appeal-Democrat All-Area Most Valuable Player for 2017.
“It was a big goal of mine to hit 1,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving in one season. It was what I was striving for, but I had no idea I would be the first player in Northern Section history to do it,” Facey said. “I have to give credit to my team, the linemen and running backs for blocking, and (quarterback Tyler Reynolds) for getting me the ball. Everyone had an impact, and without them, I wouldn’t have been able to do it.”
Of course, none of it would have been possible without hard work, and Facey did plenty of that.
Though only 5-foot-7, he hit the weights hard over the last two years and bulked up to 180 pounds. He improved his max bench press to 245 pounds, and lowered his 40-yard dash time from 4.6 to 4.53 seconds.
Coupled with his improved strength and quickness, Facey’s great field vision, cutback ability and dazzling open-field moves often embarrassed opposing defenses and made the spectacular plays seem routine.
“I felt like I had a front-row seat to a show every Friday night. Every time the ball was in his hands, you were excited to see what he was going to do. He’s a very dynamic player and fun to watch,” Sutter coach Ryan Reynolds said. “It was awesome. We had (fullback Bryce Kunkle) to shred between the tackles and then with Trever, it was just ‘see ya.’ I tell people it made me look good as a playcaller. It was easy to be honest. You have to think it through, but we just had to get this guy off tackle and he was going to do something amazing.”
But there is more to Facey than just football. His faith is very important to him, and he was quick to praise everyone, including his youth pastor, Charvis Franklin, who helped him on his journey to become a better player and a better person.
He is especially proud of the hashtag #4Him that he started on social media and wrote on the tape on his wrists for each game. The phrase spread to his teammates and Sutter’s junior varsity team, and eventually he had friends and football players from all over California share it social media on game days.
“First off, I want to give the glory to God. Without him, none of this would be possible. I have to give the credit to my teammates for the unbelievable season we had and to my trainer, Pumba, and give him thanks for training me the last two years to get me to where I’m at,” he said.
“My dad has been a gym owner for years and he always pushed me to where I am today. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be in the position I am now. He always took me out in the mornings to work out with me, and pushed me when I didn’t want to do it when I was younger. I didn’t grasp that concept.”
His coach also pointed out the impact Facey made on Sutter’s program and student body in his two-plus years at the school.
“If you didn’t know any better, you would think he’s been with us all along with the way he blended in, but what he brought off the field was pretty amazing,” Reynolds said. “He’s a kid of faith, and he started a movement on our campus that was very powerful and awesome to see. Kids are making good choices, and that’s huge this day and age. Not many teenagers are like him.”
From his work ethic to what he’s done on Friday nights, Facey has done everything that’s been asked of him, and now he’s looking for a shot to compete at the next level.
He’s been invited to join UC Davis’ football team as a preferred walk-on, but is still searching for the right fit before he chooses a school. His goal all along has been to play Division-I football, and he knows he still has work to do to make that dream a reality.
“I want to be an all-around player. Going into college, and hopefully playing Division-I where I think I’m headed, you have to be good at everything. You have to be able to catch the ball and run the ball, and you have to have elusiveness and speed.” he said. “I just want to go somewhere where I can play, fit in and get my degree.”
PAST A-D MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS
2016 – S.J. Brown, East Nicolaus
2015 – Donavan Switalski, East Nicolaus
2014 – John Horn, Yuba City
2013 – Omar Herrera, Yuba City
1996-2012 – None selected
1995 – Kyle Williams, Sutter
1990-94 – None selected
1989 – Joe Hughes, Gridley
1988 – Brian Brown, Yuba City/Demetryst Cornish, Lindhurst
1987 – Brian Brown, Yuba City
1985-86 – None selected
1984 – Derek Stigerts, Lindhurst/Jim Jensen, East Nicolaus
1983 – Bobby O’Neal, Lindhurst
1982 – Cameron Boyer, Yuba City
1980-81 – None selected
1979 – Drew Rudd, Gridley