2017-12-06 / Sports

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8-man Team of the Year Deckerville 8-man Team of the Year Deckerville FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

Player of the Year

Hunter James

Kingston

Jr., QB

2017 stats: 69 of 125 passing, 1269 yds., 31 TDs; 86 c., 777 yds. rushing; 16 c, 219 yds., 4 TDs & 8-12 passing, 164 yds., 4 TDs vs. Lawrence

Honors: All-NCTL

Comments by Coach Brandon Jones: “Hunter has a drive that not many kids have. He is willing to do whatever it takes to help his team win. He’s just a first-class kid. He dedicates himself in the weight room during the off-season to keep getting better.”

Parents: Dave & Stacy James

Isaac Keinath

Deckerville

So., QB

2017 stats: 36 of 52 passing, 660 yds, 15 TDs; 38 c., 289yds. rushing, 6 TDs

Honors: All-NCTL

Cruz Ibarra

Deckerville

Jr., RB

5’8”, 160

2017 stats: 138 c., 1217 yds., 17 TDs

Honors: All-NCTL

Comments by Coach Bill Brown: “Cruz was our leading rusher this year, and missed one game due to injury. He is a great open field runner and has developed into a hard-nosed running tailback.”


Isaac Keinath Deckerville Isaac Keinath Deckerville Mike Craig

North Huron

Sr., RB

2017 stats: 105 cv., 1255 yds., 20 TDs (7games)

Honors: All-NCTL

Comments by Coach Isaac Viers: “The quality of defense we faced did not slow down his production a whole lot, as you can see by his yards per carry. His worst night was 124 yards on seven carries with three TDs. It should be noted that he ran not only to the outside, but inside as well.”

Kenton Bowerman

Deckerville


Cruz Ibarra Deckerville Cruz Ibarra Deckerville Sr., RB,

5’7”, 160

2017 stats: 93 c., 668 yds. 9 TDS, rush., 1 TD rec.

Honors: All-NCTL

Comments by Coach Bill Brown: “Kenton’s big play capability has helped win many games. Kenton is a threat in every facet of the game for opposing teams.”

Tom Toner

North Huron

Sr., OG

Honors: All-NCTL

Comments by Coach Isaac Viers: “Tremendous pulling guard. Most of our success ran right behind Tom. He’s an undisputed leader on the team and hardest worker. He often faced double teams in pass protection and still gave us time.”


Curt Vogel Deckerville Curt Vogel Deckerville Parents: Greg & Joann Toner

Gunnar Thompson

Kingston

Jr., OG

Honors: All-NCTL

Comments by Coach Brandon Jones: “If we needed a yard, we were running behind Gunnar. He is as tough of a kid as I’ve ever coached. I don’t think he feels pain.”

Curtis Vogel

Deckerville

Jr., OL, 5’11”, 220


Travis Trigger Deckerville Travis Trigger Deckerville Honors: All-NCTL

Comments by Coach Bill Brown: “We are a running team that averages over 300 yards per game and Curtis has a lot to do with that. He doesn’t just block man-on, but also pulls and traps.”

Dez Carter

Kingston

Sr., RB

2017 stats: 121 c., 843 yds., 6 TDs; 17 rec., 208 yds., 3 TDs; 24 c., 153 yds., 1 TD & 3 rec., 430 yds. 1 TD vs. Lawrence

Honors: All-NCTL

Comments by Coach: Brandon Jones: “Dez was a good leader for us and was our workhorse on offense. He had some big runs for us in some crucial situations.”


Wyatt Janowiak Deckerville Wyatt Janowiak Deckerville Parents: Todd and Lacey Roberson

Travis Trigger

Deckerville
Sr., OL, 5’10”, 160
Honors: All-NCTL

Wyatt Janowiak

Deckerville

Sr., TE, 6’2”, 225

2017 stats: 11 rec., 264 yds., 5 TDS, 6 2-pt. conversions

Honors: All-NCTL

Comments by Coach Bill Brown: “We are a running team ... so he doesn’t have massive stats receiving, but he is, in my opinion, the best, true tight end in the 8-Man Division. He also has been a dominant run blocker all season.”


Garrett Overstreet Peck Garrett Overstreet Peck Garrett Overstreet

Peck
At Large
Sr., QB/RB
6’1”, 180
Honors: All-NCTL

Andrew Pechette

North Huron
At Large
Sr., OL
Honors: All-NCTL

Jackson Schenk

Mayville


Kenton Bowerman Deckerville Kenton Bowerman Deckerville Sr., DE, 6’3”

2017 stats: 44 solo tackles, 38 assts., 7.5 sacks, 4 forced fum., 4 rec. fum.

Honors: All-NCTL; Also, an All- State wrestler

Comments by Coach Mike Campbell: “Jackson had a fantastic season. He was such a force that teams began to run away from him. He was a monster for us. He has a rare combination of speed and power.”

Parents: Nancy and Brad Schenk

Austin Leavine

Sr., DL

North Huron

2017 stats: 42 solo tackles, 24 assts.

Honors: All-NCTL


Mike Cooney CPS Mike Cooney CPS Vinny Damiani

Mayville

Sr., DB, 5’10”, 230

2017 stats: 40 tackles, 19 for a loss

Honors: All-NCTL

North Huron

Sr., LB

2017 stats: 108 solo tackles, 38 assts., 1 INT, in on 30 tackles vs. BCAS

Honors: All-NCTL; All-State pole vaulter in track & field

Comments by Coach Isaac Viers: “He’s an extremely hard hitter with a nose for the ball. He would be a force on any team.”


Nolan Sarnac Peck Nolan Sarnac Peck Parents: Tom & Traci Pechette

Wyatt Janowiak

Deckerville

Sr., LB, 6’2”, 225

Also, 1st Team Punter

2017 stats: 45 solo tackles, 20 assts., 6 sacks (missed three games w/inj.)

Honors: All-NCTL

Comments by Coach Bill Brown: “He plays our outside linebacker for defense with the ability to play a power run team and also covers receivers versus speed teams.”

Curtis Vogel

Jr., MLB, 5’11”, 220
2017 stats: 60 solo tackles, 39


Isaac Viers North Huron Isaac Viers North Huron assts., 5 sacks, 2 FR, 1 INT

Honors: All-NCTL

Comments by Coach Bill Brown: “Curtis is a dominating middle linebacker on defense that finds the football and has textbook tackling technique.”

Brian Hobson

Kingston

Jr., S/DB, 6’

2017 stats: 70.5 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss (season-high 10 t vs. Lawrence)

Honors: All-NCTL

Comments by Coach Brandon Jones: “Because of personnel, Brian played a little out of position this year and still led the team in tackles by a landslide. Brian has a nose for finding the football and is a good open-field tackler.”

Parents: Rick & Jaime Hobson

Kenton Bowerman

Deckerville

Sr., DB, 5’7”, 160

2017 stats: 23 solo tackles, 17 assts., 8 INT (2 returned for TDs); 2 punt returns for TDs

Comments by Coach Bill Brown: “Kenton is a true game changer on the field, not just defense, but on special teams and when called upon on offense.”

Ty Knoblock

North Huron

Jr., DB, 6’ (Also was starting QB)

2017 stats: N/A

Parents: Chad & Cathy Knoblock

Mike Cooney

CPS

At Large; Sr., LB, 5’9”

2017 stats: 40 tackles, 43 assts., 2 forced fum., 1 INT, 7 passes defended; (in on 25 tackles vs. Merritt Academy)

Honors: All-NCTL

Comments by Coach Joe Rickett: “He plays with great intensity and has good football instincts. He’s always around the ball and is an excellent tackler. Mike is the kind of player that raises the level of everyone on the defense.”

Tom Toner

North Huron
At Large; Sr., DT, 6’3”, 250
2017 stats: N/A
Honors: All-NCTL

Nolan Sarnac

Peck
At Large; Jr., LB
2017 stats: N/A
Honors: All-NCTL

VOTING

Team of the Year: Deckerville Eagles Player of the Year: Hunter James, Kingston Coach of the Year: Isaac Viers, North Huron

Team of the Year voting: 1. Deckerville 35 pts. (unanimous); 2. North Huron 21 pts.; 3. Kingston 7 pts. Player of the Year voting: 1. Hunter James 24 pts.; 2. Kenton Bowerman 22 pts.; 3. Mike Craig, North Huron 7 pts.; Mike Redfield, Mayville 5 pts.; Cruz Ibarra, Deckerville 4 pts.; Wyatt Janowiak, Deckerville 1 pt. Coach of the Year voting: 1. Isaac Viers, North Huron 35 pts. (unanimous); 2. Bill Brown, Deckerville 16 pts.; 3. Brandon Jones, Kingston 8 pts.; Mike Campbell, Mayville 1 pt.

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