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Mike Blosser, Flat Rock: Blosser capped a long and productive high school career with his best season. A two-way starter at tailback and linebacker, Blosser gained 1,173 and scored 11 rushing touchdowns, He also twice set the Flat Rock single-game rushing record. He caught 13 passes for 177 yards and another score. Defensively, he had 81 tackles, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, a fumble recovery return for a touchdown and 4½ sacks.

Kyle Campbell, Roosevelt: Campbell, a senior, was a team captain for the Bears and a two way starter on the offensive and defensive lines. He earned all-league honors and was named Roosevelt’s offensive player of the year. “Kyle was a powerful defensive force,” said Coach Ron Adams. “He controlled the line of scrimmage against the run and always pressured the quarterback. Our opponents doubled him at the line of scrimmage, giving our linebackers a clean shot at the running backs.”

Sam Cappuccilli, Trenton: Senior Cappuccilli was the rock of the Trenton team this season. “Sam was a great leader for us on and off the field,” said Trenton Coach Bob Czarnecki. “He came to work each day ready to get better and better.” Cappuccilli, a defensive end, had 77 tackles, caused three fumbles, recovered four and had five sacks.

Marcus Carter, Carlson: The senior averaged better than nine yards a carry and gained nearly 1,000 yards (968) despite only carrying the ball 104 times. He also scored 13 touchdowns. Carlson Coach Kent Sikora called Carter a humble leader with a great work ethic and passion for the game. “The legacy he leaves for the younger players is a great one,” Sikora added.

Brian Christen, Grosse Ile: One of Downriver’s best two-way threats, Christen led the Red Devils to the third round of the state playoffs this season and helped them to five playoffs wins over the last two years. On offense he was the team’s leading rusher with 1,090 yards on 131 carries and ran for 13 touchdowns. From his defensive back position, Christen was everywhere. He was second on the team with 88 tackles, had a sack and had three pass interceptions.

Dan DeLuca, Allen Park: Allen Park Coach Tom Hoover called DeLuca, “my best lineman.” The two-way, two-year starter played guard, defensive tackle and handled the long snapping duties. He is being looked at by several Division 2 colleges. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder had 48 total tackles, four sacks, caused three fumbles and recovered two.

Nick Maher, Woodhaven: A three-year starter for Coach Keith Christnagle, quarterback Maher was the most dynamic offensive player Downriver this season. He averaged 9.5 yards a carry and gained 1,697 yards and scored 20 rushing touchdowns. He did not pass often, but when he did, he completed more than 50 percent of his throws for another 444 yards and allowing him to account for more than 2,100 yards from the line of scrimmage.

Jake Makowski, Allen Park: This senior lined up all over the field for the Jaguars in 2012. He played running back, wide receiver, quarterback, defensive back, placekicked and punted. “He was my best player; he did everything,” said Coach Tom Hoover. Makowski rushed for 779 yards and caught 27 passes for 273 more. He had 15 combined rushing and receiving touchdowns. Defensively, he had 66 tackles and a pass interception.

Kevin Matejko, Roosevelt: Matejko led Roosevelt to back-to-back Downriver League titles. He also took the team to district and regional championships this season. He compiled an amazing 21-4 record as a starting quarterback in his high school career. This year he passed for 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns, while completing 57 percent of his passes. “In the last two years he has thrown for nearly 3000 yards,” said Coach Rona Adams. “Most impressive is his 34 passing touchdowns with only three interceptions in his career. He is a leader on and off the field.”

Devonte McGregor, Truman: McGregor was a big threat on offense and an even bigger one of defense. The senior rushed for 610 yards and nine scores and seven two-point conversions. On defense, he was a team leader with 99 tackles and 2½ sacks.

Jordan Nellenbach, Grosse Ile: Nellenbach was the second part of Grosse Ile’s “Thunder and Lightning” offensive duo. He finished a shade behind backfield mate Brian Christian with 1,003 rushing yards,. He ran for eighth touchdowns. Through the air, he was one of his team’s most productive receivers with 14 catches for 369 yards and four more scores. He was also the teams’ top punt and kickoff returners and he took a punt back 69 yards for a score. On defense, Nellenbach had 53 tackles and two interceptions.

DaiZoun Oliver, Melvindale: A true triple-threat, the lightning fast senior played offensive, defense and was a special team force. Oliver averaged 19 yards per pass reception and had 24 catches and five touchdowns. He rushed for an additional 190 yards and two more scores. Defensively, the safety was third on the team with 45 tackles and he handled all the kick returns for Coach Jason Carriveau’s team.

Aaron O’Meara, Roosevelt: Roosevelt’s defensive player of the year, linebacker O’Meara is getting looks from several Division 2 schools. An all-leaguer, O’Meara played both tight end and linebacker for the Bears. “Aaron was a very cerebral player and the leader of our defense,” said Roosevelt Coach Ron Adams. “He made the calls to put us in the best situation and always played coming down hill.”

Hassan Rmeiti, Truman: Because of the noise caused by an offense and averaging nearly 40 points a game, the Truman defense was sometimes overlooked. That was a mistake because of players like Rmieti. The 6-foot, 225-pound two-way player was a terror along the defensive front for Coach Eric Stiegel. Rmeiti was among the team leaders in tackles with 75 and he was the team leader in sacks with eight.

Keeton Ross, Grosse Ile: Senior linebacker Ross was a stalwart on the defensive side of the ball for a Grosse Ile team that compiled a 10-2 record in 2012. He was among the team, leaders with 70 total tackles and added two sacks. He also had a pass interception and punted for a 36.4 yard average.

David Ritchie, Richard: Ritchie started at quarterback for Richard for four years and played for three different coaches during that time. Despite the turmoil, he got better and better and his senior year was his best. Ritchie accounted for more than 1,600 yards from scrimmage. He passed for 929 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 730 more. He was also a key player on defense for the Pioneers.

Quintin Ruddell, Woodhaven: Woodhaven’s team rushing stats tell the story about Rudell: Woodhaven runners gained more than 4,000 this season, much of it running behind the 6-foot-1, 295-pound lineman. “He was our strongest offensive lineman,” said Coach Keith Christnagle. Defensively, the two-way lineman had 36 total tackles, two sacks and caused a fumble.

Dalvin Rubens, Truman: Another dominant lineman on a team that allowed an average of just 11 points per game and held five opponents to eight points or fewer. Rubens had 76 tackles – second most on the team – and added seven sacks. As a tight end, he snagged two passes and scored two two-point conversions.

Pat Sekerak, Cabrini: Just a junior, Sekerak quickly developed this season into one of Dowrniver’s top running backs. He helped lead the Monarchs to the Catholic League Prep Bowl and to a playoff berth. He had 1,200 yards on 180 carries and scored 15 touchdowns for Coach Mark Shea’s team.

Osiris Smith, Truman: Smith wound up the Cougars leading rusher for the second year in a row and gained 943 yards despite sharing the spotlight with four of five other players. He averaged an amazing 12.4 yards a carry and was one of three Cougars to score nine rushing touchdowns

Devan Stewart, Roosevelt: Stewart was the best player on a team that went to the Division 2 state semifinals. He was named all-league and all-state and was picked as Roosevelt’s most valuable player. He caught 30 passes for 674 yards and accounted for 13 touchdowns. He also played defensive back, returned kicks and was the Bears’ punter. He returned three pass interceptions for touchdowns. “Devan is an outstanding player who was a threat to score every time he touched the ball,” said Coach Ron Adams. “Devan is one of the top players in the state.”

Mickey Sutton, Woodhaven: Who knows what Sutton’s final numbers would have looked like if he played on a team where he was the featured back? As it was, he played on a great team that had three players go over the 1,000-yard rushing mark. Sutton carried the ball 118 times for 1,064 yards – a nine-yard per carry average – and he scored 13 touchdowns. Defensively he was strong, too, netted 47 total tackles and causing a fumble.

Garrett Weirich, Woodhaven: Weirich found himself in the same position as Sutton, sharing a backfield with some talented teammates. Like Sutton, Weirich made the most of the situation, rushing 120 times for 1,041 yards – and 8.7 per rush average. Defensively, the senior accounted for 33 total tackles.

Tyler Winters, Roosevelt: Defensive end Winters – the “Bear of the Year” award winner – was one of the keys to the stingy Roosevelt defense this year. It was a Bears’ defense that allowed an average of a shade over 10 points per game and held its first three playoff opponents to 20 combined points. “Tyler was a technician,’ said Coach Ron Adams. “On many occasions our opponents expected to dominate him, but they found out quickly that Tyler couldn’t be pushed around. He is, pound for pound, the best player to come out of Wyandotte in the last seven years.

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 1:58:38 PM EST