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Jake Barann, Allen Park: Just a junior, Barann is already getting looks from Division 1 colleges. This season the 6-foot-6, 220-pounder had 401 receiving yards and scored three touchdowns. Form his defensive end position, he blocked three passes and had six sacks.

Bobby Bellon, Anderson: Early injuries made it a tough year for Anderson, but senior Bellon was one of the team’s constants. “He never missed a practice, always gave his best and was a great leader,” said Coach Derek McLaughlin. Linebacker Bellon had 66 total tackles. He also caught six passes, rushed the ball 13 times and scored a touchdown. He averaged 40.1 yards as the Titans’ punter.

Garett Briscoe, Woodhaven: With all the offensive starts Woodhaven had this season, it was sometimes easy to overlook a big contributions of this season. Briscoe had 255 rushing yards and three touchdowns and 219 yards on just seven pass receptions. As a defensive back, he had 62 total tackles and two interceptions.

David Duclo, Trenton: Hard-nosed and rugged, Duclo was a fullback’s fullback. He carried the ball 79 times for 426 tough yards and scored four touchdowns. “He is one of the finest fullbacks to have played here,” said Trenton Coach Bob Czarnecki.

Jim Everidge, Woodhaven: A two-way starter, Everidge played the offensive line and defensive end. From his end post, the 6-1, 190-pound senior had 49 tackles and four sacks.

Cortez Gardner, Truman: Truman’s rushing game this season was handled by a committee ¬– a fast and talented committee – but the Cougar backs still found a way to make a name for themselves. Gardner only carried the ball 72 times this season, fourth most on the team, but he averaged 7 ½ yards a carry in gaining 540 yards. He tied for second with two teammates with nine rushing touchdowns.

Devin Goodwell, Truman: It was a great season for this senior quarterback, who guided his team to a share of the Downriver League title and to a playoff victory. Goodwell averaged nearly 10 yards a carry in gaining 905 yards and scoring 10 touchdowns. He also scored nine two-point conversions. Through the air, he was 19-of-37 for 418 yards and another score.

Kevin Harris, Kennedy: The first-team all-league defensive tackle had 89 tackles this season for Kennedy. He also had 12 tackles for a loss and forced three fumbles.

Jake Hernandez, Woodhaven: A two-way lineman, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Hernandez, was a two-year starter on offense. This year in defense, he had 52 total tackles, four sacks, a pass interception and two fumble recoveries.

Dylan Horowitz, Carlson: A two-year starter at linebacker, Horowitz was among the top two tackles on the team each year. This season he had 91 total tackles, eight for a loss and a sack. From his fullback position, he gained 296 yards and scored a touchdown.

Zach Kasper, Roosevelt: A senior and a two-way lineman, Kasper was one of the keys to making the Roosevelt offense work. “Zach put in a tremendous amount of work to put himself in position to have a great senior year,” said Coach Ron Adams. “He played guard on our strong side where we ran the ball most of the time. He was an excellent trapping guard. Zach finished the season as our most consistent player on the offensive line.”

Jason Kirby, Allen Park: Called “Mr. Utility” by Coach Tom Hoover, Kirby virtually never came off the field for the Jaguars. At various times he lined up at quarterback, wide receiver, a kick returner, defensive back and punter.

Aaron Letinski, Allen Park: A hard-working senior, Letinski was an impact player on both sides of the ball. Offensively, he was a threat from his running back position. Defensively, the linebacker was one of his team’s top tacklers.

Bailey Molnar, Carlson: A versatile player and a big hitter from his secondary position, Molnar had 51 tackles – three for a loss. He stepped in at quarterback again this year, completing 35-of-80 passes for 569 yards. “Bailey is an unselfish leader and a great football player,” said Coach Kent Sikora.

Dylan Pippin, Allen Park: It was hard to key on Allen Park’s tailbacks with fullback Pippin in the game. Coach Tom Hoover called him, “an intelligent player with a quick burst.” He helped anchor the Allen Park defense from his linebacker position.

Tyler Purcell, Trenton: From his defensive end position, Purcell was a game-changing type of player, according to Coach Bob Czarnecki. Along with his 43 tackles, Purcell forced seven fumbles, recovered two fumbles and had four sacks.

Chris Robb, Allen Park: Allen Park’s top interior lineman, Robb, who is 6-foot-6, 220-pounds, played both offense and defense. “He never came off the field and did a great job for us,” Coach Tom Hoover said.

Trey Runions, Roosevelt: This senior was a solid two-way lineman for the Bears. “Trey was an excellent run-blocker on our strong side,” said Coach Ron Adams. “Defensively, he was very good at stopping the run. His physical strength really made it difficult for our opponent to match up with him.”

Eric Szczepaniak, Trenton: Defensive end Szczepaniak was one of those steady day-in, day-out players that teams count on. He had 49 tackles, two caused fumbles, had three fumbles recoveries and scored a defensive touchdown. “Eric had a great senior season,” said Coach Bob Czarnecki.

Steven Storm, Carlson: Storm, a senior linebacker, led the Marauders in tackles with 99. He had seven tackles for a loss and two sacks. “Steven is an instinctive linebacker with a nose for the ball,” said Coach Kent Sikora.

Brady Tanguay, Trenton: Just a sophomore, Tanguay joined the team four weeks into the season and instantly had an impact. Tanguay was 7-of-8 in field goal attempts, with a long of 43 yards. He was also 14-of-14 in extra-point tries.

Matt Thomas, Carlson: A team captain, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound senior offensive tackle is getting looks from GLIAC schools. “Matt is a very athletic offensive tackle,” said Coach Kent Sikora. “He is an excellent run blocker with great feet.”

Zach Underwood, Carlson: Just a junior, Underwood is already a two-year starter at Carlson. This year, the defensive end set a school record with 11 sacks. Overall, he had 65 tackles and also started at center on offense.

Jacob Walsh, Trenton: A junior, Walsh led the Trojans with 109 tackles in 2012. “As he gets stronger, he’s going to be a force next season,” said Trenton Coach Bob Czarnecki.

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 2:07:16 PM EST