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Tony Bertani, Cabrini: Bertani was an excellent all-around, three-year player for Coach Mark Shea. He had five pass interceptions this year and an amazing 18 for his career. This year he also had 44 tackles and made 24-of-25 point-after attempts.

Tyler Blaszczak, Richard: Just a sophomore, Blaszczak had a great all-around year for Pioneers. Offensively, he had 300 receiving yards and 200 rushing yards and scored five times. He also had 222 return yards and made 38 tackles, six of them for a loss.

Malik Boynton, Melvindale: Just a junior, Boynton had a remarkable season with 530 receiving yards. He averaged 24 yards per catch and hauled in seven touchdown passes. He rushed for 120 yards and another score. He also returned a punt and two interceptions for scores, giving him a team-leading 11 touchdowns.

Jesse Brown, Summit: Summit’s rushing leader, Brown ran for 610 yards and four touchdowns. He added 578 receiving yards and two more scores.

Demarcus Bunn, Huron: One of the best pass catchers in the Huron League, Bunn averaged more than 22 yards per catch this season. He caught 17 passes for 376 yards and a pair of scores. He also made 22 tackles and had a pass interception.

Mike Chickeral, Flat Rock: A three-year starting quarterback, Chickeral contributed big on both sides of the ball. He passed for 802 yards and five scores this year on offense. On defense, he had 63 tackles and two interceptions. He finished with 11 career fumbles recoveries.

Steve Curnett, Huron: One of the dominant offensive forces in the Huron League this season, Curnett accounted for nearly 1,000 yards. He rushed 150 times for 831 yards and caught five passes for 105 more. He scored eight touchdowns.

Austin DeLeon, Flat Rock: A senior, linebacker DeLeon made his mark with 70 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. Offensively, he rushed for 128 yards and a score.

Dakotah Dockter, Flat Rock: Dockter, a senior, was a dominating player of both sides of the ball. On defense, he was a monster with 67 tackles, six sacks, five tackles for a loss, three blocked punts and four blocked extra points. In addition, he caught 10 passes for 163 yards and three of them went for touchdowns.

Colin Knoch, Flat Rock: An old-fashioned smash-mouth football player, Knoch, a fullback, rushed for 602 yards and a pair of scores. As a linebacker, he led the team with 91 tackles. He had four sacks, six other tackles for a loss and an interception.

John Hutchinson, Riverview: Although the Riverview defense got nicked in a few games this season, Hutchinson was a stalwart in the middle for the Bucs and he made 60 tackles from his linebacking position. Offensively, the tight end caught 14 balls for 284 yards.

David Laurain, Riverview: Laurain was another high-tackle player for Riverview, recording 50 for Coach Jeff Stergalas’ team this season.

Nick Lazorka, Cabrini: A linebacker and a running back, the junior Lazorka make a name for himself on defense where he had 46 tackles and three sacks.

Alex Lipka, Cabrini: A stalwart two-way lineman for several years, Lipka opened holes for a 1,200-yard rusher on offense and had 43 tackles and six sacks on defense.

Dionte Logwood, Summit: A solid and steady two-way player, Logwood rushed for 326 yards, caught passes for 240 more and scored six touchdowns. Defensively, he had 27 tackles and four sacks.

Devin MacGregor, Cabrini: A senior, MacGregor played tight end on offense and defensive end on defense. He had 42 tackles and three sacks for the Monarchs, who went to the Catholic League Prep Bowl and qualified for the state playoffs

Nigel Madison, Melvindale: A two-year starter on both the offensive and defensive lines for Melvindale, Coach Jason Carriveau called him, “our most physically dominating lineman.”

Danny McCarty, Grosse Ile: McCarty rushed, caught passes and played defense with abandon for the Red Devils this season. He had 118 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground and 381 receiving yards and three more TDs through t he air. He added a team-high 99 tackles and made 40 extra-point attempts,

Andrew Mitroka, Grosse Ile: Mitroka was stunningly brilliant in his sophomore season as the Red Devils’ starting quarterback. The young signal-caller completed 63 percent of his 62 passes for 872 yards and nine touchdowns, He threw only one interception all year. In addition, he rushed for 887 yards and 11 more touchdowns.

Toby Raymond, Summit: It was a big season for the quarterback who transferred from Woodhaven. Raymond, who completed nearly 60 percent of his passes, finished the 2012 season with 1,589 passing yards and 14 touchdowns. He also rushed for 197 yards and two more scores and had 25 tackles.

Marcus Samuels, Riverview: It was a huge year for Samuels, who led the Pirates with 1,154 rushing yards and an 8.8 yard-per-run average. He also ran for a team-high 13 touchdowns.

Michael Schigelone, Richard: Senior Schigelone capped his high school career with a 500-yard rushing season. He scored four touchdowns for the Pioneers. Defensively, he chipped in with 14 tackles and a sack.

Josh Smith, Riverview: The second part of Riverview’s powerful one-two rushing punch, Smith had 783 rushing yards and 11 scores. He also had an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Chris Trombley, Grosse Ile: Trombley was a man among boys at times along the defensive front for Grosse Ile. He had 79 tackles, caused a fumble and had an amazing 13 sacks.

Last Updated: 12/28/2012 2:35:01 PM EST