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FOOTBALL: 2013 All-News-Herald Football Dream Team (PHOTO)

Allen Park quarterback Nick Fulton finished his senior year with 2,210 yards, the second highest in school history.The captain also had 22 touchdowns.

Football Dream Team



Offense



Warren Adkins, Woodhaven: Adkins was a big-time force on the Warriors’ offensive line this year, as the returning senior tackle helped pave the way for nearly 2,400 Woodhaven rushing yards and 28 rushing touchdowns. The all-league standout also started on the defensive line and recorded 48 tackles. On an otherwise young team, Warriors Coach Keith Christnagle said Adkins stood out as one of the squad’s senior leaders throughout the season.



Malik Boynton, Melvindale: Boynton led Melvindale to a district title and regional appearance, making quite a name for himself along the way. The senior made some wow-ing catches that still have people wondering how they were caught. He finished with 1,183 yards in 65 catches and 11 touchdowns. On the ground he had 126 yards for another score, returned three punts for a touchdown and had four interceptions, one returned for a touchdown. He finished the year with 55 tackles.



Ryan Carlson, Carlson: A two-way starter for the Marauders, Carlson blossomed as a senior for Coach Kent Sikora. As a captain this year, he finished the season with 39 blocks. Sikora said he was a dominant run-blocker and improved a great deal in pass protection. Carlson is being recruited as an OT in college.



D’Aries Davis, Roosevelt: In his second season as a starting running back, Davis baffled defenders with his moves and his speed and helped guide the Bears to another league and district title. The senior ran for 1,023 yards, scored 11 rushing touchdowns and averaged nearly eight yards per carry. “He has breakaway speed and makes incredible cuts in the open field,” said Roosevelt Coach Ron Adams. “He has the ability to run with power when necessary.” Davis also caught seven passes for 154 yards and a score. As a starting defensive back, he had two interceptions, forced a fumble and recorded 30 tackles.



Jason Doyle, Melvindale: The star quarterback was a big leader on the field for the Cardinals, leading the team to a regional appearance. Doyle was 139-for-245 in the air and finished the year with 2,136 yards. He finished with an amazing 29 touchdowns in his final year.



Nick Fulton, Allen Park: Fulton had quite the year to cap his career with the Jaguars. The senior quarterback dominated the night skies, finishing the year with 2,210 yards and an average of 17 yards per catch. It was the second highest yardage total in school history. The senior had 130 completions and 22 touchdowns. Fulton was a team captain, a two-year starter, holds a 3.4 GPA and was ranked 98th in the state and named the Downriver League first team quarterback.



Brett Micallef, Trenton: Micallef was a powerful run blocker for the Trojans this year and helped the team gain more than 2,000 yards on the ground and score 26 rushing touchdowns. 2013 marked the senior guard’s second consecutive season as a starter on the Trenton offensive line. On the other side of ball, he recorded 44 tackles while playing only part-time on the defensive line. “Good football player (and a) great young man,” said Trenton Coach Bob Czarnecki.



Christian Mercure, Trenton: From the quarterback position, the athletic Mercure was constantly a threat to run the ball for the Trojans. In what was his junior season, he took off 203 times for 1,297 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. His rushing yardage total was second highest in school history and second in the entire Downriver area this year, behind only Riverview running back Josh Smith. As a passer, Mercure threw for 523 yards and five touchdowns. “Christian was our best player and leader of our offense,” said Trenton Coach Bob Czarnecki.



Marcus Samuels, Riverview: Samuels teamed up with fellow senior running back Josh Smith again this season to create an incredible 1-2 punch out of backfield that helped the Pirates win seven games and get into the playoffs. An all-state special mention, Samuels amassed 1,142 rushing yards, averaged 10.7 per yards carry and scored 16 touchdowns, putting him among the Downriver area rushing leaders. For his three-year varsity career, Samuels gained a total of 3,360 yards, averaged 10.1 yards per carry and scored 34 touchdowns.



Josh Smith, Riverview: Smith was arguably the most dynamic Downriver football player in 2013 as he helped guide the Pirates to a seven-win season and a playoff berth. The all-state senior running back finished with nearly 1,800 all-purpose yards and 24 total touchdowns. He led the entire area in rushing yards with 1,467, averaging 9.2 yards per carry. In addition to his rushing touchdowns, Smith also scored on three kickoff returns, caught a touchdown pass and returned an interception back for a score. As a starting defense back he finished with 42 tackles, including 30 solo, and two interceptions.



Brandon Sowards, Roosevelt: An all-state selection, Sowards seemed to catch nearly anything thrown his way as he helped lead the Bears deep into the state playoffs once again. This year the senior captain caught 44 passes for 1,045 yards and 16 touchdowns. “Brandon is the best wide receiver to play at Wyandotte in the last eight years,” said Roosevelt Coach Ron Adams. “He has great hands and feet. He can run past defenders and make them miss in the open field.” As a starting defensive back, Sowards had three interceptions and 38 tackles and as a kick return specialist finished with 340 return yards.



Jacob Simpson, Roosevelt: In his third year playing for the Bears, Simpson was considered by many to be the best kicker in the entire state. He was 9-for-11 on field goal tries, with a long of 51 yards, and was a perfect 61-for-61 on PATs. Also handling kickoff duties, 25 of his 79 attempts off the tee went for touchbacks. Roosevelt Coach Ron Adams said Simpson’s success was a result of his unmatched work ethic. “I’ve not coached a young man who has been more committed to his routine,” Adams said. “He spent a lot of time in the weight room improving his strength and flexibility in the offseason.”



Jake Walsh, Riverview: As the Pirates’ best offensive lineman this year, Walsh helped power a prolific rushing attack that gained more than 3,400 yards and scored 55 touchdowns en route to a seven-win season and a playoff berth. Also starting for Riverview on defense, at linebacker, he led the team in total tackles with 122, five of which were for a loss, and he returned an interception for a touchdown during the season.



Defense

Matt Bacon, Riverview: In his fourth year on varsity, Bacon provided the Pirates with a sound kicking game, as well as a huge presence on the defensive line. This season he was 46-for-47 on PATs and 2-for-2 on field goal tries. Handling the kickoff duties, Bacon sent 40 balls into the end zone and as the team’s punter averaged 37 yards per kick. On the defensive side, he had 44 total tackles, including three for a loss, and he recovered a fumble.



Jake Barann, Allen Park: A two-year, two-way starter for the Jags, Barann was named to the all Downriver League first team this year. The senior finished with 546 yards in 37 receptions for a 17.5 yard average. He caught for five touchdowns and on defense recorded 44 tackles and six sacks. Barann scored a 31 on his ACT, holds a 4.176 GPA and will be playing at Harvard University in the fall.



Ben Konarski, Melvindale: Konarski was a big factor in the Cardinal defense this season. In his senior year he helped Melvindale to a district title by playing an important role in the defense. He finished the season with 54 tackles and had an interception for 15 yards.



Devontae McCuien, Truman: The senior quarterback was a fast one that many teams had a problem stopping. He finished the year with 12 touchdowns, averaging 11.48 yards a rush for 712 total yards on the ground. In the air he recorded 203 yards for three more scores. On defense, McCuien had 24 tackles.



Devonte McGregor, Truman: McGregor capped off a great career with the Cougars this season. The running back averaged 7.84 yards a carry, racking up 901 yards on the year and finished with 17 touchdowns. The senior had 1,007 all-purpose yards, 55 tackles, one caused fumble and 28 points in conversions.



Andy Noles, Roosevelt: Noles stood out as the leader of a crushing Bears’ defense that allowed an average of just 12 points per game and had four shutouts this season. The senior linebacker, in his second year as a starter, finished with 94 total tackles, three interceptions, a caused fumble and a fumble recovered for a touchdown. “The stats aren’t going to indicate how valuable Andy Noles (was) to our team,” said Roosevelt Coach Ron Adams. “He is a smart player who spends a lot of time studying video. His ability to read the offense and react is incredible.”



Ryan Oakley, Allen Park: Oakley was a quick, shifty and elusive player who gave Allen Park several big plays this season. The senior averaged 15 yards a reception, ending the year with 518 yards in 35 catches for four scores. He had four interceptions on defense and 51 tackles. A two-year starter, Oakley scored a 29 on his ACT, holds a 4.02 GPA and was a captain for the Jags this year. He was also named to the All Downriver League first team.



Brandon Ostrowski, Anderson: Ostrowski had a huge senior season for the Titans and was a big reason why Anderson doubled its win total from 2012 to 2013. His impact was immediate, as the running back/defensive back led his squad to a Week 1 victory with two rushing touchdowns and an interception run back 100+ yards for a touchdown. For the season, Ostrowski finished with 637 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns, while catching 12 passes for 288 receiving yards and four touchdowns. “Brandon was our best player and captain,” said Titans Coach Derek McLaughin. “He worked hard every day and gave everything he had throughout the season.”



Donavin Rubens, Truman: The senior was a top defender for the Cougars this season and finished with year with 73 tackles, three sacks for a loss of 19 yards, one interception, five fumble recoveries and two caused fumbles. On the offensive side of things Rubens rushed for 176 yards in 18 carries and scored three touchdowns.





Pat Sekerak, Cabrini: A senior, Sekerak led the Monarchs in rushing attempts, rushing yards and touchdown this season. The tough-running fullback had 138 carries for 919 yards, an average of 6.65 per rush. He also scored eight of his team’s 22 touchdowns. He was also among the team leaders in tackles from his linebacking position with 33 and he added a sack and a pass interception.



Damon Singleton, Roosevelt: Singleton was a fierce competitor with a combination of size, speed and strength that made him extremely valuable to the Bears’ defense. The senior linebacker finished with 59 tackles, five of which were for a loss, as well as an interception, a caused fumble and a safety. Before the season started, Singleton had already verbally committed to play Division 1 football at Ball State University. “He is a great player with a lot of potential,” said Roosevelt Coach Ron Adams. “Damon defends the run and the pass as well as any player I’ve ever coached. He is a big reason why our defense had four shutouts this season.”





Last Updated: 12/27/2013 1:54:02 PM EST

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