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Jacob Brandes, Anderson: Brandes was a huge force for the Titans this year, as he stepped up and made an impact all over the field. "Jacob improved his strength greatly from junior to senior year and was a major contributor on offense, defense and special teams," said Anderson Coach Derek McLaughlin. On defense he finished with 26 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery and as a wide receiver had six catches for 72 yards.

Garrett Carroll, Trenton: Carroll moved over from the tight end position last year to play offensive tackle this season for the Trojans. He teamed up with fellow senior lineman Brett Micallef to form a tough run-blocking duo that paved the way for more than 2,000 team rushing yards and 26 rushing touchdowns for Trenton.

Niko France, Woodhaven: A converted running back, France stepped in as quarterback this year for the Warriors and quickly excelled in the team's option offense. The junior ran 156 times for 785 yards and nine touchdowns and threw for 385 yards and three scores. Woodhaven Coach Keith Christnagle said France worked hard all year and was dedicated to learning his new position and learning the offense. Also, France made one of the DRL's most exciting plays this year. In a Week-6 battle with Trenton, he ran in a 63-yard touchdown as regulation time expired to break a tie and give his team a last-second victory.

A.J. Gary, Carlson: Gary really stepped things up for the Marauders this year after Marvin Franklin suffered an injury. He picked up the rushing load and finished the year with 585 yards in 94 carries, running in 11 scores. He finished the year averaging 9.13 yards a carry and also had 10 tackles on defense.

Aaron Marshall, Truman: A great center and defensive tackles, Marshall played every game this season and helped lead the Cougars to back-to-back playoff appearances; the first time in school history. The senior had an 82 percent blocking grade and made all the calls on the offensive line for Truman.

Clarence Massey, Truman: Massey capped his career at Truman by averaging 6.85 yards a carry. The senior finished the year with 637 yards in 93 carries and scored 13 touchdowns. He also had 45 tackles and two sacks for a loss of three yards.

Dominic Moore, Woodhaven: One of few seniors playing for the Warriors this year, Moore was a returning starter who came up big on both offense and defense. As a running back, he finished with 323 rushing yards and four touchdowns and caught six passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, the defensive back recorded 20 tackles and had two interceptions. "(He) was a dual threat on offense and our most valuable cover corner," said Woodhaven Coach Keith Christnagel

Chris Pauley, Anderson: 2013 marked Pauly's second consecutive season on the offensive line as the Titans' starting left guard. The senior captain was a model of consistency for the Anderson team in 2013. "(He) never took a play off and improved tremendously from junior to senior year," said Titans Coach Derek McLaughlin.

Jake Przybylo, Woodhaven: In what was his first year on varsity, Przybylo was a major force on both offense and defense for the Warriors. As a running back, the junior gained 681 yards and scored seven rushing touchdowns, earning him the second spot on the team in both categories. At the linebacker position, Przybylo led Woodhaven in tackles with 66 and in interceptions, with three, one of which he ran back for a touchdown.

Alex Rahming, Carlson: As a wide receiver, Rahming set the school record for receptions in a season this year, finishing the year with 677 yards in 40 catches. On the ground he had eight touchdowns and over 1,000 all-purpose yards. Coach Kent Sikora said the senior had great body control and leaping ability to make the right plays.

Tyler Smith, Lincoln Park: Smith was a starter for the second consecutive year on the Railsplitters' offensive line. Lincoln Park Coach Jamie Grignon said the senior offensive guard was a dedicated player who worked hard in the offseason and has a good chance to play football at the collegiate level next year.


Aaron Arturi, Trenton: Arturi was the Trojans most dependable defensive back in 2013 and was always tasked with covering the opposition's best receiver. The senior finished the season with 55 tackles, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and two caused fumbles. In addition to his time in the Trenton secondary, Arturi also served as a kick return specialist for his squad.

Josh Berry, Trenton: As lineman for the Trojans, Berry stood out for his leadership abilities on the field. On defense he finished with 21 tackles for the season. On offense, Trenton Coach Bob Czarnecki said Berry was always aware of everything going around him and would change protection schemes himself at the line of scrimmage when necessary.

Conor Cunningham, Trenton: Cunningham stepped in as a starting linebacker for the Trojans this fall and quickly excelled throughout the year. The junior led Trenton in tackles this season with 86 and had one sack, four passes defended and caused three fumbles. "(He) got better as the season went on," said Trenton Coach Bob Czarnecki. "The sky is the limit with this young man."

Richard Gamble, Allen Park: Gamble recorded six interceptions in his role as safety for the Jaguars this season, including a 92-yard interception returned for a touchdown. The senior holds a 3.9 GPA and was named to the all Downriver League first team.

Adam McJunkin, Allen Park- A two-year starter for the Jags on the offensive line, McJunkin became a left tackle, blocking for the quarterback's blind side. He was the top tackler for Allen Park and finished the year with 110. McJunkin was named to the all Downriver League first team and is gaining Division 2 college interest.

Jared Henson, Carlson: Henson was an everything-type player for the Marauders this year. Coach Kent Sikora said the senior was an extremely coachable player, a quiet leader and a very versatile player. Henson finished the year with 229 yards in 20 receptions, 29 tackles, two interceptions and seven passes defended. He had an 89-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown. As a kicker, he was 20-for-23 in PATs and 1-for-1 in field goals.

Cody LaButte, Allen Park: LaButte helped the Jaguars to a 7-2 Downriver League record and fourth consecutive playoff appearance this season. The senior finished with 55 tackles for Allen Park this year.

Kyle Matejko, Roosevelt: Matejko wrapped up a phenomenal three-year career with the Bears as a linebacker, defensive end and fullback. On defense, opponents typically ran plays away from the senior, who was quick off the ball and a hard hitter. He finished with 37 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. As a fullback he was a powerful lead blocker, but also ran in four touchdowns and caught two, helping to guide his team to a third consecutive district title. "Kyle is gifted with good speed for a big player and he has excellent hands," said Roosevelt Coach Ron Adams.

Andrew Storms, Roosevelt: Storms was a big-time force for the Bears defense this fall, which was a unit that allowed an average of only 12 points per game. The senior defensive lineman was quick off the ball at the line of scrimmage, helping to stop the run and to disrupt the opposition's passing game. For the season, he finished with 34 tackles, including five for a loss, as well as three sacks and a caused fumble.

Blake Sloan, Anderson: Sloan was a versatile player for Anderson this year and helped guide the team to its four victories in the Downriver League. Listed as a tight end on offense, the junior ran the ball 30 times this year for 147 yards and three touchdowns. Sloan also finished with four catches for 21 yards. On defense, the linebacker had 16 tackles and one sack for the season.

Zach Underwood, Carlson: Underwood was a three-year starter for the Marauders. In his role as captain this year, Underwood was quiet the leader for Carlson. His coach said he was an "excellent guard with great mobility and plays with great leverage and speed at DE." The senior finished the year with 79 tackles, four for a loss and had five sacks.

Quinn Wurmlinger, Truman: Wurmlinger was an important part of the Cougar defense this season. The senior finished the year with 24 tackles, one sack for a loss of five yards and one pass defended. He also had four interceptions, including two in a game against Melvindale.

Last Updated: 12/27/2013 2:00:06 PM EST

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