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Kle’Sean Clark, Melvindale: Clark was both a weapon on the ground and through the air for the Cardinals this year. En route to a regional appearance, Clark finished with 11 touchdowns. He had 495 yards in 36 receptions for seven scores and on the ground ran 63 times for 385 yards and four more scores.

Devin Dickow, Richard: Dickow, a senior, shined on both sides of the ball for Richard this season. As a running back, he contributed 493 rushing yards and five touchdowns as the Pioneers became relevant in the Catholic League once again. From his defensive end position, he had 16 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

Quincey Gibbs, Melvindale: Gibbs was almost unstoppable in the ground game for the Cardinals this season. He ran in 13 touchdowns on 1,025 yards in a season that included a regional final appearance. Gibbs also had eight receptions for 118 yards and two scores and finished with 21 tackles.

Jacob Lipetzky, Richard: A starting quarterback as a sophomore, Lipetsky passed for 423 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for six touchdowns. As a free safety, he was second on the team with 64 tackles.

Jacob Mackie, Cabrini: Cabrini did not pass much this season, but when quarterback Nick Shirely dropped back, he looked most often for Mackie, who had eight catches for 289 yards. One of those catches went for a score. Defensively, Mackie had 30 tackles and three pass interceptions.

Chase McKay, Huron: Only a junior, McKay was a starter on a Chiefs offensive line that helped power the team to five victories this season. Offensively, quarterbacks Eli Scott and Matt Hartwick had enough time to throw for a combined 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns. McKay and his fellow linemen also helped pave the way for nearly 1,900 team rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns.

Brandon Moskall, Grosse Ile: The senior finished the year with 30 tackles for the Grosse Ile Red Devils this season. Moskall also had one sack and one caused fumble.

Tyler Olson, Huron: As a starting receiver for the Chiefs, Olson served as the primary target for quarterbacks Eli Scott and Matt Hartwick. The senior finished with 25 catches for 663 yards and six touchdowns, leading the team in all three categories-and he threw a 64-yard touchdown during the year. On the other side of the ball, Olson started at linebacker and was third on the team in tackles with 49.

Cody Ratcliffe, Flat Rock: Ratcliffe was voted team MVP for the Rams this year. The senior was a go-all type player in his final outing. He finished the year 5-for-11 in the air for 32 yards rushed for 371 yards and a touchdown in 64 carries. On the receiving end of things he finished with 444 yards in 34 receptions for two touchdowns.

Roderick Tubbs, Melvindale: Tubbs was a key member of Melvindale’s defense en route to a regional appearance. The senior finished the year with 81 tackles and three sacks.

Joe Vollmerhausen, Grosse Ile: The wide receiver was a do-all type player for the Red Devils this year. He finished the year with 123 receiving yards, 836 rushing years and had 10 touchdowns. The senior also made 70 tackles and had one interception and one fumble recovery.

Albert Webster, Melvindale: Webster was often in the end zone just when quarterback Jason Doyle needed him this season. The senior finished the year with 193 yards in 10 receptions and four touchdowns. He also recorded 31 tackles, helping the Cards to a regional appearance.


Tyler Blaszczak, Richard: Blaszczak, just a junior, was an exceptional all-area performer for the Pioneers this season. As a cornerback, he had 32 tackles. As a running back he had 559 rushing yards and 123 receiving yards and scored 10 times, seven on rushing plays, two receiving and one on a kick return.

Max Fister, Cabrini: A two-way lineman, Fister helped open holes for a rush-first team that ran for nearly 2,000 yards and averaged 6.4 yards a carry. Defensively, he helped Cabrini’s linebackers clean and chipped in with a fumble recovery.

Nolan Glime, Riverview: As a defensive back and receiver, Glime stood out on a seven-win Pirates team that was most known for its high-powered rushing attack. On defense, the junior finished with 27 tackles, including two for a loss, as well as an interception and a fumble recovery. Glime’s 18 catches for 276 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver were the most in each category for Riverview. Against Huron, in what was arguably the area’s most exciting game of the season, he had seven catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-37 win.

Jacob Krug, Huron: Krug used his speed, strength and smarts at the linebacker position to make things tough on opposing offenses all year. The senior captain was a leader on the field for the Chiefs and finished with 41 tackles, which was fifth on the team. On offense he started at guard and helped power an offense that gained nearly 3,330 total yards and scored 33 touchdowns en route to only the school’s eighth winning season in history.

Kevin Fritz, Flat Rock: Coach Tom Oestrike called Fritz a great leader for Flat Rock this season. The senior finished with 74 passing yards and was 8-for-17. As a receiver, he had 242 yards in 18 receptions for two touchdowns and also finished with 29 tackles.

Dennis Hedke, Summit Academy: A free safety, Hedke was named to the All-Charter School Conference first team. He led the Dragons with 113 tackles this season. He also made the all-league second team as a running back and carries a 3.9 GPA.

Joe Lavine, Richard: An offensive tackle and outside linebacker, Lavine, a senior, led the team with 69 tackles and added a pass interception. On offense, he led the way for an offense that rushing for more than 1,500 yards.

Nick Lazorka, Cabrini: Lazorka was a real two-way threat for Coach Mark Shea’s Monarchs. He not only led the team in tackles with 42, but also was second on the team in total rushing yards and averaged 9.2 yards per carry. He also had a pair of sacks and a pass interception.

Danny McCarty, Grosse Ile: A senior, McCarty was all over the field this year. He threw for 43 yards, had 245 yards in receptions and averaged 5.43 yards a rush with 114 yards. The running back finishing the year with three touchdowns, 43 interception yards and 46 tackles.

Tyler Riney, Richard: Just a junior, Riney was another solid all-around performer this year. He had 28 tackles and an interception from his outside linebacker position. He added 383 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns and added a receiving touchdown and two TDs on kick returns.

Devin Wise, Melvindale: Wise was a key part in the Cardinals trek to a regional appearance this season. On the receiving end of things, Wise had 120 yards in 13 receptions for four touchdowns. He also finished with nine tackles, a fumble recovery, and two interceptions, including a big interception on a fourth down in a district final game against Milan.

Justin Wolber, Huron: Wolber teamed up with fellow senior linebacker Jacob Krug to help lead what was one of the area’s tougher defenses. Also a co-captain for the Chiefs, the senior recorded 67 tackles in 2013, which was good for second on the team, just behind Devin Collins’ 68. This year’s Huron defense took on several prolific offenses and still finished the season having yielded an average of just 21 points per game.

Last Updated: 12/27/2013 2:08:44 PM EST

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