2018 All-TCC football team announced

By DOUG DONNELLY

The 2018 All Tri-County Conference team, as voted on by the league’s coaches:

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

Center – Nicholas Donnelly, senior, Whiteford: A first-year starter, Donnelly helped the Whiteford rushing attack gain more than 3,200 yards and average 10.1 yards per attempt.

Guard – Ryder Price, senior, Morenci: Bulldog coach Jacob Bovee called him the best lineman on the team and said his ability to pull was a key part of the Morenci run game.

Guard – Ian Slick, senior: A 500-pound squatter in the weight room, Slick burst onto the scene with four quarterback sacks in the state championship game in 2017 and has been a key lineman this year.

Tackle – Jackson Marsh, sophomore, Sand Creek: The 6-3, 275-pound sophomore played the outside tackle for the Aggies, the most important position on the line in its single wing offense. “He’s someone we ran behind a lot and is a real hard worker,” Sand Creek coach Gallagher said.

Tackle – Conner Brodie, senior, Clinton: A captain, Brodie developed into a great offensive lineman and versatile defensive lineman.

Tight end – Nathan Bauman, senior, Whiteford: Bauman was moved from fullback to tight end this year and will likely play H-back in college. He caught two passes for 55 yards for the Bobcats.

Wide receiver – Zac Clark, senior, Britton Deerfield: Led the TCC in receptions (39) and receiving yards (762). Clark would draw the other team’s best defensive back to his side and still averaged 20 yards a catch.

Wide receiver – Bradyn Clark-Gilmore, senior: Since his freshman year he played quarterback and wingback before settling in at tight end in the fourth game of 2017. He’s now the all-time leading receiver in school history. This year, he caught 15 passes for 457 yards – 30.5 yards per catch – in the regular season.

Quarterback – Ty Eitniear, senior, Whiteford: Has thrown for 15 touchdowns and just one interception while leading the team to a 10-0 record. He has the highest completion percentage of any TCC starting quarterback.

Quarterback – Brendan Zeipekis, senior, Summerfield: Had back-to-back 1,000 yard passing seasons for the Bulldogs. He finished his career No. 3 on the all-time TCC list of touchdown passes with 27 in league games.

Running back – Mike Dillard, senior, Madison: Led Madison with 538 yards rushing. “He’s our go-to guy,” Madison coach Taz Wallace said.

Running back – Logan Murphy, senior, Whiteford: Whiteford’s all-time leading rusher, Murphy averaged 12.1 yards a carry in the regular season and is nearing 4,000 career yards rushing.

Running back – Alec Muck, senior, Sand Creek: Sand Creek has had a lot of great running backs over the years, but Muck might be the best. He rushed for 1,492 yards this season and more than 4,000 for his career.

Running back – Izaak Angel, senior, Whitmore Lake: Angel rarely came off the field for the Trojans, averaging 5.5 yards a carry, scoring eight touchdowns and playing middle linebacker for Whitmore Lake.

Running back – Dylan Amos, senior, Morenci: The Bulldogs’ top offensive player with 566 yards rushing. He was a workhorse back, averaging 19 carries a game. “We used him as much as we could,” Bovee said.

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

Lineman – Cody Westfall, senior, Whiteford: Tore his ACL as a junior, then dedicated his off-season to getting back onto the field. He was moved from linebacker to the defensive tackle spot and made 9.5 tackles for loss.

Lineman – De’Shaun Williams, senior, Whiteford: The 6-3, 320-pound tackle ran a 5.2 40 and made 45 tackles for the Bobcats. “He jumps out at people on film,” Whiteford coach Jason Mensing said.

Lineman – Billy Baker, senior, Clinton: A three-year varsity player and captain, Baker had 32 tackles and six tackles for loss during the regular season. “He has a high football IQ and is an outstanding young man,” Fielder said.

Lineman – Seth Wilson, junior, Sand Creek: Gallagher called him the Aggies’ best defensive lineman. “He won the job this year because he’s a technician and does what he is coached to do.”

Lineman – Alex Williams, junior, Whitmore Lake: A three-year starter was Whitmore Lake’s anchor on both sides of the ball. “He never gets a down off,” Trojan coach Brian Boron said. “He does everything I ask.”

End – Treylan Hess, senior, Whiteford: Mensing wasn’t sure where Hess was going to play when the fall practice began but Hess found a spot at defensive end. He led Whiteford with 18 tackles for loss and is the team leader in tackles.

End – Ryan Lakatos, senior, Sand Creek: A captain, Lakatos had 25 solo tackles and four quarterback sacks. He blocked four punts. “He’s someone you wish you had year after year,” Gallagher said.

End – Bryce Smith, junior, Summerfield: One of Summerfield’s biggest and most athletic players, Smith had 60 tackles on defense. On offense, he led Summerfield in receptions with 22.

Inside linebacker – Christian Korte, senior, Clinton: Led Clinton with 39 tackles during the regular. “He developed into the leader on defense,” Fielder said.

Inside linebacker – Carson Scroggie, senior, Sand Creek: Has been one of the leading TCC tacklers the last couple of seasons. “We put a lot on his shoulders,” Gallagher said. “He makes all of the calls on the field.”

Inside linebacker – Keegan Miller, senior, Madison: Made 79 stops and was a team captain. “He was the general of our defense,” Wallace said.

Inside linebacker – Mark Keller, senior, Summerfield: A captain and one of the leaders for the Bulldogs. “He’s one of those players you have to have on your team,” Lefevre said.

Outside linebacker – Payton Woodard, senior, Sand Creek: “Pound-for-pound, he’s the toughest kid we have,” Gallagher said. Woodard made 75 tackles.

Outside linebacker – Zack Bertz, senior: A two-year starter and back-to-back All-TCC player, Bertz has been effective in both pass coverage and stopping the run. On offense he averages 14 yards a carry and has scored 16 touchdowns.

Defensive back – Brendan Dafoe, junior, Summerfield: A 4.0 student, he as all over the field for the Bulldogs. He led the league with five interceptions in the regular season, recorded four pass break-ups, blocked a kick and led the Bulldogs with 375 yards receiving.

Defensive back – Hunter Lake, senior: He returned two interceptions for touchdowns and was a dangerous punt returner for the Bobcats. Has been credited for 18 passes broken-up so far. “He’s a tremendous competitor,” Mensing said.

Defensive back – Clay Langer-Freeman, senior, Clinton: Slowed by injuries, his presence on the field was felt. “He plays with unbelievable passion for the game,” Fielder said.

Defensive back – Will Alexander, sophomore, Sand Creek: Alexander has been a starter from day one of his freshman season for the Aggies. “He’s probably our best defensive back as far as coverage,” Gallagher said. Offensively, he was a key cog as well, rushing for more than 500 yards.

Kicker – Oriol Puig, senior, Sand Creek: An exchange student from Barcelona, Puig never played football until this year. When he first lined up to kick, he tried to put the ball under the goalposts, like a soccer player. He ended up making 31 extra points for the Aggies.

HONORABLE MENTION    
Bryce Wing Whiteford Sr
Noah Bauman Whiteford Fr
Jack Voll Clinton Soph
Carter Fore BD Soph
Devon Shaw Whiteford Soph
Collyn Nolan Morenci Sr
Jeff Konz Clinton Sr
Anthony Thomas Morenci Sr
Gavin Cousino BD Jr
Ben Spoering BD Sr
Jonathan Baughey Clinton Fr
SPORTSMANSHIP    
Blake Woerner BD Sr
Christian Minard Clinton Sr
Max Brant Madison Sr
Timothy Schisler Morenci Sr
William Fix Sand Creek Sr
McCarty Petticrew Summerfield Sr
Jacob Brenke Whiteford Sr
Evan Romeo Whitmore Lake Jr

2018 All-TCC football

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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