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.
|William Fix||Sand Creek||Sr|
|Evan Romeo||Whitmore Lake||Jr|