PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Josh Burnham, Traverse City Central, Sr.

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Burnham

What is there left to say about the Notre Dame commit? Headed to play linebacker for the Fighting Irish, but also starred at quarterback the last two seasons for the Trojans. Two-time first-team all-state pick won the Gatorade Player of the Year award for Michigan, the Anvil Award from State Champs! that's given to the state's best lineman/linebacker and the MLive Michigan Player of the Year. Made 91 tackles with a sack and 12 tackles for loss, picking off two passes.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — David Millikin, Grayling, Sr.

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Millikin

The Vikings' running back rushed for 1,778 yards as a senior. Holds Grayling's records for rushing yards (3,776) and TDs (59). Averaged 9.2 yards a carry for his career, including 10.8 as a senior. Also led the Vikings in tackles with 105 (55 solo) and 8 tackles for loss.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Carson Bourdo, Traverse City Central, Sr.

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Bourdo

First-team all-state pick for the second straight year picked off 7 more passes this season for a total of 16 over the last two seasons. Returned one for a TD this season (and two last year). Put up 59 tackles with a sack, 5 tackles for loss and 10 pass break-ups, adding 475 rushing yards (7 TDs) and a team-high 468 receiving yards (8 TDs). Also had almost 1,000 return yards, with 3 kick return TDs and one on a punt return for a total of 20 TDs.

DREAM TEAM

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Peterson

QB — Charlie Peterson, TC St. Francis, Sr. — First-team all-state quarterback (Associated Press and coaches association) set TCSF records for passing yards (1,876) and passing touchdowns (22). Ran for 4 more TDs and caught one as well. Completed 63.6% of his passes.

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Stuck

QB — Caleb Stuck, Charlevoix, Sr. — Completed 103-of-171 passes for 1,727 yards, 23 TDs (to only 4 INTs), pitching in 525 rush yards and 5 TDs. Also contributed 29 tackles and an INT on defense. Two-year starter at QB for the most successful Charlevoix run in program history, he passed for more than 2,800 yards and 40 TD the past two seasons.

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Hoth

RB — Bobby Hoth, Boyne City, Sr. — Hillsdale College commit and two-time all-state pick was the NMFC Leaders Division MVP. Ran for 1,302 yards and 18 TDs. On defense, put up 70 tackles, 2 sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles and two recoveries. More than 3,000 career rushing yards.

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Nausadis

RB — Wyatt Nausadis, TC St. Francis, Jr. — Led the Gladiators in both rushing (1,129) and receiving (554) yards, earning all-state from the Associated Press at wide receiver and from the MHSFCA at running back. Averaged 13.3 yards per carry and 19.8 yards a catch. Also returned a punt for a TD and threw 2 TD passes.

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Bramer

RB — Shawn Bramer, Suttons Bay, Jr. — Ran for 1,781 yards, averaging 11.6 yards a carry for the state finalist Norsemen. Scored 24 rushing TDs and added another 940 receiving yards and 9 TDs. Had 89 tackles (54 solo and 13.5 for loss). Also averaged nearly 36 yards a punt.

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Sterrett

WR — Patrick Sterrett, Charlevoix, Jr. — Reeled in 50 catches for an area-leading 962 receiving yards and 14 TDs, adding 452 rush yards for a 12.9 average and 6 TDs. Put up 37 tackles and 5 INTs on defense. Had nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards with returns included.

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Gaston

WR — Will Gaston, TC West, Sr. — Caught 32 passes for 415 yards and 2 TDs, adding 12 punt returns for 331 yards and a big TD in the comeback win over Midland in the Battle of the Big House. Picked off a pass and had 23 tackles as a cornerback. Also served as West's long snapper.

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Cragg

WR — Dylan Cragg, Grayling, Sr. — The 6-foot-4 target hauled in 38 receptions for 591 yards and a half dozen touchdowns as a senior. He also intercepted five passes on defense. A big cog in the Vikings' run to the state semifinals in 2020.

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Rosa

OL — Danny Rosa, TC West, Sr. — MHSFCA first-team all-state and Associated Press second-team on O-line. Massive lineman (6-6, 340) plays both ways for the Titans, impacting the game on each side. Three-time all-conference and two-time Dream Team pick. Has offers from Central Michigan and Miami (Ohio).

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Opper

OL — Keegan Opper, TC Central, Sr. — Cornell University commit led a Trojan offensive line that was one of the most complete blocking unit in northern Michigan. The left tackle (6-5, 270) helped Central run for 4,661 yards and pass for 1,040 more, earning honorable mention all-state from the Associated Press.

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Weaver

OL — Brett Weaver, TC Central, Sr. — Grand Valley State University commit (6-6, 245) played both guard and tackle this season. Had an offer from Division 1 Toledo. Honorable mention all-state lineman by the Associated Press.

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Bontekoe

OL — Mack Bontekoe, McBain, Jr. — Hard to miss this big fella on the field. The 305-pound right tackle is a two-time MHSFCA first-team all-state selection already as a junior.

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Hubbard

OL — Tucker Hubbard, Frankfort, Sr. — You're doing something right as an offensive lineman when coaches pick you as the Offensive Player of the Year. The three-year starter earned that honor in the NMFC Legacy Division.

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Noyes

K — Everest Noyes, TC Central, Sr. — Soccer player became Central's kicker this year and set the school record for most PATs made with 63. Made 63 of 64 (the only miss was blocked). Hit 2 of 3 field goals and bombed consistently long kickoffs.

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Wienclaw

P — Logan Wienclaw, Mesick, Sr. — Averaged an area-best 45.0 yards per punt this season on 14 boots, also adding double-digit touchbacks on kickoffs.

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Warner

DL — Kadyn Warner, TC Central, Sr. — Not only a dominant blocker on the offensive line, but also a devastating defensive end (6-5, 245) who committed to Saginaw Valley State after getting Division 1 interest. Had 47 tackles, 2 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss for the Trojans, drawing honorable mention all-state and first-team all-Big North accolades.

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Grozenski

DL — Jacob Grozenski, TC St. Francis, Sr. — A fixture on both sides of the ball for TCSF, he logged 52 tackles as an anchor on the defensive line. Blocked a kick and had a tackle for loss.

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Skillern

DL — Sparty Skillern, Grayling, Sr. — Just a force to be reckoned with on the D-line, Skillern basically required a double team every play or he'd make teams pay. Still put up 47 tackles (26 solo), 11 tackles for loss.

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Rood

DL — Derek Rood, Cadillac, Jr. — The 6-3, 200-pounder logged 71 tackles (10 for loss), 9 sacks and 3 blocked punts this season as one of the Big North Conference's top pass rushers. He added 131 yards and 2 TDs as a tight end.

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Alberts

DL — Cam Alberts, Suttons Bay, Sr. — Played both D-line and LB for the Norsemen, making 103 tackles (52 solo) with 2.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss. The physical force in the middle helped create a lot of opportunities for teammates Lleyton Krumlauf (7 sacks, 22 TFL), Brayden Opie (7.5 sacks, 11 TFL) and Matthew Kohler (11 sacks, 6.5 TFL).

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Johnston

LB — Collin Johnston, Cadillac, Sr. — Plays the game with great passion, despite his size, and turned himself into the defensive leader for a team with a state finals run under its belt. Made 135 tackles and forced 2 fumbles. Also ran for 621 yards and 4 TDs and caught a TD pass on offense.

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Donahue

LB — Joey Donahue, TC St. Francis, Jr. — Suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week Eight, and still ended up as the leading tackler for a team that played 13 games. Made 86 stops in less than eight games, including 12 tackles for loss. Blocked a kick and had a 95-yard interception return for a TD.

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Peterson

LB — Brett Peterson, Kingsley, Sr. — Signed with Grand Valley State to play TE, joining his two older brothers there next season. Made 45 tackles (28 solo), but stats don't reveal his value to the D5 state semifinalists. Voted co-Defensive Player of the Year in the NMFC along with Donahue.

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Groves

LB — Josh Groves, TC St. Francis, Sr. — Rung up 79 stops in 12 games, including 8 for loss. Five pass break-ups and an interception as well. Added 274 receiving yards and 5 TDs as an end.

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Schermerhorn

DB — Michael Schermerhorn, TC West, Sr. — Played a hybrid linebacker/safety spot for the Titans, coming up with big plays consistently throughout the season. Made a huge interception against Midland to help West complete its comeback win in the Battle of the Big House. Finished season with 44 tackles, a sack and INT, plus 673 rushing yards and 11 TDs. Two-time Dream Team pick and three-time all-BNC selection.

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Klug

DB — Josh Klug, TC Central, Jr. — Made a big impact in his first season on varsity, leading the Trojans in tackles in the state finals with nine. Put up 59 tackles total, with a sack, 8.5 tackles for loss, an interception and 5 pass break-ups. Also added 695 total yards of offense — 610 rushing, 85 passing — to account for 10 TDs.

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Periard

DB — Hugh Periard, Suttons Bay, Sr. — Made 91 tackles, but really contributed to the Norsemen in almost every way. Returned a kickoff for a TD, averaging 42.3 yards a return and 20 yards per punt return. Picked off 6 passes, returning 3 for TDs. First-team all-state Associated Press pick ran for 1,163 yards and caught 315 worth of passes, for a combined 23 TDs.

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Schugars

Coach of the Year — Eric Schugars, Traverse City Central — The seven-year Trojans coach has turned Central into a powerhouse, with visits to the semifinals and state finals in the last two seasons.

SECOND TEAM

QB — Brandon Konchek, TC West, Sr. — Provided West with stead production this season, his second as the Titan starter. Threw for 571 yards and 4 TDs in BNC games, completing 64 percent of his passes. Added 195 yards and 3 TDs rushing.

QB — Dylan Barnowski, Suttons Bay, Jr. — First-year starting QB fit right in, throwing for 1,747 yards and 25 TDs (with only 4 INTs) this season. Added 121 rush yards and a TD.

RB — Kaleb McKinley, Cadillac, Jr. — Teams knew Cadillac was going to run the ball almost all the time, and McKinley still gained 894 rushing yards and scored 10 TDs to earn first-team all-conference at RB along with Seabase and Schermerhorn. He added an interception on defense.

RB — Reed Seabase, TC Central, Jr. — The Trojans had two 1,000-yard rushers, with Seabase at 1,239 in addtion to Burnham's 1,487. Seabase averaged 10.8 yards a carry and scored 13 TDs in his first year as a starter, averaging 95.3 yards per game. Also chipped in 57 yards and a TD receiving and 16 tackles on defense.

RB — Adam Mills, Frankfort, Sr. — Three-year starter and two-year captain ran for 1,250 yards, earning NMFC Legacy Division Most Valuable Player honors. Added 83 tackles to earn first-team all-conference spots on both sides of the ball.

RB — Rippin Vining, Petoskey, Sr. — Aside from having one of the area's coolest names, Vining also ripped off some great runs. He led Petoskey with 700 rushing yards and 9 TDs to earn first-team all-BNC honors along with Gaston and Central's Dante Williams.

WR — Kaden Jewett, Boyne City, Sr. — Could be at any number of positions on this team. The versatile Rambler totaled 1,104 all-purpose yards and 8 TDs this season (382 rush, 173 receiving, 549 return). Added 45 tackles, 1 INT on defense and averaged 15.1 yards every time he touched the ball.

WR — Parker Shuman, Petoskey, Sr. — The team's top target made 32 catches for 472 yards and 4 TDs, coming just 10 yards shy of the program's single-season record for yards. He did set the single-game record with 138 receiving yards against Kingsford.

WR — Hayden Peck, East Jordan, Sr. — Caught 35 passes for 467 yards and 7 touchdowns this season, adding 37 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions and 11 pass defenses on defense.

WR — Connor Rischel, Manistee, Sr. — Big 6-3 target earned first-team all-Lakes 8 two years in a row. Produced 25 catches for 462 yards and 6 TDs as a senior and ends up second in school history in career receptions.

OL — Caden VanSickle, Manistee, Jr. — Big (6-4, 275), powerful left tackle didn't give up any sacks as a junior and only one last year as a sophomore (in 2nd round of the playoffs vs. Grayling). Helped Manistee go 2-0 against rival Ludington earn back-to-back playoff spots for only the second time in school history, as well as the team's first playoff win last year.

OL — Davis Hurley, TC Central, Sr. — Second-team all-Big North Conference selection and the center of Central's stellar O-line, Hurley has an offer from Division 3 powerhouse Mount Union.

OL — Beau Harriger, Glen Lake, Sr. — The 260-pound honorable mention all-state selection has anchored Glen Lake's line for two seasons. Team captain was on the Dream Team last year as well. Two-time all-conference pick.

OL — Gavin Graczyk, TC Central, Sr. — Honorable mention all-Big North Conference selection and a guard on Central's stellar O-line, Graczyk has an offer from Division 3 powerhouse Mount Union. Also standout hockey player for Central.

OL — Blake Swiger, Cadillac, Sr. — The 6-foot, 265-pounder came back from a knee injury to have a great season on both sides of the ball. 

OL — Tucker Strohaver, Grayling, Jr. — Graded out at 86% blocking with 33 knockdowns. Helped the Viking offense run for 2,184 yards and throw for 1,222 in the regular season.

K — Brice Kempf, TC St. Francis, Jr. — Was pretty much automatic on extra points this season, hitting 59 of 64 (several of those misses were blocked). First-team all-league pick in the Northern Michigan Football Conference's Legends Division.

P — Kyle McCrumb, TC West, Sr. — Averaged 38 yards a punt for the Titans, even though his main position is along the defensive line, where he had 25 tackles and 2 sacks, making first-team all-Big North Conference on the O-line.

DL — Remy Schultz, TC West, Sr. — Put up 24 tackles (14) with a sack and fumble forced in Big North Conference games to earn all-BNC status.

DL — Trenton Dennis, Cadillac, Sr. — One of several standout D-linemen for the stout Viking defense, Dennis put up 61 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 6 sacks this season.

DL — Carson Douglass, TC West, Sr. — Two-year starter on defense and two-way player for the Titans also played at tight end and H-back. Has offers from Ferris State, Saginaw Valley, Grand Valley and others. All-conference player put up 21 tackles (15 solo), 2 sacks and a fumble recovery TD in league games.

DL — Christian Park, Lake City, Sr. — A constant presence in opponents' backfields, Park put up 65.5 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 8 sacks for the 5-4 Trojans.

DL — Ayden Fulton, Johannesburg-Lewiston, So. — The only underclassman to make the top two All-Region teams, Fulton earned first-team all-state from the MHSFCA. Made 98 tackles (65) to earn first-team all-conference at defensive end.

LB — Zander Johnecheck, East Jordan, Sr. — Totaled 532 offensive yards as fullback, 5 TDs. Led team with 89 tackles, 10.5 TFLs. Heart and soul of a team that made the playoffs for the first time in 20 years. Named NMFC Legacy Division's Outstanding Defensive Player.

LB — Ben Schollett, TC West, Sr. — Led the Titans in tackles with 73, adding in 2 sacks and a fumble recovery for good measure. An underrated part of TC West's success defensively, as the Titans allowed only 18.1 points per game through seven contests.

LB — Conrad Dobreff, TC Central, Sr. — Gets lost in the shuffle, playing opposite Josh Burnham, but Dobreff had to handle a lot of work as teams tried to run away from Burnham at any cost. Dobreff was up to the task, making plays all over. 

LB — Chris Reinhold, Cadillac, Jr. — The Viking standout is getting Division 1 looks after a strong junior campaign saw him produce 106 tackles, 5 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. He also added 389 rush yards and 7 TDs on offense.

LB — Jacob Bush, Boyne City, Sr. — Had a monster season in the middle of Boyne's stout defense, registering 103 tackles, 8 TFLs and 3 fumble recoveries on defense. Added 113 rush yards, 3 TDs in limited time at fullback.

DB — Anthony Fisher, Grayling, Sr. — Seemed to get in on a lot of plays, no matter if they came to him or not. Ended the season with 107 tackles, 56 of those of the solo variety.

DB — Gavin Wargel, Petoskey, Sr. — Did a bit of everything for Petoskey. Played both QB and WR on offense this season, amassing 1,221 total yards of offense and 11 TDs between rushing, passing and receiving. But he also stood out on defense, where he earned first-team all-BNC honors.

DB — Matt Zoutendam, TC West, Sr. — Racked up 43 tackles in BNC play, with over 75 percent of his stops of the solo variety. Two-time all-Big North Conference selection.

DB — Bryce Harless, Bear Lake, Sr. — Repeater on the All-Region team, Harless passed for 905 yards and 10 TDs, ran for 577 yards and 10 TDs for the 5-4 Lakers. Picked off 4 passes on defense and broke up 4 more.

DB — Gabe Olivier, TC St. Francis, Sr. — Did a bit of everything during St. Francis' run to the semifinals. Ran for 731 yards and 11 TDs, added another 460 yards and 9 TDs receiving. Picked off three passes on defense (one for a TD) and ended up third on the Glads in tackles with 63.

DB — Lucas McKernan, Manton, Sr. — Roamed the field from his safety position for 104 tackles (67 of those solo) with 3 interceptions and 2 sacks. Also started at quarterback and led the Rangers in passing and rushing yards.

Coach — Greg Kitson, East Jordan — Led the Red Devils as they made the playoffs for the first time in 20 years and won the program's first outright conference title since 1986.

HONORABLE MENTION

Ethan Kucharek, QB, Grayling, So.; Jack Neer, QB, Boyne City, Jr.; Brody Jeffers, QB, Gaylord St. Mary, Jr.; Connor Ciolek, QB, Glen Lake, Sr.; Nick Stevenson, QB, Frankfort, Jr.; Preston Marlatt, QB, Johannesburg-Lewiston, Sr.; Tom Reid, QB, East Jordan, Sr.; Kyle McLinden, QB, Manistee Catholic, Sr.; Colton Eckler, RB, Mesick, Jr.; Kalvin McGillis, RB, McBain, Jr.; Logan May, RB, Johannesburg-Lewiston, Sr.; Chris Gay, RB, Kalkaska, Jr.; Dayne Blair, RB, Lake City, Jr.; Lucas Stapley, RB, Brethren, Jr.; True Beeman, RB, Kingsley, Sr.; Sam Goethals, RB, Kingsley, Jr.; Nate Childers, RB, Benzie Central, Sr.; Adam Ackler, RB, Mancelona, Sr.; Alex Calcaterra, WR, Boyne City, Jr.; Dante Williams, WR, TC Central, Sr.; Luke Puffer, WR, Manton, Sr.; Jake Griffis, WR, Bear Lake, Sr.; Ethan Steffke, WR, Glen Lake, Jr.; Jared Coxe, WR, Frankfort, Sr.; Luke Hazelton, TE, Glen Lake, Jr.; Trace Miller, TE, Mancelona, Sr.; Jake Claflin, OL, Charlevoix, Sr.; Riley Brock, OL, Kingsley, Sr.; Kaden Patterson, OL, Kingsley, Sr.; Carson Raasio, OL, Cadillac, Sr.; Griffin Anderson, OL, Frankfort, Sr.; Adam Dull, OL, Brethren, Sr.; Lukas Bogart, OL, Kingsley, Sr.; Ryerson Whitaker, OL, East Jordan, Sr.; Kaleb Orr, OL, Benzie Central, Sr.; Caleb Kouchnerkavich, DL, TC West, Sr.; Kolton Horn, DL, Petoskey, Sr.; Connor Abraham, DL, Gaylord, Sr.; Jake Schaub, DL, Kalkaska, Sr.; Ethan Evans, DL, Frankfort, Sr.; Drew Hardy, DL, TC St. Francis, Jr.; John Hagelstein, DL, TC St. Francis, Jr.; Michael Wooten, DL, Benzie Central, Sr.; Trevor Kline-Johnson, DL, Grayling, Sr.; Caleb Melton, DL, Elk Rapids, Sr.; Ryan McGuire, DL, Elk Rapids, Jr.; Ethan Antaya, DL, East Jordan, Sr.; Matthew Kohler, DL, Suttons Bay, Sr.; Alex Smith, DL, Kingsley, Sr.; Trevor Lewis, DL, Kingsley, Sr.; Garrett Hathaway, LB, TC St. Francis, Jr.; Ian Lahaie, LB, Petoskey, Sr.; Dillon Croff, LB, Gaylord St. Mary, So.; Joey McHugh, LB, Boyne City, So.; Ben Parrish, LB, Mesick, Jr.; Brayden Opie, LB, Suttons Bay, Sr.; Ben Murphy, LB, Suttons Bay, Sr.; Justin Ackler, LB, Mancelona, Sr.; Jason Naumcheff, LB, Mancelona, Jr.; Declan Shockley, LB, Elk Rapids, Jr.; Eli Kangas, LB, Glen Lake, Sr.; Caleb Glase, LB, Glen Lake, Sr.; Max Corwin, DB, TC St. Francis, Sr.; Gavin Bebble, DB, Gaylord St. Mary, Jr.; Max Ostrum, DB, Charlevoix, Sr.; Carter Sherman, DB, East Jordan, Sr.; Granger Kitson, DB, East Jordan, Sr.; Brock Maloney, DB, McBain, Sr.; Luke Cook, DB, Bear Lake, Sr.; Connor Schueller, DB, Kingsley, Sr.; Nick Wilson, DB, Brethren, Sr.; Lleyton Krumlauf, DB, Suttons Bay, Sr.; Phillip Brown, DB, Kingsley, Sr.

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