high school football: Drake Johnson, Jordan Woods headline the 2011 All-Washtenaw County football team
The next time Pioneer running back Drake Johnson runs the football it will be for the University of Michigan, and who knows, it might be against Skyline wide receiver Jordan Woods, who will ply his trade at Purdue University.
Those are the two most obvious selections for the AnnArbor.com All-Washtenaw County Dream Team. See who else joins them and who made the Class A and Class B-C-D teams.
Check back on Sunday for a Player of the Year feature on Johnson.
QB: Andrew Copp (sr., 6-1, 190), Skyline: Completed 96 of 156 passes (61.5 percent) for 1,732 yards and 27 touchdowns and rushed 74 times for 329 in 6 1/2 games before his season was ended when he broke his collarbone. Against cross-town rival Pioneer, Copp set a state record for passing yards in a game with 557. Honorable mention Division 1-2 All-State. First team All-SEC Red.
RB: Drake Johnson (sr., 6-1, 215), Pioneer: Rushed for 2,800 yards and 37 touchdowns on 343 attempts (8.16 yards per carry) and also caught a touchdown pass. Johnson led Pioneer to the regional round of the MHSAA Division 1 playoffs and will play for the University of Michigan next year. First team Division 1-2 All-State and runner-up for D1 state player of the year. First team All-SEC Red.
WR: Theron Wilson (sr., 6-4, 180), Skyline: Wilson was the reason why teams couldn’t afford to double-team Woods. Always a threat to take it to the house, Wilson had 25 receptions for 607 yards and 11 touchdowns. Honorable mention Division 1-2 All-State. First team All-SEC Red.
WR/KR: Rare Williams (sr., 6-1, 170), Lincoln: Williams had 42 receptions for 723 yards and five touchdowns despite an offense that coach Chris Westfall admitted did whatever it could to avoid passing to minimize turnovers. Williams had more than half of Lincoln’s receiving yards. Williams was just as dangerous in the kick return game, averaging 30 yards a return, including touchdowns of 97 and 89 yards. First team All-SEC White.
OL: Mohammad Awwad (sr., 6-3, 300), Pioneer: The big bruising left tackle is a large part of the reason Drake Johnson was able to rush for 2,800 yards. Awwad is getting looked at by several Division I colleges. Honorable mention Division 1-2 All-State. First team All-SEC Red.
OL: Alec Sensoli (sr., 6-0, 225), Chelsea: Everyone knew Berkley Edwards was going to get the ball about 25 times a game. With blockers like Sensoli, he was still able to rush for more than 1,500 yards. First team All-SEC White.
OL: Drew Diedrich (jr., 6-2, 220), Father Gabriel Richard: Was the key cog in a Fighting Irish offensive line that protected a quarterback who threw for 1,155 passing yards and allowed its running backs rush for 1,968. First team All-League in Detroit Catholic High School League AA Division.
OL: Edward Reny (sr., 6-3, 255), Dexter: Behind Reny, Dexter quarterback Mike Mioduszewski threw for nearly 2,000 and rushed for more than 1,000. “He made himself into a dominant offensive lineman by sheer will and determination,” said coach Brian Baird. First team All-SEC White.
K: Dylan Mulder (sr., 6-0, 190), Saline: Mulder was 34-of-34 on point-after kicks this year and finished his career a perfect 58-of-58. He made 6-of-9 field goal attempts, with a long of 47 yards, and had 39 touchbacks on 42 kickoffs. First team All-SEC Red.
DB: Max Giller (sr., 5-10, 170), Chelsea: Was the leader of a Chelsea secondary that surrendered just 149.5 passing yards per game. Giller led Chelsea with three interceptions, had four pass break ups and a fumble recovery. Had 28 tackles, two for loss. First team All-SEC White.
DB: Ashton Hundley (jr., 5-8, 145), Father Gabriel Richard: Hundley was Gabriel Richard’s best corner on a defense that gave up 18.7 points per game. Had three interceptions. Also had 354 rushing yards and three touchdowns and 118 receiving yards. First team All-Catholic League.
DB: Dewan Olive (jr., 5-8, 145), Pioneer: Excellent in coverage for a Pioneer defense that allowed 18.2 points per game. Had 42 tackles on the season. First team All-SEC Red.
LB: Wade Raddatz (sr., 5-11, 174), Milan: Led Milan in tackles with 76, including 61 solo. Had 29.5 more tackles than anyone on his team. During a 1-8 season, Raddatz was a throwback to Milan defenses of old with tough style play in the middle.
LB: Christian Thomas (sr., 5-11, 180), Lincoln: No one personified Lincoln’s underdog status more than Thomas. Not even his own coach believed in him when the year began. “I didn’t believe he could start for us, not only did he prove me wrong, he was our leading tackler and a physical presence on the field,” said coach Chris Westfall. Led Lincoln with 63.5 tackles, including six for loss and 3.5 sacks and had a forced fumble. First team All-SEC White.
LB: Truman Hadley (sr., 6-1, 205), Chelsea: Hadley led a Chelsea defense that gave up 17.1 points per game with 52.5 tackles during a 7-2 regular season. Hadley had 16.5 tackles and an interception return for a touchdown in Chelsea's two playoff games. “He’s the best linebacker we’ve ever had,” said Chelsea coach Brad Bush. Honorable mention Division 3-4 All-State. First team All-SEC White.
DL: Tanner Brewer (sr., 6-1, 270), Lincoln: Saw a drop in tackles due to constantly being double teamed, but still led Lincoln with 13 tackles-for-loss, including four sacks. “The attention (Brewer) commanded allowed our other guys to do what they did on defense,” said Lincoln coach Chris Westfall. Honorable mention Division 1-2 All-State. First team All-SEC White.
DL: Dejuan Hampton (sr., 6-4, 210), Lincoln: Had 35.5 tackles for Lincoln, including 10 for loss and five sacks. Effective in the middle against the run and on the outside as a pass rusher. First team All-SEC White.
DL: Aaron Noffke (sr., 6-3, 225), Pioneer: Noffke played limited snaps or not at all through the first five games of the season and Pioneer gave up an average of 27.8 points. After his return, teams averaged 11.3 points. Noffke wasn’t the only reason for the turnaround, but he was a major factor. First team All-SEC Red.
Chris Westfall, Lincoln: Just one year removed from a winless season, Westfall led Lincoln to its first playoff appearance in school history. Of the 48 teams who were winless in 2010, only two (Lincoln and Plainwell) made the playoffs in 2011.
QB: Michael Mioduszewski (sr., 6-4, 216), Dexter: Completed 133 of 274 passes for 1,918 yards, 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Rushed for 1,009 yard and 10 touchdowns on 140 attempts. First team All-SEC White.
RB: Parish Jacobs-Thomas (sr., 5-5, 155), Huron: Rushed for 1,067 yards and ten touchdowns. Also caught 24 passes for 420 yards and two touchdowns. First team All-SEC Red.
RB: Arthur Dukes III (jr., 5-9, 165), Milan: Rushed for 851 yards and seven touchdowns on 164 carries.
WR: Jack Clark (jr., 6-2, 160), Skyline: Led Skyline in receptions with 49 receptions for 510 yards and four touchdowns.
WR: Tory Martinsen (sr., 6-4, 202), Milan: Had 57 receptions (school record) for 704 yards, three touchdowns and two, 2-point conversions. First team All-Huron League, scored a 34 on his ACT and is considering playing in the Ivy League.
OL: Ian Moore (sr., 6-5, 280), Pioneer: Kept lanes open for Drake Johnson to run through. First team All-SEC Red.
OL: Jared Weeks (sr., 6-7, 220), Huron: Was solid in pass protection and run blocking for River Rats.
OL: Ryan Yeager (sr., 6-2, 190), Lincoln: What he lacked in size, made up for in leverage, technique and hard work. First team All-SEC White.
OL: Mathew Peoples (jr., 5-10, 260), Lincoln: “Hard working kid with a lot of potential,” said Lincoln coach Chris Westfall.
OL: Dante’ Barnett (sr., 6-4, 233), Ypsilanti: It was a season of musical chairs at the tailback and quarterback positions for the Phoenix due to injuries, but Barnett created holes for any and all to run through.
P: Cory Gray (sr., 6-0, 170), Lincoln: Averaged 31.1 yards per punt and pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line seven times. Threw a 59-yard touchdown pass on a fake.
K: Eric Kristensen (jr., 5-10, 145), Pioneer: Made 39 of 45 PATs and three field goals with a long of 44 yards.
DB: Jamel Nimer, Huron (sr., 5-11, 165), Huron: Had 59.5 tackles, five for loss, a fumble recovery, two forced fumbles and two interceptions.
DB: Devon Thompson (sr., 5-9, 174), Ypsilanti: Had 41 tackles, including 1.5 sacks. Played running back, safety, corner, receiver, linebacker and returned punts for short-handed Phoenix. First team All-SEC White.
DB: Chase Reiberger (sr., 5-9, 144), Milan: Had 55 tackles, four pass break ups and a forced fumble.
DB: Tyree Waller (sr., 6-1, 200), Lincoln: Was second on team in tackles with 48.5. First team All-SEC White.
LB: Maurice Young (sr., 5-10, 210), Pioneer: Team’s leading tackler and defensive captain. First team All-SEC Red.
LB: Willie Elam (jr., 5-8, 200), Skyline: Led team with 50 tackles and an interception.
LB: Andrew Grafton (6-2, 210), Dexter: Led Dexter with 75 tackles including 5.5 for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and three pass breakups. First team All-SEC White.
DL: Jahi Hilliard (jr., 5-9, 211), Pioneer: Hilliard’s skills as a wrestler would often peak through as he tossed offensive lineman en route to ball carriers.
DL: Ivy Gregory (sr. 6-2, 235), Pioneer: Strong against the run in the middle for Pioneer. Firs team All-SEC Red.
DL: Brennan Arnett (6-2, 290), Saline: A big and strong presence for the Hornets in the trenches.
QB/P: Joe Kendzicky (jr., 5-9, 160), Father Gabriel Richard: Completed 85 of 152 passes for 1,148 yards, 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Averaged 40.2 yards per punt with four punts inside the 20-yard line. All-Catholic AA Division.
RB: Nick Pauze (sr., 5-10, 190) Father Gabriel Richard: Rushed for 1,001 yards and 11 touchdowns on 137 carries in just eight regular season games as the Fighting Irish went 7-2 (with one forfeit). In Richard's two playoff games, Pauze had 16 carries for 64 yards and three touchdowns. Honorable mention Division 5-6 All-State, All-Catholic.
FB: Alex Ziolkowski (sr., 5-9, 180), Father Gabriel Richard: Pretty much a lineman on wheels, Ziolkowski also rushed 30 times for 174 yards and a touchdown. All-Catholic AA Division.
WR: Josh Finley (sr., 6-0, 195), Manchester: Had 44 receptions for 718 yards and seven touchdowns. First team All-Cascades Conference.
WR: Deshawn Gohl (sr., 5-11, 170), Willow Run: Caught 41 passes for 651 yards and four touchdowns. Also rushed for 545 yards and five touchdowns. First team All-Michigan Metro Athletic Conference.
OL: Kendric Fowler (jr., 6-3, 270), Father Gabriel Richard: In his first year at Gabriel Richard since moving from a state title winning school in Georgia, made an immediate impact.
OL: Jalen Lloyd (sr., 6-5, 270), Willow Run: Anchored Willow Run’s offensive and defensive lines. First team All-Michigan Metro Athletic Conference.
OL: Travis Duve (sr., 6-1, 190), Chelsea: Helped clear the way for Berkley Edwards’ breakout season. First team All-SEC White.
OL: Tanner Starkey (sr., 5-10, 200), Chelsea: At center, Starkey was the quarterback of the Buldogs’ offensive line.
OL: Austin Hamilton (sr., 6-2, 235), Manchester: Anchored Flying Duthmen’s offensive and defensive line and averaged 38 yards per punt.
K: Zach Rabbitt (6-1, 175), Chelsea: Was a perfect 8 of 8 on field goals with six of 30 yards or more, and 39 of 41 on PATs. First team All-SEC White.
DB: William Wagner (sr., 5-10, 170), Whitmore Lake: Starter on both sides of the ball, was a first team All Tri-County Conference selection.
DB: John Brooks (so., 5-9, 160), Willow Run: Had 37 tackles and two interceptions.
LB: Johnny Brown (sr., 5-10, 210), Willow Run: Had 91 tackles and an interception. First Team All-Michigan Metro Athletic Conference.
LB: Anthony Catalina (sr., 5-11, 180), Chelsea: Was Bulldogs’ second leading tackler with 42.5.
LB: Tyler Geiger (sr., 5-11, 175), Chelsea: Had 36 tackles and two interceptions, one returned for a 74-yard touchdown. First team All-SEC White.
LB: Dallas Hartsell (sr., 6-1, 175), Father Gabriel Richard: Though slowed by a shoulder injury, still led Gabriel Richard with 73 tackles including seven for loss and three sacks. All-Catholic.
DL: Michael Steinhauer (jr., 6-3, 245), Chelsea: Clogged up the trenches for Chelsea. Had 5.5 tackles for loss, including 3.5 sacks.
DL: Nick O’Donnell (jr., 5-9, 210), Father Gabriel Richard: Had 39.5 tackles, including 16 for loss and three sacks. All-Catholic AA Division.
DL: Austin Hundley (jr., 5-10, 170), Father Gabriel Richard: Had 20 tackles, including eight for loss and a sack.
Nate Bossory, Manchester
Dillon Fink, Whitmore Lake
Bryan Fortson, Ypsilanti
Brandon Gordon, Saline
Alex Hassan, Huron
George Miller, Lincoln
Ty Peterson, Milan