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December 11, 2013

MAC honors conference’s top football players

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

The season is over for all the high school football teams across the state, including the 36 teams in the six-division Macomb Area Conference.

The MAC has named its top athletes, recognizing players from each of the league’s six divisions in the form of All-Conference honors.

All-Conference teams have been released for each division, along with Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year and Sportsmanship Awards.

Here’s a division-by-division breakdown of each team.

MAC Red
Macomb Dakota senior linebacker Niko Savich earned league MVP honors, while Cougars coach Mike Giannone won his second straight Coach of the Year award. Clinton Township Chippewa Valley and Romeo High shared the Sportsmanship Award.

All-League honorees are Savich, senior defensive back Zac Flack, junior defensive lineman Tony Balabani, senior quarterback Tyler Crowell, senior defensive lineman Brandon Lozon, senior offensive lineman Scott Mysara and senior wide receiver Brendan Mangan, Dakota; senior linebacker/running back Dustin Carlin, senior linebacker Sultan Faronbi and senior offensive lineman/running back DJ Sutton, Sterling Heights Stevenson; senior running back Doug Roberts, senior defensive lineman Sicelo Robinson, senior defensive back Alex Marko, senior offensive lineman Drew Callahan, senior linebacker James Cameron and senior linebacker Branson Kapfhamer, Chippewa Valley; senior defensive back Carter Johnston, senior defensive back Adam Figlan, and senior quarterback Dan Chmielewski, Utica Eisenhower; senior tight end/defensive lineman Blake Williams, senior defensive back Charlie Roth, senior linebacker Mitch Hess and senior defensive back Brandon Lebioda, Romeo; and senior linebacker Viktor Gegic, Utica Ford II.

Dakota went 5-0 to claim a second straight division title. Chippewa Valley finished second at 4-1, followed by Eisenhower, Romeo and Stevenson all at 2-3, and Utica Ford II at 0-5.

MAC White
Warren Mott senior defensive back/wide receiver/linebacker Angelo Proulx was named league MVP. Mott’s Tom Milanov earned league Coach of the Year honors. Roseville High took home the Sportsmanship Award.

All-League honorees are Proulx, senior defensive lineman LaVonte Perdue, senior center Jake Onstott, senior defensive back/wide receiver Deshawn Burley, senior defensive back/wide receiver Vondale Kelly, senior quarterback Austin Ross and senior linebacker Nick Clarke, Mott; junior linebacker/tight end Ravin Randall, senior defensive lineman/running back Malik Edwards, senior defensive back/running back Tony Washington, senior offensive lineman Tyler Cole, junior defensive lineman Dominick Trevino and junior wide receiver Tremaine Lee, Port Huron High; senior linebacker/running back Alex Hamilton, senior wide receiver/defensive back Gary Landless, senior running back/defensive end Jack O’Shea, senior linebacker Brandon Cobb and senior running back/defensive back Zach Sievert, Anchor Bay; senior wide receiver/defensive back Sam Goepper, senior tight end/defensive lineman Mitch Vonzittwitz and senior tight end/defensive lineman Sam Mason, Utica High; senior offensive lineman/linebacker Matt Rice and senior running back/defensive back Michael Greer, Warren Cousino; and junior defensive back Andrew Paton, Roseville.

Mott went 5-0 to win its first league title since 2009. Port Huron finished second at 4-1, followed by Anchor Bay (3-2), Utica High (2-3), Cousino (1-4) and Roseville (0-5).

MAC Blue
Macomb L’Anse Creuse North senior quarterback Sean Koski earned league MVP honors, while Crusaders coach Anthony Kiner and Grosse Pointe South coach Tim Brandon shared Coach of the Year recognition. Fraser High was given the Sportsmanship Award.

All-League honorees are Koski, senior wide receiver Dieontae Nicholas, junior linebacker Troy Tanzy, senior wide receiver Alex Bond, senior tight end Jake Chettinsen and senior offensive lineman Ian Hickerson, LCN; senior defensive lineman Steven Fowler, senior defensive back Josh Gray, senior defensive lineman Tristan Russano, senior linebacker Bennett Jackson, senior wide receiver Jordan Spratt, junior running back Sam Hunter and senior quarterback Richie Kish, Grosse Pointe South; senior kicker Andrew Courtemanche and senior wide receiver Trevon Baswell, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse; senior offensive/defensive lineman Brandon Adair, senior wide receiver Andrew Souphis and junior defensive back Aaron Martindale, Port Huron Northern; senior running back Tod Long, sophomore linebacker Lawrence Bryant, senior wide receiver Sal Ciaravino, junior defensive back Odell Snyder and senior offensive lineman Michael Bylski, Grosse Pointe North; and junior linebacker Marcus Bowers, Fraser.

LCN and Grosse Pointe South finished 4-1 to share the league title. The division title is the first for the Crusaders since 2007 and is the second straight for the Blue Devils. Grosse Pointe North went 3-2, followed by Port Huron Northern (2-3), Fraser (1-4) and Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse (1-4).

MAC Gold
St. Clair High senior running back/defensive back Bo Meldrum and St. Clair coach Bill Nesbitt won league MVP and Coach of the Year, respectively. St. Clair Shores Lakeview earned the Sportsmanship Award.

All-League honorees are Meldrum, senior offensive/defensive lineman Colton Pfaendtner, senior wide receiver/defensive back Blake Meldrum, senior quarterback Jared Tobey, senior offensive/defensive lineman Ben Miller, senior offensive/defensive lineman John Dillon and junior offensive/defensive lineman Larry Ochadleus, St. Clair; senior wide receiver/defensive back Pete Patsalis, junior running back/defensive back Jarrett Mathison, junior quarterback Alex Merchant, senior defensive lineman Alex Adams, senior offensive/defensive lineman Kevin Fitzsimmons and junior offensive lineman Kenton Rivard, Marine City; senior running back Brandon Stevenson, senior quarterback Josh Smith, senior defensive back Cole Pawson, senior offensive lineman Nate Hohf and junior defensive lineman Brady Beedon, Marysville; senior offensive/defensive lineman Connor Luke, junior running back/defensive back Brian Moy and sophomore linebacker Brendon Martinez, St. Clair Shores Lakeview; senior wide receiver D’Vonte Owens and senior offensive lineman/linebacker Alec Malucknik, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore; and senior running back Malik Pettway, Sterling Heights High.

St. Clair went 5-0 to win a division title. Marine City was next at 4-1, followed by Marysville (3-2), Lakeview (2-3), Lake Shore (1-4) and Sterling Heights High (0-5)

MAC Silver
Madison Heights Madison junior running back Juan Johnson was named league MVP, while Eagles coach Drake Wilkins earned Coach of the Year honors. Madison Heights Lamphere and Warren Woods Tower shared the Sportsmanship Award.

All-League honorees are Johnson, sophomore offensive lineman Trevor Barndollar, senior tight end Kyle Baldwin, junior quarterback Matthews Crews, senior defensive back Isiah Peterson, junior linebacker Emil Wardor and senior linebacker Terrance Holmes, Madison; senior wide receiver Romell Holmes, senior running back Kahil White and senior defensive back Jaylen Parker, East Detroit; junior quarterback Darius Jordan, senior defensive lineman Corbin Williams, senior fullback Josh Scott, junior defensive back Toriono Hudson, junior wide receiver Jimmy Schindler and senior defensive lineman Tawvan Chestnut, Tower; sophomore running back Martell Pettawaym junior offensive/defensive lineman Kyonta Stallworth, senior linebacker Jaylan Clark, junior defensive lineman Caldin Rogers and sophomore offensive lineman Chase Mitchell, St. Clair Shores South Lake; senior linebacker Jalen Tannyhill and senior tight end/linebacker Robert Gregersen, Warren Fitzgerald; and junior running back Trevor Guilmette, Lamphere.

Madison went 5-0 in divisional play to claim its fourth league title in five years. Warren Woods Tower finished second at 4-1, followed by South Lake (3-2), East Detroit (2-3), Fitzgerald (1-4) and Lamphere (0-5).

MAC Bronze
Clinton Township Clintondale senior linebacker Malik Hazzard earned league MVP honors, while Dragons coach Dave Schindler took home a second straight Coach of the Year award. Warren Lincoln was given the Sportsmanship Award.

All-League honorees are Hazzard, senior defensive back Todd Moore, senior offensive lineman Donte Owens, senior running back James Gibson, senior tight end Trey Barksdale, sophomore linebacker Devon Waldon and senior defensive back Semaj Richardson, Clintondale; senior wide receiver Marquian Johnson, senior linebacker Charles Tarver, junior quarterback Ty Sparks, senior linebacker Steven Klein, junior offensive lineman Miquel Chene and senior offensive lineman John Mittelstaedt, Clawson High; senior running back Marquell Sanders, senior running back Jesse Stevens, senior linebacker Roberto Moya, senior defensive lineman Zach Zinser and senior defensive lineman Cody Kerving, Mount Clemens; senior linebacker Josiah Rabine and junior offensive lineman Matt Podgurski, New Haven; senior linebacker Mike Reese, senior offensive lineman Michael Abouya and senior linebacker Brandon Mitchell, Lincoln; and senior quarterback AJ Favazza, Center Line.

Clintondale went 5-0 to claim its third league title in four years. Clawson finished second at 4-1, followed by Mount Clemens (3-2), Lincoln (2-3), New Haven (1-4) and Center Line (0-5).

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Jason Carmel Davis at jdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1107. Twitter Follow Jason on Twitter.