CRYSTAL FALLS – The top ranked North Central Jets reaped the benefits of a stellar football season, as evidenced by the poll at the Great Lakes Eight Conference Annual Meeting, the West Division coaches here recently.
To everyone’s surprise, North Central was named Team of the Year and Leo Gorzinski was named Coach of the Year.
Jets junior quarterback Luke Gorzinski (37-46 for 664 passing yards, 45 attempts for 799 rushing yards, 26 total TDs) was named offensive player of the year, and his senior teammate Wyatt Raab ( 32 tackles, 4 sacks) – described as “The league’s most disruptive defensive lineman” by Coach Gorzinski – was named Defensive Player of the Year.
Senior Ontonagon Jaden Borseth was a first-team selection in QB.
Those receiving the first team at running back are junior Sam McKissack of Forest Park and senior Ben Tampas of Lake Linden-Hubbell.
The other first team recipients are Rapid River junior Carter Johnson (Two-point conversion count, 48 receptions for 842 yards, nine touchdowns, five two-point conversions) and senior Ontonagon Eric Abramson to wide receiver, senior Stephenson Canaan Elson (hybrid), North Central senior Lane Nehring, Forest Park senior Tim Bendick and North Dickinson senior Colt Glasheen (offensive line).
First-team defensive selections include Ontonagon junior Mason Totzke, senior LL-H Marcus Sutherland, Nehring (13 tackles, seven for loss and one sack) and Rapid River senior Damyn Smith (linemen, 47 tackles, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, five sacks, eight tackles for loss), Luke Gorzinski (24 tackles, one sack, one interception, four batters), LL-H junior James Milkey and Forest Park senior Tim McKissack (back), LL-H junior Kirby Koskela (hybrid) and North Central junior Jaden Walters (kicker, five touchbacks, 23-26 on extra runs and a 20-yard basket).
Senior Norwegian punter Aiden Richards and senior center-north return specialist Alex Naser (eight touchdowns – three rushing, three receptions, one pick six, one kick return and three punt returns for scores that were recalled) were also selected in the first team.
Second-team offensive picks are Rapid River second-year QB Blake Lundquist (81-192, 1,292 yards, 15 pass touchdowns), Ontonagon senior Steve Graff and Norway senior Gabe Hautamaki ( runners), Sutherland and Naser (wide receivers), Stephenson junior Devon Groleau, Koskela and Forest Park junior Will Curtis (linemen), North Central senior Caden Tietz and Groleau (secondary).
The defensive selections are Rapid River senior Joey Smith, North Dickinson senior Will Smith and Forest Park senior Will Curtis (secondary), Joey and Will Smith and Forest Park senior Vincent Curtis (linemen and Tietz, Carney-Nadeau senior Peyton Imhoff and Tampas (back ).
Those who received an honorable mention include Forest Park junior Payton Woollard, LL-H sophomore Dan Marcotte, North Central sophomore Max Nason, North Dickinson sophomore Steven Holmes, Norway junior Michael Peterson, Ontonagon senior Luke Strasser, Rapid River senior Mason Lippold and Stephenson senior Niko Gibellina.