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SEK champs have 10 honored by coaches

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The All-Southeast Kansas League football team features 10 members of the league champion Fort Scott squad, five of whom were named to the First Team.

Seniors Johnathan Stark and Marques Floyd were picked as First Team defensive backs. Classmate John Metcalf was chosen as a defensive lineman and junior Jacob Durossette was picked as a linebacker. Junior Brendan Blackburn was picked as a defensive lineman and an offensive lineman, making him the only Tiger picked for the First Team offense.

The First Team quarterback is Chanute's Brock Gilmore, who guided his team to the Sectional round of the Class 4A playoffs, the farthest any of the SEK's three playoff teams advanced. The running backs are Coffeyville's Wesley Collins, who led the league in touchdowns (23) and total points (146), and Pittsburg's Alex Barnes. Coffeyville's Elijah Jones was picked as the tight end. Coffeyville's James Newton, Pittsburg's Zack Woods and Chanute's Seb Fairchild were selected as the wide receivers.

The rest of the First Team offensive line has Coffeyville's Austin Ryder, Chanute's Cody Howell, and Pittsburg's Drake Markley and Dakota Taylor.

The rest of the First Team defensive line has are Markley and Chanute's Jack Martin. The other linebackers are Jones, Howell and Woods. The remaining defensive backs are Pittsburg's Spencer Bernhardt and Chanute's Evan Hale.

The First Team kicker is Chanute's A.J. LaRocca, who broke the league's single-season record for points scored by a kicker. His 57 points on 45 extra points and four field goals broke the record held by Fort Scott's Stephen Doherty, who had held it since 2004, by one point. Bernhardt is the punter and Newton was picked as the return specialist.

Floyd is the running back on the Second Team offense and is joined by six other Tigers. Metcalf, Nick Allen and Ackland Milton, all seniors, are on the offensive line along with Martin and Coffeyville's Hunter Wright.

Independence's Courtlan Hayes is the other Second Team running back and Bernhardt is the quarterback. Fort Scott junior Chris Allen is the tight end. Fort Scott senior Straton Hunziker and junior Jash Pytlowany and Coffeyville's Darron Deffebaugh are the wide receivers.

Hunziker is the only Tiger on the Second Team defense, picked as a linebacker along with Pittsburg's Nick Vacca and Anthony McNeely, Indy's J.R. Gelddyhaus, and Labette County's Cole Reazin.

The defensive linemen are Coffeyville's Wright and DeMarco Shoat, Chanute's Josh Smeed and Indy's Clay Sears. The defensive backs are Coffeyville's Deffebaugh and Blayne Kimmell and Chanute's Abron Weaver. Kimmell is also the Second Team kicker while Chanute's Caleb Dietsch is the punter Labette County's Dontae Johnson is the return man.

Stark was the only Tiger picked to the Honorable Mention list, chosen as one of the two quarterbacks along with Coffeyville's Nathan Finley. McNeeley, Chanute's Blake Kisner, LC's Tyler Cares and Coffeyville's James Jones III are the running backs. Taylor Stice of Labette County is the tight end. Indy's Parker Botts and Chanute's Derek Sharp are the wide receivers.

Honorable Mention offensive linemen are Pittsburg's Chris Huyett, LC's Westin Myers, Coffeyville's Brad Stansbury and Indy's Evan Speicher.

Sears and Cofeyville's Jamal Logan are the HM defensive linemen. Barnes, Indy's Alex Wright, and Parsons' Jackson Fuhrman and Dustin Dishman are the linebackers. Parsons' Craig Beachner, LC's Heath Charles, and Coffeyville's Luis Grossi and DeAndre Jeffries are the defensive backs.

Barnes, Hayes, and Chanute's Jared Fiscus and Ethan Van Anne were all picked as HM kick and punt returners. Independence's Cody Sears, Labete County's Parker Grant and Coffeyville's Hubert Thompson are the punters. Parsons' Logan Dickinson and Coffeyville's Mateo Francisco are the kickers.

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