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Joe Troop Chestertfootball ChestertInd. Tuesday July 31 2012.  |  Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Medi

Joe Troop, Chesterton football in Chesterton, Ind. Tuesday July 31, 2012. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 6, 2013 6:48PM



FIRST TEAM

Athlete – Matt DeSomer, Andrean, 6-0, 175, Junior

Stats: 1,384 rush yds, 24 TDs; 1,342 pass yds, 51% comp

Raves: Quarterbacked Andrean to its first regional title under head coach Phil Mason.

Quarterback – Jake Raspopovich, Merrillville 6-0 160 senior

Stats: 66% comp, 225 pass yds per game, 32 TD, 8 INT; 955 rush yds, 14 TDs

Raves: The most dynamic player in NWI, Raspopovich broke too many scoring and passing records to list. Will play basketball at Texas Pan Am next year.

Running Back – David Yancey, Lake Central 5-11 205 senior

Stats: 1,184 yds, 7.8 yds per carry, 17 TD; 8-of-16 passing

Raves: He was basically a one-person offensive gang. Played in the Wildcat frequently. Missed the last two games with knee injury. Will play at Purdue next year.

Running Back – George Fields, Lowell 6-0 185 junior

Stats: 1,811 yds, 21 TD, 6.8 yds per carry

Raves: His coach, Keith Kilmer, called him the best back in the area. Part of team that rushed for 2,582 yards.

Wide Receiver – Aaron Dye, Merrillville, 5-10, 160, senior

Stats: 62 rec, 1,294 yds, 16 TD

Raves: A speed machine, he was the best wideout in the area. Finished 26th in the state for all time career receiving yardage.

Wide Receiver – Brian Jenkins Merrillville 5-10 155 senior

Stats: 67 rec, 10 TD.

Raves: He’s a bookend first-teamer for the Pirates, along with Dye. One of the Pirates’ best basketball players.

Center – Gerald Valenzuela, Hobart, 5-10, 290, senior

Raves: Graded out at 90 percent over two season for Vikings. Honorable mention all-state. Valenzuela is an honor student who’ll likely play in college somewhere.

Offensive Line – Sean Jones Crown Point, 6-3, 250, senior

Raves: A two-way performer, Jones was a beast on the line for the Bulldogs, finishing with 33 pancake blocks. He played tackle. Jones was an All-DAC selection. One of the top three linemen in the conference.

Offensive Line – Paul Runyan Valparaiso, 6-2, 290, senior

Raves: The tackle graded out at 88.68 percent for the Vikings. An All-DAC performer, he was one of three excellent linemen for the Vikings.

Offensive Line – Alfredo Gutierrez, Morton, 6-1, 245, Senior

Raves: Best offensive lineman on a Governors team that won sectionals for third straight time. Gutierrez was a team captain and made all-conference in the Great Lakes.

Offensive Line – Michael Oljace, Lake Central, 6-6, 285, Senior

Raves: Anchored the Indians’ line for an offense that averaged 215 yards rushing per game. Battled through injuries all season. Getting serious looks at the next level.

TIGHT END –Braden Mattocks, Rensselaer, 6-3, 185, senior

Stats: 38 rec., 664 yds, 10 TDs, 17.5 yds per rec.

Raves: The best pass-catching tight end in the area.

SECOND TEAM

Athlete – Joe Troop, Chesterton, 6-2, 185, senior

Stats: 1,900 all-purpose yds; 13.1 yds per rush, 16.5 yds per rec, 15 TD

Raves: Troop was the most versatile big-play threat in NWI. He finished third at state in the 400 in track. Leaves Chesterton with over 4,000 all-purpose yards.

Quarterback – Chris Katsafaros, Chesterton 5-10 160 Senior

Stats: More than 1,400 pass yds, 700 rush yds

Raves: Perfect fit for the Trojans’ offense, Katsafaros was one of the best run-pass guys around.

Running Back – Tyler Birky, Kankakee Valley 6-2 218 senior

Stats: 7.6 yds per carry, 24 TD, 1,473 total yds

Raves: Punishing offensive centerpiece for the Kougars, who rarely completed a pass. Hobbled by an ankle injury in his final game against Hobart.

Running Back – Dylon Collins, Merrillville 5-10 190 Senior

Stats: 1,379 yds, 13 TD, 8.3 yds per carry

Raves: An injury hampered Collins, who probably would’ve been first team if not for an ACL tear that he suffered against Valparaiso.

Wide Receiver – Jon Vea Johnson, West Side, 6-0, 175, Sophomore

Stats: 47 rec, 1,047 yds, 22.3 yds per catch, 7 TD

Raves: Johnson had a 99-yard reception for a touchdown.

Wide Receiver – Zach Plesac, Crown Point, 6-2, 190, senior

Stats: 60 rec, 14.4 yds per catch

Raves: All-DAC player who was a big-play machine for the Bulldogs when the game was on the line.

Tight end – Nick Bokun, Hobart, 6-4, 240, Junior

Stats: 5 rec, 131 yds, TD

Raves: One of few true tight ends nominated, Bokun also was a dynamo on defense, finishing with 10.5 tackles for losses. Great blocking tight end.

Center – Spenser Kersey, Lowell, 6-3, 236, Senior

Raves: Played on the defensive line also for Red Devils. Anchored the line for an offense that rushed for 2,582 yards. He was also the Red Devils’ punter, averaging 36.5 yards per kick.

Offensive Line – Jacob Melton, Highland, 5-11, 221, Senior

Raves: Anchored the Trojans’ offensive line. The offense ran 95 traps plays behind him. Melton helped the Trojans reach the sectional finals.

Offensive Line – Blake Biesen, Valparaiso 6-4 285 Junior

Raves: Tag-teamed with Runyan on Vikings’ line, playing tackle. He graded out at 88.3 percent for Vikings.

Offensive Line – Kyle Bishop, Valparaiso, 6-2, 250, Junior

Raves: Graded out at 88.3 percent on blocking assignments and hustle. One of three linemen for the Vikings on the all-area team. All were nearly identical in terms of skill set and performance.

Offensive Line – Malcolm Donley, Merrillville, 6-3, 250, Junior

Raves: Anchored a line that set a record for most yards by a football team in Indiana. Finished with 29 pancake blocks and 13 skates this year. Best linemen for the Pirates.



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