MVP Drew Marion 6-2 200 Sr QB Lake City
With Marion behind center, Lake City experienced unprecedented success. Their past two seasons have given the Trojans their most wins and most points in school history. As a senior, Marion completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,843 yards and 16 TDs while running for 1,529 yards and 33 TDs.
“His leadership and commitment to excellence is unparalleled,” Lake City coach Tim Peterson said. “He calls the entire offense at the line of scrimmage, all the blocking schemes and all the protection schemes. Without a doubt, he’s the most competitive player I’ve ever coached. A once-in-a-lifetime player.”
QB Nick Swore 6-2 190 Sr Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian
He battled through injuries the past two seasons, but when Swore was healthy, he was as tough a QB as you’ll find in the Lake Area. He led NorthPointe Christian to unprecedented success, losing only one game which he both started and finished, last year to Lake City and 2013 Offensive MVP Drew Marion. As a senior, Swore completed 40-of-60 passes for 532 yards and 11 TDS, while running for seven TDs.
OL Michael Caughey 6-0 235 Jr Muskegon Catholic Central
Caughey anchored a line that helped produce the most prolific offense in Muskegon Catholic Central history, which has been good enough to take them to the Division 8 state final. As the Crusaders’ right tackle, Caughey was the tip of the spear in their rushing attack. Also played on the defensive line.
OL Joe Corey 5-10 225 Sr Grand Rapids West Catholic
Corey has started 40 consecutive games at center for West Catholic, headed into the Division 5 state championship against Menominee. It’s West Catholic’s second-straight state final appearance. During that time, Corey’s graded out as a 90-percent blocker.
OL DeKurtis Murphy 6-5 295 Jr St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic
When Lake Michigan Catholic was running the ball, everyone in the stadium knew it was behind this big junior. He played both the left and right side of the line, at tackle and guard. Murphy could end up on either side of the line in college.
OL Nick Padla 6-5 280 Sr Berrien Springs
Michigan State struck gold with a recent lightly recruited lineman from the Lake Area, Plainwell’s Jack Conklin who is starting at left tackle for the Spartans as a red-shirt freshman. They’re hoping to have cashed in again on Padla. He’s a blue-collar pulling guard but with the light feet to possibly play tackle. He went both ways for Berrien Springs, making 47 tackles, six of them behind the line, and returned an interception for a TD.
OL Darrien Sweet 6-1 195 Sr Reed City
He was a two-time first-team all-league selection in the Central State, and the top vote-getter on the offensive line in 2013. Sweet was a stalwart on a line which cleared the way for the Coyotes to compile nearly 4,500 yards total offense during the regular season.
WR Tyler McClanahan 5-11 175 Sr Grayling
He was the total package as a receiver, with not just speed but hands and a knack for adjusting and getting the ball. No receiver in the Lake Area put up better numbers than McClanahan, ranking first across the board with 80 catches for 1,223 yards and 18 TDs.
WR Cooper Mojsiejenko 6-3 210 Sr Bridgman
Mojsiejenko did it all for Bridgman, as the featured member of its offense but also an outside linebacker, kick returner, place kicker and a punter averaging 49 yards per attempt. But it was as a receiver that Mojsiejenko did the most damage, with the speed to stretch the field and toughness to produce over the middle. He had 47 catches for 1,120 yards and seven TDs.
RB Kaleb Hauser 6-2 220 Sr Kalkaska
Kalkaska returned only one member of its offensive line, but that didn’t stop Hauser from rushing 178 times for 1,342 yards and 16 TDs to go with nine catches for 167 yards and three TDs. He did that in eight games, while also excelling defensively where he had 30 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
RB David Walker 6-4 230 Sr Harbor Springs
He turned in a second-straight 1,300-yard rushing season, with 1,378 and 13 TDs in eight games. He also returned a kick for a TD. As Walker succeeded, so did Harbor, with three then four wins the past two seasons after putting up a goose egg in 2011. It is Walker’s athleticism and versatility that earned him multiple D1 offers as a defensive end, tight end or h-back, before choosing to play next season at Harvard.