Lake Area Offensive Player of the Week
Tyler Trovinger 5-11 190 Sr QB Mona Shores: His college choice doesn’t even have a football team. That will work out fine though since Trovinger is committed to Oakland for baseball. He’s certainly getting the most out of his final football season, his first at QB. Mona has put up a pair of double-nickles, beating West Ottawa in the opener 55-0 then Fruitport 55-14. Trovinger broke Mona legend Tyree Jackson’s 2013 school record with six TD tosses against Fruitport on 9-of-16 passes for 235 yards. He capitalized on the Lake Area’s most dangerous receiving corps with TD receptions of 80 yards from Hunter Broersma, 24 and 11 yards to Kobe Burse, 14 and 11 yards to Deandre Oakes-Owens and 56 yards to Darece Roberson. It will get tougher from them all in week 3 at home against Rockford.
Lake Area Defensive Player of the Week
Ryan Beadle 5-9 190 Sr LB Portage Northern: The Huskies’ defense didn’t give up a point in their 29-7 win over Kalamazoo Central. Beadle led Portage Northern with six tackles while recovering and fumble and making an interception.
Lake Area Small School Player of the Week
Jacob Buchberger 6-2 185 Sr QB Montague: He oversaw an offense that actually trailed at half but ultimately put up 70 points on Ravenna. Buchberger ran a dozen times for 252 yards including TDs of 65, 55, 65 and 30 yards, while completing 6-of-11 passes for 117 yards including TDs of 54 and 20 yards.He also contributed on defense with an interception and special teams with a 55-yard run after a faked punt.
Lake Area Northern Michigan Player of the Week
Luke Sage 6-1 195 Sr LB Boyne City: He lead a defense that shut out Charlevoix, 13-0, while holding the inaugural Northern Michigan POW, Charlevoix junior Jared McLean, to 61 yards on 14 carries. Sage had 13 tackles, including four behind the line. He also caught a 61-yard TD reception.
Lake Area Coach of the Week
Josh Sellers, Traverse City St. Francis: So far so good with the return of Sellers to the Gladiators’ sidelines, where he won two state championships in his five-year tenure with St. Francis that ended in 2007 before taking coaching positions in Tennessee. His first team back in the Mitten has yet to allow a point this season, most recently beating McBain 35-0. They opened the season with a 42-0 defeat of Marquette.