All-Lake Area Defense

This is the seventh of eight LMFR post-season honor teams, which include by school division, underclassman team, class of 2018 team and the overall All-Lake Area Offense.

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Muskegon senior linebacker Andrew Ward is the Lake Michigan Football Report’s 2016 Defensive Most Valuable Player.

MVP Andrew Ward  6-1  210  Sr  LB  Muskegon: The leading tackler on the most talented Big Reds team of coach Shane Fairfield’s tenure, the O-K Black champions and D3 state finalists. Ward had over 100 tackles. He’s the Lake Area’s top uncommitted senior, with offers from the likes of Nebraska, Penn State, Washington State, Arizona, Virginia Tech and WMU.

DL Ian Hall  6-1  230  Sr  Grandville: Three-year starter and two-way technician on the line. He made the hits count, as of his 50 tackles Hall had 14 sacks and 16 more behind the line.

DL Corey Malone-Hatcher  6-3  245  Sr  St. Joseph: Michigan commitment led the Bears topping 100 tackles, 20 of them for a loss.

DL Derek Spann  Muskegon  6-2  210  Sr  Muskegon: He had 50 tackles, including six sacks, for the D3 state finalist Big Reds.

LB Dalton Agers  5-11  195  Sr  Hudsonville: This was the third season that Agers was the Eagles’ leading tackler. On the other side he ran for 10 TDs.

LB Sal Sidebotham  5-9  190  Sr  Forest Hills Central: Three-year starter who led the Rangers in tackles, tackles for loss and interceptions.

LB Nate Stephens  6-0  195  Sr  Lowell: There were some uncertainties for Lowell going into the year, but Stephens was one of the vets who helped them to an undefeated regular season and appearance in the D2 semifinals. He had a team-high 72 tackles with 5 1/2 sacks, while also leading the Red Arrows in rushing.

DB David Fox  6-1  210  Sr  Grand Rapids West Catholic: Do-it-all athlete who started the season at quarterback, and ended it as a safety and running back for the Falcon’s fourth-straight D5 state champion. He was West Catholic’s leading tackler.

DB Mike Brown  6-0  200  Sr  Grand Rapids Catholic Central: He led the D4 state champion Cougars, and the Lake Area’s top defensive backfield, with eight interceptions, to go with 83 tackles. He also had 19 total TDs as a receiver, runner and kick returner.

DB Jack Mandryk  6-2  185  Sr  Hudsonville: Maybe the most athletic player in the O-K Red (Mandryk was also the LMFR’s D1-2 offensive MVP), he led the Eagles with four interceptions while at QB he had over 2,000 yards and 21 TDs from scrimmage.

DB  Blake Dunn  6-0  180  Sr  Saugatuck: One of the most accomplished all-around, four-sport athletes in state history. He had 64 tackles and seven interceptions in the regular season. Dunn played a little QB too rushing for nearly 2,00 yards and 34 TDs and throwing for a dozen more scores.

DB Matt Ellis  5-11  190  Sr  Grand Rapids Christian: He led the Eagles with 108 tackles. Ellis did it offensively as well, with 1,352 yars and 17 TDs rushing or catching from his running back spot.

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