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All-State football teams announced

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

By STEVE HERMAN

AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS -- Carmel's Morgan Newton, Evansville Reitz's Paul McIntosh and Sheridan's Nick Zachery, multitalented quarterbacks who led their teams to state championships last week, were named Tuesday to The Associated Press All-State football teams for 2007.

Only a junior and still being recruited by many Division I schools, Newton passed for 1,854 yards and 25 touchdowns and ran for 743 yards and 11 TDs for the season. He led the Greyhounds to their sixth championship Saturday night over top-ranked and previously unbeaten Indianapolis Pike.

The Greyhounds, who finished the season 13-2, also placed offensive guard Matt Steele, another junior and Division I prospect, and receiver Jordan Brewer, a Purdue recruit who had almost 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns, on the AP Class 5A first team.

Pike had four players on the top All-State unit, including offensive tackle Cameron Lowry, the IHSAA Eskew Award winner for 5A, along with three on defense: tackles William Dale, linebacker Robert Martin and DB Kendall Flemings.

Three running backs were chosen to the AP Class 5A team, with 2,000-yard rusher Jewel Hampton of Warren Central joined by Indiana recruit Tandon Doss of Indianapolis Ben Davis and Darius Willis of Franklin Central. Penn's 290-pound center Braxston Cave, a Notre Dame recruit, also was named to the 5A team for the second year in a row.

The only other repeat 5A selections from last year were linebackers Chris Carlino of Hamilton Southeastern and Jayme Comer of Brownsburg.

McIntosh, a senior and Ball State recruit, led Reitz to its first championship and its first appearance in the finals in 30 years. The leading passer and rusher for the Panthers, he ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more in the 4A title game against Lowell and finished with 2,292 yards passing and 1,621 yards rushing for the season.

Reitz teammates Craig Austin, a defensive end who had 23 sacks for the season, and linebacker Chris Deig, who had 144 tackles, also joined the AP first team. Lowell placed tight end Jeff Barker and defensive back Luke Palmer on the All-State team.

Mooresville's Trent Mossbrucker was the 4A placekicker for the third straight year. Other first-team repeaters from last year were receivers John Goodman of Fort Wayne Dwenger and Brady Young of Delta, defensive end Kakpindi Jamiru of Indianapolis Cathedral and DB Jeremy Lenson of Hobart.

Zachery, still a junior, led Sheridan to its third straight Class A championship and its record ninth title overall.

In the championship game against Rockville on Friday, Zachery rushed for 198 yards, including touchdown runs of 39, 40 and 61 yards; passed for one touchdown; returned a kickoff 87 yards for another TD, and returned an interception 41 yards. He also averaged 49 yards on two punts.

Other All-State picks for Sheridan were defensive lineman Brian Hickman, linebacker Brent Hume and defensive back Ty Perkins. Rockville lineman Collin Stone, linebacker Zach Clapp and DB Matt King also were named to the Class A team.

The only Class A repeat first-teamer from last year was Perry Central running back Bo Gibson, who rushed for more than 2,100 yards and 39 touchdowns. Clinton Central's Chase Simmons, who rushed for more than 1,600 yards, also was a first-team pick, along with lineman Garrett Ferrel, the only player chosen both on offense and defense.

Class 2A champion Fort Wayne Luers and runner-up Heritage Christian had two players each on the team: linebacker Tyquan Hammock and defensive back Adrien Spencer of Luers, and defensive end Jay Willsey and defensive back Tommy Eggleston of Heritage Christian.

The 2A quarterback was Grant Baumgartner of Fairfield, while Centerville's Alex Jones, a first-team pick at defensive back last year, made the Class 2A team as running back this year with more than 1,400 yards and 21 touchdowns. Marquelo Suel of Fort Wayne Harding, an Indiana recruit, was selected as a receiver.

Indianapolis Chatard, which won its ninth state championship, had four players selected to the 3A All-State team. Jeff Vaughn and Zach Martin, 260-pound linemen, were named to the 3A offensive team, while lineman Graham Wilkerson and linebacker Mike Dum were selected on defense.

Jordan Taylor, who rushed for almost 2,400 yards for 3A runner-up South Bend St. Joseph's, was joined on the AP team by linebacker Mike Krzyzewski. Colton Cooper of Danville, who passed for almost 2,600 yards and 26 touchdowns, was selected as the top 3A quarterback.



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