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Knights named to All-Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association teams

Thursday, January 5, 2012

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Northview's Coleman Craig (No. 88) dives towards West Vigo's quarterback in a game earlier this season. Craig had three sacks and three tackles for loss in 2011. [Order this photo]
By CAREY FOX

Times Sports Editor

The Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association had plenty of talent to choose from when it made its selections for the All-Valley team just before Christmas.

The schools around the Valley had a wealth of success this season led by Casey, Ill., which reached the state championship game in Class 2A in Illinois. The Linton Miners reached the final four of Class A in Indiana and Charleston, Ill. also made the final four in Illinois Class 4A.

The South Putnam Eagles derailed the North Putnam Cougars' thoughts of a state championship and placed three players on the first-team with the Cougars putting six players on the first-team and adding another player on the second-team on the 2011 all-Valley squad.

All told, Putnam County put a combined 14 players on the two all-Valley teams this season as Greencastle contributed three players.

The Northview Knights placed four players on the squad following a 6-4 season under head coach George Gettle. The Knights also claimed a Western Indiana Conference championship with an unbeaten mark. Northview has raised its unbeaten string in conference play to 19 games since a loss in 2008 to West Vigo.

Versatile senior Damon Hyatt started the season as a multi-purpose back running and catching the ball with equal skill. However, by the end of the season he had shown that he could also run the offense behind center as well after quarterback Dallas King injured an ankle.

Hyatt received first team all-Valley honors as an At-large player as he finished the season with 147 carries for 911 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also caught 28 passes for 398 yards and two scores to go with 152 yards passing and a TD through the air. On the defensive side of the ball, Hyatt had a team-high five interceptions and added 28 tackles.

Earning second-team honors for Northview were Ethan Stewart at offensive line and Bryant Pestoff on the defensive line. On the Honorable Mention list are Coleman Craig, Jesse Miller, Chance Talbot and Jed Thomas.

Miller ran for more than 1,000 yards (1,069) yards this season and 14 touchdowns as a junior this year and averaged more than seven yards per carry. On the defensive side of the ball, Talbot had 26 solo tackles and 13 assists and had 11 tackles for loss for the Knights. Talbot registered eight quarterback hurries, four sacks and recovered two fumbles. Craig had 20 solo tackles, seven quarterback hurries, three sacks and he caused two fumbles. Pestoff registered 29 solo tackles and five tackles for loss for the Knights in 2011. He also added two sacks and two fumble recoveries.

When Miller wasn't running the ball down the opposition's throat, he was a heck of a defensive player as well with 27 solo tackles and 11 assists. Miller added six tackles for loss and four hurries. Jed Thomas registered a team-high 52 tackles and had 14 assists and recovered a fumble.

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Northview's Bryant Pestoff (No. 75) battles against Bishop Chatard this season and had two sacks and two fumble recoveries in 2011. [Order this photo]
The first team quarterback is Linton's star signal caller Austin Karazsia, who threw for 3,467 yards and 43 touchdowns against just 12 interceptions while completing nearly 70-percent of his passes. The running backs included South Putnam's Rob Gibson, who galloped for 2,092 yards and averaged better than 160 per game. He also caught 25 passes for 576 yards and had a combined 37 touchdowns. At another running back spot is North Putnam's Hank Spencer, who had 1,039 yards rushing and 18 scores and he is joined by quarterback Kolton Everts, who joined Hyatt as an At-large selection. Everts threw for 1,489 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Northview also had three players earn spots on the Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association All-Academic Team as Hyatt, Craig and Stewart made the team.

All-Wabash Valley high school football team

Chosen by Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association

First team

Offense

Quarterback -- Austin Karazsia, Linton

Running back -- Rob Gibson, South Putnam

Running back -- Hank Spencer, North Putnam

Running back -- Andre Strohm, Marshall

Receiver -- Colin Carver, Casey

Receiver -- Tyrus Moss, Mattoon

Receiver -- Jake Smerage, North Putnam

Tight end -- Calvin Blank, Terre Haute North

Offensive lineman -- Levi App, Greencastle

Offensive lineman -- Tanner Butler, Linton

Offensive lineman -- Ryan Chestnut, South Putnam

Offensive lineman -- Hunter Logan, North Putnam

Offensive lineman -- Dakota Vermillion, Terre Haute North

Kicker -- Clark Schultz, Casey

At-large -- Damon Hyatt, Northview

At-large -- Kolten Everts, North Putnam

Defense

Defensive lineman -- Ben Bird, West Vigo

Defensive lineman -- A.J. Grady, Terre Haute North

Defensive lineman -- Patrick McCown, Casey

Defensive lineman -- MIchael McKinney, Mattoon

Linebacker -- A.J. Boyll, Marshall

Linebacker -- Enreque Brown, Terre Haute South

Linebacker -- Nate Bryan, North Putnam

Linebacker -- Wade Custis, South Putnam

Linebacker -- Lee Davis, Terre Haute North

Defensive back -- Kendal Butler, Cumberland

Defensive back -- Shaunesy Carlen, Mattoon

Defensive back -- Tsali Lough, Terre Haute South

Defensive back -- Tyler Shorter, North Putnam

At-large -- Zack Myers, Mattoon

At-large -- Dante Rehmel, North Central

Punter -- A.J. Hughes, Terre Haute North

Second team

Offense

Quarterback -- Danny Etling, Terre Haute South

Running backs -- Ryder Brannon, Robinson; Tyler Evans, Terre Haute South; Derrick Lenihan, Greencastle

Receivers -- Lane Clark, North Vermillion; Cody Jeffries, Rockville; James Ridge, Edgewood

Tight end -- Rodney Troutman, Marshall

Offensive linemen -- Kyle Albaugh, Robinson; Bryce Bement, Sullivan; Ben Bundy, North Putnam; Adam Kendall, Marshall; Ethan Stewart, Northview

Kicker -- Daniel Littlejohn, Marshall

Defense

Defensive linemen -- Ethan Lannan, Linton; Derrick Nicholas, Robinson; Bryant Pestoff, Northview; Blake Scharbrough, Linton

Linebackers -- Robbie Foster, Rockville; Billy Knust, Robinson; Aaron See, Northview

Defensive backs -- Justin Bumgardner, South Putnam; Heath Huisinga, Casey; Austin Lewis, Terre Haute North; Hayden Stuckwisch, Greencastle

Punter -- Zach Lyday, North Central

Honorable mention -- Brandon Blair, Ethan Blankenship, Matt McCown and Taylor White, Casey; Aaron Bence, Dillan Cazley, Chris Creek, Sean Hussey, Tibet Spencer and Truston Winnett, Charleston; Jackson Green and Brayden Smith, Cumberland; Taylor Bybee, Bryan Delos Santos, Grant Pedersen and Cameron Walls, Edgewood; Ryan Battin, Nick Gilliam, Mac Shuee and Renegade Vandiver, Greencastle; Zach Benson, Cole Hulen, Max Loeb, Bert Maddie, Brandon Vessels and Tanner Volkman, Lawrenceville; Cole Bradbury, Kent Helton, Koye Kaiser, Nick Sparks and Brad Thomas, Linton; Zach Bartnick, Jacob Duncan, Dalton McNeely and Taylor Sanders, Marshall; Joseph Diener, Jake Gates, Ryan Paige and Justin Pearson, Mattoon; Kody Basinger, Nate Lyday and Chase VanSchoyck, North Central; Drew Harkness, North Daviess; Eric Davis, Allain St. Victor-Duncan, Devon Thrasher and Jake Worth, North Putnam; Riley Chew, Wade Harrison, Ethan Kunkle, Dalton McCool, Brayden Woodard and Kody Zumwalt, North Vermillion; Coleman Craig, Jesse Miller, Chance Talbot and Jed Thomas, Northview; Anthony Johnson, Karch Knollenberg and Gerald Richardson, Oblong; Joel Eagleson and Brock Pampe, Olney; Drew Bradley, Logan Britton, Evan Rice, Mike Scully and Carson Terrell, Owen Valley; Joseph Eckert, Kasey Newlin, Eric Pointon and Matt Schmidlin, Palestine-Hutsonville; Stewart Arp, Dylan Breeding, Clay Mason and Devin Stephens, Paris; Max Anderson, Dalton James, Brian Perry and Matt Young, Red Hill; Gary Secuskie, Riverton Parke; Derek Gregg, Jon Pierce, Clint White and Joel Wittenmyer, Rockville; Seth Hammond, Cody Heller, Zach Smith and Tanner Thompson, South Putnam; Tanner Akers and Seth Dickey, South Vermillion; Payne Fortner, Chance Hollifield, Michael Hutchcraft, James Lisman and Ryan Vernelson, Sullivan; Nick Basile, Jordan Robinson, Brother Scank and Chris Spencer, Terre Haute North; Dillon Bell, Bobby Bennett, Leon Hill, Thomas King and Brandon Russell-Cherry, Terre Haute South; Jeff Girdler, Riley Sunderman and Jeff Woods, Turkey Run; Seth Gambill, Union; and Jacob Creasey, Harley Elkins, Matt Green and Cody Thornton, West Vigo.

All-Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association Academic Team

Casey -- Clark Schultz, Taylor White

Charleston -- Dillan Cazley, Sean Hussey, Tibet Spencer, Truston Winnett

Cumberland -- Kendal Butler, Jackson Green, Austin Miller, Brayden Smith

Edgewood -- Bryan Delos Santos, Derek Driver, Grant Pedersen, Reece Phillips, James Ridge, Cameron Walls

Greencastle -- Ryan Battin, T.J. Bollman, Ben Hesler, Nate Secrest, Dustin Williams

Lawrenceville -- Cole Hulen, Max Loeb

Linton -- Austin Karazsia, Dane Rupska, Nick Sparks

Marshall -- Jared Boyll, Jacob Duncan, Dalton McNeely, Taylor Sanders, Andre Strohm, Rodney Troutman

North Vermillion -- Riley Chew, Lane Clark, Lucas Clark, Robbie Davis, Braeden Hollowell, Zeth Jumps, Ethan Kunkle, Ethan Lee, Adam Scott, Andrew Shepard, Dreyson Smith, Tyler Turchi, Brayden Woodard

Northview -- Coleman Craig, Damon Hyatt, Ethan Stewart

Mattoon -- Jordan Akins, Colton Anderson, Cameron Brown, Shaunesy Carlen, Lucas Davis, Christopher Dyer, Caleb Fritchnitch, Jacob Gates, Tyler Giberson, John Janosik, Michael Jean, Travis Kittell, Trevor Levingston, Samuel Mitchell, Cody Morris, Tyrus Moss, Ted Myers, Derek Pierce, Nicholas Polston, Todd Reardon, Chase Rich, Gunnar Roling, Zachary Temple, Ben Vieth, Adam Willaredt, Dalton Winn, Jeremy Woodyard

Olney -- Joel Eagleson

Palestine-Hutsonville -- Lucas Burton, Brandon Redman, Matt Schmidlin, Dylan Webster

Paris -- Stewart Arp, Tyler Bouslog, Robert Hodgson, Xavier Holt, Clay Mason, Shane Mason, Logan McDaniel, Hunter Morris, Jed Powers, Riley Spencer, Matt Wells, Mike Wells, Jacob Whitacre, Thomas Woods

Riverton Parke -- Adam Byers, Aaron Hill, Damon Reiber, Gary Secuskie

Robinson -- Paul Ackman, Jay Akins, Kyle Albaugh, Nick Berty, Ryder Brannon, Cam Callaway, Alex Chan, Josh Crawford, Dylan Dart, Michael Elliott, Andrew Gallagher, Nic Iovanac, Billy Knust, Will Rich, Austin VanSchoyck, Mack Waggoner, Eli Wright

Rockville -- John Brown, Dylan Criswell, Nate Fisher, Jake Lear, Sam Paris, Jon Pierce, Adam Swaim, Isaiah Thurman, Nate Wake, Cody Wheeler, Kiontre Wilkey

South Putnam -- Justin Bumgardner, Ryan Chestnut, Nathan Criss, Sam Gould, Seth Hammond, Cody Heller, Andy Waters

South Vermillion -- Casey Gossett, Austin Russell

Sullivan -- Derek Andre, Bryce Bement, Jed Cox, Payne Fortner, Michael Hutchcraft, Kyle Kirschner, James Lisman, Cameron McNeely, Thomas Smith, Jonathon Sullivan, Ryan Vernelson, Brooks Weszely, Zach Willis

Terre Haute North -- Rocky Brookins, Forrest Lowery, Ryan Moshak, Zach Potter, Cole Seward, Cameron Stewart, Kai Stratten

Terre Haute South -- Aaron Clauss, Danny Etling, Cody Helms, Jacob Johnson, Adam Kahn, Nic Keller, Thomas King, Nick Lee, Tsali Lough, Ian Newton, Tyler Seibert, Lucas Steward, Jonathan Weakley

Turkey Run -- Jeff Woods

Union -- Seth Gambill

West Vigo -- Ethan Boatman, Jacob Creasey, Tyler Gustafson, Jimmy Maples, Sam McClain, Logan Meissel, Garrett Ray, Andy Velazquez, Sammy Velazquez

Casey -- Clark Schultz, Taylor White

Charleston -- Dillan Cazley, Sean Hussey, Tibet Spencer, Truston Winnett

Cumberland -- Kendal Butler, Jackson Green, Austin Miller, Brayden Smith

Edgewood -- Bryan Delos Santos, Derek Driver, Grant Pedersen, Reece Phillips, James Ridge, Cameron Walls

Greencastle -- Ryan Battin, T.J. Bollman, Ben Hesler, Nate Secrest, Dustin Williams

Lawrenceville -- Cole Hulen, Max Loeb

Linton -- Austin Karazsia, Dane Rupska, Nick Sparks

Marshall -- Jared Boyll, Jacob Duncan, Dalton McNeely, Taylor Sanders, Andre Strohm, Rodney Troutman

North Vermillion -- Riley Chew, Lane Clark, Lucas Clark, Robbie Davis, Braeden Hollowell, Zeth Jumps, Ethan Kunkle, Ethan Lee, Adam Scott, Andrew Shepard, Dreyson Smith, Tyler Turchi, Brayden Woodard

Northview -- Coleman Craig, Damon Hyatt, Ethan Stewart

Mattoon -- Jordan Akins, Colton Anderson, Cameron Brown, Shaunesy Carlen, Lucas Davis, Christopher Dyer, Caleb Fritchnitch, Jacob Gates, Tyler Giberson, John Janosik, Michael Jean, Travis Kittell, Trevor Levingston, Samuel Mitchell, Cody Morris, Tyrus Moss, Ted Myers, Derek Pierce, Nicholas Polston, Todd Reardon, Chase Rich, Gunnar Roling, Zachary Temple, Ben Vieth, Adam Willaredt, Dalton Winn, Jeremy Woodyard

Olney -- Joel Eagleson

Palestine-Hutsonville -- Lucas Burton, Brandon Redman, Matt Schmidlin, Dylan Webster

Paris -- Stewart Arp, Tyler Bouslog, Robert Hodgson, Xavier Holt, Clay Mason, Shane Mason, Logan McDaniel, Hunter Morris, Jed Powers, Riley Spencer, Matt Wells, Mike Wells, Jacob Whitacre, Thomas Woods

Riverton Parke -- Adam Byers, Aaron Hill, Damon Reiber, Gary Secuskie

Robinson -- Paul Ackman, Jay Akins, Kyle Albaugh, Nick Berty, Ryder Brannon, Cam Callaway, Alex Chan, Josh Crawford, Dylan Dart, Michael Elliott, Andrew Gallagher, Nic Iovanac, Billy Knust, Will Rich, Austin VanSchoyck, Mack Waggoner, Eli Wright

Rockville -- John Brown, Dylan Criswell, Nate Fisher, Jake Lear, Sam Paris, Jon Pierce, Adam Swaim, Isaiah Thurman, Nate Wake, Cody Wheeler, Kiontre Wilkey

South Putnam -- Justin Bumgardner, Ryan Chestnut, Nathan Criss, Sam Gould, Seth Hammond, Cody Heller, Andy Waters

South Vermillion -- Casey Gossett, Austin Russell

Sullivan -- Derek Andre, Bryce Bement, Jed Cox, Payne Fortner, Michael Hutchcraft, Kyle Kirschner, James Lisman, Cameron McNeely, Thomas Smith, Jonathon Sullivan, Ryan Vernelson, Brooks Weszely, Zach Willis

Terre Haute North -- Rocky Brookins, Forrest Lowery, Ryan Moshak, Zach Potter, Cole Seward, Cameron Stewart, Kai Stratten

Terre Haute South -- Aaron Clauss, Danny Etling, Cody Helms, Jacob Johnson, Adam Kahn, Nic Keller, Thomas King, Nick Lee, Tsali Lough, Ian Newton, Tyler Seibert, Lucas Steward, Jonathan Weakley

Turkey Run -- Jeff Woods

Union -- Seth Gambill

West Vigo -- Ethan Boatman, Jacob Creasey, Tyler Gustafson, Jimmy Maples, Sam McClain, Logan Meissel, Garrett Ray, Andy Velazquez, Sammy Velazquez