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All-County football team profiles

By CHUCK LANDIS - clandis@chronicle-tribune.com

OFFENSE

Quarterback

*Heisman Skeens

Mississinewa

5-8, 160, Sr.

Skeens made a seamless transition to quarterback and passed for 1,169 yards and seven touchdowns and still was a big-time playmaker with his feet, generating 1,371 yards and 20 touchdowns for the 10-2 Indians. He made the coaches Class 4A senior all-state team as a running back and was voted to the all-Central Indiana Conference team for a third straight year.

Running back

*Xaine Kirby

Eastbrook

5-8, 180, Sr.

Kirby came into his own during the Panthers’ state tournament run with three 200-yard rushing performances and ended the season with 1,936 yards and 22 TDs. He made the 2A all-state team after leading the Panthers to the state championship game for the second time in three years. Kirby also made all-CIC for the second consecutive year.

Running back

*Cade Campbell

Mississinewa

5-6, 155, Jr.

Campbell garnered all-CIC and 4A junior all-state honors on offense after producing 1,853 all-purpose yards (153.8 average) and 28 TDs for the state-ranked Indians. Campbell’s game-changing speed was put to use in the offensive backfield, secondary and on both return units.

Slot back

*JK Thomas

Marion

5-8, 170, Jr.

The dynamic runner was a threat to score every time he touched the football and was the Chronicle-Tribune’s choice for Grant County Player of the Year. Thomas had his tournament season cut short with a broken ankle in the sectional final but had done enough to earn 4A junior all-state and all-North Central Conference honors.

Receiver

*Landry Ozmun

Oak Hill

5-9, 155, Sr.

Ozmun led the Golden Eagles and all county receivers with 53 receptions for 562 yards (10.6 per catch average). His longest catch against Blackford went for 60 yards, and he made two TD receptions. Ozmun was named all-CIC first team on offense and the 2A senior all-state team as a defensive back.  

Tight end

*Clay Dalton

Eastbrook

6-1, 205, Sr.

The 2A senior all-state and two-time all-CIC performer caught 21 passes from his tight end position for 408 yards and five TDs. In the state championship game Dalton had four grabs for a season-best 85 yards. Dalton also was a standout linebacker and made 107 total tackles with 14 for losses.

Offensive line

*Cobee Rice

Eastbrook

6-4, 275, Jr.

Rice was part of a revamped offensive line that came together and was instrumental in the Panthers advancing to the state final. The 2A junior all-stater helped the Panthers rush for nearly 358 yards a game and boast 2A’s second-highest scoring offense with a 42.3-point average.

Offensive line

Jason Arbogast

Mississinewa

6-0, 285, Jr.

Big and nimble, Arbogast made all-CIC first team at offensive tackle and was part of a unit that opened gaping holes for Indians ballcarriers. The Indians averaged 265 yards on the ground, passed for nearly 1,200 yards, and Ole Miss was among the highest-scoring teams in 4A with a 39.4-point average.

Offensive line

Brandon Davis

Eastbrook

5-9, 180, Sr.

Davis took over at center and earned all-CIC honors for his contributions to the state runner-up Panthers’ 13-2 season. He also started on the interior defensive line and had 67 total tackles with seven going for losses.

Offensive line

*Stewart Mossholder

Oak Hill

5-10, 200, Sr.

Mossholder was a two-way standout for the Eagles who made all-CIC first team for a second consecutive year on the offensive line, and he also was 2A senior all-state as a defensive lineman.

Offensive line

*Reubin Brewer

Marion

5-9, 250, Sr.

Brewer bounced back from an injury truncated junior season to earn 4A senior all-state and all-NCC second team honors. He rotated between guard and center on the offensive line and also was a starter on the Giants’ interior defensive line. 

 

DEFENSE

Defensive line

*Dre Aguilar

Marion

6-2, 245, Sr.

The emotional and physical leader of the Giants defense, Aguilar finished with 11 quarterback sacks despite missing three games with a knee injury. His 98-yard fumble recovery return TD lifted the Giants to a first-round sectional win over Pendleton Heights. The 4A senior all-stater had 12 tackles for losses among his 51 total stops, and he recovered two other fumbles.  

Defensive line

*Jacob Donaldson

Eastbrook

5-10, 260, Sr.

The anchor of the Panthers’ stout defensive line, Donaldson received 2A senior all-state honors and made his second all-CIC team. Donaldson had 64 total stops with 12 resulting in losses, three quarterback sacks and recovered two fumbles.

Defensive line

Brendon Martin

Marion

6-6, 200, Jr.

Martin helped set the edge for the Giants’ outstanding defensive unit with his great length and speed. The all-NCC first team performer also brought consistent pressure on quarterbacks and made four sacks. His 64 total tackles included eight for losses, and he made one fumble recovery.

Linebacker

*Xavier Gee

Marion

6-0, 200, Sr.

Gee never started until his senior season and garnered 4A senior all-state and all-NCC first team honors after racking up a team-best 112 total tackles. Eleven stops were for losses, and Gee also sacked the quarterback twice and had one interception and one fumble recovery. 

Linebacker

*Kyler Funk

Mississinewa

6-2, 190, Jr.

Funk received all-CIC honors for a second straight year after leading the Indians and Grant County with 147 total tackles (12.3 per game average) and intercepted one pass. State coaches placed Funk on the 4A junior all-state team at tight end after he made eight receptions for 167 yards (20.3 average).

Linebacker

Bradley Rosman

Oak Hill

5-11, 195, Sr.

Rossman is a two-time all-CIC linebacker and led the Eagles with 108 total tackles, including five for losses. He made one interception, recovered two fumbles and forced another. 

Linebacker

Juan Carlos Ramirez

Marion

5-10, 175, Jr.

Ramirez broke into the starting unit this season and delivered 94 total tackles from his inside linebacker position. Seven tackles went for losses and he sacked the quarterback four times. The all-NCC first team performer also intercepted one pass and recovered two fumbles.

Defensive back

*Mason Hale

Eastbrook

6-0, 185, Sr.

While Hale split quarterbacking duties with Dylan Bragg, his biggest contributions came on defense and he earned 2A senior all-state honors and made all-CIC for the second straight year. A hybrid safety-linebacker, Hale led the team with 129 total tackles and 15 were for losses, and he added a pass interception and four fumble recoveries. 

Defensive back

Brayden Burke

Marion

5-10, 185, Sr.

Playing a safety for the Giants, Burke made a team-best six interceptions including a ‘pick-six’ and garnered all-NCC honors for the second straight year. Burke ranked third with 91 total tackles and he had one fumble recovery. On offense, Burke caught 11 passes for 193 yards and one TD.

Defensive back

Tabias Mead

Mississinewa

6-0, 180, Sr.

Playing a hybrid safety-linebacker, Mead had a big season for the Indians defense and made 96 total tackles, including a team-leading 10 for losses. An all-CIC first team defensive back, Mead also forced one fumble and made a fumble recovery.

Defensive back

Cristian Ross

Marion

5-10, 160, Sr.

An all-NCC first team selection, Ross was another standout in the Giants’ vaunted defensive unit with four pass interceptions and five fumble recoveries. One fumble recovery led to a TD, and Ross finished with 57 total tackles including three for losses.

 

SPECIALISTS

Placekicker

*Zane Shilts

Eastbrook

6-0, 160, Sr.

Shilts made all-CIC for the third straight year as a placekicker and then added 2A all-state honors after converting on 74-of-82 PATs. His biggest moment came in the semistate, where his field goal with time expiring gave the Panthers a 34-33 victory over Bremen.  

Punter

Gage Davis

Madison-Grant

5-9, 250, Sr.

Davis was honorable mention all-CIC as a punter and offensive lineman. He helped the Argylls finish 3-7 after they went winless the previous year. 

Returner

Justin Singer

Eastbrook

5-10, 160, Sr.

A two-way standout who also was a feared kick returner, Singer averaged 24 yards on 14 kick returns and nearly 13 yards on four punt runbacks. Singer also was a two-time all-CIC defensive back and rushed for more than 900 yards on offense.

*-all-state

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Eastbrook (3): Edward Keasling, DB-RB, 5-7, 170, Sr.; Jacob Clupper, OL, 6-0, 200, Sr.; Dylan Bragg, QB, 6-0, 170, Jr.

Madison-Grant (3): Mike Stewart, RB-LB, 5-11, 205, Sr.; Dakota Cates, LB, 5-11, 205, Sr.; Jimmy Rigney, DB, 6-3, 165, Jr.

Marion (4): Anthony Reynolds, DB, 5-10, 170, Sr.; Keyshaun Taylor, QB, 6-0, 185, Jr.; Isaiah Hamilton, DB, 5-11, 155, Sr.; Jaquan Reeves, DL, 6-1, 225, Sr.

Mississinewa (3): Chris Pavey, OL, 5-11, 180, Sr.; Andruw Cruz, DL, 6-1, 210, Jr.; Carson Campbell, DB, 5-3, 130, Fr.

Oak Hill (3): Jon Holz, RB, 6-0, 175, Sr.; Travis Dowling, DL, 5-10, 220, Sr.; Kian Hite, DB, 6-1, 155, So.