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All-State football players in Blue Water Area

Port Huron's DeAngielo Sanderson Jr celebrates during the Crosstown Showdown Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 at Memorial Stadium in Port Huron.

Port Huron’s DeAngielo Sanderson Jr celebrates during the Crosstown Showdown Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 at Memorial Stadium in Port Huron.

Here’s something we already know – this area has plenty of football talent.

Now that the season is over across the state, the All-State players from Division 1 to 8-man football have been announced with no shortage of Blue Water Area representatives.

The following players were selected by a panel of Associated Press journalists after the conclusion of the regular season.

Port Huron’s dual threat quarterback DeAngielo Sanderson earned Division 2 All-State honorable mention status after a season of being the Big Reds main source of offense.

Marysville's Zane King celebrates a play during a football game Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 at Marysville High School.

Marysville’s Zane King celebrates a play during a football game Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 at Marysville High School.

After a perfect regular season and MAC Gold title, there’s no wondering as to how Marysville has four players earning Division 4 All-State honorable mentions. Running back Dante Chrcek, lineman Jake Carter and linebackers Josh Holaway were the Vikings making the list.

“Those two (King and Holaway) fly around, they do a great job at signal calling and identifying formations,” Marysville head coach Mark Caza said. “They had to play downhill and push running backs back at the line.”

Croswell-Lexington’s Luke Wilson and Yale’s Travis Miracle also earned Division 4 honorable mention status at linebacker.

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Anyone who watched Algonac and Richmond play this year wouldn’t be surprised to see a few Muskrats and Blue Devils reach top honors.

Algonac linebacker Dylan Jack made noise after the season by making his way on the Division 4 All-State First Team after leading a defense that gave up just 10 points per game. Muskrats quarterback Brendan Piper also earned honorable mention status.

“Dylan would probably even tell you is was our entire defense that made him into the player he was,” Algonac head coach Scott Barnhart said. “I think it’s awesome we have a young man that’s recognized at the state level.”

Algonac's Dylan Jack makes a tackle during a Division 5 semifinal football game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Harper Creek High School in Battle Creek.

Algonac’s Dylan Jack makes a tackle during a Division 5 semifinal football game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Harper Creek High School in Battle Creek.

Richmond wide receiver Anthony Tavano earned Division 5 Second Team honors, and linebacker D’Sean Hamilton and quarterback Chase Churchill took home honorable mention.

“We knew how dynamic Chase, D’sean and Anthony could be,” Richmond co-head coach James Bishop said. “Anthony was a game-changer and could take over games at times.”

Deckerville – who wrapped up an incredible season in the 8-man state finals – had three players receive some high recognition.

Reigning All-State First Team lineman Austin Spaetzel found himself back on the First Team, joined by teammate Reese Bays-Kramer. Quarterback Brandon Pattullo also received honorable mention accolades for the Eagles as well.

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