The countdown continues as the Battle Creek Enquirer ranks the top 10 high school football players ever at Battle Creek Central.
We will be revealing players on the list all week until we reach No. 1 – the G.O.A.T – the Greatest Of All Time for Battle Creek Central football. So return often to see the list grow.
Reminder, that once we complete the top 10 list, it will then be up to the Battle Creek area to vote for their No. 1 player and to find out if they agree with us.
Voting for the Battle Creek Central G.O.A.T – greatest football player of all time at the school, starts on Friday at http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com
Then, each week, we will do a different city school until we have looked at the top players from each of the program in Battle Creek.
The Top 10 All-Time Football Players at Battle Creek Central:
No. 6: Larry Caper Sr. – Class of 1978
When he left Battle Creek Central, Larry Caper Sr. was the all-time leading rusher at the school and later held a similar ranking after his days were done at Western Michigan University. Caper Sr. simply knew how to get yards as he finished with 2,975 career yards for the Bearcats, a then-record at the school. As a senior, he had 1,124 yards, including 269 in a single game against Grand Rapids Creston, earning All-State honors. Caper Sr. was also Enquirer Athlete of the Year. While in Kalamazoo, Caper Sr. played for Bronco coach Jack Harbaugh and finished with 2,499 career yards to leave Western Michigan third on the all-time list. Along with son Larry Caper II, also on this list of the Top 10 players at BCC, the duo make up one of the most successful father/son football playing duos in the history of the city of Battle Creek.
What the panel said, ‘A great player, who put up big numbers for his era.’
No. 5: Brandon Randle – Class of 2016
A current member of a national-ranked freshmen recruiting class at Michigan State University, Randle just recently finished up a banner career at Battle Creek Central. Randle was a three-sport standout for the Bearcats and was named the Enquirer Athlete of the Year. In football, Randle was the No. 8-ranked player in the state on the Lansing State Journal Catch-22 list and was named to the Detroit Free Press Dream Team. Playing defensive end, Randle had 79 tackles for a division-championship Bearcat team his senior year, including 10 tackles for loss and fumble recoveries, running two back for scores. Randle was a four-star prospect coming out of high school and played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
What the panel said, ‘A great athlete just starting to reach his potential at Michigan State.’
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