It was a very good year for high school football in Battle Creek.
And several coaches had outstanding seasons.
We had some make the playoffs for the first time in a long time in Lakeview’s Matt Miller and St. Philip’s Dave Downey.
We had another who was supposed to be rebuilding, but instead reloaded and continued its run in the playoffs in Pennfield’s Nick Koenigsknecht.
But only one coach was still working while most of the state was left watching and that was Harper Creek’s Ed Greenman, who took the Beavers to the state semifinals and thus earning him top honors for the season.
Greenman is the Battle Creek Enquirer All-City Coach of the Year for 2012, heading the 25-player All-City team.
Greenman did something rarely done in the city in football, taking his team to the state semifinals for the second straight season. After making the Final Four last year, Harper Creek advanced through the playoffs again and came one step away from Ford Field – falling in the Division 3 state semifinals last weekend to Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.
The Beavers had started the season with two losses, but Harper Creek won 10 straight after that and came up with several come-from-behind victories behind quality leadership by the Harper Creek coaching staff.
Along with Greenman, the 10-3 Harper Creek team includes seven more members of the All-City football team with Josh Bass, Connor Bauserman, Tristen Bredehoft, Kasey Carson, Anthony McNichols, Austin Sackrider and Zach Testolin.
Pennfield finished 8-2 on the season and puts six players on the team, including Dominic Arredondo, Sam Duckham, Hunter Hoogakker, Justin Parker, Jeremy Purcell and Brandon Rau.
Lakeview, at 6-4, also puts six players on the team, including Nick Ayres, Mike Campbell, Isaac Cloward, Evan Eldridge, Donnie Ernsberger and Rodney Harvey.
St. Philip went 7-4 on the year and adds four players to the All-City team with Alex Doyle, Jon Niland, Tyrus Sonneborn and Rich Yacovoni.
Plus, two Battle Creek Central players make the team in Joe Bowser and D’Quarius Yore.