Prep football: 2 Ithaca players picked for Division 5-6 squad

Prep football: 2 Ithaca players picked for Division 5-6 squad

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Prep football: 2 Ithaca players picked for Division 5-6 squad

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Ithaca junior quarterback Travis Smith and defensive back Jordan Hessbrook are among area players on the The Associated Press Division 5-6 All-State team.

Lansing Catholic wide receiver Jack Swain, Stockbridge punter Marcus Prigge and Olivet lineman Donny Kyre also were among area players chosen.

Flint Powers Catholic senior quarterback Garrett Pougnet was Player of the Year. He completed 66 percent of his passes for 1,856 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for 556 yards and another 10 scores to help lead Powers to the Saginaw Valley League South Division title and an 11-1 season.

His coach, Bob Buckel, was named Coach of the Year for the Division 5-6 All-State team and has helped bring back the tradition of Powers Catholic football during his two seasons at the school.

At running back, Reed Larson of Kingsford, Derrick Nash of Carrollton, Nick VanDuser of Lake Fenton and Caleb Reinhart of Montrose were also selected. Teo Redding of Warren Michigan Collegiate and Travis Bolin of Watervliet also were named to the team as wide receivers, and Geovante Weston from Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic Central made the team as a specialist.

Solidifying a deep group of linemen were Zach Murphy of Muskegon Oakridge, Oden Gentry of Detroit Consortium, Curtis Doyle of Alma, Aaron Matthias of Hemlock, Jesse Micho of Frankenmuth, Austin Hundley of Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard and Powers Catholic’s Derek Trecha.

At the defensive positions, Jacob Marsh of Montague, Clark Kangas of Calumet, James Brown of Detroit Consortium and Mitch Greenacre of Clare made the team as linebackers. Devon Harris of Menominee and Zach Hill from Kalkaska were named as All-State defensive backs. Dan Burns of Sanford-Meridian was named as the team’s kicker.

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