It’s the list that you have all been patiently awaiting.
The Times Herald sports department has compiled a list of the Top 25 football players in the area. It has been an outstanding year for Blue Water Area football teams. This list will reflect that as it features top flight offensive and defensive players that have positioned their teams for postseason runs.
This list has no bearing on our end of the season all-area team. But it will give you an early look at the top football players throughout the area.
With that in mind. Let’s kick off the list with a player that has been dominant on both sides of the ball.
1. D’Sean Hamilton, Richmond: On nearly every play, Hamilton has a big impact. As a running back, he is dynamic. He can run through and around defenders and has also excelled as a receiver out of the backfield.
Meanwhile, on defense, Hamilton is a play-maker from his linebacker position. He can creep into the backfield on a blitz or drop into coverage. His versatility and big play potential makes Hamilton the No. 1 player on our list.
2. Dante Chrcek, Marysville, Sr.: As the truck that makes Marysville’s offense go, Chrcek is arguably the toughest runner to bring down in the Blue Water Area.
Marysville’s opponents know the Vikings are going to run the ball right at them, and with the powerful Chrcek in the backfield it doesn’t matter if the defense knows – he’ll get his yards anyway.
3. DeAngielo Sanderson Jr., Port Huron, Sr.: Sanderson Jr. is the first quarterback on this list and for good reason. The Big Reds senior is a dynamic runner and an underrated passer.
He is the Big Reds most important player and continues to grow and mature by the day. With Sanderson Jr. in charge, Port Huron will be a very tough team to face heading down the stretch.
4. Luke Wilson, Croswell-Lexington, Sr.: Wilson headed into his senior year at Cros-Lex with high expectations, and all he’s done is exceeded them so far. On offense he’s a luxury to have at tight end as he can block as well as he can go out and cause havoc with the ball in his hand.
On defense, he’s one of the most powerful lineman in the BWAC that keeps Cros-Lex in every game.
5. Dylan Jack, Algonac, Sr.: Everyone has heard about the Muskrats defense. But not many people may know about Jack. The Muskrats top linebacker is as fundamentally sound as they come and has teamed with several other outstanding players to give the Muskrats the top defense in the Blue Water Area Conference.
6. Chase Churchill, Richmond, Jr.: After finishing his sophomore season with big wins over top-flight opponents, this felt like it would be Churchill’s breakout year before the first game kicked off. He’s proven to be arguably the area’s sharpest passer, also boasting deep throws that can put quick points up on the board for the 5-1 Blue Devils.
7. Luke Stephenson, Algonac, Jr.: Stephenson is a multi-faceted player who can play running back, slot receiver and linebacker. Fortunately for Algonac, he excels at each position and has brought stability to both sides of the ball. The Muskrats have already qualified for postseason play for a second consecutive year and that in large part is do to Stephenson.
8. Anthony Tavano, Richmond, Sr.: Just throw it up, and Tavano will do the rest. That’s just how the senior Blue Devils receiver has been taking care of business with his sure hands and lightning speed once he has the ball. Like a high school version of Antonio Brown, he’s a dangerous weapon.
9. Billy Fealko, Port Huron Northern: The Huskies quarterback has come a long way this season. Northern has always had a dynamic passing attack. But Fealko has done a great job managing games, by mixing in clutch throws and using his running ability. In addition, he also has a strong leg and has given the Huskies better field position on multiple occasions because of his punting ability.
10. Ethan Mahn, St. Clair, So.: Mahn – who could be the breakout player of the year in the Blue Water Area – is simply electric on the field. As the Saints running back the sophomore can bust out big gains on any given offensive play and kickoff return. The future is bright in the Saints backfield.
11. Travis Miracle, Yale, So.: Miracle is known for making plays all over the field for the Bulldogs. Only a sophomore, he already appears to be ahead of the curve and is drawing attention for his playmaking ability. With two seasons of eligibility still remaining, who knows just how good Miracle can become.
12. Phill Griffor, Marysville, Sr.: Griffor made the switch from quarterback to running back in his senior year, and all it’s done is allow him to be more dynamic for the Vikings. Griffor and Chrcek give Marysville a painful thunder and lightning backfield that has propelled the Vikings to 6-0 overall with a shot at the MAC Gold title coming up this Friday.
13. Joe Hayden, Croswell-Lexington, Sr.: Hayden came on the scene this season and wasted little time making a name for himself. The Pioneers senior is a force to be reckoned with and rarely loses a 1-on-1 match-up with a defender. In addition, he has deceptive speed to bounce plays outside and can also pass protect.
14. Austin Spaetzel, Deckerville, Sr.: Spaetzel – a reigning 8-man football all-state member – is the leader of the Deckerville defense that has become one of the most vaunted in the state. The 6-0 Eagles have let up just 32 points this season, and in 8-man football that’s simply an absurd number to post. With Spaetzel battling on defense, it’s no wonder why the Eagles have been able to do so.
15. Keegan Biscorner, Croswell-Lexington, Sr.: The Pioneers offense is focused on running the ball and on most successful plays, Biscorner is out front leading the way. The Pioneers senior has also contributed on the defensive line and has helped the Pioneers remain in the thick of the BWAC race.
16. Brendan Piper, Algonac, Sr.: Piper is the epitome of a dual-threat quarterback, able to sling the ball downfield as well as he can break out for a run that has the defense saying “where did he go?” Piper has only been stronger as the season has gone on, which could help set up for another memorable finish to Algonac’s season.
17. Jake Carter, Marysville, Sr.: The Vikings lineman is a lot like Biscorner. He is powerful and has paved the road for the Vikings outstanding running attack. Dante Chrcek gets plenty of notice for his play, but he wouldn’t be nearly as effective without Carter.
18. Nick Folkerts, Algonac, Jr.: Folkerts sticks to receivers like he’s stuck in their cleats. Coming off an impressive sophomore season with big defensive plays through the postseason, Folkerts has also added electricity on special teams as well as a junior.
19. Justin Ritchie, Carsonville-Port Sanilac, Sr.: Ritchie is downright explosive and that might even be an understatement. In 8-man football there is plenty of room to run on the field and for Ritchie, that has paid dividends. If he breaks the line of scrimmage he’s likely gone and that’s a scary proposition for opposing defenses.
20. Colton McKiernan, Richmond, Jr.: McKiernan is one of the best wrestlers in the state, and that has translated to dominance in the trenches on the football field for the Blue Devils. Richmond’s offense gets the attention for the points they score, but McKiernan and the defense are a huge reason Richmond is sitting at 5-1 overall.
21. Dawson Haney, Marine City, Jr.: Haney has become one of the most consistent players in the Blue Water Area. He isn’t always flashy, but has been ultra productive for the Mariners. He has the ability to break long runs, can run for grueling yards in between the tackles and is known to be an outstanding teammate.
22. Ryan Alexander, Marine City, Sr.: The Mariners’ program is built on toughness. If there’s any question about that, just look at how Alexander plays the game as a running back and defensive back every Friday night. Even with a leg injury early in the season the senior has fought to keep Marine City one of the top teams in the area.
23. Ben Davidson, St. Clair, Jr.: Davidson is known for his ability to play basketball. But this season, he has also proven he is a top flight football player. Davidson has teamed with Mahn to give the Saints one of the best-running tandems in the area.
24. Tyler Lee, Port Huron, Sr.: Built like a monster, Tyler Lee is the ideal tight end with his blocking and receiving skills. Having a player like Lee on the edge of the line keeps the defenses guessing is a luxury to have in high school that the Big Reds are happy to have.
25. Steve Mason, Port Huron Northern, Jr.: The Huskies running back and wide receiver has produced several big plays for Northern this season. Mason has deceptive speed and power and is able to break free from arm tackles. With Mason running the ball, the Huskies have had a great duo to lean on with Fealko also as their signal caller.
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