The countdown continues as the Battle Creek Enquirer ranks the top 10 high school football players ever at Lakeview.
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 Lakeview 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 Lakeview 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 Lakeview:
No. 4: Alan Gibbs – Class of 1960
In an era when Lakeview only played eight games a year, Alan Gibbs still set career scoring marks that are among the tops at the school today. Gibbs played both baseball and football at the next level at Western Michigan University. A running back/defensive back, Gibbs was All-State and is in the Lakeview Hall of Fame as he had 17 touchdowns his senior year to go along with 19 extra points and five interceptions. Gibbs was the first Lakeview student to be named Enquirer Athlete of the Year. At WMU, he was a four-year varsity member on the football team and voted captain his senior year, earning all-league honors in the Mid-American Conference as a running back. Gibbs came back to Lakeview as a longtime coach in basketball and football.
What the panel said: ‘One of the best three-sport stars ever at Lakeview.’
No. 3: Donnie Ernsberger – Class of 2014
A force on both sides of the ball, Donnie Ernsberger was a dominant player at linebacker, tight end and running back during a standout high school career that saw him be named as Lakeview football Most Valuable Player three years straight. Ernsberger is currently a starter for the second straight year for Western Michigan University where he is a dominant run-blocking tight end. At Lakeview, he helped the Spartans to their first undefeated season in nearly 25 years, getting the team to the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons. Ernsberger led the team in tackles as a junior and a senior with 253 career stops, including 37 for loss. During his senior season, Lakeview held opponents to just 56 points, including five shutouts. Asked to run the ball the second half of his senior year, Ernsberger had 730 yards in just five games at running back with 11 touchdowns, including five in one game. A three-sport star at Lakeview, Ernsberger was the Enquirer Athlete of the Year in 2014.
What the panel said: ‘Best and toughest player I ever saw at Lakeview.’
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