Bucs place seven on football all-conference team

Grand Haven may have finished second to Rockford in the final O-K Red Conference football standings, but the Buccaneers out-did the Rams in several key battles on the all-conference team.
Matt DeYoung
Nov 8, 2011

The Bucs placed seven team members on the first team and added two honorable mentions and two special mentions after this fall’s fantastic 8-2 season.

Grand Haven’s record-setting offensive trio of quarterback Scott Staal, running back Dakota Smith and wide receiver Danny Cotter, all seniors, earned spots on the first team.

Offensive lineman Torrey Appel, also a senior, was a first-team selection as well.

On defense, senior lineman Norris Ellis and senior linebacker Tanner Jacobs were both first-team honorees, as was senior kicker Alex Eidson.

Senior wide receiver Matt Kroll and sophomore defensive back Isaak Newhouse were each honorable mentions, while seniors Matt Jacobson (defensive line), Adam Krizan (linebacker) and C.J. Moll (linebacker) and junior Matt Mulcahy (offensive line) were each special mentions.

Staal finished his surprising senior season by completing 149-of-251 passes for 2,293 yards. He had 21 touchdowns and just five interceptions.

His favorite target was Cotter, who finished with 62 catches for 1,099 yards and 14 scores. Kroll added 35 catches for 515 yards and four touchdowns.

Smith was the workhorse of the Buccaneers’ offense, carrying the ball 245 times for 1,292 yards and 19 scores.

Ellis finished with eight tackles for loss among his 44.5 total tackles. Jacobs, despite playing just seven games, was third on the team with 52.5 stops, including four tackles for loss, while Eidson was 2-of-3 on field goals, including a 40-yarder, and connected on 34-of-36 extra point attempts.

LAKERS, TROJANS WELL REPRESENTED

Spring Lake and Fruitport shared the Lakes Eight Conference football championship this fall, and the two programs were well-represented on the league’s all-conference list.

Six Trojans earned first-team honors while two Lakers were first-team selections.

Fruitport offensive lineman Josh Hulka, along with tight end Cody Bayle and running back Mike Reyes were first-team picks on offense. On defense, the Trojans’ Amilio Flores was a first-team selection along the defensive line. Logan Six earned first-team honors at linebacker, as did David VanBergen at defensive back.

Second-teamers from Fruitport include quarterback Tyler Fehler, fullback Zack Goldman, linebacker Matt Schucker, and lineman Alan Johnson. In addition, lineman Zach Werschem was an honorable mention.

Spring Lake’s Noah Ellingboe capped off a fantastic career by being named first-team all-conference on both the offensive and the defensive lines. He was joined on the first-team all-conference list by fullback T.J. Kriger.

Quarterback Keegan Wolter was a second-team all-conference selection, as was fullback Cody Berkobien, lineman Zac Boeve, and safety Jake Chittenden.
Boeve was named all-conference honorable mention on defense, as was Mike Dillingham, Berkobien, Aaron Dahlman, Mac Ruiter, Logan Pellegram and Jon Mundt.

Ludington’s Charlie Gunsell was named the Lakes Eight Coach of the Year.

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The Tribune will publish photos of all-conference athletes from Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Fruitport in the coming days.

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