Little All-City football first-team capsules

BY RYAN ABER, SCOTT WRIGHT AND JASON KERSEY Published: December 29, 2011
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Nathan Lee, Jones

Junior kicker

College choice: Undecided

This season: Lee hit on 9 of his 11 field-goal tries with a long of 32 and was nearly automatic on extra points in helping the Longhorns make the Class 2A title game.

Magnus Scott, Coyle

Senior kick returner

College choice: Undecided

This season: Scott accounted for 35 total TDs during his senior season for Coyle, which made the playoffs for the first time in school history. Scott rushed for 1,923 yards and 32 TDs, averaging nearly 13 yards per carry.

 

Brett Gilstrap, Bethany

Senior defensive lineman

College choice: Undecided

This season: Coach Reagan Roof called him the best defensive end he's had at Bethany, and the numbers back it up. Gilstrap finished the season with 16 sacks, making him the school's career sack leader with 42. He also had 929 total yards and 11 touchdowns from his running back position.

Kale Groff, Wayne

Senior defensive lineman

College choice: Undecided

This season: With much of the attention going to Wayne running back Josh Way's performance, Groff's eye-popping numbers were sometimes overlooked but he anchored the defense that played a big part in getting the Bulldogs their first-ever state title. Of Groff's 74 total tackles, 23 came on sacks.

Quintaz Struble, Heritage Hall

Senior defensive lineman

College choice: Undecided

This season: Struble, who is getting NCAA Division I interest, suffered a torn MCL during the regular-season finale against Kingfisher and didn't play at all in the playoffs. But he was a force when healthy, recording 62 tackles and eight sacks.

 

Defensive Player of the Year

Justin Wilson, Luther

Senior defensive lineman

College choice: Considering Tulsa and Ohio

This season: The 325-pound Wilson wreaked havoc on opposing ballcarriers and offensive coordinators as they tried to avoid him at all costs. Still, Wilson registered 65 tackles, six quarterback sacks and 11 tackles for loss.

Taylor Bilyeu, Jones

Junior linebacker

College choice: Undecided

This season: Bilyeu was the leader of the Longhorns defense that helped propel Jones into the 2A title game. He had 183 tackles, a sack and an interception from the middle linebacker spot. He was also a key to the offense, where he rushed for 556 yards and eight touchdowns and added another 386 yards and five touchdowns receiving.

Brandon Nguyen, McGuinness

Senior linebacker

College choice: Undecided

This season: Nguyen suffered a concussion during his team's first scrimmage, but was back by the start of the season and led Class 4A with 159 tackles. Nguyen was District 4A-1's defensive player of the year and a key leader during the Irish's semifinal run.

 

Marc Robinson, Millwood

Senior linebacker

College choice: Undecided

This season: Robinson displayed his power from the inside linebacker slot in Millwood's 4-4 defense, finishing with 116 tackles, six sacks and four interceptions. He also rushed for 1,207 yards and 21 touchdowns on just 135 carries, an average of nearly nine yards per attempt.

Mike Miller, Davenport

Senior defensive back

College choice: Undecided

This season: Miller recorded 64 tackles and eight interceptions during Davenport's run to the Class B title game. On offense, he rushed for 1,960 yards and 29 TDs and caught six scores.

Ivan Moreno, Hennessey

Senior defensive back

College choice: Undecided

This season: The heart and soul of Hennessey's back-to-back Class 2A state championship teams, Moreno closed his senior season with 102 tackles and two interceptions at defensive back, while rushing for 1,401 yards and 17 touchdowns as a running back.

Jake Queen, Harrah

Senior defensive back

College choice: Undecided

This season: Queen is a physical cornerback with good hands who made big plays on both sides of the ball. He has been a vital part of the Harrah secondary during his career. He had 46 tackles and four interceptions, bringing his career totals to 108 tackles and 11 picks.

Dametric Sanders, Millwood

Senior defensive back

College choice: Undecided

This season: The gifted athlete found multiple ways to impact the game, playing cornerback and safety, as well as returning kicks. But he did most of his work from the quarterback position, rushing for 1,474 yards and 12 touchdowns on just 165 carries. He also threw for 560 yards and caught two passes for 73 and a score.

Cade Baade, Minco

Senior punter

College choice: Undecided

This season: Baade averaged more than 30 yards per punt but his main contribution came at quarterback, where he threw for 2,723 yards and 34 touchdowns while throwing just six interceptions. He also ran for 475 yards and five scores and had five interceptions on the defensive side.

Coach of the year

Brandon Sharp, Wayne

This season: The Bulldogs have steadily improved since Sharp took over the program and broke through in a big way this year, bouncing back from an early season loss to Minco to win the school's first-ever football title. Sharp, a Wayne grad himself, did it with two of his brothers serving as assistants.



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