SE’s Caudill, Carey’s Powers lead all-MAL?honorees
Seneca East did not gain the title or a post-season berth, but the Tigers’ Ethan Caudill did garner some bragging rights in his and the Midland Athletic League’s last season.
The senior quarterback threw for 2,852 yards and 32 touchdowns and ran for 331 yards and five more scores on his way to claiming the MAL’s top – and final, since the league disbands after this year – offensive player award.
His effort help Seneca East lead the MAL with 2,885 yards through the air.
Other teams also had representatives gain top honors.
Fremont St. Joe senior Corey Durbin claimed the top defensive award after anchoring a line that led the MAL against the rush (112.5 ypg) and finished second in total defense (256.4 ypg)
Carey and Calvert shared the MAL crown, and each had a junior share the specialty player of the year award – Carey’s Bryan Powers and Calvert’s Mike Smith.
Powers topped the MAL with his 32.6-yard kickoff return average, and he also turned in 15.8 yards per punt return. He returned two kickoffs and a punt for scores for part of his MAL-best 24 touchdowns and 158 points. His 14 PAT kicks also helped his point total.
Powers also finished as a first-team back on offense, running for 864 yards and 17 scores and catching 21 passes for 414 yards and five TDs.
Smith, who was also a first-team receiver, led the MAL punters by averaging 40.3 yards per boot. He also kicked 30 PATs and added a touchdown.
Carey’s Todd Worst was named the coach of the year after guiding the Blue Devils to a 7-3 overall record and a 6-1 mark in the MAL for a share of the final championship with Calvert. Carey’s only MAL loss came to Calvert, but the Blue Devils closed out the year with four consecutive wins.
Calvert junior Tyler Long, Carey senior Matthew Holsinger, Fremont St. Joe senior Marcus Kerr, Mohawk senior Gunnar Johnson, Hopewell-Loudon senior Cody Malone and North Baltimore senior Lane Bishop all gained first-team offensive back honors.
Long ran for 1,147 yards and 12 scores and threw for 1,005 yards and 11 touchdowns. Holsinger tallied 1,330 passing yards and 14 TD passes, and ran for 569 yards and five touchdowns. Bishop threw for 1,775 yards and 15 TDs and ran for 959 yards and seven scores.
Kerr accounted for 1,379 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. Johnson’s 1,617 rushing yards led the MAL, and he ran for 16 TDs and caught a pass for another as part of a 10-catch, 122-yard receiving season. Malone ran for 1,251 yards and scored 17 touchdowns.
Calvert junior Donovan Stith and Seneca East senior Adam Hall landed on the first team as receivers.
Stith caught 22 passes for 454 yards and four touchdowns. Hall had an even better year, topping the league with 55 receptions, 932 yards and 17 TD catches.
The first-team linemen were Calvert junior Austin Perry, and the Carey duo of senior Jason Goble and junior Brady Mullholand.
Joining Durbin on the first-team defensive line were Calvert senior Marcus Somers, Carey senior Anthony Blair and Hopewell-Loudon senior Weston Hill.
The first-team linebackers were Calvert senior Mitch Depinet, Fremont St. Joe senior Bennett Weickert, Mohawk senior Eric Maskey, Seneca East jr., Alex Scheiber and Lakota sophomore Andrew Ferree.
Maskey, Scheiber, Ferree and Weickert each picked off two passes, with Maskey returning one of his for a touchdown.
The defensive backs on the first team were Calvert senior Dan Reineke, Carey junior Jared Wentling, Fremont St. Joe junior Jake Yeckley and Mohawk senior Mitch Parker.
Yeckley had a league-best seven interceptions. Reineke picked off five passes, Parker had three and Wentling ended with two.