December 11, 2008 at 9:37 am


All-North football team


Jeff Hines, Auburn Hills Avondale: In his first season Hines had 44 receptions for 735 yards and 14 touchdowns. He caught the winning touchdown pass against Hazel Park on the last play of the game. "You would never know it was his first year playing," coach Steve Deutsch said. "He always caught the ball with his hands and had great body control."

Clint Penokie, White Lake Lakeland: A two-year starter, Penokie also played defensive back. He returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown. Penokie averaged 26.5 yards on 29 receptions and 10 went for touchdowns. He had 19 carries for 206 yards. "He would make those key catches," coach John Maltese said. "He had a knack to go up and get it."

Cody Wilson, Rochester Adams: Wilson was Adams' big threat. He had 54 receptions for 985 yards and 12 touchdowns. He rushed 64 times for 440 yards and six touchdowns. Wilson also returned a kickoff for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass. "Cody is a great all-around player," coach Tony Patritto said. "As a receiver he is a great route runner with awesome hands."


Tyler Benson, Lake Orion: A two-year starter at center, Benson was named team MVP. Lake Orion greatly improved offensively throughout the season eventually reaching the Division 1 final. "It all started with him," coach Chris Bell said. "He was the rock that held everything together. He helped with the freshman quarterback to change signal calls. And he didn't give up a sack."

Eric Fisher, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek: A big and tall offensive tackle, Fisher has quick feet and uses his hands well to pass block. "Eric has grown into an outstanding football player over the last four years in our football program," coach Calvin Gross said. "He is a strong and athletic player that works at getting better each day. He is one of the best student-athletes to come out of our program." Fisher committed to Central Michigan.

Jareth Glanda, Birmingham Brother Rice: A two year-starter at offensive tackle, Glanda was also the long snapper for two seasons and never had a bad snap according to coach Al Fracassa. "He was our best pass blocker," Fracassa said. "He's one of the most athletic linemen ever to play at Rice. He's one of those kids who has the tools to become a good college player." Glanda has a 3.7 GPA and is considering attending an Ivy League school to play football.

Michael Mondo, West Bloomfield: A three-year starter at tackle, Mondo powered an offense that averaged 411 yards. He didn't allow a sack all year and 75 percent of West Bloomfield's running plays went behind Mondo. "With his size, strength and knowledge, we felt confident to run most of our running plays to his side," coach Jamie Thomas said. "We wouldn't have been able to have as much success as we did without him."

Eric Wedesky, South Lyon: A two-year starter at offensive tackle, Wedesky also started at defensive end this season. Coach Mark Thomas said Wedesky was especially good defensively against the rush. Offensively Wedesky "had good foot work," Thomas said. "He pushed people around and he's so big he'd get his arms out and keep them away."


Andrew Waszak, Rochester Adams: Waszak ran the Veer with precision. He completed 100-of-175 attempts for 1,900 yards and 22 touchdowns. He rushed for almost 590 yards and six touchdowns. Waszak was 26-3 as a starter. "He's a real winner and a great quarterback," coach Tony Patritto said.


Anthony Cade, Royal Oak Shrine: Cade was the best running back in the Catholic League and also started at linebacker. He led the Knights to a league championship and a Division 7 district title. He rushed for 1,866 yards and 22 touchdowns and averaged 10.7 yards per carry. Cade also had eight punt returns for 146 yards, and on defense finished with 17 unassisted tackles and 46 assists.

Tim Keith, Southfield: Slowed by nagging injuries, Keith still managed to rush for 1,365 yards and 17 touchdowns on 121 carries. As a defensive back he had 57 tackles, eight sacks, three deflections, two interceptions -- one he returned for a touchdown -- and forced three fumbles. "Tim has been consistently the best player in every game he has played in," coach Tim Conley said. "I rank his performance against Rochester Adams as one of the all-time best. He had three touchdowns in 5:40 and a block that sprung a 92 yard interception."


Zach Cherroci, Birmingham Brother Rice: A two-way starter at offensive tackle, Cherroci moved to defensive tackle and made a quick adjustment. "As one of our captains Zach showed leadership qualities," coach Al Fracassa said. "His blocking was outstanding and, well, he's big and he was hard to block on defense." Cherroci had 16 unassisted tackles, 18 assists, three sacks, four other tackles for loss and blocked an extra point. He has a 3.7 GPA and is considering attending an Ivy League school.

Khaled Mheisen, Detroit Catholic Central: A two-way tackle, Mheisen suffered a broken foot early last season but came back to lead Catholic Central on both sides of the ball. Defensively he had 18 unassisted tackles, 35 assists and one sack. A dominant run blocker, Mheisen improved in all areas from game to game. "He has good movement and excellent strength," coach Tom Mach said.

Will Schwarz, Troy: A two-year starter at defensive end, Schwarz had 72 total tackles. He also played linebacker at times and added had nine sacks, two deflections, two fumble recoveries, two blocked kicks, a blocked punt and two interceptions, one he returned for a touchdown. "He's a physical player with great instincts," coach Gary Griffith said. Schwarz committed to Central Michigan.


Adam Fenton, Birmingham Seaholm: Fenton started at safety as a sophomore before moving to linebacker the following season. He had 91 tackles as a junior and committed to Central Michigan before the start of this past season. Fenton had 119 tackles, nine of which were behind the line of scrimmage, and he forced five fumbles. "He's tenacious," coach Chris Fahr said. "He loves the game of football whether it's in practice or in a game."

A.J. Gill, Lake Orion: Gill was a mainstay on one Oakland County's top defenses each of the past two seasons. He played inside linebacker and called the defensive signals. "He's an old-fashioned linebacker," coach Chris Bell said. "He's a run-stopper and a very physical player. We've been lucky to have a player like Gill these past two seasons."

Joe Grabowski, Milford: A three-year starter, Grabowski played on the outside his sophomore year and moved to inside linebacker the last two. Grabowski was named MVP of the Kensington Lakes West Division. He made 87 tackles, had three fumble recoveries, two sacks and two interceptions. "He has a nose for the ball," coach Jeff Hill said. "Joe was always near the football."

Josh Mulligan, White Lake Lakeland: A two-year starter, Mulligan had 70 unassisted tackles and 96 assists. "He was all over the place," coach John Maltese said. "He played inside, and he would just hunt people down. A lot of his tackles were behind the line. He'd find an avenue and get there. He was faster than people thought." Mulligan also recovered three fumbles, one he returned 70 yards for a touchdown.


Sederick Dunbar, Ferndale: A two-year, two-way starter, Dunbar helped Ferndale reach the state playoffs each of the last two seasons. As a receiver, Dunbar had 25 receptions for 553 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively he had 107 tackles, five interceptions, forced three fumbles and blocked three kicks. "He made plays on both sides of the ball," coach Ryan Dunlap said.

Steve Harding, Detroit Catholic Central: A two-year starter on defense, Harding also started at receiver and had 20 receptions for 325 yards and five touchdowns. On defense he had 23 unassisted tackles, 17 assists, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. "He's very competitive and able to contribute in all three phases of the game," coach Tom Mach said. "We could use him in a variety of ways on special teams."

Robbie Lentz, Lake Orion: A rare three-year starter for coach Chris Bell, Lentz was a lock-down cornerback who had eight interceptions, one he returned for a touchdown. "He's a tremendous athlete who plays with tremendous enthusiasm," Bell said. Lentz was also a part-time starter at receiver and led the team in kickoff return yards.

Antwon Robinson, Southfield: Robinson also started as a receiver. On defense he had 92 tackles, seven interceptions, two he returned for touchdowns, 12 deflections and three fumble recoveries. On offense he had 39 receptions for 550 yards and four touchdowns. Robinson was a big factor in Southfield's run to the Division 2 semifinals. "He was an impact player on both sides," coach Tim Conley said.


Bennie Fowler, Detroit Country Day: Fowler played running back, receiver, defensive back and returned kicks. Fowler had 52 carries for 455 yards and eight touchdowns. He had 32 receptions for 638 yards and six touchdowns, and returned five punts for 218 yards and a touchdown. He had five kickoff returns for 122 yards. On defense, Fowler had 15 tackles, two sacks, forced two fumbles, recovered one and broke up three passes. "Bennie's impact on our opposition was that they had to account for him any time he was on the field," coach Dan MacLean said. "And even then, when they did, there was still a good chance a big play would occur."


Kevin Muma, Troy: Muma was the placekicker, punter and starting quarterback. He threw for 966 yards and rushed for 438. Muma averaged 37 yards on 28 punts and of his 55 kickoffs, 43 went for touchbacks. He was 12-of-19 on field goal tries with a long of 52 yards, a school record. Muma was 32-of-35 on extra point tries.