Detroit News All-Metro Football: West
Here is the The Detroit News’ All-Metro West team, selected by David Goricki in consultation with coaches.
A.J. Abbott, 6-2, 180, Jr., Northville: Abbott had 46 receptions for 906 yards and six TDs to help Northville reach the KLAA Kensington Conference championship game while also making a state playoff appearance.
“A.J. is the most talented receiver I have ever had the opportunity to coach,” coach Matt Ladach said. “He makes us better because of the stress he puts on the opposing defense. If you don’t commit to stopping him, he’ll chew you up.”
Abbott has already received multiple MAC offers.
Mike Hill, 5-10, 170, Sr., Livonia Churchill: Hill had an outstanding senior season with 51 receptions for 1,036 yards and nine TDs, averaging more than 20 yards a catch as the big-play receiver.
“Mike is the most natural route runner I have coached,” coach Bill DeFillippo said. “He understands how to get open. He has terrific hands and is a dynamic playmaker.”
Hills is getting interest from MAC and Big Ten schools.
Hunter Rison, 5-11, 190, Sr., Ann Arbor Skyline: Rison closed out his career with a solid season, grabbing 35 passes for 645 yards and nine TDs, averaging nearly 20 yards a reception.
Rison will play next year at Michigan State.
Zac Darwiche, 6-4, 280, Dearborn Fordson: Darwiche was a major force on the line to help Fordson to another state playoff appearance.
“Zac graded out at better than 95 percent and had very few missed assignments,” coach Walker Zaban said. “He’s a great kid who works hard on and off the field, which has led to several scholarship offers. He is naturally strong and has not maxed his potential yet.”
Darwiche has offers from Buffalo, Brown, Colgate and is getting interest from Boston College.
Aidan Hutchinson, 6-5, 235, Jr., Dearborn Divine Child: Hutchinson was a dominant two-way player to help Divine Child win the Catholic League title and reach a Division 3 state semifinal.
“Aidan as a first-year offensive lineman dominated people with strength, power and technique while anchoring the left side of the line,” coach John Filiatraut said. “He is a very talented player with all the physical tools to be great. He has a great motor and plays with great intensity each and every play.”
Hutchinson, who was in on 68 tackles, had 11 sacks and recovered two fumbles, has several offers, including Michigan, Michigan State, LSU and Nebraska.
Mustapha Khaleefah, 6-6, 280, Sr., Dearborn: Khaleefah was an intimidating presence on both sides of the ball, blocking for quarterback Mikey Phillips and opening holes from his tackle position on offense while hauling down ball carriers and pressuring quarterbacks on defense.
“Mustafa’s story is an incredible one, from emigrating from Iraq as a boy to not beginning his football career until he was 15 to earning a scholarship to play at Michigan State,” coach John Powell said. “Mustafa is the quintessential example that through hard work, persistence and dedication, the American Dream is still alive and can be accomplished if you have the heart and belief to see it through.”
Bobby Madley, 6-3, 275, Sr., Livonia Franklin: Madley was outstanding in his second year as guard, helping Franklin reach the Division 2 state semifinals last year, then the district championship game this year.
“The only way we are good offensively is if we have good guards and Bobby is one of the best we have ever had,” coach Chris Kelbert said. “In the past two years we have run for more than 3,000 yards this year and 7,000 during the past two years. Bobby had been the lead blocker for most of those yards.”
Bryce Wolma, 6-4, 230, Sr., Saline: Wolma had 48 receptions for 694 yards (14.5 average) and six TDs to help Saline win the SEC championship and advance to the Division 1 regional final.
“Bryce is the most complete tight end we have ever had,” coach Joe Palka said. “He is a great blocker and has the ability to split out as a receiver as well. He has great hands and speed. We would run behind him but yet go to him when we needed a play vs. man coverage. He drew every team’s best DB all year and still made plays.”
Wolma will play at Arizona.
Jairus Grissom, 6-2, 205, Sr., River Rouge: Grissom, a transfer from Dearborn Heights Robichaud, had a strong season in his lone year at River Rouge, throwing for 2,000 yards and 24 TDs with just two interceptions while also rushing for 1,390 yards and 18 TDs.
“He’s a great young man that I was proud to watch compete every down like it was his last,” said coach Corey Parker. “He made great plays with his arm and feet, but led the way by being an awesome teammate.”
Grissom will play at Eastern Michigan.
Connor Hibbard, 5-8, 185, Sr., Saline: Hibbard rushed for 1,571 yards (9.2 average) and 29 TDs to help Saline reach the Division 1 regional final, where he rushed for 216 yards and five TDs in a loss to Detroit Cass Tech.
“Connor has excellent speed and strength,” coach Joe Palka said. “He has unbelievable cutting ability and is gone if he gets into the second level. Simply put, he made us right offensively all the time.”
Markus Sanders, 5-7, 180, Sr., Canton: Sanders rushed for 1,702 yards (9.6 average) and 17 TDs. He finished his career with 6,197 yards to place 11th on the all-time state career rushing list.
“Markus has explosive quickness, great balance and vision,” coach Tim Baechler said. “He is also very strong. He is a very hard guy to tackle one on one.”
Hamze Elzayat, 5-10, 170, Sr., Dearborn Fordson: Elzayat was a dangerous threat as a dual-threat quarterback, completing 64 percent of his passes for 1,512 yards while rushing for 750 yards (10.0 average) and 13 TDs. He also intercepted two passes and broke up seven passes from his secondary position.
“Hamze worked extremely hard this off season and it was displayed on the field,” coach Walker Zaban said. “He matured tremendously and became a true leader on and off the field.”
Jake Moody, 6-0, 170, Jr., Northville: Moody, one of the premier kickers in the country, made 14 of 17 field goals, including a 50- and 52-yarder. His lone misses were from 45 and 50-plus yards. He also converted 30 of 32 PATs with the misses both blocked.
“Jake is a phenomenal kicker,” coach Matt Ladach said. “He can put the ball in the end zone anytime he wants. He’s also great at onside kicks and pooch kicks. His range on field goals is unbelievable. He can make it from 60-plus yards.”
Ali Fayad, 6-2, 220, Sr., Dearborn: Fayad was a dominant force to help Dearborn win the Western Wayne Athletic Conference Red Division title and a victory over crosstown rival Fordson. He had 60 tackles, including 22 for loss, and 17 sacks.
“Ali is one of the most competitive kids that I have coached,” coach John Powell said. “He challenged himself to get better each practice. His desire to be great is what made him into the player that he is today.”
Fayad will play at Eastern Michigan.
Alex Hinojosa, 6-2, 195, Sr., Allen Park: Hinojosa was an outstanding pass rusher, helping Allen Park to an unbeaten regular season and a Division 3 regional final appearance. He got in on 49 tackles, had seven sacks, recovered three fumbles and scored a TD. He also had 180 receiving yards and scored four TDs from his tight end position.
“He created havoc for opposing quarterbacks every time they tried to throw,” coach Tom Danosky said. “He was often double-teamed to try and block him. He was a great leader for us and a great blocker on offense as well.”
Darrell Latham, 6-0, 245, Sr., River Rouge: Latham was a disruptive force in the middle, getting in on 82 tackles, including 26 for loss, and 15 sacks to help River Rouge reach the Division 4 state semifinals.
“He’s strong and agile and can run,” coach Corey Parker said. “Most importantly, he’s smart. He’s the definition of a hybrid player. I love his attitude and work ethic. He was our leader in the trenches.”
Liam Soraghan, 6-7, 240, Sr., Dearborn Divine Child: Soraghan was a force at both tight end and defensive end for Divine Child to help it reach the Division 3 state semifinals. He had 46 tackles and six sacks, knocked down seven passes and also recovered three fumbles, scoring off one of them. He had 32 receptions for 348 yards and 13 TDs.
“Liam is a great player on both sides of the ball,” coach John Filiatraut said. “He has tremendous length and athletic ability. He always seems to come up with big plays when we needed them, a big tackle, catch or block. Liam is a clutch player and a great leader.”
Soraghan will play at Northern Illinois.
Trevor Nowaske, 6-3, 215, Sr., Salem: Nowaske was in on 75 tackles, including 13 for loss and four sacks. He also blocked five kicks, had an interception, recovered a fumble and scored a defensive TD.
“Trevor has been a special playmaker for three years,” coach Kurt Britnell said. “He’s a natural in the middle of our defense as a run stuffer but can also cover in space. He has been a special teams stud for us, too. Trevor has a natural nose-for-the-ball instinct. He is a high character kid with a passion for the game.”
Antjuan Simmons, 6-1, 205, Sr., Ann Arbor Pioneer: Simmons had a strong season despite playing through injuries, getting in on 73 tackles while intercepting two passes and blocking two field goals. He also rushed for 433 yards on 73 carries and had 10 receptions for 155 yards and a TD.
“Antjuan’s a student of the game, he watches film like he is a coach,” coach Jari Brown said. “When game day comes things come easy to him because he did his homework. He was able and willing to play any position on the field.”
Simmons recently decommitted from Ohio State and is considering Michigan and Michigan State.
Jalen Wellons, 6-0, 190, Sr., Woodhaven: Wellons was a four-year varsity performer, helping Woodhaven reach the Division 2 state playoffs this season. He was in on 58 tackles playing out of the 4-2-5 system while also playing running back.
“His commitment to offseason training and running track helped him to develop into a well-rounded football player,” coach Keith Christnagel said. “Jalen has a very high football IQ on the defensive side of the ball.”
Tyler Beachnau, 6-1, 195, Sr., Allen Park: Beachnau, a hard-hitting safety, helped the defense give up an average of seven points during a 9-0 Downriver League season. He made 34 tackles and intercepted a pass while leading it to a Division 3 regional appearance.
“He was our captain and leader on the field,” coach Tom Danosky said. “He was the smartest player I’ve ever coached, was like having a coach on the field. He made all our checks on defense. He was a great tackler. He came back from ACL surgery last year and an injured hamstring caused him to miss some time (four games) this year, but he still led the team every day.”
Reggie Pearson, 5-10, 180, Jr., River Rouge: Pearson was the leader of the secondary, a hard-hitter who helped River Rouge advance to the Division 4 state semifinals. He was in on 120 tackles, had six pass breakups and seven interceptions.
“He’s a smart and physical player that plays hard and loves the game,” coach Corey Parker said. “He does a great job being a traffic control guys and getting everyone where they need to be, definitely a coach on the field.”
Pearson is committed to Wisconsin.
Devonni Reed, 6-0, 190, Sr., Belleville: Reed was a two-way threat for Belleville, an outstanding defender and threat on special teams. He had a team-high 85 tackles and four interceptions while also having 700 all-purpose yards.
“Devonni is a hard-hitting safety and downhill runner and explosive kick returner,” coach Jermain Crowell said. “He didn’t touch the ball a lot, but when he did, he made big play, scoring 12 TDs, including five on special teams and five rushing.”
Reed will play at Central Michigan.
Jordan Ulmer, 6-2, 190, Sr., Belleville: Ulmer was a big hitter in the secondary for Belleville, coming up with 83 tackles, 52 solos and four tackles for loss, and nine pass deflections while making four interceptions and forcing four fumbles and blocking a punt.
“He’s a hard-hitting, vertical playing free safety,” said coach Jermain Crowell. “He’s a throwback player. He loves to hit people, great combination of ball skills, coverage and anticipation. A pleasure to coach.”
Ulmer is an Iowa State commit who also has offers from Missouri, Arizona, Minnesota and Cincinnati.
Jake Giacobbi, 5-9, 165, Sr., Livonia Franklin: Giacobbi averaged 34.7 yards a punt and connected on 4 of 6 field goals while making 43 of 44 PATs. He also had 495 receiving yards and seven TDs.
“Jake was Mr. Everything for our team,” coach Chris Kelbert said. “He played receiver, cornerback, kicker, punter and sometimes returned kicks. He is one of the best athlete that has ever played at Franklin. There was nothing on the football field that he couldn’t do.”
COACH OF THE YEAR
John Filiatraut, Dearborn Divine Child: Filiatraut turned Divine Child from a 4-5 team to a Catholic League champion, defeating Detroit Loyola in the title game before moving on to win its first regional championship since 1985. Divine Child won 10 games for the first time since that ’85 season.
“This year’s group of seniors helped our program take a meaningful step forward,” said Filiatraut, who completed his third year as head coach. “We were a much better football team in November than we were in August. This was a hard-working bunch of kids that were able to improve each and every week. The fact that we got significant contributions from a large number of different players at one point or another throughout the year was very satisfying.
“The players had an unbelievably strong bond. They really enjoyed practicing and competing together. This team cared about one another and it showed on the field.”
Ends: Hassen Beydoun, 5-8, 155, Sr., Dearborn; Darryis King, 5-9, 160, Sr., Redford Thurston; Alexander Stevens, 6-0, 185, Sr., Romulus.
Offensive line: Carlos Agens, 6-2, 290, Sr., Allen Park; Julian Ezell, 6-2, 280, Sr., Wyandotte; Dave Gunnis, 5-10, 270, Sr., Canton; Alex Howie, 6-4, 295, Jr., Salem; Joe Supernois, 5-11, 265, Sr., Plymouth.
Quarterback: Zach Schwartzenberger, 6-0, 180, Sr., Saline.
Running back: Nyassinu Crowell, 5-10, 200, Sr., Livonia Franklin; Andrew Davis, 5-8, 165, Jr., Salem.
Athlete: Jacob Clark, 5-11, 195, Sr., Livonia Franklin.
Kicker: Trevor Goodman, 6-0, 165, Sr., Trenton.
Defensive line: Evan Begeman, 6-1, 230, Jr., Riverview; Jax Gasaway, 6-3, 235, Sr., Livonia Franklin; Austin Scheffer, 6-2, 275, Sr., Plymouth; Wes Smith, 6-3, 215, Sr., Pinckney.
Linebackers: Lou Baechler, 5-10, 195, Jr., Canton; George Douglas, 6-1, 210, Sr., Belleville; Trenton Guthrie, 6-2, 205, Sr., Northville; Treshaun Hayward, 6-1, 210, Sr., Ann Arbor Skyline.
Defensive backs: Jamal Allen, 6-0, 195, Sr., Livonia Churchill; Jack Burke, 6-1, 195, Sr., Northville; Josh Moskall, 5-9, 175, Sr., Grosse Ile; Chris Nehasil, 5-9, 185, Sr., Livonia Franklin.
Ends: Elantre Alston, Dearborn Heights Robichaud; Julian Barnett, Belleville; Austin Boike, Riverview; Adam Elder, Deaerborn; Isaac Emminger, Plymouth; Erik Gibson, Redford Thurston; Parker Graham, 6-1, 195, Jr., Livonia Stevenson; Nathan Hayes, Redford Thurston; Ian Knoph, Livonia Stevenson; Andrew Miller, New Boston Huron; Lee Payton, River Rouge; Kendrick Stanley, Wyandotte.
Offensive line: Jacob Agemy, Dearborn; Brandon Askins, Dearborn Heights Robichaud; Joe Barney, Woodhaven, Josh Barney, Woodhaven; Jamil Beydoun, Dearborn Fordson; Charlie Chevillet, Riverview; Devontae Dobbs, Belleville; Cam Goode, Canton; Mason Hamilton, Flat Rock; Blake Hartsfield, Redford Union; Jalen Howard, Redford Thurston; Brent Kosikowski, New Boston Huron; De’Von Mines, Romulus; Ali Saad, Dearborn Fordson; Christian Short, Trenton; Amir Siddiq, Dearborn Fordson; Brandon Taylor, River Rouge; Dominic Trombley, Grosse Ile; Vince Vanderroest, Salem; Evan Vegeman, Riverview; Jacob Warner, Canton; Darrell Williams, Dearborn Heights Robichaud; Owen Wiewiura, Grosse Ile.
Quarterback: Demetrius Barnes, Milan; Connor Charping, Trenton; Zach Crofford, Redford Thurston; Evan Cummins, Livonia Churchill; Theo Day, Dearborn Divine Child; Jacob Dotson, Flat Rock; Jaylin Franklin, Carlson; Antonio Mangiapane, Allen Park; Justin Moores, Grosse Ile; Mikey Phillips, Dearborn; Chris Tanderys, Livonia Stevenson; Jaylin Tatum, Romulus; Alex Theisen, Woodhaven; Jahz Watts, Belleville; Joey Wiemer, Temperance Bedford.
Running backs: Nick Becker, New Boston Huron; Nyassuno BROWELLBrowell, Livonia Franklin; Thornton Caine, Redford Union; Alex Carter, River Rouge; Raekwon Castelow, Woodhaven; Demetrius Dowd, Redford Thurston; Ryan Fish, Allen Park; Mike Foor, Carleton Airport; Jaylin Franklin, Carlson; Kabian Graham, Southgate; Isaac Grant, Redford Union; Dontel Hampton, Trenton; Marquise Hathaway, Redford Union; Hussien Hannawi, Dearborn; Aziz Hanek, Deearborn Fordson; Nick Humphrey, Monroe. Jefferson; Charles Jones, Ann Arbor Skyline; Trace Lindeman, Milan; Reid McDonnell, Canton; Daraun McKinney, Melvindale; Reid Paffhausen, Allen Park; Sameer Tayeb, Flat Rock; Julian Thornton, Canton; Darius Timmons, Plymouth; Andrew Vollmerhausen, Grosse Ile; Allen Woodward, Wyandotte.
Defensive line: Stefan Bates, Wyandotte; Trevor Carr, Temperance Bedford; Mike Furtney, Milan; Jordan Jones, Dearborn Divine Child; Stephen McGill, River Rouge; Amir Siddiq, Dearborn Fordson; Javonte VanBuren, Livonia Churchill; Jake Warner, Canton.
Linebackers: Mohamed Amen, Dearborn Fordson; Nik Becker, New Boston Huron; Noah Brown, Canton; Elijah Cross, Lincoln Park; Logan Freier, Livonia Churchill; Eric Gillis, Dearborn Divine Child; Ke-mauri Heard, Livonia Franklin; Issa Khalil, Dearborn; Tyler Marsee, Allen Park; Jacob Mass, Livonia Franklin; Zavion McCrary, Woodhaven; Lyth Shalhout, Dearborn; Ali Saad, Dearborn; Baron Sholar, River Rouge; Jacob Simons, Carlson; Brendan Speer, Melvindale; Sameer Tayeb, Flat Rock.
Defensive backs: Devon Carson, Lincoln Park; Jacob Donnelly, Canton; Devin Dunn, Livonia Stevenson; Adam Elder, Dearborn; Keion Harris, Redford Thurston; Nathan Hayes, Redford Thurston; Justin Knott, River Rouge; Jake Osen, Livonia Churchill; Chase Timko, Plymouth; Colin Troup, Canton; Cameron Stitt, Flat Rock; Kejuan Wilkins, Dearborn.
Kickers: Hunter Morse, New Boston Huron.