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No Andrean players on the Associated Press all-state football team

2013-12-09T17:00:00Z 2013-12-09T18:41:31Z No Andrean players on the Associated Press all-state football teamJim Peters james.peters@nwi.com, (219) 548-4363 nwitimes.com
December 09, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

Ten local football players were named first-team all-state by the Associated Press, but Class 3A state champion Andrean is conspicuous by its absence from the lists announced over the weekend.

"To me, it was extremely negligent in somebody doing their job," Andrean coach Phil Mason said. "If I had been contacted, I would have easily sent all the information. I'm not judging anybody else, but you're telling me not one kid, not even an honorable mention? You've got to be kidding. It's just amazing."

Runner-up Brebeuf was also without mention. Gibson Southern (four), West Lafayette (three), Evansville Bosse (three) and Mishawaka Marian (three) are among eight schools that had multiple players named.

"I was at the (state finals) press conference and there must've been 50 reporters there," Mason said. "We went 15-0. We won the state championship. We've had a kid (Matt DeSomer) recognized as a Mr. Football candidate. Shouldn't that be a red light that we have somebody who is supposed to be all-state? It's extremely frustrating."

Merrillville coach Zac Wells said he was not contacted either, though he had defensive back Ryan Neal named to the 6A team.

"People were more aware of him, and threw away and ran away from him at times," Wells said. "It challenged him to be patient, to let the game come to him. It showed the mark of a very mature football player to settle down and make plays. He was really good at helping the younger players learn their position."

Rensselaer (2A) and Whiting (A) each had two players selected. Defensive end Dalton Souders and kicker Luke Robertson were picked for the Bombers.

"Luke has aspirations of playing at the Division-I level," Rensselaer coach Chris Meeks said. "He was a major weapon for us with his kicking and punting. Dalton has great quickness and a knack for getting to the football. Even playing with a broken bone in his wrist and a cast, he was a great playmaker on our defense."

Oilers' offensive lineman Tom Dabertin and linebacker Jesse Maynard earned Class A first-team honors.

"Both were extremely dedicated and hard-working kids who represent all of the Whiting kids," Whiting coach Jeff Cain said. "Tom has led the offensive line in blocking percentage beginning his 10th grade year though this season. Jesse led our defense with 140 tackles. Our next highest total was 70 tackles. He played sideline to sideline."

Other area players chosen were Lake Central linebacker Gelen Robinson (6A), E.C. Central linebacker Martayveus Carter (4A), Hobart defensive back Drey Devereaux (4A), Morton defensive back Da'Mario Johnson (4A) and Lake Station defensive back Kyle Gooch (A).

"We're definitely hoping it opens the eyes of the younger guys, seeing the hard work Kyle's put in," Eagles coach Rich Lunsford said. "It can be a big catalyst moving forward, especially given the fact that he's coming back."

Neal, DeSomer, Robinson and West Side receiver Jon Vea' Johnson were tabbed for the Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50.

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