The Times 2013 All-Area Football Team

The Times 2013 All-Area Football Team

2013-12-05T17:00:00Z 2013-12-26T18:51:19Z The Times 2013 All-Area Football Team
December 05, 2013 5:00 pm

First Team


Matt DeSomer

QB, Andrean, Sr.

Bio: Not only did he lead the 59ers to the Class 3A state championship, he did it favoring a sore ankle. Still, he threw for 137 yards and ran for another 62 in leading the way. He did what his coach asked. He finished the season right, 15-0 and No. 1 in the state.

Stats: 132-of-162 for 2,512 yards, 35 TDs; 158 carries for 1,607 yards, 19 TDs

Trevor Berg

RB, Andrean, Jr.

Bio: The power part of the 59ers' high-flying offense was unbelievable between the tackles. With DeSomer slowed at Lucas Oil Stadium, Berg took over with 24 carries for 165 yards and two scores. He ran behind a great offensive line and had the same kind of toughness.

Stats: 200 carries for 1,288 yards, 22 TDs

George Fields

RB, Lowell, Sr.

Bio: He finished his career with 3,627 yards in helping to return Lowell football to the top of the pack. If he keeps his feet underneath him, there are surely several colleges who will be interested in his services.

Stats: 209 carries for 3,627 yards, 13 TDs

JonVea' Johnson

WR, West Side, Sr.

Bio: Had one of the best seasons in region history on the perimeter. His speed was second to none, ran very good routes and had hands of glue in leading the Cougars to the Class 4A sectional final. This kid will be playing on Saturdays.

Stats: 71 catches for 1,412 yards, 23 TDs

Lonnie Johnson

WR, West Side, Sr.

Bio: No, he is not going to play at Ohio State, but he could have. The bigger, stronger version of his cousin, JonVea', chose to play at Western Michigan instead. Was a big part of the Cougars' turnaround season and should continue to shine.

Stats: 40 catches for 772 yards, 14 TDs; 62 tackles, six interceptions

Adam Kopil

OL, Andrean, Sr.

Bio: The 6-foot, 225-pound left guard pushed the pile with the best of them. Against Indianapolis Brebeuf in the state final he recovered an onside kick that could have changed the outcome. This kid had every right to hold the trophy as any other.

John Zemkewicz

OL, Andrean, Sr.

Bio: Similar to Kopil, the same thing applies. The 6-foot, 230-pound center was an anchor in the middle. Yes, Andrean had great skill, but the 59ers won most of their games in the trenches.

Kyle Wilkinson

OL, Munster, Sr.

Bio: The Mustangs' center had a great senior season, getting to the Class 5A sectional final. Was the anchor of an always-strong O line. For three years was the team's long-snapper and had 12 tackles on punt coverage.

Tom Scolaro

OL, Merrillville, Sr.

Bio: The two-year starter at guard helped the Duneland Athletic Conference champs, graded out at 90 percent blocking with 12 pancakes. Was a big part of an offense that averaged more than 350 yards and 30 points a game. His size and strength opened up a lot of space.

Tom Dabertin

OL, Whiting, Sr.

Bio: The last three seasons the Oilers have gone 25-7, and the 6-foot-2, 230-pounder was named the top O lineman each season. Whiting's offense rushed for 5,300 yards and threw for 5,600 in that time.

Tre'Quan Burnett

TE, E.C. Central, Sr.

Bio: One turnaround wasn't enough, so this 6-4, 220-pound end helped lead another one as the Cardinals won their first sectional and regional championships in school history. The 11 wins also set a record. His career numbers are sick, 1,660 yards and 26 TDs.

Stats: 35 catches for 876 yards, 12 TDs

Nathan Johnson

K, Portage, Sr.

Bio: Dividing time between soccer and football, Johnson was a big weapon for an Indians offense that struggled putting the ball in the end zone in the early season.

Stats: 59.3 yards kickoff average; 20 touchbacks; 25-25 PATs; 8-13 FG (long 42).

A.J. Veloz

Athlete, Whiting, Sr.

Bio: The Oilers went 25-7 with Veloz under center. The team MVP led a prolific offense that won the Greater South Shore Conference once again. Finished his career with 5,472 passing yards and 50 TDs.

Stats: 154-of-260 for 1,942 yards, 12 TDs

DJ Wilkins

Athlete, Merrillville, So.

Bio: The super soph almost had folks forget about "Raspo." Had a very good season for a first-timer, leading a prolific Pirates offense to the top of the DAC. Great speed and a good arm.

Stats: 120-of-218 for 1,896 yards, 18 TDs

Brandon Scott

Athlete, Lake Central, Sr.

Bio: In an offensively-challenged autumn in St. John, this tough, grind-it-out runner could find a hole and take a hit. And make one, too. Was the one consistent aspect of that side of the ball each Friday night. Helped to lead the Indians to first sectional title since 1999.

Stats: 263 carries for 1,186 yards, 14 TDs.


Kenyota Rollins

DL, Portage, Sr.

Bio: The unblockable Rollins took up residence in opponents' backfields, fueling the revival of the Indians on the defensive side of the ball.

Stats: 95 tackles, 50 solos, 11 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks.

Dalton Souders

DL, Rensselaer, Jr.

Bio: Souders gained acclaim on ESPN for a double blocked punt. That only served to let the rest of us know what Bomber Nation already knew -- Souders was virtually unstoppable coming off the edge.

Stats: 74 tackles, 15 sacks, 10 tackles for loss.

C.J. Lessentine

DL, Lake Central, Sr.

Bio: The Indians were No. 2 in the state in defensive scoring average (11.58), and this interior lineman was a big part of that. This kid couldn't be moved, even with a lot of help.

Stats: 41 tackles, 11 sacks, 11 TFL

Tylor Petkovich

DL, Andrean, Sr.

Bio: The 6-foot-6 D-I recruit was a force for one of the area's top defenses. Had one sack and two tackles for loss in the 59ers' state championship win. An unbelievable talent with a serious upside.

Stats: 80 tackles, 8.5 sacks

Gelen Robinson

LB, Lake Central, Sr.

Bio: The Purdue-bound standout and two-time Times Defensive Player of the Year had another great campaign, willing the Indians over Merrillville in the sectional final. Hits like a freight train and can do it all on that side of the ball. A true legend.

Stats: 100 tackles, 31 TFL, 11 sacks, 26 hurries

Martayveus Carter

LB, E.C. Central, Sr.

Bio: The Northern Illinois-bound Times Defensive Player of the Year did it all. Led a great senior class that won the Cardinals' first sectional and regional championships. Finished one game from Lucas Oil Stadium.

Stats: 148 tackles, 33 TFL, 4 sacks, 3 INT

Patrick Shaw

LB, E.C. Central, Sr.

Bio: How good was this kid? Finished with 450 tackles, second on E.C.'s all-time list. He set the school single-season mark with 212 takedowns. Playing very deep into the season got that number over 200.

Stats: 212 tackles, 26 TFL, 4 sacks

Noah Pavlina

LB, Andrean, Sr.

Bio: This classic prep football player was the Class 3A state champ's tackle leader. The 59ers allowed only 15.27 points a game. He had a nose for the ball and could deliver a hit with the best of them.

Stats: 104 tackles, 2 sacks

David Wall *

DB, Morton, Sr.

Bio: Already has an offer on the table from Austin Peay. Was part of a defense that shut people down all fall, except for West Side. Wasn't the most athletic Governor in the backfield, but made plays with guile and a high grid IQ.

Stats: 77 tackles, 3 INT

Ryan Neal

DB, Merrillville, Sr.

Bio: This pick 'em DB already has one D-I offer on the table. Was a Top 50 player last season and ended his two years as a DB with 13 interceptions and more than 200 tackles. The kid was amazing for one of the area's top programs.

Stats: 67 tackles, 4 INT, 2 blocked kicks

Donovan Chandler

DB, Andrean, Sr.

Bio: What a way to go out. His 46-yard interception return in the Class 3A state final with 1:00 left in the game secured the trophy. Was also in coverage in Brebeuf's last pass in the end zone. Led team with 10 tackles.

Stats: 141 tackles, 12 TFL, 5 INT.

Luke Robertson

P, Rensselaer, Sr.

Bio: In addition to an area-best 12 FGs, Robertson helped the Bombers win the field position battle with his deep kickoffs and steady punting.

Stats: 51-58 PATs, 12-19 FG (41 long), 47 punts-36.1 avg.

Kenneth Coleman

Athlete, Morton, Sr.

Bio: This two-way standout also rushed for 599 yards and nine TDs. Roy Richards said he was the best player on an eight-win team along with being the captain and team leader.

Stats: 71 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles

Jason Stewart

Athlete, E.C. Central, Sr.

Bio: Just another solid member of a great senior class. The DB racked up 262 career tackles and nine interceptions. Played on a very solid defensive team that made it to the Class 4A Northern Semistate.

Stats: 141 tackles, 12 TFL, 5 INT.

Nicholas Bokun

Athlete, Hobart, Sr.

Bio: This standout is getting interest from Princeton, Central Michigan and Indiana. Could do it all on both sides of the ball. Made a catch that left ESPN viewers in awe. But the DL's tackling did the same.

Stats: 49 tackles, 14 TFL; 23 catches for 381 yards, 8 TDs.

Second team


QB -- Ramone Atkins, West Side, Jr.

Bio: For the second year in a row he threw for 3,00 yards and helped lead his Cougars to the Class 4A sectional championship game.

Stats: 179 of 298 for 3,113 yards, 51 TDs

RB -- Bryant Isabell, Merrillville, Sr.

Bio: The DAC MVP on offense had a solid season, his first full-time in the Pirates' backfield. Averaged more than 6 yards a carry.

Stats: 209 carries for 1,271 yards, 16 TDs

RB -- Noah Smith, Hobart, Jr.

Bio: Getting interest from West Point, Miami (Ohio) and IU. A vocal leader with a big V. Shows his love of the game on every play.

Stats: 192 carries for 1,003 yards, 12 TDs

RB -- James Taylor, Bowman Academy, Sr.

Bio: Helped lead the Eagles to their first sectional championship game in school history. Had a monster game against Boone Grove to get there.

Stats: 147 carries for 1,184 yards, 14 TDs

WR -- Drey Devereaux, Hobart, Sr.

Bio: A big part of the Brickies' continued progress, also had 61 tackles on D. A great athlete. A great student-athlete.

Stats: 61 carries for 589 yards; 53 catches for 915 yards, 5 TDs

WR -- Antwan Davis, Lake Central, Jr.

Bio: With rotating QBs due to injuries, Davis emerged as one of the area's top receivers. Had a flare for the dramatic, too.

Stats: 56 catches for 724 yards, 5 TDs

OL -- Blake Beisen, Valparaiso, Sr.

Bio: The 6-foot-4, 305-pound man mountain graded out 95 percent in his blocking assignments.

OL -- Matt Keator, Chesterton, Sr.

Bio: A three-year starter, Keator eased the front line's transition to a new coach. His mobility was his greatest asset in the Trojans' read option scheme.

OL -- Nick Powell, Munster, Sr.

Bio: Coach Leroy Marsh calls Powell a "game changer" by his physical attributes on the line. Also had 62 tackles as DE.

OL -- Christian Guerrero, E.C. Central, Sr.

Bio: The Cards' most-improved player. Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville and Cincinnati all want to place him in JUCO for future speculation.

TE -- Morgan Kral, Crown Point, Jr.

Bio: The 6-foot-6 receiver was a matchup nightmare for most teams. Is extremely versatile and athletic. Expect big things next year.

Stats: 23 catches for 343 yards, 3 TDs

K -- Daniel Flores, E.C. Central, Sr.

Bio: Had one of the biggest extra points in E.C. history, beating New Prairie in OT in the regional.

Stats: 44-of-51 PATs; 2-of-3 FGs

Athlete -- Ethan Young, Whiting, Jr.

Bio: His strong running kept defenses honest, which opened up the passing game. And when that happened Young went wild.

Athlete -- Matt Myers, Kankakee Valley, Sr.

Bio: This two-way standout's numbers were down on defense because everyone ran away from him. Still, the Kougars had a solid season.

Stats: 8 catches for 258 yards, 3 TDs

Athlete -- Cam Bosak, Andrean, Sr.

Bio: When Berg got hurt in Indy, Bosak stepped in and did the job. Just what you expect from a senior leader who didn't complain.

Stats: 108 carries for 578 yards, 11 TDs


DL -- Shawn Streck, Merrillville, So.

Bio: Was the man in the middle of the state's seventh-best 6A defense. Every team had to account for him. And will continue to.

Stats: 62 tackles, 8 sacks, 17 TFL

DL -- Darius Niuamoa, Jr., Morton

Bio: The 6-5, 365-pound giant played tackle for half the season and nobody could run on the Govs. When he switched sides to guard, the offense took off. Extremely strong and athletic for his size, Niuamoa should be among the best linemen around in 2014.

DL -- Zach Keilman, Sr., Boone Grove

Bio: The verstaile two-way starter secured both front lines for the Wolves, who leaned heavily on their big boys en route to an 8-3 finish.

Stats: 21 tackles, 7 for loss, 4 sacks

LB -- Connor Andras, Crown Point, Sr.

Bio: The Bulldogs' most dominant and physical player in the middle of their D, had 220 tackles in three years as a starter.

Stats: 90 tackles, 14 TFL, 5.5 sacks

LB -- Dalton Murphy, Rensselaer, Jr.

Bio: Another member of a talented junior class, Murphy used his quicks to beat blockers and wreak havoc in backfields.  

Stats: 91 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks

LB -- Jesse Ruiz, Lake Central, Sr.

Bio: Was the backbone of one of the best defensive units the area has ever seen. Was second in tackles and first in bruises.

Stats: 91 tackles, 25 TFL, 11 sacks

LB -- Matt Avery, Sr., South Central

Bio: Satellites coach Dan Klimczak considers Avery among the best true inside linebackers he's ever coached.

Stats: 94 tackles, 6 TFL, 3 fumble recoveries

DB -- Brian Rice, Lake Central, Sr.

Bio: Despite missing a few games due to injury, the high-character kid was still among the leaders in tackles.

Stats: 91 tackles, 2 INT

DB -- Andrew Ralph, Sr., Chesterton

Bio: Ralph consistently came up from his safety position to provide strong run support for an inexperienced Trojans' defense.

Stats: 51 solo tackles, 5 PBU

DB -- Da'Mario Johnson, Morton, Jr.

Bio: Expect to see this name on a lot of college boards. The Govs' top athlete did a lot of things very well.

Stats: 19 tackles; 5 catches for 103 yards; 4 TDs

DB -- Mike Hubbard, Bowman Academy, Jr.

Bio: The super athlete had a nose for the football. A big part of the Eagles getting to their first sectional championship game.

Stats: 67 tackles, 7 TFL, 5 INT

P -- Matt Childs, Munster, Jr.

Bio: A great field position punter, Childs also handled kicking for the Mustangs. Had a long of 63 yards.

Stats: 38 punts with 36.5 avg., 7 inside 20

Athlete -- Cody Maldonado, Portage, Sr.

Bio: The big play receiver was the Indians' only two-way starter, also holding down a defensive back spot, and was voted team MVP.

Stats: 38 catches, 489 yards, 9 TDs; 38 tackles

Athlete -- Dan Garza, Lowell, Sr.

Bio: Suffered dislocated elbow in first quarter of Week 1 and returned three weeks later. Led team in tackles.

Stats: 77 tackles, 15 TFL, 4 sacks

Athlete -- Josh Barajas, Andrean, Jr.

Bio: This kid put on a highlight show at Lucas Oil Stadium, making big stops early and a big catch late. Should be a monster next year.

Stats: 90 tackles

Honorable mention

Duneland Athletic Conference

CHESTERTON -- Cole Teal, Jordan Dilosa, Tyler Gillespie, Avery Beeks; CROWN POINT -- Jake Jatis, Brendyn McKinnon, Cody Hipp, Tristan Peterson, Artie Equihua; LAKE CENTRAL -- Mitch Oskam, Alec Olund; LAPORTE -- Charles Salary, John Shuble, Matt Otwinowski; MERRILLVILLE -- Johnathan Robinson, Raqib Cox; MICHIGAN CITY -- Logan Kaletha, Anthony Lemon, Ryan Washington; PORTAGE -- Gage Pearman, Sam Schest, Lorenzo Wells, Chris Russell, Craig Weinberger; VALPARAISO -- Kyle Bishop, David Hittinger, Angelo Madrigal, Caleb Dawson.

Northwest Crossroads Conference

ANDREAN -- Tyler Bruce, Lukas Berber, Jhalon Beeks, Joe Rodish, John Albomonte, Matt O'Brien; GRIFFITH -- Kyle Buikema, Justin Green; HIGHLAND -- Jeff Pasquinelli, Josh Salazar, Matt Holl; HOBART -- Andrew Barras, Zach Satterfield; KANKAKEE VALLEY -- Al Berdine, Tim Schoonveld; LOWELL -- Aaron Hamm, Paul Mauer; MUNSTER -- Sam Helmer, Dillon Pierie, Dominic Lucito.

Greater South Shore Conference

BISHOP NOLL -- Elijah Golumbeck, Vernard Whitfield, Ahmad Rucker; CALUMET -- Noah Fowler, Nick Fowler; LAKE STATION -- Kyle Gooch; NORTH NEWTON -- Jono Bigger; RIVER FOREST -- Alex Ballestas, Brandon Laas, Malachi Sala; SOUTH CENTRAL -- Kyle Sturdy, Robert Miller, Alex Morrow; WHEELER -- Jake Bertucci, Kyle Burch, Riley Smith; WHITING -- Jesse Maynard, Kris Krzyston.

Great Lakes Athletic Conference

CLARK -- Justin Martinez, Maurice Dawkins; GAVIT -- Tashon Rogers, Andre Rhea; HAMMOND -- Eric Schreiber, Derrick English; MORTON -- Darius Niuamoa, Zach Ward.

Northwestern Conference

LEW WALLACE -- Darius Mahome; ROOSEVELT -- Derren Payne; WEST SIDE -- Charles Butler, Khalil Upshaw, Paco Jordan, DeAnthony Hall.


BOONE GROVE -- Niko Kilburg, Austin Nelson; BOWMAN ACADEMY-- DeShawn Franklin, Izaiah Cole, DeShay Mukes, Malcolm Gibbs; E.C. CENTRAL -- Carlos Fernandez, Ricky Readus, Juan Sepulveda, Anthony Hunt; RENSSELAER -- Noah Ahler, Avery Walker, Beau Boswell, Austin Fleming, Rylan Arihood.

* This corrects an earlier version of the story. The Times regrets the error.

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