2018 Herald & Review All-Area Football Team

2018 Herald & Review All-Area Football Team

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First team


QB — Brandon Odam, Sr., Taylorville

Odam was unstoppable on offense, leading the Tornadoes to the Class 4A quarterfinals. He threw for 3,578 yards with a 70 percent completion percentage and 40 touchdowns. He also rushed for 813 yards and 13 TDs.

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Taylorville’s Brandon Odam (11) and Justin Wright (15).

QB — Braden Snyder, Sr., Monticello

Snyder led the Sages to the Class 3A state title with his accuracy and play-making ability. He was 183-of-280 passing for 3,244 yards and 41 touchdowns, and also rushed for 538 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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Monticello’s Braden Snyder.

RB — Alek Bundy, Sr., Monticello

Bundy had nine interceptions, including four he returned for touchdowns. He also combined for 1,559 yards and 26 touchdowns rushing and receiving, and had three touchdowns in the Sages’ state title win against Byron.

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 Monticello’s Alek Bundy.

RB — Austin Hopkins, Jr., Arcola

A tough, physical runner, Hopkins made the Purple Riders’ offense go. He rushed for 1,435 yards and 18 touchdowns on 213 carries.

WR — Justin Wright, Sr., Taylorville

Wright was the area's top receiver, catching 83 passes for 1,700 yards and 20 touchdowns to help lead the Tornadoes to an undefeated regular season and quarterfinal appearance in Class 4A.

WR — Jacob Paradee, Jr., Central A&M

Paradee had the best season for a receiver in Central A&M history, catching 83 passes for 1,592 yards and 19 touchdowns. Paradee also had 121 tackles and three interceptions.

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Central A&M receiver Jacob Paradee (3) is lifted by Jeske Maples (73).

WR — Asher Bradd, Sr., Monticello

Bradd was a danger to score every time he touched the ball, whether it was offense, defense or special teams. He had 17 touchdowns — 10 receiving, four on punt returns, two on interception returns and one rushing.

OL — CJ Picazo, Sr., Tuscola

Picazo was the best offensive lineman in the Central Illinois Conference, leading an offense that racked up 41.9 points this season. He gave up one sack in the last two seasons and wiped out defenders on pulling plays.

OL — Grant Mose, Jr., Shelbyville

Few linemen got off the ball as fast as Mose, who was a factor on both sides of the ball for the Rams.

OL — Hugo Garza, Jr., Arcola

Garza was the Little Okaw Valley Conference’s best lineman on both sides of the ball. The Riders racked up yards running behind him, and teams were forced to run away from him on defense.

OL — Payton Smith, Sr., Mattoon

Smith anchored the line for a Green Wave team that got hot at just the right time and advanced to the Class 5A quarterfinals — its best season since 2007.

OL — Jason Bowlin, Sr., Effingham

Bowlin was the leader for an offensive line that helped lead the Hearts to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1987. Effingham’s offense went over 40 points six times.

K — Cade Kresin, Sr., Tuscola

Kresin was a weapon on special teams, making 65-of-68 extra points and 6-of-8 on field goals, including a 38-yarder. He averaged 53 yards per kickoff and had 20 touchbacks.


DL — Bryce Hance, Sr., Newton

One of the best defensive players in Newton history, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Hance was a two-time all-state selection and had 55 tackles, five sacks and a strip fumble for the Eagles this season.

DL — Sam Nollman, Sr., Pana

A great leader, Nollman anchored the Panthers’ offense and also had 90 tackles and 12 tackles for loss.

DL — Jerit Medler, Sr., Central A&M

Medler dominated on both sides of the ball, giving Jacob Paradee time to get open on offense and providing a physical presence on defense, including 11 tackles for loss, to help lead the Raiders to the quarterfinals.

DL — Riley Austin, Sr., Monticello

Monticello coach Cully Welter said Austin was the smartest player he’s coached in 25 years. Most teams avoided even running at Austin, who was also a three-year starter on the offensive line.

DL — Jackson Nichols, Sr., Mattoon

The undersized Nichols, at 185 pounds, played defensive end and center and produced an all-state season, using his quickness to beat opponents 50 to 100 pounds heavier.

LB — Riley Buschon, Sr., Taylorville

Buschon set the tone defensively for the Tornadoes. He put up 117 tackles, including four sacks, and also forced three fumbles to help lead Taylorville to an undefeated regular season.

LB — Joel Blesky, Sr., Shelbyville

Blesky used his ability to read opposing defenses to become one of the Central Illinois Conference’s best linebackers.

LB — Christian Reynolds, Sr., Clinton

One of the best blitzing linebackers in the area, Reynolds played with a motor that never quit. Reynolds had 14 tackles for loss and eight sacks.

DB — Kendall Ballman, Sr., Effingham

Ballman rushed for over 1,000 yards and was a workhorse for the Hearts’ offense, but it was on defense that he was at his best. He had 70 tackles and two interceptions, and was named to the all-state team.

DB — Will Kettelkamp, Sr., Taylorville

Kettelkamp provided leadership on defense for the Tornadoes and was a hard-hitting safety. He had 117 tackles and three fumble recoveries.

DB — Ben Dixon, Jr., Tuscola

Teams learned quickly not to test Dixon. He drew the opponents’ best receiver each week and finished the season with three interceptions. He also returned four kickoffs for touchdowns.

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Tuscola’s Ben Dixon (84) breaks up a pass intended for St. Teresa’s Tyler Phillips.

DB — Devin Graham, Jr., Monticello

Graham was outstanding on offense, nearing the 1,000-yard receiving mark and 13 touchdowns. But he was also a ball-hawk on defense, picking off six passes.

P — Connor Hutchins, Jr., Central A&M

Hutchins, also a standout receiver for the Raiders, consistently flipped the field for A&M all season. He also had 10 tackles for loss on defense.

Second team


QB — Landon Wolfe, Sr., Effingham

Wolfe set every Effingham passing record. This was his best year, with 2,172 yards passing and 26 TDs.

QB — Luke Sluder, Sr., Tuscola

Rushed for 734 yards and 20 touchdowns, and passed for 1,779 yards and 16 touchdowns with only three interceptions.

RB — Trevor Smalls, Sr., Vandalia

Smalls capped an outstanding career with another huge season, leading the Vandals to seven wins and a playoff appearance.

RB — Matthew Cantu, Jr., Tuscola

Cantu provided an explosive presence for the Warriors’ offense in the running game.

WR — Yemi Obugsdan, Sr., Taylorville

Obugsdan was another big-play weapon for Odam, catching 55 passes for 1,191 yards and 15 touchdowns.

WR — Tristin Duncan, So., Effingham

Duncan emerged as a weapon, catching 33 passes for 833 yards and 11 TDs.

WR — Brandon Douglas, Jr., Tuscola

Had 48 catches for 906 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging nearly 19 yards per catch.

OL — Dayton Mitchell, Sr., Cumberland

Mitchell was the Pirates’ team captain and popped open holes for an offense that was tough to stop.

OL — Cade Morgan, Sr., Tuscola

Morgan was part of an impressive Warriors’ line that was unstoppable at the goal line.

OL — Teddy Frichtl, Sr., Newton

Frichtl was a dominating force for four years on both sides of the ball for the Eagles.

OL — Hunter Morgan, Sr., Taylorville

Big and physical, the 250-pound Morgan helped give Odam time to chew up opposing defenses.

OL — Anthony Enlow, Jr., Vandalia

Enlow used his wrestling chops to dominate on the offensive line for the Vandals.

K — Luke Rudolph, Sr., Monticello

Rudolph made 82-of-85 extra points and also kicked three field goals.


DL — Ethan Dietrich, Sr., Olney

Dietrich faced the other team’s best interior linemen and double teams, and still had eight tackles for loss.

DL — Kaleb Kihne, Sr., Effingham

Kihne weighs just 180 pounds, but he wrecked opponents’ backfields all season.

DL — Jeske Maples, Jr., Central A&M

Maples had six tackles for loss to help boost a solid Raiders defensive line.

LB — Gage Franklin, Sr., Effingham

Franklin was part of a tough Hearts defense, notching 64 tackles, including two tackles for loss, and three sacks.

LB — Mason Mizeur, Sr., Pana

Mizeur racked up 121 tackles, including seven for loss, and two sacks. Also rushed for 520 yards and eight TDs.

LB — Henry Dawson, Sr., Monticello

Dawson led the Sages in tackles with 121, including eight tackles for loss.

LB — Michael Badgett, Sr, Tuscola

Badgett led a deep, physical and fast Warriors linebacking group.

LB — Zach Wolke, Sr., Cumberland

Put up 108 tackles, including seven tackles for loss, and forced two fumbles.

DB — Kolton Spaugh, Jr., Clinton

Spaugh was a lockdown corner who played with a chip on his shoulder. He allowed one catch of more than 20 yards all season.

DB — Cord Fenton, Jr, Central A&M

Fenton had three interceptions and two fumble recoveries to lead A&M’s defensive backfield.

DB — Jack Pilson, Sr., Mattoon

Pilson led the Mattoon offense at quarterback but was also part of a solid Green Wave secondary.

DB — Camden Woodward, Jr., Taylorville

Woodward got the most out of his small frame, tallying more than 100 tackles.

P — Joao Cocenza, Jr, Clinton

The Maroons’ transfer with a big leg helped Clinton keep good field position.

Third team


QB — Connor Heaton, Jr., Central A&M

QB — Matthew Wells, Vandalia

RB — Wyatt Brant, So., Cumberland

RB — Gus McCoy, Sr, Central A&M

WR — Sutton Dunn, Sr., Olney

WR — Cody Klein, Sr., Pana

WR — Brock Smith, Mattoon

OL — Brett Reeves, Jr, Clinton

OL — Kyle Breckenridge, Taylorville

OL — Gunner Runyon, Mattoon

OL — Matthew Hites, Effingham

OL — Ricky Newby, Charleston

K — Michael Garza, Arcola


DL — Brayden VonLanken, Sr., Tuscola

DL — Matt Kerr, Jr., Monticello

DL — Erick Roman, Vandalia

DL — Josh Dyer, Jr, Tuscola

LB — Levi Seitzinger, Jr., Olney

LB — Jack Spence, Sr., Monticello

LB — Cole Reedy, Sr., Monticello

LB — Lane Perry, Sr., Pana

LB — Dawson Phillips, Sr., Newton

DB — Clayton Welch, Jr., Clinton

DB — Cam Knierim, Mattoon

DB — Logan Brown, Effingham

P — Ruger Berry, Oblong

Honorable mention

Braden Adams (OL), Olney; Jack Armstrong (Sr., QB), Pana; Isaac Ashenfelter (OL), Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond; Brandon Atten (Sr., DL), Clinton; Abe Baker (RB), Mattoon; Zane Belford (DB), Oblong; Connor Bierman (Sr., DB), Newton; Peyton Blanton (OL), Olney; Alex Bogdanic (WR), Lincoln; Doyle Brayden (DL), Charleston; Dakotah Brown (Sr., QB), Olney; Connor Butler (WR), Cumberland; Aaron Buttery (Sr., RB), Newton; Michael Calderon (So., OL), Tuscola; Logan Cothern (DL), Pana;

Adam Day, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond; Gavin Dorn (So., RB), Olney; Blayne Donsbach (RB), Cumberland; Marcus Downs (QB), Casey-Westfield; Micah Downs (Jr., DL), Clinton; Kyle Dowty (OL), Olney; Bryce Edmiston (Jr., WR), Pana; Garrett Florkowski (LB), Robinson; Nate Fouty (LB), Casey-Westfield; Ivan Franco (DB), Arcola; Gage Franklin (LB), Effingham; Londyn Fultz (WR), Mattoon; Pedro Gauna (LB), Arcola; David Goble (OL), Robinson; Gabe Hatfill (Sr., QB), Cumberland; Austin Herboth (DL), Effingham; Ashton Jones (Jr., DB), Tuscola; Lehman Jones (Sr, DL), Sullivan;

Noah Livingston, Casey-Westfield; Quinn Miller (WR), Olney; Blake Morrison, Vandalia; Evan Newlin (LB), Oblong; Lucas Otto (LB), Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond; Diego Perez (WR), Arcola;Tyrese Petty (Jr, RB), Clinton; Conner Potts (WR), Oblong; Hayden Redfern (DL), Cumberland; Zaylon Riley (DB), Pana;

Tristan Sablone (OL), Oblong; David Shipman, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond; Shane Shumard (DL), Lincoln; Justin Smith (OL), Casey-Westfield; Beau Smothers (OL), Arcola; Drew Stacey (Jr., DB), Clinton; Austin Sparrow (LB), Lincoln; Logan Tabeling (Jr., LB), Tuscola; Loggan Thompson (DB), Casey-Westfield; Izaq Toney (OL), Pana; Zane Ulmer (LB), Vandalia; Luke VandeBurgh (So., LB), Sullivan; Kade Warner (K), Cumberland; Storm Washburn (RB), Casey-Westfield; Kolby Winter (Sr., FB), Clinton; Cameron Withers (K), Vandalia; Grayson Wolf (DL), Robinson; Cole Young (WR), Flora


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