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First team

Offense

QB — Josh Williams, Jr., Argenta-Oreana

Williams followed up an impressive debut last year as a sophomore by helping lead the Bombers to the semifinals. He threw for 1,779 yards and 24 touchdowns, with just four interceptions, and also rushed for 964 yards and 19 TDs.

QB — Ian Benner, Jr., Maroa-Forsyth

Benner was once again an offensive machine for the Trojans, leading them back to the state title game. Benner threw for 2,087 yards and 24 touchdowns on 157-of-232 passing, and rushed for 921 yards and nine TDs.

RB — Jacardia Wright, Sr., St. Teresa

Not many to suit up have ever had a better season than Wright, who won his third straight Macon County Player of the Year Award. He led the Bulldogs to the state semifinals, rushing for 2,609 yards and scoring 55 total touchdowns.

RB — Makhi Stanley, Sr., Argenta-Oreana

Makhi Stanley was a threat to score every time he touched the ball. He rushed for 1,264 yards and 18 touchdowns on 120 carries, and also had 71 tackles and eight sacks to help lead the Bombers to the Class 1A semifinals.

RB — Sage Davis, Jr., Mount Zion

Davis was a powerful workhorse for the Braves, rushing for 1,372 yards in just nine games. Opponents knew he was coming, but they couldn’t stop him.

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Mount Zion's Sage Davis.

WR — Makail Stanley, Jr., Argenta-Oreana

Makail Stanley gave Williams an explosive target. He had 61 catches for 1,060 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was also a playmaker at linebacker on defense, with 85 tackles, seven sacks and six tackles for loss.

TE — Kadinn Morris, So., Maroa-Forsyth

Morris had the best hands in the area and was the Trojans’ leading receiver, with 66 catches for 760 yards and five touchdowns. His one-handed catch in the state title game was the highlight of the year.

OL — Kyle Rigsby, Sr., Argenta-Oreana

Rigsby helped pave the way for an offense that rushed for 3,449 yards and 56 touchdowns on its way to a Class 1A state semifinals appearance.

OL — Lane Ohlemeyer, Sr., Maroa-Forsyth

A team leader, Ohlemeyer was a strong, physical presence for the Trojans on their way to a third straight state title game appearance. Ohlemeyer was Maroa’s center and was an especially effective snapper.

OL — Tucker Klein, Sr., Maroa-Forsyth

On pulling plays, it was Klein leading the way for the Trojans. A physical and smart player, Klein led an offense that racked up more than 6,000 yards this season.

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Maroa-Forsyth's Tucker Klein.

OL — Michael Milligan, Sr., Mount Zion

Milligan helped pave the way for Davis and the Braves’ run back to the playoffs. The 230-pound guard was Mount Zion’s rock on both sides of the ball.

OL — Seth Gillespey, Sr., St. Teresa

Wright was amazing, but he had help. Gillespey was one of the few linemen with experience for the Bulldogs heading into the season and his leadership was a stabilizing factor. He also had 143 tackles at linebacker.

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St. Teresa's Seth Gillespey.

K — Reilly Fitzpatrick, Sr., Maroa-Forsyth

Fitzpatrick was automatic on extra points, making 80-of-82 this season, including what turned out to be the game-winning point in the Trojans’ win against Athens.

Defense

DL — Aaron Valdez, Jr., Mount Zion

Valdez led a strong Mount Zion defense, wreacking havoc in opponents’ backfields. Valdez had 67 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss, and five sacks.

DL — Malik Barbee, Sr., MacArthur

Few players in the area were as strong as Barbee, who benched 390 pounds. He commanded double teams and helped open holes for the Generals’ offense on the way to a playoff appearance and first-round win for MacArthur.

DL — Demesheo Lovelace, Sr., MacArthur

Lovelace didn’t say much, but he led with his play on the field. He was a disruptive force with his speed and length. On offense, he caught the game-winning 2-point conversion in the Generals’ season-opening win against Springfield.

LB — Austin Fitzpatrick, So., St. Teresa

FItzpatrick was a tackling machine for the Bulldogs, tallying 125. He was constantly in the opponents’ backfield, with 16 tackles for loss, and also had two interceptions.

LB — Derrick Taylor, Sr., MacArthur

With the Brummett twins gone, MacArthur needed some players to step up into starring roles, and no one did it better than Derrick Taylor. On defense, he set the tone for the Generals' hard-hitting defense, leading the team in tackles. Offensively, he led MacArthur with 900 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns.

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MacArthur's Derrick Taylor.

LB — Skyler Peterson, Sr., Argenta-Oreana

Peterson was the unquestioned leader of the Bombers’ defense with his ability to react to the opponent’s offense and his nose for the ball. He has 118 tackles. Offensively, he had 1,025 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns.

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Argenta-Oreana's Skyler Peterson.

LB — Grant Karsten, Sr., LSA

Karsten, a four-year starter, was all over the field on both sides of the ball. Defensively, he had 128 total tackles. On offense, he had 54 catches and seven touchdowns.

LB — Will Kent, Sr., Warrensburg-Latham

The rest of the Central Illinois Conference is glad to see Kent graduate. He had 20 tackles for loss, six sacks and two interceptions this season. He also had 408 receiving yards.

DB — Jeffrey Wells, Jr., MacArthur

Wells has garnered Division I offers after a season in which he hammered Central State 8 opponents from his safety position. An all-state selection, Wells plays relentless, fast and with reckless abandon.

DB — AJ Lawson, Jr., MacArthur

MacArthur’s opponents struggled to handle the exceptionally athletic Lawson on both sides of the ball. He led the Generals in both receiving and interceptions, returning two of his five interceptions for touchdowns.

DB — Stanley Rodgers, Sr., St. Teresa

Rodgers was an experienced, vocal leader for the Bulldogs, helping lead St. Teresa to an undefeated regular season. He had 95 tackles and an interception.

DB — Hayden Mitchell, Sr., Maroa-Forsyth

Mitchell’s interception sealed the Trojans’ win against St. Teresa in the Class 2A semifinals. Mitchell had a nose for the ball and wasn’t afraid to come up to stop the running game.

P — Braden Highly, Jr., Mount Zion

Highly could change the game on defense and special teams. He routinely pinned opponents deep in their territory as a punter. As a defensive back, Highly had three interceptions, 10 pass breakups and a defensive touchdown.

Second team

Offense

QB — Jack Hogan, Jr., St. Teresa

Hogan rushed for 513 yards and nine touchdowns, and passed for 1,261 yards, 15 TDs and just three interceptions.

QB — Nate Hayes, Jr., Warrensburg-Latham

Hayes threw for 1,442 yards, rushed for 879 yards and set school records for passing touchdowns (18) and total TDs (28).

RB — Gavin Clifton, Jr., Maroa-Forsyth

Clifton gave Maroa an explosive option at running back. He rushed for 1,209 yards and 23 touchdowns.

WR — Drew Hicks, Jr., Maroa-Forsyth

Hicks was Maroa’s top deep threat. He had 383 yards receiving and seven touchdowns, including two in the state title game.

WR — Mitchell Leathers, Sr., Warrensburg-Latham

Leathers set a school record with 11 receiving touchdowns and also had two return TDs.

WR — Matthew Guffey, Sr., Cerro Gordo-Bement

Guffey helped lead the Broncos back to the playoffs with his big-play ability at receiver.

WR — Tyler Phillips, Sr., St. Teresa

Phillips was the Bulldogs’ top receiver with 387 yards receiving and six touchdowns. He also had one rushing and one passing TD.

OL — Aaron Templeton, Sr., LSA

Templeton was the Lions’ best two-way lineman. On defense, he racked up 33 tackles, an interception and two tackles for loss.

OL — Tre Corley, Sr., Maroa-Forsyth

A big, physical lineman who was a big part of the area’s best offensive line.

OL — Peyton Moreau, Jr., Mount Zion

Moreau helped anchor strong offensive and defensive lines for the Braves.

OL — Dylan Upton, Sr., Cerro Gordo-Bement

Upton was a team leader who helped keep the Broncos on track during their run to the playoffs.

OL — Michael Redpath, Sr., Argenta-Oreana

Argenta had plenty of explosive players, but Redpath was part of an offensive line that let them operate.

K — Christian Herrera, Sr., St. Teresa

Went 73-of-77 on extra points and averaged 52.5 yards on kickoffs, with 17 touchbacks.

Defense

DL —Andrew Poland, Sr., Maroa-Forsyth

Poland, a nose guard, was the Trojans’ top defensive lineman.

DL — Adam Maxwell, Jr., Warrensburg-Latham

A dominant nose tackle and a big reason why the Cardinals’ 3-4 defense was successful, Maxwell had eight tackles for loss.

DL — Denim Cook, Fr., St. Teresa

Cook made an immediate impact as a freshman, with 67 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss.

DL — Conor Reynolds, Sr., St. Teresa

The Bulldogs’ defense was underrated and Reynolds was a big part of it, with seven tackles for loss.

LB — Devin Flaherty, Sr., Mount Zion

The team’s defensive MVP, Flaherty had 83 tackles and seven sacks.

LB — Tanner Hetz, Jr., Maroa-Forsyth

Maroa’s leading tackler with 81, Hetz was a physical run stopper.

LB — Justin Livingood, Sr., Maroa-Forsyth

A versatile player that allowed Maroa to switch defenses without subs, Livingood had 62 tackles, including eight for loss.

LB — Brady Greenwood, Sr., Cerro Gordo-Bement

Greenwood was a bruising force on offense and defense before injury cut his season short.

DB — Jalen Jones, Jr., LSA

Jones was especially strong the second half of the season. He returned a fumble for a touchdown and had eight TDs on offense.

DB — Ty Martin, Sr., Maroa-Forsyth

Maroa coach Josh Jostes called Martin the best leader he’s ever coached.

DB — Lukas Eagle, Jr., Mount Zion

Eagle had 43 tackles, an interception and a defensive touchdown.

DB — Garrett Gloede, Sr., Argenta-Oreana

Gloede led the Bombers’ defensive backfield and also contributed as a receiver.

P — Wes McDermith, Sr., Cerro Gordo-Bement

McDermith helped the Broncos play the field position game well with his strong punts.

Honorable mention

Brogan Barnes (Sr., WR), Meridian; Egan Bender (Jr., LB), Mount Zion; Ant Campbell (So., OL), Maroa-Forsyth; David Chalmers (Sr., OL), Warrensburg-Latham; Hunter Chumbley (Sr., DL), Meridian; Jacoby Cunningham (Sr., DB), MacArthur; Jayce Damarin (Sr., K), Mount Zion; Carter Davenport (OL), Cerro Gordo-Bement; Michael Fiala (Sr., QB), LSA; Zachary Harrington (OL), Argenta-Oreana; Braden Havener (OL/DL), LSA; Jackson Hogan (OL), St. Teresa; Deyon Jackson (Jr., QB), MacArthur; Tylan Jackson (Sr., DL), MacArthur; Jacob Jones (Jr., RB), Meridian

Michael Less (Jr., WR), St. Teresa; Drew London (So., WR), Mount Zion; Ethan Mann (QB), Cerro Gordo-Bement; Amani McKnight (Sr., LB), MacArthur; Michael Patton (Sr., OL), Warrensburg-Latham; Amani Owens (Jr., DL), MacArthur; Brylan Phillips (Fr., QB), Eisenhower; Latrell Phillips (Jr., DL), St. Teresa; Dominico Sassano (Jr, DL), St. Teresa; Aiden Seider (Jr., LB), Eisenhower; Evan Smith (Sr., OL), St. Teresa; Drew Snow (Sr., OL), Meridian; AJ Speasl (Sr, OL), Warrensburg-Latham; Joey Staab (DB), St. Teresa; Luke Stacey (OL, Sangamon Valley; Jorden Tedford (Sr., DB), Warrensburg-Latham; Jathan Thompson (Sr., LB), Warrensburg-Latham; Shawn Troike (Sr., P), Warrensburg-Latham; Kolby Wilber (Sr., LB), Maroa-Forsyth

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