Best of the Best: Haney leads list of top football players
The high school football season has featured plenty of outstanding players and performances this year.
But with only one regular season game remaining before the start of the postseason, it has become clear who the best of the best players in the Blue Water Area area. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the Top 25 Football Player List.
This list of players will have no barring on our end of the season postseason awards. Any list featuring the top players in the area, must feature the biggest playmaker in the area, who calls Marine City home.
1. Dawson Haney, Marine City: The top spot on the list goes to Haney and for good reason. The Mariners running back had 1,020 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns through seven games and is now the all-time leading rusher at Marine City, with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Haney has also been a full-time two-way player and has made several big plays on defense.
2. Steven Mason, Port Huron Northern: It is nearly impossible to ignore Mason on the field. The Port Huron Northern senior can play a wide variety of positions, including wide receiver, running back, quarterback, defensive back or linebacker. With Mason leading the way, Northern is in prime position for a postseason run.
3. Chase Churchill, Richmond: The senior signal caller is the best quarterback in the Blue Water Area, with an impressive arm that can push the ball down the field or find teammates with touch passes. Richmond is in the midst of another impressive season and in large part that is due to having Churchill at quarterback.
4. Luke Stephenson, Algonac: The Muskrats running back and linebacker is also an impressive baseball player. But on the football field he has also become a potent playmaker. In many ways, Stephenson has become the heart and soul of the team, and always seems to step up when the Muskrats need a big play.
5. Travis Miracle, Yale: The towering 6-foot-4, 260-pound linebacker is already being recruited by a host of schools. Miracle has played linebacker, defensive end, defensive tackle, nose guard and tight end for the Bulldogs this season. He has also become a team leader and will be one of the best players in the state as a senior.
7. Nick Folkerts, Algonac: The Muskrats senior wide receiver and defensive back is one of the best players in the area in each of his positions. He has multi-touchdown games as a receiver and even picked off four passes as a defender earlier this season.
8. Colten McKiernan, Richmond: The senior defensive end and tight end is one of the most physically imposing players in the area. McKiernan is known for the ability to shed blockers and also contribute big plays through Richmond’s passing game.
9. Joey Johnston, Croswell-Lexington: The Pioneers starting quarterback has enjoyed a breakout season throwing and running the ball. Johnston continues to develop each game and will likely be one of the top players to watch going forward.
10. Hunter Delor, Marysville: The Vikings running back might be the most difficult running back in the area to bring down. He is also normally one of the best overall athletes on the field. Delor is explosive with the ball in his hands and has chipped in as a receiver and is a willing tackler.
11. Ben Davidson, St. Clair: The Saints receiver and defensive back has always excelled in basketball. But this season, he has become one of the best football players in the area while playing on both sides of the ball. Davidson is instinctive in going up for passes, has deceptive speed and routine running ability. Defensively, he also has a nose for the ball.
12. Justin Headlee, Marine City: The Mariners starting guard has been a key component to the team’s offensive firepower. Headlee is known for being able to dominate defenders on the line of scrimmage. He can also trap and pull in space and has become one of the team’s best leaders on and off the field.
14. Jordan Moss, Algonac: The Muskrats just keep on winning and in large part that is due to the progression of Moss. The senior quarterback is starting in his first season and has been an instant sensation. As he has developed, so has the Muskrats offense, which is now potent on the ground and through the air.
15. Curtis Corby, Port Huron High: The Big Reds senior recently set a new school record for interceptions for a career and has also played a big role on offense as a runner and receiver. Corby is also likely the best punter in the area, with a leg that can flip the field and bring his team better field position.
16. Seth Klink, Port Huron Northern: The Huskies sophomore quarterback is well beyond his years in his ability to manage a game and lead his team to victories. Klink has played a huge part in Northern’s success and has had a calming influence on his teammates.
17. Damian Arnold, Croswell-Lexington: The Pioneers offensive lineman and tight end has added plenty of versatility to the team. On defense, Arnold has been a steady tackler from his defensive end position and is a major reason for the Pioneers success.
18. Justin Wiseman, Marine City: The Mariners senior offensive and defensive tackle led Marine City with 12 tackles for a loss through seven games. His athleticism has also made him into one of the best offensive tackles in the area.
20. Tyler Marino, Richmond: The Richmond offensive and defensive lineman can dominate on both sides of the ball. Marino made a great play to help Richmond make a goal-line stand against Almont, and continues to contribute big plays by the week.
21. Braiden McGregor, Port Huron Northern: The Huskies sophomore has become a key figure on defense. He is already leading the team in tackles and should become a top defender in the area in future seasons.
22. Tyler Moser, Croswell-Lexington: The Pioneers junior wide receiver and safety has become a big play threat for his team. He is known for his excellent hands and vision in the open field, which has made him into one of the area’s best return men.
23. Chris Castro, Yale: The Bulldogs junior linebacker and running back plays both ways and has also contributed on special teams as a returner. Castro has also become a team leader and is known for his tremendous hitting ability.
24. James Sargent, Marysville: The junior nose tackle is known for his tremendous work ethic. Sargent has been a force to be reckoned with on defense and has also served as a lead blocker on offense.
25. Alex Kelley, Marine City: The Mariners senior tight end has been a threat as a pass catcher (three touchdowns), blocker and also as a defensive end. His position versatility has helped Marine City match-up with opponents and has often provided the Mariners a match-up advantage.
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