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2011 SMALL-SCHOOL ALL-AREA FOOTBALL TEAM

LOGAN DOUGLAS
UNITED
SENIOR / OFFENSIVE LINE DOUGLAS WAS A dominating force on both sides of the ball and helped lead the Red Storm to a fourth consecutive Class 1A postseason berth. With Douglas anchoring the offensive line, United rushed for over 2,600 yards. HONORS: Class 1A all-state, first team all-Lincoln Trail ACADEMIC HONORS: Academic allstate, National Honor Society HIGHLIGHT OF SEASON: Standing on the U of I turf to receive my all-state award. FAVORITE TEAM: Pittsburgh Steelers FAVORITE PRO PLAYER: A.J. Hawk, Green Bay Packers LB QUOTE: It was a great pleasure to play for United and I wouldnt be as good without the amazing coaches that we have.

MATT GEITNER
KNOXVILLE
SENIOR / OFFENSIVE LINE The two-time all-area pick proved a force on both sides of the ball, leading the Blue Bullets into the Class 2A postseason. HONORS: First team all-Prairieland Blue, Class 2A honorable mention all-state HOBBIES: Archery, key club, pep club and 4-H HIGHLIGHT OF SEASON: Beating Beardstown in dramatic fashion on homecoming. OTHER SPORTS: Basketball and track. TOUGHEST PLAYER FACED: Dalton Miller, Stark County FAVORITE FOOD: Taco Pizza QUOTE: I have had the greatest time of my life with all of my teammates this year and will never forget all the fun times we had.

OFFENSE
BRODY WELKER
LEWISTOWN
SENIOR / OFFENSIVE LINE AN ALL CONFERENCE performer on both sides of the ball, the left tackle allowed plenty of time to his QB and provided running lanes for a four-headed rushing attack that chewed up over 2,000 yards. HONORS: First team all-Prairieland Black HIGHLIGHT OF SEASON: Getting an interception as a defensive lineman. FAVORITE MOVIE: Friday Night Lights. SOMETHING PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW: I take pilot lessons. FAVORITE CLASS: Agriculture. QUOTE: A lot of younger players stepped up this season to help get us to the playoffs again. Not a lot of people expected us to win many games this season.

TREY HUGHES

NORTH FULTON
SENIOR / OFFENSIVE LINE WITH HIM ANCHORING the trenches on offense, NF racked up nearly 3,000 yards of offense. He suffered a broken leg in a season-ending loss to Elmwood/ Brimfied. HONORS: First team all-Prairieland Black. ACADEMIC HONORS: 3.6 GPA, 28 ACT SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DONT KNOW: I have a daughter FAVORITE PRO PLAYER: Demarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys DE HOBBIES: Hunting, playing video games TOUGHEST PLAYER FACED: Ryan Wilbur, Elmwood/Brimfield QUOTE: One of the highlights of the season was winning the Coal Trophy after beating last years conference champs, Lewistown.

KOLIN OKEEFE
TREMONT
SENIOR / OFFENSIVE LINE A four-year player, OKeefe was the anchor of the line which produced two 1,000-yard rushers and also threw for 1,000. WHATS NEXT: Air National Guard and attend ICC after basic training. HIGHLIGHT OF SEASON: I got an interception as a defensive lineman in my last game. FAVORITE FOOD: Im a lineman, Ill take whatever is given to me! HOBBIES: Fishing and going to sporting events. FAVORITE MOVIE: Rudy QUOTE: I believe I accomplished and performed what I was meant to do. I just wish I could have made the playoffs one year of my high school career.

DALTON MILLER
STARK COUNTY
SENIOR / RUNNING BACK MILLER LED A strong ground attack with over 1,500 yards and helping the Rebels to the Class 2A semis. The punishing back recorded a season-high 255 yards against Annawan/ Wethersfield. He also sealed a second-round win over Deer Creek-Mackinaw with an interception.

GAGE BEEKMAN
LEWISTOWN
SENIOR / WIDE RECEIVER THE SENIOR WAS A jack-of-alltrades, leading the Indians to a third consecutive Class 1A playoff berth. Beekman was the teams leader in rushing and receiving and scored eight ways.

BRANDON STIERS

DEER CREEK-MACKINAW
SENIOR / TIGHT END THE BIG POSSESSION RECEIVER came down key catches. He also played a vital role in the running game, with key blocks that opened up wide running lanes. SEASON STATS: 21 receptions, 426 yards and four touchdowns. HONORS: First team all-Heart of Illinois CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Never losing to Tremont. FAVORITE PRO PLAYER: Michael Vick. FAVORITE SIDELINE REPORTER: Jim Mattson its got to be the hair. QUOTE: I will never forget our senior class career record of 22-2. We were pretty successful.

SEASON STATS: 1,528 rushing yards, 16 touchdowns HONORS: Class 2A 1st team all-state, first team all-Lincoln Trail FAVORITE FOOD: Mac and cheese FAVORITE TV SHOW: Storage Wars QUOTE: This past season was great. I accomplished all my goals and we made it to the semifinals and will never forget these four years.

SEASON STATS: 708 receiving yards, 686 rushing yards, 18 total touchdowns HONORS: First team all-Prairieland Black ONE THING ABOUT COACH WINKLER NO ONE KNOWS: He is a sweetheart like a giant teddy bear. FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook QUOTE: Not a lot of people expected us to make the playoffs but we pulled it together and got it done. I would like to thank coach Winkler and Bennet for a memorable career.

BRANDON MCCORMICK CHRIS JACKSON


ELMWOOD/BRIMFIELD M A C O M B
SENIOR / QUARTERBACK WHEN CALLED UPON McCormick did not disappoint. In a rush first offense, the signal caller was one of the best at managing the game. He completed 67 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He set program records for single-season and career completions, completition percentage, yards and TDs. SENIOR / RUNNING BACK AFTER MISSING the final three games last season, he finished the year with an area best in rushing yards and touchdowns as Macomb made the Class 3A quarterfinals. He rushed for 100 or more yards in all but two games this season.

BRANDON EVANS
SENIOR / FULLBACK

DEER CREEK-MACKINAW
EVANS WAS THE go-to-guy out of the backfield, guiding the Chiefs to a second straight undefeated regular season. He became the schools all-time leading rusher as he finished his three-year varsity career with over 4,000 yards.

SEASON STATS: 2,052 rushing yards, 25 touchdowns HONORS: Class 3A first team all-state; first team all-West Central South SEASON STATS: 815 passing yards, 15 ACADEMIC HONORS: Honor roll, total touchdowns. HONORS: First team all-Prairieland Blue National Honor Society ACADEMIC HONORS: 3.7 GPA, National FAVORITE PRO PLAYER: Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte Honor Society FUNNIEST TEAMMATE: Steve the ONE THING ABOUT COACH SEARS NO pirate Purchase, because he is a real ONE KNOWS: He is very fashionable pirate QUOTE: I finished this season with QUOTE: I will never foget the perfect no regrets and made some of the best season with so many hard-working memories of my life. teammates.

SEASON STATS: 1,432 rushing yards, 17 touchdowns HONORS: Class 2A first team all-state, first team all-Heart of Illinois FAVORITE ESPN REPORTER: Erin Andrews she does a very good job. QUOTE: I had a great time playing with all my friends. We accomplished a lot these past two seasons, breaking team and individual records. I couldnt have asked for more.

CAPSULES BY TRAVIS DAVID OF THE JOURNAL STAR