November 20, 2013

Franklin’s West & Defiance’s Sierra Headline All-HCAC Football Selections

GREENWOOD, IN – Franklin College led the conference with 13 players on the 2013 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team, including the conference's Offensive Most Valuable Player.  Franklin's Jonny West (Avon, Ind./Speedway) has been named the HCAC Offensive Most Valuable Player for the second time, while Defiance's Tony Sierra (Warren, Mich./Cousino) picked up the HCAC Defensive Most Valuable Player award. 

Mount St. Joseph's Shane Kelly (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) was honored as Special Teams Most Valuable Player for the first time, while Rose-Hulman head coach Jeff Sokol garnered Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his career.

Manchester University's Dakota Nelson (Fairland, Ind./Triton Central) was also named Freshman of the Year for his efforts this fall.

West, a senior quarterback for the Grizzlies, has passed for 3,362 yards this fall, ranking second in all of NCAA Division III.  The senior is averaging 336.2 yards per game, while amassing a NCAA-best 38 passing touchdowns and one receiving score.  During conference play, West averaged a 349.2 passing yards per contest and tossed a HCAC-record 33 touchdowns.  The three-year starter crossed the 300-yard passing mark six times in ten games, including a 473-yard performance against Rose-Hulman.  West also tied a HCAC single-game touchdown mark this season, tossing seven scores against Mount St. Joseph.  The senior holds Franklin College career records for completions, passing yards, and touchdowns.

Sierra, a senior defensive back for Defiance, led the Yellow Jackets defense this season that ranked among the national leaders in turnovers forced (7th), total defense (10th), and interceptions (10th).  The senior grabbed five interceptions with a NCAA Division III-best 26 passes defended.  Sierra also contributed 41 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack, and one fumble recovery this season.  As a team, Defiance led the HCAC in total defense (257.9 ypg) and ranked second in scoring defense (21.5 ppg).

Kelly, a sophomore kicker for Mount St. Joseph, scored 68 points for the Lions this season.  The sophomore converted a school-record 11-of-13 field goals and 35-of-39 extra points this fall, averaging 6.8 points per game.  . 

Nelson, a freshman wide receiver and kick returner for Manchester, played in all 10 games for the Spartans this season.  The freshman led Manchester with 582 yards and four touchdowns receiving, while also racking up 236 yards and a touchdown on 13 punt returns and 429 yards and a score on 19 kickoff returns. 

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology head coach Jeff Sokol has been selected as the HCAC Coach of the Year for the first time in his career.  Sokol guided the Engineers to a share of the school's first football conference title since 1988 with a 7-1 league record.  Rose-Hulman closed the season with three straight wins, finishing the season 7-3 overall.
                                                                                    

Offensive Most Valuable Player: Jonny West, Franklin College

Defensive Most Valuable Player: Tony Sierra, Defiance College

Special Teams Most Valuable Player: Shane Kelly, College of Mount St. Joseph

Freshman of the Year: Dakota Nelson, Manchester University

Coach of the Year: Jeff Sokol, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

 

First Team All-HCAC

Name

School

Year

Position

Hometown/High School

Jonny West

Franklin

Sr.

QB

Avon, Ind./H.S.

Ryan Landwehr

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

QB

Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe

Spencer Corrao

Hanover

Jr.

RB

New Albany, Ind./Our Lady of Providence

Johnel Wortham

Anderson

Jr.

RB

St. Rose, La./Destreham

Dylan Jenney

Franklin

Jr.

TE

Floyds Knobs, Ind./Floyd Central

Kyle Linville

Franklin

Sr.

WR

Speedway, Ind./H.S.

Leonard Riston

Mount St. Joseph

Jr.

WR

Cincinnati, Ohio/Withrow

Jalen Kenner

Earlham

So.

WR

Reserve, La./East St. John

Zach Cole

Franklin

Jr.

WR

Middletown, Ind./Shenandoah

Shawn Frost

Bluffton

Sr.

WR

Edison, Ohio/Mt. Gilead

Austin Carlton

Franklin

So.

OL

Evansville, Ind./F.J. Reitz

Brandon Keller

Mount St. Joseph

Jr.

OL

Flowery Branch, Ga./H.S.

Quinton Terrell

Franklin

Jr.

OL

Martinsville, Ind./H.S.

Eric Courter

Manchester

Sr.

OL

Carmel, Ind./H.S.

Kie Bates

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

OL

Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis

Eric Taylor

Rose-Hulman

Jr.

OL

Chapel Hill, NC/Carrboro

Jake Stilwell

Hanover

So.

DL

Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights

Dominique Boyd

Franklin

Sr.

DL

Louisville, Ky./DeSales

Dean Griffing

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

DL

Plano, Ill./Aurora Christian

Colin Gallagher

Franklin

Sr.

DL

Valparaiso, Ind./Wheeler

Andrew Leverenz

Defiance

Sr.

DL

Clinton, Mich./H.S.

Josh Runda

Bluffton

Sr.

LB

Lima, Ohio/Bath

Scott Moore

Franklin

Sr.

LB

Kingman, Ind./Fountain Central

Jordan Segner

Franklin

Sr.

LB

Anderson, Ind./Highland

Dylin Kennedy

Manchester

Sr.

LB

N. Manchester, Ind./Manchester

Kaleb Lingg

Earlham

Sr.

LB

Dayton, Ohio/Northridge

Zack Corpe

Franklin

Sr.

DB

Elkhart, Ind./Memorial

Tony Sierra

Defiance

Sr.

DB

Warren, Mich./Cousino

Tyler Ganus

Anderson

Sr.

DB

Buchanan, Mich./H.S.

Andrew Feldhaus

Defiance

So.

DB

Lutz, Fla./Steinbrenner

Leroy Cheatham

Defiance

So.

DB

Richmond, Va./Meadowbrook

Samuel Fowler

Mount St. Joseph

Sr.

DB

Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest

Mike Wood

Franklin

Sr.

K

Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove

Shane Kelly

Mount St. Joseph

So.

K

Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin

Michael Parks

Franklin

Sr.

P

Shelbyville, Ind./H.S.

Dakota Nelson

Manchester

Fr.

Ret.

Fairland, Ind./Triton Central

Eric Fox

Bluffton

Jr.

Ret.

Brunswick, Ohio/H.S.

 

Second Team All-HCAC

Name

School

Year

Position

Hometown/High School

Dexter Britt

Hanover

Sr.

QB

Louisville, Ky./Male

Joey Pasquale

Franklin

Jr.

RB

Noblesville, Ind./H.S.

Antonio Banks

Mount St. Joseph

Jr.

RB

Middletown, Ohio/H.S.

Danya Francis

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

RB

Kissimmee, Fla./Celebration

Zac Erba

Rose-Hulman

Fr.

TE

Winona Lake, Ind./Warsaw

Donovan Brown

Bluffton

Jr.

WR

Cincinnati, Ohio/Purcell Marian

John Peters

Mount St. Joseph

Jr.

WR

West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West

Dakota Nelson

Manchester

Fr.

WR

Fairland, Ind./Triton Central

Brian Mircovich

Defiance

Sr.

WR

Clearwater, Fla./East Lake

Ryan Hahn

Hanover

Jr.

OL

Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands

Adam Cantwell

Manchester

Sr.

OL

Elkhart, Ind./Concord

Cody Larimore

Manchester

Sr.

OL

Walton, Ind./Lewis-Cass

Ryan Hayes

Earlham

Sr.

OL

New Lebanon, Ohio/Dixie

Kevin Schlenker

Hanover

Jr.

OL

Anderson, Ind./H.S.

Austin Speice

Bluffton

So.

OL

Paulding, Ohio/Wayne Trace

Russell Turner

Mount St. Joseph

Sr.

DL

Fairfield, Ohio/H.S.

Adam Bigelow

Mount St. Joseph

Sr.

DL

Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson

Ryan Aelker

Bluffton

So.

DL

New Bavaria, Ohio/Holgate

Lajay Kelly

Earlham

Fr.

DL

Carson, Calif./Long Beach Polytechnic

Scott Barry

Manchester

Sr.

DL

Plymouth, Ind./H.S.

Blaine McGowan

Defiance

Sr.

LB

South Haven, Mich./H.S.

Konnor Blevins

Mount St. Joseph

Jr.

LB

Cincinnati, Ohio/Lakota West

Zach Dashner

Manchester

Sr.

LB

South Bend, Ind./Washington

Nate Moser

Anderson

Jr.

LB

Bremen, Ind./Penn

Brent McCleerey

Mount St. Joseph

Jr.

LB

Mooresville, Ind./Monrovia

Brandon Foster

Hanover

Sr.

LB

Haubstadt, Ind./Gibson Southern

Kevin Nowak

Rose-Hulman

Fr.

DB

Naperville, Ill./Central

Josh Hadley

Bluffton

Sr.

DB

Harper Woods, Mich./H.S.

Jorry Matherson

Defiance

So.

DB

Columbia, Md./Atholton

Matt McConnell

Hanover

Sr.

DB

Buckner, Ky./Trinity

Taylor Anglemeyer

Manchester

So.

DB

Wakarusa, Ind./Northwood

Matt Angel

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

K

Cassville, Mo./H.S.

Greg Tabar

Mount St. Joseph

Sr.

P

Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain

Eric Schaible

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

P

Findlay, Ohio/H.S.

Trey White

Defiance

Fr.

Ret.

Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central

Keiven Stewart

Anderson

So.

Ret.

Houston, Tex./Elkins

Honorable Mention All-HCAC

Name

School

Year

Position

Hometown/High School

Jarrid Robertson

Anderson

So.

TE

Flora, Ind./Carroll

Jerrod Henderson

Anderson

So.

OL

Muncie, Ind./Yorktown

Marc Jones

Anderson

Fr.

WR

Knoxville, Tenn./Proviso East

Jason Samuels

Anderson

Jr.

DL

Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central

Sammy Faulkner

Anderson

So.

LB

Dayton, Ohio/Vandalia

Keiven Stewart

Anderson

So.

DB

Houston, Tex./Elkins

Eric Fox

Bluffton

Jr.

RB

Brunswick, Ohio/H.S.

Ryan Leopold

Bluffton

Jr.

DL

Ottawa, Ohio/Ottawa-Glandorf

Ben Schamp

Bluffton

Jr.

DL

St. Marys, Ohio/Memorial

Wyatt Herman

Bluffton

Jr.

LB

Edgerton, Ohio/H.S.

Trey White

Defiance

Fr.

WR

Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central

Jamario Belton

Defiance

So.

DL

Tampa, Fla./Spoto

Eric Strickland

Defiance

Jr.

LB

West Palm Beach, Fla./Seminole Ridge

Tre Stephens

Earlham

Jr.

RB

Terre Haute, Ind./South

Leslie Dunlap

Earlham

Fr.

WR

Los Angeles, Calif./Long Beach Polytechnic

Nate McCormack

Earlham

Sr.

DL

Cicero, Ind./Hamilton Heights

Kollin Wheat

Earlham

Jr.

DL

Greenwood, Ind./Whiteland

Justin Darden

Earlham

Sr.

DB

Muncie, Ind./Central

Nate Bryan

Franklin

So.

DL

Greencastle, Ind./North Putnam

Justin Magaw

Hanover

Jr.

LB

West Palm Beach, Fla./Kings Academy

Vince Peiffer

Hanover

Jr.

LB

Franklin, Ind./Indian Creek

Colin Alexander

Hanover

Sr.

DB

Indianapolis, Ind./North Central

Derrick Worden

Hanover

Sr.

DB

Galveston, Ind./Lewis Cass

Nick Williams

Manchester

Sr.

QB

Fort Wayne, Ind./Heritage

Caleb Watkins

Mount St. Joseph

Jr.

QB

Middletown, Ohio/H.S.

Connor Gerhart

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

WR

La Mesa, Calif./La Jolla Country Day

D.J. Lawson

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

DL

Indianapolis, Ind./Pike

Cody Rivers

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

LB

Coconut Creek, Fla./Monarch

Craig Voges

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

LB

Huntingburg, Ind./Forest Park

 

HCAC All-Sportsmanship Team

Jason Samuels

Anderson

Junior

DL

Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central

Marquis Brown

Bluffton

Senior

OL

University Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights

Josh Slayton

Defiance

Junior

DB

Ft. Wayne, Ind./North Side

Kollin Wheat

Earlham

Junior

DL

Greenwood, Ind./Whiteland

Kyle Holzbog

Franklin

Senior

RB

Huntingburg, Ind./Southridge

Ethan Waltz

Hanover

Senior

LB

Trafalgar, Ind./Indian Creek

Nick Miller

Manchester

Senior

DB

Huntington, Ind./North

Denzel Norvell

Mount St. Joseph

Freshman

WR

Dayton, Ohio/Thurgood Marshall

Mark Fitz

Rose-Hulman

Senior

DE

Fort Worth, Tex./Eastern Hills