Artesians, Bulldogs populate All-Area football team
Steve Page firstname.lastname@example.org
January 10, 2013
What football team has a backfield — one quarterback and three running backs — that has accounted for nearly 5,000 yards and totaled 52 touchdowns?
The Martinsville Reporter-Times/Mooresville-Decatur Times All-Area Football Team.
Prolific is the best way to describe the offensive prowess of this team selected, in large part, by coaches from the four teams involved: Martinsville, Mooresville, Decatur Central and Monrovia.
Directing this talented traffic is Mason Kutruff.
Martinsville’s junior quarterback completed 127 of 227 passes for 1,815 yards, threw 15 touchdown passes and rushed for eight touchdowns.
The state’s coaches were watching. They made Kutruff a Class 5A all-state selection.
He has some outstanding talent back there with him, including teammate Kaine Liscomb. The junior running back rushed 158 times for 1,147 yards and 13 touchdowns. He averaged a whopping 7.26 yards per carry and offered a double threat, catching 17 Kutruff passes for 147 yards and two more TDs.
Zane O’Dell provided a season-long bright spot for Mooresville. The senior running back gained 1,003 yards and scored eight touchdowns on 179 carries. Like Liscomb, O’Dell also could catch the ball, grabbing four for 80 yards and another TD.
Joining them in the backfield is Decatur Central sophomore Dakota Sidwell. He rushed 151 times for 728 yards and eight touchdowns. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry and also caught two passes for 58 yards.
And that’s just the backfield.
The three wide receivers accounted for 1,147 yards and 11 more scores.
Martinsville senior Spencer Clephane had 36 receptions for 528 yards and three touchdowns. He also gained 331 yards and scored six TDs as a rusher, and on the other side of the ball, recorded 32 solo tackles, assisted on six more and intercepted five passes.
Another Artesian wideout, junior Dallas Forler, caught 33 passes for 392 yards and five scores. He also served as a rusher, gaining 402 yards on 36 attempts. And he could play defense, making 35 solo stops, six assists and intercepting a pass.
Monrovia senior Logan Fite also made a two-way impact as a wide receiver and cornerback. He was the Bulldogs’ leading receiver with nine catches for 227 yards and three TDs. On defense, the 6-3, 190-pound Fite recorded 29 solo tackles and nine assists, adding three interceptions and breaking up nine other pass attempts.
All that proclivity needed a starting point, and the offensive line provided it.
Two senior Artesians helped get things started. John Rapalo is a two-year starter at center who blocked 90 percent of the time in eight games this season. Davis Lopossa, also a two-year starter at tackle, averaged 85 percent blocking for the season.
Decatur Central also has two offensive linemen. Lukayus McNeil, a 6-6 254-pound junior, started all 10 games at left tackle, with an 87 percent blocking rate and 51 pancake blocks. The three-sport standout already has gained the interest of Michigan State, Wisconsin and Purdue. Teammate TJ Kilbourne, a 6-3, 274-pound senior, started all 10 games at left tackle, with 85 percent blocking and 49 pancake blocks. Schools interested include NAIA national champion Marian University, the University of Indianapolis and Ohio Dominican.
Mooresville did much of its running behind Zach Minardo, a 6-4, 298-pound senior. He compiled a blocking grade of 82 percent and, according to coach Chad Dockery, has two scholarship offers at this point, with several more anticipated.
Leading Monrovia’s surge was Logan Floyd , a 6-3, 286-pound senior. He led his team with a blocking percentage of 86 percent. He earned All-West Central Conference designation.
And that’s just the offense.
A strong defensive stand begins up front, and the area schools had plenty of players who were more than up to the task.
Leading the way, numbers-wise, was Angelo Hayes, a 6-foot, 219-pound senior defensive end. During the season, he racked up 63 solo stops, added 28 assists, recorded 22 tackles for losses, three quarterback sacks, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and broke up a pass. Marian has already offered a scholarship.
Mooresville junior Brandon Sellers also rolled up big numbers in the interior line: 41 solo tackles, 40 assists, two sacks, and two turnovers.
Monrovia defensive end LJ Adams, a 5-11, 210-pound senior, notched 29 solo stops and 16 assists. According to Bulldog coach Kevin Hutchins, Adams not only set a school record with 14.5 sacks in a season, he was second in the state. He added 18 tackles for losses and was named to the All-WCC team.
Though just a sophomore, Martinsville’s Houston O’Neal recorded 28 solos, 10 assists, 13 tackles for losses and one sack.
Backing up the interior line was an outstanding group of linebackers.
Monrovia’s Nick Fairfield, a 5-11, 205-pound senior, put up some big numbers, with 78 solos and 43 assists. He didn’t finish there, adding 23 tackles for losses, one sack and two forced fumbles. He earned All-WCC honors, finishing his prep career as the Bulldogs’ all-time leading tackler with 356 stops. Fairfield also doubled up, leading Monrovia in rushing with 697 yards and 10 TDs on 101 carries. He was a two-year All-WCC selection.
DC’s Austin Day, a 6-1, 224-pound senior, also registered impressive numbers, recording 111 tackles, including 67 solos. He had seven tackles for losses, two sacks, two caused fumbles, five pass breakups and intercepted two passes. He has drawn interest from the University of Indianapolis, St. Joseph University and Butler.
Brian Hill, a Martinsville senior, totaled 64 solos, 23 assists, nine tackles for losses and three sacks.
DC senior Jordan Jackson was also a two-way star. The 6-2, 226-pound outside linebacker had 35 solos, 18 assists, two sacks, 10 tackles for losses, two pass breakups, recovered a fumble and added eight quarterback pressures. He also fared well on the other side of the ball, rushing 111 times for 625 yards and 12 TDs, with 17 receptions for 168 more yards and two scores. He averaged 9.9 yards per catch and has drawn interest from Indiana State.
The four defensive backs made their mark as well, totaling 223 tackles and intercepting six passes.
DC strong safety Jack Weldon, a 6-0, 182-pound junior, led the way with 43 solos, 22 assists, one sack, one tackle for a loss, two caused fumbles, recovered two fumbles, broke up four passes, intercepted a pass and had three quarterback pressures.
Martinsville senior William O’Neal totaled 40 solos, 18 assists, three tackles for losses and an interception.
DC free safety Daniel Molloy, a 5-9 152-pound junior, notched 34 solos, 10 assists, one tackle for a loss, blocked a kick, caused two fumbles, broke up five passes and intercepted one.
Mooresville senior Brent McCreary, in addition to leading his dream teammates in interceptions with three, showed balance, with 28 solos and 28 assists, one sack and one fumble recovery.
DC was strong on both fronts, with soccer standouts also faring well on the gridiron.
Punter Zack Autry, a 5-11 164-pound senior, averaged 33.8 yards, with a long punt of 51 yards, and put 22 punts into the end zone for touchbacks. He has drawn interest from Western Kentucky.
The placekicker is DC teammate Andrew Tutsie, a 6-3, 184-pound senior. He finished his career by converting 118 of 129 extra-point kicks and 14 of 20 field goals for 166 career points, second in DC history. Franklin College and the University of Indianapolis have expressed interest.
This year’s team also includes one all-around athlete in senior Mac Norton, Mooresville’s quarterback/defensive back/punter. In the latter category, he averaged 34.9 yards on 41 punts, with a long kick of 64 yards.