The 2012 high school football season featured conference championships, playoff appearances and some memorble moments for players competing for teams throughout the Tri-Cities area. We honor some of the best local players with our 2012 all-area team.
Brannon Barry YEAR Junior SCHOOL St. Charles East Barry helped lead the Saints to their first playoff appearance since 2009 this season. The wide receiver was second in the Upstate Eight River with 41 catches, and he also had five touchdowns and over 500 yards receiving. He was UER all-conference as a receiver. As a defensive back, he had an interception return for a touchdown.
Kyle Brown YEAR Junior SCHOOL Geneva The Vikings were a run-based team, but if they ever needed a big pass play, Brown helped deliver it. He led the team with 24 receptions and six touchdowns, and his 457 receiving yards accounted for over 50 percent of Geneva’s receiving yards. Brown was one of just four receivers to earn Upstate Eight River all-conference accolades.
Mike Candre YEAR Junior SCHOOL St. Charles East One of five East defensive players named Upstate Eight River all-conference, Candre was a physical presence for a Saints defense that surrendered just 80 points in six conference games. East led the area in turnovers, thanks in no small part to Candre’s two interceptions and three forced fumbles.
Micah Coffey YEAR Junior SCHOOL Batavia Faced with the task of replacing an all-state quarterback, Coffey shined in his first varsity season. The Upstate Eight River all-conference selection completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,732 yards, and he had 18 touchdown passes to just five interceptions. Coffey also rushed for nearly 4 yards per carry and five touchdowns.
Reece Conroyd YEAR Junior SCHOOL St. Charles North Conroyd wasn’t in on every tackle for the North Stars this season, but it sure seemed like it. The Upstate Eight River all-conference linebacker was far and away the statistical leader for North’s defense, tallying 84 tackle assists and 47 solo tackles. North’s defense allowed just 160 points (17.7 per game) and held five opponents to 14 points or less.
George Edlund YEAR Senior SCHOOL St. Charles North A two-year varsity standout, Edlund once again powered led the team with 150 carries, 738 yards and eight touchdowns. His rushing attempts accounted for over 52 percent of North’s total, his rush yards were over 58 percent of the total, and he scored more than 53 percent of the North Stars’ rushing TDs to earn Upstate Eight River all-conference honors.
Colin Griffin YEAR Senior SCHOOL Geneva Griffin led the Vikings’ defense with 8.1 tackles per game. Despite missing a mid-season game, he finished fourth on the team with 65 total tackles, but led the team with 21 solo tackles and also recorded half a sack this season. He was one of two Geneva defensive players to be named to the Upstate Eight River all-conference team.
Bobby Hess YEAR Senior SCHOOL Geneva Hess continued Geneva’s tradition of producing prolific running backs. He had a trio of 200-yards-plus and five-touchdown games. On the year, he rushed for 1,496 yards (166.2 per game) and 22 touchdowns. He accounted for more than 65 percent of Geneva’s rushing yards, 60 percent of the touchdowns and nearly 47 percent of the total offense.
Joe Hoscheit YEAR Senior SCHOOL St. Charles East A powerful fullback that came up clutch in short-yardage situations, Hoscheit really made his mark on the other side of the ball as a linebacker. The Saints’ defensive leader was also that unit’s leading tackler, and opposing coaches took notice, naming him Upstate Eight River defensive MVP and Class 7A all-state.
Marquise Jenkins YEAR Senior SCHOOL Batavia A high-energy player who gave offensive linemen all they could handle, this 6-foot-3, 215-pound defensive end finished with 43 tackles (26 solo), many of which came on the other side of the line of scrimmage. The Upstate Eight River all-conference selection had eight tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks, and also had 14 quarterback hits and hurries on the year.
Zach Kirby YEAR Senior SCHOOL St. Charles North At 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds, Kirby didn’t have the prototypical wide receiver build, but he was the North Stars’ top wideout nonetheless. He led the team in every major receiving category with 24 receptions, 463 yards, 19.3 yards per catch and four touchdowns. His four scores were half of North’s total through the air, and his receptions and yards were more than one third of the team’s total.
Evan Kurtz YEAR Junior SCHOOL St. Charles North Forming a 1-2 backfield punch with senior George Edlund, this 6-foot-3, 215-pound bruiser was tough to tackle. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry (third on the team) and racked up 454 yards and six touchdowns for the year. After his breakout junior season, he is poised to become a focal point of the offense next year.
Jimmy Mitchell YEAR Junior SCHOOL St. Charles East A banged-up backfield meant the Saints had to put the ball in the hands of this 6-foot, 180-pound quarterback, and he delivered. Named Upstate Eight River all-conference in a conference with several quality quarterbacks, Mitchell finished the year with 1,121 yards passing and 11 touchdowns to just five interceptions.
Anthony Scaccia YEAR Junior SCHOOL Batavia The 5-foot-8, 160-pound speedster was a game-changer in nearly every facet of the game. He averaged 26.1 yards per kickoff return, but earned Upstate Eight River all-conference honors as a running back where he racked up 1,279 yards (8.25 per carry) and 11 touchdowns on the ground. In the passing game, he had 249 yards and a touchdown.
Mickey Watson YEAR Senior SCHOOL Batavia Watson was the leader and signal-caller for a stout Batavia defense that held five opponents to 15 points or less and pitched two shutouts. He led the team with 85 tackles, including 60 solo takedowns, and had seven tackles for loss, three sacks and eight quarterback hurries and was named Upstate Eight River all-conference.
BATAVIA Robbie Bowman, Mike Gates, Forrest Gilbertson, Adam Hunger, Ben Link, James Millette, Cullin Rokos, Anthony Thielk, Sebastian Vermaas
GENEVA Nathan Balettie, Jake Bastin, Connor Chapman, Nick Finnberg, Paul Larson, Cody Murphy, Jake Will
ST. CHARLES EAST Erik Anderson, Mitch Munroe, Anthony Sciarrino, Ben Smith, Andrew Szyman
ST. CHARLES NORTH Alec Datoli, Garrett Johnson, Benjamin Kaplan, Nick McCullough, Wes Pasholk