CSAA honors Reed City football players
REED CITY -- Eight football players from Reed City have earned all-Central State Activities Association Gold Division honors for the 2019 season.
Seniors honored were Jeffrey Samuels, Auston Major-Kailing, Austin Fowler and Austin Whitehead along with juniors Noah Jones, Payton Hansen and Joseph Shewan.
They all made first-team honors.
Junior Darrin Halladay was on the honorable mention list.
Samuels (6-0, 160) played 10 games at quarterback and safety. He had 32 tackles. one forced fumble, two interceptions and four pass breakups.
"He was not only the quarterback on offense, but also on defense in the secondary, Reed City coach Scott Shankel said. "He made sure we were in the right coverage every play this year. Offensively, his numbers are not great but considering we had 472 rushing attempts, he completed 14 passes out of 48 attempts for a total of 340 yards with three TDs."
Major-Kailing (5-6, 145) played safety and linebacker, plus running back and was the long snapper and kicker. In 10 games, he had 77 tackle, nine tackles for losses, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, one sack and two pass breakups.
"Auston was Mr. Everything for us on defense this year," Shankel said. "He played corner covering WR, would move to safety for run support, and would also be our third linebacker when we went to a 4-3 set.
"He was able to handle every new role that was thrown at him each week and excelled at it. Pound-to-pound, he's one of the toughest players I have ever coached. Offensively he was the fullback and racked up 939 yards on 123 carries with seven TDs. He was also a lead blocker on several running plays."
Fowler (5-10, 215) was an offensive guard and defensive tackle. He had 87 tackles, 13 for loss, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two sacks.
"Austin was a rock on the defensive line for us all year," Shankel said. "He had a motor to track down plays and the strength to hold his gap. He was also part of the offensive line that rushed for 3,459 yards (345 per/game), with 44 TDs on the ground. Per carry we averaged 7.3 yards a carry."
Whitehead (5-9, 190) was a linebacker and tight end. In 10 games, had had 107 tackles 11 for losses, seven forced fumbles, two sacks and one pass breakup.
"Austin always seems to be around the football no matter where it was," Shankel said. "He finds a way to make big plays. He was the leader on the defensive side of the ball, and on offense he not only caught passes, but was one of our best blockers."
Jones (5-7, 155) was a running back and cornerback. In 10 games, he had 120 carries for 1,094 yards with 12 touchdowns rushing and one receiving. He had 98.1 yards per carry and 109 yards on the ground.
"Noah led us on the ground this year and was a very explosive player," Shankel said. "He was the player this year that could score every time he touched the ball, but also was able to get us five tough yards when needed."
Hansen (6-1, 190) was a running back and linebacker and played nine games. He had 64 tackles, seven tackles for losses and one sack.
"Payton played both ways and was a huge part of our success this season," Shankel said. "On offense, he had 112 carries for 679 yards with 7 TDs. Against, Chip Hills, he returned a kickoff for 89 yards."
Shewan (6-3. 185) at offensive guard and outside linebacker, in 10 games had 55 tackles with 13 for losses, two force fumbles and four sacks.
"Joe was an outside linebacker for us that really did a nice job off containing his edge," Shankel said. "Offensively, he was the right guard that was a huge part of us being able to rush for 3,459 and scoring 44 TDs on the ground."
Halladay (6-2, 275) was the right offensive tackle for Reed City.
"We rushed for 3,459 yards and 44 TDs," Shankel said. "He was a huge reason why we were able to rack up almost 345 yards per game."