Player earn all-state honors
REED CITY — Area football players have earned honors this week from the Associated Press on the All-State football teams.
In Division 5-6, Reed City’s Phillip Jones and Anthony Pelton made the first team. The honorable mention list included Reed City’s Steven Shewan and coach Monty Price.
The Division 7-8 honorable mention list included junior quarterback Carter Pritchard of Evart.
Jones, a junior running back, had 136 carries for 1,591 yards and 28 touchdowns with 11.7 yards per carry. He had three catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns. He had two kickoff returns of 74 and 80 yards for touchdowns and is a second-year varsity player.
“Phillip is a first-team all-state caliber player,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “Phillip had a record-breaking season and was unstoppable this year. Without question, he’s the most dangerous weapon in the area, and perhaps, in northern Michigan.”
Pelton is a junior offensive lineman.
“Anthony played tight end for us, but was really a lineman,” Price said. “We moved him to both sides and ran behind him a majority of the time. He is a devastating drive blocker, really good at second- and third-level blocks, and can set the edge on the outside run. He is very physical on the line of scrimmage. Our team rushed for 3,516 yards on the season.”
Shewan is a junior outside linebacker, who had 63 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and five sacks.
“Stephen is extremely fundamental and technically sound,” Price said. “He’s one of the smartest kids we have ever had the opportunity to coach. When teams tried to run away from Zack (Wirgau), they had Stephen to deal with. He is equally talented. Stephen has the speed of a second-level player which creates challenges for the opponents.”
Price coached Reed City to its seventh straight Central State Activities Association title plus to its third district crown and its first ever regional championship. Reed City, 11-2 overall, lost 29-14 to Saginaw Swan Valley in the state semifinals on Saturday.
Pritchard was 78-for-145 in pass attempts for 1,237 yards, 15 touchdowns, six interceptions and 48 carries for 191 yards.
“Carter was the best quarterback on the field every Friday night with the exception of the young man from Glen Lake,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “He is a tremendous worker and leader. He has the ability to audible to get out of plays and make quick, great decisions.”