November 17, 2010

Franklin’s Ray and Defiance’s Longsdorf Headline All-HCAC Football Selections

GREENWOOD, IN – Franklin College placed ten players on the 2010 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team, including the conference’s Offensive Most Valuable Player and Freshman of the Year.  Franklin’s Kyle Ray (Trafalgar, Ind./Indian Creek) has been named the HCAC Offensive Most Valuable Player for the first time, while Zack Corpe (Granger, Ind./Elkhart Memorial) picked up the Freshman of the Year award.  Grizzlies’ head coach Mike Leonard garnered Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time in his career.

Defiance’s Kyle Longsdorf (London, Ohio/H.S.) was honored as Defensive Most Valuable Player for 2010, while his teammate Tom Foos (Helena, Ohio/Lakota) was selected as Special Teams Most Valuable Player this fall.  The Jackets placed nine players on the All-HCAC First Team.

Ray, a senior quarterback for the Grizzlies, threw for 2,731 yards this season to help his team win an outright HCAC title for the third time in four years and earn a bid to the NCAA playoffs.  The senior completed 73.8% (197-267) of his passes for a national-best 194.8 passing efficiency.  Ray averaged a league-best 273.1 passing yards per game and tossed 32 touchdowns to pilot the conference’s top offensive attack.  The Trafalgar, Indiana native crossed the 300 yard mark passing four times during the season, including a 361 yard effort against rival Hanover to win the HCAC title.

Longsdorf, a senior defensive back for Defiance, led the Jackets to a second place finish in the HCAC this season.  The senior led the conference and ranked fourth nationally with 139 tackles, and added four interceptions (5th HCAC), 7.5 tackles for loss, five sacks (9th HCAC), and one blocked kick.  Longsdorf returned a pair of interceptions for touchdowns this season, including a 100 yard return against Earlham.  As a team, Defiance ranked second in the conference in team defense (291.7 ypg) and scoring defense (18.1 ppg).

Foos, a senior kicker and punter for Defiance, scored 47 points for the Yellow Jackets this season.  The senior converted 8-of-11 field goals and 23-of-27 extra points this fall, averaging 4.7 points per game.  Foos booted 56 punts for 38.2 yards per punt (33rd NCAA) and placed 19 punts inside the opponent’s 20 yard line. 

Corpe, a freshman defensive back and kick returner for Franklin, played in all 10 games for the Grizzlies this season.  The freshman made 40 tackles and added eight interceptions (7th NCAA), a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery this fall.  Corpe returned three of his interceptions for touchdowns this season, including two against Anderson.  The freshman averaged 8.9 yards per punt return and 26.5 yards per kickoff return, including an 80 yard touchdown vs. Manchester.

Franklin head coach Mike Leonard has been selected as the HCAC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career.  He guided the Grizzlies to their third conference title and a 9-1 overall record.  The Grizzlies finished alone in first place in the HCAC with a perfect 8-0 mark.  The only loss this season for FC was a 30-27 defeat to Carthage in the first game of the season.  Franklin opens the NCAA Playoffs Saturday at defending national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater.                                                 

First Team All-HCAC

Name

School

Year

Position

Hometown/High School

Kyle Ray

Franklin

Sr.

QB

Trafalgar, Ind./Indian Creek

Kyle Kovach

Rose-Hulman

So.

RB

Munster, Ind./Andrean

Reece Craig

Franklin

Jr.

RB

Bedford, Ind./North Lawrence

Andy Cessna

Defiance

Jr.

TE

Warren, Mich./Cousino

Dan Passafiume

Hanover

Jr.

WR/Ret.

Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier

Matt Zmich

Franklin

Sr.

WR

Westfield, Ind./Washington

Derick Tabar

Mount St. Joseph

Sr.

WR

Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain

Reed Eason

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

WR

St. Louis, Mo./Parkway North

Chad Schenkel

Franklin

Sr.

OL

Carmel, Ind./H.S.

Brian Baumgart

Defiance

Sr.

OL

Canton, Mich./Salem

Chase Estepp

Manchester

Sr.

OL

Nappanee, Ind./Northwood

Matt Money

Hanover

Jr.

OL

Oakwood, Ohio/H.S.

Joe Noble

Mount St. Joseph

Jr.

OL

Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain

Ryan Black

Defiance

Jr.

OL

Harrod, Ohio/Allen East

Justin Crosier

Bluffton

Jr.

DL

Columbus, Ohio/Hamilton Township

Rex Olds

Franklin

Sr.

DL

Shelbyville, Ind./H.S.

Joemese Scott

Defiance

Jr.

DL

Oviedo, Fla./H.S.

David O’Rourke

Franklin

Jr.

DL

Evansville, Ind./Memorial

Austin Hedderly

Defiance

Sr.

DL

Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman

Teddy Henkle

Franklin

Sr.

LB

Seymour, Ind./H.S.

Nick Cochran

Franklin

Sr.

LB

Plainfield, Ind./H.S.

Erik Prosser

Mount St. Joseph

Sr.

LB

Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills

Andy Dalton

Hanover

So.

LB

Guilford, Ind./East Central

Hunter Robertson

Defiance

So.

LB

Howell, Mich./H.S.

Kyle Longsdorf

Defiance

Sr.

DB

London, Ohio/H.S.

Jared Millikan

Anderson

Jr.

DB

New Castle, Ind./H.S.

Anthony Sierra

Defiance

So.

DB/Ret.

Warren, Mich./Cousino

Brecken Kennedy

Manchester

Jr.

DB

North Manchester, Ind./Manchester

Rory Mannering

Hanover

Jr.

DB

Walton, Ind./Lewis Cass

Tom Foos

Defiance

Sr.

K

Helena, Ohio/Lakota

Max Woodbury

Franklin

Jr.

P

Franklin, Ind./Indian Creek

Zack Corpe

Franklin

Fr.

Ret.

Granger, Ind./Elkhart Memorial

Calvin Bueltel

Rose-Hulman

Gr.

Ret.

Huntingburg, Ind./Southridge

Todd Trotter

Bluffton

Jr.

Specialist

Cincinnati, Ohio/Aiken University

Second Team All-HCAC

Name

School

Year

Position

Hometown/High School

C.J. Croft

Hanover

Jr.

QB

Fort Campbell, Ky./H.S.

Rick Powell

Defiance

Jr.

QB

Rochester, Mich./Cousino

Drew Kuesel

Defiance

Jr.

RB

Deshler, Ohio/Patrick Henry

Darryl Stott

Franklin

So.

RB

Indianapolis, Ind./Union City

Marcus Spann

Anderson

Fr.

RB

Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern

Ben Hopf

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

TE

Huntingburg, Ind./Jasper

Mitch Deffner

Franklin

Jr.

WR

Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove

Kurt Monix

Manchester

So.

WR/Ret.

Crown Point, Ind./Lowell

Kyle Ripperger

Earlham

Sr.

WR

Richmond, Ind./H.S.

Bobby McClintock

Manchester

Jr.

WR

South Bend, Ind./St. Joseph’s

Dan Hunkeler

Anderson

Sr.

OL

Kokomo, Ind./Northwestern

Jeff Ketchum

Rose-Hulman

Jr.

OL

Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore

Russel Krouse

Bluffton

Jr.

OL

Huntsville, Ohio/Indian Lake

Mike Liby

Earlham

Sr.

OL

Muncie, Ind./Muncie South

Adam Rue

Anderson

Jr.

OL

Vandalia, Ohio/Butler

Matt Baber

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

OL

Galveston, Ind./Lewis Cass

Josh Bales

Franklin

So.

DL

Morgantown, Ind./Indian Creek

Brett Hambrick

Mount St. Joseph

Jr.

DL

Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder

Leonard Wells

Anderson

Jr.

DL

Warsaw, Ind./H.S.

Matt Behling

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

DL

Columbus, Ind./North

Neal Ploeger

Hanover

Jr.

DL

Greensburg, Ind./North Decatur

Scott Eaton

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

LB

Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern

Pat McDonald

Defiance

Fr.

LB

Warren, Mich./Cousino

Robbie Lakes

Defiance

Sr.

LB

Camden, Ohio/Preble Shawnee

Dylan Snyder

Manchester

Jr.

LB

Greenfield, Ind./Greenfield-Central

Ryan McKee

Manchester

Jr.

LB

Elkhart, Ind./Concord

Zach Ruark

Franklin

So.

DB

Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian

Zack Corpe

Franklin

Fr.

DB

Granger, Ind./Elkhart Memorial

Tyler Huls

Franklin

Jr.

DB

Salem, Ind./H.S.

Steve Sealscott

Bluffton

Jr.

DB

Van Wert, Ohio/H.S.

Mitch Tuttle

Anderson

So.

DB

Greensburg, Ind./H.S.

Nick Schneider

Rose-Hulman

Jr.

K

Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley

Tom Foos

Defiance

Sr.

P

Helena, Ohio/Lakota

Todd Trotter

Bluffton

Jr.

Ret.

Cincinnati, Ohio/Aiken University

 
 
 
 
 

 

Honorable Mention All-HCAC

Name

School

Year

Position

Hometown/High School

Mitch Grider

Anderson

Sr.

QB

Brookville, Ind./Franklin Co.

Jay Wilsey

Anderson

Jr.

DL

Fishers, Ind./Heritage Christian

Kaleb Donahue

Anderson

Jr.

LB

Carmel, Ind./Heritage Christian

Bill Huntsinger

Anderson

Jr.

LB

Frankton, Ind./H.S.

Tyler Wright

Bluffton

Fr.

QB

Troy, Ohio/H.S.

Stephen Miller

Bluffton

So.

DL

Logan, Ohio/H.S.

Jake Luthy

Bluffton

Jr.

LB

Ida, Mich./H.S.

Josh Runda

Bluffton

So.

LB

Lima, Ohio/Bath

Shane Hubbard

Bluffton

Jr.

LB

Johnstown, Ohio/Big Walnut

James Mees

Earlham

So.

QB/P

North Ridgeville, Ohio/H.S.

Bryant Foreman

Earlham

Sr.

WR

Mechanicsburg, Ohio/Northeastern

Chad Wertman

Earlham

Jr.

DL

Holland, Ind./Southridge

Josh Lewis

Earlham

Jr.

DL

Newburg, Ind./Castle

John Metcalf

Earlham

Sr.

DL

Galveston, Ind./Lewis Cass

Collin Draine

Earlham

Jr.

LB

Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison

Ben Randall

Earlham

Sr.

DB

Milford, Ohio/H.S.

Jeremy Cook

Hanover

Jr.

RB

Batesville, Ind./H.S.

Matt Robinette

Hanover

Jr.

TE

Otwell, Ind./Pike Central

Skylar Duckworth

Hanover

Fr.

OL

Louisville, Ky./Fern Creek

Shawn Gibson

Hanover

So.

WR

Indianapolis, Ind./Southport

Cameron Rode

Hanover

Sr.

DL

Plantation, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna

Matt Sieg

Hanover

Jr.

DL

Anderson, Ind./Highland

Justin Minnich

Manchester

Jr.

QB

Ft. Wayne, Ind./Carroll

Adam Schell

Manchester

Sr.

RB/Ret.

Lakeville, Ind./LaVille

Kurt Monix

Manchester

So.

P

Crown Point, Ind./Lowell

Zach Washington

Manchester

Sr.

DL

Kokomo, Ind./Taylor

Rob Domaschko

Mount St. Joseph

Sr.

RB

Florence, Ky./Boone Co.

Noah Joseph

Mount St. Joseph

Sr.

RB

Roswell, Ga./Blessed Trinity

Greg Tabar

Mount St. Joseph

Fr.

P

Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain

Calvin Bueltel

Rose-Hulman

Gr.

RB

Huntingburg, Ind./Southridge

Grant Walthall

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

OL

Carmel, Ind./Cathedral

Andrew Couch

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

LB

Glendora, Calif./Citrus College