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Several Area Athletes Make Detroit Free Press All-State Football Teams

By, Gabriel Schray | JTV Sports | December 18th, 2018

Fifteen Local to Jackson Athletes made the Detroit Free Press All-State Football teams. Mick McCabe is in his 47th year at the Free Press, covering primarily high school and college athletics. The list is comprised of athletes he selected and was published to Freep.com.

McCabe selected hundreds of student-athletes that participated in MHSAA football this year to eight divisions worth of teams. He then named off dozens as honorable mentions for the eight divisions- who he believed deserved a nod, even though they were not placed on a team.

The 2010 Michigan Sports Writer of the Year, McCabe has won several state and national awards. In April 2014, McCabe became only the fifth sports writer inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. This is our compilation of his local and area selections.

More than anything, the point of us covering his list is to make it easy for local fans, families and friends to find the athletes who were named to the daunting all-state teams.

In addition to the fifteen local athletes, there is an additional 27 area athletes, for a grand total of 42 athletes within a stones throw of Jackson.

Students from Columbia Central, Western, Jackson, Lumen Christi, Springport, Napoleon and Michigan Center made the list in some form. All of the athletes listed on Freep.com have been included here.

The local and area athletes on the list are below and are ordered by division:

Division 1


Rec: Brandan Murphy, Saline


DL: Brad Wisniewski, Saline

Division 2


OL: Tate Mackenzie, Ypsilanti Lincoln

Rec: Antwan Ficklen, Dexter

RB: Exziar Edwards, Jackson


LB: Micah Cretsinger, Jackson

(Photo by: Ryan Kerwin- Edwards carries the ball in Chelsea, Mi)








Division 3


DL: Garrett Plate, Parma Western

DL: Jacob Price, Pinckney

Division 4


Rec: Hunter Neff, Chelsea

QB: Quinn Starkey, Chelsea

Division 5


OL: Mike McKerr, Lansing Catholic

QB: Josh Kramer, Lansing Catholic


(Photo by: Ryan Kerwin- Khol Partridge warms up before a game in ’17)









Division 6


Rec: Dayton Keller, Jackson Lumen Christi

QB: Khol Partridge, Brooklyn Columbia Central

K/P: Micah Sonnenberg, Brooklyn Columbia Central


DL: Todd Grubbs, Hillsdale

DB: Bobby Willis, Jackson Lumen Christi

(Photo by: Ryan Kerwin- Keller scores in MHSAA playoff game)







Division 7


RB: Alec Muck, Sand Creek (Captain)

Division 8


OL: Nick Affholter, Reading

QB: Jake Berger, Pittsford

RB: Ethan LoPresto, Reading


LB: Ben Affhoulter, Reading

Honorable Mentions


Zac Clark, Britton Deerfield

Keegan Nutt, Springport



Damon Black, Reading

Elijah Strine, Reading

Isaac Krisick, Hudson

Brian Goetz, Blissfield

Brock Kuhn, Michigan Center;

Tylin Ayers, Stockbridge



Alex Price, Reading;

Brady Petzold, Springport

Dylan Day, Tecumseh


Running backs:

Anthony Smieska, Leslie

Landon Raczkowski, Parma Western

Trevon Davis, Ypsilanti Lincoln  

(Photo by: Ryan Kerwin- Panther’s Landon R. covered in mud)










Carson Scroggie, Sand Creek

Carson Daniel, Brooklyn CC

Boomer Perry, Michigan Center

Alex Morrison, Saline


Defensive backs:

Derrick Allen, Adrian Madison

Ethan Weatherspoon, Napoleon



Braden Kosmet, Michigan Center


Many of these athletes made our top ten plays of the year list. You can see that clip below or click here for the full article on our top ten high school football plays of the year on JTV:


JTV's Top Ten Plays – High School Football 2018

WATCH: JTV's Top Ten High School Football Plays of 2018 🏈🔥See the honorable mentions and the list written out: https://bit.ly/2zy60sn

Posted by JTV Sports on Wednesday, November 28, 2018


If you see an athlete missing from this list or an error made within the list, please email gschray@jtv.tv

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