2009-11-29 / Sports

New Lothrop’s Lucky 13

Hornet gridders earn all-conference honors

Shea McGillen Shea McGillen NEW LOTHROP – Thirteen members of the New Lothrop varsity football team earned all- Genesee Area Conference Blue Division honors at the conclusion of the season.

First Team recognition went to Shea McGillen, Taylor Copes, Josh White and Jeremy Emmendorfer. Second team honors went to A.J. Hall, DeAndre Johnson, Cody Peterman, Tyler Bennett and Austin Severn. Earning honorable mention were Brandon Mann, Nick Severn, Spencer Gross and Andrew Wolford

McGillen, a senior, was named to the first team as a defensive lineman. He recorded 19 tackles and three sacks for the Hornets this year.

“Shea was the anchor of our team on both sides of the ball, and was a great leader for us this year,” said Hornet coach Clint Galvas. “He will be missed next season, but has set a great example for our underclassmen.”

Copes, also a senior, was recognized as a linebacker. He was credited with 43 tackles and four sacks on the year.

Taylor Copes Taylor Copes “Taylor was a late addition to our team this year, but stepped up huge for us, especially on the defensive side of the ball,” Galvas praised. “”He became our defensive leader, and his work ethic is unmatched.”

White was honored as a senior offensive lineman. With the help of the OLine, the Hornets rushed for school records in regular season rushing yards (2,687) and total offensive yards (3,672). White also had 26 tackles on defense for the Hornets.

“Josh was fantastic this year on the offensive side of the ball,” Galvas said. “We would run all of our traps and leads behind him. He has a motor that doesn’t stop and was a great leader for our team this year.”

Emmendorfer earned first-team honors as an offensive end, where he had 345 receiving yards with six touchdowns. The junior averaged 24 yards per reception.

Josh White Josh White “Jeremy is a very special and gifted player,” Galvas said. “He is a player that we want and need to get the ball in his hands as much as possible. He has tremendous big play ability and will be a great player and leader for our team next year.”

Hall, a senior, anchored the Hornet offensive line to earn second-team honors.

“A.J. played center for us this year and did a great job,” Galvas said. “He is a very smart football player. He could tell you what every person on the line should be doing on every play.”

Johnson, another senior, earned recognition as a defensive back. He was also a stand-out on offense with 264 yards receiving and three touchdowns.

“DeAndre played a huge roll for us on both sides of the ball. He is a tremendous athlete not only playing wide receiver and defensive back, but also was our punter. He broke the school record for average punt yardage,” Galvas said.

Jeremy Emmendorfer Jeremy Emmendorfer Peterman, a junior, was also tabbed as a defensive back. He came up with 29 tackles and two interceptions for the Hornets.

Another junior honored was quarterback Tyler Bennett. He was 47 of 97 passing for 855 yards and 10 touchdowns with four interceptions. He also rushed for 609 yards and eight touchdowns.

Galvas said, “Tyler was definitely our team leader on and off the field. He did a tremendous job of leading the offense. He is a threat both running and throwing the ball, and is a very smart football player.”

Austin Severn, a sophomore, was recognized as a running back. He rushed for 566 yards and six touchdowns for the Hornets.

“Austin was the biggest surprise of the year,” Galvas said. “He is without a doubt the hardest runner that we have. One man cannot bring him down. He is going to be a great asset for us for years to come, and is a name to watch out for.”

A.J. Hall A.J. Hall Junior Brandon Mann earned honorable mention for his work on the OLine.

“Brandon was our team’s most improved player throughout the year. He got better with each practice and will be a big part of our offensive line next season,” Galvas said.

Nick Severan, a junior, also earned recognition on the offensive line.

“Nick is a very strong and physical player, who will anchor out line next season and should be a great leader as well,” Galvas said.

Sophomore Gross was recognized as a linebacker.

“Spencer is another sophomore who came up huge for us this season on both sides of the ball,” Galvas said. “He was also our starting fullback. He has a bright future here at New Lothrop.”

DeAndre Johnson DeAndre Johnson Junior Wolford was selected as a defensive lineman.

“Andrew did a nice job at defensive tackle using his quickness to his advantage and frustrating opposing lineman,” Galvas said.
Cody Peterman Cody Peterman
Tyler Bennett Tyler Bennett
Austin Severn Austin Severn

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