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2013 Kane County Chronicle Football All-Area Team

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 1:16 p.m. CST

OFFENSE

Micah Coffey, Batavia, Sr., QB

Coffey threw for 2,466 yards, going 166 for 259 through the air while orchestrating a balanced, complex offense. Saved one of his best performances for Batavia's 6A state championship win over Richards, completing 15 of 18 passes and throwing the final two of his 29 TD passes. Contributed 224 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns.

James Butler, St. Francis, Sr., RB

Explosive and powerful Nevada recruit averaged 8.6 yards a carry, rushing for 1,185 yards and 19 touchdowns before season was cut short with a concussion during regular season finale. Bartlett transfer also chipped in defensively late in the season, including seven tackles in game against Marmion.

Anthony Scaccia, Batavia, Sr., RB

Co-Chronicle Player of the Year was consistently tremendous, slashing for 1,913 rushing yards on 279 carries and going without a fumble in each of Batavia's last 12 games. Also had 313 receiving yards, and hit paydirt 35 times (28 rushing TDs, seven receiving). A Class 6A All-State selection.

Brannon Barry, St. Charles East, Sr., WR/S

Illinois State recruit caught 47 passes for 711 receiving yards and counted five receiving touchdowns among his seven total TDs. Also led East in tackles (43) from the safety spot and reeled in a pair of interceptions. Honorable mention 8A all-state designation.

Pace Temple, Geneva, Jr., WR/S

Temple blossomed into one of the area's premier big-play threats, hauling in 37 catches for 799 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Also notched three interceptions as a defensive back.

Garrett Johnson, St. Charles North, Sr., TE

Ball State-bound tight end led ground game-oriented North Stars in receptions (23), receiving yards (305) and touchdown catches (five), and possessed the size and strength (6-5, 245) to be a huge blocking asset. 

Jack Breshears, Batavia, Jr., OL

Tackle brought "immense size and power" to the table according to Bulldogs coach Dennis Piron, who expects plenty of recruiting interest in the 6-foot-4, 250-pounder's future.

Chase Gianacakos, St. Charles North, Sr., OL

A first-team 7A All-State selection, the 289-pound Michigan State recruit was credited with 37 pancake blocks and helped pave the way for running back Evan Kurtz to rush for 1,185 yards in just eight games.

Joe Komel, Kaneland, Sr., OL

Imposing tackle anchored one of the most intimidating lines in the area, helping Knights score 35 or more points in eight of their 11 games. Is attracting recruiting interest from numerous Division I programs.

Zach Siwiec, Marmion, Sr., OL/DL

Burly guard was a three-year starter. All-Suburban Christian Conference pick was voted 8-3 Cadets' most valuable lineman and "co-most dedicated" along with quarterback Brock Krueger.

Alex Snyder, Kaneland, Sr., OL

A four-year varsity starter and three-year all-conference selection for the Knights, Snyder ended up playing every spot on the offensive line during his career, helping stabilize the line after this fall after a key injury to Zach Thielk.

DEFENSE

Justin Diddell, Kaneland, Sr., DL/OL

A force on both sides of the ball for Kaneland, the 6-4, 280-pounder was especially menacing on the defensive line. Is attracting Division I recruiting attention.

Noah Frazier, Batavia, Jr., DL/TE

Burly defensive end set Batavia's single-season sacks record with 13 and contributed 64 tackles, 18 for a loss. Also thrived as tight end on offense.

Josh Leonhard, Batavia, Jr., DL

Bulldogs' other defensive end was similarly disastrous for opposing offenses, notching 12 sacks and 56 tackles, 18 for a loss. Made his presence felt in 6A state final before being sidelined with injury just before halftime.

Jonah Walker, Aurora Christian, Sr., DL/OL

Most intimidating defensive presence for 3A state semifinalist Eagles. "Was simply dominating on both sides of the ball," Eagles coach Don Beebe wrote in an email. "Teams ran away from Jonah all year, which is a compliment to this young man."

Reece Conroyd, St. Charles North, Sr., LB/FB

St. Charles North's all-time tackles leader notched 98 tackles in nine games and was credited with 19 tackles for a loss. Also started at fullback for North and had a rushing touchdown.

Gary Koehring, Kaneland, Sr., LB

Led Kaneland with 113 tackles en route to being named the defensive MVP of the Northern Illinois Big 12 East. Overall leader of Knights defense that held five opponents to seven points or less.

Anthony Thielk, Batavia, Sr., LB

Imposing middle linebacker led state champion Bulldogs with 107 tackles, 14 of those for a loss. The potential D-I recruit's versatility also paid off in sacks (8 1/2), interceptions (three, one each in 6A state semifinal and 6A championship games) and fumble recoveries (two). 

Michael Moffatt, Batavia, Sr., CB/WR

Chronicle's Co-Player of the Year and 6A All-State selection consistently thwarted opponents' No. 1 receivers with excellent technique and instincts. Had five interceptions and a fumble recovery. Offensively, led Bulldogs in receptions (48) and receiving yards (727), including memorable 96-yard TD catch in 6A state championship game.

Legend Smith, Aurora Christian, Sr., CB/RB

Smith's marquee contributions as a senior came at running back (1,592 rushing yards, 18 touchdowns), but the guy Beebe has called the Eagles' top all-around football player also has contributed to the Eagles' winning ways in the secondary.

Forrest Gilbertson, Batavia, Sr., S

Hard-hitting safety and one of team's captains supplied 86 tackles and two interceptions while minimizing big plays against Batavia defense, especially late in the season.

Brandon Walgren, Aurora Christian, Sr., S/WR

Walgren "arguably could be our MVP on offense and defense," according to Beebe. In playoff win against IC Catholic, the safety/receiver returned an interception for a touchdown, recorded three tackles for a loss and threw a touchdown pass on a trick play.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Trevor Hills, Aurora Christian, Jr., K/LB

Hills made all 36 of his extra point attempts for the Eagles and had formidable range on his field goals, including making a 45-yard attempt, longest in school history. Also a strong contributor at linebacker.

Tucker Knox, Batavia, Sr., P/WR

Batavia rarely had to punt, but when the Bulldogs did, Knox could change field position for the better, highlighted by a 60-yard part in Batavia's 6A quarterfinal win against Lake Forest. Also played receiver and had 11 pass receptions on the season.

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Drew David, Kaneland, Sr., QB

Evan Kurtz, St. Charles North, Sr., RB/LB

Julian Rios, Aurora Central Catholic, Sr., RB/DB

Kyle Brown, Geneva, Sr., WR

Dylan Nauert, Kaneland, Sr., WR/DB

Phil Hopper, St. Charles East, Sr., TE

Brennan Bosch, St. Charles East, Jr., OL

Patrick Gamble, Batavia, Jr., OL

Ryan Powers, Geneva, Sr., OL

John Vargyas, St. Francis, Jr., OL/LB

Tristin Withrow, Aurora Christian, Sr., OL

DEFENSE

James Millette, Batavia, Sr., DL

Ryan Minniti, Batavia, Sr., DL

Jaumaureo Phillips, Kaneland, Sr., DL

Stephen Kemp, Geneva, So., DL

Jake Hlava, Batavia, Jr., LB

Mike Montalbano, Marmion, Sr., LB/RB

Carson Schmitt, St. Charles North, Jr., LB/FB

Tyler Bell, St. Charles North, Jr., CB

Rourke Mullins, Batavia, Sr., CB/WR

Jake Gallaher, Marmion, Sr., S

Casey Matthews, Burlington Central, Sr., S/QB

SPECIAL TEAMS

Matt Rodriguez, Kaneland, Sr., K

Jack Ahern, St. Francis, Jr., P/DB/WR

HONORABLE MENTION

Jordan Bergren, St. Charles North, Jr., LB;  Nick Bernabei, Batavia, Jr., DB; Brandon Bishop, Kaneland, Sr., WR; Joe Boenzi, Geneva, Sr., LB; Sam Breen, Marmion, Sr., LB; Austin Bray, Aurora Christian, Jr., QB: Jack Burke, Aurora Christian, Sr., OL/DL; Michael Candre, St. Charles East, Sr., LB; Cole Carlson, Kaneland, Sr., LB; Ty Carlson, Kaneland, Sr., LB; Noah Cotten, Batavia, Sr., OL; Camden Cotter, St. Charles North, Sr., OL; Jon Czerwinski, Aurora Christian, Sr., OL/LB; Billy Douds, Geneva, Sr., DL;  Cody Ekstrom, Aurora Central Catholic, Sr., LB/RB; Jon Finn, St. Charles East, Sr., LB; John Gemmel, Wheaton Academy, Sr., RB/LB; Eddie Gonzalez, Aurora Central Catholic, Sr., OL/DL;Kevin Green, Batavia, Sr., RB; Max Heidgen, Batavia, Sr., OL; Jake Hlava, Batavia, Sr., LB; Luke Juriga, Marmion, Jr., OL/DL; Donovan Kilker, Batavia, Sr., LB; Connor McKeehan, Batavia, Sr., OL; Mitch Krusz, Batavia, Jr., OL; Brock Krueger, Marmion, Sr., QB; TJ Miller, Geneva, Sr., RB; Jimmy Mitchell, St. Charles East, Sr., QB; Mitch Munroe, St. Charles East, Sr., WR/DB; Ian Napiorkowski, Burlington Central, Sr., WR/DB; John Pruett, Kaneland, Sr., WR; Cole Roach, Burlington Central, Jr., LB/FB; Noah Roberts, Aurora Christian, Sr., DB/WR; Daniel Santacaterina, Geneva, QB, Jr.; Daniel Sedjo, Wheaton Academy, Sr., OL/DL; Ben Smith, St. Charles East, Sr., OL; Luke Spicer, St. Charles East, Sr., DL; Kat Stuteman, St. Charles North, Sr., K; Nate Zito, St. Francis, Jr., TE/LB; Jordan Zwart, Batavia, Sr., WR

– Jay Schwab, jschwab@shawmedia.com

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