2016 All-Hancock County Football Team: Offense

DuRon Ford, New Palestine, running back, senior

• The senior newcomer ranked sixth in the state with 32 rushing touchdowns and was third overall in Class 5A with 1,830 yards on 199 carries for the Hoosier Heritage Conference champion Dragons. Named All-HHC, Ford averaged 9.2 yards per carry and recorded five 200-plus yard games with a career-best five rushing touchdowns against Pendleton Heights on Sept. 16.

Michael Sosnowski, Greenfield-Central, running back, senior

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• Sosnowski was third in the conference with 1,529 rushing yards and averaged 9.4 yards per carry for the Class 4A Cougars. He led his team in total yards and in scoring with 108 points off of 18 rushing touchdowns. The senior was named All-Hoosier Heritage Conference and powered Greenfield-Central to second best in the conference with 3,099 total rushing yards.

Devin Denny, Eastern Hancock, running back, senior

• The senior running back led the team in scoring with 102 points on 17 touchdowns overall, but he did most of his damage between the tackles. Denny rushed for 1,194 yards, which was third-best in the county, and had 12 touchdowns on 200 carries. He averaged 119.4 yards rushing per game and added 434 yards receiving with five touchdowns this season.

Eric Jones, Mt. Vernon, Running Back, Junior

• The fourth-best rusher in the conference and in the county, Jones broke it open late this season. The junior rushed for five consecutive 100-plus yard games down the stretch and posted a season-best 195 yards and four touchdowns on Oct. 14 against Yorktown. He finished the year with 1,136 yards, six touchdowns, and caught 25 passes for 146 yards and two scores.

Zac Montgomery, Mt. Vernon, quarterback, junior

• In his first year at Mt. Vernon, Montgomery broke the 2,000-yard plateau to lead the county in passing and finish second overall in the Hoosier Heritage Conference. The junior completed 168 of 256 pass attempts for 2,123 yards and 17 touchdowns. Named All-HHC, Montgomery rushed for 842 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging nearly 250 yards in total offense per game.

Gunnar Large, New Palestine, quarterback, senior

• Winning the job under center for the state’s top-scoring offense (52.0 points per game), Large kept the Dragons moving along by passing for 1,543 yards and 18 touchdowns. He rushed for 740 yards on 73 carries, averaged 10.1 yards per run, and found the end zone 11 times. Named All-HCC, Large passed for 100-plus yards in nine games and 200-plus twice.

Jarett Lewis, Eastern Hancock, quarterback, junior

• The junior passed for a career-best 1,823 yards with 122 completions in 257 attempts. Lewis broke a pair of passing records for the Class 2A Royals and rushed for 123 yards and six touchdowns. Through the air, he connected with six different targets for 18 touchdowns total. He passed for a season-best 308 yards on Sept. 2 against Northeastern.

Alex Barnett, Mt. Vernon, wide receiver, senior

• A playmaker in the Marauders’ passing attack, Barnett led the team and the county with 596 yards receiving on just 29 catches. He ranked fifth overall in the Hoosier Heritage Conference for yardage and fourth in touchdown receptions with six. The All-HHC wideout averaged 20.6 yards per catch, which was first in the conference among those with 20 or more receptions.

Brett Luker, New Palestine, wide receiver, senior

• The senior earned All-Hoosier Heritage Conference first-team honors as a wide receiver after leading the 5A Dragons with 419 yards. Luker hauled in 30 receptions and averaged 14.0 yards per catch. He finished with four touchdowns with his longest play from scrimmage measuring 55 yards. As a defensive back, he racked up 57 tackles and an interception.

Orlando Mojica, Greenfield-Central, wide receiver, Junior

• Mojica did it all for the 4A Cougars this season. Second in the county overall, the junior had 500 yards receiving on 30 catches with an average 16.7 yards per reception. He scored six touchdowns and also rushed for 158 yards. He piled up 991 all-purpose yards with 333 as a kick returner. He averaged 19.6 yards per return with his longest run back at 80 yards.

Nick Anderson, Mt. Vernon, offensive lineman, senior

• The senior offensive lineman earned All-Hoosier Heritage Conference honors this season and proved an anchor up front for the 4A Mt. Vernon Marauders. Standing 6-foot-1 and weighing around 250 pounds, the starting guard helped the offense grind out 2,126 yards rushing and 2,123 yards passing while winning seven straight games after a 1-3 start the season.

Austin Keele, New Palestine, offensive lineman, sophomore

• A freshman starter last year, Keele picked right up where he left off for the 5A Dragons despite moving from right tackle to center. The 6-foot-1, 241-pound lineman earned All-Hoosier Heritage Conference first-team honors and helped pave the road for a 2,944 yards rushing and 1,573 yards passing. A two-way starter, he had 33 tackles (4 for a loss) at defensive end.

David Judy, New Palestine, offensive lineman, senior

• One of two returning starters up front for the Hoosier Heritage Conference champion Dragons, Judy resumed his spot at left guard and muscled the offense toward a state-best in scoring average. The 6-foot, 290-pound senior was named Hoosier Heritage Conference honorable mention and started at defensive end where he had 16 tackles, two for a loss and two sacks.

Spencer Corey, New Palestine, kicker, senior

• The senior placekicker was named to the All-Hoosier Heritage Conference First Team after leading the league in points and extra point conversions. His 67 extra points were fifth-best in the state and his 70 total points ranked him in the state’s top 15. He converted his kicks at 90 percent efficiency and went 1-for-2 in field goal tries. His 4,482 kickoff yards were the fifth-most in the state.

Honorable Mentions: Greenfield-Central — Skylar Gary, Xander Denman, Aaron Young, Zach Kennedy, Andrew Leslie. Mt. Vernon — Kreig Frye, Damari Gatewood, Jackson Bond, Peyton Wuerch. New Palestine — Adam Kincaid, Colby Jenkins, Brady Walden, Cameron Shanahan. Eastern Hancock — A.J. Muegge, Payton Wilkinson, Jared Boaz, Clayton Cochard.

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Rich Torres is sports editor at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. He can be reached at rtorres@greenfieldreporter.com or 317-477-3227.