Brian Wagner, New Palestine linebacker
Wagner hasn’t slowed down since registering five sacks in New Palestine’s season-opening romp of Danville, and now has 11 on the season — the top total in the state according to Varvee.com.
Through five contests, the Wagner-led Red Rage defense is yielding a measly 8.8 points per game — the third-best mark in Class 4A and down 15 points from the same stretch in 2012. The senior also leads the team in tackles with 49.
Tristan Blanton, Mt. Vernon defensive lineman
After earning All-Hoosier Heritage Conference honors a year ago, Blanton has enjoyed another banner year in 2013, as the senior is second in the county in tackles (56) and is tied for the Mt. Vernon lead in sacks with 7.5.
Last fall, Blanton finished tied atop the county sack leaderboard with six, and added 85 tackles. In the past two weeks, the Marauder defense had yielded 20 combined points in victories over Muncie South and Pendleton Heights after a hiccup vs. Yorktown.