Andy Spears, Mt. Vernon linebacker
Though he occasionally moonlights at fullback, Spears makes his mark on defense. As the leader of MV’s Black Out defense, Spears has racked up a team-best 60 tackles. The senior has persevered through multiple injuries during his career in Fortville, but still helped last season’s unit surrender only 19.8 points per contest.
“Last year our defense carried us. We played pretty darn good defense most of the year. Losing guys like Harrison Bova, Brandon Lockart, JonMichael Weaver ... our defense is still trying to fill in for some of those guys,” Mt. Vernon coach Doug Armstrong said. “We played our best defensive game against Pendleton, and our defense is getting better week to week.”
Dalton Korlowicz, Eastern Hancock safety
What Spears is to Mt. Vernon, Korlowicz is to Eastern Hancock. The senior safety is second on the Royals in tackles — he led EH with 90 stops a season ago — and roams the secondary with a buck-stops-here mentality, making him one of the surest tacklers in the area.