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A season full of intriguing storylines

All-Truth Area Fotoball Team named for 2013.
Posted on Dec. 5, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 5, 2013 at 4:24 p.m.

Northridge's emergence, NLC coaching changes and the All-Truth Area Football team round out 2013.

Bill Beck

bbeck@etruth.com

Unpredictable and, at times, difficult to fathom.

There were more program-shaking storylines to the recent Elkhart County area high school football scene than most could imagine and there were plenty of game-changing players who contributed in huge ways as part of the 2013 All-Truth Area Football Team.

If nothing else, the 2013 season will be remembered as one of change with the biggest script rewrites coming as tournament schedule played out.

Northridge jumped into the spotlight with a coming-out-party season in Middlebury.

First-year head coach Tom Wogomon instilled a fight into the Raiders which produced a 7-3 record and a 5-2 mark in the Northern Lakes Conference. Northridge managed to stay in the league title hunt until its Week 8 loss at Concord, which cruised to a school-record fourth straight championship.

The Raiders, who recorded just one onfield victory in the previous two campaigns, started 3-0 for the first time in 21 seasons and pushed to 6-1 for the first time since 1975.

“Since the day I was able to talk to them for the very first time, they were excited to turn the page in a different direction,” Wogomon said of his players after their home sectional loss to 4A state runnerup Fort Wayne Dwenger. “They answered the bell from the very beginning. They were invested from the beginning until the end. That's all we can ask, and they've been a joy to work with.”

Arguably the biggest NLC news came in the postseason, starting with Concord's second consecutive run to a semistate.

“Another great year. Win the conference four times in a row, another sectional, regional, getting to semi state,'' said after falling 35-3 at Westfield. “It just hurts. That's what sports are all about.”

More postseason headlines were made with the exit of head coaches at NorthWood and Goshen.

Scott Hoover stepped down after five seasons following the Panthers' opening-round Class 4A sectional loss, while Mike Cheviron resigned after his third season with the Redskins, which ended 0-10.

The sons of two former standout coaches — Nate Andrews at NorthWood and Kyle Park at Goshen — were named in the last month.

All-Truth Team

The All-Truth team features standout players who will be in place next year, too, though most of the 2013 talent consisted of seniors.

On offense, two outstandint pass-run threat quarterbacks — Concord's Trevor Wilmore and Penn's Zac Oakley — were named again. Both are seniors.

Wilmore, despite missing a game with a knee injury, finished as the total offense leader with 2,807 yards — 2,024 passing and 783 rushing. He also produced 34 touchdowns (24 passing, 10 rushing). Oakley also enjoyed another big season with more than 2,400 combined yards and 35 TDs — 20 through the air and 15 on the ground.

Cameron Kitson of Fairfield was the most dominant week-to-week back with his 1,524 rushing yards and 2,083 all-purpose yards. Kitson ended with 26 touchdowns.

The season's top single-game effort came from a junior — Elkhart Central's Joe Phillips. The durable Blue Blazer halfback set all-time ECHS records with 305 yards and 44 carries in a 5A sectional victory at Goshen.

Defensively, the All-Truth squad sets up as one of its hardest-hitting group in recent years, led by the linebacker corps of Jimtown's Casey Adams, Memorial's Tieshawn Johnson, Wawasee's Braxton O'Haver, Penn's Aaron Hancock and Concord's Duncan Boone, the Minutemen defensive leader who missed the Minutemen's last six games because of an injury. Two more juniors — dynamic kick returner/receiver Jarrell Pointdexter of Concord and all-everything halfback Nik Olson of Jimtown — were among four selection to At-Large positions. Pointdexter accounted for 14 TD while Olson led the Jimmies in rushing and also scored 14 times.

Other juniors chosen were Wawasee wideout Clayton Cook, Jimtown DB Marquis Schieber, NorthWood WR-DB Travis Bear as well as two defensive linemen — Michael Fickert of Northridge and Zach Bemiller of NorthWood. Goshen WR-QB Cameron Kline, a sophomore, also made the offensive squad.

Conference Titles

Concord placed its 11 NLC trophy on the shelf while Fairfield earned its fifth NECC championship, but it was the first for the Falcons since 2006, while New Prairie also claimed the NSC title for the first time since 2006. In the NIC, Penn rolled to the school's 32nd title, the Kingsmen's 27th trophy in the last 29 seasons.

Tournament Trail

Four Truth area schools ended their postseason runs at the hands of teams which played in the IHSAA State Finals.

Jimtown lost in the regional to 3A state champ Andrean while Concord (Westfield), Northridge (Dwenger) and Penn (Carmel) were eliminated by state runnerup teams.

2013 All-Truth Area Football Team

Offense

Quarterbacks

Zac Oakley, Penn, 6-2, 195, Sr.

Trevor Wilmore, Concord, 6-1, 177, Sr.

Running Backs

Cameron Kitson, Fairfield, 5-9, 175, Sr.

Joe Phillips, Central, 5-6, 145, Jr.

Travis Schlabach, Northridge, 5-11, 173, Jr.

Wide Receivers

Clayton Cook, Wawasee, 6-3, 175, Jr.

Blake Faus, Elkhart Central, 6-0, 145, Sr.

Forrest Glogouski, Fairfield, 5-5, 126, Sr.

Cameron Kline, Goshen, 5-10, 170, So.

Linemen

Kirk Barron, Marian, 6-3, 290, Sr.

Thomas Cunningham, Penn, 6-0, 265, Sr.

Andrew Hagar, Fairfield, 6-3, 255, Sr.

Michael McQueen, Concord, 6-2, 223, Sr.

Cody Spurgeon, Jimtown, 5-1, 215, Sr.

Lucas Wickey, Northridge, 6-1, 215, Sr.

At-Large

Nik Olson, Jimtown, 5-8, 160, Jr.

Jarrell Pointdexter, Concord, 5-9, 154, Jr.

Defense

Linemen

Zach BeMiller, NorthWood, 5-11, 215, Jr.

Michael Fickert, Northridge, 6-5, 240, Jr.

Eric Landgraf, Elkhart Central, 5-10, 174, Sr.

Linebackers

Casey Adams, Jimtown, 5-8, 180, Sr.

Duncan Boone, Concord, 6-0, 191, Sr.

Braxton O'Haver, Wawasee, 6-2, 205, Sr.

Aaron Hancock, Penn, 5-11, 190, Sr.

Tieshawn Johnson, Elkhart Memorial, 6-0, 200, Sr.

Defensive Backs

Mitch DeWitt, Fairfield, 5-10, 175, So.

Craig Kasten, Northridge, 5-11, 175, Sr.

Marquis Schieber, Jimtown, 6-0, 165, Jr.

Tyler Sousley, Penn, 5-10, 180, Sr.

Punters/Kickers

Michael Farkas, Marian, 6-2, 155, Sr.

Loren McSorley, Penn, 5-8, 165, Sr.

At-Large

Travis Bear, NorthWood, 5-11, 180, Jr.

Jake Kronk, Concord, 5-10, 211, Sr.

2013 Conference Standings

Final

Northern Lakes

Concord 6-1 10-3 421 196

Plymouth 5-2 8-3 334 233

Northridge 5-2 7-3 209 132

Warsaw 5-2 7-4 218 208

Wawasee 4-3 5-5 213 270

NorthWood 2-5 4-6 193 270

Elk. Memorial 1-6 2-8 103 254

Goshen 0-7 0-10 125 337

Northern Indiana

Penn 6-0 12-1 494 73

Mishawaka 5-1 9-4 280 206

SB St. Joseph 4-2 8-4 384 285

SB Riley 4-2 5-5 221 189

Marian 3-3 4-6 247 204

SB Adams 3-3 4-6 208 220

SB Clay 1-5 1-9 96 340

*Elk. Central 1-5 2-9 193 292

Forfeited wins over Elkhart Memorial and Goshen because of ineligible player.

SB Washington 0-6 1-10 125 438

Northern State

New Prairie 7-0 12-1 602 106

Jimtown 6-1 10-3 397 160

Bremen 5-2 9-4 378 226

LaVille 3-4 5-5 213 272

Knox 3-4 4-6 94 369

Culver 2-5 4-7 222 404

*Glenn 1-6 3-9 276 251

Triton 1-6 2-8 94 382

*Forfeited wins over Knox, LaVille and Triton because of inelgible player

Northeast Corner

Fairfield 7-1 9-2 416 199

Lakeland 7-1 7-3 259 179

Churubusco 6-2 8-3 329 126

Angola 5-3 6-5 144 262

Prairie Hts 4-4 5-6 171 227

Eastside 3-5 4-6 276 248

West Noble 3-5 3-7 130 275

Fremont 1-7 2-8 159 385

Central Noble 0-8 1-9 177 341


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