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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, December 21, 2017 1:00 am

High school football

Woodlan pair named to 2A All-State squad

Staff, news services

INDIANAPOLIS – Two members of the Class 2A state runner-up Woodlan Warriors have been named to the 2017 Associated Press All-State high school football team. 

Running back Jack Rhoades and tight end Donald Guerrant were put on the first team. The Warriors lost to Southridge 15-14 in the 2A championship game.

Also named from northeast Indiana to the all-state first teams were:

In 6A, Snider's Christian Covington was named at an all-purpose selection, while teammate Lawrence Johnson was honored as a defensive lineman.

In 4A, Bishop Dwenger's Joe Tippmann, New Haven's Luke Watson, and Wawasee's Elisha Tipping, all offensive lineman, and Leo kicker Ben VonGunten were named. 

In 3A, Concordia's Trey Freeman and Garrett's Beck Davis, both offensive lineman, were honored. 

Around the state, Ben Davis quarterback Reese Taylor was named to the first team after setting six state records and tying another in a 63-14 rout of Penn and was later rewarded with Indiana's Mr. Football Award.

He almost hides it if that's the case. Especially considering the way the Indiana recruit put such an exclamation mark on his high school career.

Over the 14 games of his senior season he completed 72.6 percent of his passes for 3,150 yards and 40 touchdowns. On Ben Davis' opening drive of the state finals, Taylor scored on a 76-yard TD run to set the Class 6A championship record for longest touchdown run and longest play from scrimmage. The next possession he set the record for longest touchdown pass, then re-set it twice before setting it for good with a 64-yard TD pass – which was also good for the longest pass completion record.

He also set state finals records for passing yards (340), passing touchdowns (6), and tied the most passes completes (18).

Evansville Memorial's Michael Lindauer completed more than 60 percent of his passes, finished just shy of 3,000 yards, threw 32 touchdown passes and was intercepted six times as he led the Tigers to a 3A state title. Yet, the junior standout is listed on the all-state first team for a second year in a row as a punter.

Vincennes Lincoln quarterback Graham Toole was named to the 3A all-state first team. The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder has received offers from Indiana Wesleyan, Saint Francis and Marion, and this season threw for 1,976 yards, 20 touchdowns and six interceptions, and rushed for 1,022 yards and 26 TDs.

Columbus East running back Jamon Hogan (226 carries, 2,296 yards, 34 TDs) and defensive back Ethan Summa (58 solo tackles, 7 tackles for loss) take all-state honors after making the first team as juniors a year ago. This time they're joined by quarterback Josh Major who completed 76.8 percent of his passes this season for 1,269 yards, 13 touchdowns and one interception, and rushed for 1,401 yards and 22 TDs.