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2012 Telegram All-Area Football Team: First in their field

Published 12/6/2012

By The Telegram

By all rights, the 2012 Garden City Telegram All-Area football team would be a wish-list roster for any coach.

This year's team was dominated by the area teams that enjoyed the most success, as well as for the individuals' outstanding performances.

Four players from Class 3A state champion Scott City lead the way, and there could have been more. Three players from Garden City's 5-4 squad that played in the same tough district as 6A powerhouse Hutchinson are on this year's squad — and there might have been one or two more. Two players from Holcomb's 9-2 squad, whose only losses were to Scott City and 3A semifinalist Beloit, are added in — and the Longhorns had a short list of additional considerations.

Rounding the elite Top 11 are Stanton County and Ulysses, again two of the traditional area powers, with one selection each. And those schools had more players under scrutiny for top team honors, too.

In selecting Scott City's Glenn O'Neil as the area coach of the year (see separate story), The Telegram recognized the first true area team championship since 1999's Garden City 6A title. Holcomb's Jerry Johnson deserves a note of congratulations here, too, as he led the Longhorns to their most successful season in many years. Consider that, in addition to those two losses to the 3A powers, the Longhorns beat Meade, the eventual 2-1A state champions. It was Meade's lone setback of the year.

Quarterbacks who can run and throw, and play defense as well; linebackers who are tough and rangy and running backs with power and speed; throw in a few linemen who played both ways for their teams, and The 2012 Telegram football Top 11 is laced with quality players. .

Brady Bean

Garden City

Bean, a 5-11, 200-pound senior, proved to be one of the most versatile two-way players for the Buffaloes during the 2012 season.

Defensively, he anchored the Buffs' defense, which was best in the Western Athletic Conference in yardage, as he recorded a team-high 67 tackles, 38 of those unassisted from his linebacker position. He had 29 assisted stops. He had three tackles for losses, one interception, one fumble recovery and forced another fumble.

On offense, Bean played a combination fullback/running back position and he accounted for 292 yards on the ground on 74 carries, a 4.0 average, and he rushed for six touchdowns. He proved to be a reliable receiver as well, catching 14 passes for 124 yards and one TD.

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Most memorable moment of 2012 season: Holding Hutchinson and Hays to the fewest amount of rushing yards on the season.

Favorite athlete: Clay Matthews.

Favorite food: Pasta salad.

Favorite class in school: Weight training.

Person I most admire: My Dad.

If I could meet one person in the world, it would be: Tim Lincicum.

Favorite pasttime: Junior Year Hatchet.

College plans: Undecided.

Shane Bennett

Holcomb

Bennett was a two-way starter for the Longhorns during their successful 9-2 season, with the only losses to 3A champ Scott City and 3A semifinalist Beloit. Included in their wins was a season-opening triumph over 2-1A champion Meade.

Bennett recorded seven sacks from his defensive line position and he also recorded two fumble recoveries. He finished the season with 62 tackles, 28 of them solo. He was one of the stalwart blockers on the offensive line that paved the way for the high-scoring Longhorns' attack.

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Favorite athlete: J.J. Watt.

Favorite food: Tacos.

Favorite class in school: Art.

Person I most admire: My Dad.

If I could meet one person in the world, it would be: Sylvester Stallone.

Favorite Pasttime: Xbox.

College plans: Undecided.

Area of Intended Study: Undecided.

Michael Brollier

Ulysses

Strong and effective linemen have been a key ingredient to the Ulysses Tigers' success in recent years, and this time around, Brollier was one of the main cogs for coach Jason Kenny.

On the defensive side, he had 19 solo tackles and 17 assists. Five of those were sacks.

"As an offensive tackle, Michael was the anchor of our line," Kenny said. "He did a great job of blocking at the point of attack, but he was even better when a play was going from him of getting downfield and blocking."

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Most memorable moment of 2012 season: In the second half of the Liberal game, we came back from a 21-0 deficit and won 42-28.

Favorite athlete: Ray Lewis.

Favorite food: Crab legs.

Favorite class in school: History.

Person I most admire: My Dad.

If I could meet one person in the world, it would be: Jake Owen.

Favorite pasttime: Hanging out with my friends.

College plans: Undecided.

Area of intended study: Business.

Dalton Buehler

Scott City

Despite having a high-ankle sprain which limited him to just four carries and 12 yards in one quarter in the state championship victory, Buehler's value to the Beavers' successful season is unquestioned.

The 5-9, 195-pound speedster, who also possesses strong inside running ability, rushed for 1,898 yards and scored 25 touchdowns for the Beavers. His season-long best run from scrimmage was 85 yards. He saved his best for his last healthy performance, when he rushed for 222 yards and scored three touchdowns in a come-from-behind victory at Beloit in the state semifinals. His 90-yard kickoff return for a TD was the backbreaker for the Trojans. Buehler averaged an impressive 11.23 yards every time he touched the ball in the backfield.

Showing his vesatility on offense, Buehler had 19 pass receptions for 384 yards (20.2 avg.) and scored six TDs, the longest being an 81-yarder. He is getting recruited calls from various NAIA, Division II and some D-I schools. He has yet to make a decision on where he will attend school.

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Most memorable moment of 2012 season: Winning state.

Favorite athlete: Frank Gore.

Favorite food: Zebra cakes.

Favorite class in school: History.

Person I most admire: Corbin Schoenberger.

If I could meet one person in the world, it would be: Jesus Christ.

Favorite pasttime: Play video games.

College plans: Undecided.

Area of intended study: Physical education or journalism.

Taylor Foley

Garden City

Foley was one of the top two-way players for coach Brian Hill, playing tight end and defensive end for the Buffs.

In the Buffs' running scheme, Foley was one of the key blockers for his backfield. Most of his catches came in clutch situations, the biggest perhaps was the game-winning TD catch against Maize in a first-round district game.

Foley's value was respected by Western Athletic Conference coaches when they selected him to the first team this past season.

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Most memorable moment of 2012 season: Scoring the game winning touchdown against Maize.

Favorite athlete: Antonio Gates.

Favorite food: Ribs and fries.

Favorite class in school: Weights.

Person I most admire: My Mom.

If I could meet one person in the world, it would be: Michael Jordan.

Favorite pasttime: Playing baseball with my cousins at my grandma's house.

College plans: Undecided.

Area of intended study: Business.

Quinn Kendrick

Stanton County

Kendrick was a four-year starter at quarterback and safety for the Trojans and in his final three years, his teams lost just six games, four of those to two-time state 2-1A state champion Meade.

During his team's 8-2 senior season, Kendrick rushed 101 times for 946 yards (9.4 avg.) and scored 16 touchdowns. He completed 30-of-62 passes for 485 yards with two TDs and three interceptions in the prodominantly run-oriented offense. He caught one pass for a touchdown, had one kickoff and one punt return for scores as well. He averaged an amazing 20.7 yards on punt returns and 46.4 yards on kickoff returns.

On the defensive side of the ball, he had 82 assisted and 56 unassisted tackles. He accounted for three sacks, three forced bumbles, three fumble recoveries, four interceptions and five pass deflections.

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Most memorable moment of 2012 season: Returning the opening kickoff of the season 89 yards for a touchdown.

Favorite athlete: Darren Sproles.

Favorite food: Prime rib.

Favorite class in school: Calculus.

Person I most admire: My Dad (Coach).

If I could meet one person in the world, it would be: Darren Sproles.

Favorite pasttime: Hunting.

College plans: Undecided.

Area of intended study: Criminal justice.

Tyler LaSalle

Holcomb

Perhaps no other offensive player was more valuable to their team than LaSalle. After injuries to several other key offensive players for the Longhorns, LaSalle shouldered much of the load, both passing and running, for coach Jerry Johnson.

The senior speedster didn't disappoint as he rushed for 1,118 yards on 189 carries (5.9 average) and tallied 14 TDs. He passed for 1,564 yards (96-of-186, 52 percent) and had 17 TD passes with 8 interceptions.

Defensively, from his secondary position, he had 39 tackles, 19 of them solo, and record two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

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Most memorable moment of 2012 season: Winning our first playoff game in almost 10 years.

Favorite athlete: Kirk Hinrich.

Favorite food: Pulled pork.

Favorite classes in school: Chemistry and math.

Person I most admire: Tim Tebow.

If I could meet one person in the world, it would be: Jack Johnson.

College plans: Applied to West Point.

Area of intended study: Chemical engineering.

Michael McEachern

Scott City

McEachern, a 5-11, 250-pound stalwart on both offense and defense for the Beavers, had another outstanding season for the Beavers in helping them capture the 3A state title.

Playing on the defensive side of the ball, McEachern tallied 20 solo tackles and 36 assists. He accounted for four sacks, had one interception, one fumble recovery and forced another fumble.

Offensively, he was the anchor of a line that produced nearly 6,300 yards of offense in 14 games, as the Beavers completed an unbeaten season and claimed their first state championship since 1991.

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Favorite athlete: Derrick Thomas.

Favorite food: Steak.

Favorite class in school: Composition.

Person I most admire: My grandpa, Herb Graves.

If I could meet one person in the world, it would be: William "The Refrigerator" Perry.

Favorite pasttime: Playing ukulele.

College plans: Undecided.

Area of intended study: Sports medicine.

Brett O'Neil

Scott City

The consummate team leader, O'Neil showed guts in the 3A state championship victory when he played despite being sick with flu-like conditions all day.

During the season, O'Neil was a two-way starter where he completed 122-of-187 passes (65.2 percent) for 2,066 yards and 29 touchdowns. He had just five interceptions for the season. In limited rushing responsibilities, he had 49 carries for 228 yards and scored five touchdowns, including one in the state championship game.

Defensively, O'Neil was the signal caller for the Beavers. He had 33 solo stops and 40 assists. He had a team-high eight interceptions and recovered two fumbles.

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Most memorable moment of 2012 season: Winning state, overcoming flu, and rallying from behind.

Favorite athlete: Kevin Durant.

Favorite food: Italian.

Favorite class in school: History.

Person I most admire: My Dad.

If I could meet one person in the world, it would be: Russell Westbrook.

Favorite pasttime: ESPN.

College plans: Undecided.

Area of intended study: Business.

Greyson Tempel

Garden City

In securing the starting duties at the outset of the season, Tempel proved to adept at both passing and running the ball in the offensive scheme for coach Brian Hill.

His highlight game of the year was his 276-yard, four-touchdown effort in a 45-28 victory at Great Bend.

During the Buffs' 5-4 season, Tempel completed 127-of-232 passes (54.7 percent), with 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions. On the ground, Tempel had 182 carries for 946 yards (5.2 average) and scored 10 TDs.

In all, his 2,499 of total offense accounted for 78 percent of the Buffs' total yards. His 23 TDs represented 74 percent of the scoring for his team.

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Most memorable moment of 2012 season: Winning the Maize game.

Favorite athlete: George St. Pierre.

Favorite food: Mexican.

Favorite class in school: English.

Person I most admire: My Dad.

If I could meet one person in the world, it would be: LeBron James.

Favorite pasttime: YMCA football.

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