The Southwestern Athletic Conference has announced its First Team and Honorable Mention selections in the Lakeshore and Central divisions for the 2016 football season.
Watervliet’s Cameron Rendo, Tyler Brant, Zackary Pickens, Sheldon Tobar, Bryant Kieft, and Ryan Chisek were First Team award winners in the Lakeshore division.
In his three years playing varsity football at Watervliet, senior quarterback Rendo completed 206 of 308 passes attempted. He threw 40 touchdowns, including 34 this season, and averaged 106 passing yards a game. Rendo also rushed for a three-year total of 1,775 yards on 317 carries.
Senior Brant caught 68 passes this year – including 14 touchdowns – which totaled 1,243 yards. He averaged 124 receiving yards per game.
Pickens, a junior, rushed for 817 yards on 10 carries. He scored seven touchdowns. Pickens also tallied six receiving touchdowns, collecting 432 yards on 25 catches.
Sheldon Tobar, a star on the Panther defense, had 34 tackles this season. He also notched three sacks. The junior recovered three fumbles in 10 games played.
Kieft, a junior, was a standout on defense. He had 70 tackles, including 49 solo hits, two sacks, and one fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown. Kieft also rushed for 188 yards on offense and scored two touchdowns.
Chisek made his mark on the offensive line of Watervliet opponents this season. He had 61 solo tackles and 35 assists for a total of 96 tackles. He had three quarterback sacks and five hurries.
Watervliet’s Trent Boone, Blake Kinzler, and Devon Flowers picked up All Division Honorable Mention awards.
Boone caught 23 passes for 500 yards and seven touchdowns. The junior also picked off three opponents’ passes for 100 yards.
Kinzler, a junior, was credited with 20 solo tackles, one sack, and four hurries.
Flowers played in nine games this year for Watervliet. He caught 11 passes for 121 yards and one touchdown. He also had four interceptions. On defense, the senior tallied nine solo tackles.
Watervliet qualified for the playoffs but bowed out of competition after a 55-28 loss to Jackson Lumen Christi. The Panthers ended their season 7-3.
Coloma fielded seven gridiron greats this season. Making First Team in the Lakeshore division were Jamane Smith, Caleb McDaniel, Zach Goodline, and Levi Wilkens.
COMETS SOAR TO FIRST TEAM… Four Coloma Comets were selected First Team All-Division award winners for their contributions on the football field this season. Pictured (from the left) are: Jamane Smith, Levi Wilkins, and Zach Goodline. Smith and Wilkins are juniors, while Goodline is a sophomore. Not pictured is senior Caleb McDaniel.
Sophomore Goodline, in his first year starting as quarterback on the varsity squad, led the Comets to a 3-6 record. Under center, Goodline showed his passing abilities and his speed.
Smith made quite an impact on defense. The junior will be one to watch next year. His enthusiasm, hard work, and even harder hits were impressive to watch.
McDaniel was a force to reckon with on offense. The senior running back will leave big shoes to fill next year. He was lightning fast off from the backfield and could rarely be caught once he broke through the defensive line.
Wilkens was another impressive Comet to watch this year. His pass coverage improved as the season progres