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Posted on Thu, Nov 22, 2012 : 5:59 a.m.

2012 All-Washtenaw County Football Dream Team a family affair for Palkas, Hundleys

By Pete Cunningham


Ashton Hundley, left, and his twin brother Austin Hundley, right, have more reason to celebrate: both made the All-Washtenaw County Dream Team. Other family members to make the team are player of the year Joe Palka and his father, coach of the year, Joe Palka.

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The Saline and Father Gabriel Richard football teams had historic success in 2012 -- Saline with its first-ever ten-win season, and Richard with a run to the Division 5 state semifinals.

It's no wonder the two teams are well represented on the 2012 All-Washtenaw County Football Dream Team and, as it has been for the squads all season, success is a family affair.

For Saline, offensive/overall player of the year Tyler Palka (click here to read a profile on Palka) is joined on the Dream Team with his father/coach Joe Palka, our coach of the year. And for Richard, defensive player of the year, and first team All-State selection, Austin Hundley is joined on the Dream Team with his twin brother Ashton Hundley.

See who joins the Palkas and Hundleys on the Dream Team and who made the Division 1-2 and Division 3-8 teams as well:





Tyler Palka (sr., 6-0, 175)
Quarterback, Saline

After leading Toledo Whitmer in Ohio to an undefeated regular season and a Division 1 state runner up finish as a junior in 2011, Palka had his sights set on winning it all his senior year. When his father, Joe Palka, accepted the head coaching job at Saline, the venue changed but the goal did not. During the regular season, Palka completed 131-of-191 passes (68.6 percent) for 1,719 yards and 15 touchdowns and also led Saline in rushing with 90 carries for 650 yards and six touchdowns. Saline finished with an 8-1 regular season record, were SEC Red Division co-champs and after a pair of playoff victories had the most wins in program history. Combined with his Ohio statistics, Palka threw for 3,007 yards and 32 touchdowns in his two years as a starter and rushed for 1,115 yards and 11 touchdowns in the regular season. Palka is the 2012 Offensive/Overall Player of the Year. First team All-SEC Red.

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Berkley Edwards (sr., 5-9, 185)
Running back, Chelsea

Edwards had 204 carries for 1,329 yards and 21 touchdowns and 15 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown during the regular season. Chelsea went 6-3 and made the playoffs for the 14th straight year despite an 0-3 start with the senior running back rushing for more than 200 yards four times with a 7.7 average and scoring at least two touchdowns in all six wins. In two years as the starter at Chelsea, Edwards rushed for 2,849 yards and 39 touchdowns. First team All-SEC White.



Arthur Dukes (sr., 5-10, 190)
Running back, Milan

Dukes rushed 172 times for a Washtenaw County leading 1,473 yards and 17 touchdowns during the regular season as Milan finished a perfect 9-0. Including playoff totals, the senior running back finished his career with 2,455 yards and 24 touchdowns. An All-Huron League selection, Dukes is considering playing college football in the Ivy League or GLIAC.



Marquise Thomas (sr., 6-3, 160)
Running back, Ann Arbor Pioneer

Thomas rushed 125 times for 892 yards and 12 touchdowns as Pioneer went 6-3 and won a share of the SEC Red Division title. In Pioneer’s two playoff games, the senior running back rushed 53 times for 349 yards and four touchdowns. First team All-SEC Red.

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Tyree Waller (sr., 6-1, 205)
Wide receiver, Ypsilanti Lincoln

Waller was dangerous all over the field, but did the most damage at receiver with 36 receptions for 861 yards and nine touchdowns in eight games (statistics not available for Week 8). The senior also rushed 25 times for 212 yards and three touchdowns and had 22 solo tackles, two assists, two interceptions (one returned for a score) and a fumble recovery on defense (defensive stats through six games). First Team All-SEC White. Will play at Central Michigan next year.

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Jack Clark (sr., 6-2, 175)
Wide receiver, Ann Arbor Skyline

Clark led Skyline with 30 receptions for 570 yards and five touchdowns on the season. The senior finished his career with 79 receptions for 1,080 yards and nine touchdowns. Clark also had 11 solo tackles, 10 assists and three interceptions on defense.

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Bruce Elliott (sr., 6-3, 250)
Offensive lineman, Milan

Milan rushed for 3,336 yards on the season and won 10 straight games before falling in the district final. At 6-3, 220 pounds played the tackle position and was a dominating run blocker. Coach Jesse Hoskins called the senior lineman the top tackle in the Huron League.



Connor Berge (sr., 5-11, 201)
Offensive lineman, Milan

Milan rushed for 3,336 yards on the season and won 10 straight games before falling in the district final. At 5-10, 210 pounds, Berge was not an imposing physical presence on the offensive line, but according to Milan coach Jesse Hoskins the senior lineman is “strong and plays with a mean streak.” Had 30 tackles, including seven for loss, on defense. First team All-Huron League.



Tyler Eckler (jr., 6-3, 230)
Offensive lineman, Chelsea

Chelsea rushed for 1,900 yards on the season and passed for 737 while only giving up eight sacks on the season. At 6-3, 230 pounds, Eckler, a junior, was Chelsea’s best blocker. Honorable mention All-SEC White.

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Nic Sawyer (jr., 6-4, 280)
Offensive lineman, Saline

At 6-4, 280 pounds Sawyer, a junior, helped solidify Saline’s high-powered, balanced offense and graded out at 92 percent on the regular season. Had 27 pancake blocks and gave up zero sacks. First team All-SEC Red.

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Devin McCallister (jr., 6-3, 265)
Offensive lineman, Ypsilanti Lincoln

At 6-3, 265 pounds, the lineman anchored the Lincoln offensive line as a junior. First Team All-SEC White.



Ashton Hundley (sr., 5-10, 165)
Athlete, Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard

Rushed 135 times for 981 yards and 14 touchdowns for 8-1 Richard during the regular season. In four playoff games, the senior had 71 rushes for 125 yards and five touchdowns. Caught eight passes on the year for 346 yards. On defense had two interceptions. First Team All-Catholic and 2012 Prep Bowl MVP.



Gage Hammond (sr., 5-9, 155)
Athlete, Saline

As a receiver, the senior had 37 receptions for 636 yards and eight touchdowns. He rushed the ball two times all season - once a planned end-around, once on an unplanned punt snap that sailed over his head - and both went for touchdowns. As a kicker, Hammond made 7-of-8 field goal and 37-of-40 extra point attempts. First team All-SEC Red as a kicker and receiver.



Joe Palka Coach, Saline In his first year as head coach of the Hornets, Palka took the team from 4-5 to 8-1 on the regular season and won a share of the SEC Red title, the program’s first since 2007. The Hornets avenged their only loss of the season and reached the double-digit win benchmark for the first time program history in defeating Pioneer for a district title in Week 2 of the playoffs.




Austin Hundley (sr., 6-1, 220)
Defensive lineman, Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard

The Gabriel Richard defense allowed on average 11.7 points per game, including three shutouts (two in the postseason) and ten times had held teams to 12 points or less. A senior defensive tackle, Hundley led the Fighting Irish with 54 solo tackles and 36 assists with 26 tackles for loss, eight sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt. The senior also played fullback, blocking the way for his twin brother Ashton and rushing 32 times for 182 yards and four touchdowns himself. First team Division 5 All-State, first team All-Catholic League, and Defensive Player of the Year.



Dewan Olive-Abinojar (sr., 5-9, 160)
Defensive back, Ann Arbor Pioneer

Olive-Abinojar was the best defensive back in Pioneer’s stout defensive secondary that allowed just 113.6 yards passing per game and six passing touchdowns all season. The senior cornerback had four interceptions, six pass breakups, seven solo tackles and ten assists on the season. First team All-SEC Red.



Brandon Gordon (sr., 6-0, 170)
Defensive back, Saline

Saline’s defense had allowed just 13.1 points per game through 11 games. Through ten games, Gordon had 17 solo tackles, 32 assists three passes deflected and five interceptions. First team All-SEC Red.



Robert Kanitz (jr., 6-1, 187)
Defensive back, Milan

On defense, Kanitz had 47 tackles and two interceptions for Milan during its undefeated regular season in which it allowed just 11.2 points per game. As a running back and quarterback rushed for 816 yards and ten touchdowns, completed 3-of-6 passes for 40 yards and a touchdown and also caught a pass for 33 yards. “Robert has been the best player on the field in all our games. Tough football player,” said Milan coach Jesse Hoskins. First team All-Huron League.



Alex Maloney (sr., 6-1, 170)
Defensive back, Chelsea

A senior cornerback, Maloney was the leader of a secondary that allowed opponents on average just 119 passing yards per game during the regular season. Led the team with four interceptions and on average returned the ball 16 yards per pick. Also had 23 solo tackles, ten assists, three tackles for loss and five pass breakups. First team All-SEC White.



Casey Schukow (sr., 6-0, 275)
Defensive lineman, Saline

When coach Joe Palka introduced his platoon system at Saline, what would be done with Schukow - a two-year starter on both sides of the ball and an All-league offensive lineman - was a big question mark. It was a great problem to have and switching the senior exclusively to defense was the perfect solution. Through ten games, Schukow had seven solo tackles, 31 assists, 14 tackles for loss, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and four sacks. First team All-SEC Red.



Michael Steinhauer (sr., 6-3, 270)
Defensive lineman, Chelsea

The senior defensive tackle was second on Chelsea’s team with 34 solo tackles despite constant double teams. Also had nine assists, 11.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and an interception. Steinhauer is an athletic freak inside a 6-3, 270 pound frame, as evidenced by his 58 yard interception return for a touchdown in Week 9. First team All-SEC White. Will play at Central Michigan next year.



Brian Robert (sr., 6-2, 205)
Defensive lineman, Manchester

The 6-2, 205 pound senior defensive lineman led Manchester in tackles with 73 tackles on the season. The Flying Dutchmen went 7-4 on the year and won a share of the Cascades Conference title. First team All-Cascades Conference.



Tyler Jackson (sr., 5-11, 170)
Linebacker, Ann Arbor Pioneer

Pioneer’s defense allowed opponents on average just 178.1 yards per game and 14.1 points per game and Jackson was a large part of the reason why. The senior linebacker had 11 solo tackles and 45 assists on the season, 10 tackles for loss and three sacks. Jackson also had four pass breakups, eight quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. First team All-SEC Red.



Caleb Ashby (sr., 5-11, 195)
Linebacker, Saline

The senior linebacker missed his entire junior year with an injury, but made up for lost time in his final season. Through ten games, Ashby had 23 solo tackles during the regular season, 35 assists, 18 tackles for loss, three pass deflections, two forced fumbles, an interception, three fumble recoveries, two sacks and two blocked kicks. First team All-SEC Red.



Bryton Boyle (sr., 6-1, 215)
Linebacker, Ypsilanti Lincoln

Boyle was an absolute force in the middle of the field for Lincoln. The 6-1, 215 pound senior linebacker was a punishing tackler in the open field and an excellent pass rusher. In the six games in which defensive statistics are available for Lincoln, Boyle had 24 solo tackles, 12 assists, and nine sacks. First team All-SEC White.



Zach Rabbitt (sr., 6-0, 165)
Kicker, Chelsea

The senior kicker made 5-of-7 field goals on the year and was 3-of-3 on kicks between 40 and 49 yards. One of his two misses on the year was on an attempt of more than 50 yards. His long was a 43 yard kick into the wind while raining in Week 7 against Tecumseh, which at the time made him 14-of-14 in his career. Made 27-of-30 extra point attempts and also averaged 33.6 yards per punt with seven punts pinning the opponent inside the 20-yard line. First team All-SEC White.



Steve Tracy (sr., 5-11, 180)
Punter, Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard

Put Tracy on the team as a punter and use him everywhere else. As a punter, through 11 games had 11 punts with a 32.2 average and not a single punt of his was returned for positive yardage. As a receiver, in 13 games had 29 receptions for 455 yards and five touchdowns and caught a pair of two-point conversion attempts. As a return man, returned 23 punts with a 15.8 yard average and one touchdown and six kickoffs with a 29.3 yard average and a long of 68 yards. Was also the team’s kicker, converting on 36-of-40 extra point and 6-of-11 field goal attempts with a long of 34 yards. First team All-Catholic League.

Division 1-2 Team



Askaree Crawford

Askaree Crawford (so., 5-11, 175) Quarterback, Ann Arbor Skyline: Threw for 1,513 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 285 yards and six touchdowns.

Kevin Gross (so., 5-10, 155) Running back, Saline: Rushed 135 times for 733 yards and 16 touchdowns and caught 26 passes for 327 yards and a score.

Tyree Weathersppon Running back, Ypsilanti: Ypsilanti's leader on offense. Averaged more than five yards per carry.

Caleb Luckett (sr., 6-0, 155) Wide receiver, Saline: Caught 35 passes for 462 yards and four touchdowns.

Percell Franklin (sr., 6-0, 165) Wide receiver, Ann Arbor Skyline: Had 25 receptions for 491 yards and five touchdowns. Also a dangerous return man.


Demetrius Sims

Demetrius Sims (sr., 6-2, 175) Wide receiver, Ann Arbor Huron: Huron's best player on both sides of the ball. In the four games for which statistics were available, had 26 receptions for 230 yards and three touchdowns and had an interception on defense.

Joe Osinski (sr., 6-1, 250) Offensive lineman, Ann Arbor Pioneer: Solid run blocker on a run-first offense.

Tyler Mabry (so., 6-2, 205) Offensive lineman, Ypsilanti Lincoln: Just a sophomore, blocked beyond his years.

Seff Awwad (sr., 6-2, 280) Offensive lineman, Ann Arbor Pioneer: Solid run blocker on a run-first offense.

Clayton Kilgallon Offensive lineman, Saline: Front line of defense for the area's best offense which passed for nearly 2,000 yards and rushed for nearly 2,500 yards.

Gavin Olson (sr., 5-7, 235) Offensive lineman, Saline: Front line of defense for the area's best offense which passed for more than 2,000 yards and rushed for more than 2,500 yards.

Dan Hugan (sr., 5-11, 170) Athlete, Ann Arbor Huron: Had 46 receptions 460 yards and two touchdowns, 34 rushes for 125 yards and a touchdown, had 19 punt/kick returns for 450 yards and a touchdown and on defense had 15 solo tackles, four assists and three pass breakups.


Dalauren Roberson

Dalauren Roberson (jr., 5-6, 165) Athlete, Ypsilanti Lincoln: In six games for which stats were available, had 73 rushes for 393 yards and five touchdowns and ten receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown. Also returned punts and kicks.


J.P. Birmingham (sr., 5-9, 145) Defensive back, Dexter: Dexter's best player, solid player in the secondary.

Tyrone Miller (so., 6-4, 170) Defensive back, Pioneer: Had 21 solo tackles, 28 assists, two interceptions, three pass breakups and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown.

Darrion Reeves Defensive back, Ypsilanti

Matt Goeman (sr., 5-10, 165) Defensive back, Saline: Had 21 solo tackles, 23 assists and five passes deflected.

Khalil Madoula-Bey (sr., 6-1, 210) Defensive lineman, Ann Arbor Skyline: An imposing force on Skyline's defensive line.


Quashawn Luckett

Quashawn Luckett (sr., 6-1, 250) Defensive lineman, Ann Arbor Pioneer: Had 13 solo tackles, 45 assists, eight tackles and 3.5 sacks a forced fumble and blocked kick.

Chad Reed (sr., 6-2, 225) Defensive lineman, Ann Arbor Pioneer Had nine solo tackles, 25 assists, 5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and two fumble recoveries.

John Smutny (jr., 6-2, 240) Defensive lineman, Saline: Had nine solo tackles, 26 assists ten tackles for loss and a sack.

Bradley Koenig (jr., 6-2, 180) Linebacker, Ann Arbor Pioneer: Had 21 tackles 36 assists, 14 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions, four pass breakups, a forced fumble, two blocked kicks and a safety.

Will Russell (sr., 6-1, 220) Linebacker, Ypsilanti Lincoln: In six games, had 14 solo tackles, two assists and three tackles. On offense had 35 rushes for 214 yards and four touchdowns and caught three passes for 43 yards and a touchdown.

Willie Elam (sr., 5-9, 195) Linebacker, Ann Arbor Skyline: Skyline's leading tackler on defense. Also played running back with a pair of rushing touchdowns on the year.

Eric Kristensen (sr., 5-11, 165) Kicker/punter, Ann Arbor Pioneer: Made 4-of-7 field goal attemps with a long of 44 yards, and was a perfect 32-of-32 on extra point attempts. Had a 35.4 yard punt average.

Division 3-8 Team



Marquis Smith

Marquis Smith (fr., 5-10, 150) Quarterback, Ypsilanti Willow Run: Dual-threat quarterback with more than 1,500 yards passing and 600 yards rushing.

Jimmy Kurasz (jr., 5-11, 185) Running back, Manchester: Rushed for more than 1,300 yards.

Colton Platt (sr., 5-10, 170) Running back, Chelsea: Rushed 54 times for 307 yards, caught 15 passes for 141 yards, returned nine punts for 87 yards, and seven kicks for 96 yards. Also threw a touchdown pass.

Nick Cozart (sr., 6-2, 215) Running back, Manchester: Rushed 80 times for 522 yards for 13 touchdowns.

Devere Pipkins (sr., 6-2, 190) Wide receiver, Ypsilanti Willow Run had 39 receptions for 894 yards. Also rushed for 360 yards and four touchdowns and on defense was the team's leading tackler.

Blaise Stearns (sr., 6-2, 200) Wide receiver, Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard: Caught 25 passes for 540 yards and seven touchdowns.


Blaise Stearns

Drew Diedrich (sr., 6-3, 240) Offensive lineman, Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard: Solid run and pass blocker. On defense had 49 solo tackles, 18 assists and 16 tackles for loss and seven sacks.

Alex DeMeijer (sr., 6-0, 270) Offensive lineman, Chelsea: Paved the way for an offense that rushed for 1,900 yards.

Lawrence Williams (sr., 6-4, 200) Offensive lineman, Milan: Blocking tight end with great athleticism. Had ten receptions for 206 yards, four touchdowns and caught two two-point conversions.

Tyler Kirchoff (sr., 6-4, 215) Offensive lineman, Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard: Solid blocker state semifinalist Fighting Irish.

Jeremy Richards (sr., 6-2, 190) Offensive lineman, Milan: An excellent pull blocker on trap and power plays according to coach Jesse Hoskins


Austin Hoover

Austin Hoover (jr., 6-1, 205) Athlete, Milan: Had four receptions for 142 yards and a touchdown, was an effective blocker at fullback for a potent rushing attack, and was also the team's kicker with 21 made extra points. On defense had 77 tackles, one sack, one interception and four tackles for loss.


D.J. Griffin (sr., 5-9, 160) Defensive back, Milan: Had 68 tackles and one interception.

Dylan St. Charles Defensive back, Whitmore Lake

Marco Ruiz-Acosta (sr., 5-9, 160) Defensive back, Chelsea: Had ten solo tackles, six assists, half a sack and two pass deflections.

Marquis Cook (sr., 5-9, 180) Defensive lineman, Milan: Had 32 tackles, three sacks, five tackles for loss and three pass break ups.

Blaine LeClair (sr., 5-10, 205) Defensive lineman, Milan: Had 45 tackles, five sacks, three fumble recoveries, two of which he returned for touchdowns.

Jon Wescott (sr., 5-10, 200) Defensive lineman, Manchester: had 45 tackles. First team All-Cascades Conference.

Jay Szcodroski (sr., 6-1, 230) Defensive lineman, Chelsea: Had 25 solo tackles, seven assists, seven tackles for loss and two sacks.

Ty Peterson (sr., 5-9, 175) Linebacker, Milan: Had 58 tackles, and interception, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Michael Hovater (sr., 6-3, 190) Linebacker, Chelsea: Had 48 solo tackles, 20 assists, 4.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.

Pat Wolf (sr., 6-0, 180) Linebacker, Father Gabriel Richard: Had 44 solo tackles and 15 assists, seven tackles for loss, three sacks and an interception.

Ben Fick (sr., 5-10, 180) Linebacker, Milan: Led the Milan defense with 106 tackles.

Amadou Cisse Kicker/punter, Ypsilanti Willow Run: Made 11 extra points and made a 35 yard field goal.

Coach: Jesse Hoskins, Milan: Hoskins led the Big Reds to an undefeated regular season and a playoff win in his second year at the helm, a vast improvement from the Big Reds' 1-8 performance in 2011.


Will Harris, Ann Arbor Huron
Nate Bossory, Chelsea
Josh Jackson, Ann Arbor Huron

The 2012 Washtenaw County Dream Team was chosen by sports director Pete Cunningham and the sports staff with input from Washtenaw County coaches.

Pete Cunningham covers sports for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @petcunningham.


Jaavaid love

Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 12:39 a.m.

Jaavaid Love of Ypsilanti High school had 7 TD's 5 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, fumble return, and 1 sack. how is he not on this list???


Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 3:48 a.m.

Curious why always refers to Lincoln as "Ypsilanti Lincoln". That's not the name of the school district (Lincoln Consolidated Schools). It's not like AA Pioneer or AA Huron. Old time Lincoln folks get annoyed by this. Can you correct this in the future?

Pete Cunningham

Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 8:16 a.m.

While the district may be Lincoln Consolidated Schools, the high school is named Lincoln High School. There are two Lincoln High Schools in Michigan, one in Warren, and one in Ypsilanti. Though neither is technically the proper name, calling one school "Warren Lincoln" and "Ypsilanti Lincoln" are how our company has decided to differentiate the two in our statewide database and hence how we refer to the two in articles. Hope this helps it be less of a pet peeve.