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MARQUETTE — The North Central Jets continued to dominate their competition this season, earning their right in the vote during the 73rd Annual Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Football Meeting here on Nov. 16.

The Jets finished the season 13-0 and extended their winning streak to a state record 37 games with their third straight Division 2 title in eight-player football.

North Central was voted Team of the Year in Division 2, with Munising (11-1) taking the nod in D-1.

To no surprise, North Central’s Luke Gorzinski was unanimously voted Offensive Player of the Year.

The senior quarterback finished his career with a state record 10,384 all-purpose yards and has attracted interest from 12 colleges. He threw for four touchdowns, ran for another score and caught a TD pass in Saturday’s championship game.

He has rushed for 1,301 yards and 19 TDs and has rushed for 1,215 and 20 scores this season and thrown just two interceptions in his four-year career.

Other North Central gridders who receive Dream Team honors include junior offensive lineman Max Nason, senior defense lineman Drew Webber and Jordan Messenger, and senior linebacker Dillon Raab.

North Central’s first-team picks include senior defensive end Owen Eichmeier and junior kicker Adrian Mercier, who posted a state-record 60 extra points this season.

Raab finished the game with 77 tackles, 17 of them for a loss, and had two interception returns for TDs.

Webber accumulated 36 solo tackles, including 22 for losses, and Messenger added 21 for losses.

Eichmeier recorded 28 tackles, including 4 1/2 for losses, and stopped eight passes.

Senior wide receiver Carter Johnson, who finished with 1,045 yards receiving and 14 TDs, represents Rapid River on the Dream Team.

Mid Peninsula junior QB Brad VanDamme and senior wide receiver Michael Englund ended up in the first-team.

VanDamme completed 94 of 174 aerials for 1,636 yards and 22 TDs and ran for 547 yards and eight points.

Englund had received 919 yards and caught 12 TD passes and ran, adding two on the ground for the Wolverines, who fielded a team for the first time in a decade.

Superior Central senior Wyatt Kulik also ended up in the first-team as a return specialist. He returned 14 kickoffs and punts for 477 yards and two points.

Regional players deserving special mention include North Central senior offensive lineman Colin Cordy, Superior Central junior offensive lineman Jason Kanerva, senior return specialist Lucas Swetich, Emmett Vining, linebacker and Tristin Syers, senior linebacker by Mid Pen.

Recipients of the honorable mention are North Central senior wide receiver Elijah Gorzinski, defenseman Dylan Plunger and linebacker Swetich.

All-Upper Peninsula Football

Eight players


Offensive Player of the Year – Luke Gorzinski, North Central

Defensive Player of the Year – Dillon Raab, North Central

Division 1 Team of the Year – Munising

Division 2 Team of the Year – North Central

Coach of the Year – Joe Austin, Newberry

Mitchell Snyder Lineman of the Year – Mason Totzke, Ontonagon

dream team


Lineman: Max Nason North Central 6-0 200 Jr.

Lineman: Riley Murk Munising 6-2 266 Sr,

Lineman: Mason Totzke Ontonagon 6-1 319 Sr.

Quarterback: Luke Gorzinski North Central 5-10 175 Sr.

Running Back: Josiah Peramaki Munising 6-0 181 Sr.

Running back: Sam McKissack Forest Park 6-0 185 Sr.

Wide Receiver/End: Bryce Buzzo Ontonagon 6-0 160 Sr.

Wide Receiver/End: Carter Johnson Rapid River 6-3 190 Sr.

Hybrid: Matthew Rahilly Newberry 6-0 175 Soph.


Lineman: Ashton Wymer Munising 5-5 217 Sr.

Lineman: Drew Webber North Central 5-10 180 Sr.

Lineman: Jordan Messenger North Central 6-0 200 Sr.

Defensive end: Micaiah Peramaki Munising 6-1 194 Sr.

Defensive End: Gabe Luck Munising 6-1 190 Jr.

Linebacker: Jacob Mattson Munising 5-8 212 Sr.

Linebacker: Dillon Raab North Central 5-9 170 Sr.

Fullback: Kane Nebel Munising 6-1 185 Sr.

Defense: Ian Popp Norway 5-9 150 Jr.

Special teams

Kicker: Jacob Nolan Rudyard 6-1 170 Sr.

Punter: Gabe Quevedo Forest Park 5-8 150 Soph.

Return Specialist: Wyatt Spade Norway NA NA Jr.

First team


Lineman: Blake Doke Newberry 6-1 225 Sr.

Lineman: Kirby Koskela Lake Linden-Hubbell 5-10 215 Sr.

Lineman: Kevin Guiliani Forest Park 6-3 210 Soph.

Quarterback: Brad VanDamme Mid Peninsula 5-11 180 Jr.

Running back: Marco Juarez Newberry 5-8 170 Sr.

Running back: Brayden Altoft Pickford 6-2 190 Sr.

Wide Receiver/End: Michael Englund Mid Peninsula 6-0 163 Sr.

Wide Receiver/End: Spencer Kramer North Dickinson NA NA Fri.

Hybrid: Camera Peterson Rudyard 5-10 Jr.


Lineman: Elijah Penney Superior Central 6-0 200 Sr,

Lineman: Eli Sprague Rudyard 6-0 160 Jr.

Defensive end: Owen Eichmeier North Central 5-10 170 Sr.

Linebacker: Zach Burton Newberry 6-0 190 Sr.

Linebacker: Devan Groleau Stephenson 5-10 170 Sr.

Defense: Aiden Bickel Rudyard 5-7 170 Jr.

Defensive back: Cody Daab Ironwood 6-2 185 Sr.

Defense Attorney: James Milkey Lake Linden-Hubbell 5-9 165 Sr.

Special teams

Kicker: Adrian Mercier North Central 6-1 170 Sr.

Punter: Riccardo Maouro Gogebic 5-1 160 Sr.

Retrieval Specialist: Wyatt Kulik Superior Central 5-7 140 Sr.

Special mention (two or more votes)

Colin Cordy, North Central; Jason Kanvera, Superior Central (offensive line); Austin Gordon, Ontonagon; Cole Baij, Norway (quarterback); Mason Hotzberger, Lake Linden-Hubbell; Tristin Syers, Mid Peninsula (linebacker); Ethan Anderson, Stephenson (defender); Lucas Swetich, Superior Central (return specialist).


Carter Dahl, Stephenson; Ty Norris, Gabe Popko, Lake Linden-Hubbell; (offensive lineman); Caden Besonen, Ontonagon; Tristan Kacynski, Stephenson; Seth Miller, Pickford; Michael Peterson, Norway; Sam Roberts, Lake Linden-Hubbell; Lucas Swetich, Superior Central (return); Elijah Gorzinski, North Central (wide receiver); Garrett Osborne, Pickford; Mike Perkins, Cedarville-DeTour; Emmett Vining, Superior Central (linebacker); Dylan Plunger, North Central; Felix Quevedo, Forest Park (defender); Aiden Bickel, Rudyard (return specialist).

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