All-state football season honored
A good season doesn’t go unnoticed in Whitley County.
One of the best combined seasons ever within the three area high schools hasn’t gone without recognition.
A 30-6 mark from Columbia City, Churubusco and Whitko football squads made for an exciting season within the county lines.
With so much success, state caliber players are sure to be included in the dozens of victories.
Last week, Associated Press released its all-state teams for the five different class groups in high school football.
Among players selected, Columbia City had five join the class 4A list.
The Eagles 10-2 record went down as the most in wins by a Columbia City team in school history.
The future of City football has a all-state face to go with it in defensive back Jared Murphy. The 5-foot-10-inch sophomore had eight interceptions in 2010 to go along with 46 tackles (fourth most on the team) and 188 yards receiving.
Columbia City’s youth is joined on the list by four seniors named to all-state honorable mention.
Quarterback Logan Rehrer was one of them in a record year for the Eagles slinger.
Breaking nearly a dozen records both single season and career, Rehrer goes down as the Eagles all-time passing leader throwing for 2,508 yards and 26 touchdowns in his final season as an Eagle.
His top target was Thomas DeLaCruz who pulled in 39 receptions for 651 yards and 12 touchdowns. The 39 receptions ranks as sixth most by an Eagle in one season.
The City defense was also recognized with Jacob Moser and Ben Murphy.
From the defensive line position, Moser led the Eagles in tackles with 68. Of those, Moser also had the most tackles for a loss (21) and second most sacks with six.
Ben Murphy spent his time as a safety recovering two fumbles and recording 65 tackles on the season. The senior also was a deep threat on offense with 31 receptions for 424 yards and eight touchdowns.
A program best 12-2 record and semistate appearance for the second time in four seasons landed four Churubusco players in the state’s conversation.
Led all season by their two Kyles, the Eagles had fullback Kyle Mathewson and quarterback/safety Kyle Monk make the all-state team.
Mathewson goes down as the all-time rushing leader at ’Busco going for a single season record 2,584 yards in his senior year. Mathewson had 30 touchdowns on the ground while grabbing eight more through the air.
His time spent as a linebacker was also worthy of note with 62 total tackles and team best 25 tackles for a loss.
Monk made the all-state list on defense for his hard hitting in the secondary of the black and gold. Monk led the defense with 65 solo tackles to go along with 44 assists. His talent for finding the loose ball got him six interceptions and six forced fumbles.
As a quarterback, Monk also threw for 894 yards and 17 touchdowns.