As we put a cap on the 2018 high school football season, we here at Outside the Huddle wanted to name who we think were the best in northeast Indiana on the gridiron.
After much deliberation (actually about two minutes), we decided to release two different squads – a “big school” all-area team consisting of players from Classes 4A to 6A and a “small school” team made up of players from 1A to 3A programs.
Today, we unveil the first-ever Outside the Huddle Big School Offense All-Area Team.
QB – Gaven Vogt, senior Carroll
Despite the Chargers winning just three games, Vogt was a stud in his first year as a starting QB. He threw for at least 150 yards in every game except one, a loss to Wayne. He finished with 2,182 yards passing, 23 touchdowns and nine INTs. He also rushed for 360 yards and six scores.
RB – A’Nyis Lockett, senior, Snider
In a season that saw the Snider offense a constant work in progress, Lockett was the constant. He started the season strong and only got stronger as the weeks went on. His pair of rushing touchdowns late in the sectional final against Homestead helped the Panthers prevail. He finished with 1,307 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns.
RB – Kaiden Harshberger, senior, East Noble
No position player in the NE8 was a greater threat with the ball in his hands than Harshberger. A true dual threat, the senior rushed for 1,239 yards and 21 touchdowns while amassing 679 yards and six touchdowns receiving. He scored multiple touchdowns in all but two games this season.
WR – Camdyn Childers, senior, Carroll
The Chargers star wideout erupted onto the scene early in the year, going for six catches or more in each of his first five games, including a 10-253-4 stat line against North Side in Week 3. Defenses learned to key on the senior in the second half of the season, but Childers still finished just 15 yards shy of a 1,000-yard receiving season, amassing 62 catches for 985 yards and 11 touchdowns.
WR – Griffin Little, junior, Homestead
Little entered the season as the “other” wide receiver for the Spartans opposite Trevin Taylor, but emerged as the top downfield threat. The first four games saw Little haul in 30 receptions, quickly becoming one of the most feared wideouts in the area. Little concluded his junior year with 53 receptions for 926 yards and 10 TDs.
WR/TE – Simon Dellinger, senior, Snider
All 6-foot-6, 230ish pounds of Dellinger was a frame to fear for defenders, especially in the open field. Dellinger nearly doubled his receiving output from 2017, hauling in 30 catches for 357 yards and five touchdowns. He was also a trusted blocker when kept close to the line of scrimmage. Dellinger will play college football at Army.
OL – Joe Tippmann, Bishop Dwenger
It wasn’t enough that Tippmann was nearly impenetrable along the Saints’ offensive front. Bishop Dwenger utilized its 6-6, 310-pound behemoth along the defensive line as well, finishing the year with 41 tackles, three TFL and three sacks. Oh, and he also ruined some poor kids’ nights when he was lined up in the backfield as a lead blocker, even getting the chance to carry the ball twice (for seven yards).
OL – Randy Holtz, junior, Snider
Holtz emerged as the next big, punishing offensive lineman for the Panthers. At tackle, the 6-7, 305-pound junior shined in run and pass protection, particularly as the season progressed. He will return next year as one of the best offensive lineman in the area.
OL – Joe Henry, junior, Bishop Dwenger
While not as big as Tippmann, the 6-2, 260-pound Henry is a tactician in the trenches. He is superb at gaining leverage on defensive linemen and is a capable downfield blocker. He and Luke Wiginton will be the anchors for a stout 2019 Dwenger offensive front.
OL – Will Swartz, senior, Snider
A mainstay along the Panthers’ offensive line for a few years, the guard Swartz concluded his prep career as one of the best up front in the region. His leadership helped the Snider o-line recover from a Week 2 disaster at Carroll and develop into one of the best OL units around by season’s end.
OL – Damon Kaylor, Huntington North
The Vikings went from a winless 2017 campaign to four victories this past season, with Kaylor playing a big part in the improvement. The 6-6, 315-pound road grater paved the way for Huntington North’s ball carriers all season long. The senior will now head to East Lansing to become a Michigan State Spartan.
K – Trevor Horton, junior, Carroll
The junior did it all for the Chargers in the kicking game, handling kickoffs, punts and placekicking. He notched seven field goals on the year with a long of 35 while also making 32 of 34 PATs.
ATHLETE – Craig Young, senior, Wayne
Coach Derrick Moore utilized his star freakish athlete in a variety of ways, from split out wide and being a ball carrier offensively to being an edge rusher or coverage linebacker on defense. Young was the guy that every opponent had to account for on both sides of the ball. The Ohio State signee finished with 700 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns while amassing 42 tackles, 10 TFL and 5.5 sacks on defense.
ATHLETE – T.J. Tippmann, senior, Bishop Dwenger
Most will remember his state-clinching touchdown run in the fourth OT against Evansville Central the day after Thanksgiving, but Tippmann was a stud all year long for the Saints. He led the team in rushing touchdowns (17) and amassed 786 yards on the ground while splitting time with fellow Tippmann, Devon. From his safety spot, Tippmann was stout in coverage and could come up and play the run. He finished with 64 tackles, five TFL and a pair of INTs.