It is a week of honoring the best in northeast Indiana high school football for 2019 as Outside the Huddle unveils its all-area teams.
The week of accolades will culminate on Friday with the OTH Player of the Year.
We continue today with a look at the best on offense in Classes 4-6.
QB – Bailey Parker, senior, East Noble
Accounted for 57 total touchdowns on the season and 4,473 total yards while leading the Knights to their first trip to the state championship game in 16 years. Completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,110 yards and 39 touchdowns.
Defensively, Parker made 91 tackles, picked off five passes and forced five fumbles.
RB – Braeden Hardwick, junior, Homestead
Was well on track to surpass 1,000 yards rushing before suffering a season-ending injury against Carroll. Averaged 6.8 yards per rush and scored 15 touchdowns.
Hardwick finished with 957 yards on the ground and another 172 through the air.
RB – Peyton Wall, senior, Leo
Rushed for 1,606 yards and 18 touchdowns on the season for the Lions while also manning a starting linebacker spot. Relied upon to be the pacesetter for an offense that was young at quarterback.
Was named First Team All-NE8 and Class 4A Senior All-State.
WR – Layton Mitchell, senior, Carroll
Led the entire SAC in receiving with 11 touchdowns. Caught seven touchdowns in a three-week stretch in Weeks 2-4. Ended the season with 49 catches for 775 yards.
A recent commit to Indiana Wesleyan, Mitchell was snubbed and should have been on the All-SAC First Team. Instead, he had to settle for Second Team.
WR – Griffin Little, senior, Homestead
Returning from an offseason knee injury, Little picked up where he left off as a junior for the Spartans, catching 37 balls for 520 yards and six scores.
Little may not have an equal in terms of route running and getting in and out of cuts. He is headed to Bowling Green for college.
WR – Alonzo Derrick, senior, Snider
The leading receiver for the Panthers, Derrick was a threat every time he touched the ball. He amassed close to 500 receiving yards and five touchdowns, while also taking back both a kickoff and a punt for scores.
WR/TE – Griffin Eifert, senior, Bishop Dwenger
The sibling of older brother Tyler, Griffin made his own mark on area football with the Saints. At wideout, the senior hauled in 30 passes for 478 yards and seven touchdowns.
Defensively, he accumulated 42 tackles and five interceptions from his free safety spot.
OL – Randy Holtz, senior, Snider
The experiences of going up against Holtz likely reads like a horror story. The 6-foot-6, 340-pound behemoth was a road grater at offensive tackle for the Panthers, clearing the away for the offensive backfield.
Holtz recently signed with Indiana University and was named Indiana Offensive Line Mr. Football.
OL – Luke Wiginton, senior, Bishop Dwenger
A future teammate of Holtz’s at Indiana, Wiginton helped anchor a stout Saints offensive front with the likes of Joe Henry and Vinny Fiacable.
Wiginton was named Class 5A Senior All-State by the IFCA.
OL – Robert McCrory, senior, Homestead
The exploits of Hardwick, Luke Goode and the Homestead offense would not have been possible had it not been for McCrory and his line mates.
More of a technician than one to win in the trenches with brute strength, McCrory nevertheless was one of the best at his position in the area.
OL – Tylar Pomeroy, senior, DeKalb
A longtime staple along the line for the Barons, Pomeroy was a big reason for DeKalb’s success this season with the duo of Landon Miller and Tanner Jack in the backfield.
Pomeroy was First Team All-NE8 and voted by the IFCA to the Class 4A Senior All-State team.
OL – Alex Manns, junior, East Noble
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound mauler for the Knights helped protect Parker all season long, putting him in position to make plays all over the field. The running backs, including Justin Marcellus, benefited from the work of Manns and his line compatriots.
K – Trevor Horton, senior, Carroll
The First Team All-SAC honoree connected on 34-of-37 PATs and 7-of-11 field goals, including a 41 yarder.
Horton also kicked off for the Chargers and punted 37 times, averaging 35.9 yards per boot.
ATHLETE – Jake Archbold, senior, Homestead
The four-interception, four-touchdown game against Carroll in the playoffs was the best single performance of the entire season in northeast Indiana. Yet Archbold was a stud all year long. He hauled in 40 passes for 665 yards and 13 touchdowns on offense.
Defensively, Archbold finished with 45 tackles and nine interceptions.
ATHLETE – Landon Miller, senior, DeKalb
Part of DeKalb’s two-headed monster at running back, Miller averaged 8.3 yards per attempt, finishing with 985 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns.
Miller also made 28 tackles and eight TFL for the Barons.