Eastside quarterback Carsen Jacobs runs the ball against Churubusco on September 9. (Photo by Brice Vance)

It is a week-plus of postseason awards here at Outside the Huddle.

All this week, we are naming our OTH Football All-Area Teams, split into small school (Class 1A to 3A) and big school (Classes 4A to 6A) categories. A tad late but, it is good to save the best for last, right?

First up, the Small School Offense.

QB: Owen Wanner, junior, South Adams – Wanner assaulted opposed defenses to the tune of 2,330 passing yards and 30 touchdowns while also adding 371 yards and six scores on the ground.

QB: Carsen Jacobs, senior, Eastside – The leader of a multi-pronged Blazers rushing attack that averaged 300 yards per game. Jacobs accounted for 2,128 total yards and 25 touchdowns.

RB: Keegan Bluhm, junior, Adams Central – Arguably the best player on the Flying Jets roster and one of the most versatile athletes in the entire area. Led AC in tackles to go with three interceptions. Rushed for over 1,500 yards and 18 scores.

RB: Anthony Cruz, senior, Bluffton – Made a huge impact on the Tigers’ run to their first sectional title in 34 years. Cruz finished the season with 1,496 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns. He also notched 25 tackles, 4.5 TFL and a sack.

RB: Wyatt Marks, senior, Churubusco – In ‘Busco’s run-heavy offense, Marks was the centerpiece. He was held below 90 yards rushing in just two games, finishing with 1,282 yards on the ground and 11 touchdowns. The senior also saw significant action on defense with 38 tackles, 6.5 TFL and three sacks.

Adams Central’s Keegan Bluhm takes a handoff during a September 16, 2022 game at Heritage.

WR: Ajani Washington, junior, Concordia Lutheran – We knew Washington had the skill on the hardwood, but the junior broke out in a big way on the football field, hauling in 39 receptions for 759 yards and nine touchdowns. He averaged an astounding 19.5 yards per catch.

WR: Brady Beall, senior, South Adams – In the Starfires’ prolific passing attack, Beall was the most consistent aerial beneficiary with 54 receptions, 660 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also served as one of South Adams’ most consistent defenders with 89 tackles, eight TFL and four fumble recoveries.

WR: Brayden McInturf, senior, Bishop Luers – The Knights’ unappreciated offensive weapon, McInturf was a solid completemtn to Nick Thompson on the outside, hauling in 34 passes for 490 yards and five scores.

OL: Brody Bolyn, senior, Norwell – A two-way stalwart for the Knights, plus the team’s punter, the future FBS lineman shined in all three facets of the game week in and week out.

OL: Dane Sebert, junior, Eastside – It’s tough to determine where Sebert had his biggest impact, opening holes for a mighty rushing attack or causing issues along the defensive front. One of the top area lineman regardless of class, Sebert notched 22 tackles, eight TFL and three sacks defensively.

Adams Central’s Ryan Black (11) breaks the tackle of Indianapolis Lutheran Saints Jaekwon Akins (27) during the November 27 Class 1A state finals. (Photo by Chad Ryan)

OL: Brock Berkey, senior, Fairfield – Don’t judge Berkey by his frame that doesn’t reach 6 foot or 200 pounds. A very good technical blocker, Berkey was also a top linebacker for the Falcons with 52 tackles and three TFL.

OL: Zac Wurm, junior, Adams Central – A space eater on both sides of the line of scrimmage, Wurm served as the anchor of the Flying Jets’ offensive and defensive fronts. His return next season will be a huge asset for AC – literally and figuratively.

OL: Chance Harris, senior, Concordia Lutheran – The Cadets’ top lineman and one of the best in the entire SAC, Harris was equal parts physical and technically sound while also contributing significantly on defense.

AT-LARGE: Ryan Black, senior, Adams Central – The passing stats may not have been there, but he still tossed 16 touchdowns while leading the Flying Jets in rushing with close to 1,000 yards and 30 touchdowns. AC’s dominating offense ran through Black, who knew exactly how to run the scheme with poise and confidence.

AT-LARGE: Dax Holman, senior, Eastside – An old-school punisher, Holman rushed for close to 1,000 yards to go with 22 touchdowns while also accumulating 57 tackles, 10 TFL and an INT from his linebacker spot.

K: Roel Pineda, senior, Bishop Luers – Ranked in the top 100 of the Kohl’s National Kicker Rankings, Pineda put over 55 percent of his kickoffs in the end zone for touchbacks. He also finished 8-of-9 in field goals with a long of 40 yards.

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