Oakfield-Alabama gets nine GR all-stars
No surprise here.
The Oakfield-Alabama football rolled to a perfect 7-0 season and captured the Genesee Region League title, and nine players from that squad were named to the GR all-star team Monday night.
Coach John Dowd was named Coach of the Year as well for delivering the first undefeated regular season for the Hornets since 1986.
O-A has rushed for a whopping 2,242 yards as a team during the regular season. Week 7 counts as non-league games because the Class D teams were already in the playoffs.
That being said, two of the three running backs on the squad and three offensive lineman lead the way.
6-foot-3, 275-pound Chris Williams was a unanimous choice at guard and 6-foot-1, 275-pound center Craig Campbell also was a key on the best offensive line in the league. Both were all-state selections two years ago, with Williams making all-stars for a third-straight year.
5-foot-8, 200-pound tackle Derek Hicks also made the all-star squad.
The O-A offensive line opened many holes for Tim Smith and Brad Riner, who both earned all-star recognition as seniors.
Smith led the Hornets in rushing with 771 yards and 11 touchdowns through six games, then rested in the final game of the season against Holley. He was the offensive Player of the Week for Class C in Week 4.
Riner, a fullback, picked up 639 yards and 10 scores this season, including a three TD game in the final game of the season.
Noah Seward had 29 tackles, an interception and four sacks and Tyler Kowalczyk had 2.5 sacks, an interception and 23 tackles. Both made the all-star team as defensive linemen.
It is Seward's second all-star nod.
Linebacker John Koenig had 17 tackles and two fumble recoveries and is joined byA.J. Kehlenbeck - one of only two juniors - on the all-star squad. Kehlenbeck had three interceptions and 17 tackles.
The Hornets are ranked No. 10 in the state for Class C and open up the Section 5 playoffs with a home game against Dansville Friday night.
Pembroke ended the year one point away from the league title after its only loss came to Oakfield-Alabama, 25-24, in Week 6.
Quarterback David Kleckler had a stellar year and leads the group of seven Dragons to make the team.
Kleckler completed 30-of-56 attempts for 651 yards with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions this season. He also rushed for 301 yards and two touchdowns.
Andrew Wright made the team as a wide receiver, but could have been selected as a running back. He gained 774 yards on the ground and got into the end zone 10 times, while catching 13 passes for 340 yards and three TDs.
He also had a 99-yard kickoff return for a TD, a 58-yard punt return for a score and returned a fumble for a touchdown.
Tight end Ken Babcock caught 15 passes for 275 yards with five touchdowns and made the team because of his big-play ability in the red zone. He is a two-time all-star.
Graham Jensen is 5-foot-11, 210-pounds and made the team as a guard while 6-foot-2, 235-pound Matt Klotzbach is an all-star defensive lineman.
Jensen had 42 tackles on defense and Klotzbach had 45 stops with a sack.
Josh Hanel - a 5-foot-10, 200-pounder - was selected as a linebacker and safety Mike Dibble was selected as a defensive back.
Hanel had 45 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery and Dibble made 62 tackles. Dibble also rushed for 522 yards and eight touchdowns.
It is the second all-star appearance for both Babcock and Jensen.
Pembroke opens up the Class C playoffs with Bishop Kearney on Saturday.
Notre Dame gets four all-star selections after going 4-2 in the regular season. The Fighting Irish are 5-2 and playing Perry on Saturday at East Rochester in the Class D semifinals.
Kevin Francis made the squad for the second straight year as a wide receiver. He caught 27 passes for 337 yards with five touchdowns in six regular season games.
Francis returned five kickoffs for 145 yards and nine punts for 142 yards and a touchdown.
Craig Houseknecht is a 6-foot-2, 235-pound senior and made the team as a guard while Rick Lair makes it as a linebacker.
Lair had 41 tackles and 34 assists with two forced fumbles and eight tackles for a loss.
Matt Thompson is only a junior but garners all-star recognition for the second time as a kicker/punter.
Thompson converted on 26-of-30 extra point attempts and had a season-long 35-yard field goal. He averaged 43.5 yards on kickoffs with 10 touchbacks while averaging 40.4 yards per punt, including four inside the 20.
Attica went 4-3 during the regular season and gets three all-stars.
Andy Ruddock earned offensive Player of the Week for Class B in Week 3 and is an all-star for the second time. He rushed for 936 yards with 10 touchdowns and caught 10 passes for 127 yards and a score.
Shawn Dupuis had 29 tackles with a fumble recovery and makes the team as a defensive back. He was the leading receiver for the Blue Devils, catching 26 passes for 530 yards and six touchdowns.
Kevin Gallinger was the defensive Player of the Week in Week 6 and had a huge year at linebacker. Gallinger had 54 tackles and an interception.
Barker went 1-5 and nearly shocked top-seed Clyde-Savannah in the Class D playoffs last week.
Defensive lineman Ray Paul makes the all-star squad with 33 tackles and a sack.
Alexander - Joe Aurrichio, Lucas Czechowski, Steve George, Jordan Leitten, Ryan Piechocki, Ryan Wilson.
Attica - Luke Pariso, Brandon Rollins.
Barker - Cody Blackley, Greg Brown, Rob Johnson, Josh Sonberg.
Elba/Byron-Bergen - Brent Crawford, Zach Green, Brandon Shuknecht, Cody Torpey.
Holley - Cory Blood, Guy Hills.
Notre Dame - Greg Barr, Nick Bochicchio, Eric Houseknecht, Kevin Schildwaster, Cam McDonald.
Oakfield-Alabama - Josh Athoe, Jon Fisher.
Pembroke - MIke Wells.