Through multiple suspensions and never-ending uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan high school football players didn’t take the chance to at least play a shortened season in 2020 for granted.
Now, players are being recognized for how they performed on the field as the Associated Press’s all-state teams are being released this week.
The Division 3-4 all-state team includes Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, first-team, second-team and honorable mention selections voted on by a panel of 11 media members from across the state.
The 8-player, Division 7-8 and Division 5-6 teams have already been released. The Division 1-2 team will be announced on Christmas Day.
Without further ado, here is the 2020 AP all-state football team for Divisions 3-4:
Tyler Holtz, DeWitt, Jr.
Dewitt has been unstoppable this season and that’s in part because of the play by junior standout Tyler Holtz.
The signal caller is the leader of a Panther team that is 9-0 and has outscored its opponents 440-50 during the season.
Holtz’s command of one of the state’s most prolific offenses is the rest he was selected as the 2020 AP Division 3-4 Player of the Year.
In his first season as a varsity starting quarterback, Holtz has completed100-for-149 passes for 2,109 yards and an impressive 32 TDs to only 1 interception. He also rushed for 318 yards on 48 carries for an average of 6.6 yards per carry.
His play helped lead Dewitt to the state’s top ranking in Division 3 as well as conference and district championships. Holtz was also named first-team all-state by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association.
Tyler Holtz, DeWitt, Jr.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder was a first-team selection in his first year as the starting quarterback and was named Player of the Year. Read more about Holtz above.
Dante Moore, Detroit King, So.
Moore is already considered one of the state’s top quarterback and he still has two more seasons remaining.
The sophomore standout has led Detroit King to a 6-3 record and a spot in the regional title game against Division 3 defending champion River Rouge.
Moore connected on 89-of-150 passes for 1,434 yards and 23 TDs and only 3 INTs. He already owns Division I offers from Michigan, Penn State, Indiana, Arizona State, Purdue and Michigan State
Brandon Martin, North Branch, Sr.
Martin led the Flint area with 1,403 yards and 20 touchdowns on 131 carries (10.7 yard average). The senior helped North Branch to its first-ever district title and a 9-0 record heading into the regional round of the postseason.
Nico Hernandez, Madison Heights Lamphere, Jr.
Hernandez rushed for 1,073 yards and 18 TDs for the Rams and was named MAC Bronze Division Most Valuable Player.
Kolby Hindenach, Paw Paw, Sr.
The senior tailback rushed for 1,206 yards and 15 touchdowns on 151 carries. He set the school record for rushing yards in a game with 343 against Otsego and is also the program’s all-time leading rusher.
Malekhi Obande, Unity Christian, Sr.
Averaged more than 11 yards per carry and is the team’s all-time leading rusher with 2,921 career yards.
Elliott Grashuis, Grand Rapids South Christian, Sr.
The 6-foot-4 receiver recorded 48 catches for 728 yards and 11 TDs to help the Sailors advanced to regionals.
Joe Taylor, Chelsea, Sr.
Taylor was named the Ann Arbor-area Offensive Player of the Year after hauling in 37 receptions for 764 yards (20.4 per catch) and an area-leading 13 touchdowns. Taylor was second-team all-state last year as a defensive back.
Griffin Shinrock, St. Joseph, Sr.
Shinrock finished the year with 37 receptions for 781 yards (21.1 per catch) and 13 TDs. He also had a 95-yard kickoff return for the game-winning TD vs. Battle Creek Lakeview.
Tommy McIntosh, DeWitt, Jr.
One of Holtz’s favorite targets, McIntosh caught 28 passes for 692 yards and 13 TDs in nine games for D3 top-ranked DeWitt. He was also named first-team all-state by MHSFCA. He also has 10 D-I offers.
Brandon Honorable, Detroit King, Sr.
The senior was the anchor on Detroit King’s offensive line and helped pave the way for a team that averaged 36.7 points per game. He will play at Pittsburgh next season.
Devonte Miles, River Rouge, Jr.
Miles recorded 12 tackles for loss for a River Rouge defense that allowed 7.7 points per game. The junior has multiple D-I offers from schools such as Michigan, Indiana, Cincinnati, Iowa State and Minnesota.
Dylan Beck, Milan, Sr.
The senior lineman was named the Ann Arbor-area Defensive Player of the Year after leading the area in tackles with 90. He also had 15 tackles for loss and was named all-conference, all-region and all-state by the MHSFCA.
Caleb Tiernan, Detroit Country Day, Sr.
Tiernan played on both lines for DCD. On defense he had 29 tackles, three sacks and four quarterback hurries. He was also named all-region and is signed to Northwestern.
Logan Murray, Flint Powers Catholic, Sr.
Murray was a three-year starter and was named All-Saginaw Valley South first team. He helped Powers rush for 1,064 yards and will be a preferred walk-on at Michigan State.
Ru’Quan Buckley, Godwin Heights, Sr.
One of the state’s premier linemen on both sides of the ball, Buckley racked up 74 tackles, 22 for loss and added 11 sacks. He will play college football for Nebraska.
Tag Bonnema, Zeeland East, Jr.
Bonnema finished the season with 40 tackles, six tackles for loss and was named the Holland Sentinel Defensive Player of the Year.
Josh Schell, Mt. Pleasant, Sr.
Schell was a three-year starter and tallied 48 tackles this season. He was first-team all-conference and will play at West Point (Army).
Andrew Debri, DeWitt, Sr.
The senior linebacker led Dewitt with 61 tackles and forced one fumble and caught one interception for a defense that allowed only 50 points total this season. He was also named all-state by the MHSFCA.
Jaylen Reed, Detroit King, Sr.
The Penn State signee recorded 55 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss.
Drew Bidwell, Edwardsburg, Sr.
Bidwell recorded a team-high 37 tackles, eight for loss to go along with 3 ½ sacks for a defense that gave up only 50 points this year.
Drake Deshetsky, North Branch, Sr.
The veteran playmaker helped lead North Branch to a 9-0 record this season. He was named Thumb Sportswriters Association co-Defensive Player of the Year after recording 42 solo tackles, two sacks and one interception.
Armorion Smith, River Rouge, Sr.
Smith tallied 48 tackles, nine sacks, three interceptions and forced three fumbles. He will play next year at Cincinnati.
Christion Stokes, Harper Woods, Jr.
Stokes had 41 tackles and 12 pass breakups and owns D-I offers from Iowa, Cincinnati, Penn State, Minnesota, MSU and several others.
Tyreese Oakes, Muskegon, Sr.
Oakes repeats as a first-team all-state selection after recording 35 solo tackles, 11 assists, three interceptions and 19 passes deflected. Oakes also has multiple D-I offers.
Desmond Mullen, Marquette, Jr.
The junior defensive back was all over the field for Marquette as he racked up 109 tackles and recovered five fumbles.
Tyson Davis, Goodrich, Sr.
Davis is a four-time first-team selection and was one of the Flint area’s most dynamic players. The Central Michigan signee had 30 receptions for 548 yards and averaged 20.97 yards per carry while scoring 11 touchdowns.
Defensively, he had 20 tackles, one interception, one sack, and two tackles for losses. He also returned a punt 74 yards for a TD.
Tommy Doman, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, Sr.
Doman made 7-of-9 field goals with a long of 53-yards and five of 44 yards or longer. He nailed all 13 extra point attempts and is signed to the University of Michigan.
Morgyn Muck, Fowlerville, Sr.
The senior punter landed seven of his 35 punts inside the 20-yard line and averaged 33.2 yards per punt.
Jeremy Ferman, North Branch
Ferman went 1-8 in his first season but has won more than seven games in each of the last three seasons, including a 9-0 record this year.
The Broncos won their first district championship ever this season and won the Blue Water Area Conference title with a 6-0 record. They outscored opponents 389-76, scoring at least 47 points five times while pitching five shutouts.
Art Maisano, Madison Heights Lamphere
In his first year with Lamphere, Maisano led the Rams to an 8-1 record, a MAC Bronze title and a spot in the D4 district finals. Lamphere scored a program-record 338 points and allowed 78 points, which is the fewest since 1976.
The eight wins by the team were the most since 1984 and the two playoff victories were the first since 2009.
(Nominees receiving two or more votes from the voting panel)
Mareyohn Hrabowski, River Rouge, Sr.
Carson Gulker, Zeeland West, Sr.
Trent Hill, Chelsea, Jr.
Steve Ready, Spring Lake, Sr.
Kameron Karp, Marquette, Sr.
Ezra McAllister, Marshall, Sr.
Davion Weatherspoon, Harper Woods, Sr.
Carter Cushman, Plainwell, Sr.
Evan Noga, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, Jr.
Jake Plamondon, Ludington, Sr.
Kayden Smith, Muskegon, Sr.
Jalen Johnson, River Rouge, Sr.
Pius Odjugo, River Rouge, Sr.
Peyton Gulledge, Ortonville Brandon, Sr.
Bryce Eliuk, Linden, So.
Zach Painter, Williamston, Jr.
Jake Haynes, Whitehall, Sr.
Daylen Lujan, Sault Ste. Marie, Sr.
Billy Abdalah, Detroit Country Day, Sr.
Jacob Armbrester, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern, Sr.
Jack Trachet, Pinckney, Sr.
Cole McElvany, Milan, Jr.
Rob Zimmermann, DeWitt
Zander Desentz, South Lyon East; Jacob Bendtsen, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep; Trinidad Chambliss, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern; Ty Rynbrandt, Grand Rapids South Christian; Griffen Murphy, Chelsea; Austin Ridl, Marquette; Chance Strickland, Mason; Braylon Silvas, Flint Kearsley; Aidan Rubio, Goodrich.
Ashton Laguire, Charlotte; Donovan Franklin, Flint Powers Catholic; Brock Miller, St. Johns; Julion McCray, Battle Creek Harper Creek; Jawon Slater, Ortonville Brandon; Gideon Likens, Plainwell; Cole DiPiazza, Allendale; Nate Milanowski, East Grand Rapids.
Jace Chapman, Flint Kearsley; Clayton Bone, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep; Lynn Wyche-El, Detroit King; Tayshaun Massey, River Rouge; Grant Lancaster, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern; David Apple, Alma; Landon French, Parma Western; Luke Bresser, DeWitt; Caleb Wardlow, Pinckney.
Cal Sharp, Parma Western; Andrew Taylor, Charlotte; Adam Waszak, St. Johns; Djuan Crudup, Detroit King; Chance Moore, River Rouge; Walter Herndon, Detroit King; Jonathan Scott, Detroit Mumford; Chris Ricker, Marquette; Ryan Bareis, Chelsea; Gino Tribuzio, Ortonville Brandon; Billy Collins, Madison Heights Lamphere; Matt Andoni, Birmingham Brother Rice; Nick Wachol, Detroit Country Day; William Leggon, Detroit Country Day; Nick Williams, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s; Caden VandenBerge, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern; Andrew DeVries, Zeeland East; Cameron Heiss, Cedar Springs; Brendan Schanick, Flint Kearsley; Evan Williams, Goodrich; Oatis Ackermann, East Grand Rapids; Chase Preston, Mt. Pleasant; Mike White, Bay City Central; Wyatt Howe, North Branch; Drew Ragatz, North Branch; Zach Sergent, Croswell-Lexington; Evin Koeppe, Stevensville-Lakeshore; Max Mann, Ludington; Michael McAninch, Parma Western; James Horn, Mason; Samuel Simpson, St. Joseph; Ira Jenkins, Whitehall; Almarco Fields, Muskegon Reeths-Puffer.
Bode Brown, Parma Western; Blake Bailiff, Detroit King; Grant Uyl, DeWitt; Mason Stewart, Mason; Connor Young, Whitehall; Connor Dykema, Grand Rapids South Christian; Treyjen Keim, Stevensville-Lakeshore; Carson Deines, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central; Nick Powers, Zeeland West; Adam Cassel, Zeeland East; Kyle Jamrog, Hamilton; Seth Clothier, Battle Creek Pennfield; Corbin Steele, Chelsea; Jordan Pierce, Saginaw Arthur Hill; Kory Davis, Mt. Pleasant; Kevin Wisniewski, Bay City John Glenn; Collin Johnston, Cadillac.
Dan Gray, Cadillac; Carson Gray, Chelsea; KJ Whitman, Madison Heights Lamphere; Danny MacLean, Detroit Country Day; Jameel Croft, Detroit King; Jacob Irelan, Ludington; Jackson Lockwood, Mason; Caden Plaxton, Williamston; Jason Rocz, Paw Paw.
Tyler Stezowski, Hamilton; Myles Walton, Muskegon; Rocco Milia, Birmingham Brother Rice.
Eddie Jewett, Eaton Rapids; Ian Burke, Ortonville Brandon; Carson Kelley, Linden; Jose Valverde, Paw Paw.