Iron Mountain’s Wolfe named AP All State Football in D 7-8

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Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 3:30 PM EST
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Shea Ruddy has watched Ottawa Lake-Whiteford’s state championship game at least five times since his Bobcats won the Division 8 title. He is still amazed.

“In the moment I didn’t realize how much we had to do on that drive,” Ruddy said. “I don’t think I even realized we had a fourth down in there. I think I was just thinking about the moment and playing. I wasn’t keeping track of anything. I was just trying to win the game.”

Ruddy led the Bobcats on a remarkable 17-play drive that took nearly eight minutes off the clock, ending with his touchdown run to put Whiteford in front of Ubly 26-20 with under two minutes left. He then teamed with his brother, Ryin, to knock down Ubly’s fourth down pass on the ensuing drive to secure the win.

“It still seems surreal that we are state champions,” he said.

Tthe state championship season helped Ruddy earn player of the year honors from The Michigan Associated Press for Division 7-8.

On the championship-winning drive, Ruddy completed two passes and ran the ball seven times himself. He had a 6-yard run on a fourth-and-4 from the Whiteford 46 midway through the drive and his touchdown run converted a third-and-7.

Ruddy is Whiteford’s first four-year starter at quarterback. He played in a school-record 45 games and holds just about every passing record. He threw a school-record five touchdown passes in Week 7, set another mark with 19 touchdown passes in a season has the career passing yards record with 4,461.

The Bobcats won 35 of his 45 career starts, including five wins when he was a 15-year-old freshman. He’s a 4.0 student and still weighing his college options.

“Most importantly, he’s a great leader and a nice kid,” Whiteford coach Todd Thieken said.

Ruddy is joined on the All-State list by teammate Jake Iott at linebacker and lineman Brayden Luse.

Division 7 champion Jackson Lumen Christi has running back Derrick Walker and head coach Herb Brogan.

Wyatt Nausadis of Traverse City St. Francis made the team at quarterback while his teammate Joey Donahue is first-team linebacker. Joining Walker at running back are Ethan Wissner of Eklton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker, Bart Laretz of Napoleon and Brenden Haisenleder of Cardinal Mooney.

Ethan Hull of Ithaca, Dakobe White of Evart, Jaxon Childers of Benzonia Benzie Central and Jaylin Townsend of Flint Beecher are the receivers.

The linemen include Tristin Duncan of Detroit Central; Hunter Nysen of Parkway Christian; Jon Brzezinski of Clarkston Everest Collegiate; Sam Gall of North Muskegon; Nolan Collins of Lawton; Zac Affholter of Reading; Michael Stevenson of Montrose; Jaden Curry of New Lothrop; Canden Peruski and Parker Peruski of Division 8 runner-up Ubly; Ben Straus of Beal City; Mike Humphreys of Napoleon and Mack Bontekoe of McBain.

Mikel Good of Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker, Tagg Gott of Schoolcraft and Easten Strodtman of Hudson are the other linebackers. The all-state defensive backs are Dontez Hicks of Detroit Central, Luke Wolfe of Iron Mountain and Jacob Hamilton of Reading.

Hunter Hogan of Ravenna is the first team specialist with Rease Teel of Perry the first team kicker and Troy Wertman of Pewamo-Westphalia the punter.

The All-State team was selected by a panel of sports writers from across the state.

ALL-STATE

DIVISION 7-8

Player of the Year

Shea Ruddy, Ottawa Lake-Whiteford, Sr.

Quarterbacks

Shea Ruddy, Ottawa Lake-Whiteford, Sr.

Wyatt Nausadis, Traverse City St. Francis, Sr.

Running Backs

Ethan Wissner, Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker, Sr.

Derrick Walker, Jackson Lumen Christi, Sr.

Bart Laretz, Napoleon, Sr.

Brenden Haisenleder, Marine City Cardinal Mooney, Sr.

Receivers

Ethan Hull, Ithaca, Sr.

Dakobe White, Evart, Jr.

Jaxon Childers, Benzonia Benzie Central, Jr.

Linemen

Tristan Duncan, Detroit Central, Sr.

Hunter Nysen, Parkway Christian, Sr.

Jon Brzezinski, Clarkston Everest Collegiate, Sr.

Sam Gallo, North Muskegon, Sr.

Nolan Collins, Lawton, Jr.

Brayden Luse, Ottawa Lake-Whiteford, Sr.

Zac Affholter, Reading, Sr.

Michael Stevenson, Montrose, Sr.

Jaden Curry, New Lothrop, Sr.

Canden Peruski, Ubly, Jr.

Ben Straus, Beal City, Sr.

Parker Peruski, Ubly, Sr.

Mike Humphreys, Napoleon, Sr.

Mack Bontekoe, McBain, Sr.

Linebackers

Jake Iott, Ottawa Lake-Whiteford, Jr.

Mikel Good, Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker, Sr.

Joey Donahue, Traverse City St. Francis, Sr.

Easten Strodtman, Hudson, Sr.

Tagg Gott, Schoolcraft, Sr.

Defensive backs

Dontez Hicks, Detroit Central, Sr.

Luke Wolfe, Iron Mountain, Jr.

Jacob Hamilton, Reading, Sr.

Specialist

Hunter Hogan, Ravenna, Sr.

Kicker

Rease Teel, Perry, Sr.

Punter

Troy Wertman, Pewamo-Westphalia, Sr.

Coach of the Year

Herb Brogan, Jackson Lumen Christi

SECOND TEAM

Quarterbacks

Preston Wallace, Evart, Jr.

Jack Kulhanek, New Lothrop, Jr.

Running backs

Cole Hopkins, Evart, Sr.

Kyler Maiorana, Parkway Christian, Jr.

Hunter DeBarr, Ottawa Lake-Whiteford, Jr.

Receivers

Grayson Ackels, Carson City-Crystal, Jr.

Jaxon McGuigan, Manchester, Sr.

Linemen

Luke Braun, Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker, Sr.

Brandon Pass, Ithaca, Jr.

Evan Curtiss, Fowler, Jr.

Ethan Morgan, Traverse City St. Francis, Sr.

Grayson Orr, New Lothrop, Sr.

Linebackers

Garrett Hathaway, Traverse City St. Francis, Sr.

Seth Miller, White Pigeon, Sr.

Kaleb Peska, Ithaca, Sr.

Defensive backs

Charlie Martyn, Ithaca, Sr.

Patrick Sterrett, Charlevoix, Sr.

Connor Boyer, East Jordan, Sr.

Specialist

Joe Lathers, Jackson Lumen Christi, Sr.

Coach

Todd Thieken, Ottawa Lake-Whiteford