Bollman named AP first-team all-state
Several Putnam County football standouts were named on Thursday to the Associated Press all-state football squad, with at least one from each school earning recognition.
Highlighting the honorees was Greencastle senior Gavin Bollman, who was a first-team defensive end.
Joining Bollman on the defensive team were senior teammate Damon Moody (honorable mention on the defensive line) and senior linebackers Dalton Scott of South Putnam and Jake Wilkes of Cloverdale.
Given honorable mention offensively were North Putnam seniors Chris Murray (running back) and Luke Sanford (offensive line).
Bollman was 33rd in the state with nine sacks, while also making 103 total tackles (77 solo, 26 assists), with 26 for loss, four pass deflections, three fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles.
Moody made 69 total tackles from his defensive end position (44 solo and 25 assisted), but 18 of those were for losses with 11 of them being quarterback sacks. He was also credited with 15 hurries, one pass deflection, two fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles.
Scott was the major force on defense for the Eagles, who finished 6-7 and captured the sectional championship.
Scott had 111 total tackles, with 52 solo tackles and 59 assists. Thirty-five of those tackles were for losses.
He also added 2.5 sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Wilkes made 66 tackles for the Clovers, with 19.5 of those being for losses and seven being quarterback sacks. He also had 13 hurries, one interception, two pass deflections, four fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles.
Murray carried the ball 174 times for 1,071 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also caught 15 passes for 182 yards as the Cougars had an 8-4 record and finished as sectional runnerup to eventual state champion Western Boone.
Sanford was a key part of the Cougar offensive line that allowed Murray, Aidan Baker and Evan Davies and the other runners to accumulate 2,479 yards on the ground.
Late in the season, Sanford was utilized as a fullback and scored a two-point conversion in the sectional finals.
RB Marcus McFadden, Indianapolis Lutheran
TE Luke Snow, Indianapolis Lutheran
OL Mark Caster, Indianapolis Lutheran
DB Dante Akins, 5-8, 160, Jr., Indianapolis Lutheran
LB Dalton Scott, South Putnam
QB Spencer Wright, 6-2, 175, Jr., Western Boone
OL Cameron Ginter, 6-2, 262, Sr., Cascade
RB Chris Murray, North Putnam; Kruze Washington, Western Boone.
WR Logan Benson, Western Boone; Joe Hendrix, Western Boone; A.J. Sanders, Cascade.
OL Casey Foster, Western Boone; Luke Sanford, North Putnam.
LB Devin Weakley, 5-7, 160, Sr., Western Boone
DL Patrick Shallenberger, Western Boone.
LB Connor Horning, Cascade; Brett Wethington, Western Boone; Jake Wilkes, Cloverdale.
TE Brayden Vanslyke, 6-1, 185, Sr., Tri-West
OL Jacob Freels, 6-2, 240, Sr., Sullivan
OL Kaleb Marr, 6-2, 250,. Sr., Danville
QB Jack Conner, Sullivan; Noah Carter, Brown County.
RB Jakob Skinner, Sullivan; Clay Whitney, Monrovia; Cameron Giles, Southmont.
WR Kyle Vernelson, Sullivan; Karter Vernelson, Sullivan.
OL Saul Diagostino, Tri-West.
DL Gavin Bollman, 6-5, 230, Sr., Greencastle
ATH Isaiah Lacey, 6-2, 185, Sr., Indian Creek
DL Damon Moody, Greencastle.
LB Foster Knight, Monrovia.
QB Trey Shaw, Northview.
RB Levon Bellemy, Edgewood.
WR Trevor Cook, Northview.
DB David Brown, Edgewood.