The Michigan Associated Press released its collection of 8-Player All-State football teams Monday, with a couple out of the area pulling in honors after big performances this season.
Both Pellston and Inland Lakes came away with players represented from Michigan AP writers, as Sam Mayer of Inland Lakes earned first team as a defensive back and Pellston’s Ethan Landon was honorable mention as a punter.
Mayer, a 6-foot-2 junior, did a bit of everything for the Bulldogs in their 10-1 season, standing out in all three phases of the game.
Though he averaged just over 40 yards a punt and downed six inside the 20 yard line, Landon was more than a punter for the Hornets this season.
The senior three-year starter racked up 71 tackles, 15 sacks and four fumble recoveries on the defensive side, then added seven touchdowns receiving as a tight end on offense.
Also from Northern Michigan, Shawn Bramer of Suttons Bay earned first team as a running back and teammate Hugh Periard earned first team DB honors.
On the second team, Suttons Bay’s Cameron Alberts and Anthony Paull of Rogers City earned offensive line honors and Suttons Bay’s Lleyton Krumlauf was an honorable mention lineman.
Along with the AP All-State honors, the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association also released its teams recently, with Landon earning first team as a defensive lineman and sophomore defensive back Kenny Crawford earning first team as a defensive back on the 8-Player Division 2 team.
Crawford closed the season with 68 tackles, five interceptions, three sacks and two fumble recoveries for the Hornets.
On the MHSFCA 8-Player Division 1 team, Inland Lakes’ Grant Blumke was also a first team linebacker and Brayden Opie (WR), Bramer (RB) and Alberts (DL) of Suttons Bay were all first team selections.
This article originally appeared on Cheboygan Daily Tribune: Landon, Mayer earn AP All-State Football honors