Metro-east well represented on IHSFCA all-state football teams

News-DemocratNovember 23, 2013 

The metro-east's final two state football playoff hopefuls both were represented Friday when the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association released its annual All-State teams.

East St. Louis (9-3), which plays at home in the semifinals Saturday against Oak Lawn Richards, landed senior running back Greg Taylor and senior linebacker Kyron Watson on the Class 6A all-state team.

Edwardsville (12-0), which faces Chicago Mount Carmel at home Saturday, got junior quarterback Dan Marinko on the Class 7A all-state team.

Althoff's record-setting senior quarterback Eric Mertens made the Class 4A all-state team along with Mater Dei junior offensive lineman Joe Hemann and Columbia senior offensive lineman Grant Snow.

Highland's massive senior offensive tackle Tanner Farmer, a Nebraska recruit chosen to play in the UnderArmour All-American Game earlier this week, made the 5A all-state team along with Jerseyville senior receiver Jacob Varble.

Central senior defensive back and wide receiver Jacob Timmermann was chosen for the Class 3A all-state team along with Greenville junior quarterback Tyler Hutchinson.

Moved to running back earlier this season, Taylor has racked up 1,604 yards and 18 TDs on 171 carries. The Missouri recruit also has 94 tackles, two interceptions and two sacks as a defensive back.

Watson, a Kansas recruit, leads the Flyers with 151 tackles. He also has three sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

Marinko has completed 162-of-259 passes for 2,654 yards and 28 touchdowns while throwing only four interceptions. He's also Edwardsville's second-leading rusher with 634 yards and 17 TDs.

Mertens, who guided Althoff to the 4A quarterfinals, finished his career as the Crusaders' all-time leading passer. He completed 199-of-346 passes this season for 2,902 yards and 33 TDs with 14 interceptions.

Timmermann did a little bit of everything for Central, hauling in a team-high 38 pass receptions for 547 yards and five TDs. He also ran for 184 yards and four TDs, had 39 tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a defensive back and kicked nine extra points.

Hemann and Snow each helped their teams reach the 4A playoffs and Snow's Eagles also won the Cahokia Conference championship.

Varble had 66 catches for 940 yards and six TDs for Jerseyville. Hutchinson threw for 645 yards and six touchdowns last Saturday in Greenville's incredible 71-70 quarterfinal victory over Mountg Carmel.

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at 239-2454, or on Twitter @NormSanders

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