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Four earn Player of Year honors

October 27, 2012
By Justin Marietti - Sports Reporter ( , Daily Press

ESCANABA - The Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association held the 63rd Annual Fall Football Meeting on Wednesday, where Kingsford running back Reed Larson won Large School Offensive Player of the Year honors.

The Flivvers opened their season with a 42-6 blowout of Lakeland, Wis., and never took their foot off the gas pedal from there. Kingsford heads into the playoffs with a 8-1 record, their only loss coming against La Crosse Central (Wis.) in week 4.

When Larson's team squared off against Escanaba, Larson had 24 carries for 193 yards and 3 TDs.

Larson is the workhorse in an offense that put up 49 points in back to back games to finish the year.

Stephenson's Austin Grinsteiner received Offensive Player of the Year for Small Schools. He finished the 2012 season with 1,148 passing yards and 12 touchdowns. In his high school career, he has amassed a total of 4,468 yards. If Grinsteiner has the opportunity to play more than one playoff game, he is likely to capture the school record for yardage.

Linebacker Clark Kangas of the Calumet Copper Kings was selected as Defensive Player of the Year for Large Schools. His coach, John Croze, couldn't say enough about Kangas after his team's victory over Gladstone in the season finale.

"He is the defensive leader for this team," said Croze. "This is my official recommendation for Dream Team linebacker. Clark Kangas."

Kangas had an impressive 131 tackles on the season, 19 of which were for a loss.

Joe Ostman of St. Ignace received Small School Defensive Player of the Year honors. He has a scholarship to Central Michigan University, and North Central coach Kevin Bellefeuil referred to him as "Captain America" after seeing game footage of the team. He is a 6-foot-2, 232 pound senior that compiled 85 tackles, two sacks, and one interception this year. His Saints team only allowed 28 points for the entire season, and the most points they gave up in a single game was 10. Finishing 9-0, four of those games ended with a complete shutout of their opponent on offense.



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