ESCANABA - It was a good day to be a Manistique Emerald Wednesday at the 63rd Annual Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Football Meeting.
Three Emeralds players were selected to the all-class Dream Team for turning in outstanding seasons.
Among them was running back Kenner Broullire, who along with Reed Larson of Kingsford and Alex Sherbinow of Marquette, made up the three backs on the Dream Team.
Broullire, also a high hurdler on the Manistique track team rushed for 1,247 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. Often times, Broullire was so fast, his linemen couldn't keep up with him as he ended up carrying defenders in his wake. Broullire beat out Ishpeming running back Eric Kostreva by 11 votes.
Manistique tight end Max Nelson was selected as one of two ends on the Dream Team. The 5-foot-10, 190 pound senior only played in seven-of-nine games this season but led the Mid Peninsula Conference in receiving yards, hauling in 19 catches for 440 yards and six touchdowns. He received 13 of 19 votes.
On defense, Emeralds' defensive end Mat Gonzalez was selected. Gonzalez racked up an incredible 22 sacks this season in establishing himself as one of the most dominant defensive players the Upper Peninsula had to offer.
Gonzalez had four sacks in Manistique's final game alone and even caught the game-winning touchdown in double overtime when Manistique used Broullire as a decoy before flipping Gonzalez the ball.
Emeralds coach Todd Kangas said "Mat is a dynamo as a defensive edge rusher. He is the type of player that makes things happen. He had a sack in each game he played and is probably the best edge player we have ever had."
Gonzalez is also a standout wrestler for the Emeralds and made back-to-back state tournament appearances his sophomore and junior years.
Austin Grinsteiner of Stephenson was named the Dream Team quarterback, as he edged out Escanaba's Dave Falish 12 votes to seven. Grinsteiner passed for 1,148 yards this season and totaled 4,468 yards for his career and will likely own the school record if the Eagles play more than one postseason game.
Marquette guard Joe Iwanicki was the only unanimous selection to the team.
Other defensive standouts included linebackers Joe Ostman of St. Ignace and Clark Kangas of Calumet, defensive tackle HIlding Beaudoin of Kingsford and defensive back Curtis St. Louis of St. Ignace.