The 2017 All-Indiana Crossroads Conference Team has been announced and this year 5 players made the list. All five were instrumental in the team’s 9-3 record and Sectional Championship appearance. The five players this year are all seniors and include Diomoni “Supreme” Small, Henry “A-Bomb” Woodcock, Ben “The Jet” Egenolf, “Charging” Trey Hunt and Bryce “Black and Blue” Giebel.
Small led the team at quarterback this year and put up some huge numbers in his last year with the Raiders. He went 161 for 225 (72% completion) for 2243 yards and 28 touchdowns in the air while adding 372 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. His leadership on the field and ability to take charge of the huddle helped the Raiders win many games in the past two years with him under center. In addition to his stellar play at quarterback, he also played some defense at corner back.
Indiana State University commit Woodcock was the top tight end in the conference as he pulled in 38 balls for 532 yards for 2 touchdowns. He was constantly double and triple teamed and he still managed to have great numbers. With the attention he commanded, it set up open throws to his teammates and he also became a better blocker this year which is proven by his team leading 4 pancake blocks. On defense Woodcock also was a top tier player. While being double teamed on the edge, he added 35 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 tackles for losses and a blocked punt that he recovered for a touchdown.
Egenolf was the Raiders’ Swiss Army Knife, as you could put him anywhere on the field and he would arguably be the best on the field. He seemed to always make a big play when it was needed on both sides of the ball and was a human highlight reel. On offense, Egenolf caught 36 passes for 457 yards and 9 touchdowns while adding 63 yards and a touchdown rushing the ball. He also returned kicks and punts giving him a total of 836 all purpose yards, good for second on the team. On defense, he was the glue that held everything together with 70 tackles, 52 solo and 4 tackles for losses (tied for best on the team). He was a ball hawk leading the team in turnovers with 3 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries. His attributes on both sides of the field gave him a team high 12 touchdowns on the season.
Hunt was a mainstay on defense and played some huge games on offense. With team injuries, Hunt was the first to jump in at a position to help the team win. On defense he led the team with 96 tackles from the linebacker position. Of those tackles he also had a team high 62 solo tackles while adding 3 tackles for loss. Hunt played hurt for parts of the season but his physical and mental toughness never let him slack in his play. He had 3 sacks and a team leading 5 hurries and was never afraid to get his nose into a play. When injuries came on the line, Hunt jumped in, changed his jersey and helped anchor the line.
Giebel was the most consistent linemen on both sides of the ball this year. He was second on the team in tackles with 90 total. He was a mainstay of the defensive line and regularly was double teamed yet he still had 4 tackles for a loss 2 sacks and kept quarterbacks running for their lives. On offense, he was able to avoid major injury even though he played hurt most of the year. He still was a player opposing teams had to game plan for because of his physicality, and toughness and was possibly the strongest player on the team.