The 2020 11-Player All-UP Football Teams

12/17/2020 | Feature | By Staff

T he 2020 All-UP teams come after a tumultuous season (that is technically still on pause), thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

Voting was carried out electronically this year, meaning cases weren’t able to be made for individuals based on anything other than stats. In addition, the UPSSA decided to go with one team, rather than small school and large school teams.

Here is the 2020 All-UP 11-player teams and special awards:

Offensive Player of the Year

Offensive Player of the Year

Kameron Karp

Marquette | 6-0 | 160 | Sr. | WR

Marquette senior Kameron Karp had 28 catches for 625 yards and seven touchdowns on the season. He helped lead Marquette to a 7-2 record, including its first home playoff win, and first time winning two games in the postseason. Karp was the best player on the field in Marquette’s playoff loss to Muskegon, with 240 yards and three touchdowns.

Defensive Player of the Year

Defensive Player of the Year

Desmond Mullen

Marquette | 5-8 | 160 | Jr. | DB

Desmond Mullen was a force for a 7-2 Marquette team, leading the defense with 109 tackles, five interceptions and five fumble recoveries. The junior was also named to the All-GNC team. 

Mitchell Snyder Lineman of the Year

Mitchell Snyder Lineman of the Year

Nathan Lundin

West Iron County | 6-3 | 215 | Sr. | DL

A four-year varsity player, Nathan Lundin led West Iron County with 21 tackles, two sacks, one tackle for loss and one fumble recovery. The 6-3, 215 pound senior was also named West-PAC Iron Division Player of the Year.

Large School Team of the Year

Large School Team of the Year

Marquette

Marquette enjoyed a historic season, finishing with a 7-2 record that included the school’s first home playoff victory, and first time winning two games in the postseason. Marquette defeated Muskegon Reeths-Puffer and Mount Pleasant before falling to state powerhouse Muskegon in the district finals. 

Small School Team of the Year

Small School Team of the Year

Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain was one of the teams most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, playing just one regular-season game — a 42-6 win over Bark River-Harris — before heading into the postseason. The Mountaineers, however, were poised for a deep run with a 56-8 win over Gwinn and then a 36-16 victory over BR-H to start the playoffs.

Large School Coach of the Year

Large School Coach of the Year

Eric Mason

Eric Mason’s Marquette team was one of two 11-player teams in the UP to play its full season, and he made the most of it. Marquette finished 7-2 with two post-season wins. One came at home — a school first — and the second marked the deepest run in program history. 

Large School Coach of the Year

Large School Coach of the Year

Scott Menard

In his 15th season at the helm, Scott Menard led Sault Ste. Marie to a 6-3 record that included a win over Marquette. The Blue Devils made it to the district championship game for the second season in a row, and recorded their first road playoff win, defeating Ludington 22-16.

Small School Coach of the Year

Small School Coach of the Year

Robin Marttila

Robin Marttila earns this award for the second season in a row after leading Iron Mountain to two post-season victories despite only playing one regular-season game due to COVID-19. The Mountaineers were scheduled to play Johannesburg-Lewison in the quarterfinals. 

Small School Coach of the Year

Small School Coach of the Year

Ben Olsen

Ben Olsen led the Gwinn Modeltowners to their first playoff win since 1999 with a 24-20 nail-biting victory over East Jordan to start the postseason. 

2020 11-player All-UP Dream Team

Offense

Offensive Line

Carter Berger

Menominee | 6-3 | 250 | Sr. | Center

Nathan Lundin

West Iron County | 6-3 | 215 | Sr. | Tackle

Lucas Tappy

Kingsford | 6-0 | 290 | Jr. | Tackle

Preston Toutant

Negaunee | 6-0 | 260 | Sr. | Guard

Brett Schlengovt

Escanaba | 6-0 | 220 | Jr. | Guard
Offensive Backfield

Austin Ridl

Marquette | 5-9 | 160 | Jr. | Quarterback
Passing Yards 1,723
Total TDs 23 (7 rushing)
Rushing Yards 239

Caleb Evosevich-Hynes

Iron Mountain | 5-10 | 190 | Sr. | Running Back
Rushing Yards 393
Yards per carry 15.1
Total TDs 8

Nash Hillier

Negaunee | 5-9 | 165 | Sr. | Running Back
Rushing Yards 976
Yards per carry 8.2
TDs 12

Dryden Nelson

Calumet | 5-9 | 165 | Jr. | Running Back
Rushing Yards 853
Yards per carry 7.2
Total TDs 7
Offensive Ends

Kam Karp

Marquette | 6-0 | 160 | Sr. | Wide Receiver
Catches 28
Yards Receiving 625
Total TDs 7

Zach Person

Kingsford | 6-5 | 220 | Jr. | Wide Receiver
Yards per catch 14.4
TDs 5

Defense

Defensive Line

Caleb Burklund

Iron Mountain | 5-10 | 210 | Sr. | Defensive Tackle
Division 8 All-Region

Tye Parker

Marquette | 6-1 | 260 | Sr. | Defensive Tackle
All-GNC

Kahler Geyer

Escanaba | 5-11 | 180 | Sr. | Defensive Tackle
All-GNC

Xander Zapolnik

Houghton | 6-2 | 245 | Sr. | Defensive End
23 tackles 6 sacks

Parker Cain

Negaunee | 6-3 | 240 | Sr. | Defensive End
Tackles 85
Tackles for loss 10
Sacks 5
Linebackers

Chet Hyrkas

Calumet | 6-1 | 185 | Sr. | Linebacker
Tackles 68
Tackles for loss 7
Forced fumbles 2

Daylan Lujan

Sault Ste. Marie | 6-0 | 221 | Sr. | Linebacker
Tackles 87
Sacks 4

Garrett Mann

Westwood | 6-0 | 195 | Sr. | Linebacker
Led team in tackles
Defensive Backs

Desmond Mullen

Marquette | 5-8 | 160 | Jr. | Defensive Back
Tackles 109
Interceptions 5
Fumble recoveries 5

Ty Lotterman

Marquette | 6-3 | 180 | Sr. | Defensive Back
63 tackles 63
Interceptions 1
Fumble recoveries 2

Tyler Raciot

Bark River-Harris | 6-2 | 170 | Sr. | Defensive Back
5 interceptions

Special Teams

Diego Przeslakowski

Kingsford | 5-10 | 165 | Jr. | Kicker
Extra points 9-11
Field goals 2-4

Nathan Thomson

West Iron County | 6-2 | 180 | Sr. | Punter
Yards per punt 36

Desmond Mullen

Marquette | 5-8 | 160 | Jr. | Return Specialist

2020 All-UP 11-Player First Team

Offense

Offensive Line

Harrison

Hogenmiller | 6-1 | 245 | Sr. | Center

Jack Borree

Houghton | 6-3 | 285 | Sr. | Tackle

Dominique Ortega

Bark River-Harris | 6-0 | 300 | Jr. | Tackle

Elliott Johnson

Kingsford | 6-0 | 200 | Sr. | Guard

Peter Noblet

Gladstone | 6-0 | 225 | Sr. | Guard
Offensive Backfield

Jakob Davie

Sault Ste. Marie | 5-8 | 165 | Jr. | Quarterback
Passing Yards 563
Rushing Yards 221
Total TDs 9

Kris Pearce

Sault Ste. Marie | 6-0 | 225 | Sr. | Running Back
Rushing Yards 832
Total TDs 12
2-point conversions 10

Aidan Bellisle

Menominee | 6-0 | 170 | Jr. | Running Back
Passing Yards 414
Rushing Yards 278
Total TDs 7

Brady Wright

Marquette | 6-0 | 190 | Sr. | Running Back
Rushing Yards 562
TDs 5
Receiving Yards 176
Offensive Ends

Bryant Maki

Escanaba | 6-3 | 185 | Sr. | Wide Receiver
2019 All-UP Dream Team

Cam Ballard

Gladstone | 6-0 | 180 | Sr. | Wide Receiver
Catches 20
TDs 5

Defense

Defensive Line

Lenny Bjorn

Calumet | 6-0 | 220 | Sr. | Defensive Tackle
Leader of Calumet defensive line

Reid Hill

Gwinn | 6-1 | 245 | Sr. | Defensive Tackle
Tackles 21
Sacks 1
Fumble Recoveries 1

Cooper Conway

Menominee | 6-4 | 255 | Jr. | Defensive Tackle
All-GNC

Riley Lamb

Escanaba | Sr. | Defensive End
All-GNC

Jon Carrion

Iron Mountain | 6-0 | 175 | Sr. | Defensive End
Tackles 20
Sacks 1
Fumble recoveries 1
Linebackers

Ryan Polley

Gladstone | 5-8 | 150 | Sr. | Linebacker
Tackles 56
Tackles for loss 7

Carter Kreski

Kingsford | 5-10 | 200 | Sr. | Linebacker
Tackles 37
Fumble recoveries 3

Bryce Pietrantonio

Iron Mountain | 6-2 | 205 | Sr. | Linebacker
Tackles 26
Interceptions 2
Defensive Backs

Tyler Lawson

Escanaba | 5-8 | 155 | Sr. | Defensive Back
2019 All-UP Dream Team

Nathan Erva

Houghton | 5-8 | 165 | Sr. | Defensive Back
Tackles 32
Interceptions 1

John Robinson

Saul Ste. Marie | 5-10 | 170 | Jr. | Defensive Back
Tackles 43
Interceptions 3

Special Teams

Cooper Conway

Menominee | 6-4 | 255 | Jr. | Kicker
Extra Points 11-15

Connor Johnson

Marquette | 5-9 | 150 | Sr. | Punter

Kaeden Calcari

Menominee | 5-10 | 170 | Jr. | Return Specialist
Punt Return TDs 1
All-GNC

Honorable Mention

John Burke, Sault Ste. Marie, 6-3, 265, Soph.; Jaakob Fyle, Gogebic, 6-3, 280, Sr.; Cameron Ghringhelli, Gwinn; Chris Ricker, Marquette, Jr.; Riggens Stenberg, Bark River-Harris; Alex Kissel, L’Anse, 6-2, 160, Sr.; Joe Romero-Haire, Menominee, 5-10, Sr.; Paul Sturos, Calumet, 5-10, 160, Jr.; Trevor Lippens, Bark River-Harris, 6-0, 195, Jr.; Lucas Nelson, Negaunee, 6-0, 200, Sr.; Hunter Potier, Gladstone, 6-2, 225, Jr.; Callen Campbell, Sault Ste. Marie, 6-3, 220, Fr.; Steele Jondreau, L’Anse, 5-11, 160, Sr.; Dylon Lippens, Bark River-Harris, 6-0, 270, Sr.; Dean Loukus, Calumet, 5-11, 180, Sr.; Eli Luokkala, Negaunee, 6-5, 220, Sr.; Collin Arnt, Escanaba; Nolan LaVarnway, Kingsford, 6-0, 170, Sr.; Jon Spegel, Menominee, 6-3, 225, Sr.; Chase Carlson, Norway, 6-1, 185, Jr.; Ted Halonen, Houghton, 6-0, 180, Sr.; Gage Larson, West Iron County, 5-6, 185, Sr.; Carl Peterson, Gwinn; Ryan Randall, Escanaba; Trevor Shepeck, Menominee; Carter Zawacki, Bark River-Harris, 6-0, 195, Sr.; Ben Rumpf, Kingsford, Sr.; Joey Dumais, Iron Mountain, 6-2, 160, Sr.

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