ESCANABA - The North Central Jets secured the first home playoff birth in school history this season and their accomplishment didn't go unnoticed at the 64th Annual Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Football Meeting.
Senior Eric Prestay was named to the all-class Dream Team as both a punter and a linebacker after helping lead the Jets to a 7-2 season.
Prestay, who was also named Small School Defensive Player of the Year, finished the 2013 regular season with 110 tackles, nine of which were for a loss. The 6-foot-2, 220 pound Prestay also recorded two sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and had two passes defensed.
North Central head coach Kevin Bellefeuil had high praise for his senior, who anchored a defense that only allowed 124 points on the season including holding one team scoreless and two others in single digits.
"Eric was the heart and soul of our defense," Bellefeuil said.
Prestay, often helped his own cause on defense as he averaged 41.2 yards per punt, helping to pin opposing offenses in their own territory.
'He changed the field position many times with his punting. He's a very solid guy," Bellefeuil said.
Escanaba (3-5) played one of the toughest schedules in the state, but the Eskymos were still able to put up some big numbers on both sides of the ball.
Tight-end Cameron Beversluis was selected to the Dream Team as one of the two ends after putting up a record setting season.
The 6-foot, 175 pound senior hauled in 32 catches for 715 yards. He also rushed for 320 yards on 38 carries, finishing the season with 11 touchdowns.
Beversluis was the key target for Eskymo senior quarterback Travis Heller, as he recorded a school record 13 catches in one game against Cheboygan.
Beversluis was a two way threat for the Eskymos as he also racked up 37 tackles, four of which were for losses. The senior defensive back also intercepted three passes and recorded 18 passes defensed. Beversluis was named to the All-GNC team as both a defensive-back and wide receiver. Ishpeming's Mitch Lauren joins Beversluis as the other end on the Dream Team.
On the defensive side of the ball, Escanaba's Bailey Lamb was selected to the Dream Team as a defensive end. The 6-foot-1, 215 pound Lamb wrecked havoc on opposing offenses all season, as he finished with 27 tackles, 14 of them for a loss, two sacks, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Lamb was also invaluable as the anchor of Escanaba's offensive line at guard. He was named All-GNC Lineman of the Year for his efforts. Joining Lamb at defensive end on the Dream Team is Andrew Peterson of West Iron County.
Other notable Dream Team selections include; Negaunee running back Tyler LaJoie who was a co-Player of the Year selection in the Mid-Peninsula Conference along with Alex Briones of Ishpeming. Sault Ste. Marie running back Ray'nell Anderson rushed for 1,352 yards on 121 carries during the season for an astounding 11.2 yards per carry average. He had 17 touchdowns.
Ishpeming defensive tackle Adam Prisk plays with an artificial leg, though that certainly wasn't a hinderence for the 5-11, 180 pound senior. Prisk came up with 10 tackles for a loss, and during the season blocked a punt and recovered a fumble, returning both for touchdowns. He was named an All-Mid-Peninsula Conference defeneive lineman for his efforts.
Defensive back Gage Kreski of St. Ignace swiped an amazing 10 interceptions this season, returning one for a touchdown, in addition to his 62 tackles.