Tri-State Football

Friday, December 23, 2011

All-TSF: Tight Ends

By Greg Shoemaker | Featured Analyst

Kings Nick Bird pulled in 38 passes and six touchdowns to go along 488 receiving yards.

The list of nominees at tight end for the 2011 Postseason All-TSF Team is not long, but the players on it have many similarities. This is a group that is polished as blockers in the run game and comforting as big targets for their quarterbacks in the red zone.

It is no accident that every team represented by the studs on this list had a winning record. When you can move the ball like these squads behind and with these mountains of men, success is sure to follow.

Here is a look at the tight end nominees for the 2011 Postseason Team:

Nick Bird, Kings, 6-4, 210 – The big target caught a team-high 38 passes for 488 yards and six touchdowns on his way to First Team All-FAVC Cardinal honors. Bird finishes his career with 77 receptions for 879 yards and nine touchdown catches.

Zach Boden, Mason, 6-2, 190 – No one expected Boden to have such a tremendous season in his first year as a starter at tight end. The Comets’ senior hauled in 18 receptions for 263 yards and four touchdowns which earned him First-Team All-GMC accolades.

Dane Everett, Beechwood, 6-5, 190 – In a Beechwood offense predicated on running the football, Everett has found a way to make the most of his looks. The senior caught eight balls for 210 yards (26.3 avg.) and three touchdowns. Everett caught 15 passes, seven went for scores while he averaging a whopping 29.1 per reception over the past two seasons.

Jordan Feeser, Piqua, 6-5, 250 – Feeser was a main cog in the Piqua offensive blocking scheme for their potent rushing attack. The senior was member of the First-Team All-GWOC North squad in 2011 after a seven-reception, 102-yard, and two-touchdown campaign. For his career the Indians’ big man hauled in 16 balls for 282 yards and three scores.


Kelvin Gassion, Fairborn, 6-1, 175 – Gassion was deemed as the top tight end in the GWOC after pulling in 14 receptions for 298 yards (21.3 avg) and three touchdowns during his senior season.

Ian McGurn, Highlands, 5-9, 185 – The smallest member of our nominees, McGurn found a way to make himself available often in the Highlands’ potent offensive attack. The senior caught 21 passes for 486 yards (23.1 avg.) and six touchdowns for the Class 4A state champs.

Ben Scherer, Colerain, 6-6, 245 – A punishing blocker, Scherrer also made the most of his opportunities to catch the football hauling in seven receptions for 162 yards (23.1/catch) and four touchdowns this fall. His efforts earned him Division I, Second-Team All-Southwest District honors.

John Tanner, Moeller, 6-4, 245 – The talented Tanner graded out high whether it was blocking or receiving for Moeller. The Crusaders’ senior had 13 receptions for 166 yards and two touchdowns, which merited him First-Team All-GCL South and Division I Honorable Mention All-Southwest District honors this fall. He has verbally committed to Ohio University.

Anthony Young, Williamsburg, 6-0, 225 Sr. – Young was one of the most prolific receiving tight ends in the Tri-State over the past two seasons. He had 20 receptions for 492 yards (24.6 avg.) with eight touchdowns as he earned Division V, Special Mention All-Ohio honors. Young caught 41 balls for 872 yards and 12 touchdowns in the past two years. As a linebacker on the Wildcats’ defense he was a disruptive force with 10.0 sacks, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and an interception return for a touchdown.

ALSO CONSIDERED: Reed Kaiser (Anderson), Troy Mangen (Northmont), Mason Morgan (Sycamore), Jordan Rigg (Springboro), Brandon Thompson (Northwest)

Greg is a co-founder of TSF and is now entering his ninth season as a Featured Analyst for the website. The Xavier University grad also serves as the Content Manager for the website and is widely considered one of the top high school football experts in the region. If you are interested in covering your team, please CONTACT US.