Collins family leads AP All-State Division 5-6 team
Calumet’s Hyrkas named to Second Team; Nelson gets Honorable Mention
Pat Collins fell just short of a state championship as Montague’s starting quarterback in 1992, when the Wildcats lost to Detroit St. Martin de Porres at the Pontiac Silverdome.
Twenty-eight years later, Drew Collins is hoping to be able to one-up his dad, who is now in his 17th season as Montague’s head coach.
Drew Collins, and his father, have earned one accolade along the way.
Montague’s 6-foot-3, 208-pound senior quarterback and team captain has been voted The Associated Press Division 5-6 Player of the Year by a panel of sports writers. Meanwhile, Pat Collins got the nod as AP Coach of the Year.
“The best end result would be a state championship,” Drew Collins said earlier this season. “That would be really special.”
Calumet senior Chet Hyrkas was named a Second Team All-State linebacker. Running back Dryden Nelson received Honorable Mention.
Another hurdle cropped up Tuesday when the Michigan High School Athletic Association announced another pause to the playoffs after they had been given the green light to resume last week.
Montague (9-0), which has been ranked No. 1 in Division 6 all season, will host Montrose (8-1) in the regional finals. The game had been set for Jan. 2, but now it’s unclear when it will happen.
Drew Collins and the Wildcats have been knocking on the door to a state title the past couple seasons.
In 37 career varsity games, Collins has completed 65% of 582 pass attempts for 5,784 yards and 63 touchdowns. He has run for for 1,820 yards, gaining 5.6 per carry, and 38 scores.
Before this postseason was stunted, Collins was 112 of 162 for 1,412 yards with 17 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He has run for 613 yards with 15 touchdowns. Collins also starts at safety/outside linebacker. And, he’s averaging 47.4 yards on his five pooch-style punts with three being downed inside the 20.
Collins recently received offers from Northwood and Michigan Tech. He’s also been in contact with other Division II schools and has offers or opportunities with Division III or NAIA programs.
Montague dominated the All-State squad with linemen Walker Martin and Hayden McDonald as well as kicker Andrew Kooi also earning a spot on the first team.
Player of the Year
Drew Collins, Montague, Sr.
Drew Collins, Montague, Sr.
Bobby Skinner, Montrose, Sr.
Corey Vanderputte, Muskegon Oakridge, Jr.
Owen Graves, Kingsley, Sr.
Brayden Clark, Constantine, So.
David Milliken, Grayling, Jr.
Tanner Herrera, Erie-Mason, Sr.
Finn Hogan, Maple City Glen Lake, Sr.
Zack Horky, Blissfield, Sr.
Jace Williams, Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Sr.
Logan Anthony, Essexville-Garber, Jr.
Walker Martin, Montague, Sr.
Hayden McDonald, Montague, Jr.
Alex VanSumeren, Essexville Garber, Jr.
Brayden Swartout, Essexville Garber, Sr.
Nick Steinacker, Corunna, Sr.
Kyle Main, Frankenmuth, Sr.
Levi Harber, Montrose, Jr.
Mason Shroad, Olivet, Sr.
Bo Poljan, Lansing Catholic, Jr.
Aaron Paulding, Detroit Edison, Sr.
Khole Hofmann, Mason County Central, Sr.
Gavin Fazi, Buchanan, Sr.
Brayden Randolph, Clinton, Sr.
Zea Kartes, Ogemaw Heights, Sr.
Armon Williams, Detroit Denby, Jr.
Tommy Kartes, Muskegon Catholic Central, Sr.
Bobby Hoth, Boyne City, Jr.
Sawyer Stoepker, Lake Odessa Lakewood, Sr.
Nolan Ziegler, Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Jr.
Travis Zdanowski, Grand Rapids West Catholic, Sr.
Alex Watters, Lansing Catholic, Jr.
Andrew Kooi, Montague, Jr.
Ethan Jacobs, Frankenmuth, Sr.
Landen Powers, Manistee, Sr.
Coach of the Year
Pat Collins, Montague
(nominees receiving two or more votes from the voting panel)
Gavin Ganun, Blissfield, Sr.
Joey Silveri, Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Jr.
Tim Kloska, Grand Rapids West Catholic, So.
Zach Person, Kingsford, Jr.
Teddy Cross, Reed City, Sr.
Brayton Ager, Boyne City, Sr.
Cameron Keller, Jonesville, Sr.
Tyler Bowles, Clinton, Sr.
Cameron Roetherford, Warren Michigan Collegiate, Jr.
Cole Weise, Freeland, Sr.
Nick Weaver, Manistee, Sr.
Brody Germain, Millington, Sr.
Ethan Jozsa, Muskegon Oakridge, Jr.
Logan Horn, Hillsdale, Jr.
Chandler Murton, Portland, Sr.
Jon Bouchey, Clare, Sr.
Chet Hyrkas, Calumet, Sr.
Jacob Danicek, Muskegon Oakridge, Sr.
Brady Harrand, Kingsley, Sr.
DJ Voltz, Carrollton, Jr.
Keyon Hammond, Detroit Denby, Sr.
Cameron Roof, Portland, Sr.
Taz Wallace, Adrian Madison
Rob Beaudrie, Erie-Mason
Hunter Ventline, Grayling; Tommy Szcepanski, Essexville Garber; Davin Reif, Frankenmuth; Noah Beaudrie, Erie-Mason; Deion Black, Warren Michigan Collegiate; Bryson Huckeby, Freeland.
Kaydin Hiland, Michigan Center; Nash Hillier, Negaunee; Dryden Nelson, Calumet; Peyton Brooks, Midland Bullock Creek; Brock Woodard, Hillsdale; Jacob Lewis, Ida; Noah Jones, Reed City; Nick Hollern, Grand Rapids Catholic Central; Cole Lindow, Frankenmuth; Garrett Eggleston, Jonesville.
Marquez Bridges, Detroit Denby; Ben Wellnitz, Freeland; Jeremy Pilch, Stockbridge; Dawson John, Clare; Keygan Toliver, Midland Bullock Creek.
Jacob Lloyd, Corunna; Reese Townsend, Portland; Kevin Roberts, Michigan Center; DJ Greenbay, Big Rapids; Joe Lewis, Kingsley; Beau Harringer, Maple City Glen Lake; Javier Johnson, Detroit Denby; Travontae Jones, Detroit Denby; Davion Tucker, Detroit Edison; Preston Toutant, Negaunee; Hunter Spaulding, Durand; Delano Townsend, Flint Hamady, Carl Whipple, Remus Chippewa Hills; Lucas Gillespie, Harrison; Tyler Lewandowski, Harrison; Coleton Brand, Harrison; Nathan Rivard, Midland Bullock Creek; Kyle Kloska, Grand Rapids West Catholic; Brady Redmer, Grand Rapids Catholic Central; Ethan Schmid, Belding; Gunner Stout, Muskegon Catholic Central; Cameron Keller, Jonesville.
Porter Zeeman, Corunna; Gage Chapin, Midland Bullock Creek; Alex Wirgau, Reed City; Alex Christe, Essexville Garber.
Ethan Emerson, Brooklyn Columbia Central; Raejon Lavender, Detroit Edison; Davey Campbell, Clinton; Will Whims, Kingsley; Nolan VanLoo, Freeland; Cole Jankowski, Frankenmuth; Brendyn Callahan, Millington.
Jacob Kundinger, Freeland; Landen Tomaski, Reed City; Al Warner, Clare; Colin Weber, Hopkins; Johnny Rager, Buchanan; Brock Holek, Durand.
Blaise Millar, Essexville Garber; Jonathan Baughey, Clinton; Gabe Mutai, Sanford-Meridian
Jon Popp, Maple City Glen Lake.
John Novara, Portland; Mark Frey, Buchanan; Eric Tunney, Grayling.