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POY winners headline Ann Arbor-area football players named to AP Division 3-4 all-state team

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ANN ARBOR – Michigan isn’t short on talented high school football players and the Ann Arbor area has its share of standout athletes.

The Division 3-4 all-state team was released Thursday evening and eight players from the Ann Arbor area earned recognition.

Two players earned first-team honors, two were named second team and four players received honorable mention recognition.

The all-state quad was voted on by a panel of 11 media members from across the state. See which players from the area earned honors below.

FIRST-TEAM ALL-STATE

Joe Taylor poses during football practice at Chelsea High School on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

Joe Taylor, Chelsea, Sr.

Position: Receiver

Taylor had one of the best seasons for any receiver in the state, regardless of division. The senior athlete was named the Ann Arbor-area Offensive Player of the Year after hauling in 37 receptions for 764 yards (20.4 per catch) and an area-leading 13 touchdowns.

He also earned all-state honors from the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association and was named all-conference and all-region. Taylor was also a second-team all-state selection last year as a defensive back.

Dylan Beck, Milan

Dylan Beck of Milan (Courtesy Photo from Milan Football)

Dylan Beck, Milan, Sr.

Position: Lineman

The senior lineman was a dominant player for an 8-1 Milan football team. He was named the Ann Arbor-area Defensive Player of the Year after leading the area in tackles with 90. He also had 15 tackles for loss and was named all-conference, all-region and all-state by the MHSFCA.

SECOND-TEAM ALL-STATE

(Nominees receiving two or more votes from the voting panel)

Chelsea vs. Brother Rice district final football

Teammates congratulate Chelsea’s Trenton Hill (20) on a touchdown during Chelsea’s district final game against Brother Rice at Chelsea High School on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.Jacob Hamilton/MLive.com

Trent Hill, Chelsea, Jr.

Position: Running back

It didn’t take long for Hill to establish himself as one of the best running backs in the area and in the state. The junior played in seven games and led the Bulldogs in rushing with 736 yards and was second in the area in touchdowns with 13. He was first-team all-conference and all-region.

Milan vs. Carleton Airport football

Milan’s Cole McElvany (11) passes during Milan’s game against Carleton Airport at Milan High School on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020.

Cole McElvany, Jr.

Position: Specialist

McElvany was one of the area’s most versatile players and did it all for the Big Reds this season.

In his first season as the starting quarterback, McElvany completed 56 passes for 792 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 713 yards and an area-leading 14 more scores. On defense, he was second in tackles with 66, with five for loss and an interception.

HONORABLE MENTION

Chelsea vs. Brother Rice district final football

Chelsea’s Griffen Murphy (7) passes during Chelsea’s district final game against Brother Rice at Chelsea High School on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.Jacob Hamilton/MLive.com

Griffen Murphy, Chelsea, Sr.

Position: Quarterback

The senior signal caller completed 78-of-118 passes for 1,236 yards and 16 touchdowns to three interceptions. He also rushed for 247 yards and two touchdowns on 56 carries.

Chelsea vs. Dexter football season opener

Chelsea’s Ryan Bareis (71) walks onto the field during Chelsea’s season opener against Dexter at Chelsea High School on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.

Ryan Bareis, Chelsea, Sr.

Position: Lineman

Bareis was the anchor for Chelsea’s offensive line that produced 37.4 points per game and more than 3,000 yards of total offense.

Chelsea vs. Brother Rice district final football

Chelsea’s Corbin Steele (44) sits on the sideline during Chelsea’s district final game against Brother Rice at Chelsea High School on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.Jacob Hamilton/MLive.com

Corbin Steele, Chelsea, Sr.

Position: Linebacker

Steele led Chelsea with 61 tackles and had 1.5 sacks, three pass breakups and a forced fumble. He was the leader of the Bulldogs defense that only allowed 13 points per game.

Chelsea vs. Brother Rice district final football

Chelsea’s Carson Gray (2) prepares to tackle Brother Rice’s Jake Coulter (14) during Chelsea’s district final game against Brother Rice at Chelsea High School on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.Jacob Hamilton/MLive.com

Carson Gray, Chelsea, Jr.

Position: Defensive back

Gray was one of the area’s top defensive backs and recorded 47 tackles, including 7.5 tackles for loss. He also had three pass breakups, one sack, one forced fumble and returned an interception for a touchdown.

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