The Perry football team was well-represented on the Class 3A All-District 1 teams in recent voting by the seven D1 head coaches.
Juniors Will Whiton and Chase Carrick were named to the First Team Offense, with seniors Michael Lansing and Seth Stetzel earning First Team Defense honors. Senior Ben Daniels was the First Team punter and was on the Second Team offense, with junior Nic Wilhelmi named to the Second Team Defense while juniors Jorge Soto and Blake Jans collected honorable mention plaudits.
Whiton was selected as the one At Large position on offense. A scoring threat every time he touched the ball, the elusive speedster finished with 2,022 yards of total offense. He was 58-122-4 passing for 1,018 yards and 11 touchdowns, ran 144 times for 888 yards and seven TDs and caught eight passes for 116 yards and two TDs.
Carrick was chosen for the offensive line, where he helped Perry pass for 1,224 yards and 13 TDs and rush 285 times for 1,608 yards and 14 scores. Perry increased their passing yards by 561 and rushing yards by 276 from 2012, with an increase of six aerial and two ground TDs from 2012. The increased effectiveness was a testament, in large part, to strong play up front, where Carrick was an anchor.
Lansing had 115 tackles, second-best in the district at the end of the regular season. He ends his prep career with 206 stops for the Bluejays.
Stetzel had 63 tackles and caused several fumbles and recovered one fumble. He tallied had 185 career tackles.
Daniels earned the top punting spot after accounting for 1,316 yards on 36 punts, an average of 36.6 yards per attempt. He had a long of 58 yards and regularly forced a fair catch. Opponents gained only 73 total return yards on the season, giving Daniels an impressive net yardage of 34.6 per punt.
Daniels was also tabbed at wide receiver for the second unit despite the third most catches (35) and second most yards (788) while tying for most receiving TDs with eight. His 22.5 yards per catch average was easily the best in the district and was, by a wide margin, the best in 3A for those with 25 or more grabs. during the first nine games.
Wilhelmi was tabbed the second squad as a defensive back. He was second on the team and third in the district with 109 tackles.
Soto was chosen for the offensive line on the honorable mention list, which also included Jans at linebacker. The latter’s 72 tackles were third-best for Perry and his five fumble recoveries were tied for the state lead in 3A at the start of postseason play.
Perry finished the season 4-5 overall and was 2-4 in district play.