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Shane Picked for the 
Post-Star 2009 High School All-Star Football 
"Team of the Decade
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2009 Post-Star Football All-Stars by Pete Tobey

It’s hard to believe, but the first decade of the millenium is almost in the books — one more day left in the… what do we call this decade? The OO’s? The Oughts? The Naughts? The Single Digits?

Whatever we call it, the years from 2000 through 2009 constitute a very interesting decade indeed, and a pretty exciting one for high school football fans in the Glens Falls area. Every team in The Post-Star’s coverage area had something – often a few things – to be proud of in the last 10 football seasons.

Now I’m going to do something special to celebrate the end of this decade — a look back at the top teams and events, and since I have been here in Glens Falls for nine of those 10 seasons, my very own Post-Star All-Decade Football Team.

Only players who were Post-Star first-team all-stars in the last 10 seasons are eligible for this Team of the Decade, so it truly is a team of the best.

The Post-Star Football Team of the Decade:

Coach of the Decade:

Doug Luke, Cambridge: In the 10-season span from 2000-09, all Luke did was coach the Indians to a 92-18 record and led them to three trips to the Carrier Dome — they were state runners-up in 2001, ‘03 and ‘05. Cambridge won five Section II titles (Class C in 2001, ‘02 and ‘07, Class D in 2003 and ‘05) and reached the sectional finals in 2000 and 2004. This doesn’t even count Cambridge’s state Class D championship in 1999 and Section II finals berth in 1998, both also under Luke, who has an overall career record of 111-21 at Cambridge.

OFFENSE

Quarterback

Zack Luke, Cambridge: From 2001-04, there were few quarterbacks in Section II as accomplished as Zack Luke. A pure pocket passer with remarkable accuracy and field vision, Zack Luke (nephew of coach Doug Luke) finished his four-year varsity career with 7,290 yards, the second-most yards in state history, and passed for a whopping 80 touchdowns. The two-time Post-Star Player of the Year (in 2003 and co-POY in ‘04) helped the Indians reach the state finals twice (Class C in 2001, Class D in 2003), win three straight Section II titles and achieve a 43-5 overall record in a four-year span.

Honorable mention QBs — Ryan Carpenter, Fort Edward (3,566 passing yards and 34 TD passes in 2005-06 seasons); Denny Wilhelm, Glens Falls (2005-06); Spencer Luke, Cambridge (2005-06); Rory Pedrick, Saratoga Springs (2003); Kyle Lauver, Cambridge (1999-2000); Chris Cameron, Warrensburg (2001-04); Mike Schreiner, Greenwich (2005-06).

Running Backs

Joe McMurry, Hudson Falls: From 2006-08, the amazingly durable Joe McMurry was the Tigers’ featured back and finished his career as one of the best rushers in Section II history. The swift and elusive McMurry finished No. 3 on the Section II all-time rushing list with 5,194 yards and scored 424 points in his career (fifth most all-time). As a senior in 2008, McMurry rushed for 2,563 yards — second-most in Section II history — on 350 carries, and scored 34 touchdowns as he led the Tigers to a Section II Class B title and a berth in the state semifinals. He also had a 435-yard game — second-most in Section II history — in a playoff win over Albany Academy in 2007.

Will Groff, Queensbury: The most punishing back of the decade had to be Will Groff, a 5-foot-10, 165-pounder who was built like a brick — with speed. As a senior in 2002, Groff had the best season ever for any Spartan back, rushing for 1,513 yards and 21 touchdowns. He was named The Post-Star Player of the Year in 2002 — and was also the paper’s Baseball Player of the Year in both 2002 and ‘03.

Phil Jarvis, Schuylerville: Combining slashing moves with speed and benefitting from a great O-line, Jarvis was the engine that made the Black Horses go in 2004, as he rushed for 1,607 yards and scored 15 touchdowns. He helped Schuylerville go 11-1, win the Section II Class C title and reach the state semifinals — and earned Post-Star Co-Player of the Year honors with Cambridge QB Zack Luke. Jarvis finished his 2002-04 varsity career with 2,896 yards (including 1,141 and 19 TDs in 2003) and scored 39 total touchdowns.

Honorable mention running backs — Dan Smith, Fort Edward (1999-2001); Tom Gipson, Lake George (1999-01); Brandon Seeley, Cambridge (2001-02); Lucas Maciariello, Schuylerville (2000-02); Bob West, Warrensburg (2003-04); Sam Luke, Cambridge (2005-06); Tom Jackson, Granville (2005-06); Zac Kozersky, Schuylerville (2006); Dan Morrison, Glens Falls (2007-08); Tyler Carpenter, Fort Edward (2006-08); Paul O’Brien, Whitehall (2005-06); Cole Rocque, Whitehall (2006-07); Leejay Pollacchi, Saratoga Springs (2007-08); Caleb Meroski, Lake George (2007-09); Tony DeLoatch, Saratoga Springs (2008-09).

Receivers

Jimmer Fredette, Glens Falls: The current BYU basketball sensation played one full season of varsity football at Glens Falls — as a junior in 2005 – but it was enough to earn Fredette Post-Star Player of the Year honors. A tremendous athlete with deceptive speed, the 6-foot-2 Fredette doubled as a wide receiver and kick returner for the Indians, catching a whopping 43 passes for 910 yards and scoring 15 total touchdowns, some on kick returns. He was an outstanding linebacker, as well.

Matt Thibodeau, Fort Edward: One of the most productive receivers in the area, Thibodeau was an outstanding weapon for the Flying Forts from 2005-07, catching 78 passes for 2,044 yards and scoring 29 total TDs, allowing QBs Ryan Carpenter and Damian Tyler to rack up a lot of yards. Thibodeau was a star in the secondary at cornerback, too.

Justin Alexander, Cambridge: Catching passes from Zack Luke for two seasons (2001-02), Alexander proved to be one of the best in a long line of great Cambridge receivers. Alexander finished with 59 receptions for 1,163 yards and scored 14 TDs in two seasons.

HM receivers — Dean Spitzer, Lake George (1999-2001); Chris Doody, Hudson Falls (2003-04); Tyler Herrington, Cambridge (2004-05); Alec Conover, Glens Falls (2005-06); Cameron Herrington, Cambridge (2006-07); Jesse Lybert, Cambridge (2008-09); Ryan McFee, Greenwich (2009).

Tight ends

Blake Thomas, Schuylerville: Not a commonly used position in the area, so there have been fewer standout tight ends over the years. However, the Black Horses had one of the area’s best in 2004-05. The rangy, athletic Thomas helped the Black Horses win back-to-back Section II Class C titles and go 21-3 in that span with two trips to the state semifinals.

HM tight ends — Ben Stanton, Hudson Falls (2001-02); Nick Mylott, Fort Edward (2002-04); Casey Strader, Queensbury (2004-05); Isaiah Thomas, Hudson Falls (2007-08).

All-purpose players

Jordon Charbonneau, Corinth: Starting out as a receiver and kick returner in 2007 and ‘08, Charbonneau emerged as a senior in 2009 as an all-around threat for the Tomahawks as their quarterback in the wildcat formation. He turned in one of the best single rushing seasons in area history, scampering for 1,813 yards and scoring 22 total touchdowns in leading Corinth to a 6-3 season. Also an outstanding cornerback on defense, Charbonneau was the 2009 Post-Star Player of the Year.

Zach Coffinger, South Glens Falls: Much like Charbonneau two years later, Coffinger shouldered the bulk of the Bulldogs’ offense in 2007, racking up 1,529 yards total offense as a quarterback and kick returner and scoring 15 touchdowns. Also a standout defensive back, Coffinger was The Post-Star’s Player of the Year in 2007.

Damian Tyler, Fort Edward: A four-year standout for the Flying Forts (2004-07), Tyler first made a splash as a receiver and kick returner, then played quarterback as a senior, helping the Forts to their second straight Class D sectional title in 2007. In his career, he caught 81 passes for 1,520 yards and scored a total of 46 touchdowns.

HM all-purpose: Jeff Caprood, Fort Edward (1999-2000); Brian Harrington, Cambridge (2000-02); Dylan Lynn, Greenwich (2002-03); Mike DeGregory, Schuylerville (2005-06).

Offensive linemen

Justin Tougas, Glens Falls — The 6-foot-8, 275-pound Tougas was one of the area’s most dominant linemen in 2001-03, helping to pave the way for the Indians’ power-running attack of Patrick O’Brien and Dan Girard, as Glens Falls went 26-4 in that span. Tougas was also a state champ and state runner-up in wrestling.

Zack Middleton, Hudson Falls — A three-year starter for the Tigers from 2000-02, the 6-foot-2, 280-pound Middleton helped lead the Tigers to a Section II Class B title in 2000 and reach the sectional final in 2002.

Zack Wilbur, Cambridge — Part of the Indians’ dominant offense from 2001-03, the 285-pound guard helped pave the road for the Indians to reach the Carrier Dome twice in his career, and rack up a 34-4 record in that span.

Adhem Elsawi, Saratoga Springs — A dominant starter on the Blue Streaks’ offensive line from 2006-08, the 6-foot-6, 315-pound Elsawi went on to play Division I football at Campbell University in North Carolina.

O.C. West, Salem — Salem started off the decade with an outstanding run, including a Section II Class D title and state semifinal berth in 2002. West, a two-way standout for the Generals, was a key player in 2001-02, helping Salem go 19-2 over those two seasons.

Honorable Mention OL — Adam Thorpe and Zach Beadle, Queensbury (1998-2000); Kevin Hall, Glens Falls (2001-02); Adam McInerney, Schuylerville (2001-03); Rich Canale, Glens Falls (2002-03); Jake Mender, Glens Falls (2002-04); Kevin Heinzelman, Hudson Falls (2002-04); Jon Barnum, Schuylerville (2003-04); Jeff Duxbury, Greenwich (2003-05); Ryan Sand, Saratoga Springs (2005-06); Ryan Woodward, Hudson Falls (2005-06); Sean Patrick, Schuylerville (2006-07); Tim Hammond, Hudson Falls (2007-08); Greg Peterson, Schuylerville (2007-08); Ben Barbur, Greenwich (2007-09).

DEFENSE

Defensive linemen

Shane Larkin, Schuylerville — A dominant defensive end for the Black Horses from 2006-08, Larkin changed many a game plan for Schuylerville opponents. A vicious hitter and relentless pass rusher, Larkin was also an outstanding fullback on offense.

Adam Burr, Cambridge — A standout two-way lineman for the Indians from 1999-2001, the athletic and talented Burr could have excelled at tight end and linebacker for a larger school. Instead, he dominated on both offensive and defensive lines and helped Cambridge make two trips to the Carrier Dome in his career (in ‘99 and ‘01). Burr was The Post-Star Player of the Year in 2001, and is now the Indians’ defensive coordinator.

Corey McCormack, Queensbury — An outstanding defensive lineman for the Spartans in 2000-02, McCormack was also a rugged fullback. He was a key component of one of Queensbury’s more punishing defensive units, as the Spartans went 20-7 in his three-year career.

Dan Randall, Salem — The athletic, 240-pound Randall was a force on the Generals’ offensive line from 2003-05, helping them reach the Section II Class D finals twice in that span. He was a three-time Post-Star All-Star first-teamer.

Honorable Mention DL — Will Carpenter, Queensbury (2001-02); Elisha Flint, Hudson Falls (2000-02); Alex Procter, Schuylerville (2003-04); Dan Randall, Salem (2003-05); Jesse Clark, Ticonderoga (2006-08); Jedd Mason, Whitehall (2005-07).

Linebackers

Brian Howard, Hudson Falls — One of the hardest-hitting middle linebackers in the area when he played for the Tigers from 2001-03, Howard was also a big, strong tailback for Hudson Falls.

Dominic Marino, Queensbury — An imposing athlete at 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, Marino was a dominant linebacker and fullback for the Spartans from 2005-07.

Casey Shea, Salem — Shea helped spearhead the Generals’ rock-solid defense in 2001-03, helping Salem to a 26-5 record over that three-year span, which included three straight Section II Class D final appearances and one title. Shea also stood out as a running back.

Patrick O’Brien, Glens Falls — The quiet, unassuming O’Brien was everywhere the ball was for the Indians in 2001-02, leading a stifling defense that helped the Indians go 17-3 in his two varsity seasons. He was also an outstanding running back for Glens Falls, and went on to a fine college career at the University of Rochester.

Jake Nelson, Lake George — Nelson was one of the area’s best all-around players during his 2006-08 varsity career. The strapping 220-pounder was a punishing defender and equally bruising fullback for the Warriors, whom he helped go undefeated at 9-0 in his senior season of 2008.

Other linebackers — Scott Cronin and Bryan Steele, Hudson Falls (1998-2000); Tim Lutgens, Greenwich (1998-2000); Kevin Richards, Glens Falls (2000-01); James Edge, Salem (2001-02); Dan Ehntholt, Granville (2001-02); Josh Matatt, Cambridge (2001-03); Rich Duff, Saratoga Springs (2002-04); Vince Monks, Greenwich (2004-05); James Lenhart, Ticonderoga (2004-06); A.J. Armstrong, Corinth (2005-07); Duke Ekblom, Schuylerville (2006-08); Korey White, Hudson Falls (2008-09).

Defensive backs

Tony Yushak, Salem: A star from 2000-02, Yushak the QB led the Generals to a Section II Class D championship as a senior, but also he made a huge impact in the Salem secondary. An outstanding all-around athlete with speed, Yushak was the Generals’ No. 1 playmaker on both sides of the ball.

Austin Bateman, Schuylerville: Like Hudson Falls’ Brian Howard and Salem’s Dan Randall, Bateman was a three-time Post-Star first-team all-star (2007-09). A four-year starter at both cornerback and quarterback for the Black Horses from 2006-09, Bateman excelled on defense as a shutdown corner and safety, and on offense as a scrambling option quarterback.

Rob Bolen, Lake George: Bolen, who starred for Lake George from 1998-2000, may belong to the ’90s more than this decade. However, the lightning-fast Bolen was a two-way standout for the Warriors as a senior in 2000, as a defensive back, quarterback and tailback.

Matt Ali, Hudson Falls: The Tigers have had quite a few outstanding defenders over the years, but few were as effective in both pass coverage and run stopping as Matt Ali in 2008. He was a key player in the Tigers’ march to a 10-2 season and the state Class B semis.

HM defensive backs — Chad Clark, Cambridge (2000-01); Dan Girard, Glens Falls (2001-02); Jeff Kaier, Queensbury (2002-03); Mike Crimmins, Saratoga Springs (2003-04); Ryan Danaher, Schuylerville (2003-04); Corey Barber, Hudson Falls (2004-05); Jeff Benway, Queensbury (2005-06); C.J. Saunders, Corinth (2006-08); Ethan Bain, Greenwich (2006-07); Ray Pasco, Hudson Falls (2006-07); J.D. DeWaard, Lake George (2006-08); Nick Daley, Saratoga Springs (2007-09, also stood out as a placekicker).