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Nine Commodores on All-PLAC in football

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By LARRY GOFFINET
Sports Editor

LEOPOLD—Perry Central senior Austin LeClere was probably the best running back and best punter in the PLAC this year. But for Perry Central Coach Greg Gibson deciding which position to nominate him for on the all-conference football team was easy.
A school can nominate only eight players for the team, except the kicking positions don’t count against the limit. So by nominating LeClere at punter Gibson allowed the Commodores to get nine players on the 32-man team.
Quarterback Lane Lynch, receivers Dacota Schaad and Dillon Hubert, and lineman Kane James made it on offense.
Linemen Nick Coultas and Zach Myler and linebackers Ethan Emmons and Nathan Shaw made it on defense.
Lynch is a sophomore, James, Shaw, Coultas and Myler are juniors, and the other four are seniors.
LeClere made the team for the third year in a row, having made it at punter his sophomore season and at running back last year.  
He averaged 38.4 yards on 25 punts this season.
He also scored 28 touchdowns, just three short of the school record, and rushed for 1,640 yards on 218 carries.
He scored 122 points in conference games, breaking former Perry Central running back Bo Gibson’s conference record.
Lynch also broke a former Perry Central player’s conference record. He completed 77 percent of his passed in conference play, beating the former record of 63 percent set by Mike James.
 Lynch also broke Perry Central’s season record for completion percentage. He completed 73 of 107 for 68.2 percent, breaking the record of 59 percent set by Allen Smith in 1990.
Lynch passed for 1,233 yards with 19 touchdowns and only three interceptions.
Schaad and Hubert caught the vast majority of his passes.
Schaad caught 44 for 695 yards and seven  touchdowns. Hubert, a tight end, caught 14 for 240 yards and five touchdowns.
James’ blocking at left guard helped give Lynch time to throw and LeClere room to run.
Coultas made 87 tackles for the season.
Going into Friday’s sectional championship game Shaw had made 57 tackles, including 30 solos.
Before Friday’s game Myler made 27 tackles this year, including 12 solos and 2.5 sacks. Emmons had led the team in tackles with 84, including 39 solos.
Besides LeClere, repeat selections on the All-PLAC team were Mitchell’s A.J. Abplanalp, Lucas Jakub and Ben Burris, though all three made it at different positions this year.
LeClere was the only one to make the team three times.
All-PLAC team
Offense
Linemen: Kane James, Perry Central; Jordan Cadle and Jimmy Dunn, Paoli; Hunter Davidson, West Washington; A.J. Abplanalp, Mitchell
Receivers: Dacota Schaad and Dillon Hubert, Perry Central; Tanner Wroblewski, Paoli
Running backs: Tanner Kameda, Paoli; Lucas Jakub, Mitchell; Justin Breedlove, Springs Valley; Ben Burris, Mitchell
Quarterback: Lane Lynch, Perry Central
Kicker: Garrett Strange, Paoli
At-large: Logan Bruner, Springs Valley; Jacob Mauck, Crawford County
Defense
Linemen: Nick Coultas and Zach Myler, Perry Central; Tristan England, Paoli; John Brennan and Keegan Hash, West Washington
Linebackers: Ethan Emmons and Nathan Shaw, Perry Central; Dakota Gain-Straight, West Washington; Levi Schwartz, Crawford County
Defensive backs: Evan Jones and Ethan Wells, Paoli; Branson Smith and Tyler Holliday, West Washington
Punter: Austin LeClere, Perry Central
At-large: Brandon Cate, Crawford County; Keegan Ingle, Springs Valley