PLYMOUTH – With state champions named in the state of Indiana, football coaches have turned their attention to honoring the most outstanding performers in the sport for the past year.
The Indiana Football Coaches Association released their all-state selections for each class and Plymouth’s Jake Reichard was named to the first team on offense, Culver Academy’s Jaxon Mull grabbed a spot as a defensive back on the 2020 team.
“It feels awesome,” said Reichard of the honor. “Last year I was honorable mention and so it was nice to actually make it this year.”
“I’m grateful for only playing eight games and getting it,” he said. “It’s a great accomplishment and I’m happy to have it.”
“I can’t even put into words right now what this feels like right now,” said Mull. “I know a lot of kids that would dream for an opportunity just to play on a high school football team and I was lucky enough to be selected as a member of the all-state team.”
A big part of the Eagle offense as well as the defense, Mull just considers himself a football player.
“I don’t have a favorite side of the ball,” he said. “I just like to get out on the field wherever I can. I love the game and I love to help out wherever I can. Whether it’s offense, defense, or special teams.”
Reichard capped an outstanding career at Plymouth as a wide receiver, defensive back, and quarterback with over 1000 yards rushing and six games out of eight over 100 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns.
In his junior year, he hauled in 55 catches for 789 yards and 11 touchdowns.
He helped his Rockies team to an upset round one victory over a favored New Prairie team, falling to Mull’s CMA Eagles in the semi-final.
“I would have loved to win that sectional championship, it would have made all this better,” said Reichard. “I would have rather won the sectional but I’ll take what they give me.”
“Experiencing the bond and that brotherhood you get from playing football is something that I couldn’t give up,” said Reichard of his college plans. “I decided to focus on football and the future for me. This is what I really want to do.”
Mull credits that team bond with his success.
“I couldn’t have done this without my teammates,” he said. “I know that’s cliche. Everybody says that, but it’s honestly true. They push me every day in practice and I feel I wouldn’t have come this far without them.”
“I’ve been a part of other sports teams – basketball and track – over the years,” he said. “There is something really special about the football brotherhood that’s unlike any other.”
COVID-19 shortened the 2020 season and has also played havoc with the recruiting process for the class of 2021. Mull remains undecided about what his college future will be.
“Right now my top three choices would be Hanover, Valparaiso, or Indiana University as a walk-on,” he said.
It’s also left Reichard weighing his options.
“Right now I have three official offers but nothing serious since we are in the dead period before the start of the year,” said Reichard. “With the (college) seniors getting an extra year of eligibility it’s been kind of tough to get an offer for all of us in this recruiting class. It’s been a little bit of a struggle for me because I came up so late.”
“I’m grateful for what I have. I just keep working out and sending out film and staying in contact.”
IFCA Class 4A All State
OL Daniel Marley Western 12 6-8 330
OL Cameron Ford Greenwood 12 6-4 265
OL Jaelin Alstott-VanDeVanter Mooresville 12 6-6 280
OL Braydon Erb Western 12 6-2 285
OL Collin Campbell Greenwood 12 6-0 245
OL Beau Stankovich NorthWood 12 6-2 244
OL Jarred Williams Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 12 6-0 260
OL Tyson Lee South Bend Riley 12 6-3 245
TE Ilias Gordon Northview 12 6-1 220
TE Nathan Griffin East Central 12 6-2 210
WR Lane Woodson New Haven 12 6-1 185
WR Jakob Reichard Plymouth 12 6-3 200
WR TJ Bedwell Columbia City 12 6-1 195
WR JC Reese Lebanon 12 6-2 175
QB Brady Hunt Delta 12 6-5 215
QB Colton Pence Evansville Reitz Memorial 12 6-2 185
RB Brekon Greene Mooresville 12 5-7 165
RB Tyler Cox Martinsville 12 5-10 165
RB Khlid Stamps Marion 12 5-5 175
RB Jerry Padgett Western 12 5-9 185
K Carson McCauley Leo 12 5-10 185
DL Riley Woodin Delta 12 6-1 240
DL Thomas O’Connor Mooresville 12 6-2 220
DL Javonte Madison Evansville Central 12 5-10 250
DL Carter Bach Northridge 12 6-3 235
DL Peter Jhon Charles Logansport 12 5-10 195
DL Dalton Hatfield South Dearborn 12 6-4 235
LB Cam Smith Hobart 12 5-10 190
LB Jacob Boberg Evansville Central 12 5-11 200
LB Sean Sinovic Indianapolis Roncalli 12 6-1 195
LB Kyler Newcom Lowell 12 5-10 185
LB Luke Bays Pendleton Heights 12 6-0 195
LB Kole Viel East Central 12 6-2 220
DB Reec Ison Lowell 12 5-11 172
DB Tory Evans Evansville Central 12 5-7 150
DB Tyvon Colemonn Marion 12 5-10 165
DB Breckin Judd Northridge 12 5-11 175
DB Dane Stevenson Mooresville 12 6-0 165
DB Jaxon Mull Culver Academies 12 5-11 175
PTR Cole Schupbach East Noble 12 6-0 200