All-HCAC Football Team Announced

All-HCAC Football Team Announced
RICHMOND, Ind. — The Earlham College football team had nine players receive post-season honors on Wednesday from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Receiver Kyle Ripperger (Richmond, IN, Richmond) and offensive lineman Mike Liby (Muncie, IN, Muncie South) were selected as All-HCAC Second Team, while linebacker Collin Draine (Trotwood, OH, Trotwood-Madison), receiver Bryant Foreman (Mechanicsburg, OH, Northeastern), defensive lineman Josh Lewis (Newburgh, IN, Castle), quarterback/punter James Mees (North Ridgeville, OH, North Ridgeville), defensive lineman John Metcalf (Galveston, IN, Lewis Cass), defensive back Ben Randall (Milford, OH, Milford)and nose guard Chad Wertman (Holland, IN, Southridge) received All-HCAC Honorable Mention.

Ripperger finished fourth in the conference with 43 receptions and 629 receiving yards, while grabbing three touchdown passes and a two-point conversion.

Liby was a mainstain on Earlham's offensive line as a 4-year starter and consistently graded as the top lineman this season.

Draine led Earlham with 74 tackles and 13 of those were behind the line of scrimmage. He finished with 3.5 sacks.

Foreman missed the final two contests of the fall due to injury and finished with 31 catches for 426 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Lewis had 41 tackles for the Quakers with six for a loss.

Mees was honored both as a quarterback and punter. He took over both positions midway through the season, completing 99-of-218 passes for 1,176 yards with two scores. He also ran for 181 yards and a pair of touchdowns. As a punter, he ended the fall with a 35.1 yard average.

Metcalf moved from lineback to the defensive line as the Quakers suffered some injuries and he finished with 54 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and a pair of blocked kicks.

Randall was third on the team with 60 tackles, while leading the squad with 10 pass breakups.

An anchor on Earlham's defensive line during his career, Wertman spent a lot of time injured this fall and finished with 13 tackles.

All-HCAC Football Team