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Livingston County’s top 10 football players, final edition

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At the beginning of football season, I wondered if I was giving Pinckney too much credit by putting four Pirates on my list of top 10 players in Livingston County.

Apparently, I didn’t give Pinckney enough credit.

I never envisioned the emergence of senior Levi Collins as a two-way force on a team that would be the county’s only state playoff qualifier. Meanwhile, the four Pirates I listed met or exceeded expectations.

So, here’s the final list of the top 10 players in Livingston County, one based on production on the field, not preseason projections.

1. Nick Cain, Pinckney, Sr.

  • Preseason rank: No. 8
  • Achievements: One of the most dynamic players the county has ever seen in all three phases of the game. His 13 touchdown catches were nine more than any other player in the county. He had three kick return touchdowns this season; no other county player had one. He ranked second with four interceptions. He caught 40 passes for 811 yards.
  • More on Cain: ‘No-star’ recruit Nick Cain has epic night for Pinckney in football win over South Lyon

2. Tommy Lappin, Hartland, Sr.

  • Preseason rank: Unranked
  • Achievements: Lappin wasn’t on the radar going into the season, but he played his way to prominence on both sides of the ball. In a county loaded at linebacker, Lappin led them all with 132 tackles. He also played running back for the first time since ninth grade, ranking third in the county with 681 yards and nine touchdowns on 118 carries. Led Hartland in receiving yards with 347 on 16 catches.
  • More on Lappin: ‘Rusty’ Tommy Lappin gives Hartland football big-play threat at running back

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3. Alex Wasyl, Pinckney, Sr.

4. Jack Wurzer, Pinckney, Sr.

  • Preseason rank: No. 7
  • Achievements: A coach’s dream, rarely making a bad decision and throwing zero interceptions in 10 games. We may never again see a quarterback around here with a stat line like this: 115-for-162 (71 percent), 1,749 yards (15.2 yards a completion), 18 touchdowns and no interceptions. Also ran for eight touchdowns.
  • More on Wurzer: Pinckney’s Jack Wurzer: 9 games, 140 passes, (knock on wood) ZERO interceptions

5. Ethan Martin, Hartland, Sr.

  • Preseason rank: Unranked
  • Achievements: I’ll be honest. I wondered about the sack stats being attributed to Martin until I personally saw him pick up four in a victory over Howell. That gave him a school-record 14 for the season to go with 85 tackles, the most in the county by a lineman.

6. Cauy Hendee, Pinckney, Sr.

7. Levi Collins, Pinckney, Sr.

  • Preseason rank: Unranked
  • Achievements: Collins seemingly came out of nowhere to star on both sides of the ball for Pinckney. He was the county’s only 1,000-yard rusher with 1,301 yards and 17 touchdowns on 177 carries. Led the county with 102 points. Was tied for 13th in the county with 52 tackles at linebacker.
  • More on Collins: Football or bonfires, Pinckney teammates can rely on Levi Collins

8. Rudy Ramirez, Brighton, Sr.

9. Andrew Singer, Hartland, Sr.

  • Preseason rank: Unranked
  • Achievements: Overshadowed by Martin’s 14 sacks were the 10 that Singer racked up to rank second in the county. After Martin and Singer, no other county player had more than five sacks. Singer also had 53 tackles.

10. Trevor Brock, Fowlerville, Sr.

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