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Michigan High School Football Anvil Award Contest - 2018!

Michigan High School Football Anvil Award Contest - 2018!

Welcome to the inaugural State Champs! Michigan High School Football Anvil Award contest 2018!

We are happy to bring to you a new contest that complements Mr. Football but showcases the best Michigan High School “big men” - offense and defensive lineman and linebackers – in the state.

To vote, simply select the candidate that you believe is having the best year of our lineman/linebacker candidates, enter your email, and cast your vote!!

A confirmation email will be sent to you with a link to cast your vote - please note that your vote will not be counted until you click the link emailed to you!  By voting in the Michigan Football Anvil Award contest and supplying your email, you agree to allow State Champs! Network and its affiliates to update you via email about news, sports events and special offers.

Unlike any other state-wide award, State Champs! Awards are the only one that allows the Michigan fans to weigh in! However, winning the popular vote does not make you the contest winner - the winner of the online vote is automatically entered into the Final Four, and their chances of winning is increased by 20%.

The criteria that will be used to select the 2018 Michigan Football Anvil Award champion will be:

30% -  Performance Throughout Season
20% -  Level of Competition
20% -  Online Vote
15% -  Big Game Performance
10% -  Team Success
 5% -   Highly Recruited Athlete

Please also check out our Anvil Award contest Next 5 "WATCH LIST" to see the players who are closest to working their way into the contest based on current performance! Click here:  Michigan High School Football Anvil Award - Watch "List

Throughout the season, we will be updating player statistics and adding new candidates into the contest as their actual play and performance merits, with a goal of keeping the ten best players on the board. In mid-November we will close online voting and select our final four candidates.  The final award selection and presentation will take place in December.

Please tune into State Champs! High School Sports Show on Saturday mornings at 9am on Fox Sports Detroit for the latest updates on the contest!

Which lineman or linebacker do YOU think is having the BEST YEAR in Michigan High School Football?


Marcel Lewis

Marcel Lewis

Chippewa Valley  | Senior - LB - 6-1, 220

A 6-foot-1, 220-pound outside linebacker committed to Michigan State. The best defensive player on the field, providing constant pressure in a 31-26 road win over Saline in Week 1, Lewis — who also plays tight end — had a 35-yard touchdown catch that provided the go-ahead score for Chippewa Valley. As a tight end on offense, Lewis has also been an outlet receiver for QB Tommy Schuster on an offense that has a ton of weapons, and he caught the go-ahead score in a 31-16 road win over No. 17 Saline. Lewis has 19 tackles in four games, despite only playing the first half in two of them, as the Big Reds have stayed unbeaten by downing Roseville (42-0), Utica Eisenhower (45-24) and Anchor Bay (42-6) in the last three weeks.

Adam Berghorst

Adam Berghorst

Zeeland East  | Senior - DE - 6-7, 245

At 6-foot-7 and 245, Berghorst has the size and wing-span to come off the strong-side and wreak havoc. Berghorst is committed to Michigan State in 2019. He and his defensive teammates put plenty of pressure on East Grand Rapids quarterback Jalen Broussard in a 36-27, come-from-behind win in Week 1. The Chix haven’t given up more than 17 points in a game since Week 1’s 36-27 win over East Grand Rapids. The defense has been opportunistic, turning turnovers into points, as the Chix beat Detroit Douglass (56-12) and Hamilton (39-14) sandwiched around a Week 3 loss to two-time defending D4 champion Grand Rapids Catholic Central.

Ruke Orhorhoro

Ruke Orhorhoro

River Rouge  | Senior - DE - 6-6, 271

A 6-foot-6, 271-pound strong-side end who hadn’t ever played football before transferring to River Rouge, then breaking out with 20 sacks and 28 tackles for loss, Orhorhoro is committed to Clemson. Combined with opposite end Jaylen Henderson for 20 tackles, 10 for loss and three sacks in a 40-7 loss to No. 1-ranked Cass Tech, where the Technicians’ D-I RBs combined for 190 yards and four TDs. River Rouge has only allowed 10 points in three games since then, beating East English Village (60-0), Southfield Bradford (48-10) and Hamtramck (73-0). 

Michael Fletcher

Michael Fletcher

Flint Carman Ainsworth  | Senior - DE - 6-7, 250

At 6-foot-7 and 250 pounds, Fletcher has registered 19 sacks in the past 2 seasons, including 11.5 in 2017. Fletcher is committed to Michigan State in 2019. The Cavaliers started 2-0 with wins over Port Huron (38-22) and Midland (21-7), a game in which Fletcher had a game-sealing interception with 1:31 left, but have lost the last two, falling to then-No. 23 Davison (36-29) and to current No. 25 Grand Blanc (42-14). Also plays tight end on offense, and has become a safety-blanket receiver for his younger brother, Dustin, across the middle. 

Karsen Barnhart

Karsen Barnhart

Paw Paw  | Senior - OT - 6-4, 282

A four-star prospect at offensive tackle with 16 DI offers, Barnhart chose Michigan for 2019. He played interior OL early in his high school career, then moved to TE in the Wing-T (along with DE; he wears No. 44) as a junior. Barnhart now plays tight end for the Redskins, and has several catches and a TD to his credit in a 3-1 start. Paw Paw has beaten Otsego (27-7), Sturgis (37-0) and South Haven (41-20) in Wolverine Conference play, but lost 41-0 to last year’s D4 runner-up, Edwardsburg.

Lance Dixon

Lance Dixon

West Bloomfield  | Senior - OLB - 6-2, 200

At 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, Dixon is not only ranked highly in Michigan, but one of the highest ranked Class of 2019 players in the Nation. Dixon is committed to Penn State for 2019. Had an offensive touchdown on the ground in West Bloomfield’s back-and-forth, 39-28 win over Birmingham Groves. Has been a sideline-to-sideline presence for a one-loss West Bloomfield team that’s only been beaten by defending D1 champion Clarkston (28-25) in a rematch of last year’s title game. The Lakers have beaten Birmingham Groves (39-28), Oxford (31-24) and Bloomfield Hills (50-7).

Anthony Bradford

Anthony Bradford

Muskegon  | Senior - OT - 6-5, 320

A 6-foot-5, 320-pound offensive tackle for the defending D3 champions, Bradford is bound for LSU in 2019. Bradford and the Big Reds line have been dominant all season long, as evidenced by the big runs ripped off by new starting QB Cameron Martinez and the Muskegon stable of running backs. Muskegon beat defending D2 champion Warren DeLaSalle (36-21), Detroit King (24-21), East Grand Rapids (49-21) and Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills (72-14), finally unveiling the passing game in Week 4.

Devontae Dobbs

Devontae Dobbs

Belleville  | Senior - OT - 6-4, 305

At 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, Dobbs is the leader of a Tigers squad with big aspirations in 2018. Dobbs is committed to Michigan State for 2019. The preseason No. 1 team has needed to come from behind to win three of its four games, but thanks to good protection from Dobbs and the Tigers line, sophomore QB Christian Dhue-Reid has been able to guide Belleville to comeback wins over Brighton, Livonia Churchill and Westland John Glenn, sandwiched around one blowout against Dearborn. 

Logan Brown

Logan Brown

East Kentwood  | Senior - OT - 6-6, 290

At 6-foot-6 290 pounds with good feet and athleticism, Brown has become one of the best linemen in the State. Brown is committed to Wisconsin for 2019. Brown is a nationally-ranked shot-putter, as well. After a 48-38 loss to now-No. 13 Muskegon Mona Shores in Week 1, the Falcons have been steamrolling opponents the last three weeks, beating Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, Caledonia and then-No. 14 Holland West Ottawa by a combined 175-71 margin. Running back Kionte Blakely has gone off behind Brown and the line, scoring 12 TDs (and 538 yards) on his last 36 carries. 

Justin Rogers

Justin Rogers

Oak Park  | Junior - OT/DE - 6-2, 311

At 6-foot-2.5 and 311 pounds, the five-star Rogers is a beast wherever he lines up on the field, as evidenced by racking up a sack, several tackles and a pass deflection at defensive end and linebacker in Oak Park’s 31-13 win over Utica Eisenhower. Has played on both sides of the ball for the Knights, blasting open holes for senior running back Phillip Stewart at right tackle, and wreaking havoc on the other side of the line of scrimmage as an end/linebacker on defense. Ranked No. 6, Oak Park (4-0, 3-0 OAA White) is undefeated through Week 4, having beaten Utica Eisenhower, Birmingham Groves, Farmington Hills Harrison and Stoney Creek.