Raider, Patriot linemen honored with all-state nods squad

From Herald Staff Reports

Southridge was represented on each side of the ball when the Associated Press announced its all-state prep football teams today. Senior Kyle Seger garnered the honor at offensive tackle for the second straight year, and junior Cody Moesner earned his first nod at defensive tackle.

“As I’ve talked about before, Kyle worked hard in the weight room and he certainly deserves it because he’s made some great strides ... in his work ethic on and off the field,” Raider coach Kelly Murphy said. “(Moesner’s) really had a breakout year. We’d like to have everyone get on (the all-state team), but these two were very deserving.”

Seger planted himself on the offensive and defensive lines as a sophomore and held the starting jobs ever since. He recorded 41 1/2 tackles and an interception in 2011. Murphy expects him to play at the next level and tabbed Franklin College, Indiana State and Eastern Kentucky as possible landing spots.

The 6-foot, 275-pound Moesner overcame three knee surgeries and two years of injury-related delays to earn his spot among the state’s best. He led the team with 72 tackles and seven sacks and even entered games in goal-line situations, bulling in for two touchdowns on three carries this season. Murphy called Moesner’s lateral movement “outstanding for a kid his size.”

“The key is when you get a selection as a junior, a lot of people have the fear that you have to work harder,” Murphy said of Moesner. “He understands the magnitude of being a leader next year and having to play both sides of the ball ... and I have no fear of him not improving.”

Heritage Hills also was represented, with senior Trent Simpson earning a spot on the all-state squad for the second consecutive year as an offensive tackle.

“He should be excited, it’s pretty rare,” retired Patriot coach Bob Clayton said.

Simpson became a staple on the Patriot offensive line, starting his final three years and helping Heritage Hills rush for 242 yards per game this season. He recorded 33 solo and 14 assisted tackles and notched two tackles for a loss.

“He was dependable,” Clayton said. “We knew he was going to ground down and play well at his position. He was a guy you could trust, and as a coach, that’s what you want.”

Southridge’s Blake Nordhoff, Forest Park duo Lynk Kordes and Ben Braunecker and Heritage Hills’ Jared Boehm were also named honorable mention all-state at their respective positions.

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