The Michigan High School Football Coaches Association (MHSFCA) recently announced their rosters for the 2020 MHSFCA All-Star game and one player from right here in Branch County earned a nomination while several athletes with local ties also earned a nod.

The rosters were announced despite the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association having to make the tough decision to cancel its planned 38th annual East-West All-State Game which was scheduled for June. The MHSFCA decided to still go ahead and announce the rosters for the respective teams that would have played in one final high school game at Saginaw Valley State University.

In an article written by Matthew B. Mowery at statechampsnetwork.com, it was announced that the MHSFCA has paired with STATE CHAMPS! to run a unique simulated game on May 30.

Branch County’s lone representative in the All-Star game comes from its smallest school, as Tekonsha/Marshall Academy senior Mykel Warren earned the nod as a Running Back for the West squad.

Warren starred for the Indians this year in the world of 8-man football and was a one man wrecking crew for head coach Gavin Wisel. Warren earned First Team All Conference honors in the Southern Michigan B 8-Man League as both a halfback and a kicker after earning First Team All Conference honors as a defensive end and a punter his junior season.

Warren was the 8-man football state leader in a variety of offensive categories, including rushing years, touchdowns and scoring, earning The Daily Reporter Dream Team honors after his record breaking season.

Warren was the centerpiece of a dynamic offense this past season, rushing the ball 207 times for an amazing 2191 yards and 32 touchdowns, which put Warren in the top 10 in the nation in the latter two categories.

Warren rushed for over 100 yards in 8 of 9 games this year and averaged 243.4 yards per contest on the ground. Warren also had five games of over 200 yards rushing and three games of over 300 yards rushing.

The immensely talented senior first turned heads in the Indians 70-26 win over North Adams on Sept. 20 with his first huge output, recording 22 carries for 324 yards and seven touchdowns, only to out do himself one week later in another Tekonsha win.

Warren scored on the first eight times he touchdown the ball in a 56-54 win over Waldron on Sept. 27, rushing the ball a total of 12 times for 345 yards and eight touchdowns, including a long of 77 yards.

His biggest output of the season came in a tough 71-54 loss to St. Phil on Oct. 19 when he rushed the ball 35 times for 468 yards and seven touchdowns.

“Mykel (Warren) is a special talent, that’s for sure,” said Tekonsha head coach Gavin Wisel. “He had the talent to definitely be playing on Saturdays.”

Warren has not decided where he will pursue his college ambitions as of press time.

Joining Warren on the roster for the West All-Star team are the Reading Ranger duo of Nick and Ben Affholter.

Nick was voted to the squad as an offensive lineman after helping anchor the Rangers second run to a Division 8 championship.

As stated in the announcement on statechampsnetwork.com, “Nick is a three-year All-State player and helped lead Reading to back-to-back state titles, earning all-conference honors in the Big 8 all four years and the league MVP honors as an offensive guard and defensive tackle his senior year.”

Ben was voted to the West All-Star team on the defensive side of the ball, earning the nod on the defensive line. As stated in the article on the statechampsnetwork.com, “Ben led the Rangers in tackles all four years and the Big 8 conference three teams, recording 108 tackles in his senior season on a squad that allowed just 7.3 points per game en route to a second straight Division 8 title. He was co-MVP of the Big 8 as a sophomore and earned all-state honors honors three times.”

Both Affholter brothers have signed their letters of intent to play football at Hillsdale College next season.

For a full list of the rosters and for more information on the planned simulation of the game you can visit www.mhsfca.com.