ADRIAN — Football wasn’t Hutson Hohlbein’s first love. But during his senior season for Lenawee Christian, something clicked for the senior.

“Football is a very unique sport,” he said. “I know you can say that about all of the sports, but there’s something different about football. I’ve never seen anything that takes so much cohesion from everyone for it to work.

“It takes person out there to do their assignment each and every play to make the team successful. I love that about football.”

Hohlbein had a great senior season for the Cougars, which led to several college offers. He settled on Taylor University in Indiana, where he’ll play for the Trojans.

“I was looking at a couple of different schools, then I narrowed my choices,” he said. “It came down to Huntington and Taylor and just about that time Taylor increased their scholarship offer to me. It was a lot. The Lord opened this door for me.”

Hohlbein’s high school football career might not be fully complete. Hohlbein was one of two Lenawee Christian football players to be nominated to the Addix Michigan High School All-Star game. The game started out as mainly a West Michigan all-star game but has slowly expanded its coverage to include schools from throughout Michigan.

Hohlbein and LCS teammate Adam Baker were nominated for the team and are on the selection board. The game’s coaches will soon decide the roster. If statistics from their senior season have anything to do with it, both should get a hard look at being named.

Hohlbein caught 28 passes for 499 yards and six touchdowns for the 10-2 Cougars, who lost in the Division 8 regional final to eventual Division 8 state champion Reading. Baker completed 145 of 200 passes his senior season for 2,096 yards and 32 touchdowns. He passed for more than 5,000 yards in his career.

Both players were four-year players for coach Bill Wilharms at LCS.

“They both played at a fairly high level for me for all four years,” Wilharms said. “With the way their senior seasons ended, it would be great for them to get to play in this all-star game, just to give them one more chance on the field. It’s very cool. I hope the game is still on.”

Baker had a variety of football offers from various levels and has decided to attend Michigan State University where he will study agriculture.

Wilharms said he was in contact with members of the Michigan State University coaching staff about Baker in the fall when Mark Dantonio was still the head coach but since the new staff came on board he is unsure of the walk-on status for 2020.

“I will try to walk on if they give me the opportunity,” Baker said.

The Lenawee County All-Star game has already been shelved for the year, although rosters from both teams will still be named. The Michigan High School Football Coaches Association recently announced its game has also been canceled for the season. Addix officials haven’t announced one way or another about its game, which is typically played at the end of June.

“I’d love to get a chance to play again,” Hohlbein said.

Hohlbein grew up thinking basketball would be his sport of choice. He has an older brother (Blake) that played baseball at Huntington College and another brother (Grant) that played football at Taylor.

His junior season of basketball was cut short when he broke his ankle in one of the final regular season games of the season. He bounced back quickly, however, in time to start summer workouts with the Cougar football team.

“I’m very thankful that I was able to come back and play so soon,” Hohlbein said.

He played basketball for first-year head coach Matt Summer this past season and helped the Cougars win 16 games and reach the district finals before the Covid-19 pandemic canceled the rest of the season. It was a difficult basketball season for Hohlbein.

“I was sick for about two months, but I only missed two games,” he said. “First, I had the common cold, then I had the flu and then pneumonia. I threw up quite a bit. It was pretty rough.”

He fought through it, averaging 13.8 points and 5.6 rebounds a game.

While he’s committed to playing football at Taylor, there is now a chance that he could try to play basketball as well.

“In my mind, I was OK with only going there to play football,” Hohlbein said. “But, if the opportunity presents itself, I’ll go for it. It’s a win-win for me.”