West Liberty football lands 8 players on the MEC teams

With the West Liberty football team’s season coming to a close, it was time for the Mountain East Conference to hand out some hardware to the players that had the biggest impact on their team’s season.

The Roger Waialae led Hilltoppers landed an impressive eight players on the MEC teams. The players picked were chosen from the coaches across the MEC and West Liberty names showed up several times.

The Hilltoppers had one All-MEC first team player in Trevor Hoosier. Hoosier, a six-foot five junior defensive end from Williamstown, W.Va. turned in an impressive season even though he missed the last three games due to an injury. At the time of the injury, Hoosier was leading all of division two in tackles for a loss. Even though he missed the last three games, he still was ranked among the MEC leaders in tackles for a loss and sacks. He tied for the team leaders in tackles.

Isaiah Robinson landed himself on the MEC second team. Robinson, a six-foot three senior wide receiver from Washington, P.a., ranked in the top ten in the MEC in catches, receiving yards, receiving yards per game, and receiving touchdowns. He also led the Hilltoppers with 45 catches, 632 yards and eight touchdowns.

David Gilcreast was also named to the MEC second team as a defensive end. Gilcreast, a six-foot three junior from Akron, Ohio was tied for the team lead with 45 tackles. He had 12.5 tackles for a loss, seven and a half sacks and was ranked in the top 10 in all of division two with four forced fumbles.

Maceo Christmas ended his impressive season with a second team all-MEC nod.

The six-foot linebacker from Fredericksburg, Va. not only battled through injuries all season, but dominated in spite of them. The two-sport athlete missed three games and still finished with 38 tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, an interception and four broken up passes.

Tyler Moler in his redshirt freshmen season saw himself land an MEC honorable mention. Moler, a five foot 11 running back from Parkersburg, W.Va. ran for 843 yards on 226 carries. Moler had four 100-yard rushing games which ranked him among the MEC leaders in that category.

Kameron Kruzelyak was named an MEC honorable mention in his freshman season. The six-foot two tight end from Pittsburgh, P.a. finished his first season on the hilltop with 261 yards on 25 catches.

Elijah Hadley was also named an MEC honorable mention. The six-foot two cornerback from Trinity, Fla led West Liberty and was top five in the MEC with five interceptions and 11 passes defended. He ranked second in the MEC with total interception return yards at 145 yards.

Rounding out the Hilltoppers was Owen Rozanc who was named an MEC honorable mention. The five-foot 11 punter from Sheffield Lake, Ohio collected his third All-MEC honor and his second as a punter. Rozanc was tied for the MEC lead with 8 punts over 50 yards. He also placed 14 punts inside the 20-yard line.

The MEC Offensive Player of the Year was Charleston’s running back Tyreik McAllister. The MEC co-Defensive Player of the Year was Frostburg State lineman Carl Igweh and Notre Dame linebacker Guam Lee. Fairmont State’s quarterback Mike Floria was Offensive Freshman of the Year while his Fairmont State teammate Brocton Blair won Defensive Freshman Player of the Year. The MEC Coach of the Year went to Frostburg State’s DeLane Fitzgerald.

For more information on the MEC football awards visit mountaineast.org. For more information on the West Liberty football team visit hilltoppersports.com.