Central pair on Class 5 state list

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Central didn't stretch its streak of quarterfinal appearances to four this season, but that didn't stop the Tigers from landing two players on the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association's all-state team today.

Senior quarterback Mitch Craft and senior kicker Colin Schermann each made the Class 5 second team. Craft is a first-time selection to the team.

During his three years as starting quarterback, Craft -- who also was the Southeast Missourian's Player of the Year -- led the Tigers to 27 wins and three playoff appearances. He threw for 2,097 yards with 12 touchdown passes this season.

Craft finished the season with a 57 completion percentage, but he had a 68 completion percentage heading into the Tigers' sectional loss to North County. A 7-for-31 performance in that game hurt his final numbers.

Besides his damage in the air, Craft also was Central's primary runner early in the season. Craft finished with 456 yards and seven rushing touchdowns. He started at defensive back for several games and added a touchdown on an interception return.

Schermann made the all-state team for a second straight season after making the first team last season. Schermann's field-goal accuracy suffered slightly this season, but he put up seven field goals with a long of 51 yards. Schermann also hit 36-of-41 extra points. One of Schermann's biggest stats though were his 32 touchbacks.

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