Freeland, Mich. - Five players from the Alma College football team have been named All-Conference players, the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association announced on Tuesday (Nov. 19).
Zeke Ramirez (Homer, Mich. / Homer) and Chase Hinkle (Concord, Mich. / Concord) earned spots on the First-Team while Jacob Headlee (Cottrellville, Mich. / Marine City), Jacob Wildenhaus (Jackson, Mich. / Lumen Christi), and Max Kretzschmar (Marine City, Mich. / Marine City) all found themselves on the Second Team. It is the first time for everyone except Ramirez they have been named All-MIAA players. The Scots' three defensive players on the First and Second Teams represent a defense that finished third in both yards and points allowed in the conference.
"I am very happy for our Scots that have been recognized within the MIAA for their outstanding performance," said Head Coach Jason Couch. "Their hard work throughout the offseason showed on the field. Not only are they excellent football players, they are also great representatives of being a Scot and are terrific men. I look forward to hearing their many successes after they leave Alma."
Ramirez lands on the First Team for the second straight year. He finished fourth in the conference in total tackles (76) and fifth in tackles per game (7.6). He posted three sacks and was the beneficiary of three turnovers, including the game-sealing interception in a 32-28 upset of Albion.
Hinkle earned a spot as a return specialist. He led the conference in punt returns (17), punt return yards (216) and punt return touchdowns (two). His longest was a 77-yarder in the season finale against Finlandia.
Headlee anchored the offensive line as the right tackle in every game as a senior. He has played in every game over the last three years. Headlee was a key member of an offensive line that allowed only 14 sacks and paved the way for a 2,000-yard rushing season for the eighth time in program history.
Wildenhaus was a stalwart on the defensive line as a senior. He started all 10 games this season and saw action in all 40 in his four-year career. He tallied 30 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 6.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in 2019.
Just as dependable in the secondary was Kretzschmar. He was part of a secondary that allowed under 200 passing yards per game. He had 37 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, one interception and two pass breakups. His interception was returned for a touchdown against Adrian.