Three Whiteford players have been named First Team All-State by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association.
Senior offensive tackle Noah Bauman, senior running back Cole Giesige and junior quarterback Shea Ruddy have been honored with all-state honors after leading the Bobcats to an 11-2 record and a berth into the Division 8 semifinals.
Bauman was a two-way tackle who has been all-state for three of his four years on the varsity. The 6-4, 285-pound lineman is a four-year starter for the Bobcats, starting a Whiteford record 43 consecutive games.
This season, Bauman was named to First Team All Tri-County Conference on the offensive line. He anchored a line that paved the way for Bobcat rushers to run for 4,115 yards, or 6.8 yards per attempt, and score 64 rushing TDs. Bauman was just as outstanding on defense, where he made 55 tackles, had 14 tackles for loss, was in on 8 sacks, and had four fumble recoveries. One of those fumble recoveries he returned for a touchdown.
Giesige scored 30 touchdowns on the season while compiling more than 2,000 all-purpose yards. He led the Bobcats in scoring, touchdowns, rushing, receiving, kickoff returns and interception return yardage.
He tied a state record by returning an interception 100 yards for a score and tied a team record with two kickoff returns for touchdowns. He passed the 1,000-yard mark in rushing and was first team All-TCC at running back.
Giesige is a three-year starter on both sides of the ball for Whiteford.
Ruddy is nearing just about every passing record in school history. This year he passed for 1,353 yards and 16 touchdowns while running for 786 yards. He led Whiteford in rushing in each of the four playoff games and is the only player this season to run for 100 yards against Hudson.
Ruddy will enter his senior season with 3,220 career passing yards, second-highest total in school history.