Story last updated at 2:52 p.m. Thursday, October 10, 2002

Crum top defender, Drake snubbed
Mariner linebaker Adam Crum was named the Northern Lights Conference's defensive player of the year as voted by the league's four head coaches.

And in a surprising selection for offensive player of the year, Kenai's Cory Janson beat out Homer tailback David Drake, despite having fewer yards and fewer touchdowns on the regular season.

Even with an extra game under his belt -- Kenai's 35-20 playoff win over Houston -- Janson still trailed Drake by 123 yards and two touchdowns. Drake finished the season with a state-best and school record 1,419 yards.

Drake, who also punted, kicked and played defensive back, was selected to the all-conference team on both offense and defense.

Other first team all-conference picks for Homer were: Crum, center Marcus Kuhns, defensive back Jon Adams, linebacker Bryan Smith and utility player Jake Fraley. Second team selections were: guard and linebacker Josh Fraley, tackle Bryan Smith, kicker David Drake and long snapper Marcus Kuhns.


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