Story last updated at 4:06 p.m. Thursday, October 24, 2002

Mariner players pick up hardware
Morris News Service-Alaska
Homer High School football standout Adam Crum was named defensive player of the year for his work at inside linebacker, while Kenai running back Cory Janson reeled in the offensive player of the year in small schools all-state voting announced Sunday by the Alaska Coaches Association.

While Kenai and Soldotna, which played for the small-schools state title, took the bulk of the major small-schools awards, Homer also locked up a lot of first-team spots, with two on offense and four on defense.

Mariner running back David Drake, who edged Janson for the state rushing title despite playing in two fewer games, was a pick on both offense and defense as a punter.

Besides a state championship, Kenai coach Jim Beeson theorized that there was one difference that set Janson apart from Drake.

"I think speed is just the big issue with Cory," Kenai coach Jim Beeson said. "Any time he touches the football, he can make a big play.

"This is to take nothing away from Drake. He had a great year. But choosing between those two, Cory has the added dimension of speed."

In addition to Drake earning first-team honors at running back and punter, Marcus Kuhns made it at center, Bryan Smith made it at outside linebacker, Crum made it at inside linebacker and Jon Adams made it at defensive back.