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West Michigan Conference trio on Hope College’s football team earns All-MIAA honors

Former Whitehall, Montague and North Muskegon players recognized, as is ex-Muskegon standout for Kalamazoo.

Hope College’s football team has benefited greatly from the West Michigan Conference pipeline.

On Tuesday, three players from that conference were honored as All-Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Association performers for a Flying Dutchmen football squad that captured a share of the league title.

Sophomore receiver Terrell Harris (Whitehall) and sophomore left tackle Luke Marsh (Montague) earned All-MIAA first-team accolades, while junior receiver T.J. McKenzie Jr. (North Muskegon) received second-team recognition.

Kalamazoo College’s Bubba Wilson, a junior receiver from Muskegon, also was recognized as an All-MIAA first-team performer.

Hope College’s Terrell Harris (6) and T.J. McKenzie Jr. (3) line up during a game against Adrian College on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, in Holland, Mich. (Scott DeCamp | CatchMark)

Harris led Hope College (8-2 overall, 5-1 MIAA) in receiving yards (610) and receptions (52) in 10 games, and he tied for the team lead in touchdowns with McKenzie with five each. In MIAA games, the 5-foot-10, 176-pounder totaled 361 receiving yards, 33 catches and two TDs. This is his first time receiving All-MIAA accolades.

The 6-5, 304-pound Marsh completed in his first season with the Dutch. He started all 10 games for Hope after transferring from Grand Valley State. With Marsh anchoring the offensive line, Hope averaged 455.8 yards and 34.1 points per game.

Hope College offensive tackle Luke Marsh adjusts his helmet from the bench during a break in a game against Adrian College Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, in Holland, Mich. (Scott DeCamp | CatchMark)

The 6-3, 218-pound McKenzie finished with 25 receptions for 468 yards and five TDs in 10 contests. He was second on the team in receiving yards behind Harris.

Wilson’s Kalamazoo College team did not see the type of success that Hope did, but the former Big Red put up a strong season. The 5-9, 155-pound junior caught 31 passes for 411 yards and three TDs. He also ran for 50 yards and a TD on seven attempts.

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