Carter Bell gave opponents fits with his pinpoint accuracy and athleticism. Marcus Atnip was a ball-hawking defender who spearheaded a program turnaround.
Bell, who propelled Bettendorf's football program to a 10-win season and a state semifinal trip, is the offensive captain of this year's Quad-City Times All-Metro team.
Atnip, who transitioned from running back to linebacker this fall for Big Six champion Moline, is the defensive captain.
Bell, a junior, accumulated nearly 2,100 yards of total offense and 31 touchdowns. Besides his highlight-reel runs, Bell completed 66 percent of his passes and didn't throw an interception until the second quarter of the state semifinal contest.
After a 2-7 season in 2016, Atnip powered the Maroons to seven victories and a trip to the Illinois Class 7A playoffs. He collected 130 tackles (79 solo) with 24 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, five forced fumbles and an interception as Moline rebounded from a 0-2 start with seven straight wins.
Bettendorf led the 24-player first team with five selections. Moline, North Scott, Pleasant Valley and Assumption each had at least three players on the top team.
Assumption senior Jayce Levy is the only player on the first team for a second straight year. Levy finished his career with 5,301 total yards and 60 touchdowns. He had passing, rushing and receiving scores during his career along with kickoff and punt return touchdowns.
Midland tailback Austin Smith captains the All-Eastern Iowa team. Smith established a single-season Iowa record for 8-man rushing with 2,894 yards and 47 touchdowns in the Eagles' 9-3 mark.
Playoff qualifiers Bellevue, West Liberty and Wilton pace the All-Eastern Iowa squad. Bellevue and Wilton each have four on the first team while West Liberty has three.
Orion tight end/defensive end Logan Lee, an Iowa recruit, is the captain of the All-Western Illinois squad. Lee had 28 tackles for loss and 13 sacks for the Chargers in their run to the state quarterfinal.
The Chargers lead the All-Western Illinois team with five first-team selections. Rockridge, Fulton and Annawan-Wethersfield each had four.