All-Area Football Team
(In alphabetical order)
Nate Bauer (jr. LB), Kenyon-Wanamingo
All-District, Team Defensive MVP, 75 tackles, 3 INT, 2 defensive TD
From coach Jake Wieme: "A hard worker with great effort and attitude. Nate did a great job of covering sideline to sideline on defense."
Jacob Bennett (jr. RB/LB), Zumbrota-Mazeppa
All-District (two-time selection), Team defensive MVP, 155 carries, 784 yards, 8 TD, 70 solo tackles, 38 assisted tackles, 2 FR, 2 INT
From coach Darin Raasch: "Jacob is our leader on defense and a very intelligent player that flows well and has a great understanding of the game. His offseason workout regimen is second to none, and he is meticulous in preparation week in and week out."
Mariano Bigalk (sr. K), Goodhue
All-District, Academic All-State Honorable Mention, 50 PATs
From coach Tony Poncelet: "Mariano has been our place kicker since ninth grade. He worked hard and got better each year. He had some big field goals for us this year and was almost perfect on PATs this season. He finished his career with 145 PATs made, which puts him second in the state per MSHSL records."
Joey Erickson (jr. WR), Randolph
All-District, 43 receptions, 688 yards, 9 TD
From coach Michael Schmidt: "Joey is one of the hardest working athletes walking through the halls of Randolph High School. His hard work in the classroom and the field has led to his success this season."
Tyler Grudem (sr. P), Zumbrota-Mazeppa
All-District honorable mention, Team Special Teams MVP, 41.6 yards per punt, 3.1 yards per punt return
From coach Darin Raasch: "Tyler is as good of a kicker as there is in the area, if not Southern Minnesota. Usually if a high school kid punts a ball 45-50 yards, he has greatly out-kicked his coverage. In punts over 45 yards, the (opponent) averaged only 6.2 yards per return. That means he had some pretty good hang time on those kicks as well."
Sam Guse (jr. ILB), Red Wing
All-District, Team Defensive Co-MVP, 71 tackles, 1 FR
From coach Nate Freier: "Sam was a physical on-field leader. He was an anchor in the 3-5 front for us this year and will be a physical presence for the Wingers next year as well."
Mason Huemann (sr. RB/LB), Goodhue
Republican Eagle Player of the Year
All-District (two-time selection), 2017 District Player of the Year, 248 carries, 1,760 yards, 23 TD, 37 unassisted tackles, 81 assisted tackles, 5 TFL, 3 sacks, 3 FF
From coach Tony Poncelet: "Mason is a physical running back with great vision. Mason got every yard his offense gave him and always fell forward. He put up some crazy offensive numbers the last three season, but he is just as impressive as a LB. Mason was a three-year starter on both sides of the ball."
Austin Keller (sr. OL), Pine Island
From coach John Stapleton: "Helped lead the way for the No. 2 overall offense in our district."
Josh Navratil (jr. RB), Pine Island
All-District, District Offensive Player of the Year, 185 carries, 1,250 yards, 10 TD, 32 receptions, 448 yards, 5 TD
From coach John Stapleton: "Tremendous skills that cause matchup problems wherever he is on the field."
Jacob Niebuhr (sr. WR/S), Zumbrota-Mazeppa
All-District (two-time selection), 39 receptions, 476 yards, 7 TD, 48 solo tackles, 28 assisted tackles, 5 INT, 2 defensive TD
From coach Darin Raasch: "Jacob is not only the best route runner I've coached but I never saw him caught from behind. He led our team in receptions despite seeing double teams on most downs. Defensively, he lead our team in takeaways and scored on both a fumble recovery and a 98-yard pick-six."
Chase Reber (sr. LB), Cannon Falls
All-District, Team MVP, 60 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 FR, 1 blocked kick
From coach Dan Meyers: "Chase was selected as our team MVP and made big plays for us all season on offense and defense."
Ryan Schoenfelder (sr. WR/DE), Goodhue
All-District (two-time selection), All-State Academic selection, 36 receptions, 828 yards, 7 TD, 23 yards per catch, 31 unassisted tackles, 49 assisted tackles, 11 TFL, 9 sacks, 2 FF, 2 FR
From coach Tony Poncelet: "Ryan is a complete player. He is smart, strong, and athletic. Ryan was a leader who led by example. He put together three impressive varsity seasons for a great high school career. He was a key factor in us winning two section championships. He will do very well at UND."
Parker Schurhammer (sr. RB), Lake City
All-District (two-time selection), Team Offensive MVP, 155 carries, 904 yards, 7 TD
From coach Trevor Narum: "Parker was a threat to score from anywhere on the field whether it be running, catching or returning. Certainly one of the most explosive athletes we've had in Lake City. He was a fearless player who played with reckless abandon."
Hayden Strain (sr. LB), Cannon Falls
All-District, 91 tackles,
From coach Dan Meyers: "Hayden is an excellent team leader and great defensive player."
Andrew Wenstrom (jr. QB), Randolph
All-District (two-time selection), 102- of-196 passing, 1,724 yards, 19 TD, 10 INT, 159 carries, 668 yards, 7 TD
From coach Michael Schmidt: "Andrew is a player that is willing to do anything on the field to help the team win. His competitiveness is apparent both on the practice field, and under the lights on Friday night. He is truly a game changer."
Jack Blee (jr. OLB), Red Wing
Team Defensive Co-MVP, 45 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 INT
Jack Gadient (sr. QB), Goodhue
All-District (two-time selection), 180-300, 1,326 yards, 10 TD
Dusty Handshaw (sr. DL), Red Wing
All-District honorable mention, 55 tackles, 6 sacks, 1 FR, 1 blocked FG
Mitch Hemenway (sr. OT/DT), Goodhue
All-District, 8 unassisted tackles, 36 assisted tackles, 1 sack
Gage Hildebrandt (sr. DB), Cannon Falls
All-District honorable mention, 34 tackles, 5 passes knocked down
Logan Hofstedt (jr. RB), Cannon Falls
90 carries, 652 yards, 9 TD
Robvon Jackson (sr. WR/SS), Zumbrota-Mazeppa
23 receptions, 385 yards, 3 TD, 52 solo tackles, 26 assisted tackles, 4 sacks, 2 FR, 1 INT
Cole Johnson (sr. WR/S), Kenyon-Wanamingo
31 receptions, 375 yards, 4 TD, 65 tackles
Jack Kelly (sr. ILB), Red Wing
All-District honorable mention, 64 tackles
Sam Kelly (sr. ILB), Red Wing
All-District honorable mention, 70 tackles, 1 FR
Kaya Lindell (jr. DL), Kenyon-Wanamingo
All-District (two-time selection), Team Lineman of the Year (two-time selection), 70 tackles, 3 sacks
Josh Matanich (jr. DT), Lake City
38 solo tackles, 21 assisted tackles, 2 FF, 3 FR, 3 TFL, 1 sack, Team Defensive MVP
Tre Moore (sr. WR), Red Wing
Team Offensive Co-MVP, 34 receptions, 534 yards, 3 TD
Kelby O'Reilly (jr. OG/DT), Goodhue
All-District, 16 unassisted tackles, 64 assisted tackles, 9 TFL, 2 sacks
Casey Ryan (sr. LB), Goodhue
All-District, Academic All-State honorable mention, 28 unassisted tackles, 62 assisted tackles, 2 INT, 1 TD
Tyler Ryan (jr. LB), Kenyon-Wanamingo
All-District, 70 tackles, 3 INT
Mitchell Schrimpf (sr. CB), Goodhue
All-District, 17 unassisted tackles, 27 assisted tackles, 28 pass breakups, 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 FF
Caden Steffen (sr. DT), Zumbrota-Mazeppa
All-District honorable mention, 30 solo tackles, 30 assisted tackles, 4 sacks
Broderick Ulrich (jr. OG), Cannon Falls
All-District honorable mention
Seth Yeatman (sr. WR/QB/P), Red Wing
10 receptions, 145 yards, 40-77 passing, 526 yards, 5 total TD