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All-Area Football: Goodhue leads the way with seven selections

QB: Tait Kelly, sr., Red Wing

(146-for-272, 2,550 passing yards, 23 passing touchdowns, 16 interceptions; 170 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns)

Red Wing head coach Rickey Foggie: “Tait settled into his role and figured out what I needed from him as a quarterback. He started to read defenses instead of just dropping back and tossing it up. He was able to get outside the pocket and make plays with his arm and his feet. He was a very steady, mobile quarterback that made good decisions and great plays for us.”

RB: Mason Hofstedt, jr., Cannon Falls

(178 attempts, 1,074 yards, nine touchdowns; 14 receptions, 186 yards; 52 ½ tackles, three sacks, two blocked punts. Team MVP, All-District, All-Section)

Cannon Falls head coach Josh Hofstedt: “Mason is a great competitor and has great speed. He played both ways all year and was excellent on both sides of the ball. Mason is only the second player in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards as a junior.”

RB: Mason Huemann, so., Goodhue

(170 attempts, 1,078 yards, nine touchdowns; 80 tackles, five tackles for loss, one fumble recovery)

Goodhue head coach Tony Poncelet: “Mason came into his own this year. He helped carry the load the second half of the season and in our post-season run. He’s a solid player at both running back and outside linebacker.”

WR: Travis Toivonen, sr., Red Wing. 2015 All-Area Player of the Year

(67 receptions, 1,287 yards, 10 touchdowns; 40 tackles. Associated Press All-State third team)

Red Wing head coach Rickey Foggie: “I think Travis is a special athlete. He’s got good size, he can run, he can jump and for a high schooler, he’s a tough matchup for defenders.”

WR: Jawon Terry, jr., Red Wing

(27 receptions, 639 yards, eight touchdowns)

Red Wing head coach Rickey Foggie: “He doesn’t know how good he really is. That’s something we got to work on in the off-season. That kid is electric. He’s fast, he’s quick, and he’s one of those guys that can make you miss in a phone booth. He’s an exciting player. He’s fun to watch.”

LINE: Casey Deneen, sr., Goodhue (142 tackles, eight tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, Associated Press All-State second team)

Goodhue head coach Tony Poncelet: “The old saying ‘It’s not the size of the dog in a fight’ is an exact replica of how Casey plays football. He was always undersized but with his strength, quickness and heart, he was a leader on our defense.”

LINE: Carter Reber, sr., Cannon Falls

(40 tackles, 8 ½ sacks, All-District, All-Section, team co-defensive player of the year)

Cannon Falls head coach Josh Hofstedt: “Carter really turned himself into a great defensive player this season, training hard in the weight room. Carter is a great teammate and great leader by example.”

LINE: Jesse Oliver, sr., Lake City

(72 tackles, eight tackles for loss, two sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery)

Lake City head coach Trevor Narum: “The word that comes to mind when I think of how Jesse played this year is ‘beast.’ I don’t know that we’ve ever had anyone play so hard and with such reckless abandon as Jesse did this year. The way he played set the tone for our entire team.”

LINE: Calvin Peterson, sr., Goodhue

(53 tackles, five tackles for loss, four sacks, one fumble recovery, one interception, one defensive touchdown; 19 rushing attempts, 44 yards, two touchdowns; eight receptions, 87 yards, two touchdowns)

Goodhue head coach Tony Poncelet: “Calvin was not always in the headlines but he made a lot of plays. As a fullback he blocked for two 1,000-yard rushers. As a defensive end, we moved him around to make sure he was in the play. A lot of offenses ran away from his side. He gave up size in a lot of games but was one of the hardest working players on the field.”

LB: Gabe Hall, sr., Cannon Falls

(74 ½ tackles, ½ sacks, All-District, All-Section, team co-defensive player of the year; 31 rushing attempts, 148 yards, one touchdown)

Cannon Falls head coach Josh Hofstedt: “Gabe has been a great example for younger athletes. He works hard and treats everyone with respect. On top of that, he’s a ferocious competitor.”

LB: Bailee O’Reilly, jr., Goodhue

(145 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery, one defensive touchdown)

Goodhue head coach Tony Poncelet: “Bailee got stronger as the season progressed. He brought a physical presence every down. He is a solid tackler and a great anchor to our defense.”

LB: Seth Morem, jr., Red Wing

(66 tackles, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery)

Red Wing head coach Rickey Foggie: “Seth loves contact; the kid does not shy from contact, and that’s rare in a lot of high-school kids. He stepped up to the forefront and has been our leader on defense since last year. If he’s on the field, you’re going to get hit.”

LB: Landon Rauen, jr., Zumbrota-Mazeppa

(96 total tackles, five tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, two interceptions, one defensive touchdown)

Z-M head coach Darin Raasch: “On defense, he led our team in tackles and made the calls. He also led our team in interceptions.”

DB: Nathan Altendorf, sr., Goodhue

(74 tackles, one tackle for loss, three interceptions, one touchdown; 41 receptions, 483 yards, five touchdowns)

Goodhue head coach Tony Poncelet: “Nathan had a great senior year on both sides of the ball. He is a nice pocket receiver who moves the chains on big third downs. He’s a smart receiver who runs great routes. He was also a part of the secondary that didn’t give up a touchdown pass in 13 games this season.”

DB: Jacob Pasch, sr., Goodhue

(19 tackles, one sack, four interceptions; 107-for-188 passing, 1,431 yards, 20 passing touchdowns; 78 rushing attempts, 236 yards, two touchdowns)

Goodhue head coach Tony Poncelet: “Jacob has been a leader on both sides of the ball. As a quarterback he worked hard to prepare for all of his opponents. He has made big plays with both his feet as well as his arm. The game really slowed down for him this year as he was able to check to other receivers and go through his reads.”

DB: Carson Bryan, sr., Red Wing

(36 tackles, three interceptions)

Red Wing head coach Rickey Foggie: “He’s lead us two straight years in interceptions. We put him in a lot of man-to-man situations where we didn’t have to play double coverage. Carson has made good plays for us as a two-year starter.”

DB: Riley Melstrom, sr., Ellsworth

(62 total tackles; 379 rushing yards; seven receptions, 117 yards)

Ellsworth co-head coach Jason Janke: “Riley loved football as much as any kid we’ve coached. We have to send him off the field, usually 30 minutes, after we’ve dismissed the rest of the team. He always gets someone to throw him more passes, catch them from him, or kick/punt balls to him for return practice.”

ATH: Sam McNamara, sr., Goodhue

(31 receptions, 472 yards, eight touchdowns; 27 rushing attempts, 255 yards, three touchdowns; 14 kick returns, 412 yards, one touchdown; 44 tackles, one interception, two fumble recoveries, one defensive touchdown)

Goodhue head coach Tony Poncelet: “Sam is a playmaker. He is a threat every time he touches the ball. We moved him around in our formations as a wide receiver, slot, tight end and a running back. On defense, he is physical and he is part of a secondary that did not give up a touchdown in 13 games.”

– Compiled by Joe Brown, sports editor

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