One of my favorite times of the high school football season is choosing my All-State teams. This season seemed more difficult for some reason. So many deserving players.
But sitting here with a broken right collarbone, a dislocated left shoulder and a compression fracture of a vertebrae on the right side of my back, caused me to think a little bit about being so strict on the number of players for each team.
In my way normal of thinking, an 11-Man All-State offensive football team should have 11 slots, plus a Place Kicker and an “Athlete” slot if necessary. Same deal on defense, except a Punter slot replaces the Place Kicker. Makes sense.
I did some figuring concerning how difficult it is to be an All-State football player.
For instance, in 11-Man football, there were 28 teams competing in Class A. So obviously, there are 11 starters on both sides of the ball per team. That would be 308 players in Class A to choose from for an 11 player All-State football team on either side of the ball, so only 9% of those 308 players make the grade on an 11 slot All-State football team…...9 percent.
So, to be honest, there were some difficult choices to make in 2017. Instead of being a hard core guy concerning some of these picks, I added a spot on an All-State team if necessary instead of just dumping some deserving young man who made the grade but couldn’t be included because there were “only” 11 slots. It may have bumped up this “elite” number up to 11% instead of 9%. in certain cases. That still keeps these All-State teams in that Elite category to me, despite the 2% jump IMO.
I did not do a Super-State team in 2017, although there were a few players below Class A that could have competed week to week in the Big Boy class.
1000 Yard Guy’s 2017 All-State Football Teams
**Class A All-State Offense:**
QB - Joe Dolincheck - Bellevue West - 6-1, 212, Sr.
RB - Milton Sargbah - Omaha North - 5-7, 160, Sr.
RB - Zander Gray - Omaha North - 6-1, 235, Jr.
RB - Brody Belt - Millard West - 5-10, 170, Sr.
WR - Caleb Schweigart - Omaha Westside - 5-8, 175, Sr.
WR - Xavier Betts - Bellevue West - 6-3, 190, Soph.
WR - Zion Perry - Lincoln High - 5-7, 165, Sr.
OL - Dylan Dittman - Millard North - 6-0, 250, Sr.
OL - Ryan Bena - Creighton Prep - 6-4, 265, Jr.
OL - A.J. Forbes - Bellevue West - 6-3, 280, Sr.
OL - Mehki Butler - Omaha North - 6-4, 295, Jr.
OL - Tyler Reynolds - Bellevue West - 6-5, 250, Sr.
PK - Tyson Cooney - Millard South - 6-2, 180, Sr.
ATH - Giovanni Guido - Millard West - 5-10, 175, Sr.
**Class A All-State Defense:**
DL - Bryson Williams - Lincoln Southeast - 6-3, 290, Sr.
DL - Chris Hickman - Omaha Burke - 6-5, 195, Jr.
DL - Alex Williford - Omaha North - 5-10, 295, Sr.
DL - Lee Herrington - Kearney - 6,2, 290, Sr.
LB - Nick Hendrich - Omaha Burke - 6-3, 200, Jr.
LB - Syruiz Pittman - Omaha North - 6-0, 205, Sr.
LB - AJ Johnson - Millard West - 6-1, 200, Sr.
LB - Kohlten Keezer - Grand Island - 6-2, 200, Sr.
DB - Isaiah Stalbird - Kearney - 6-0, 196, Sr.
DB - Cantrel Mumphrey - Omaha North - 5-7, 175, Sr.
DB - Marcus Vaughn-Jones - Creighton Prep - 6-3, 185, Sr.
DB - Vernon Johnson - Omaha North - 5-10, 160, Sr.
PUNT - Kanon Koster - Kearney - 6-1, 210, Sr.
ATH - James Burks - Omaha Burks - 5-10, 170, Jr.
**Class B All-State Offense:**
QB - Cole Hanafan - Elkhorn South - 6-5, 240, Sr.
QB - Michael Koch - Columbus - 6-4, 190, Sr.
RB - Moses Bryant - Elkhorn South - 5-11, 195, Sr.
RB - Simon Otte - York - 6-1, 185, Sr.
RB - Tanner Tierney - Gretna - 5-11, 180, Sr.
WR - Riley Schliep - Grand Island Northwest - 6-5, 205, Sr.
WR - Cade Reichardt - Aurora - 5-11, 170, Jr.
WR/TE - Garrett Snodgrass - York - 6-3, 217, Jr.
OL - Kyle Hruby - Omaha Skutt - 6-2, 255, Sr.
OL - Noah Stafursky - York - 6-4,310, Jr.
OL - Hunter Hayes - McCook - 6-3, 285, Sr.
OL - Connor Fee - Gretna - 6-1, 240, Sr.
PK - Kortlan Franke - Gretna - 5-11, 160, Sr.
ATH - Cameron Jurgens - Beatrice, 6-4, 245, Sr.
**Class B All-State Defense:**
DL - Masry Mapieu - York - 6-4, 290, Sr.
DL - Morgan Bartman - Gretna - 6-6, 240, Sr.
DL - Garrett Nelson - Scottsbluff - 6-3, 250, Sr.
DL - Bryce Stai - Norris - 6-3, 240, Sr.
LB - Carson Pilkington - Elkhorn South - 6-1, 225, Sr.
LB - Joey Johnson - Gretna - 6-3, 220, Sr.
LB - Jake Archer - Omaha Skutt - 6-1, 205, Sr.
LB - Jared Jennings - Elkhorn South - 5-11, 225, Sr.
LB - DJ Gross - McCook 6-2, 210, Jr.
DB - Cal Narber - Aurora - 5-11, 160, Sr.
DB - Tyler Cast - York - 6-3, 175, Sr.
DB - Jackson Gordon - Omaha Skutt - 6-1, 170, Sr.
DB - Mick Williams - Elkhorn South - 6-1, 175, Sr.
PUNT - Austin Schultz - Norris - 5-10, 180, Jr.
ATH - Brady Danielson - York - 6-3, 195, Jr.
*Hon. Captain - Zach Schlager - McCook - 6-2, 220, Sr.*
**Class C-1 All-State Offense:**
QB - Matt Masker - Kearney Catholic - 6-2, 218, Sr.
RB - Dylan Kautz - Norfolk Catholic - 5-9, 175, Jr.
RB -Drake Gilliland - Mitchell - 5-8, 185, Sr.
RB - Dylan Egr - Wahoo - 5-9, 170, Sr.
WR - Brett Kaiser - Kearney Catholic - 6-3, 200, Sr.
WR - Cody Nelson - Boone Central/Newman Grove, 6-1, 170, Sr.
OL - Evan Welsh - Wahoo Neumann, 5-11, 250, Sr.
OL - Kyle Ruth - David City Aquinas - 6-2, 220, Sr.
OL - Joe Tetan - Norfolk Catholic - 6-4, 240, Jr.
OL - Alex Lindsay - Pierce - 6-3, 230, Sr.
OL - Ethan Piper - Norfolk Catholic, 6-4, 260, Jr.
PK - Adam Wasserman - Fairbury - 6-1, 190, Sr.
ATH - Dylan Gentrup- Boone Central/Newman Grove - 6-1, 185, Sr.
DL - Tucker Hancock - Wahoo - 5-9, 185, Sr.
DL - Sam Cantu - Norfolk Catholic - 6-0, 275, Sr.
DL - Jesse Sullivan - Boone Central/Newman Grove - 6-4, 255, Sr.
DE - William Fry - Boone Central/Newman Grove - 6-3, 195, Jr.
LB - Kelby Schaffer - Norfolk Catholic - 5-10, 175, Sr.
LB - Sam Kolterman - Wahoo - 6-4, 195, Jr.
LB - Jacob Johnson - Fairbury - 5-11, 195, Sr.
LB - Collin Tinker - Pierce - 5-1, 175, Sr.
LB - Dylan Zaiser - Norfolk Catholic - 6-0, 190, Sr.
DB - Wyatt Liewer - O’Neill - 6-4, 175, Sr.
DB - Tijah Davis - Boys Town - 6-1, 175, Sr.
DB - Gavin Rech - David City Aquinas - 5-11, 160, Sr.
DB - Chace Clausen - Norfolk Catholic - 6-2, 175, Sr.
PUNT - Cameron Quick - Wahoo - 6-3, 190, Sr.
ATH - Deshawn Bates - Boys Town - 6-1, 200, Sr.
**Class C-2 All-State Offense:**
QB - Wyatt Ehlers - Centennial - 6-0, 180, Jr.
QB - Cole Schaedel - Lincoln Lutheran - 6-0, 160, Sr.
RB - Bryland Menicucci - Yutan - 5-9, 155, Sr.
RB - James Schroll - North Platte St. Pats - 5-9, 185, Sr.
RB - Weston Johnson - Battle Creek - 5-11, 185, Sr.
WR - Garrett Seagen - Oakland-Craig - 6-2, 180, Sr.
WR - Logan Kreizel - Lincoln Lutheran - 6-3, 205, Sr.
OL - Jadyn Stuart - Yutan - 6-3, 270, Sr.
OL - Rex Becker - Hartington Cedar Catholic - 6-0, 240, Soph.
OL - Andrew Lutt - Battle Creek - 6-5, 230, Sr.
OL - Caleb Marlett - Elwood-Murdock - 6-4, 270, Sr.
PK - Josh Kalkwarf - Wilber-Clatonia - 6-0, 175, Sr.
ATH - Tige Calleroz - Arcadia/Loup City - 5-9, 200, Sr.
**Class C-2 All-State Defense:**
DL - Colton Feist - Yutan - 6-3, 230, Sr.
DL - Caleb Cast - Centennial - 6-3, 220, Jr.
DL - Hunter Kocian - St. Paul - 5-9, 215, Sr.