Creighton's Jacob Morrill, 4 time 1000 yard rusher. (#2 in black)
I'm going to jump ahead to Class D-1 All-State for the simple reason some information on C-2 athletes has not arrived. We'll do both the 8-Man class All-State squads, then proceed with C-2.
*2013 Class D-1 Offensive All-State Team*
QB - Matthew Wood - Hemingford, 6-2, 195 Jr.
It helps to have a 2000 yard rusher in the backfield and a couple of 400+ receivers out there, but the man executing the plays has to have some talent. Enter Matthew Wood. The 6-2, 195 junior led his team all the way to the finals before losing to Exeter-Milligan. Wood completed 58% of his passes for 1,295 yards and a monster 33 TDs and only THREE interceptions. Wood threw 188 passes, so with those 33 TDs around every THIRD pass went for a touchdown. #5 also ran for 376 yards and 9 more scores. On defense, Wood intercepted 4 passes and knocked 5 others away. He also made 50 tackles.
RB - Jacob Morrill - Creighton, 6-0, 200 Sr.
How about this guy! Only the 3rd player in history to rush for a 1000 yards all four years in high school. This year Morrill ran for 1,939 yards and 34 TDs while leading his team to the state semis. Jacob Morrill ended his star studded career with 5,981 yards and 90 touchdowns. As a defensive back this past season, Morrill made 58 tackles, 36 solos, had 1 INT and caused a fumble. Jacob Morrill didn't have blinding speed, shake and bake moves, or dozens of highlight reel runs, just tough, tough tireless runner with power and superior balance and leg strength.
RB - Hayden Cahoy - Overton, 6-0, 195 Sr.
Talk about a tough customer, Hayden Cahoy was a load to bring down, witnessed by his 1,612 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns. #20 has great hands and the Eagles weren't afraid to use him as a receiver. Cahoy had 28 catches for 391 yards and 6 TDs. Hayden had 44 tackles on defense and 11 tackles for losses. He also intercepted 2 passes and recovered 2 fumbles. In the semi final loss to Hemingford, Cahoy was flanked out as a receiver most of the game and responded with 161 yards on 8 catches and 3 TDs. Very durable athlete.
RB - Ethan Skinner - Hemingford, 5-11, 190 Jr.
One of seven 2000 yard+ rushers in the state, finishing the year with 2,094 yards and 30 TDs. Hemingford really leaned on this guy in the semi finals and the finals. Skinner toted the ball 53 times for 325 yards and 5 touchdowns in the semis vs. Overton. Ethan had his carries "cut" to 35 in the finals, but still managed 144 yards in the loss. Part of a team that is predominately Juniors. Scary thought what this bunch and Skinner will do in 2014.
End - Dylan MacKichan - Freeman, 5-11, 190 Sr.
MacKichan was listed as a RB on the pre-season lists but let Jacob Buhr take that role while he dazzled as a tight end. In 10 outings, MacKichan nabbed 32 passes for 606 yards and 10 TDs. Pretty good numbers for a TE. As a linebacker MacKichan packed a punch while recording 90 tackles (45 solos).
OL - Blake Hansen - Hemingford, 6-1, 210 Sr.
Holy cow was this guy tough! As an offensive lineman, Hansen opened giant holes for Skinner and on defense recorded a fairy tale like 31 tackles for losses. Hansen made 137 total tackles including 15 in the state finals against Exeter-Milligan. One thing you must remember about this team. Most of these stats were recorded in limited playing time because of the horrible blowouts. Hemingford loses only 3 players off this team, one of which is Hansen unfortunately.
OL - Dakota Divine - Twin Loup, 6-0, 265 Sr.
Big Dakota made life as a ball carrier easier for Wolves RB Chett Hinton (1,546 yds) and was just a great blocker, period. Divine spilled opposing backs behind the scrimmage line 17 times, on his way to 133 tackles. He also had 4 sacks and recovered a fumble One thing's for sure, when you have Mike Kozeal as a head coach, you have a chance to be a great football player and Divine certainly was that and more.
OL - JD Callahan - Overton, 6-0, 235 Sr.
JD Callahan was just a very fine two-way lineman, period. All-district all 3 years at Overton, Callahan could always be counted on for that block when the Eagles needed yardage. Had 72 tackles as a junior and 80 this season. Even tackled an opposing runner for a safety.
Ath - Brenden Pelster - Chambers/Wheeler Central, 5-10, 180 Soph.
Couldn't resist putting Pelster on this team. Sophomore or not, this young man is a football player through and through. Played a ton as a freshman and was ready to hit the ground running this season. Counting passing yardage, Pelster accounted for more than 2,500 yards of offense and led the Renegades to a 6-4 season. Playing QB, Pelster completed 50% of his throws for 843 yards and 16 TDs. Brenden rushed for 189 times for 1,285 yards and another 13 TDs. Returned punts and kick-offs for 696 yards and scored 80 points by himself. On defense, Pelster had 59 solo tackles, 109 total tackles, and 14 of those were for losses. The kid could play for my team any day.
PK - Pascal Jarzabkowski - Palmer, 6-0, 185 Jr.
What a great name for a kicker. Kind of makes you think "Soccer". This season Palmer didn't have to worry about kick returns because Jarzabkowski booted 39 of them into the opponent's end zone for a touchback. He nailed 22 of 25 extra point kicks and was 3 of 6 on field goal attempts with a longest of 40 yards. On defense he had 64 tackles, 5 for losses, recorded 3.5 sacks, recovered 3 fumbles and blocked a punt. By the way, how DO you pronounce that last name, Pascal?
*2013 Class D-1 Defensive All-State Team*
DL - Brett Santin - Palmer, 6-1, 210 Sr.
That Palmer football team went through some rough times before and this season, yet still ended up with a 7-3 record and a playoff win. Santin was one of the reasons for that 7-3 mark. On offense, he was a splendid lineman, but on defense, a BEAST. Santin made 163 tackles, recovered a fumble, blocked 2 punts and even scored a touchdown. Had 36 tackles in 2 playoff games. SOLID.
DL - Garrett Pribyl - Exter-Milligan, 6-0, 200 Sr.
Solid, solid anchor on both sides of the ball and was one tackle away from leading the team in that catagory. Had 80 stops this year for the best defense by far, in D-1. Recovered 3 fumbles and did all the punting for the State Champions.
LB - Nolan White - Exeter-Milligan, 6-2, 195 Sr.
Talk about a team leader, Nolan White epitomized what a team player is all about. Suffered a shoulder injury and couldn't play in this year's State Final. Last season, he broke his hand which prevented him from playing QB on offense, but still toughed it out as a GUARD on defense. This season White led EM in tackles with 106 and had 4 INTs. On offense, White rushed for 385 yards and 10 TDs and passed for 685 yards and 8 scores, but it was White's leadership and nose for the ball that keyed the finest defense in all of 8-Man football. Really love this kid's spirit.
LB - Seth Wilmes - Creighton, 6-3, 204 Sr.
48 solo tackles, 82 tackle points, and 20 tackles for losses made Seth Wilmes a valuable assett to the 'Dogs. Used his height to knock down 7 passes and pick off another. Wilmes recovered 4 fumbles and averaged nearly 36 yards punt. Seth also kicked off for Creighton.....a lot. 89 times to be exact and sailed 44 of those into opponents end zones. Oh, we're not finished yet. On offense, as the "Other" back (see Morrill), Seth Wilmes rushed 106 times for 751 yards and scored 14 TDs. He also caught 22 passes for 414 yards (19/catch) and scored 5 receiving touchdowns. All-State....oh yeah.
LB - Jake Bartling - Elm Creek, 6-3, 220 Sr.
Helped lead the Buffaloes to a 9-2 record this season. Honestly one of the best tacklers in 8-Man football the past two years. Bartling had 136 tackles in 2013 and there wasn't one game, NOT ONE, where Bartling didn't have double digit tackles. Was a tremendous blocker on offense and actually carried the ball 36 times for 253 yards and scored 4 touchdowns. Should be on everyone's All-State list.
LB - Kyle Jensen - Exeter-Milligan, 5-11, 190 Jr.
Repeat all-state selection, Jensen did it all for the State Champs. He was 2nd on the team in tackles with 85, picked off 2 passes, and recovered 2 fumbles. On offense, Jensen rushed for 906 yards and scored 22 TDs and was always there when you needed him. He was the defensive star in the state final game against Hemingford, intercepting 2 passes, logging 12 tackles and plus, rushed for 74 yards on offense.....MVP? That's just how Kyle Jensen plays.
DB - Casey Wisnieski - Howells-Dodge, 6-1, 190 Sr.
The Dodge product was certainly a team leader on both sides of the ball for Coach Mike Speirs. Wisnieski intercepted 6 passes on defense, 5 against High Plains alone, knocked 3 others away and had 71 tackles. As a QB, Casey passed for 647 yards and 7 touchdowns, and rushed for 300 more and 9 scores. Has been the Jaguars field general the past 2 seasons.
DB - Wyatt Schoenholz - Bruning/Davenport/Shickley, 6-0, 175 Sr.
Specialty is DB, but Schoenholz is a force on offense also. Took over this year's squad when super athlete Ryan Tegtmeier graduated. Don't even need stats to know this guy belongs on All-State.
P - Jarrod Bantam - Alma, 6-2, 185 Sr.
Repeat selection from last season, Bantam averaged 40 yards a boot, which is excellent for ANY high school punter. Bantam also rushed for 547 yards and scored 8 TDs as a running back, snared 16 passes for 226 yards and scored 2 TDs there. On defense he intercepted 3 passes, recovered 2 fumbles, and made 30 tackles. Nice athlete.