Here’s the second edition of the #ArgusPreps Elite 45 watch list, focusing on players across the state who will be the best candidates for our year-end Elite 45 team. You can nominate players by tweeting @ianmcfrazer and @ArgusPreps or by emailing email@example.com.
Preston Barr, RB/LB, Aberdeen Central
Barr might be the most important piece of Aberdeen Central’s rush-heavy, strength-centered offensive attack and is also a contributor on the Golden Eagles’ strong defensive front. In an 18-12 win Friday against Rapid City Central, he had 249 rushing yards and two interceptions.
Austin Johnson, WR, Roosevelt
Roosevelt’s spread passing attack has a much better showing in week two against O’Gorman than it did in the season opener against Aberdeen Central, and Johnson reinforced his status at the Rough Riders’ top receiving option, grabbing eight passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday.
Jack Anderson, RB, Harrisburg
The Tigers’ offense looked utterly out of sorts in the first half of their Friday night game against Huron, but Anderson pulled them through in the second half with three rushing touchdowns. The scores went for 22, 14 and 48 yards. Anderson had 181 total yards on 24 carries.
Chance Olson, QB, Langford Area
Langford Area won on Friday in another blowout, beating Faulkton Area 42-14, and Olson put in one of the season’s strongest offensive showings, rushing for 221 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries and completing five of his seven passes for 106 yards and two more scores.
Spencer Negebauer, RB, Mitchell
The Kernels rebounded from an opening eek loss to Harrisburg with a strong 35-6 win over Yankton, the defending state champion, and Negebauer led their offensive attack with 179 yards on 23 carries and three touchdowns. He also had eight tackles for the Kernels.
Spencer Grage, TE, Brandon Valley
After a relatively quiet performance in the Lynx’s loss to Washington in week one, where Grage had just two catches, he broke out against Watertown, leading Brandon Valley with five catches for 54 yards and a touchdown as the Lynx beat Watertown, 40-0.
Alex Wickersham, RB/SS, Brandon Valley
Wickersham is one of the Lynx’s most active players, playing most snaps at tailback and at strong safety, and he had a strong two-way performance against Watertown, rushing for 130 yards on 12 carries and helping hold the Arrows to less than just 97 total yards on offense.
Logan Uttecht, WR, Washington
Uttecht has made game-defining plays twice this season, snaring an interception against Brandon Valley that snuffed the Lynx’s last drive out and, on Saturday against Lincoln, he had a 73-yard touchdown catch that gave Washington the decisive lead in its 34-16 win over Lincoln.
Seth Benson, LB, Washington
Benson had another productive night at linebacker for the Warriors on Saturday, collecting nine tackles and breaking up a pass as Washington held Lincoln to 175 yards of total offense.
Darian Ogunjemilusi, RB, Wolsey-Wessington
Ogunjemilusi had another gigantic game, rushing for 219 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries against Herreid/Selby Area, and the Warbirds won in another blowout, beating the Wolverines 56-6.
Zam Centeno, RB, Parker
Parker began its season on Friday with a 56-30 win over Howard, and Centeno led the Peasants’ offense with 203 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
Brady Hill, RB, Sully Buttes
Hill ran for for 275 yards on 25 carries and scored four touchdowns in Sully Buttes’ 39-6 win over Stanley County. The Chargers fell behind 6-0 to start the game but proceeded to pound the Buffaloes with 39 unanswered points.
Mason Leighton, WR, Madison
Leighton’s week two wasn’t as massive as his blowout performance against Dell Rapids to open the season, but he stayed on the radar with 85 receiving yards on four catches in the Bulldogs’ 35-13 win over Dakota Valley.
Jaxon Janke, WR, Madison
The Bulldogs have many more weapons than just Leighton: Jaxon was the most productive of the three Janke brothers on Friday, leading the team with 105 receiving yards on 5 catches, booting four punts for an average of 37.8 yards and recording five tackles, including one for a loss.
Collin Brison, S, Lincoln
Brison had a blocked punt against Washington on Saturday that helped set up a touchdown that gave Lincoln a 16-14 lead. He also blocked a punt in the Patriots’ win over Rapid City Stevens in week one. He had six tackles against the Raiders and five against the Warriors.
Krockett Krowlikowski, OL/DL, Winner
Winner rolled again on Friday, smashing Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 52-0, with all the points coming in the first half. Krowlikowski helped lead a rushing attack that averaged 16.7 yards per rush, and while he only had two tackles, one-and-a-half went for a loss.
Evan Munkvold, WR, Tea Area
Munkvold played a strong role in the Titans’ hyper-efficient passing attack in their 48-7 win over Lennox on Friday, gaining 84 receiving yards on two catches, including a 72-yard score.