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#ArgusPreps Elite 45 watch list: Week 4

Roosevelt's Austin Johnson runs toward the end zone while Harrisburg's Logan Warzecha tries to stop him during their game on Friday at Howard Wood Field.

Roosevelt’s Austin Johnson runs toward the end zone while Harrisburg’s Logan Warzecha tries to stop him during their game on Friday at Howard Wood Field.

Dell Rapids' Seth Andersen (27) carries the ball as Tea Area's Logan Hoon (9) tackles him during a game Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at Tea Area High School in Tea, S.D.

Dell Rapids’ Seth Andersen (27) carries the ball as Tea Area’s Logan Hoon (9) tackles him during a game Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at Tea Area High School in Tea, S.D.

Tea Area's Adam Heien (3) is brought down by Dell Rapids' Hunter Hansen (17), left, and Mason Peter (82), right, during a game Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at Tea Area High School in Tea, S.D.

Tea Area’s Adam Heien (3) is brought down by Dell Rapids’ Hunter Hansen (17), left, and Mason Peter (82), right, during a game Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at Tea Area High School in Tea, S.D.

#ArgusPreps Elite 45 Watch List

#ArgusPreps Elite 45 Watch List

Roosevelt quarterback Torren Devericks surveys the field during the Rough Riders' game against Harrisburg on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 at Howard Wood Field.

Roosevelt quarterback Torren Devericks surveys the field during the Rough Riders’ game against Harrisburg on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 at Howard Wood Field.

Here’s the fourth 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 to @ianmcfrazer or @ArgusSports or by emailing ifrazer@argusleader.com. Here are the lists from week oneweek two and week three.

Torren Devericks, QB, Roosevelt

Devericks’ season began with an interception — seriously, on his first pass of the year — but since then, he’s been a composed, accurate quarterback for the Rough Riders, one who excels at getting strong performances out of all the receivers at his disposal. He’s completed 62 percent of his passes on the year, thrown just two interceptions, and on Friday against Harrisburg, he set a school record with 387 passing yards.

Nathan Varns, WR, Roosevelt

Roosevelt has no shortage of strong receiving options, and Varns, a junior, turned in the Riders’ best single-game performance of the season on Friday. He had nine catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns, with his longest catch going for 80 yards and another going for 73.

Carter Carstens, DE, Roosevelt

Carstens is one of the most feared defensive ends in the state, and while the senior has struggled at times this year to rack up numbers due in parts to teams scheming against him, Friday’s performance showed how dangerous and productive he can be. He had 13 tackles, with 10 coming unassisted, had half a sack, forced a fumble and had an interception, which he returned 26 yards.

Logan Uttecht, WR, Washington

Uttecht, a junior, has built a strong case as one of the state’s most exciting playmakers at wide receiver, and he made two excellent catches in the Warriors’ win over O’Gorman on Friday. He got Washington its second touchdown of the game by pulling down Jayden Johannsen’s fade in tight space in the back of the end zone, and he made a spectacular play on a 26-yard grab in the third quarter, snatching the ball with one hand as he fell backwards. Uttecht leads Washington in yards per reception and is tied for the lead in touchdowns.

Washington's Jayden Johannsen (2) looks for an open receiver during a game against O'Gorman Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at McEneaney Field on the O'Gorman High School campus in Sioux Falls.

Washington’s Jayden Johannsen (2) looks for an open receiver during a game against O’Gorman Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at McEneaney Field on the O’Gorman High School campus in Sioux Falls.

Jayden Johannsen, QB, Washington

Johannsen, just a sophomore, continued his development into one of the state’s most accurate and productive quarterbacks on Friday. He had 309 passing yards, completing 21 of his 35 throws. He has completed 65 percent of his passes this season and has averaged more than 210 yards passing per game.

Xavier Kolb, LB, Lincoln

The Patriots got back to .500 with a 27-7 win at Brookings on Friday, and Kolb played a prominent role in that strong defensive performance, picking up seven tackles, including a sack, after having seven tackles against Washington the previous week.

Darian Ogunjemilusi, RB, Wolsey-Wessington

The Warbirds keep rolling — with a 54-0 win against Hitchcock/Tulare on Friday, they have outscored opponents 210-6 on the year — and Ogunjemilusi, their senior running back, keeps racking up absurd rushing totals. He had 241 yards on seven carries and scored three touchdowns on Friday. Ogunjemilusi has rushed for more than 200 yards in three of his four games this year.

Tate Gale, QB, Irene-Wakonda

Nine-man football is mostly the territory of rushing-focused teams, but Gale has put up some of the strongest passing numbers at any level this year. Irene-Wakonda got smashed, 64-14, by Mount Vernon/Plankinton on Friday, but Gale went 20-for-31 and had 230 passing yards, with an average of 11.5 yards per completion.

Jeremiah Makahununiu, LB, Tea Area

Makahununiu was named homecoming king on Friday, and he made the day twice as great by putting in one of the best individual defensive performances in the state this year, totaling 23 tackles in the Titans’ 19-0 win over Dell Rapids.

Joe Stenerson, RB, Harding County

Stenerson continued his 2016 rampage on Friday in a 52-0 win over New Underwood, rushing for 165 yards on eight carries and scoring two touchdowns in a game that ended in the third quarter due to the mercy rule.

Chance Olson, QB, Langford Area

Olson was the preeminent producer in an explosive offense game, one in which Langford area and De Smet combined for 881 yards. He had 185 rushing yards and scored five touchdowns on 23 carries.

Zam Centeno, RB, Parker

Parker had strong night on offense in its 40-36 win on Friday over Alcester-Hudson, with 546 yards of total offense, and Centeno still had almost half of those yards himself. The junior rushed for 264 yards in 16 carries and scored three touchdowns.

Nick Billion, DB/WR, O’Gorman

Billion might have had the best individual performance on either team in Washington’s 35-14 win on Friday. The junior was everywhere on defense at safety, making five solo tackles and assisting on five more. He also had an interception, blocked a field goal — which Canyon Bauer took back for a touchdown — and had 141 receiving yards on six catches.

Baltic’s Kadin Wolff carries the ball Friday, Sept. 16, against Hanson on Military Appreciation and Parents’ Night at Baltic. Wolff had 14 carries for 237 yards and three touchdowns.

Baltic’s Kadin Wolff carries the ball Friday, Sept. 16, against Hanson on Military Appreciation and Parents’ Night at Baltic. Wolff had 14 carries for 237 yards and three touchdowns.

Kadin Wolff, RB, Baltic

Baltic is 3-0 in 2016 after its 56-20 win against Hanson on Friday, and Wolff, a senior, has led the offensive charge for the Bulldogs. He ran for 237 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries against Hanson and had 136 yards and another touchdown against Chester the week before.

Mason Leighton, WR, Madison

Leighton hasn’t gotten catches in bunches for the Bulldogs this year, but the senior has proven to be exceptionally dangerous when he does get the ball. In Madison’s 53-7 win over Lennox, which moved the Bulldogs’ record to 4-0, Leighton had 91 receiving yards and two touchdowns on two catches and returned an interception 44 yards.

Josh Giles, QB, Madison

Madison’s would have the productive offense that it does — the Bulldogs have scored 30 or more points in all four games this season — without a strong quarterback, and Giles has stepped up in replacing Mitch Hansen, now at Wayne State. The junior completed all 12 of his passes on Friday, racking up 277 yards and four touchdown passes.

Sawyer Prins, QB/LB, Sioux Falls Christian

Prins, a senior, has stepped into a bigger role on offense for the Chargers this year, who no longer have the twin tailback dynamos of Keegan Van Egdom and Jackson Olson to lean on. Prins had 109 yards rushing and threw for 185 more in Sioux Falls Christian’s comeback win over Sioux Valley. He also has played a strong role in the Chargers’ stout defense, which has allowed just 20 points combined in four games this year.

Brady Hill, RB, Sully Buttes

Hill has proven to be an extremely productive rusher for the Chargers, who moved to 4-0 on the second with a 48-7 win over Sunshine Bible Academy. The senior had 139 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns on five carries in the win over the Crusaders.

Chase Kortan, RB, Bon Homme

This season hasn’t been an ideal one for Kortan: The Cavaliers are 1-2, and he missed much of their 32-7 loss to Gregory. He can still be one of the most exciting offensive players in the state, though, and had 85 yards on the ground and 53 yards receiving as Bon Homme fell, 30-23, to Kimball/White Lake on Friday.

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