All-Ozarks football player capsules

All-Ozarks football player capsules


All-Ozarks football player capsules




John Roderique

Webb City senior

Webb City lost an All-Ozarks quarterback last year in Breckin Williams, but coach John Roderique replaced him with a familiar face: His son. The senior answered the call, keeping the Webb City machine rolling to its third straight state title.

Stats: 91-of-141 passing, 1,669 yards, 20 touchdowns, four interceptions; 79 carries, 780 yards, 16 touchdowns

College: Undecided


Jonah Hill

Hillcrest senior

The versatile Hill went under center this year and led the Hornets to a co-Ozark Conference championship as a quarterback, a position he had never played. It’s not surprising, though, as Hill has had Division I scholarship offers for other positions he’s never played, such as defensive end.

Stats: 131-of-217 passing, 1,867 yards, 11 touchdowns; 167 carries, 818 yards, 15 touchdowns

College: Committed to Arkansas State

Running backs

Cole Jenkins

Parkview senior

The emotional leader for the Parkview Vikings, Jenkins led Parkview’s continued resurgence from a traditional loser to conference contender. Jenkins came to Parkview as a sophomore wanting to turn things around, and with powerful running for three years, he certainly did.

Stats: 202 carries, 1,302 yards, 19 touchdowns

College: Undecided

Phoenix Johnson

Webb City senior

The Cardinals haven’t had too many big games in the last 45 (all wins), but when they did, it was usually Johnson making many big plays. Against Savannah in the semifinal and MICDS in the final last year, Johnson came up big. This year, Johnson was his usual steady self as the Cardinals rolled.

Stats: 167 carries, 1,478 yards, 24 touchdowns

College: Undecided

Brock West

Lebanon senior

Lebanon’s all-time leading rusher and the Ozark Conference Player of the Year capped off a productive career for the co-conference champions. The 5-foot-9 speedster used his size to his advantage as he was hard to find and then hard to catch.

Stats: 261 carries, 2,081 yards, 31 touchdowns

College: Undecided

Offensive Line

Austin Boice

Lamar senior

The second straight year a big Lamar offensive lineman cracked the All-Ozarks team, Boice equaled AJ Eaves (now at Missouri State) with his dominance. Boice, at 6-foot-7 and 290 pounds, cleared the way for players like quarterback Levi Petersen and Jared Beshore who were all-state first teamers after Lamar’s run to a second straight Class 2 state title.

College: Undecided

Reese Bounous

Monett senior

As an offensive lineman, he helped lead running back Aaron Hall to three straight 1,000-yard seasons. As a defensive lineman, the 6-foot-2 and 210-pound Bounous was a leader of the stingy “Purple Haze” unit. Bounous was part of a group that shocked the area by making the Class 3 state semifinal after being seeded No. 3 in the district.

College: Undecided

Gus Carter

Republic senior

After making the All-Ozarks preseason team in August, Carter lived up to his billing. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound offensive tackle was a first-team All-Central Ozark Conference selection – quite a feat in one of the state’s toughest leagues. The Tigers went 5-6 this season for coach Kurt Thompson.

College: Undecided

Tyler Couch

Lebanon senior

The two-way lineman led a dominant unit on offense that paved the way for the potent Lebanon rushing attack. Not only did running back Brock West score more than 30 touchdowns and break the Lebanon career rushing record, but Aren Martin also had some nice lanes to run big plays through as well. And all of it started up front for coach Will Christian’s team.

College: Undecided

Cameron Glenn

Ozark senior

A three-year starter, coach Mark Bliss said Glenn had 37 pancake blocks from the center position this season. Bliss also praised the long-snapping ability of the 6-foot-3, 260-pounder, who helped lead the way for the prolific Ozark offense, which enjoyed a surprise run to the Class 5 state semifinal.

College: Undecided

Wide Receiver

Matt Rush

Hillcrest junior

Rush came back home to Springfield after playing for Waynesville last season and made an instant impact on the Hornets, who have turned into a local power. Rush was invaluable to coach John Beckham, as he even stepped in at quarterback when the starter and backup were down with injuries. His big-play ability kept defenses off balance all season.

Stats: 65 receptions, 1,100 yards, eight touchdowns; 273 rushing yards, five touchdowns; 411 return yards


Defensive Line

Michah Foote

Kickapoo senior

Foote came up biggest in big games, getting around slower offensive tackles and creating havoc for opposing quarterbacks. A move-in from the Kansas City area last season, Foote made his mark on rivalries with Glendale and Hillcrest, playing his biggest games in those victories.

Stats: 54 tackles, 11 sacks, 23 tackles for a loss

College: Undecided

Ryan Grismer

Nixa senior

A two-way force for one of the area’s best teams, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Grismer helped keep Nixa quarterback Austin Schweiss upright on offense, and did his best to do the opposite to opposing QBs. The Eagles made the district final thanks in part to strong play in the trenches.

Stats: 81 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, four sacks

College: Undecided

Ian Hall

Catholic senior

An emotional leader for the Irish, Hall put together a fine season while many of his top teammates struggled with injuries down the stretch. The Irish still went 8-3 this season, though, and spent much of the year in the Class 3 state rankings.

Stats: 38 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, six sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one touchdown


Dalton Humphrey

Webb City senior

The coaches’ association named Humphrey the Defensive Player of the Year in Class 4 as a nod to Webb City and also to Humphrey’s success. Humphrey joined the starting lineup midway through his sophomore year because of an injury, and did not lose a game in nearly three seasons on the field for coach John Roderique.

Stats: 108 tackles

College: Undecided

Bruce Leali

Glendale senior

The Springfield Quarterback Club named Leali its Lineman of the Year, an award for which linebackers are eligible. This, despite a tough season for the Falcons under first-year coach Tyler Overstreet. Glendale finished 2-8 this season but Leali kept his team in a lot of games they otherwise would not have been.

Stats: 146 tackles, five tackles for a loss, one blocked kick

College: Undecided

Cody Lindsay

Ozark senior

One of the best football players in the Ozarks, Lindsay helped lead the high-powered offense and also was the hardest-hitting player on the Ozark defense. Whether as a wrestler (Lindsay won a state title as a sophomore) or a linebacker, the senior has a chance to be an impact college athlete.

Stats: 116 tackles, eight sacks, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery; 194 carries, 1,374 yards, 24 touchdowns; five receptions, 47 yards, two touchdowns

College: Undecided

Chase Nugent

Camdenton senior

Nugent did a little of everything for coach Jeff Shore’s team, which surprised many with a third-straight trip to the Class 5 state quarterfinal. He helped block for another productive season running the football by Murphy Ward, and also moved to linebacker after being an impact defensive lineman in the past.

Stats: 78 tackles, three tackles for a loss; 29 catches for 403 yards, two touchdowns

College: Undecided

Levi Tucker

Ozark senior

Coach Mark Bliss called Tucker the team’s best and most consistent defensive player, and the senior graded out the highest throughout the season. At 5-foot-6 and 200 pounds, Tucker was able to be impactful in Class 5, which is no small feat, especially on a team which proved to be one of the state’s best.

Stats: 160 tackles, 10 sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries

College: Undecided

Defensive backs

Kurran Blamey

Monett senior

The Big 8 Conference world already knew about the multi-talented Blamey, but a run to the Class 3 state semifinal helped expose the senior to the rest of the southwest Missouri football scene. Blamey was one of the best players around, regardless of classification, and made his presence known in pretty much every facet of the game for coach Chad Depee.

Stats: 91 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, one sack, one fumble recovery, nine pass break-ups, four interceptions, two defensive touchdowns; 112 carries, 999 rushing yards, 11 touchdowns; 25 receptions, 599 yards, seven touchdowns

College: Undecided

Drew Legan

Bolivar junior

Another strong season by Bolivar was thanks in part to Legan, who helped keep the team together, despite injuries, with contributions all over the field. Legan was a ball hawk for coach Lance Roweton and should lead a strong Liberator team next season, which could have another chance to give Roweton the long playoff run which has eluded the program.

Stats: 70 tackles, two tackles for a loss, eight interceptions, four pass break-ups, one fumble recovery

Sheldon Moeller

Hillcrest senior

One of the hardest-hitting football players in the Ozarks, Moeller led an experienced unit which was the strength of a feared defense. Moeller was a four-year starter for coach John Beckham and should have a chance to play at the next level after three all-conference seasons.

Stats: 121 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles

College: Undecided

Special Teams


Shelby Harris

Nixa senior

Harris did his part to put points on the board for the Eagles and to help keep opponents off the board as well. His touchbacks were effective in forcing opponents to drive the distance against coach Rich Rehagen’s team.

Stats: 42-for-46 extra points, 3-for-4 on field goals, 42 touchbacks

College: Undecided


Stone Phelps

Cassville senior

He has the best football name on the All-Ozarks team, and he played a crucial part in a lot of Wildcat wins throughout his career. Cassville spent the entire regular season ranked in the top 5 statewide before falling in the district final to conference rival Monett.

Stats: 39.7 yards per punt

Return Specialist

Hunter Steinmetz

Parkview sophomore

It’s a wonder that many teams kept kicking deep to Parkview, which has an impressive stable of speedsters. The only sophomore on the All-Ozarks team, Steinmetz is the leader of the group.

Stats: Three return touchdowns

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