Here is the American Family Insurance ALL-USA South Dakota Postseason Football Team:
Dylan Arntz, DE, Lincoln
The Patriots had their second straight unbeaten Class 11AAA title, doing so in dominating fashion, and Arntz’s ability to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks was one of the reasons why.
He had an astounding 15.5 sacks this season – and 26 in his career. He also had 56 tackles this season.
Among his big games was a 13-tackle, two-sack effort in a 34-29 victory over O’Gorman – their closest game of the season.
“Dylan is a big-time player with a motor second to none – the heart of our defense,” said Coach Aaron Beavers.
Jake Bear, RB, Roosevelt
With a Bear in the backfield, the Rough Riders made it all the way to the state Class 11AAA championship game the past two seasons.
This season he rushed 158 times for 1,104 yards and 11 touchdowns and he caught 15 passes for 229 yards and four TDs.
Among his top games was a 24-carry, 130-yard effort in a 28-21 win over O’Gorman on Oct. 17. He also rushed for 151 yards against Rapid City Stevens in the regular season and 103 in the playoffs.
“Jake was our leading rusher and a very physical ballcarrier,” said Coach Kim Nelson. “He ran equally well inside and outside.”
Dayton Bird, WR-CB, Brookings
Behind Bird’s all-around play, the Bobcats soared into the state championship game for the first time since 2001.
He rushed 39 times for 501 yards and he had 20 receptions for 254 yards. On defense, he had 48 tackles. The three-time all-ESD performer had 107 receptions and 102 tackles and returned three kickoffs for scores in his career.
“Over a three-year career, Dayton has done it all for the Bobcats,” said Coach Lee Schmidt. “Dual threat receiver and running back, kickoff returner, punt returner and our top defensive back. Dayton has amassed 2,887 total yards during his varsity career.”
Turner Blasius, FB-LB, Kimball-White Lake
A starter in the state finals as a freshman, Blasius accumulated 314 tackles, 13 sacks and eight fumble recoveries in his career.
This season he had 98 tackles and four sacks as the Wildkats reached the Class 9AA semifinals. He also averaged 5.9 yards a carry in rushing for 541 yards and eight touchdowns and was the lead blocker for a running back who gained more than 1,700 yards.
“His work ethic in the weight room has been at a very high level and has been a great example for our young athletes,” said Coach Dale Taylor.
Kurt Braun, QB-S, Gregory
Behind Braun’s running and passing, Coach Brian Allmendinger’s Gorillas were unbeaten Class 9AA champions.
Braun accounted for more than 2,500 yards this season. He rushed 135 times for 1,237 yards and 17 touchdowns and he was 53-for-79 (67 percent) for 1,345 yards passing with 22 TDs. On defense he had 54 tackles as Gregory allowed only 5.3 points a game.
In his career, he rushed for 2,460 yards and 35 TDs and passed for 2,393 yards and 39 scores. He also returned three punts for TDs.
“Exceptional athlete and person,” said Allmendinger. “Kurt displayed great leadership skills both on and off the field.”
Cody Bussell, RB-CB, West Central
The perennially potent Trojans reached the Class 11A semifinals with Bussell leading the way.
He rushed 123 times for 1,054 yards and 14 touchdowns and he caught 18 passes for 365 yards and eight scores. For his career, he averaged 7.6 yards while rushing for 2,312 yards and he had 35 catches for 653 yards, including the game-winner in the 2013 finals.
“In the 25 years I’ve been at West Central, Cody is the closest thing to a wide receiver we’ve had,” said Coach Kent Mueller. “His speed and ability to catch the football gave us an every down vertical threat that everyone we played had to honor.”
Jake Comeaux, QB, Brandon Valley
Another in a line of quality Lynx quarterbacks, Comeaux passed for 2,154 yards and 24 touchdowns as Brandon Valley reached the Class 11AAA semifinals.
He completed 180 of 274 passes and had a stretch of 175 passes without an interception. He also rushed 120 times for 526 yards and six TDs.
In his career, he completed 63.7 percent of his passes, going 367-for-576 for 4,334 yards and 50 TDs.
“Jake’s running ability brought our offense to a new level this year, making us more difficult to defend,” said Coach Chad Garrow.
Jackson Doeden, RB-LB, Groton Area
The Tigers reached the Class 11B semifinals as Doeden came through with a big season.
He rushed 215 times for 1,048 yards and 12 touchdowns and he also passed for 310 yards and four scores. On defense, he had 80 tackles.
In his career, he had 215 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and five fumble recoveries.
“Jackson has been an instrumental part of our program the past three seasons,” said Coach Shaun Wanner. “He was a punishing runner with excellent speed and power. When we needed a yard, Jackson got it for us.”
Weslee Dvorak, RB-S, Parkston
Dvorak rushed 119 times for 1,405 yards for the unbeaten Class 11B champions, and his 50-yard field goal in the finals turned out to be the difference in a 24-21 win. It was one of three 50-yarders he kicked this season.
He also passed for 186 yards and seven touchdowns and had nine receptions for 186 yards and three TDs. On defense, he had 34 tackles.
“He was a rare player who was able to line up in multiple positions offensively and be a huge threat from each,” said Coach Eric Norden. “Defensively Wes … was able to disrupt offenses with his skill and speed.”
Lance Eide, RB-DB, Deuel
The four-year starter led the Cardinals to their best record (9-2) in 20 years.
This season he rushed 190 times for 1,908 yards and 28 TDs, had 18 catches for 388 yards and six TDs and had 63 tackles. In a playoff win over Garretson he rushed for 319 yards.
In his career, he rushed for 3,240 yards and 44 TDs, had 61 receptions for 917 yards and 12 TDs and he had 262 tackles and 11 interceptions. He set 11 school records.
“Everyone we played for the past two seasons knew that he was our team,” said Coach Matt Rosdahl. “They game planned to stop him. Despite this, we had team success and Lance had individual success.”
Matt Farniok, OL, Washington
Matt is following in the large footsteps of brothers Tom and Derek, who were also offensive linemen and Elite 45 players.
A junior, Matt already has scholarship offers from Iowa State, Washington State, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and Vanderbilt. Last summer, he was named overall MVP of a national scouting showcase in Indianapolis after posting a 26-inch vertical leap and benching 27 repetitions of 155 pounds.
“He is the anchor of our offensive line,” said Coach Chad Stadem. “Matt is a dominant offensive lineman, and as a sophomore and junior, he was the guy we ran behind for tough yards.”
Lincoln Feist, OT-DT, St. Thomas More
A four-year starter who played in the state finals as a seventh-grader, Feist helped the Cavaliers reach the championship game again this season.
The 290-pounder was a key blocker for an offense that amassed 4,500 total yards this season. He also had 72 tackles, eight tackles for loss, five sacks and two interceptions.
“He played an incredible game in the state championship against Parkston,” said Coach Wayne Sullivan. “Lincoln has been offered by Air Force and Colorado State, and he was offered a preferred walk-on at Oregon. He will not only play at a high level, he will make an impact.”
Luke Fritsch, QB-DB, O’Gorman
A junior, Fritsch carried the Knights to the state Class 11AAA semifinals.
He was 55-for-98 for 965 yards and 13 touchdowns and he rushed 121 times for 735 yards and nine TDs. On defense, he had 36 tackles.
Among his big games: 8-for-13 passing for 163 yards and three TDs in a 34-29 loss to state champ Lincoln, 12 rushes for 110 yards in a playoff win over Aberdeen Central and 130 yards passing and 109 rushing with three TDs in all in an overtime win at Pierre.
“Along with being a great football player, Luke is a natural leader and a major part of our success this year,” said Coach Steve Kueter.
Brody Gilbertson, C-DT, Arlington
With Gilbertson in the trenches, Arlington reached the state Class 9AA finals last year and had an unbeaten regular season and No. 1 ranking this season.
He was the leader of an offensive line that blocked for a running game that amassed 3,087 yards this season.
On defense, he had 32 tackles, three sacks and 11 tackles for loss. He had 24 tackles for loss in his career.
“Brody was very dedicated to the game of football,” said Coach Steve Gilbertson. “He is a leader both on and off the field, and a joy to coach.”
Brody Grantham, QB-LB, Hamlin
A repeater on the Elite team, Grantham powered the unbeaten Chargers to the Class 9B title.
He rushed 176 times for 1,833 yards and 34 touchdowns and passed for 810 yards and 13 scores. On defense, he had 112 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and six forced fumbles.
In his career, he rushed for 3,454 yards and 61 TDs, passed for 2,342 yards and 32 scores and had 282 tackles (46 for loss) and 11 forced fumbles.
“Brody is a true leader and a very hard worker,” said Coach Jeff Sheehan. “He will go on and be a great player at the next level.”
Jordan Grosdidier, RB-DB, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan
A year after rushing for 1,000 yards and helping the Seahawks to the state Class 9AA title, Grosdidier came through with another 1,000-yard season.
He rushed 170 times for 1,165 yards and 24 touchdowns. On defense, he had 57 tackles and two interceptions. He also averaged 29 yards on kick returns and 15 on punt returns.
“Jordan is a hard-working young man who has put countless hours in during the offseason to make himself better and the team better,” said Coach Jeff VanLeur. “From his DB spot he has a nose for the football and is always around the ball.”
Paul Guptill, RB-S, Philip
The Western Great Plains Conference MVP helped the Scotties reach the Class 9A semifinals.
Guptill rushed for 2,106 yards, averaging 10.5 yards a carry, and he caught 15 passes for 325 yards. In all, he had 40 touchdowns, including three kick/punt returns. On defense he had 28 solo tackles and 58 assists.
In his career, Guptill rushed for 4,180 yards, had 512 yards in receptions, returned six kicks for scores and had 74 solo tackles and 130 assists.
“Paul’s leadership skills are unmatched by any athlete I have had in 25 years,” said Coach Keven Morehart.
Brady Hale, SE-SS, Yankton
The Bucks were unbeaten Class 11AA champions and Hale played a big part in that.
He caught 40 passes for 490 yards and five touchdowns this season. On defense, he had 25 tackles and three interceptions. He also averaged 38.3 yards per punt and made 11 of 17 field-goal tries, with five of them over 40 yards, including a 53-yarder. None was bigger than the 45-yarder he made with 1:26 to play to send the title game to OT.
“One of the best all-around athletes I have had the privilege to coach,” said Arlin Likness. “He works on all parts of the game. He is willing to give what it takes to be the best he can be.”
Mitch Hansen, QB, Madison
The Bulldogs had another potent season with Hansen at the helm, earning a No. 1 ranking and reaching the Class 11A championship game.
Hansen completed 116 of 194 passes for 1,606 yards and 16 touchdowns, and he rushed 129 times for 721 yards and 11 scores. He rushed for 83 yards and was 13-for-25 for 170 yards passing in a 12-7 loss to Dell Rapids in the finals. In all, Madison averaged 364 yards and 38 points a game with Hansen at quarterback.
“Mitch is a great dual-threat quarterback and did an outstanding job in his first season as a starter,” said Coach Max Hodgen.
Matt Johnson, RB-LB, Garretson
The third-leading rusher in Blue Dragons history, Johnson was the team’s workhorse.
He rushed 248 times for 1,927 yards and 28 touchdowns this season. He also scored via reception, interception, fumble recovery and kickoff return. On defense, he had 97 tackles and three fumble recoveries. In his career, he rushed for 3,532 yards and 45 TDs.
“Matt has that rare combination of power, speed and durability,” said Coach Kevin Steckler. “He churned out most of his yards between the tackles but has that breakaway speed which was obvious in the number of runs he had in which the defensive backs couldn’t catch him.”
Jonathan Kabambi, RB, Harrisburg
The Tigers reached the Class 11AA semifinals with Kabambi doing much of the heavy lifting.
He rushed 221 times for 1,531 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. For his career, he rushed 464 times for 2,695 yards and 27 TDs.
One of his big games was against state champion Lincoln, when he gained 134 yards in 18 carries. He also rushed for 229 yards on 27 carries in a playoff win over Mitchell.
“Jonathan is the most explosive running back I have ever coached,” said Brandon White. “He is a great football player and more importantly a great human being. Our program will definitely miss Jon on and off the field.”
Andrew King, QB-DB, Arlington
An Elite 45 repeater, King led the Cardinals to the state finals as a junior and to a No. 1 ranking and unbeaten regular season as a senior.
This season the Dakota Valley Conference player of the year rushed 57 times for 640 yards and 12 touchdowns and he was 34-for-63 passing for 740 yards and 14 scores. On defense, he had 52 tackles with 15 passes defended and two interceptions. He also averaged 40.3 yards as a punter.
In his career, he rushed for 1,687 yards and 35 scores and passed for 2,985 yards and 44 TDs. And he had 132 tackles. With King starting at QB, Arlington was 29-5.
Braxton Large, RB-LB, Lincoln
One of the few two-way players for the two-time unbeaten state Class 11AAA champions, Large’s impact was indeed large.
He rushed 161 times for 1,320 yards and 26 touchdowns this season. On defense, he had 60 tackles and four sacks. He was big in the big games, with 22 carries for 186 yards and four TDs in the semifinals against O’Gorman and 19 carries for 188 yards and three TDs in the finals against Roosevelt, including a 91-yarder to seal the win.
“Unbelievable young man – total team player – he never left the field – a two-way player and led our defense and offense at a high level of play,” said Coach Aaron Beavers.
Zach Lundquist, QB, Aberdeen Roncalli
Lundquist completed a phenomenal 71 percent of his passes this season in guiding the Cavaliers to a 9-1 record and a spot in the Class 11B quarterfinals.
He was 139 of 196 for 2,136 yards and 22 touchdowns. In his career, Lundquist was 330 of 544 for 4,804 yards and 68 TDs – all school records.
“Zach is an outstanding QB who can make all the throws,” said Coach Terry Dosch. “He is very accurate and makes good decisions with the ball. He truly “gets” the game of football and has done a wonderful job of directing our offense the past three years. In that time our team has gone 28-3.”
Jared Maciejczak, OL-DL, Douglas
A four-time all-conference player, Maciejczak was a key component in the rejuvenation of the Patriots’ football program.
The Douglas offense ran behind him 82 percent of the time. On defense, he had 31 tackles, including seven for loss. He is being recruited by FBS, FCS and Division II programs.
“He is a leader by example and is a true team player,” said Coach Dan Maciejczak. “Hard work and dedication has made him excel on and off the field. His passion to never fail has helped make him the most decorated offensive lineman in school history and I’m sure he would trade it all in for one trip to the finals. He is that kind of person.”
A.J. Martinec, RB-LB, O’Gorman
The Knights again were a force to be reckoned with in Class 11AAA and Martinec was one of the reasons why.
He rushed 71 times for 419 yards and three touchdowns and had 14 receptions for 169 yards and three more scores. On defense, he had 58 tackles; in his career, he had 112.
“A.J. was a great motivator for our team this year,” said Coach Steve Kueter. “He always played his best in big games. He was our leading tackler throughout the playoffs. He blocked a punt and took it in for a score in the first round of playoffs, then followed it up with 10 tackles and two more TDs. He was a huge factor in our success this year.”
Austin Messmer, RB-LB, Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central
Behind Messmer’s running and receiving, the Blackhawks reached the state Class 9AA finals.
He rushed 137 times for 1,701 yards and 33 touchdowns this season. He also had 23 receptions for 328 yards. On defense, he averaged 7.9 tackles a game and had three sacks.
In his career, he rushed for 2,895 yards and scored 56 touchdowns.
“In 2012 we went 2-6 when he was a sophomore,” said Coach Jason Kolousek. “Due to his hard work, dedication and leadership we were able to turn that around and make an appearance inthe DakotaDome his senior year.”
Nickel Meyers, SE-CB, Lincoln
The Patriots had a lot of offensive weapons in going unbeaten and winning the state Class 11AAA title for a second year in a row, and Meyers was one of the best.
He had 66 receptions for 1,110 yards and nine touchdowns this season. Meyers had nine catches for 196 yards in a regular-season win over Roosevelt, seven catches for 131 yards and two scores against Harrisburg, six for 117 against Watertown and seven for 104 against Brookings.
“The very best wide receiver I have coached,” said Aaron Beavers. “Has size, speed and strength. Will make some college coach very happy on Saturday afternoon.”
Dexter Nowstrup, OT-DE, Madison
The Bulldogs reached the state Class 11A championship game for the second year in a row with Nowstrup leading the way.
He blocked for an offense that rushed for 2,729 yards, passed for 1,634 and averaged 38 points a game. On defense, he had 76 tackles, 16.5 for loss and 7.5 sacks. He also blocked three kicks. Against Vermillion, he had four sacks and a safety.
“Dexter was a dominant force on both sides of the ball,” said Coach Max Hodgen. “Defensively his ability to squeeze down or stretch the perimeter contributed to our success. He plays a “6 Technique,” which is difficult to master. He did an awesome job at it.”
Derek Peters, OT, Lincoln
The two-time unbeaten Class 11AAA champion Patriots had perhaps the state’s most prolific big-school offense, and much of it had to do with the play of Peters.
A three-year starter, he has blocked for a team that has gained more than 15,000 yards in those three years.
This season the Patriots averaged 246 yards rushing, 203 yards passing and 40.4 points a game while going 11-0.
“Outstanding lineman,” said Coach Aaron Beavers. “He will make blocks at every level – at the line, linebacker level and down field. One of a kind player.”
Brady Reiff, TE-LB, Parkston
An Elite repeater, statistics don’t begin to tell how valuable this four-year starter was to the unbeaten Class 11B champions.
The University of Iowa recruit had nine receptions for 199 yards and five scores. He often was the lead blocker for a team that rushed for 3,166 yards. He also also had 40 tackles as the Trojans held foes to 63 total points and 65.9 yards a game.
“Offensively, Brady has continually improved his skills as a blocker and receiver,” said Coach Eric Norden. “Defensively, Brady has reduced the field in half. As an outside linebacker, he controlled everything around his edge and was a person teams avoided.”
Isaiah Roach, QB, Lincoln
The Patriots had another perfect season and they had the perfect quarterback to lead them.
Roach led the state in passing yards with 2,229. He completed 139 of 208 passes with 19 touchdowns. He was 16-for-20 for 248 yards in a regular-season win over Roosevelt, 16-for-23 for 235 yards against Brookings, 20-for-29 for 226 yards against Washington and 8-for-10 for 186 yards in one half against Rapid City Central.
“A great leader,” said Coach Aaron Beavers. “Can run and pass – a total dual threat on offense. He does his job and is very humble. A total joy to coach.”
Sam Schaunaman, OL-DL, Aberdeen Central
A three-year starter on offense, the 260-pound Schaunaman gave the Golden Eagles a formidable presence in their line.
On defense, he was Aberdeen Central’s second-leading tackler with 62 – an impressive number for a lineman. He also had 11 tackles for loss.
“Sam is the best leader I have ever had,” said Coach Mike Flakus. “On the field and in the locker room. He is a great player with excellent speed. I think what separated him from the rest is his ability to make huge blocks on the perimeter. Excellent pulling guard and excellent football player.”
Heath Schindler, WR-DB, Elkton-Lake Benton
With Schindler catching passes on offense and defense, the Elks reached the Class 9AA quarterfinals.
He caught 56 passes for 1,055 yards and 14 touchdowns this season and he intercepted 10 passes. He also rushed 50 times for 387 yards. On defense, he had 70 tackles.
In his career, he had 126 catches for 2,228 yards, rushed 188 times for 1,235 yards and scored 46 touchdowns. He also had 19 interceptions and 166 tackles.
“Heath not only improved each year/game but made others around him so much better,” said Coach Tal Farnham. “He is the best receiver I have coached in 27 years.”
Grant Schmidt, OT, Roosevelt
A rare four-year starter at a Class 11AAA school, Schmidt helped the Rough Riders reach the state finals the past two seasons.
He blocked for an offense that averaged 211.5 yards a game rushing and 184.1 passing and 34.7 points a game.
The 280-pounder has committed to play at Ohio State. He also has been invited to play in the All-American Bowl on Jan. 4 in Carson, Calif.
“Grant has been the main guy in our offensive line for four seasons and has gotten better each season,” said Coach Kim Nelson. He is the best lineman we have had in a long time. I believe he will do well in the Big Ten.”
Riley Schmidt, RB-LB, Dell Rapids
A three-time all-stater and a two-time state finals MVP, Schmidt sparked the Quarriers to the Class 11A title.
He scored this season via run (20), pass (4), interception (1), punt return (1) and kick return (4) – and his only pass went for a TD. He rushed 158 times for 1,518 yards and had 20 receptions for 478 yards (almost 24 yards a catch). On defense, he had 54 tackles.
In his career, he had 2,970 rushing yards, 41 receptions for 879 yards and 61 TDs – seven on kick returns. He also had 136 tackles.
“Riley is a very intelligent player who can see the field and understands what needs to be done,” said Coach Steve Hansen.
Trace Scott, OG-DE, Pierre
One of two returning starters from the Governors’ 2013 state championship team, Scott helped Pierre to another standout season.
He led Pierre with 76 tackles, including 16 tackles for loss. He also forced three fumbles. In his career, he had 118 tackles, including 26 tackles for loss.
“Trace has been a selfless leader, moving from a running back/linebacker position to defensive end/guard during his junior year,” said Coach Jayson Poppinga. “Trace’s work ethic and determination to play through a shoulder injury helped lead his team to a semifinal appearance.”
Mason Strahl, QB-CB, Yankton
The most prolific passer in Yankton history, Strahl powered the Bucks to their first state championship since 2002.
He completed a phenomenal 73 percent of his passes, going 142-for-195 for 1,760 yards and 14 touchdowns with only four interceptions. For his career, he completed 258 of 409 passes for 3,472 yards and 22 TDs. In the title-game win over Brookings, he was 20-for-31 for 265 yards and two TDs and ran for one TD.
“Mason came to practice every day to get better and lead with determination and heart,” said Coach Arlin Likness. “Mason is truly a team player and led by doing everything for the team.”
Devin Tolsma, RB-LB, Avon
An Elite 45 repeater, Tolsma finished his four-year career with an astounding 508 tackles.
This season he rushed for 1,924 yards, averaging almost 12 yards a carry. He also caught 17 passes for 348 yards and scored 37 touchdowns in all, including seven kick/punt returns. And he had 94 tackles. In his career, he rushed 434 times for 4,260 yards and 58 TDs.
“He is without a doubt one of the best players that has come through our program,” said Coach Tom Culver. “He is an extremely hard worker that led by example . This past season most of our opponents knew that Devin was going to get the ball on offense, but he still managed to rush for over 1,900 yards.”
Derrek Tuszka, RB-LB, Warner
A two-time defensive player of the year in the Lake Region Conference, Tuszka had 109 tackles this season, 15 for loss, three sacks and three forced fumbles.
He also rushed 138 times for 1,460 yards, caught 14 passes for 247 yards and scored 23 touchdowns as Warner reached the Class 9A quarterfinals. A four-year starter, he had 342 tackles, 45 for loss, 12 sacks and six forced fumbles in his career. He has committed to play next season for North Dakota State.
“Derrek is very athletic for a big kid (fast and strong),” said Coach Kerwin Hoellein. “He is truly a game changer both on offense and defense.”
Chase Vinatieri, WR, Roosevelt
The Rough Riders reached the state Class 11AAA finals for the second year in a row with Vinatieri playing a key role.
He caught 43 passes for 713 yards and eight touchdowns this season. One of his top games was against Rapid City Stevens, when he had six catches for 142 yards and four scores in a 51-29 win. He also had four catches for 92 yards against Lincoln in the state championship game.
He has committed to play at South Dakota State.
“Chase is a very athletic receiver and has been a big-play guy for us throughout his career,” said Coach Kim Nelson.
Darin Wieseler, RB-LB, Faulkton Area
The Trojans reached the state championship game for the first time since 1998 behind the running of Wieseler.
He rushed for 1,899 yards, averaging almost 9 yards a carry. He ran for 29 scores and had five receiving TDs. On defense, he had 51 tackles. For his career, he rushed for 4,355 yards and 56 TDs. Among his big games this year: 35 carries for 247 yards and four scores in the Class 9B semifinals against Canistota.
“He has been our go-to guy on offense for the last three years,” said Coach Shayne Geditz. “He is a great young man who has worked very hard to become a very good football player.”
Alex Wilde, WR, Brandon Valley
Perhaps the state’s most prolific receiver, Wilde’s play helped the Lynx reach the state Class 11AAA semifinals.
Wilde caught 60 passes for 1,009 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He had a monster game to open the season: 17 catches for 257 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-34 loss to Roosevelt. The 17 catches is a state 11-man record. He also had seven more catches for 107 yards in a playoff loss to RHS. In his career, he caught 88 passes for 1,530 yards.
“Alex had a great career as a Lynx,” said Coach Chad Garrow. “He is a very versatile player who has played four different positions for us throughout the year.”
Lorenzo Williams, QB-DB, Wolsey-Wessington
Williams broke the state single-season rushing record by more than 200 yards in leading the Warbirds to the state Class 9A championship game.
The South Dakota State recruit rushed 203 times for 2,780 yards and 40 touchdowns, averaging 13.7 yards per carry and 231 yards per game. He also passed for 668 yards and five TDs. On defense, he had 153 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and six interceptions. In his career, he rushed for 4,998 yards and had 352 tackles.
“He is a special athlete and a special young man,” said Coach Gordon Hooks. “He will do great things at the next level.”
Cole Acheson, Chester Area; Ian Ailts, Washington; Adam Aughenbaugh, De Smet-Iroquois; Joseph Balderas, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte; Alec Barta, Gayville-Volin; Brandon Beutler, Eureka-Bowdle; Josh Brown, Dell Rapids St. Mary; Nick Buchmann, Tri-Valley; Regan Bye, Vermillion; Peter Choudek, Brandon Valley; Brady Dam, Dakota Valley; Mikey Daniel, Brookings; Oliver Doeden, Beresford; Josh Dotson, Rapid City Central; Matt Eastmo, St. Thomas More; Jordan Fechner, Tea Area; Riley Frantzen, Brandon Valley; Eathen Gaulke, Kimball-White Lake; Will Gottlob, McCook Central-Montrose; Evan Greeneway, Yankton; Tyrel Haley, Winner; Ben Hammer, Dell Rapids; Jace Hanisch, West Central; Joe Hanson, McCook Central-Montrose; Jared Harkless, Hot Springs; R.J. Helsper, Brookings; Eli Hofer, Hitchcock-Tulare; Sam Ireland, Bennett County; Tyson Jenkins, Clark-Willow Lake; Grant Johnson, Alcester-Hudson; Jerry Kappenman, McCook Central-Montrose; Brandon Koch, New Underwood; Kody Kracht, Sturgis; Kenner Langenbau, Hill City; Tristen Leiseth, Hamlin; Dylan Lick, Tri-State; Dodi Makwinja, O’Gorman; Cole McGehee, Wolsey-Wessington; Lane Meyer, Faulkton Area; Harley Mollman, Harding County; Jerad Nielsen, Canistota; John Oldenkamp, Lennox; Drew Peters, Lincoln; Andrew Sorensen, Brandon Valley; Vasiliy Stefanyuk, Harrisburg; Charlie Steffl, O’Gorman; Brock Swartos, Sioux Valley; Shilo Tallman, Little Wound; Joel Thomsen, Custer; Jett Thune, Roosevelt; Keegan VanEgdom, Sioux Falls Christian; Aaron Van Voorst, Canton; Tyler Van Voorst, Roosevelt; Lucas Vogel, Potter County; Colin Walth, Alcester-Hudson; Bryson Westland, Belle Fourche; Hunter Young, Bon Homme;