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THE WINNER: Luke Loudenburg
School: Howard (S.D.)
Position: Running back
Weight: 150 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Tigers to a perfect 12-0 record and the Class 9A state title this past season. Loudenburg rushed for 2,685 yards and 53 touchdowns on 200 carries, and shattered the state career records for both rushing yards (6,806) and touchdowns (108). Captain of the Argus Leader Elite 45 team, he rushed for 227 yards and three scores in the state title game, earning the Joe Robbie Award.
Academic excellence: Loudenburg has maintained a 3.56 GPA.
Exemplary character: Also a state championship wrestler, he has volunteered locally assisting the elderly and coaching youth football players and wrestlers.
“Pound for pound, Loudenburg is the toughest football player I’ve ever seen,” said Brad Benson, head coach at Chester Area School. “He’s got great vision, great balance, great feet. He’s also a great defensive player, a great tackler.”
THE FUTURE: Loudenburg remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.