Senior. offensive tackle/linebacker … 6-foot-2, 210 pounds … Coaches’ association academic all-stater in Class 5A is “an outstanding football player and even better leader for the Storm,” head coach Bill Magnuson said … All-North Central Red Sub-District … had 31 solo and 42 assisted tackles with 5 tackles for loss … Receiving NSIC and MIAC interest.
Sr. center … 6-2, 190 … Two-year starter helped lead Spartans to most prolific offensive season in school history with more than 2,000 yards rushing and 2,500 passing … Key cog on a team that qualified for the state Class 4A playoffs two years in a row, advancing to state semifinals in 2015.
Sr. running back/linebacker … 6-1, 205 … Mr. Football candidate ran for 1,935 yards and 23 TDs on 227 carries, an 8.5 average … Yardage was tops in the area … had 2,183 all-purpose yards including a kick return for a TD … Had 56 tackles and four interceptions with one returned for a TD … Coaches’ association academic all-state … “Kyle is the best best running back that I have seen in our area in my 22 years of coaching football,” head coach Kyle Loven said.
Sr. wide receiver … 6-4, 180 … Great hands, timing and jumping ability … Catches everything in the vicinity, coach Scott Hentges stated … Had 42 receptions for 793 yards and 10 TDs, all top-five in school history … All-state triple and high jumper who has signed with South Dakota State for track.
Sr. wide receiver/cornerback … 5-10, 165 … Captain … Excellent speed … East Central District North Division receiver of the year … Had 42 receptions for 736 yards, an average of 18 yards per catch, with 13 touchdowns for a team that rarely threw in the second half … Class 4A coaches’ association all-state academic team member.
Sr. center/inside linebacker … 6-0, 205 … East Central North most valuable offensive lineman … All-Section 6-3A … Anchor and leader on offensive line that averaged more than 300 yards per game … Three-year starter … Had 55 tackles and two sacks for 9-2 Huskies … Division II recruit.
Sr. running back … 6-0, 200 … Rushed for 1,552 yards and 19 TDs on 214 carries, a 7.3 yards-per-carry average … Finished with 4,390 career rushing yards and 50 TDs … Mid State Sub-Division I offensive back of the year … “(He) did some unbelievable things on the field,” co-head coach Chuck Noll stated.
Sr. offensive lineman/defensive lineman … 6-3, 295 … One big, important reason the Pioneers are Class 3A state champions with a dominant running game … All-Mid State Sub-Division I and most valuable offensive lineman in the district … Captain and tremendous two-way starter.
Sr. kicker/punter/wide receiver … 5-11, 195 … Was 2-for-3 on field goals and made 37 PATs on 49 attempts … Averaged 35 yards per punt with 25 punts inside the 20 … Had 10 touchbacks on kickoffs … Also caught 27 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns.
St. Cloud Tech
So. wide receiver … 6-5, 200 … Already a two-year starter … Caught school single-season record 58 passes for 761 yards and 9 TDs, a 13.1 average per reception … Also a physical blocker … Fourth all-time in receptions and sixth all-time in receiving yards … All-North Central Red Division.
Sr. quarterback … 5-10, 175 … Completed 121 of 203 passes for a 60-percent completion percentage good for 2,134 yards and 27 touchdowns with six interceptions … Prep Bowl Offensive MVP … Three-year starter who runs the offense well, head coach Dwight Lundeen said.
Sr. offensive tackle/defensive tackle … 6-4, 285 … East Central North Division lineman of the year … Four-year starter and a two-way starter for the two-time state Class 4A champions … Blocked for a team that rushed for 3,091 yards and passed for 2,251 with 77 touchdowns.
Sr. safety/tight end … 6-3, 200 … Two-year, two-way starter who had 37 tackles and one interception … Extremely athletic … Outstanding blocker who had 14 receptions for 180 yards and four touchdowns … Two-time all-conference/district selection receiving NSIC interest.
St. Cloud Tech
Jr. punt returner/kick returner/quarterback … 5-9, 160 … Multiple threat and leader of the offense and special teams … Holds school single-game records for completions and yards passing … Second all-time leading passer in school history … Averaged 11.2 yards on punt returns and 13.4 yards on kick returns … Completed 152 of 241 passes (63 percent) for 1,842 yards.
Sr. linebacker/cornerback/running back/quarterback … 5-10, 190 … Did it all for state 3A champions, being called “Mr. Utility” by head coach Leo Pohlkamp … All-district who filled in at quarterback because of injuries … Captain … Headed to Bemidji State to play baseball.
Sr. punter/kicker/safety/quarterback … 5-9, 160 … Captain named East Central North most valuable quarterback … Three-time all-conference/all-district selection … Averaged more than 33 yards per punt over career … Averaged 33.6 yards per kickoff … Made 66 tackles with two interceptions at safety and rushed for 799 yards and 14 TDs for state Class 3A tournament team.
Sr. linebacker/H-back … 6-3, 230 … Had 38 solo tackles, 35 assists tackles … Member of the Class 3A coaches’ association all-state academic team … All-East Central North Division At H-back, he had eight catches for 54 yards and two TDs … Receiving Division II recruiting interest.
Sr. defensive back/quarterback … 5-10, 175 … Team MVP who intercepted three passes in his last two games … Captain and team offensive MVP and special teams MVP … Had 22 solo and 22 assisted career tackles, three tackles for loss … Also completed 64 of 132 passes for 834 yards with seven TDs and seven interceptions.
Sr. Linebacker/fullback … 6-3, 220 … Big, strong and fast … Was Becker’s top weight-lifter … Three-year starter who led the Bulldogs in tackles all three years … East Central North Sub-District linebacker of the year … Will play Division I football, Lundeen said.
Sr. defensive back/wide receiver … 6-2, 170 … Associated Press first-team all-stater who had 10 interceptions this season and 19 in his career, tying school records in both categories … Defensive back of the year in the district … Great cover safety who also plays basketball and baseball.
Sr. defensive end/offensive tackle … 6-6, 275 … Top 10 Mr. Football finalist … Captain … three-year starter … MVP of East Central North Sub-District … KARE-11 TV all-stater … AP all-stater … Star Tribune All-Metro team … Minnesota Vikings All-State team … Committed to North Dakota State.
Sr. strong safety/quarterback … 5-11, 185 … Great senior year included three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries … Also rushed for 1,920 yards and 24 touchdowns with 15 two-point conversion runs … Completed 59 of 121 passes for 1,051 yards and seven TDs with seven two-point conversion passes … District QB of the year.
Jr. linebacker … 6-3, 210 … Had a school-record 146.5 tackles with one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries, returning one for a touchdown … Also had three sacks and four pass deflections … Already a two-year starter, he helped anchor 9-4 Spartans’ defense.
Jr. defensive lineman/running back … 5-9, 160 … Had 76 tackles with 5.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss despite being one of the smallest linemen around … At running back, he rushed for 720 yards and eight touchdowns on 164 carries … Also caught 13 passes for 125 yards … A state wrestling entrant.
Alec Anderson (Rocori, Sr., WR); Joey Atkinson (St. Cloud Apollo, Jr., QB); Kyle Birr (Albany, Sr., RB/LB); Landon Bjorge (Little Falls, Sr., TE/DE); Gage Blechtinger (Little Falls, Sr., OL/DT); Ty Botten (Rocori, Sr., G); Brady Buckentine (St. Cloud Cathedral, Sr., WR/DB/KR/PR); Eric Burski (Sauk Rapids, Sr., FB/LB); Ted Dehler (Pierz, sr., C/DE); Gabe Dertinger (Becker, Sr., RB); Luke Dunsmoor (St. Cloud Apollo, Jr., OL/DL); Kolton Farnick (Sauk Rapids, Sr., OT); Brock Fobbe (Annandale, Sr., QB); Will Funk (Sauk Centre, Sr., LB/RB/K); Cody Hennek (St. Cloud Tech, Sr., DL); Clayton Hoeper (St. Cloud Apollo, Sr., RB/DB); Alex Hohenstein (Annandale, Sr., WR/S); Deshaun James (Eden Valley-Watkins, Sr., WR/DB/KR); Reese Jansen (Eden Valley-Watkins, Jr., QB); Brett Kapsner (Pierz, Sr., G/LB); Milan Kent (Becker, Sr., DL/RB); Will Kleinschmidt (Albany, Sr., FB/ILB); Alex Knapp (Holdingford, Sr., QB/CB); Mark Lorenz (Foley, Sr., TE/LB); Max Martig (St. Cloud Tech, Jr., OLB); Colton Meyer (Melrose, Sr., OL/DL); Jack Mussman (St. Cloud Tech, Jr., OT/DT); Blake Patrick (Holdingford, Jr., WR/S); Michael Petron (Royalton, Jr., CB/WB); Nolan Prokott (Holdingford, Jr., TB/LB); John Schmidt (Sartell, So., RB/LB); Connor Schoborg (Rocori, Jr., QB); Nathan Stang (Paynesville, Sr., RB/LB); Gavin Stanger (Paynesville, Jr., LB); Derek Thompson (Rocori, Jr., WR); Devin Vouk (St. Cloud Tech, Jr., RB); Austin Zapzalka (Royalton, Jr., FB/MLB); Mitch Zayas (Sartell, Jr., DL); Ryan Zayas (Sartell, Sr., DL)
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