It was a season of firsts for the Madison Bulldogs: Capturing their first-ever Class A state football title and winning 12 games, the most in team history.
With that said, it’s no surprise that the Bulldogs led the way in all-state selections with four on the first team offense, one on defense and two more honorable mention.
The Bulldog offense put up nearly 400 yards per game and 40 points and was paced by its skill position cornerstone — quarterback Mitch Hansen, running back Brodie Frederiksen and wide receiver Mason Leighton. Offensive tackle Austin Lohsandt led the way on the offensive line.
Lennox also had five first-team selections, with state runner-up West Central adding four. Tea Area and St. Thomas More both had three first-team picks.
Here is a capsule look at the all-state team:
Mitch Hansen, Madison.
Hansen, a 6-foot, 210-pound senior, was a dual-threat at quarterback for the Bulldogs, combining for 28 touchdowns on the season. He ran for 537 yards on 94 carries and completed 107 of 191 passes for 2,073 yards and 23 touchdowns. He finished with 4,880 yards of total offense in his career for 58 touchdowns.
“Mitch is a fierce competitor, a student of the game. He is a leader of our team,” Madison coach Max Hodgen said. “Offensively he is our catalyst; as Mitch goes, we go. He has the drive to be the best and he expects that from all of his teammates. He refuses to lose.”
Collin McEntee, Lennox.
The 5-10, 195 pound McEntee, a senior, finished with 371 yards rushing on 91 carries, scoring five times. He had no fumbles and averaged 4.0 yards per carry. As a blocker, he led the way for an offense that finished with 2,264 yards of rushing. He finished with 1,023 yards rushing and no fumbles in his career.
Brodie Frederiksen, Madison.
Frederiksen, a 5-8, 170-pound senior, led the Bulldogs with 1,459 yards on 219 carries, including a long run of 98 yards and a whopping 31 touchdowns. He also caught 14 pass receptions for 206 yards and one score. He is a two-time all-state performer, running for 2,913 career yards and 48 touchdowns.
Bryson Westland, Belle Fourche.
Westland, a 6-1, 180-pound senior, led the state with 2,132 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns. He also had one kick return for a score. In his career for the Broncs, he finished with 4,135 yards rushing and 50 touchdowns.
“Bryce has been our workhorse on offense for the past three years,” Belle Fourche coach Scott Slotten. “As the game goes along, he wants the ball more and more.”
Mason Leighton, Madison
The 6-1, 178-pound junior missed two games this season but still caught 25 passes for 592 yards and seven touchdowns. He also carried the football nine times for 47 yards.
Alek Keegan, St. Thomas More.
Keegan, a 6-3, 185-pound senior, had 25 pass receptions for the Cavaliers for 542 yards and seven touchdowns. He had six catches for over 40 yards on the season. In his last two seasons, he finished with 52 catches for 994 yards.
“Alek is the type of athlete that comes along once in a great while,” STM head coach Wayne Sullivan. “He will play at the next level.”
Jacob Hinker, Lennox.
Hinker, a 67-2, 225-pound senior, had seven catches for 85 yards and helped the offense rush for 2,264 yards on the season. He was also the team’s defensive MVP and team captain.
Brevin Wagner, Tea Area.
Wagner, the biggest player on the all-state team at 6-10, 357 pounds, is a senior and paved the way for the Tea Area offense to run up 3,444 yards of total offense, 1,821 on the ground and 1,623 through the air. The offensive line gave up just three sacks this season.
“Bevin has made huge strides since last season,” Tea coach Craig Clayberg said. “He worked his butt off in the weight room last offseason, which helped him develop into our top offensive lineman. He helped our offense to improve tremendously from last season.”
Austin Lohsandt, Madison.
Lohsandt, a 6-7, 235-pound junior, allowed no quarterback sacks this season and blocked for an offense that had a 1,500-yard rusher and 2,000-yard passer. The Bulldog offensive line gave up just three sacks all season.
Hunter Hanley, West Central.
Hanley, a 6-4, 293-pound senior, is a two-time all-state selection. He was part of an offense that averaged 6.0 yards (3,573) a carry and 357 yards per game. He was credited with right pancake blocks in one game and he had 28 on the season.
“Hunter is one of the most dominant linemen on either side of the ball that we may have ever had in West Central’s historic history of great linemen,” coach Kent Mueller said. “He is a kid that brings a competitive, nasty edge to the game. He plays with a motor that does not quit.”
Jaydn Broughton, Canton.
Broughton, a 6-1, 220-pound senior, helped the C-Hawk offense gain 2,920 yards this season. He finished with 14 pancake blocks. In his career, Canton had 10,441 yards of total offense in his three years as a starter. He’s also played fullback where he rushed 364 yards on 67 carries.
“Jaydn has been a two-way starter for us from day one (also outside linebacker),” Canton coach Rich Lundstrom said. “He’s been the team’s emotional and spiritual leader.”
Josh Tornow, Sioux Falls Christian.
Tornow, a 6-3, 265-pound senior, was the leader on the Charger offensive line that averaged 316 yards rushing per game.
“Josh is a great kid,” Sioux Falls Christian head coach Jake Pettengill said. “He works his tail off and helped anchor the offensive line.”
Dallas Gjertson, Tea Area
Gjertson, a 6-0, 190 pound senior, finished with 71 tackles this season for the Titans, 23 solo tackles and 48 assisted stops. He finished with five tackles for loss and had 1.5 quarterback sacks. In his career, he finished with 130 tackles and eight tackles for a loss.
“Dallas has played many positions for us,” Clayberg said. “This year he moved to the defensive end and was our best defensive lineman. He has a motor that won’t quit and made a lot of big plays for us this year just because of his effort.”
Marcus VandenBosch, Madison.
VandenBosch, a 6-1, 188-pound junior, led the Bulldogs in tackles with 109. He finished with 13 tackles for losses (52 yards) and had six quarterback sacks. So far in his career, he has 211 tackles (95 solos, 116 assisted). He had 18.5 career sacks.
“He is a team leader, selected as a captain by his teammates as a junior,” Hodgen said. “He is a hard-working, coachable athlete.”
Bryce Edberg, West Central
Edberg, a 6-4, 280-pound senior and two-time all-stater, was part of a defense that gave up just 2.6 yards per carry and an average of 192 yards of total offense per game. Often doubled-teamed, he finished with 38 tackles and four quarterback sacks.
“Bryce’s presence in the middle has been felt by opponents since his 10th grade season,” Mueller said.”Bryce has steadily improved and I believe has only begun to scratch the surface of his potential.”
Masen Oltmanns, Lennox.
Oltmanns, a 6-5, 345-pound senior, finished with 31 tackles, 24 solo and seven assisted. He had one tackle for loss, one quarterback sack and batted balls. A three-year starter on the defensive line, he finished with 92 career tackles, five sacks and nine tackles for a loss.
Grady Grimshaw, St. Thomas More
Grimshaw, a 6-2, 225-pound senior, was in on 68 tackles for the Cavaliers. He finished with one interception for a touchdown, two fumble recoveries and led the team with two sacks and six tackles for a loss. He finished with 214 tackles in three years, 10 sacks and 16 tackles for a loss.
Carter Van Gorp, Sioux Falls Christian.
Van Gorp, a 6-1, 210-pound senior, had 50 tackles for the Chargers, playing both strong side and inside linebacker positions.
“Carter was a coach on the field for us,” Pettengill said.
Jacob Desersa, Hot Springs.
Desersa, a 5-10, 170-pound senior, finished with 93 tackles for the Bison, 29 solo and 64 assisted. He also caused one fumble. For his career, he finished with 217 tackles, 62 solo and 155 assisted. He also caused three fumbles, had one fumble recovery and returned one interception for a touchdown.
“Jacob has been the face of our defense for the last three years,” Hot Springs coach Ben Kramer said. “He has been our leading tackler the last two years. He is fundamentally sound, a tough kid who has a knack for making big plays at big times.”
Jeremiah Maka, Tea Area.
Maka, a 6-1, 195-pound junior had 123 tackles, 52 solos and 71 assisted, leading the team for the second straight year. He also had 11 tackles for a loss, three sacks, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles. In his three-year career, he finished with 236 tackles, 95 solo and 141 assisted.
“Jeremiah is one of our leaders on and off the field,” Clayberg said. “Defensively, he is the guy who makes all of the calls. He is a very hard worker both on the field and in the classroom.”
Jonah Rechtenbaugh, West Central
Rechtenbaugh, a 5-10, 165-pound senior, had 36 tackles and three interceptions and was part of a defense that gave up an average of just 192 yards of total offense per game. He also ran for 1,068 yards on offense and had a 22-yard average on 12 punt returns, two for touchdowns.
Cole Thurness, St. Thomas More
A 6-1, 180-pound senior safety, Thurness had 65 tackles, caused six fumbles and had three pass interceptions. For his career, he had 14 pass breakups, 178 tackles and a 97-yard interception return for a touchdown.
“Cole is a true football player, he will play at the next level,” Sullivan said. “He also played on back-to-back state championship baseball teams and will play in the All-American Bowl on Jan. 2 that will be televised.”
John Oldenkamp, Lennox.
A 5-10, 185-pound senior, Oldenkamp had 62 total tackles this season, 40 solos and 22 assisted. He also had two interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He had 155 career tackles, four interceptions, 12 tackles for losses and four quarterback sacks.
Sam White, Dell Rapids.
White, a 6-3, 175-pound senior, had 45 tackles, two interceptions and two defensive touchdowns for the Quarriers. In his career, he finished with 56 tackles.
Noah Vettrus, West Central.
Vettrus, a 6-0, 165-pound senior, had 57 kickoffs for a 52-yard average, including 30 kicks into the end zone. As a punter, he also averaged 39 yards on 17 punts. He also played at running back and defensive back.
Jake Peterson, Canton.
Peterson, a 6-1, 170-pound junior, averaged 34.2 yards on 25 punts and had six kicks inside the 20-yard line. In his career, he averaged 31.9 yards on 50 punts.
“Jake was the jack of all trades this year,” Lundstrom said. “He played running back, quarterback, wide receiver, tight end, cornerback, safety, kick returner and punter. He did very well at every spot.”
Special teams player
Jacob Lackas, Lennox.
Lackas, a 5-8, 165-pound senior, had 12 kick returns for 331 yards (27.6 average) and one touchdown and four punt returns for 35 yards. In his career, he had 52 kick returns for 1,268 yards and the one score. He also had 13 punt returns for 235 yards and one score.
Chris Brown, Belle Fourche.
Brown, a 5-10, 180-pound senior, also was a key cog on the Bronc defense at linebacker.
“Chris never missed a snap on every field goal and PAT kick,” Slotten said. “Not only was he a great snapper but he also went down the field and made a lot of tackles.”