HURON — Nine members of the Class 9AA all-state football team, which is selected by the South Dakota Football Coaches Association, participated in the Class 9AA championshp game at the DakotaDoma in Vermillion.
Wolsey-Wessington, which won the state championship with a 36-22 victory against Woonsocket-Wessington Springs-Sanborn Central, had four players selected to the all-state team — seniors Hunter Johnson and Brady Struck and juniors Darian Ogunjemilusi and Dylan Hines.
Senior John Hamilton received honorable mention for the Warbirds, who avenged their only loss of the season in the title game and finished at 11-1.
Five seniors were named to the all-state team for Woonsocket-Wessington Springs-Sanborn Central — Landon Ochsner, Brady Tiede, Garrett Larson, Chase Von Eye and Tucker Kingsbury.
Miller, Chester Area, Bon Homme, Webster and Gregory all had two players named to the team, while Clark-Willow Lake, Stanley County, Herreid-Selby Area, Mt. Vernon-Plankinton and Ipswich-Edmunds Central each had a player on the all-state team.
Here is a capsule look at the players selected to the Class 9AA all-state team:
Quarterback — senior Colten Drageset of Stanley County. He rushed for 1,533 yards this season on 129 carries, scoring 19 touchdowns. He also was 55 of 102 passing for 14 touchdowns. “He is a tremendous three-sport athlete,” Stanley County coach Tom O’Boyle said. “He’s a great leader and student with a 3.2 grade-point average.”
Fullback — senior Kaleb Eich of Chester Area. He had 61 carries this season for 692 yards, including four 100-yard games, and scored 12 touchdowns. He also had six receptions, including one for a touchdown. “Kaleb was an on-the-field leader for the Flyers. He led by example and his teammates would follow,” Chester Area caoch Brad Benson said. “Kaleb’s progression from freshman to senor was a joy to watch and coach.”
Running back — senior Landon Ochsner of Woonsocket-Wessington Springs-Sanborn Central. He rushed for 1,637 yards and 25 rushing touchdowns this season for the Blackhawks. he finished with 237 yards receiving on seven catches and had two touchdowns and had six kick returns for 151 yards and a touchdown. “He is an extremely tough kid. He played the semi-final game basically on one leg,” W-WS-SC coach Jason Kolousek said. “He is a very physical player, who goes hard all the time and was a major contributor to the 2014 Dome team as a running back and linebacker.”
Running back — senior Hunter Johnson of Wolsey-Wessington. He rushed for 2,930 yards on 278 carries and scored 34 touchdowns to lead the Warbirds to the 9AA championship. In the championship game he established a new all-class rushing record with 303 yards. During the past two seasons he has rushed for more than 5,000 yards and scored 69 touchdowns. He was an all-state selection in 2014. “As a three-year starer he has rushed for 2,000-plus yards in two consecutive years,” Wolsey-Wessington coach Gordon Hooks said. “Hunter is a team captain and has been the heart of the Warbirds this season.”
Wide receiver — junior Darian Ogunjemilusi of Wolsey-Wessington. He had 18 catches this season for 455 yards and four touchdowns. He also did a lot of damage on the ground with 105 carries for 1,190 yards and 15 touchdowns. He had nine kickoff returns for 268 yards and a touchdown and 32 punt returns for 209 yards. “Darian is a very talented kid with unlimited abilities. There is not one set postion for Darian, you have to get the ball in his hand as many times as possible, because he can go the distance at anytime,” Hooks said. “His athletic ability makes him that rare athlete you see every 10 years or more.”
Wide receiver — junior Chase Kortan of Bon Homme. He amassed 2,048 all-purpose yards this season in scoring 26 touchdowns and 176 points. He had 58 receptions for 749 yards and carried the ball 142 times for 1,054 yards rushing. “Chase has great athletic ability and also leads by example during the offseason,” Bon Homme coach Byron Pudwill said. “Chase is a four-sport athlete and carries a 3.94 grade-point average.”
Tight end — senior Brady Tiede of Woonsocket-Wessington Spring-Sanborn Central. He had 10 catches for 197 yards and three touchdowns this season for the Blackhawks, who averaged 43 points per game and had team totals of 1,174 passing yards and 2,673 rushing yards. He earned honorable mention all-state honors in 2014. “Brady has probably been the most solid player we have had the last three years. He’s not overly flashy, but does his job,” Kolousek said. “He’s a great blocking tight end and a wonderful kid who is willing to do whatever to help the team.”
Guard — senior Garrett Larson of Woonsocket-Wessington Springs-Sanborn Central. Helped the Blackhawks to 2,814 yards rushing and 1,311 yards passing this season. He was a 2014 all-state selection at defensive end. “Garrett has tremendous drive and works in the weight room constantly,” Kolousek said. “He goes hard all time time and encourages all his teammates to play as hard as he does. He is very knowledgeable about the game plan and is a very fundamental lineman.”
Guard — junior Dylan Hines of Wolsey-Wessington. He helped the Warbirds to 5,569 yards rushing this season and was named as the Lineman of the Game in the Class 9AA championship game. “Dylan is a coaches’ dream to have as a player and a person. He is very coachable and easy to work with,” Hooks said. “Dylan is a leader on and off the field. He is only a junior, but plays like a college player.”
Center — senior Noah Huber of Clark-Willow Lake. He helped anchor the offensive line from his center position. He was an honorable mention all-state selection in 2014. “Noah is a very versatile football player. he has the size, strength and ability to play anywhere on the offensive and defensive lines,” Clark-Willow Lake coach Joel Huber said. “He has great footwork for a player his size and just does not get beat.”
Long snapper — senior Josh Anderson of Chester Area. He was error free on a total of 71 snaps this season. “Josh’s work ethic is second to none, he was my coach on the field and a firece competitor,” Benson said. “He’s one of the most coachable kids that I have had the pleasure to coach.”
Tackle — senior Desmond Graves of Miller. He recorded 47 tackles this season, including 20 solo stops. He had 11 tackles for a loss, six sacks, two punt blocks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. “Desmond is a big kid who plays hard all the time. He is a kid that drew double teams every single game,” Miller coach Will Castle said. “When Desmond was full speed, there weren’t many teams that could stop him.”
Tackle — senior Chase Von Eye of Woonsocket-Wessington Springs-Sanborn Central. He anchored a defensive line that gave up just 14 points per game this season. He had 54 tackles, five sacks and 14 tackles for loss to go along with one interception and two fumble recoveries. He was an all-state selection at defensive tackle in 2014. “Chase has been in the middle of the offensive and defensive lines the last three years for the Blackhawks. He is a very quiet leader who just does his job each play,” Kolousek said. “He is the anchor that leadds the team with everything we do. He is a noseguard that is tremendous playing down the line all the time.”
End — senior Nathan Kolda of Miller. He had 59 tackles this season, including 28 solo stops and 22 tackles for a loss. He had four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and seven sacks. He finished his career with 118 tackles. “Nathan is one of the best lineman we’ve had in Miller in quite some time,” Castle said. “He played defensive end with a reckless abandon and was a player teams had to block and know where he was at on the field at all times.”
End — senior Brady Struck of Wolsey-Wessington. He had eight sacks this season for the Warbirds and finished his career with more than 110 tackles. “He’s a hard worker and one of the toughest kids on the team,” Hooks said. “He does what he is told and is a very coachable kid.”
Linebacker — senior Karsten Goehring of Herreid-Selby Area. He recorded 149 tackles and one sack this season. He finished his career with 240 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries, one interception and one touchdown. “He’s a hard worker, is very coachable and an intense player,” Herreid-Selby Area coach Jeff Koster said.
Linebacker — senior Carter Mechman of Bon Homme. He was the team leader in tackles for the second year in a row with 72 tackles this season. “He is a very smart and heady football player,” Pudwill said. “He always made the correct read on defense and made all of our defensive calls.”
Linebacker — junior Logan Richie of Webster Area. He recorded 162 tackles this season, including 10 for a loss. He had two sacks and a forced fumble. He now has 274 career tackles. “Logan’s determination and leadership aided in developing our team and helped us reach the state semifinals. His highlight of the season came in our state semi-final game, where he attained 29 tackles,” Webster Area coach Tanner Christensen said. “Logan is the epitome of a football player. He spends his summers in the weight room and attending camps to ensure he is the best player on the field. Logan is the heart and soul of our defense and is an all-around leader wh ois a role model for our younger football players to try to emulate.”
Linebacker – junior Tanner Risseeuw of Mt. Vernon-Plankinton. He recorded 91 tackles this season, had four sacks and a fumble recovery. He has a career total of 172 tackles. “Tanner was our leading tackler as both a sophomore and junior and he leads by example,” Mt. Vernon-Plankinton coach Brent Olson said. “He’s an extremely hard worker and a very good student. He never misses a day in the weightroom.”
Defensive back — sophomore Jayd VanDerWerff of Gregory. He had 71 tackles, one fumble recovery and three interceptions this season. He now has career totals of 121 tackles, two sacks, six fumble recoveries and four interceptions. “He played extensively as a freshman on the 2014 state championship team,” Gregory coach Brian Allmendinger said.
Defensive back — senior Tucker Kingsbury of Woonsocket-Wessington Springs-Sanborn Central. He had 25 tackles and two pass breakups. “He was the leader of our team, the coach on the field,” Kolousek said. “He did a great job of making sure everyone knew what they were to be doing on each play. He was very bright on defense in recognizing necessary pre-snap changes and is a kid who was always looking to make a play.”
Kicker — senior Evan McCreary of Webster Area. He went 12 for 12 this season on extra-point kicks and had a 32-yard field. He also had 38 kickoffs for 1,439 yards. during his career he was 17 of 24 in extra points and recorded 77 kickoffs for 2,714 yards. “Evan was an unused weapon for us until later into the season. We typically went for the conversion rather than the point after, so his numbers are skewed baeed off this decision,” Christensen said. “Evan also has been our kicker since last season. He consistently placed the ball where we needed it and assisted us in getting six onside kicks this season.”
Punter — junior Robert Vomacka of Gregory. He had 22 points this season for 716 yards, which gives him an average of 32.5 yards per punt. In his career he has 62 punts for 2,068 yards. “He’s a team leader and has been punter for us since his freshman year,” Allmendinger said.
Returner — senior Bryce Malsam of Ipswich-Edmunds Central. He had two punt returns for 37 yards and 11 kick returns for 239 yards and a touchdown. During his career he has had 551 kick return yards. “Bryce is a big play waiting to happen. With his combination of speed and size, Bryce was able to make many big plays for us this year,” Ipswich-Edmunds Central coach Brian Hogie said. “Even with teams knowing he was going to touch the ball the majority of the time, they had a hard time stopping him.”
Seniors Brady Fiedler and Taner Lesch and junior Logan Schaefbauer of Herreid-Selby Area; senior John Hamilton of Wolsey-Wessington; seniors Luke Weber and Dylan Hageman of Arlington-Lake Preston; senior Korder Cropsey of Lyman; senior Rory Forest of Clark-Willow Lake; senior Nick Donahue of Deuel; senior Brady Oyen of Baltic; junior Tate Block of Florence-Henry; and senior Oliver Thieme of Gregory.