The South Dakota Football Coaches Association took notice when selecting the Class 11B all-state high school team.
The team — released by the South Dakota Sportswriters Association — consisted of six Winner football players. The names include quarterback Drew Demers, fullback Riley Frazier, running back Windsor Barry, tackle Krocket Krolikowski, guard Jayden Schroeder and defensive end Isaac Naasz.
All six were integral parts of Winner’s undefeated season that culminated with a state championship, as the Warriors defeated Tri-Valley 45-6.
“Those honors come with team success,” Winner head coach Dan Aaker said of his all-state players. “It’s nice to see those awards come with it for the guys, but those things come hand in hand.”
Winner rolled through the season, forcing a running clock in each contest and outscoring its opponents 594-26.
The Warriors could be favorites to repeat in 2016, as Demers, Krolikowski, Schroeder and Naasz will be back next season.
“The expectations will be high,” Aaker said. “Anytime you follow up a year like you had this year, expectations soar the year after. It’s all going to come down to if guys stay hungry and put the work in for next year in the offseason.”
Here’s a capsule look at each player on the all-state squad:
- Winner junior quarterback Drew DeMers: The 5-foot-10, 155-pound DeMers benefited from a strong Warriors running game, but the junior made plays for Winner with his arm when he had to. DeMers completed 28-of-43 passes for a 65 percent completion rate. He also threw for 592 yards, tossed 12 touchdowns and had one interception. He is a 60 percent passer in his career with 732 yards, 14 touchdowns and one interception.
- Winner senior fullback Riley Frazier: Frazier was an essential part of Winner’s one-two punch on the ground. He had 65 carries for 679 yards (averaging 10.4 yards per carry) and 13 touchdowns this season. In his career, Frazier tallied 1,062 yards and 19 touchdowns for the Warriors.
- Sioux Valley senior running back Brock Swartos: The 6-foot, 200-pound running back carried the Sioux Valley ground attack. He had 1,262 rushing yards and amassed 16 touchdowns in 2015. He finished his career at Sioux Valley with 1,843 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns. This was the second time Swartos made the all-state team as a first-team selection.
- Winner senior running back Windsor Barry: Barry — the other member of the two-headed rushing attack for Winner — gashed opposing defenses on the ground this season. The 6-foot, 180-pound running back averaged 13 yards per carry this season for the Warriors. In 2015, Barry ran for 882 yards on 71 carries and amassed 19 rushing touchdowns.
- Sioux Valley senior wide receiver Collin Kramer: The 6-foot-7, 190-pound target stood tall in the Cossacks’ offense. He caught 25 passes for 344 yards, averaging 13.8 yards per catch. Kramer was a two-time Class 11B all-state selection.
- Little Wound senior wide receiver Shilo Tallman: The 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior wideout compiled 1,472 all-purpose yards and 18 touchdowns for Little Wound this season. Tallman caught 21 passes for 303 yards and five touchdowns in 2015, and earned first team all-conference honors three times in his high school career.
- Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan senior tight end Camden Myers: An efficient run-blocking tight end, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Myers paved the way for a ground game that amassed more than 2,200 yards on the ground. When the Seahawks put the ball in the air, Myers caught 24 passes for 325 yards and had four touchdowns. Myers finishes with 51 receptions for 617 yards and nine touchdowns in his high school career.
- Beresford senior tackle Logan Busch: Busch was impactful wherever he played on the Watchdogs’ offensive line. The three-year starter rotated between guard and tackle throughout the 2015 season, and played center the last two games due to an injury. A three-sport athlete, Busch helped the Watchdogs qualify for the 11B playoffs.
- Winner junior tackle Krocket Krolikowski: Krolikowski helped the Warriors rushing attack acheive its dominance in 2015. A 6-foot-1, 245-pound lineman, Krolikowski opened holes for an offense that averaged 50 points a game. To date in his career, he’s blocked for an offense that has ran for more than 6,000 yards and scored more than 900 points.
- Tri-Valley senior guard Alex Gonzales: Gonzales was an integral part of a Tri-Valley offense that made a trip to the state championship game. He was a two-year starter on offense and a three-year starter on defense.
- Winner junior guard Jayden Schroeder: Like Krolikowski, Schroeder anchored an offensive line that controlled the trenches in every game this season. Schroeder, a two-year starter, helped the Warriors rushing attack average nearly 320 yards per game when pulling from the line of scrimmage to block opposing defenders.
- Elk-Point Jefferson senior center Andrew Teply: Teply didn’t allow a single snap to get away from him at center during an impressive 2015 campaign. A crucial part of the passing attack, Teply only allowed one sack the entire year. For EP-J, Teply was a four-year starter.
- Aberdeen Roncalli junior defensive end Conner Deutsch: A 6-foot-2, 190-pound pass rusher, Deutsch was a disruptive force on the Cavaliers defensive line. In 2015, Deutsch racked up three sacks, recovered three fumbles and recorded 29 tackles. He recorded four sacks in his career.
- Winner junior defensive end Isaac Naasz: The 6-foot-2, 175-pound lineman recorded 25 tackles (10 for a loss) and recorded four quarterback sacks, helping establish the Warriors’ brick wall defense.
- Parkston senior defensive tackle Wes Genant: Genant was the complete package for the Parkston Trojans in 2015, clogging up running lanes with his 6-foot-4, 290-pound frame. On defense, Genant racked up 63 tackles, three sacks and seven tackles for a loss. In his high school career, Genant was named a team captain for Parkston, and was a starter on the 2014 state champion Parkston team.
- Tri-Valley senior defensive tackle Brady Johnson: A three-year starter, Johnson played a big role for Tri-Valley on defense this season. He recorded 25 solo tackles and three sacks, and was a two-year starter on defense.
- Aberdeen Roncalli senior linebacker Anthony Andera: Throughout the year, Andera proved to be a versatile defensive option for the Cavaliers. The two-time all-conference selection made 54 tackles, sacked opposing quarterbacks three time, blocked a kick and recorded an interception in 2015. In his career, he recorded eight sacks, 106 tackles and five blocked kicks.
- Groton Area senior linebacker Carter Jondahl: Jondahl was all over the place for Groton Area this season. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound linebacker racked up seven sacks and 102 tackles for the Groton Area defense in 2015. He was a two-year starter at linebacker and recorded 155 tackles and three fumble recoveries in his career.
- McCook Central/Montrose senior linebacker Jerry Kappenman: As an outside linebacker, Kappenman dominated as a run stopper. He racked up 91 tackles (11 for a loss), forced two fumbles and recorded a sack in 2015. Kappenman finished his career with 214 tackles and 22 tackles for a loss.
- Custer senior linebacker Anthony Jones: Jones was a tackling machine for Custer in 2015. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound linebacker had 95 total tackles, three sacks and six tackles for a loss.
- Aberdeen Roncalli senior defensive back Logan Karst: Opposing quarterbacks had trouble throwing in the direction of Karst. The 6-foot, 170-pound defensive back picked off six passes in 2015, and returned three of them for touchdowns. He recovered four fumbles and racked up 41 tackles. He ended his career with 11 interceptions and 65 tackles.
- Sioux Valley junior defensive back Nick Strasburg: Strasburg didn’t allow many passes to be caught during his time in the Sioux Valley secondary in 2015. He recorded 54 tackles and four interceptions with a fumble recovery this season. He was selected as a member of the all-Big East conference as well this year.
- Chamberlain senior defensive back Parker Evans: Evans found multiple ways to showcase his versatility for the Chamberlain Cubs this season. A two-way starter at quarterback and defensive back, both units ran through the 6-foot, 190-pound athlete.
- Groton Area junior defensive back Bennett Shabazz: In 11 games for Groton Area, Shabazz stifled the passing attacks of many opponents. He recorded five interceptions and 71 tackles in 2015. Shabazz led Groton Area in interceptions the last two seasons and ended his career with 11.
- Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan junior kicker Jesse Grosdidier: The Seahawks benefited from the strong leg of Grosdidier in 2015, who averaged 48.5 yards on his kickoffs. He was 23-of-28 during extra points and was 2-of-3 kicking field goals. He made a 27 and 34 yarder and missed a 39-yard attempt.
- Parkston senior punter Jake DeLange: DeLange was among the best in flipping field position for the Trojans. DeLange averaged 48 yards per punt and downed seven punts inside the 20 yard line and three inside the 10. He also is a three-sport athlete for the Trojans.
- Tri-Valley senior special teams player Brenton Hanisch: Hanisch contributed in multiple ways to the Tri-Valley special teams unit, with a kickoff return for a touchdown and a punt return for a touchdown in 2015.
- McCook Central/Montrose senior long snapper Jesse Muth: When Muth snapped the ball for punters and kickers, he proved his consistency time and time again throughout his high school career. Muth was 36-for-37 in his PAT snaps in 2015, and was 62-of-63 in punt snaps for his career.
Custer: Grayson Trandem, Alex Kortemeyer; Wagner: Hunter Hewitt; Lead Deadwood: Colt Nelson, Wade Shoop; Bennett County: Tate Petrak, Chuck Bakley, Marcus Heath; Chamberlain: Davis Black Bull, Nathan Powell, Nick Claussen; Sioux Valley: Matt Larson; Aberdeen Roncalli: Braden Sommers; McCook Central/Montrose: Collin Cleveland.