It was a football season to remember for area teams. The area featured two district champions, and plenty of wins.
The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association took note of all the area accomplishments this season, and voted nine different players to their All-State lists.
Jeffrey Eagle - Senior- Offensive back - Coon Rapids-Bayard - first team selection
In his senior year Eagle had 271 carries for 1,894 yards and 26 touchdowns. Until week 8, Eagle was the state’s overall leading rusher. During that time the Crusaders were able to start the year with five straight wins, before falling to Audubon in a district game. Still, Eagle was the main rusher for the Crusaders and helped them make the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.
His senior year was left with a question mark though, since he suffered a second quarter injury in the first round playoff game against Fremont-Mills. Eagle was a rusher who knew that he would get the ball 20-30 times a game and still put up big numbers even when the opponent knew he was going to get the ball 20-30 times a game.
Colten Brandt - Senior - At-large selection - IKM-Manning - third team selection
In his senior year Brandt was a crucial part to the offense and defense of the Wolves. On offense he was able to rush for 271 yards off 35 attempts and two touchdowns. He also caught seven passes for 106 yards. He averaged 15.1 yards a catch.
Brandt was a crucial part of the defense as well. He helped the defense of the Wolves as he recorded 73 total tackles. That included seven solo tackles for a loss and two solo sacks. He also had an interception on the season.
Brandt’s play helped the Wolves recover from an 0-3 start to the season which they turned into a 6-3 regular season which included them winning their district and a playoff appearance.
Brian King - Senior - Offensive Line - South Central Calhoun - first team selection
The South Central Calhoun offense was able to compile a total of 1,050 passing yards this year and six touchdowns. The real strength of the Titan offense was the rushing game which compiled almost 3,000 yards of rushing (2,994). The Titans averaged 6.5 yards a carry with 48 touchdowns.
Helping create the holes that the SCC running backs run through was offensive lineman Brian King who was able to seal off many of the defensive players that dared to line up on the opposite side of the line.
Landon Schleisman - Senior - Linebacker - South Central Calhoun - first team selection
Throughout the year the South Central Calhoun defense was one that was feared throughout the season the 10-1 Titans allowed just 66 total points to be scored against them (six per game). Helping lead the charge was Schleisman who nearly spent as much time in the offensive back field, some quarterbacks confused him for one of their own running backs.
Schleisman had 52.5 total tackles on the season. He finished with 26 solo tackles, nine solo tackles for a loss, seven solo sacks. He added 21 assisted tackles for a loss and three sack assists.
Chase Scheidegger - Senior - Defensive back - South Central Calhoun - first team selection
For a defensive back to finish the season with 37.5 total tackles is usually a sign that he either got challenged a lot, or the defense was one that found the ball well. For Scheidegger he was both.
Opposing teams struggled was because they couldn’t move the ball with Scheidegger controlling the backfield. He had four interceptions that he returned for 44 yards.
He also had fumble that he returned for a touchdown in the first round of the playoffs. Scheidegger was fast all around the field as he had 3 solo tackles for a loss and 2 assisted tackles for a loss on the season.
Brennan Holder - Junior - Linebacker - South Central Calhoun - second team selection
Sometimes on defense, it seemed that the PA announcer would get just pick Brennan Holder as a tackler without reason. His name would be called so many times, you might think there is no way he was in on that many plays, but he was.
This year Holder finished with 61.5 tackles with 4 solo tackles for a loss and four solo sacks. He added 10 assisted tackles for a loss.
On the year he had 39 solo tackles. He had one interception which he returned for seven yards. He also picked up a fumble. Holder was a thorn in the side of every offense he played.
Zane Neubaum - Senior - Punter - South Central Calhoun - second team selection
For the second year in a row Neubaum was one of his classes best punters in his class.
The special teams specialist finished the season with 13 total punts on the year that flew through the air for a total of 506 yards. His longest punt of the season traveled 72 yards. Overall he averaged 38.9 yards per punt.
Nick Gerdes - Senior - Linebacker - East Sac County - third team selection
East Sac County started to build steam as the season went along. They were able to win three of their last four games as they came close to passing the .500 mark on the year.
Helping the Raiders earn their strong finish to the year was senior Nick Gerdes who finished the year with 91.5 total tackles on the season. He had three solo tackles for a loss and five assisted tackles for a loss. That included two sack assists. On the season he finished with 59 solo tackles.
Gerdes had two interceptions, which a total of 17 return yards, which averages out to 8.5 yards per return.
Chase Gladden - Senior - Defensive Line - Carroll High Scholl - second team selection
Carroll nearly won their district this season, and a big part of that was because of the play of their defense. Leading their defense was Chase Gladden. Although he finished the season with 37.5 tackles, he was a part in nearly every defensive play.
Gladden would be double or tripled teamed throughout the season, but that didn’t slow him down. He finished the year with 14 solo tackles for a loss, six assisted tackles for a loss. He also had three solo sacks and two sack assists.
If there was a stat for near tackles, or quarterback hurries then Gladden would have nearly 50 on the season. He seemed to have a way of finding his way into the backfield and disrupting offensive players.