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Football: 2018 Post Bulletin All-Area Football Team

December 2, 2018

• QUARTERBACK •

BRADY WILLIAMS

SCHOOL: Dover-Eyota.

GRADE: Junior.

OF NOTE: Shattered most of the school’s passing records this season. All-District and All-Section pick threw for an area-best 2,582 yards in 11 games, including 22 touchdown passes. Threw for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman, missed all of sophomore season due to injury.

COACH BRIAN HARRIS: “Brady is an exceptional QB who has unlimited potential and continues to improve. He can run really well, and he has great arm strength.”

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• RUNNING BACKS •

JOSH NAVRATIL

SCHOOL: Pine Island.

GRADE: Senior.

OF NOTE: Has accepted a Division I scholarship to North Dakota. Now a two-time PB All-Area team selection, and his outstanding senior season earned him Player of the Year honors. Was the Southeast District offensive player of the year and has been selected to the Minnesota Football Showcase. Carried 218 times for 1,837 yards and scored 17 touchdowns in 10 games. Also had punt return and kickoff return TDs. Outstanding as a linebacker, too.

COACH JOHN STAPLETON: “Josh is one of the hardest-working athletes I have been around. He dominated our district in rushing yardage and had to be accounted for on every play by our opponents.”

ISRAEL LOZOYA JR.

SCHOOL: Rochester Mayo.

GRADE: Senior.

OF NOTE: Lozoya has been a three-year starter for the Spartans. Had several huge games during the regular season and finished with 1,335 yards rushing in nine games. He scored a whopping 20 touchdowns this season and was an All-District selection. Top 4 rusher all-time at Mayo.

COACH DONNIE HOLCOMB: “He’s been a very exciting back with the ability to create a big play and also be a powerful pass protector.

JOSH BURI

SCHOOL: Stewartville.

GRADE: Sophomore.

OF NOTE: Rushed for an impressive 1,242 yards in 10 games, including 16 rushing touchdowns. He also had 10 receptions for 125 yards and a TD, and he returned a kickoff for another score. All-District and All-Section pick.

COACH GARRETT MUELLER: “Buri is an extremely hard-working young man and has become a dynamic player. He is extremely talented and was able to make an impact in every game he played by running the ball, catching the ball and on special teams. He was consistently one of the best players on the field each game.”

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• WIDE RECEIVERS •

JACK STUDER

SCHOOL: Dover-Eyota.

GRADE: Senior.

OF NOTE: Was a serious contender for Player of the Year. Offensive player of the year in the sub-district. All-District and All-Section pick. Led the area with a ridiculous 73 receptions for 1,536 yards and 16 touchdowns. Burst onto the scene this year, being looked at by Division I schools.

COACH BRIAN HARRIS: “Jack is strong and fast. He has a 33-inch vertical jump, allowing him to elevate and come down with the ball. He’s a great safety, also. Jack is going to play college football and do very well at the next level.”

GABE HAGEN

SCHOOL: Blooming Prairie.

GRADE: Junior.

OF NOTE: One of the area’s best all-around players. Easily could have made the team as a defensive end. Second in the area with 1,059 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns. As a defensive lineman, he was dominant, rolling up 50 tackles and 11 tackles for loss. Also had a whopping 11 sacks.

COACH CHAD GIMBEL: “Offensively, opposing coaches had to specifically scheme how they were going to cover Gabe. Most teams would roll their free safety over the top to try to double-cover him. He was still able to beat most coverages. On defense, we used Gab to set the edge to opposing offense’s strengths. He was an opposing force with size, speed and athleticism.”

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• TIGHT END •

LOGAN ANDRIST

SCHOOL: Pine Island.

GRADE: Senior.

OF NOTE: All-District pick, led sub-district in receiving yards. Finished with 34 receptions for 618 yards. Returned a kickoff for a TD as well. Elite defender on the defensive line, finished with 67 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and four sacks.

COACH JOHN STAPLETON: “Logan was a dominant defensive end this year, leading our team in sacks and tackles for loss. He also led the (sub-district) in receiving yards and was an extremely strong blocker as a tight end on the perimeter.”

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• OFFENSIVE LINEMEN •

BRANDON WIMBISH

SCHOOL: Rochester Century.

GRADE: Senior.

OF NOTE: At 6-foot-2, 370 pounds, Wimbish was tough to move. He was an All-District pick and he’s been a three-year starter for the Panthers.

COACH JON VIK: “Bubba is a three-year starter who helped keep our offense balanced with his ability to dominate in the run game and pass protect.”

WILL HOLZ

SCHOOL: Byron.

GRADE: Senior.

OF NOTE: All-District and All-Section pick was a two-year captain for the Bears. A powerful 6-foot-4, 240 pounds. Helped guide an offense that rushed for more than 2,000 yards this season. Committed to Division II Minnesota-Duluth for next season.

COACH BEN HALDER: “He directs the offensive blocking scheme and protections every play. For a kid who’s 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, he moves very well. He’s intelligent and violent player that will be missed.”

TORIANO CAIN JR.

SCHOOL: Rochester John Marshall.

GRADE: Senior.

OF NOTE: Outstanding on both the offensive and defensive lines for JM. Was a captain and an All-District pick. On defense, had nine tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Only 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, but moved extremely well for a lineman.

COACH KEVIN KIRKEBY: “Played defensive tackle and left tackle on offense. Left tackle is arguably the most difficult offensive position, and Toriano did very well at that. On defense, he led our team in sacks and often times teams tried to double team him.”

MATTHEW SATHER

SCHOOL: Rochester Lourdes.

GRADE: Senior.

OF NOTE: Top lineman for an offensive line that paved the way for a team that rushed for more than 3,000 yards. Key cog for a team that went unbeaten and won the Class AAA state title.

COACH MIKE KESLER: “He was voted the district’s offensive lineman of the year by coaches. Two-way starter for us, dominant on both sides of the ball. Huge for us all season.”

KODEE O’REILLY

SCHOOL: Goodhue.

GRADE: Senior.

OF NOTE: Voted the district’s lineman of the year. Blocked for two 1,000-yard rushers. On defense, had 65 tackles as a defensive lineman. also had four sacks.

COACH TONY PONCELET: “Kodee started for the past 2 1/2 seasons. He worked hard in the weight room to become a strong player on both sides of the ball. He was very good at run and pass blocking and was relentless on the defensive line.”

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• DEFENSIVE LINEMEN •

ETHAN MATZKE

SCHOOL: Spring Grove.

GRADE: Senior.

OF NOTE: Will represent Spring Grove at the Minnesota All-Star Showcase. A talented tight end and defensive lineman. Considered team’s top blocker from his TE spot. All-District pick last two seasons, district lineman of the year this year. Had 27 catches for 473 yards and eight TDs as a tight end. Finished with 73 tackles, eight tackles for loss and four sacks.

COACH ZACH HAUSER: “Most teams ran away from Ethan. He has been our best defensive player each of the last two seasons; he controls one side of the field. He was our best blocker and a big target at tight end.”

LOGAN HOFSTEDT

SCHOOL: Cannon Falls.

GRADE: Senior.

OF NOTE: Committed to Division I North Dakota State. All-State (last season), All-District and team MVP. Rushed for 1,572 yards and 19 touchdowns. Also set school single-game record with 403 yards rushing. On defense, set the school record with 15 sacks as a defensive end. Finished with 42 tackles.

COACH DAN MEYERS: “Logan is one of the rare athletes that can dominate a football game. It took years of hard work in the weight room to develop his speed and strength. At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, he runs a 4.7 40 and cleans more than 350 pounds.”

DREW LEISTIKOW

SCHOOL: St. Charles.

GRADE: Senior.

OF NOTE: A two-time All-District selection. Led the team in tackles as a defensive end, rolling up 85. Finished with five sacks and returned a fumble for a touchdown.

COACH MATT REINHARDT: “I feel Drew was as good of a defensive lineman as we had in our district, often forcing teams to run the other way. He plays every snap the same no matter the opponent or situation. Was a huge part of our success this year on both sides of the ball.”

JOEY FISHEL

SCHOOL: Houston.

GRADE: Senior.

OF NOTE: Voted district’s defensive player of the year. All-District, team defensive MVP. Rolled up an impressive 12 sacks and had another 14 tackles for loss.

COACH CODY HUNGERHOLT: “The best defensive player in the toughest Nine-Man District in the state. Shut down half the field to opposing offenses, great against the run and racked up 12 sacks.”

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• LINEBACKERS •

THOMAS MERGEN

SCHOOL: Rochester Century.

GRADE: Senior.

OF NOTE: Best all-around player on Century’s outstanding defense. A three-time All-District selection, picked as the district’s defensive player of the year this season. Had 172 tackles the last two seasons. Minnesota All-Star Showcase pick.

COACH JON VIK: “Thomas was the unquestioned heart of our defense. He was a player that all teams had to account for in game plans.”

JAKE GROTEBOER

SCHOOL: Rochester Lourdes.

GRADE: Senior.

OF NOTE: Key on both sides of the ball for two state-title teams. Rushed for 1,184 yards this season and 15 touchdowns. Second-leading tackler with 93.5, led the team with 17 tackles for loss. Voted district defensive player of the year. Fellow middle linebacker Andrew Peine also was an elite part of the Lourdes defense. Two-time All-Area pick.

COACH MIKE KESLER: “He was so crucial to everything we did on both sides of the ball. Will be an outstanding college football player. Great leader.”

NICK MCCABE

SCHOOL: Caledonia.

GRADE: Senior.

OF NOTE: Mr. Football finalist. McCabe was one of the state’s best all-around players, leading on both offense and defense. The team’s top linebacker, finished with more than 80 tackles and five sacks. On offense, McCabe had 175 carries for 1,500 yards rushing, including 19 touchdowns. Also had four receiving touchdowns.

COACH CARL FRUECHTE: “Nick is an incredibly focused football player. He works very hard to be a positive role model for younger players. Throughout the team’s success, he remains humble. He is a powerful force on the field on both offense and defense.”

JACOB BENNETT

SCHOOL: Zumbrota-Mazeppa.

GRADE: Senior

OF NOTE: Missed half the season due to injury, but still finished with 51 tackles and two fumble recoveries. Rushed for 465 yards and eight touchdowns. Also returned a kick for a score. All-District and All-Section pick, selected to Minnesota All-Star Showcase. Committed to Minnesota State, Mankato. Has been a force for Z-M for the past four seasons.

COACH Darin Raasch: “Instrumental in our win over Kasson-Mantorville to start the season. He was hurt on the first carry of the second game. Sat out that one and the next three before returning and playing the final three games despite not being full strength. He held down the middle of our defense when he did play.”

• DEFENSIVE BACKS •

ALEX FOLZ

SCHOOL: Spring Grove.

GRADE: Senior.

OF NOTE: The Mr. Football finalist has been the district player of the year the last two seasons. Helped Spring Grove to two straight state titles. As a QB, threw for 2,342 yards and 29 touchdowns this season. Also rushed for 2,605 yards and 41 touchdowns. On defense, finished with 116 tackles, six interceptions and three forced fumbles.

COACH ZACH HAUSER: “Alex led Spring Grove to its second straight Nine-Man state championship by racking up 4,947 yards of total offense and 70 total touchdowns. For his career, he had over 13,000 yards of total offense and 190 touchdowns.”

PAT LEARY

SCHOOL: Rochester Lourdes.

GRADE: Senior.

OF NOTE: Playmaker on both sides of the ball for the Eagles. Shutdown corner who drew the opposing team’s best receiver every week. Teams threw away from him, but he still had three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. On offense, had 576 yards rushing and 594 yards receiving. Was voted district offensive player of the year.

COACH MIKE KESLER: “Shutdown corner and a great dual threat for our offense. Key playmaker for us on both sides of the ball. Always stepped up in big spots, wanted the toughest assignments.”

BRADY GLYNN

SCHOOL: Dover-Eyota.

GRADE: Senior.

OF NOTE: Speedster and a shutdown defensive back. Always around the football. On offense, he would have set the school record in receptions, but he played with the record holder (Jack Studer) this season. Caught 55 passes for 771 yards and four touchdowns. All-District and All-Section pick.

COACH BRIAN HARRIS: “Brady has outstanding speed and is a shutdown corner. He is explosive in the open field and gets a lot of yards after the catch.”

DREW WYFFELS

SCHOOL: Mabel-Canton.

GRADE: Senior.

OF NOTE: Had six interceptions this season, and he finished his career with a whopping 20 interceptions. All-District pick again this season. Also was an outstanding quarterback for M-C. Has outstanding speed, running a 4.56 40.

COACH KARL URBANIAK: “Probably the best corner we’ve ever had at Mabel-Canton. Great cover skills, tremendous quickness and great closing speed. Tremendous feel for the game and ability to adjust during the game to what the receiver is trying to do to him. Also one of the best QBs we’ve ever had.”

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• KICKER/PUNTER •

BEN LIMBURG

SCHOOL: Rochester Lourdes.

GRADE: Senior.

OF NOTE: Made 62 of 65 extra points and was 6-for-9 on field goals, including four of more than 40 yards. Was an outstanding kicker last season as well, but he improved in all areas this year. Also a fantastic punter. Will kick at the next level.

COACH MIKE KESLER: “He’s the best punter and kicker I’ve ever coached. He worked on all aspects of his kicking last offseason. He was such a weapon for us.”

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• HONORABLE MENTION •

(Note: Players had to be nominated by their coaches to receive honorable mention.

Blooming Prairie: Seth Peterson, Dylan Nirk, Payton Simon, Trenton Swenson, Mitch Fiebiger, Tim Wolf, Karson Vigeland, Zach Weber. Byron: Erik Christensen, Kyle Stahler, Austin Freerksen, Ben Stienessen. Caledonia: Tate Meiners, Noah King, Jack Beardmore, Ryan Wagner, Dylan Felten, Evan Denstad, Arick Bauer. Dover-Eyota: Michael Nelson. Fillmore Central: Josh Peters. Goodhue: Carter Danielson, Kelby O’Reilly, Kaleb O’Reilly, Kyle Schoenfelder. Grand Meadow: Nolan Skifter. Hayfield: Tristan Rieken. Houston: Jaytin Millen. Kenyon-Wanamingo: Nate Bauer, Kaya Lindell. Kingsland: Reid Kruegel. Lake City: Josh Matanich. Lanesboro: Joe Gathje. LeRoy-Ostrander: Trey Hungerholt. Lewiston-Altura: Noah Herber, Marcus Weaver, Mitch Bonow. Plainview-Elgin-Millville: Austin Flaherty, Carter Marx, Riley Wingert. Red Wing: Mac DeSutter, Sam Guse, Joey Hines, Jack Carlson, Gage Senty. Rochester Century: Jack Fisher, Mark Leonard, Colin Smith, Arath Martinez. Rochester John Marshall: Justin Higgins, Aaron Limberg, Mike Drucker, Braden Black, Sam Lingen, Will Woodford, Parker Schultz, Deontay Veney. Rochester Lourdes: Zach Jungels, Trey Billmeier, Andrew Peine. Rochester Mayo: Jack Murphy, Calvin Dixon, Cade Sheehan, Jacob McCabe, Matthew Rahman Eli Hart, Alex Lopez, Ethan Loehrer, Cayden Holcomb, Asa Cummings, Ethan Irvin, Damon Hinrichs, Haydon Myers. Rushford-Peterson: Carter Weidemann, Ethan Hermanson. St. Charles: Gavin Owens, Mark Buringa, Logan Wendt. Southland: Carter Schmitz, Lee Wilson. Spring Grove: Ethan Matzke, Noah Elton. Stewartville: Carter Jannsen, Dylan Flink, Elton Myhre, Hunter Voigt, Zac Trenary, Parker Theobald, Will Tschetter. Triton: Drew Kelly, Isaak Knutson. Wabasha-Kellogg: Jamie Hewitt, Carson Leonhardt, Tagen Miller. Zumbrota-Mazeppa: Calven Voxland, Jack Haglund, Zach Hutton.

Austin, Chatfield, Kasson-Mantorville, Lyle/Pacelli, La Crescent: No nominations.

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