South Dakota Class 9A All-State Football Team
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Some were record breakers, some were ankle breakers and all found a way to make an impact on the field.
The South Dakota Class 9A All-State Football Team includes a group of players who were able to make plays, whether on offense, defense or special teams.
The squad includes a pair of career 4,000-yard rushers, a quarterback who passed for eight touchdowns in the state championship game and multiple defenders who racked up triple digit tackles this past season.
A capsule look at each member on the honor unit:
Quarterback: Chayce Hall, Potter County. The MVP of the Class 9A state championship game, Hall hurt opponents with his arm and his feet. The senior rushed for 813 yards and 10 touchdowns, passed for 1,450 yards and 24 TDs, and fired a state-record eight touchdown passes in the title contest for the Battlers. He finished his career with 1,164 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns and 1,862 yards passing and 28 TDs. "Exceptional athlete whose biggest downfall at times is that he tries to do too much," said Potter County coach Vern Smith. "The bigger the game and/or challenge, the better Chayce would play."
Fullback: Luke Loudenburg, Howard. Only a junior, Loudenburg has already rushed for 4,121 yards. This past season Loudenburg rushed for 2,248 yards and 37 touchdowns. He averaged 9.4 yards per carry. Already a three-year starter, Loudenburg has 55 career touchdowns with a full season remaining. So far, Loudenburg has averaged 8.8 yards per carry for the Tigers.
Running Back: Ryne Johnson, Wolsey-Wessington. Johnson finished his senior season with 2,072 yards rushing (10.52 per carry) and 28 touchdowns. He capped his career with 4,612 yards and 62 touchdowns, despite sharing the backfield with a 1,000-yard rusher last year and a 2,000 yard rusher this year. "He is the only back to currently rush for 1,000 yards three years in a row," said Warbirds coach Gordon Hooks.
Running Back: Terrance Kinzer, Colome. This senior rushed for 1,120 yards and 17 touchdowns. He averaged 8.12 yards per carry. "He was probably the best football player I've coached in my eight years at Colome," said Cowboys coach Kevin Keiser. Kinzer was also a factor on special teams, returning three kicks for touchdowns, including one for 97 yards.
Wide Receiver: Tanner Heuer, Potter County. Just 5-foot-7 and 150 pounds, this senior had a huge impact for the Battlers. He had 453 yards receiving and seven touchdowns. He hauled in three scores in the Class 9A state championship game victory. He finished his career with 894 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. "Tanner plays bigger than his physical stature," said Potter County coach Vern Smith. "I liked putting Tanner one-on-one with defensive players, because he always did an excellent job of using his body position to make catches."
Wide Receiver: Cody Nelson, Sully Buttes. Only a sophomore, Nelson has become a key playmaker for the Chargers. He had 677 yards receiving and scored 11 touchdowns. He also caught four two-point conversions. "Cody catches almost everything thrown his way," said Sully Buttes coach Mark Senftner. "He has the ability to make a big play any time he touches the ball."
Tight End: Derrick Podoll, Leola-Frederick. Whether blocking or hauling in passes, Podoll made his presence felt for the Titans this past season. Podoll finished with 525 yards receiving, including 12 touchdowns and 11 two-point conversions. The senior capped his career with 1,120 yards receiving and 28 touchdowns. "He has great hands," said Leola-Frederick coach Marty Morlock.
Guard: Andrew Nelson, Hanson. The Beavers racked up 2,239 yards rushing this fall - an average of 248 yards per game - thanks to a line that featured this senior. "Andrew is an outstanding athlete and lineman with a tremendous attitude and work ethic," said Hanson coach Jim Haskamp. "He has helped make those he played with better."
Guard: Garrett Clark, Lemmon-McIntosh. Clark was a key reason why the Cowboys rushed for nearly 2,400 yards this season at a clip of 238 yards per game. Lemmon-McIntosh averaged 6.2 yards per carry. "Garrett has really dedicated himself to the weight room and has been the leader of our offensive line for the past two years," said Lemmon-McIntosh coach Brent Dirk.
Center: Matt Weisser, Leola-Frederick. The Titans were able to fashion one of the state's most potent offenses behind this anchor on the offensive line. At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, Weisser was a mainstay in helping lead Leola-Frederick to the title game in Class 9A. "He was a leader, a smart player and moves very well for a 230-pound man," said Leola-Frederick coach Marty Morlock.
Tackle: Jimmy King, Leola-Frederick. Just a junior, King played a huge role for a defense that allowed more than 12 points in a game just twice all year. King recorded 76 tackles, five sacks and forced a fumble. He already has 95 career tackles, seven sacks and three forced fumbles with another season remaining. "He is a leader in the weight room," said Leola-Frederick coach Marty Morlock.
Tackle: Chandler Keppen, Chester Area. This three-year starter was a force on the line for the Flyers. Keppen recorded 57 tackles and two sacks this past season, averaging 6.3 tackles per contest. The 6-foot-3 265 pound senior capped his career with 160 tackles. "Chandler never came off the field," said Chester Area coach Brad Benson. "Chandler required a double team on defense."
End: Austin Hoerner, Leola-Frederick. Most opponents found the going difficult against Leola-Frederick this fall and Hoerner was a key reason why. The senior had 89 tackles, four sacks and forced four fumbles. He finished his career with 135 tackles, nine sacks and five forced fumbles. "He has a motor that just won't quit," said Leola-Frederick coach Marty Morlock.
End: Dakota Thorstenson, Herreid-Selby Area. The 6-foot-5, 220 pound senior had 75 tackles, five 1/2 sacks, forced three fumbles and recovered a fumble for the Wolverines. He ran his career totals to 196 tackles, 14 sacks, three forced fumbles, three recovered fumbles and an interception. "Dakota is an exceptional athlete with great hands and feet," said Herreid-Selby Area coach Jeff Kosters.
Linebacker: Mitchell Hinckley, Potter County. This senior brought traffic to a halt for the Battlers. Hinckley had 114 solo tackles, 28 assists and a pair of quarterback sacks. He finished his career with 244 solo stops, 97 assists, five sacks, four fumble recoveries and an interception. "Mitch is an excellent hitter who, game after game, for the past few years has been one of our leading tacklers," said Potter County coach Vern Smith. "He has had a super career for the Battlers."
Linebacker: Jacob Paradeis, Hanson. Paradeis was always around the ball. The senior had 68 tackles, four sacks and recovered a pair of fumbles this past season. He finished his career with 155 tackles, six sacks, three fumble recoveries and one interception. "Jake has put in a lot of time and work in the off season to make himself and his team better," said Hanson coach Jim Haskamp.
Linebacker: Nick Pardy, Howard. This senior sparked a defense that allowed only 112 yards rushing per contest this past year. Pardy recorded 119 tackles, one sack, forced three fumbles and intercepted a pass. He finished his career with 211 tackles, two sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception. Pardy was also a leader in the weight room where he was able to dead lift more than 550 pounds.
Linebacker: Derrek Tuszka, Warner. Just a junior, Tuszka was the Defensive MVP in the tough Lake Region Conference. He had 89 tackles, five sacks and forced two fumbles this fall. He now has 233 career tackles and nine sacks. "Derrek gets his reads and gets to the ball in a hurry," said Monarchs coach Kerwin Hoellein. "He has great instincts and makes big plays at key times in a ballgame. He is a true playmaker."
Defensive back: Larenzo Williams, Wolsey-Wessington. Williams had 135 tackles, four sacks, four interceptions, forced two fumbles and blocked five punts for the Warbirds. He scored five defensive touchdowns. "Larenzo is the best athlete on our team and can play any position on the field," said W-W coach Gordon Hooks. "This year he played defensive back, linebacker, defensive end, wide receiver and quarterback.
Defensive Back: Jordan Kuhle, Howard. This junior was always around the action and packed a pop when he showed up. He recorded 93 tackles and picked off a pair of passes for the Tigers. The two-year starter already has 176 career tackles. "He is the best overall football player on the team," said Howard coach Pat Ruml. "He is by far the biggest hitter."
Kicker: Israel Argullin, Herreid-Selby Area. The Wolverines were normally assured of winning the field position battle thanks to the strong leg of this sophomore. Argullin averaged 52.36 yards per kickoff with 23 touchbacks. He also booted 10 kicks that landed inside the opponents' five-yard line. Argullin made a field goal and also was 15 of 17 on extra point attempts this past season.
Punter: Paul Guptill, Philip. Guptill punted a dozen times for 507 yards and a 42.7 yard average. Just a junior, Guptill did a little bit of everything for the Scotties, whether on offense, defense or special teams. "He is a tremendous athlete," said Philip coach Keven Morehart. "His work ethic is unmatched by any other kid in our school. He is driven to succeed and not scared of the work it may involve."
Long Snapper: Tyler Carda, Northwestern. This 6-foot 4, 225 pound senior was spot on with his snaps. The team captain had a 100 percent snap completion record for the Wildcats. "A three-year starter with a good work ethic," said Northwestern coach Eric Borge. "A coachable kid who was dedicated to the football team."
Special Team Player: Dexter Lick, Tri-State. Lick accumulated 633 yards in return yardage this season. The senior averaged 22.44 yards per punt return and scored three touchdowns. He also averaged 22.83 yards per kick return. Lick finished with 1,647 career return yards and five TDs. "Dexter is a very dangerous returner," said Tri-State coach Steven Schiltz. "We could count on him to get us into great field position."
Dane Campbell of Leola-Frederick, Brody Peterson of Lemmon-McIntosh, Phil Beck of Ipswich-Edmunds Central, Carson Kirby of Potter County, Alex Viger of Tri-State, Logan Weisser of Leola-Frederick, Alex Babcock of Wolsey-Wessington, Nathan Sumption of Leola-Frederick, Cole Acheson of Chester Area, Alex Marsh of Ipswich-Edmunds Central, and Joey Evans of Andes Central.
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