2011 Daily Globe All-Area CaptainSelected as the Southern Confederacy Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year and also earning a nod on the Associated Press first-team all-state squad as a defensive lineman, Edgerton/Ellsworth’s Johnny Menning was truly a force to be reckoned with from his defensive end position.
By: Lucas Knutson, Worthington Daily Globe
Selected as the Southern Confederacy Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year and also earning a nod on the Associated Press first-team all-state squad as a defensive lineman, Edgerton/Ellsworth’s Johnny Menning was truly a force to be reckoned with from his defensive end position.
Also contributing offensively and on special teams, Menning was an all-around performer who helped lead the Flying Dutchmen to a perfect 14-0 season and the 9-man state championship. Menning’s overall play in each phase of the game — both this fall and throughout his career — helped him become the 2011 Daily Globe All-Area Captain this year.
“Johnny is the best defensive player that I have ever coached during my time at Edgerton,” head coach Andrew Fleischman said. “He was dominant as a defensive end off the edge and I believe a key to his success was the way that he went after each play relentlessly. He was a great leader and a great teammate for the Flying Dutchmen.”
A two-time all-conference selection, Menning was named the Lineman of the Year in 2010. The league’s coaches honored Menning once again this year, voting him as the Defensive Player of the Year.
After racking up 22 sacks last season, Menning brought opposing quarterbacks down 23 times this year — finishing his career with 45 sacks, which is a new state record. He also recorded 89 tackles (51 solo), including an additional 11 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
Menning, who played on all of E/E’s special teams formations, blocked three punts this year and was the Flying Dutchmen’s second-leading tackler on kickoffs. He also graded out as the best offensive lineman on the team, averaging a rating of 2.3 per play on a three-point scale.
“Johnny was excellent in all phases of blocking, including run, pass and pulling,” Fleischman said. “He played offensive end for us, and as a 9-man team, that allowed him to be an eligible receiver. He was a great receiver when we sent him out on routes, but we also kept him in a lot to take advantage of his abilities as a blocking lineman.”
With 28 receptions for 401 yards and four touchdowns this year, Menning finished his career with 42 catches for 676 yards and six touchdowns. His blocking skills certainly helped his teammates put up big offensive numbers, as well.
“Johnny was one of our many great players and led us to an undefeated state championship,” Fleischman said. “He was very consistent in all aspects of the game and rarely left the field. He is truly deserving of all of the awards that he has received and will be missed by our football team next year.”