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W-WG's Doubler named All-State, Quade honorable mention

WORTHINGTON -- Westbrook-Walnut Grove senior Joe Doubles was recently named to the 2007 Minnesota 9-man All-State Football team as a defensive end.

"With his 19-and-a-half sacks in a year, I haven't had anybody quite rack up that many," W-WG co-head coach Leo Theisen said. "But his biggest attribute is that he just went full go all the time."

Doubler finished with 88 tackles, including 27 tackles for loss.

Teammate and fellow senior Austin Quade was named as an honorable mention for his play this season.

"Both of them are very deserving," co-head coach Carter Ross said. "They were leaders on our team that not only performed statistically, but also performed in a captains role, and they led us to a great season."

W-WG ended its season with an 8-2 record, and was one game short of the section finals.

"They kind of fed off each other because Austin was a linebacker behind him," Theisen said. "What Joe didn't get, Austin cleaned up. They are both captains of the team and one of the best groups of leaders we've had."

Defensively, Quade totaled 96 tackles and five-and-a-half sacks. He also intercepted three passes.

Doubler was also named second team Associated Press all-state this season.

"We haven't had anybody make that since I've been coaching," Theisen said. "To be up there with Eden Prairie and Cretin-Derham Hall kids, for Joe, there were only eight kids that made it as a defensive lineman in the whole state, and he was one of them."

Doubler was named to the all-state team as a defensive end, but showed versatility this season offensively. He started the year as a wide receiver, but after an injury, moved to fullback.

Quade was also moved around because of injuries. After starting the year as the starting fullback, he took over as the tailback, and performed well.

Quade rushed for 1,215 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also caught 16 passes for nearly 200 yards, including a touchdown.

"They ended up being running mates," Theisen said. "The cool thing about it is that they've been best friends since grade school, so they fed off each other."

For both Doubler and Quade, being humble is part of what sets them above the rest.

"This week when I talked to them about their awards, the first thing they said was that they couldn't have done it without their team," Theisen said. "They aren't too big headed, and that's what you like to see as a coach."

As both Quade and Doubler are seniors, the Chargers will miss them next season.

"If you take a 1,300-yard rusher and 14 touchdowns, and 19 sacks and over 200 tackles between them, that's big shoes to fill," Ross said. "With Austin, he was like a coach on the field, he was always scheming and he was such a great reader. With Joe, he was a tenacious defensive player, and his motor just kept going and he wasn't happy until he got to the quarterback."

But Theisen explains that the two have shown leadership that will continue into next season.

"Those two were definitely our catalyst, but basically, we played four seniors this year, so we'll have a lot back," Theisen said. "We're going to miss them, but I think they've molded a good pattern for the rest of the kids to follow."