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2017 Globe All-Area Football Team

OFFENSE

Cody Thompson

QUARTERBACK

PIPESTONE AREA

A great leader, calm under pressure. Consistent, productive passer with 3-1 touchdown-to-interceptions ratio. Led the Arrows into the Class AA state tournament championship game.

Anthony Ross

QUARTERBACK

WESTBROOK-WALNUT GROVE

Led his district in passing yards (1,293), completions, completion percentage and extra-point passing. A three-year starter and student of the game.

Bryce Perkins

QUARTERBACK

HARRIS-LAKE PARK

A high-performance quarterback during both his junior and senior years, Perkins completed 83 of 136 passes for 1,253 yards and 23 touchdowns for H-LP in 2017. In 2016 in leading the Wolves to the Iowa 8-Player championship game, he passed for 2,123 yards and 37 TDs.

Luke Gilbertson

QUARTERBACK

WINDOM AREA

This all-around athlete has to be on the field somewhere. A consistent performer who completed 53 percent of his passes for 1,163 yards and 14 touchdowns. A smart player, a leader, he also played defensive back.

Sam Hansen

RUNNING BACK

RED ROCK CENTRAL

Voted Back of the Year for the 9-Man All-District West team. Rushed for 1,833 yards and a 7.3 per-carry average on the season. Also made 68 tackles as a linebacker on defense.

Wyatt Minion

RUNNING BACK

WINDOM AREA

A threat to score every time he touched the football, Minion scored 19 touchdowns in his senior year. He carried 168 times for 1,210 yards and 12 TDs and caught 28 passes for 377 yards and six TDs. Had 77 tackles from a linebacker spot.

Zach Aanenson

RUNNING BACK

MURRAY COUNTY CENTRAL

A hard worker, a player who shows great character on and off the field, Aanenson rushed for 970 yards and 12 touchdowns in his senior year. Gained 1,174 yards as a junior. Finished with 2,542 rushing yards for a career.

Andrew Quade

RUNNING BACK

WESTBROOK-WALNUT GROVE

A playmaker. Led the district for the second straight season in receptions. Was fourth in rushing and fifth in scoring. Made 81 tackles on defense at linebacker.

Garrett Ploeger

RUNNING BACK

PIPESTONE AREA

A big offensive weapon for the Arrows, Ploeger averaged more than five yards per carry in his senior year and proved himself a solid pass catcher. Also a fine defensive end.

Jaden Bloemendaal

RUNNING BACK

EDGERTON/ELLSWORTH

Though he was only 5-7, 170 pounds, Bloemendaal rushed for 1,100 yards as a senior. He also gained more than 500 yards receiving. Ran hard. Was also a good blocker.

Nathan Boneschans

LINEMAN

WORTHINGTON

A hard-nosed, determined three-year starter at right tackle. Was rotated in at defensive end. Had 25 tackles, including four for loss. Also punted, averaging 34.2 yards per attempt, and placed nine punts inside the 20-yard line.

Tyler Linder

TIGHT END

WORTHINGTON

An outstanding two-way player. A big, dependable target on offense as a tight end and a solid inline blocker. Had 21 receptions for 343 yards and three touchdowns in his senior season. Led the Trojans in sacks and fumble recoveries defensively.

Tyl Woelber

WIDE RECEIVER

PIPESTONE AREA

A big-play wide receiver. Was unstoppable in state Class AA semifinal game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Punted, kicked and returned punts. Threw two TD passes. A ball-hawk on defense. Was chosen to play in the Minnesota Football Showcase game.

Colvin Jenness

WIDE RECEIVER

SIBLEY-OCHEYEDAN

Had 28 catches for 364 yards and five touchdowns. Returned 17 kickoffs for 24.6 yards per touch, including a 96-yard touchdown.

Ethan Lindley

WIDE RECEIVER

JACKSON COUNTY CENTRAL

A three-year starter, Lindley set the Jackson County Central single-season receptions record this year with 58, for 726 yards and five touchdowns. Finished third in school history with 78 catches. Also an outstanding linebacker.

DEFENSE

Payne Bonnett

LINEMAN

LUVERNE

Led the Cardinals in tackles as a junior, with 88. Also led his team in tackles for loss (28) and sacks (9). The big-play guy on defense in his first year as a starter.

Garrett Raymon

LINEMAN

HILLS-BEAVER CREEK

The 5-11, 265-pound Raymon’s size, strength and quickness allowed him to be a dominant player. Smart. Runs well. A three-year starter, this junior is a two-time All-District player.

Dylan Svoboda

LINEMAN

JACKSON COUNTY CENTRAL

An guard on offense, a tackle on defense, the Huskies’ 6-4, 270-pound senior was a key ingredient to the team’s successful season that ended one victory short of a third consecutive state tournament bid.

Preston Mix

LINEMAN

JACKSON COUNTY CENTRAL

Another outstanding defensive tackle for a coach, Tom Schuller, who knows how to churn them out. JCC held opposing defenses to an average of less than 100 yards rushing this year, and Mix was a major reason why.

Trey Gilbertson

DEFENSIVE END

EDGERTON/ELLSWORTH

Lineman of the Year in District 9 South (West) 9-Man for the past two seasons, the 6-4, 210-pound Gilbertson led the district in sacks in his senior year. His performance on the offensive line was equally exceptional.

Bret Sohn

DEFENSIVE END

HARRIS-LAKE PARK

Sohn had 52 tackles and 12 for loss, including 6.5 sacks and five fumble recoveries. On offense, he made 24 catches for 375 yards and six touchdowns.

Kyle Kuehl

LINEBACKER

WESTBROOK-WALNUT GROVE

Heart and soul of the W-WG defense, Kuehl made 140 tackles with five interceptions. On offense as a running back, he rushed for more than a thousand yards and scored 23 touchdowns.

Marcos Herrera

LINEBACKER

WORTHINGTON

Herrera led the Trojans in tackles for losses in 2017, with 11. Had 58 tackles in all, including an interception and a forced fumble. A running back on offense, he was a very good lead blocker in short yardage situations.

Matt Enger

LINEBACKER

PIPESTONE AREA

A “must” All-Area player according to head coach Clay Anderson, who called him the best defensive player he has ever coached. Had 145 tackles through his first 10 games with eight sacks and five fumble recoveries. Was a very good guard on offense.

Landon Rogers

LINEBACKER

ADRIAN

The Dragons’ leading tackler. A quiet leader who led by example. On the defensive line or at linebacker, constantly wreaked havoc on the field. Made 79 total tackles (35 solo) as a senior. Rushed for 443 yards as a running back on offense.

Jared Schroepfer

LINEBACKER

RED ROCK CENTRAL

Schroepfer finished with a school record for tackles in a season with a total of 151 (62 solos, 89 assists) and from a fullback position rushed for 381 yards and seven TDs while gaining 121 yards pass receiving.

Declan Beers

LINEBACKER

LUVERNE

Athletic and physical senior. Was second in tackles on a Luverne team that bounced back from an 0-4 start to finish 5-5. Rushed for 566 yards and seven touchdowns as a fullback.

Brady Rasmussen

CORNERBACK

RED ROCK CENTRAL

Made 80 tackles, including 37 solo and 43 assists. Intercepted seven passes and forced four fumbles. Caught 30 passes for 442 yards and 11 TDs as a wide receiver.

Braeden Rieck

DEFENSIVE BACK

PIPESTONE AREA

Had upwards of 100 tackles on defense with 10 interceptions, including two for touchdowns. Also enjoyed a solid year on offense as a wide receiver. Teamed up with Tyl Woelber to provide a terrific one-two receiving punch.

Ryan Wieneke

DEFENSIVE BACK

ADRIAN

Made 40 tackles as a DB including 30 solo. The leading rusher and scorer for the Dragons in his senior year, Wieneke finished with 631 yards running (for a 6.2 average) and passed for 603 yards.

---Text by Doug Wolter

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