by Dan Voigt
Several members of the 2013 Emmetsburg E-Hawk football team have been honored with placement on the Class 1A District One All District Team. The recognitions were made following nominations and voting by the district's coaches at the conclusion of the regular season.
A total of nine E-Hawks were named to positions on the First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention squads on the basis of their play during the season.
Players named to the First Team All District squad were seniors Allen Jensen as a running back, along with senior offensive lineman Joel Hoyman, senior tight end Austin Krause, senior defensive lineman Tyler Henson, senior defensive back Shay Mortenson and Junior linebacker Greg Wesley.
Allen Jensen would anchor the E-Hawk offense this season, gaining 1,242 yards off 212 rushing attempts for a 5.9 yard per carry average. Jensen scored 17 touchdowns on the season, including an 80-yard touchdown run. Jensen also had one pass reception for eight yards. On defense, Jensen added 16 solo tackles and 22 tackle assists, which included five tackles for loss with one quarterback sack and a fumble recovery.
Joel Hoyman held down the middle of the offensive line for the E-Hawks, and also performed well on the defensive side of the ball, as he would make 19 solo tackles during the season and assisted on 35 tackles, with two solos for loss.
Austin Krause would lead the team with nine receptions during the season for 160 yards, an average of 17.8 yards per catch and scored one 1 touchdown off a 10-yard reception. Defensively, Krause made 13 solo tackles and 18 assisted tackles, along with one interception for a 57-yard return.
Tyler Henson would carry the ball twice and gained five yards, but on defense, Henson made 25 solo tackles and assisted on 31 with four solo tackles for loss and one assisted tackle for loss along with a quarterback sack and two fumble recoveries.
Shay Mortenson would catch three passes during the season for 88 yards, an average of 29.3 yards per catch, On defense, Mortenson made 26 solo tackles and assisted on 22 tackles, as well as intercepting two passes and recovering a fumble. Mortenson also punted 14 times for a total of 435 yards, an average of 31.1 yards, with a long punt of 45 yards. Additionally, Mortenson also returned six kickoffs for a total of 89 yards, with along return of 14.8 yards and returned 18 punts for 159 yards, an average 8.8 yards.
Greg Wesley would carry the football 111 times and gained 526 yards for an average gain of 4.7 yards while scoring six touchdowns, including a long of 20 yards and ran in a pair of two-point conversions. Wesley also caught eight passes for 127 yards, an average of 15.9 yard per catch, and caught two passes for touchdowns, with a 20 yard reception. On defense, Wesley led the E-Hawks with 39 solo tackles and 51 assists, of which six were solo tackles for a loss. Wesley intercepted one pass for a 19-yard return and recovered two fumbles, returning one for a 10-yard gain.
Earning honors on the Second team were senior defensive backs Aaron Bird and Brandon Elbert.
Aaron Bird would rush 59 times during the season to gain 156 yards for an average gain of 2.6 yards, and caught two passes for 19 yards, a 9.5 yard per reception average. On defense, Bird would made 23 solo tackles, including four for loss, and 25 assisted tackles, two for loss, both being assists on quarterback sacks. Bird also intercepted one pass for a 30-yard return and recovered a fumble.
Brandon Elbert would rush the ball 21 times for 45 yards, an average of 2.1 yards per carry and scored a touchdown off a four-yard run. Elbert would complete three of nine passes for 32 yards, an average of 10.7 yards per completion. Defensively, Elbert made 22 solo tackles and assisted on seven stops, with three solo
tackles for loss.
Rounding out Emmetsburg's honorees was junior quarterback Zach Anderson.
Zach Anderson would come up with 175 rushing yards off 42 carries on the season, an average of 4.2 yards per carry. Anderson would complete 28 of 74 attempts for 446 yards with three interceptions, for an average of 15.9 yards per throw, three touchdowns and a long of 22 yards. Anderson would also score a pair of two-point conversion runs. Defensively, Zach made 20 solo tackles and assisted on 22 tackles and intercepted one pass for a 16-yard return.