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Area Players Earn INA All State Honors

By Staff | Nov 28, 2008

DES MOINES – Emetsburg’s E’Hawks, along with players from the Armstrong-Ringsted Mustangs and Graettinger/Terril Knights earned All State Honors for their play onthe gridiron this season. The Iowa Newspaper Association announced its 2008 All-State Football selections naming honorary captains in the six Iowa football classes, with two local players earning Captain’s roles in Class 1A and Eight-Man.

INA sports writers selected Emmetsburg running back Taylor Morris as captain of the 1A INA All-State team. Morris was part of the 1-2 punch of the Emmetsburg E’Hawk rushing offense during the championship season. Morris, a six-foot 215 pounder, didn’t run with the football, he carried it with authority, running past blockers, fending off tacklers and delivering punishing yards in every game the E’Hawks played. As a defensive end, Morris played the same way for the E’hawks and served as one of the team’s tri-captains, helping lead Emmetsburg to a perfect 14-0 season and the Class 1A State Championship, the ninth title for the E’Hawks.

Ridge Christiansen of Armstrong-Ringsted was named captain of the INA 8-man All-State team. Christiansen led the Mustangs to the state championship game for the past two seasons. He rushed 262 times for 1,788 yards and scored 29 times. He completed 48 of 92 passes for 896 yards and 18 touchdowns with only two picks. On defense as a linebacker, he made 104 tackles and caught two interceptions.

Class 1A First Team

Offense

TE Eli Groenendyk, Sr, Pella Christian

WR Matt Waters, Sr., CB St, Albert’s

WR Zach Steinhoff, Jr., Manson NW Webster

Line Josh Wolfe, Sr., Emmetsburg

Line Wil Van’t Hof, Sr., West Lyon

Line Dallas Hendrikson, Sr., St. Ansgar

Line Jack Rummels, Jr., West Branch

Line Tyler Klyn, Sr., Pella Christian

QB Jake Waters, Sr., CB St. Albert’s

Back Jon Elmore, Jr., Prairie Valley

Back Jordan Thompson, Sr., West Branch

Back Langston Jones, Jr., Emmetsburg

Kicker Derek Wood, Sr, Gladbrook-Reinbeck

Utility Andrew Jay, Sr., Maquoketa Valley

Defense

Line Kyle Kober, Dr., West Branch

Line Michael Wiegman, Sr., Aplington-Parkersburg

Line Andy Simons, Sr., West Lyon

Line Taylor Morris, Sr., Emmetsburg

LB Andrew Brown, Jr., CB St. Albert’s

LB Jordan Simon, Jr., Aplington-Parkersburg

LB Pat McLeod, Sr., Prairie Valley

LB Lucas Geneser, Jr., Woodward-Granger

DB Brian Sandvig, Sr., FD St. Edmond’s

DB Austin Steinkamp, Sr., Woodward-Granger

DB Trevor Tiefenthaler, Sr., Sioux Central

Punter Kyle Meints, Sr., West Fork

Utlity Jacob Batterson, Jr., Eddysville Blakesburg

1A Team Captain – Taylor Morris, Emmetsburg

Class 1A Second Team

Offense

TE Spencer Hurly-Boyd, Sr, Woodward-Granger

WR Drew Helle, Sr, Maquoketa Valley

WR Jordan Marks, Sr., Panorama

Line Josh Noble, Sr., Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn

Line Carter Steele, Sr., FD St. Edmond’s

Line Rich Defauw, Sr., Belle Plaine

Line Travis Clark, Sr., Guthrie Center

Line Justin Siefken, Sr., Nashua Plainfield

QB Kyle Twait, Jr., Manson-NW Webster

Back Mitch Fynaardt, Sr., Pella Christian

Back Brian Crow, Jr., Belle Plaine

Back Alex Hornbuckle, Jr., Aplington-Parkersburg

Kicker Matt Wellik, Sr., Emmetsburg

Defense

Line Colby Kirby, Sr., Pleasantville

Line Mitch Grose, Sr., Mt. Ayr

Line Adam Leuer, Sr., Emmetsburg

Line Matt Strope, Sr., Alburnett

LB Keith Rush, Soph, Griswold

LB Tommy Kuecker, Jr., Emmetsburg

LB Jason Koedam, Sr., West Lyon

LB Jake Young, Sr., Garner-Hayfield

DB Tyler Mosier, Sr., Griswold

DB Dakota Miller, Sr., Lawton-Bronson

DB Alex Maule, Jr., West Monona

Punter Brett Bengen, Sr., Gladbrook-Reinbeck

Class 1A Third Team

Offense

TE Max Miller, Sr., West Central

WR Scott Bacon, Sr., Pleasantville

WR Chase Meier, Sr., Iowa Valley

Line Dan Heiar, Sr., Northeast-Goose Lake

Line Nathan Lyman, Jr., Grundy Center

Line Billy Aukes, Sr., Aplington-Parkersburg

Line Justin Brinkman, Jr., Prairie Valley

Line Darin Adam, Jr., Pekin

QB Jordan Andera, Jr., South Winneshiek

Back Doug Williams, Soph, Clarinda Academy

Back Josy Treyba, Soph, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn

Back Jesse Silgeby, Jr., West Lyon

Kicker Levi Keleher, Jr., Lawton-Bronson

Defense

Line Trevor Port, Sr., West Branch

Line Spenser Fuller, Sr., Central Decatur

Line Steve Messerschmidt, Jr., Tri-Center-Neola

Line Matt Just, Sr., Belmond-Klemme

LB Jordan Stewart, Sr., Mount Ayr

LB Cody Millikin, Sr., Pekin

LB Brett Thomas, Sr., Alburnett

LB Joseph Atwell, Sr., Panorama

DB Ryan Krogman, Sr., Northeast-Goose Lake

DB Matt Hiscocks, Sr., Garner-Hayfield

DB Ryan Grolmus, Sr., Panorama

Punter Jordan Gradeless, Sr., Wayne

8-Man First Team

Offense

WR Tyler Pawletski, Sr, Ar-We-Va

WR Tyler Boeke, Jr, Coon Rapids-Bayard

Line Wille Beeler, Sr., Armstrong-Ringsted

Line Cam Lewellen, Sr., Stanton

Line Andrew Williams, Jr., West Central-Maynard

QB Chris Palmquist, Sr., Stanton

Back Tyler Tonderum, Jr., Armstrong-Ringsted

Back Alex Whigham, Jr., Stanton

Back Shane Nicholson, Sr., Melcher-Dallas

Kicker Ethan Eisenbacher, Jr., Armstrong-Ringsted

Utility Ridge Christiansen, Sr., Armstrong-Ringsted

Defense

Line Tyler Betz, Sr., Ventura

Line Seth Comply, Sr., Adair-Casey

Line Ryan Schroeder, Sr., Remsen-Union

LB Reggie Kock, Sr., Ar-We-Va

LB Nick Larson, Sr., North Sentral Kossuth

LB Nate Tool, Sr., Twin River Valley

DB Tyler Peterson, Sr., Lenox

DB Grant Focht, Sr., Stanton

Punter Nathan Lee, Sr., Woodbine

Utlity Alex Stork, Jr., CAM

8-Man Team Captain – Ridge Christiansen, Sr., AR

8-Man Second Team

Offense

WR Tyler Wedemeier, Sr., West Central-Maynard

WR Alex Cabbage, Sr., Stanton

Line Caleb Villarreal, Sr., North Sentral Kossuth

Line Jason Egan, Sr., Corwith-Wesley-Luverne

Line Matt Mayou, Sr., Harris-Lake Park

QB Johnny Schwaller, Sr., Coon Rapids-Bayard

Back Craig Ditzler, Sr., East Union

Back Caleb Byers, Sr., Murray

Back Trevor VanScoy, Sr., Glidden-Ralston

Kicker Jacob Esdohr, Soph, Coon Rapids-Bayard

Defense

Line Jeremy Oltmanns, Sr., Stanton

Line jay Nissen, Jr., Corwith-Wesley-Luverne

Line Lucas Dalton, Soph, Lenox

LB Austin Hughes, Jr., Preston

LB Ben Borland, Sr., Lenox

LB Grant McArdle, Sr., Stanton

DB Matt Rowley, Sr., Twin Cedars

DB Jaxson Armstrong, Jr., CAM

Punter Jake Bolton, Jr., East Mills

8-Man Third Team

Offense

WR Trey Seiser, Jr., Northeast Hamilton

WR Alex Bireline, Sr., Arair-Casey

Line Kody Kile, Jr., East Union

Line Scott Broten, Sr., Dunkerton

Line Ryan Kunkel, Sr., Remsen-Union

QB Sean Brandhorst, Sr., Central City

Back Brandon Bell, Sr., Lamoni

Back Levi Peters, Soph, Twin River Valley

Back Ryan Schurke, Jr., Ar-We-Va

Kicker Michael Ruba, Sr., Remsen-Union

Line Clayton Starckovich, Sr., Melcher-Dallas

Line Jon Meyers, Jr., Coon Rapids-Bayard

Line Craig Tigges, Jr., Armsrtong-Ringsted

LB Jake Edmundson, Sr., Tri-Center

LB Bo Marley, Sr., Janesville

LB Jake Hoffman, Sr., Graettinger/Terril

DB Mason Neilsen, Jr., Central City

DB Blake PEdersen, Jr., North Sentral Kossuth

Punter Jeremiah Hagen, Sr., Ventura