Area players tabbed A-2 all-district

After a perfect 7-0 run through Class A, District 2, the Bishop Garrigan football team was rewarded with eight first team all-league selections.

The Golden Bears are set to play Friday afternoon at the UNI-Dome in the state semifinals vs. Council Bluffs St. Albert.

Seniors Gibson Behr, Joel Vaske, Max Patkins, Grant Buscherfeld, Chase Winkel, Mark Mather and Nick Mergen, along with junior Drake Buscherfeld, made the high honor roll for Marty Wadle’s Golden Bears.

St. Edmond’s Logan Fear and Jack Rasmussen were also first team selections, while North Union had four land on the top squad.

It was an incredible run through the league for Garrigan, as they allowed just 19 total points over seven games. They pitched four consecutive shutouts to start the district slate, including a 40-0 victory over runner-up South O’Brien.

Behr was the second-leading rusher in the league, racking up 659 yards on just 76 carries with 10 touchdowns. Patkins added 432 yards and five scores.

Vaske was the top receiver with 19 receptions for 307 yards and four scores, while sophomore Brad Capesius – a second team selection – was the leading quarterback with 604 yards and seven touchdowns, completing 58 percent of his passes.

Winkel and Grant Buscherfeld were leading tacklers, Vaske also picked off three passes and Nick Mergen recovered three fumbles.

For the Gaels, Rasmussen was the leading tackler in the district with 107 stops. He ended the regular season as the leading tackler in the state with 125.

Fear doubled as a fullback and linebacker, battling an early-season injury to finish with 269 yards rushing and 39 tackles.

Wadle was selected as the district coach of the year, while Garrigan’s Chad Hall was assistant of the year. Behr earned offensive player of the year honors and Grant Buscherfeld was defensive player of the year.

Trent Pedersen of North Union claimed specialist of the year, Ronnie Torman of South O’Brien was kicker of the year and Ridge View’s Ryan McGuire punter of the year.