All-state honors handed out

FDSH’s Miller, Mosley on second team in 4A; SE’s Lursen, Rasmussen recognized in A

Messenger file photo by Britt Kudla Trey Mosley makes a catch for Fort Dodge inside Dodger Stadium this season.

Four local football players — two from Fort Dodge and two from St. Edmond — were formally recognized on Monday by the Iowa Newspaper Association as all-state selections.

Fort Dodge senior wingback Trey Mosley and junior quarterback Drake Miller both landed on Class 4A’s second team. St. Edmond seniors Isaac Lursen (second team receiver) and Jack Rasmussen (third team linebacker) were Class A honorees.

A number of area players were first team picks in their respective classes: Webster City’s Cooper Lawson (OL), Caleb Olson (LB) and Dylan Steen (DB) in 3A; Chase McAlister of South Central Calhoun (UT) in 2A; Eagle Grove’s Ryan Smith (DB) and Emmetsburg’s Blake VerMulm (DL) in 1A; and Bryce Coppock of Newell-Fonda (DB) in eight-man.

The 165-pound Mosley will graduate as the most prolific receiver in the 100-plus year history of the Dodger program. He broke both the single-season (924 yards) and career (1,993) yardage records, and had 150 varsity catches overall in three seasons — nearly 70 clear of the next best total, and among the 10 best ever in 4A.

”Trey has been such a tremendous representative of our program,” FDSH head coach Matt Miller said. ”He was one of the most dynamic players I’ve ever coached. Given what he’s meant to Fort Dodge football over the last three years both on and off the field — it’s been an honor to coach him.”

Drake Miller, Matt’s son, led all of 4A in total touchdowns with 39 (31 passing, 8 rushing). The 6-foot, 200-pound left-hander topped former FDSH all-stater and Iowa Hawkeye quarterback Randy Reiners’ 23-year old single-season record with 2,340 passing yards this year, and was intercepted only five times in 166 attempts.

”Drake came in with really high expectations after a big sophomore season (in 2016),” Miller said. ”There were a lot of questions about whether or not he could do it again; kids oftentimes go through that ‘junior slump.’ Instead, he took it to a whole different level.

”There were some really outstanding numbers (posted among) the top 4A quarterbacks, so this is great for Drake. He’s in elite company. I’m awfully proud of him, both as a player and as my son.”

Miller called the all-state awards a ”true program honor.”

”Trey and Drake would both tell you they wouldn’t be here without their teammates,” Miller said. ”In this game especially, you don’t get recognized just because of what you do individually. It’s a testament and credit to everyone wearing that Dodger uniform.”

Lursen led District 2 with 41 catches and 650 yards. He established new St. Edmond records for receptions in a season and single-game yardage.

”Isaac was such a unique story,” Gael head coach Jon Borer said. ”He hadn’t been out for football since his freshman season, but he gave it a try as a senior and broke a record in the first week.

”He’s a very athletic kid who bought into the system and made a lot of plays for us. I’m very proud of his accomplishments, and now, this honor.”

Rasmussen, a linebacker who led all classes in tackles as a junior, gained all-state recognition despite suffering a season-ending injury in the squad’s second-to-last contest. He still ranked among the best defenders in Class A on the tackle charts.

”I’ve never coached a kid quite like Jack,” Borer said. ”He was just a ball magnet. Everywhere a play needed to be made defensively, Jack was either there or in the vicinity.

”He’s an extremely hard worker who loves the game. I sure hope someone gives him a shot at the next level. Both Isaac and Jack were definitely deserving, so this means a lot to our program.”

Other area INA all-state players included Zane Williams of Webster City (Class 3A, second team, RB); Joey Shrage of South Central Calhoun (2A, second team, DL); Reed Vondrak of East Sac County (2A, second team, LB); Shiloh Meyer of South Central Calhoun (2A, 3rd team, OL); Garret Bruce of East Sac County (2A, third team, RB); Tanner Macke of South Central Calhoun (2A, 3rd team, LB); T.J. Schnurr of Bishop Garrigan (A, 2nd team, WR); Newell-Fonda’s Austin Gerdes (8-man, 2nd team, RB), Jacob Carlson of Newell-Fonda (8-man, 3rd team, OL); and Jesse Haack of Newell-Fonda (8-man, 3rd team, LB).