Heinz named district offensive MVP

Photo by Troy Banning, for The Messenger Jamison Heinz of Humboldt tries to scramble away from trouble against Webster City last week.

HUMBOLDT — Jamison Heinz will never forget the moments he made this past fall playing football for Humboldt.

Heinz earned first team Class 3A, District 2 honors and was tabbed the offensive most valuable player.

Joining Heinz for the Wildcats were Colton Goodell, Sam Fischer, Carter Krichau, Matt Miller and Gabe Gidel. Webster City’s Trey Mathis, Garrett Whitmore, Will Tasler, Truman Klein, Connor Hanson and Tyler Olson also made the first-team.

“I’m honored to have even been considered for the awards and to receive them,” Heinz said. “It’s been a blessing to play high school football. I think it’s the ultimate team sport because you have to rely on every one of your teammates to be successful.”

Heinz finished the year with 1,134 yards rushing, which ranked eighth in 2A, and 13 touchdowns. He was also second on the team in tackles with 62.5 and also had two interceptions.

On special teams, Heinz averaged 32 yards per punt, 26.7 yards per kickoff return and 11 yards per punt return with one touchdown.

“I’ll missing putting on the blue and gold each Friday night in the fall,” Heinz said. “And playing under the lights is something I’ll never forget.”

Heinz also saved his best for last, running for a school-record 324 yards in a win over Perry in Week 9.

Miller led Humboldt in tackles with 70.5, including six solo stops for loss. Gidel recorded a team-high 21 receptions.

Mathis, a junior, ran for 1,333 yards and 25 touchdowns, which placed him first in 3A. Olson had a team-high 10 catches for 157 yards and also picked off a state-leading 12 passes

Humboldt’s Logan Nillas, Ben Kuehnast, Jake Thurm and Caiden Baker were honorable mention selections, along with Webster City’s Jack Van Diest, Jamin Stuhr, Beau Klaver and Casey Kolbeck.


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