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Top honors for Schleisman, Holder

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Landon Schleisman of South Central Calhoun runs the ball during the playoffs last season.

LAKE CITY — The South Central Calhoun football team swept the Class 1A, District 2 postseason awards much like they ran through the league.

The Titans finished the regular season unbeaten, which included five wins inside the district by almost 41 points a game.

Senior Landon Schleisman was named the offensive player of the year and junior Brennan Holder the defensive player of the year for South Central Calhoun, which placed 12 players on the first-team.

Bryan Case was named the district coach of the year and Curt Batta earned assistant coach of the year honors.

Schleisman and Holder were joined by Keagen Meyer, Blake McAlister, Gage Cates, Jacob Schultz, Josh Henkenius, Chase Scheidegger, Jordan Khommanyvong and Brian King. Zane Neubaum made it as both the kicker and punter.

A two-way starter like most of his teammates, Schleisman led the Titans with 743 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns. He was also second in tackles with 52.5 stops including seven sacks, nine solo tackles for loss and 21 assisted tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

“This award means a lot coming from all the coaches in the district and it feels great being recognized because there was a lot of other great players that deserved it,” Schleisman said. “Being a Titan is indescribable. The tradition, the coaches, the pride and the community. It’s just second to none. That’s what’s gonna be the hardest for me to say good bye to.”

Holder recorded a team-high 61.5 tackles, including four sacks and four solo stops for loss. He also had 312 yards rushing and five touchdowns to go along with four catches for 59 yards.

“It means a lot to me that I was named the district defensive MVP,” Holder said. “It just shows that my hard work has paid off and it feels good to know it doesn’t go unrecognized. Coach Case is a great coach and I wouldn’t want to play for any other coach.

“Since I’ve been playing as a Titan, I’ve created a lot of great friendships with teammates. The seniors this year have always been like big brothers to me since the fifth grade and they’re great team leaders.”

Receiving second team all-district status were Cole Corey, Neubaum (receiver), Seth Reiss, Jayden Soard and Hunter Voith. Bishop King, Jason Goff and Carson Pibal were honorable mention selections.

Pocahontas Area’s Trey Oehlertz, Luke Crosgrove, Cage Arends and Dane Johnson made the first-team, with Joseph Crosgrove, Cade Henrickson, Chandler Witzke, Colton Freeburg and Thomas Melohn second-team. Isaiah Hinners was an honorable mention pick.

From Eagle Grove, Roberto Calles made the second team with Mark Dawson and Carlos Figueroa each earning honorable mention status.