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SE’s Stanek, Oswald receive 1A recognition

Messenger file photo Parker Oswald breaks into the open field for St. Edmond during the regular season.

Parker Oswald and Brock Stanek were part of a key group of seniors that helped turn the St. Edmond football program around this past fall.

The two were honored for their efforts, earning all-state status from the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association in Class A.

Oswald was named to the second team and Stanek to the third.

Under Matt Dillon, the Gaels won five games this past year, matching the win total from the two previous seasons combined. It was also the most victories in a season here since 2015.

Oswald left his mark on the SEHS receiving record books, catching 37 passes for 815 yards with seven touchdowns. He also made 32 totals on defense including six for loss with a sack and four interceptions.

“It means a lot and it’s an honor,” Oswald said. “I’ve been working during the offseason with Drew Schaeffer, running routes and lifting. I’m so happy to know that it has paid off (with this honor).”

Oswald finished his career with the single-season school record for yards, placing third on the career receptions list (60), fourth on the career receiving yards list (1,093) and tied for sixth with nine career touchdowns.

Stanek, who committed to St. Thomas University in Minnesota to continue his playing career, was a key player along the offensive and defensive lines for the Gaels. The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder, made 30.5 tackles with four for loss and two sacks.

“It’s really an honor to be all-state and it really brings meaning to what I’ve been doing for the past few years,” Stanek said. “It’s also great to represent my team and all the hard work we have put in this year.

“It’s also very humbling to have made it that far. It’s been a goal of mine to make it all-state, so it’s very rewarding.”

Stanek finished his career with 63.5 tackles, 11 for loss and two sacks.

With Stanek anchoring the line and Oswald forming one of the top quarterback-to-receiver duos with Schaeffer, St. Edmond racked up 3,305 yards of total offense and scored 42 offensive touchdowns.

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