Area football players honored
7 Messengerland athletes first team all-state
A total of 25 area football players were honored as all-state by the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association and the Iowa Football Coaches Association.
Six from Greene County, four from Humboldt and Algona, three from Webster City, two from Newell-Fonda, North Union and South Central Calhoun, and one each from East Sac County and Pocahontas Area made the list between Class 4A and eight-player, spread out among the three teams.
Making the first team in their respective classes were Caden Matson, Will Orness and Ben Kuehnast of Humboldt; Blake McAlister from South Central Calhoun; Greene County’s Nate Black and Richard Daugherty; and Webster City’s Truman Klein.
Second-team selections included Trey Jungers and Izak Baron of Newell-Fonda; Michael Rumley, Bradyn Smith and Jackson Morton of Greene County; Algona’s Trevon Smith, Tyler Manske and Alex Manske; Humboldt’s Tanner McKimmey and Tayeton Lohaus; and Webster City’s CJ Hisler.
Bryer Prochniak and Aidan Fries of North Union; Jacob Heier of Humboldt; Kevin King from South Central Calhoun; Tyler Schmitt of East Sac County; Bryce Stalder from Greene County; Pocahontas Area’s Keaton Bindel; Jaxon Woodyard of Algona; and Jaxon Cherry from Webster City were on the third squad.
Matson directed the Wildcats to the Class 3A state semifinals, throwing for 2,611 yards, running for 1,636 and recording 49 offensive touchdowns. He also had 59 tackles with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Orness caught 73 passes for 1,205 yards and 15 touchdowns, while also picking off four passes on defense. Kuehnast anchored the offensive line for Humboldt while Lohaus had 40.5 tackles including 11.5 for loss and five sacks. McKimmey had a team-best 89.5 tackles, including six behind the line of scrimmage. Heier had 812 receiving yards and 12 TDs.
Tyler Manske threw for 1,971 yards with 23 touchdowns, adding 389 yards and three scores with his legs. Smith caught 54 passes for 819 yards and 13 TDs, while Alex Manske had 72.5 tackles and three interceptions.
Woodyard added 34 tackles with two sacks on defense.
Hisler ran for 1,032 yards and scored seven touchdowns, catching eight passes for 108 yards and a score. He also had three interceptions, returning one for a score, with two kickoff returns for TDs.
Cherry ran for 936 yards with 19 scores, and Klein was a key member of the lines.
McAlister, a senior, did it all for the Titans. He ran for 758 yards with 11 TDs, caught 20 passes for 351 yards and 6 scores, and threw a TD pass. On defense, he had 49.5 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 17.5 tackles for loss recovered a fumble, picked off a pass he returned for a score and had a punt return for a touchdown.
King made 48 tackles and picked off three passes while adding 428 yards rushing and six TDs to go with 11 receptions for 104 yards and two scores. Schmitt ran for 614 yards and six TDs, caught 19 passes for 364 and two scores, and made 83.5 tackles with a pick.
Black ran for 575 yards and scored seven touchdowns while Daugherty had 367 yards receiving and five scores to go with 23 tackles and four interceptions on defense.
Morton ran for 246 yards and nine TDs, caught 36 passes for 612 and six more scores, and had 38 tackles with two sacks on defense. Stalder threw for 1,464 yards and 19 touchdowns, adding 719 yards and 11 scores on the ground.
Smith recorded 54.5 tackles with 12.5 for loss and Rumley made 29 stops with 19.5 being for loss and 4.5 sacks. Bindel racked up 43 tackles including five sacks for Pocahontas Area.
Jungers caught 58 passes for 879 yards with 11 touchdowns, adding 219 yards and two scores on the ground. The senior also had 35.5 tackles, five interceptions with a TD, recovered two fumbles, and returned a punt for a score.
Baron had 23.5 tackles and was a starter along the offensive line for the Mustangs.
Prochniak ran for 1,284 yards and scored 15 TDs, adding 318 yards and two scores in the air. Fries caught 37 passes for 471 yards with 13 touchdowns.