State champion Colman-Egan led the way with six selections to the Class 9B All-State football team, selected by the South Dakota Football Coaches Association.
Three Harding County Ranchers and one Kadoka Area Kougar were picked to pace the area athletes.
Named from Harding County were wide receiver Zack Anders, linebacker Sam Adams and defensive back Camden Hett. For Kadoka Area, defensive lineman Jared Hicks was selected to the first team.
Anders, a 5-foot-11, 155-pound senior, is on the Class 9B All-State squad for the second season in a row.
In 2019, he totaled 898 yards on 50 receptions – 18 yards per catch – while scoring 13 times. He added 245 rushing yards and a pair of TDs.
“Zach is a tremendous route runner and always seemed to find a way to get open,” said Harding County coach Jay Wammen. “He has extremely soft hands and caught everything thrown in his direction (only had one drop the entire season with 50 receptions). Teams did their best to take him away – played a lot of bump-and-run coverage with a safety over the top and he still had a big season for the Ranchers.”
Adams, a 5-11, 215-pound senior, recorded 110 tackles and had seven takeaways – four INTs, three fumbles – while scoring a pair of defensive touchdowns. Adams also forced five fumbles and tallied four sacks. He finished career with 237 stops and 14 takeaways.
“Sam is a four-year starter on our defense (he tore ACL the first game of his junior year),” said Wammen. “He is the team’s leader on the defensive side of the ball. A big, athletic, instinctive linebacker who made a lot of plays for our team.”
Hett, a senior at 6-2 and 185, got it done on both sides of the ball for the Ranchers. On defense, picked up six passes, returning four of them to paydirt. He recorded 36 tackles and finished his career with 15 INTs and six defensive scores.
“Camden played a combination of free safety and cornerback for the Ranchers,” said Wammen. “He is a long, rangy safety that made a lot of plays on the ball. We would also move him to cornerback and would put him on the opposing team’s best player when we went 0 coverage.”
Kadoka Area's Hicks, a 5-11, 220-pound senior, recorded 103 tackles, including 12 for loss (nine sacks) as a defensive tackle and was also a part of the offensive line for the Kougars. He recovered five fumbles – returning one for a score – while forcing four fumbles and also blocking a punt.
“Jarred is one of the best linemen I’ve coach in 17 years,” said coach Chad Eisenbraun. “He’s strong and quick and has terrific instincts. He was runner-up during the lineman games at the DWU camp this past summer, competing against many big school linemen. He’s a tremendous leader on and off the field, as well. Also an Academic All-Stater.”
For Colman-Eagan, seniors Nate Tolley, Eli Bowen, Dalton Voelker, Ty Hiller and Chase Hemmer and sophomore Kelby Voelker were honored. Additionally, junior Ryker Hawkins was an honorable mention.
The Hawks went 12-0 and beat Herreid/Selby Area 58-6 in the final.
They outscored their opponents a combined 601-80 (50.08-6.67 average), including 214-42 (53.5-10.5) in the postseason.
It marked CE’s second 9B title in three years. It added a 9A crown in 2016 and a Class 9B championship in 1998.
Third-seeded Dell Rapids St. Mary had four All-State honorees, while the sixth-seeded Wolverines and No. 2 Harding County both had three. Wolsey-Wessington and Faulkton both had two selections, while Langford Area, Kadoka Area, Alcester-Hudson and Estelline/Hendricks rounded out the 24-player list – which featured 17 seniors, five juniors and two sophomores – with one apiece.
HSA won three road games to reach the final, including a 48-38 victory over the Cardinals in the quarterfinals and a 54-32 defeat of the Ranchers in the semis. The Warbirds fell 46-36 to the top-seeded Hawks in the other semifinal.
The rest of first team:
Quarterback: Nate Tolley, Colman-Egan, Sr. (6-2, 171)
Picked up 957 yards on 109 rushes – 8.78 average – and found the end zone 24 times. Was 31-of-49 for 560 yards with 12 TDs and just a pair of interceptions through the air.
“He was all-conference and a captain,” said coach Chad Williamson.
Fullback/Halfback: Hayden Reints, Langford Area, Jr. (5-7, 205)
Ran for 248 yards and a pair of TDs on 57 attempts and had eight receptions for 70 yards and a score. Was the lead blocker for a team that rushed for 2,492 yards.
“Hayden was a big key to our success on offense,” said coach Paul Raasch. “He is a physical player who runs well and can block in space. He is also a punishing runner who can get the tough yards.”
Running back: Clayton Randall II, Herreid/Selby Area, Sr. (6-0, 182)
Ran 208 times for 1,729 yards – 8.31 per carry – while scoring 25 touchdowns and adding 17 two-point conversions. Recorded five receptions for 228 yards with three TDs.
“Clayton has worked hard in the weight room to make himself a player who can play every down of every game,” said coach Clayton Randall. “Physically he can handle 25-plus touches per game and gets better as the game goes. He is a physical runner who finishes carries forward. In his last two seasons, he has 338 carries and one fumble.”
Running back: Eli Bowen, Colman-Egan, Sr. (5-9, 175)
Ran 108 times for 1,213 yards – 11.23 average – with 19 touchdowns and added a trio of catches for 57 yards and three scores. Recorded 62 tackles and four takeaways defensively.
“He was a two-year starter, team captain and all-conference,” said Williamson.
Wide receiver: Tristan Abbott, Wolsey-Wessington, Jr. (6-3, 200)
Finished with 1,110 yards on 48 receptions – 22.2 average – and scored 12 touchdowns, six of which were more than 50 yards long. Added a return TD.
“Tristan has stepped into a much bigger role this season,” said coach Gordon Hooks. “Tristan made a lot of big plays for the team this year. He is the first 1,000-yard receiver I’ve had and was Missouri Valley all-conference.”
Tight end: Dalton Voelker, Colman-Egan, Sr. (6-6, 230)
Hauled in six receptions for 170 yards and a pair of TDs and also helped block for the Hawks’ potent rushing attack. Added 65 tackles, including five sacks, as a defensive end.
“He was two-year all-conference and team captain and the 2019 Co-MVP in the DVC,” said Williamson. “He was a three-year starter and also punted (32 average) and kicked.”
Line: Todd Oberle Jr., Herreid/Selby Area, Sr. (6-1, 203)
One of the leaders of a line that put up nearly 5,000 yards of offense. Recorded 77 tackles, two sacks and an INT on defense.
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“Blue-collar worker, leader in the weight room,” said Randall. “He is a team-first guy that is willing to do whatever to help our team win. He’s a college-level athlete in football and track and field.”
Line: Tanner Horn, Wolsey-Wessington, Sr. (6-0, 190)
Helped the Warbirds totaled 3,328 rushing yards (48 TDs) and 1,940 passing yards (19 TDs). Was second on the team with 41 pancake blocks.
“Tanner is a three-year starter for the Warbirds,” said Hooks. “He is a hard-working kid. He developed his skills in the offseason and in the weight room. … He will give you his all every practice and every game.”
Line: Kelby Voelker, Colman-Egan, So. (6-2, 225)
Was the center for an offense that put up 274 yards per game.
“I have not seen a center that is better all season,” Williamson said.
Line: Ty Hiller, Colman-Egan, Sr. (6-2, 190)
Recorded 48 tackles, including four sacks, and added a pick-six. The opposition averaged just 3 yards per rushing attempt. Also played guard for an offense that picked up 2,990 yards on 312 carries.
“He’s been a constant at left guard and defensive end for two seasons,” Williamson said.
Line: Gage Carter, Faulkton Area, Sr. (6-3, 190)
Totaled 46 tackles, including five for loss (one sack). Forced three fumbles and deflected a trio of passes. As a tight end, scored four touchdowns.
“Gage is a hard-working player on both sides of the ball,” said coach Shane Geditz. “When we needed yards on offense, we ran behind him. He was also a big target in the passing game. Defensively, he controlled his side of the defensive line very well. He is a hard-nosed player.”
Line: Chance Gregg, Herreid/Selby Area, So. (6-1, 220)
Logged 77 tackles with eight sacks at D-End. Leader of an offensive line that totaled nearly 5,000 yards.
“Chance plays the game fast and physical,” said Randall. “He plays snap to whistle on every play – never takes a play off. He has taken over as the vocal leader of our offensive line by making the calls for our blocking schemes. On defense, he is relentless in pursuit of the ball. He loves the game of football and we are excited to have him in our program for two more years.”
Line: Jaxon Doering, Alcester-Hudson, Jr. (6-2, 190)
Had 56 tackles, including 11 1/2 for loss (five sacks) while recovering three fumbles and recording a safety.
“Jaxon is a great student, athlete and person,” said coach Brian Haak. “He is the kind of kid who is first in the weight room and first to practice. He understands leverage and does a great job of setting the edge. I can’t wait to see his continued improvement and how it will translate on the field in 2020.”
Linebacker: Eli Longville, Dell Rapids St. Mary, Sr. (5-9, 180)
Racked up 96-1/2 tackles, including one sack. Picked off three passes and returned a fumble for a touchdown.
“Eli is a great football player,” said coach Ross Flemmer. “He is one of the best linebackers we’ve had here.”
Linebacker: Chase Hemmer, Colman-Egan, Sr. (5-9, 160)
Helped lead the stingy defense, recording 70 tackles, including a pair of sacks. Intercepted a pass. The Hawks allowed just 3 yards per rushing attempt.
“He was all-conference and a team captain,” said Williamson. “He’s a very reliable player.”
Linebacker: Marcis Hausman, Estelline/Hendricks, Sr. (5-8, 170)
Hausman did it all for the Redhawks. Defensively, he racked up 126 tackles. He recovered three fumbles, intercepted a pair of passes, forced two fumbles, tallied three sacks and blocked a kick. He finished with 312 career tackles.
“Tough, physical player with a nose for the football,” said coach Jeremy Bachman. “Led us to the playoffs for the first time in eight years. Leader on and off the field. Very deserving of All-State.”
Back: Weston Geraets, Dell Rapids St. Mary, Sr. (6-3, 170)
Was second on the team with 77 stops. Picked off seven passes – returning one for a TD – and forced a pair of fumbles.
“Weston has great ball skills; he was huge for us at safety this year,” Flemmer said. “He allowed us to do a lot of things we couldn’t do last year.
Kicker: Noah Dennis, Dell Rapids St. Mary, Jr. (6-1, 215)
Averaged 42.6 yards on 60 kickoffs.
“Noah’s kicking ability was huge for us this year,” said Flemmer. “We were forcing teams on average to start 20 yards deeper in their own territory than years past.”
Player: Derek Heitmann, Faulkton Area, Sr. (6-1, 180)
Averaged 16.7 yards on three punt returns. Averaged 35 yards on four punts and 51 yards on two kickoffs. Recorded 21 tackles, 11 pass breakups, an INT, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.
“Derek is a hard-working and very smart player,” said Geditz. “He was asked to cover the opponent’s best receiver. He does a great job of breaking on the football. Derek does a good job of running our defense.”
Player: Connor Libis, Dell Rapids St. Mary, Jr. (5-9, 150)
Averaged 27.8 yards on six kick returns and 16.3 yards on seven punt returns. Has had a hand in 34 touchdowns (17 rushing/17 passing) and picked off 13 passes in his career.
“Connor is a great young man,” said Flemmer. “He is a leader for us and a heck of a football player. One of the hardest workers I’ve ever had the pleasure to coach.”