Class 11B semifinalist Sioux Valley totaled six selections while Class 9B champion Colman-Egan had five to highlight the 2017 All-Register Football Team.
The Hawks’ Bodee Groos and Kade Groos were named Register Co-Players of the Year.
Colman-Egan capped a 12-0 season with a 42-28 defeat of Sully Buttes in the final for its second consecutive title. The Hawks were victorious in 9A the year prior, as Bodee Groos took home Register POY honors during his junior campaign.
Colman-Egan outscored its opponents a combined 528-105, including a 178-61 margin in the postseason. Despite playing 12 games (48 quarters), the Hawks were only on the field for 32 quarters this season due to weather-shortened games plus one game that ended via the mercy rule.
Colman-Egan beat Northwestern 52-6 in the first round of the playoffs and was seeded second. The Hawks topped Faulkton Area 30-14 in the quarterfinals and Castlewood 54-13 in the semifinals.
CE also won the Dakota Valley Conference title.
The Cossacks were the top seed heading into the playoffs after posting an 8-0 record in the regular season and taking home the Big East Conference crown.
They outscored their first eight opponents a combined 272-85.
Sioux Valley beat Elk Point-Jefferson 51-0 in the first round and Aberdeen Roncalli 46-0 in the quarters to improve to 10-0 and advance to the semifinals; however, the Cossacks dropped a 35-7 decision to Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan after that.
Brookings had three selections in Parker Beers, Dillon Jensen and Brandon Nelson.
The Bobcats finished 2-8, including a 35-14 loss at top-seeded and eventual-champion Pierre in the first round of the Class 11AA Playoffs.
Arlington/Lake Preston (7-3) and Oldham-Ramona/Rutland (3-5) added two picks apiece.
The Badgers won their Class 9AA Playoffs opener 18-0 over Baltic but dropped a road game to fifth-seeded Miller/Highmore-Harrold 40-24 in the quarterfinals.
Elkton-Lake Benton (4-5) and Deubrook Area (3-5) had one honoree apiece to round out the All-Register squad.
The Elks fell 60-22 to eventual 9AA titleholder Gregory on the road in the opening round of the postseason.
The 20-man roster – which had players from seven different schools – featured 13 seniors, six juniors and a sophomore (CE’s Dalton Voelker).
Sioux Valley’s Andrew Mullaney joined the Groos duo as repeat All-Register selections.
A few area players have already earned All-State honors, so keep an eye on the Register over the next week to see if any others are selected.
Parker Beers – RB
Brookings, Jr, 5-9, 156
Beers was the Bobcats’ leading rusher with 801 yards on 181 carries – a 4.4 average.
He scored eight touchdowns on the ground and added a TD catch. He averaged 22.7 yards on nine kick returns and had a 28-yard punt return.
“Parker is a two-year starter for the Bobcats and is a 3.95 (GPA) student-athlete,” said BHS coach Lee Schmidt. “Parker is a multi-sport athlete, competing in baseball and basketball. He’s had a great attitude and has been a positive leader during two tough seasons.”
Beers has 1,150 yards and 14 scores in his career.
He was an All-Eastern South Dakota Conference selection at running back.
Hunter Breske – WR/LB
Sr., 5-10, 190
Breske totaled 44 catches for 549 yards and seven touchdowns in his senior season. He finished his career with 831 yards and 13 scores on 66 receptions.
Over the past two seasons, he added 116 tackles, including seven for loss (three sacks). He forced three fumbles, recovered two fumbles and picked off a pass.
“Hunter was an important part of our program on offense and defense,” said ORR coach Brady Clark. “He had a knack for making a big tackle on defense when needed and a big catch on offense when his name was called. He played with poise in any situation. His work ethic, relentlessness, sure hands and big-play ability helped our program be successful. He is a very talented young man, and a great role model for our younger athletes.”
Breske was on the All-DVC team and was a member of the South Dakota Football Coaches Association Academic All-State team.
Jamus Brown – QB/LB
Sr., 6-3, 170
Brown went 94-of-191 for 1,111 yards and 16 TDs through the air while rushing for 275 yards and four more scores. For his career, he threw for 3,232 yards with 46 TDs and ran for 774 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Over the past two seasons, he totaled 71 tackles, four interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
“Being a three-year starter, Jamus was always able to deal with adversity on both sides of the
ball and be successful in the process,” said Clark. “Whether he had a new line to play behind or new receivers to throw to, he was always able to adapt with the scheme and did it very well. Jamus is a very talented, hard-working and competitive football player who represents himself and his team in a positive manner.”
Brown was on the All-DVC team and also earned a spot on the SDFBCA Academic All-State team.
Keith Crisp – FB/LB
Colman-Egan, Sr., 6-0, 180
Crisp contributed on both offense and defense for the Hawks.
He ran for 633 yards and 14 touchdowns. Crisp totaled 50 tackles, including two sacks, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.
“Keith is a very tough, physical, smart football player who played downhill on both sides of the ball,” said CE coach Chad Williamson. “Keith was very committed to understanding all aspects of the game so he was able to make players around him better.”
Crisp finished his career with 1,347 rushing yards and 21 TDs. He made 144 tackles, including three sacks, and had four takeaways (two INTs/two fumble recoveries).
Crisp was on the All-DVC squad.
Bodee Groos – QB/DB
Colman-Egan, Sr., 5-11, 175
The two-time All-State quarterback and two-time state champion is also a two-time All-Register pick. He is the Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, sharing the honor with teammate Kade Groos.
Kade Groos – WR/DB
Colman-Egan, Sr., 5-9, 160
He is back on the All-Register team for the second year in a row and was also named Co-Player of the Year.
Devon Heuer – QB/DB
Jr., 6-0, 174
Heuer was a touchdown machine for a Badger team that totaled seven wins and reached the Class 9AA quarterfinals.
“Devon is a team leader who plays and trains with great passion,” said ALP coach Steve Gilbertson. “He loves the game!”
He rushed the ball 166 times for 1,483 yards – an 8.9 average – and 25 touchdowns.
Heuer went 54-of-114 for 968 yards with eight touchdowns and four INTs through the air.
On defense, he totaled 79 tackles and three interceptions, including a pick-six.
That means he had hand in 34 scores.
The two-year player is a two-time team captain and has earned All-DVC honored twice. He has 2,023 rushing yards, 1,505 passing yards and 48 combined offensive touchdowns entering his senior season.
Dillon Jensen – DL/OL
Brookings, Sr., 6-4, 230
The senior was solid on both lines for Brookings, earning all-ESD honors as a defensive end.
He totaled 35 tackles and was a force in the backfield, tallying 11 tackles for loss, including eight sacks.
“Dillon has been a two-way starter for three years,” Schmidt said. “In 2017, he was voted a team captain and he was our leader in summer workouts in attendance. Dillon was also a long/short snapper. Dillon is looking at continuing his football career at Northern State University.”
Jensen finished his career with 105 tackles, including 19 for loss (14 sacks).
He was also a guard, helping the Bobcats total 2,256 yards of offense (1,455 rushing).
Tyler Jensen – OL/DL
Jr., 6-5, 247
Jensen is an anchor on the Badgers’ lines.
He made 51 tackles, including six for loss (four sacks), this season.
On the other side of the ball, he helped pave the way for an ALP offense that totaled more than 3,500 yards.
“Tyler is a three-year starter and team captain,” Gilbertson said of the junior and two-time All-DVC pick. “He is a team leader and consummate team player. He’s extremely coachable.”
Clayton Koppatschek – WR/CB
Deubrook Area, Jr., 5-10, 165
The Dolphins’ Team MVP and Offensive MVP made contributions all over the field.
He ran 77 times for 658 yards with eight touchdowns while adding 36 receptions for 370 yards and four scores. Koppatschek went 32-of-65 for 330 yards and three TDs.
On defense, the junior added 58 tackles and four interceptions, including a pick-six.
Koppatschek averaged 14.8 yards on 27 kick returns and 18.7 yards on eight punt returns, including a 60-yard house call.
He averaged 35.1 yards on nine punts.
“Clayton did it all for our team and did everything very well,” said DA coach Tim Cariveau. “When we needed a spark or a big play, Clayton delivered. He was a threat to score in all three phases of the game, and did so. He’s one of the hardest-working players on the team.”
Koppatschek was an All-DVC performer.
Taryn Krog – LB/TE
Jr., 6-3, 180
Krog racked up 89 tackles, including two sacks, for a playoff team.
“Taryn is a tough player that has instincts to the football,” said ELB coach Tal Farnham. “He is a leader and a captain on defense. Taryn makes players around him better and is always willing to help others. He is a player you never want to come off the field. Taryn is also one of our best blockers on offense and we were able to find yards when we needed them behind him.”
Krog was an All-DVC honoree.
Alec Landis – OL/DL
Colman-Egan, Jr., 6-1, 240
Landis was a dominant guard for a potent offense, which rushed for nearly 3,000 yards and 46 touchdowns on just 385 attempts.
He was the Most Valuable Lineman in the Hawks’ title game victory and earned a spot on the Class 9B All-State team.
“Alec is a very humble, hard-working, dedicated member of our team,” said Williamson. “He is a major force against the run and pass. He was definitely a leader of our line and will be a leader of our team moving forward.”
At nose guard, the junior finished the year with 67 tackles, including five sacks, and a pair of fumble recoveries.
He was an All-DVC selection.
Daymein Lucas – RB/LB
Sioux Valley, Sr., 5-10, 185
Lucas had a big year and broke a few Cossack career records along the way.
He paced Sioux Valley’s powerful rush attack with 1,872 yards and 26 touchdowns while adding a TD reception.
He had 31 tackles on defense.
“Daymein is an extremely talented, hard-working athlete,” said SV coach Dan Hughes. “He has done an outstanding job in the weight room, becoming one of the best players in Sioux Valley history. He is a three-year starter who has improved every season.”
Lucas broke three notable career school records:
• Rushing yards: 3,065.
• Touchdowns: 42.
• Points: 262.
Lucas was a two-time All-Big East Conference selection.
He was honored on the SDFCA Academic All-State team.
Andrew Mullaney – OL/DL
Sioux Valley, Sr., 5-10, 200
The three-year starter on both sides of the ball was a key piece of the Cossacks’ lines, and he’s on the All-Register squad for a second year in a row.
He’s a two-time all-BEC pick and earned All-State honors as a junior.
“Andrew earned all the accolades he has been given throughout his career by working hard in the weight room,” said Hughes. “Over the last four years, Andrew has rarely, if ever, missed a strength workout. … He was always one of the most physical athletes on the field in every game. He was a punishing blocker on offense and took on opponents with authority on defense.”
Mullaney recorded 51 tackles this year; and on offense, helped the Cossacks rack up more than 4,000 yards (3,827 rushing).
Mullaney earned SDFCA Academic All-State honors.
Brandon Nelson – OL/DL
Brookings, Sr., 6-2, 251
Nelson played tackle on both sides of the ball.
He totaled 50 tackles, including five for loss (two sacks).
“Brandon was the energy of our defense these past two seasons,” Schmidt said. “His hustle plays and relentless pursuit of the football put him near the top of our tackle chart. That is not easy for a defensive lineman, especially for a nose guard who gets double team on most run plays. Brandon’s athleticism allowed us the versatility to play him at every position on the defensive line for the past two season.”
Nelson’s career totals included 91 tackles, including 10 for loss (four sacks).
On the O-line, he also helped the Bobcats total 2,256 yards of offense (1,455 rushing).
Chase Ringheimer – DB
Sioux Valley, Sr., 6-2, 180
Ringheimer was the top defensive back for a solid Cossack defense.
He totaled 54 tackles and a team-best three interceptions while picking up All-BEC recognition.
“Chase patiently waited his time, worked hard in the weight room and made himself into an All-State (caliber) player,” said Hughes. “He’s a great cover corner and fierce tackler, especially in the open field.”
Jake Schneider – DL/OL
Sioux Valley, Sr., 6-3, 230
Schneider was a force on both lines.
He tallied 83 tackles, including 6.5 sacks on defense.
On offense, he was in the middle of the action at center as the Cossacks rushed for more than 3,800 yards.
“Jake is one of the most athletic linemen in all classes of South Dakota football,” Hughes said of the three-year defensive starter. “He had excellent feel and quickness, which made life difficult for opposing linebackers. On defense, he was nearly unblockable from his defensive end position.”
Schneider earned a spot on the All-BEC squad.
Tyler Schwartz – LB/RB
Sioux Valley, Sr., 6-0, 200
Schwartz racked up nearly 1,000 all-purpose yards and had a solid season on defense to close out his career.
He ran for 704 yards and 10 touchdowns and added 264 receiving yards with five touchdowns, including a long of 80 yards.
“Tyler was one of the most physical edge blockers in South Dakota,” Hughes said. “He was also very versatile on defense; he played a wide array of positions depending on the type of offense we were facing. He was always around the ball making plays against the state’s toughest competition.”
Schwartz was an All-BEC member.
He also earned a spot on the SDFBCA Academic All-State squad.
Brennan Stoltenberg – OL/DL
Sioux Valley, Sr., 5-10, 220
Stoltenberg played a part in all three aspects of the game and was also an SDFBCA Academic All-State member.
He recorded 83 tackles on defense.
A four-year starter at guard, he helped the Cossacks pick up 3,800-plus rushing yards in 2017.
Stoltenberg went 32-of-43 on PAT kicks as a senior and is the school’s record-holder in career makes.
“Brennan is one of the most dependable, durable and physical athletes in South Dakota,” said Hughes. “He started every game of his career, helping the Cossacks to the semifinals twice in a three-year span. While Brennan was playing guard, Sioux Valley went to the playoffs four consecutive years, won five postseason games and rushed for more than 10,000 yards.”
He was an All-BEC member twice.
Dalton Voelker – DL/TE
Colman-Egan, So., 6-5, 210
Voelker made his mark as an underclassman.
He had 12 catches for 361 yards and six TDs.
Voelker tallied 56 tackles, including seven sacks. He recovered three fumbles, returning one for a score, and added a safety.
He averaged 39.5 yards punting.
“Dalton is the most improved player on our team in all three phases of the game,” Williamson said. “He has worked very hard to be committed to our team, and will be a great leader and player in the future.”
He was a Class 9B All-State honorable mention at punter.