Class 11AA runner-up Brookings had six selections – including Co-Player of the Year recipients Gus Miller and Rhett Zelinsky – and 9B champion Colman-Egan added five on the 2019 All-Register Football Team.
Sioux Valley had two honorees, with Estelline/Hendricks and Arlington/Lake Preston both getting one.
The 15-man honor squad featured 13 seniors and a pair of juniors.
Miller and CE’s Chase Hemmer were repeat selections on the team.
The Bobcats posted a 10-2 record.
The No. 2 seed beat Douglas 52-13 in the quarterfinals and Huron 36-7 in the semifinals to reach the championship matchup. The Bobcats battled but came up just short in a 32-16 loss to two-time defending-champion Pierre (12-0) in the final.
Brookings outscored its opponents an average of 34.17-13 for the season.
The Hawks went 12-0 while picking up their third state crown in four years.
CE outscored its opponents a combined 601-80 (50.08-6.67 average), including 214-42 (53.5-10.5) in the postseason.
The Hawks beat Estelline/Hendricks 58-0 in the first round and Irene-Wakonda 52-0 in the quarters. They held off Wolsey-Wessington 46-36 in the semis before handling Herreid/Selby Area 58-6 in the championship matchup.
Colman-Egan won their division in the Dakota Valley Conference and then beat Arlington/Lake Preston 40-0 in the league final.
The Cossacks finished 6-4. They beat Sisseton 60-8 in the first round of the Class 11B playoffs and then fell 33-0 to eventual champion Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan.
The Badgers ended up 4-5 overall, falling to Viborg-Hurley 56-8 in the opening round of the Class 9AA playoffs.
The Redhawks were 2-6 in the regular season and qualified for the postseason for the first time in eight years.
Seven area players have already earned All-State recognition. Keep an eye on the Register over the next week to see who else is honored.
Brady Ammann – LB
5-10, 165, Sr.
A key piece of a standout linebacking group, he tallied 75 tackles, including eight for loss, while adding a pair of interceptions and a forced fumble.
“Brady is a high-motor, hard-hitting, get-to-the-football every down type player,” said coach Lee Schmidt. “For you years, Brady has been our strong-side linebacker and a tackle leader for our defensive squad.
“He’s the leader of a defensive unit that gave up less than 100 yards rushing and 100 yards passing per game.”
An All-Eastern South Dakota Conference pick as a senior, Ammann totaled 144 tackles in his career.
He was an Academic All-State honoree.
Eli Bowen – RB/LB
5-9, 175, Sr.
Bowen was a key performer on both sides of the ball for the Hawks and earned All-State honors.
He ran 109 times for 1,232 yards – 11.3 average – with 19 TDs and seven two-point conversions.
He hauled in three receptions – all of which went for TDs – for 57 yards.
Bowen recorded 68 tackles with a pair of sacks. He intercepted two passes and recovered a pair of fumbles.
“Eli was a very dominating force on both sides of the ball,” said coach Chad Williamson.
Carter Eidem – RB
5-11, 175, Sr.
Eidem totaled 1,057 yards on 179 carries – a 5.91 average – and scored 15 touchdowns on the ground.
The All-ESD selection added 16 receptions for 118 yards and a score.
“Carter was hampered by injuries this season but was still able to put up good numbers from our H position,” said Schmidt. “For two years, he played the W spot and was an all-around player having to be a lead blocker, ball carrier and receiver. He wanted his turn to play the H, being a great team member.”
Eidem was a team captain.
Matt Girard – RB/DB
5-10, 170, Sr.
Girard was effective on both sides of the ball.
The All-ESD defensive back made 31 tackles, breaking up eight passes and recovering a fumble.
He ran 76 times for 482 yards and scored five touchdowns.
“Matt was a part-time starter a year ago and as a starter made himself into an excellent run-support corner and cover man by committing to the weight room and attending summer camps,” said Schmidt. “Matt is a quite young man who did all his talking with his physical brand of playing football.”
Girard earned Academic All-State honors.
Marcis Hausman – RB/QB/LB
5-8, 170, Sr.
The senior was all over the field for the Redhawks.
“Marcis has been the best player on our team for three years,” said coach Jeremy Bachman. “He has a nose for the football on defense and our entire offense went through him when we had the ball.
“Marcis is a very tough, hard-nosed player. He was a leader on and off the field and guided us to our first playoff berth in 8 years.
“Marcis would be one of the best players on any team he played on.”
Hausman recorded 126 tackles. He recovered three fumbles – forcing two – and picked off a pair of passes while also blocking a kick.
On the other side of the ball, Hausman ran for 1,101 yards and eight touchdowns and threw for 306 yards and a pair of scores.
He was a Class 9B All-State and All-DVC performer on the field and an Academic All-State honoree in the classroom.
Chase Hemmer – WR/LB/Ret.
5-9, 160, Sr.
The repeat selection on the All-Register team is also an All-State pick at linebacker.
“Chase was an excellent all-around football player,” said Williamson. “He could have played any position on the field and been very successful at each one.”
Hemmer led the team with 83 tackles, adding a pair of sacks and an INT.
On the other side on the ball, he ran f0r 605 yards and 13 touchdowns with eight two-pointers. He added seven catches for 72 yards with two touchdowns and a two-point conversion.
He averaged more than 14 yards on 16 punt returns.
Hemmer started on a pair of state championship teams.
Ty Hiller – DE
6-2, 190, Sr.
“Ty has been an excellent example of consistency at defensive end and offensive guard for two seasons,” said Williamson.
He was an All-State selection at DE in 2019 after recording 57 tackles, including five sacks, and adding a pick-six.
On offense, he played guard for a team that ran for 3,352 yards and 60 touchdowns.
Hiller posted 19 career sacks – three of which came in the two title games in which he appeared.
Connor Logan – DE
5-11, 225, Jr.
The junior totaled 41 tackles, including a sack, and recovered a fumble.
“Very tough and dependable athlete who can play multiple positions and excel at a very high level,” said coach Dan Hughes. “An extremely athletic defensive lineman who can stop the run and rush the passer.”
Logan was an All-Big East Conference honorable mention.
Gus Miller – OT/DT
6-3, 260, Sr.
A repeat selection on the All-Register squad, Miller was a key performer for the Bobcats again this season.
For more on the Register Co-Player of the Year, see Page 16.
Joe Prusa – OT/DT
6-4, 260, Sr.
Prusa was a big part of both lines.
At offensive tackle, he helped the Bobcats pick up over 3,600 yards of offense, including 2,500-plus rushing.
At defensive tackle, he recorded 33 tackles, including five for loss (three sacks).
The team captain was an All-ESD performer.
“Joe became a force on the offense and defensive lines this season,” said Schmidt. “Dominating both sides, impossible to double team, he helped protect our linebackers to make a lot of tackles. He became an effective leader for the 2019 team.”
Jaxton Schiller – HB/DB
5-2, 180, Jr.
“Possibly the most explosive athlete in Class 11B, scoring multiple touchdowns receiving, rushing and returning,” said Hughes.
The junior racked up 503 yards on 25 receptions, scoring seven touchdowns.
He also rushed 91 times for 624 yards – a 6.9 average – and found the end zone six times.
Schiller averaged 30 yards on six punt returns, two of which ended in TDs.
“A two-way standout who helped the Cossacks rack up over 4,000 yards and several shutout victories,” added Hughes.
Schiller was an All-BEC selections.
Nate Tolley – QB/S
6-2, 171, Sr.
Tolley was an All-State Quarterback and the key player for the Hawks’ championship team.
He was the Jim Langer MVP and Most Outstanding Back in the title game.
“Nate is an excellent leader and role model for our football program and our school,” said Williamson.
Tolley ran for 1,123 yards, averaging 8.78 yards per carry, with 27 touchdowns and 11 two-point conversion runs.
He went 32-of-51 for 583 yards with 12 TDs and 11 two-pointers through the air.
He was a three-year starter on both sides of the ball – two at QB on offense after being a WR and three at safety on defense. He was a two-way starter on a pair of title-winning squads.
Dalton Voelker – TE/DE
6-6, 230, Sr.
The All-State tight end was the Co-MVP in the Dakota Valley Conference.
“Dalton is a very committed, coachable athlete that was definitely the foundation of everything our program was able to accomplish this season,” said Williamson.
Voelker was Most Outstanding Lineman in the title game.
He had 65 tackles, including five sacks, and recovered a pair of fumbles. On offense, he added six catches for 170 yards with a pair of scores and was a key blocker for the Hawks’ potent rushing attack.
Logan Williams – OL/DL
5-11, 190, Sr.
The All-DVC pick was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter for the Badgers.
ALP rushed for nearly 2,000 yards this season.
“Logan is our leader on our offensive and defensive lines. He is a great teammate, extremely coachable, has great work ethic and is a class act,” said coach Steve Gilbertson.
Williams was on the Academic All-State squad.
Rhett Zelinsky – DE/TE
6-2, 195, Sr.
Zelinsky moved from safety and defensive end late last season and the switch couldn’t have worked out better.
For more on the Register Co-Player of the Year, see Page 16.