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ALL-AREA FOOTBALL TEAM: Warriors awarded five, Pierz four

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ALL-AREA FOOTBALL TEAM: Warriors awarded five, Pierz four
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

The Pierz Pioneers advanced to their ninth state tournament appearance and landed four players on this year’s Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Football Team.

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The Brainerd Warriors collected the most all-area players, including Player of the Year Jake Kassulker.

Three Pequot Lakes Patriots were awarded spots to round out the top teams.

Players for the all-area team are nominated by their coach and then selected by the Brainerd Dispatch sports department.

All-Area Team

Jake Kassulker, Brainerd

Senior, OT-LB

Finished with 115 tackles, four sacks, one blocked kick, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Helped Brainerd rush for 2,650 yards and pass for 707 yards.

Logan McAllister, Brainerd

Senior, LB-FB

Finished with 134 tackles, eight sacks, two fumble recoveries. He added three yards and one touchdown on one rush and three catches for 49 yards and a touchdown.

Nick Welch, Brainerd

Senior, HB

Finished with 1,152 yards and nine touchdowns on 154 carries for a 7.5 yards-per-carry average. He caught four passes for 63 yards.

Caleb Tautges, Brainerd

Senior, G

He helped Brainerd rush for 2,650 yards and pass for 707. He added 18 tackles.

Robert Wanous, Brainerd

Senior, LB

Finished with 152 tackles, two sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Zack Olander, Crosby-Ironton

Junior, FB-LB

The All-Great Polar Alliance player finished with 682 yards and nine touchdowns on 153 carries for a 4.5 yards-per-carry average. He finished with 52 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Daniel Hudrlik, Crosby-Ironton

Freshman, QB/WR-LB

The All-Great Polar Alliance honorable mention player finished with 406 yards and eight touchdowns on 94 carries for a 4.3 yards-per-carry average. He caught 10 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He threw for 137 yards on 6-of-27 passing. He added 130 tackles and two interceptions.

Spencer Fenske, Little Falls

Senior, QB

The All-Granite Ridge Conference player finished with 1,212 yards and 13 touchdowns on 69-of-145 (47.6 percent) passing. He rushed for 81 yards and three touchdowns.

Jake Lambrecht, Little Falls

Senior, LB-OL

The All-Granite Ridge Conference player finished with 131 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He helped the Flyers pass for 1,216 yards and rush for 812 yards.

Logan Lange, Pequot Lakes

Senior, RB-LB

All-Heart O’Lakes Conference player finished with 1,202 yards and five touchdowns on 161 carries for a 7.5 yards-per-carry average. He caught 15 passes for 171 yards and three touchdowns. He threw for 59 yards on 2-of-5 passing. He finished with 54 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Nolan Michaelson, Pequot Lakes

Senior, RB-SS

All-Heart O’Lakes Conference player finished with 1,018 yards and five touchdowns on 156 carries for a 6.5 yards-per-carry average. He caught seven passes for 129 yards. He finished with 93 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Peter Harrison, Pequot Lakes

Senior, TE-LB

All-Heart O’Lakes Conference player finished with 19 catches for 343 yards and four touchdowns. He rushed three times for 14 yards. He finished with 152 tackles and one sack.

Preston Weber, Pierz

Senior, QB-CB

Passed for 1,023 yards and six touchdowns, completing 72-of-152 (47 percent). He rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns on 48 carries. He finished with 41 tackles, eight interceptions, nine pass breakups and one fumble recovery.

Josh Lanners, Pierz

Junior, RB-LB

Finished with 1,320 yards and 19 touchdowns on 225 carries for a 5.9 yards-per-carry average. He caught 15 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown. He finished with 93 tackles, two interceptions, one sack and one pass breakup.

Nathan Tomala, Pierz

Senior, FB-DE

Rushed for 493 yards and nine touchdowns on 99 carries for a 5.0 yards-per-carry average. He caught three passes for 17 yards. He finished with 57 tackles, 6.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Ben Boser, Pierz

Junior, WR-DB

Finished with 223 yards and two touchdowns on 15 catches. Collected 39 tackles, five interceptions, two pass break ups and one fumble recovery.

Matt Doss, Pillager

Senior, QB

The All-North Star Conference player finished with 1,246 yards and 12 touchdowns on 85-of-168 (50.6 percent) passing.

Travis Richards, Pillager

Junior, RB-LB

The All-North Star Conference player finished with 564 yards and seven touchdowns on 99 carries for a 5.7 yards-per-carry average. He added 10 catches for 122 yards. He finished with 74 tackles, seven sacks and one fumble recovery.

Nathan Holm, Pine River-Backus

Senior, QB-FS

The All-North Star Conference player finished with 1,289 yards and 16 touchdowns on 71-of-137 (51.8 percent) passing. He rushed for 383 yards and seven touchdowns on 89 carries. He finished with 30 tackles and seven interceptions.

Blake Petrich, Staples-Motley

Senior, QB-RB-FS

The All-Heart O’Lakes Conference player finished with 300 yards and two touchdowns on 16-of-69 (23.2 percent) passing. He rushed for 592 yards and three touchdowns on 90 carries for a 6.6 yards-per-carry average. He finished with 49 tackles and one fumble recovery.

Dallas Ehrmantraut, Verndale

Junior, WR-S

The All-Pheasant Conference honorable mention player finished with 427 yards and six touchdowns on 33 catches. He rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. He added 71 tackles, one interception and two fumble recoveries.

Logan Meyer, Wadena-Deer Creek

Senior, RB-LB

The All-Prairie North Conference player finished with 1,004 yards on 156 carries for a 6.4 yards-per-carry average. He finished with 86 tackles.

Honorable mention

Mitchell, McLain, Brainerd

Senior, QB

Finished with 705 yards and eight touchdowns on 73-of-122 (59.8 percent) passing. He rushed for 547 yards and 11 touchdowns on 138 carries for a 4.0 per-carry average.

Cole Smith, Brainerd

Sophomore, CB

Finished with 80 tackles, five interceptions and one fumble recovery

Logan Davis, Brainerd

Sophomore, HB

Rushed for 524 yards and three touchdowns on 98 carries for 5.3 yards-per-carry average. He caught 12 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. He returned nine kickoffs for 207 yards.

Jarek Martineau, Crosby-Ironton

Senior, DE

The All-Great Polar Alliance honorable mention player finished with 84 tackles and 11.5 sacks.

Dylan Wasserzieher, Crosby-Ironton

Junior, RB-LB

The All-Great Polar Alliance player finished with 576 yards and three touchdowns on 138 carries for a 4.2 yards-per-carry average. He collected 137 tackles and four sacks.

Josh Wenzel, Little Falls

Junior, WR

The All-Granite Ridge Conference honorable mention player finished with 713 yards and eight touchdowns on 33 receptions. He rushed for 30 yards on eight carries. He finished with 21 tackles and one pass breakup.

Jordan Petrone, Little Falls

Senior, LB-RB

The All-Granite Ridge Conference player finished with 67 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss and one forced fumble. He added 364 yards and four touchdowns on 81 carries for a 4.5 yards-per-carry average.

Matt Valentine, Little Falls

Senior, DL-OL

The All-Granite Ridge Conference player finished with 43 tackles, 11.0 tackles for loss, two pass breakups, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one block. He helped the Flyers for 1,216 yards and rush for 812 yards.

Jette Ziesemer, Pequot Lakes

Senior, OT-DT

All-Heart O’Lakes Conference player finished with 95 tackles. He helped Pequot Lakes rush for 1,880 and pass for 715 yards.

Tyler Millner, Pierz

Sophomore, RB-DB

Rushed for 425 yards and six touchdowns on 61 carries for a 7.0 yards-per-carry average. He caught 11 passes for 127 yards. He finished with 48 tackles, three interceptions, three pass breakups and one sack. Added 252 yards and a touchdown on 12 kick returns.

Logan Meyer, Pierz

Senior, TE-DE

Finished with 250 yards and two touchdowns on 14 catches. Finished with 76 tackles, two pass breakups and one sack.

Beau Howard, Pine River-Backus

Junior, WR-CB

The All-North Star Conference player finished with 534 yards and nine touchdowns on 31 receptions. He finished with 23 tackles, three interceptions and one fumble recovery.

Colton Moyer, Verndale

Senior, LB-FB

The All-Pheasant Conference player finished with 236 yards and two touchdowns on 54 carries for a 4.4 yards-per-carry average. He caught four passes for 42 yards. He finished with 108 tackles, a sack, one interception, one forced fumble and one blocked punt.

Andy Bounds, Verndale

Sophomore, RB-LB

The All-Pheasant Conference honorable mention player finished with 903 yards and five touchdowns on 162 carries for a 5.6 yards-per-carry average. He caught seven passes for 57 yards. He finished with 111 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one interception, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

Jacob Ludovissie, Wadena-Deer Creek

Senior, LB-OL

The All-Prairie North Conference honorable mention player finished with 144 tackles. He helped W-DC rush for 1,112 yards and pass for 702 yards.

JEREMY MILLSOP may be reached at jeremy.millsop@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5856.

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