The Collins-Maxwell football team was rewarded for placing third in 8-man District 5 by placing seven players on the all-district team for 2018.
Collins-Maxwell finished 4-3 in the district in just its third season as a program. Four Spartans were named to the all-district team on defense and one on offense, and two more were named honorable mention.
Collins-Maxwell was also honored with producing a co-MVP of the conference on both defense and offense.
Linebackers Caleb Fullerton and Simon McKinney and defensive linemen Carson Skinner and Nathan Leonard were the Spartans chosen on defense. Fullerton shared Defensive MVP honors with AGWSR’s Chase Harms.
Fullerton made 59 tackles and recovered a fumble and McKinney racked up a team-high 60 stops, along with two fumble recoveries during district competition. Skinner tallied 18 tackles and a fumble recovery and Leonard finished with 11 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.
Junior receiver Brett Livesay was the Spartan named all-district on offense. Livesay also shared Offensive MVP honors with AGWSR quarterback Titan Opperman after making 36 receptions for 720 yards and 10 touchdowns against district foes.
The rest of the 8-man District 5 all-district team was made up of: Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Jackson Kiburis, Colton Clark, Aidan Walters, Eli Thede, Lane Bach, Sam Mussig and Keagan Giesking; AGWSR’s Titan Opperman, Jaden Penning, Zach Crain, Tanner Welchers and Harms (at both defensive back and punter), Melcher-Dallas’ Ethan Harrington, Blaise Cooper and Dalton Lovell; Baxter’s Will Clapper, Rory Heer, Peyton Johnston, Koby Barber and Brendyn Padget; Twin Cedars’ Tytus Hunt, Trenton Reed, Marshall Maple, Brock DenBurger and Kade Dunkin; Colo-NESCO’s Kelly Gray (at both running back and kick returner), Adam Texeira and Francis Bower and Meskwaki’s Noah Seymour.
Junior quarterback Kadin Bennett and sophomore defensive lineman Rylee Scott were the two Spartans named all-district honorable mention.
Bennett threw for 951 yards and 13 touchdowns with only three interceptions, and added 253 yards and one touchdown rushing in district play. Scott delivered 35 tackles and a fumble recovery on defense.
Clapper and Walters were the Lineman MVPs of the district. Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s John Olson was named the district Coach of the Year after leading the Rebels to the district title with a perfect 7-0 record.
Each team also had one play given the Citizenship Award for providing exemplary leadership and being a strong role model. Fullerton was Collins-Maxwell’s honoree.
All-8-man District 5 football team
Offense: QB - Titan Opperman (Jr.), AGWSR; Jackson Kiburis (Sr.), Gladbrook-Reinbeck. RB - Colton Clark (Sr.), Gladbrook-Reinbeck; Tytus Hunt (Jr.), Twin Cedars; Jaden Penning (So.), AGWSR; Kelly Gray (Sr.), Colo-NESCO. OL - Aidan Walters (Jr.), Gladbrook-Reinbeck; Will Clapper (Sr.), Baxter; Zach Crain (Sr.), AGWSR; Tanner Weichers (Jr.), AGWSR; Trenton Reed (Jr.), Twin Cedars; Adam Texeira (Sr.), Colo-NESCO. TE - Blaise Cooper (Sr.), Melcher-Dallas. WR - Brett Livesay (Jr.), Collins-Maxwell; Ethan Harrington (Sr.), Melcher-Dallas; Rory Heer (Fr.), Baxter; Noah Seymour (Sr.), Meskwaki; Eli Thede (Jr.), Gladbrook-Reinbeck. PK - Christoffer Moeller (Sr.), AGWSR. R - Gray (Sr.), Colo-NESCO.
Defense: DL - Sam Mussig (Jr.), Gladbrook-Reinbeck; Carson Skinner (Sr.), Collins-Maxwell; Nathan Leonard (Sr.), Collins-Maxwell; Dalton Lovell (Sr.), Melcher-Dallas; Koby Barber (Sr.), Baxter. LB - Lane Bach (Jr.), Gladbrook-Reinbeck; Caleb Fullerton (Sr.), Collins-Maxwell; Peyton Johnston (Jr.), Baxter; Marshall Maple (Sr.), Twin Cedars; Francis Bower (Jr.), Colo-NESCO; Simon McKinney (Jr.), Collins-Maxwell; Brock DenBurger (Sr.), Twin Cedars. DB - Keagan Giesking (So.), Gladbrook-Reinbeck; Chase Harms (So.), AGWSR; Brendyn Padget (Sr.), Baxter; Kade Dunkin (So.), Twin Cedars. P - Harms (So.), AGWSR.
Honorable mention: Tyler Beenken (Sr.), Gladbrook-Reinbeck; Jase Petersen (Jr.), Gladbrook-Reinbeck; Kale Hasselmann (Jr.), Gladbrook-Reinbeck; Aiden Wyatt (Jr.), Gladbrook-Reinbeck; Dalton Haley (Sr.), AGWSR; Brody Roder (Jr.), AGWSR; Kadin Bennett (Jr.), Collins-Maxwell, Rylee Scott (So.), Collins-Maxwell; Steven Krpan (So.), Melcher-Dallas; Coy DeJong (Sr.), Melcher-Dallas; Joe Brandon (Jr.), Melcher-Dallas; Carter Nelsen (Jr.), Baxter; Micah Kearns (So.), Baxter; Coty Goemaat (Sr.), Twin Cedars; Daniel Beary (Sr.), Twin Cedars; Marty Nicholas (Sr.), Colo-NESCO; Brandon Roberts (So.), Colo-NESCO; Stanford Kapayou (Jr.), Meskwaki; Tiernan Wanatee (So.), Meskwaki; Larnell Velazquez (Fr.), Meskwaki.
Offensive MVPs: Titan Opperman, AGWSR; Brett Livesay, Collins-Maxwell.
Defensive MVPs: Chase Harms, AGWSR; Caleb Fullerton, Collins-Maxwell.
Lineman MVPs: Will Clapper, Baxter; Aidan Walters, Gladbrook-Reinbeck.
Special Teams MVP: Kelly Gray, Colo-NESCO.
Coach of the Year: John Olson, Gladbrook-Reinbeck.
Final 8-man District 5 standings
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