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All-Western Iowa football captains hard to stop on the field, hard to take off it

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Hard to stop on the field, hard to take off it

Although their talents and positions cover a wide range on the field, the six honorary captains of The World-Herald’s All-Western Iowa football teams share one thing in common: a distaste for the sideline.

Though selected as captains on one side of the ball, all six contributed heavily as two-way players.

The honorary offensive captains are Chase Shiltz of Creston/Orient-Macksburg (Class 4-A/3-A), Justin Miller of Missouri Valley (Class 2-A/1-A/A) and Christopher Brown of Glidden-Ralston (Eight-Man). The honorary defensive captains are Council Bluffs Lewis Central’s Mitchell Brinkman (4-A/3-A), Logan-Magnolia’s Riley Wohlers (2-A/1-A/A) and Lenox’s Spencer Brown (Eight-Man). Shiltz is a junior and the rest are seniors.

They headline The World-Herald’s annual honor teams, also unveiled today. Twenty-four first and second team players have been selected in the largest two divisions, along with an 18-player first and second team in Eight-Man.

A state wrestling champion at 160 pounds as a sophomore, Shiltz’s toughness translates well to the gridiron. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder turned in a pair of playoff performances for the ages, carrying 48 times for 370 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-11 first-round win at Harlan, a 61-point turnaround from the Panthers’ regular-season loss to the Cyclones. In the second round against eventual repeat state champion Pella, Shiltz carried 46 times for 308 yards and two scores in a 52-27 loss. He also was the team’s fifth-leading tackler on the season.

Brinkman earned praise for his talent as a tight end and defensive end, along with his selfless nature and leadership abilities, and helped Lewis Central to its second quarterfinal appearance in school history. The 6-3, 235-pound Northern Illinois recruit made 42 solo tackles and 13 assisted, with 12 solo tackles for loss, including six sacks. He also led the Titans in catches (31), receiving yards (453) and touchdowns (five).

No player in western Iowa may have been more valuable to his team than Missouri Valley’s Miller. The 6-1, 160-pounder rushed for 1,723 yards and 19 touchdowns and also lined up at wide receiver, adding 157 receiving yards and a score. He led the defense as a linebacker and safety with 78 tackles, three interceptions and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. He served as a punter, kick returner and punt returner, and even kicked off at times, as the Class 1-A Big Reds finished 5-5 and made their first playoff appearance in six years.

Nine miles up the road from Miller, Wohlers was turning in his own do-everything season for 9-2 Logan-Magnolia in Class A. The 6-0, 185-pounder churned out 1,196 rushing yards on 159 carries for a 7.5 average and 23 touchdowns. At linebacker, he made a team-best 39 solo tackles and 19.5 assists, including eight solo tackles for losses. Panthers coach Matt Straight said he earned respect from his teammates and coaches for his unparalleled work ethic and coachability.

In Eight-Man, opponents couldn’t find a way to slow Glidden-Ralston’s Brown, whether he had the ball or not. On offense, the 6-0, 175-pound running back carried 148 times for 1,805 yards, a whopping 12.2 average, and 27 touchdowns. He caught 17 passes for 488 yards and nine scores for a team that finished 11-1 and lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn. Brown also led the Wildcats in tackles with 46 solo and 12 assisted, including 13 solo stops for losses.

Although not related to Glidden-Ralston’s star, Lenox’s Brown made a similar impact for his team. The 6-8, 240-pounder wreaked havoc on opposing quarterbacks, making 37 solo tackles and 30 assisted, including an astounding 17 sacks for a 10-1 Tiger team that reached the second round of the playoffs. He also caught 24 passes for 388 yards and seven scores as a prime red-zone target. Brown’s getting recruiting attention from Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa, among others.

AHSTW senior Nate Herbst, a first-team defensive back in 2-A/1-A/A, makes his third appearance on an All-WI first team.

Fourteen others become two-time first-team honorees: Shiltz, Brinkman, Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s Matt George, Harlan’s Max Langenfeld and Creston/Orient-Macksburg’s Seth Maitlen in 4-A/3-A; Logan-Magnolia’s Jameson Muxfeldt, Underwood’s Tyler Conn, AHSTW’s Tameron McGurren-Leal and Audubon’s Matthew Smith-Petersen and Jake Mulford in 2-A/1-A/A; and Christopher Brown and teammate Noah Borkowski of Glidden-Ralston, Stanton’s Alex Becthold and Fremont-Mills’ Parker Powers in Eight-Man.

Fifteen more move up from last year’s All-WI second unit to their respective first team: Carroll’s Matt Pauk, Sioux City East’s Ross Godfrey, Sioux City West’s Noah McWell and Lewis Central’s Caleb Shudak in 4-A/3-A; and Wohlers, Clarinda’s JJ Clark and Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto’s Marvin Gaines in 2-A/1-A. The remaining eight making the jump are Eight-Man players: Lenox’s Brown and Dawson Tullberg, Ar-We-Va’s Jake Danner and Derek Schurke, CAM’s Keagan Hosfelt, Exira-EHK’s Drew Buckholdt, Fremont-Mills’ Sam Phillips and East Mills’ Josh Hopkins.

The All-Western Iowa teams were chosen by a vote of area coaches who returned ballots, a look at season statistics and observations of World-Herald staff writers.

Class 4-A/3-A

First-Team Offense

QB, Kolten Wilwerding, Glenwood, 5-11, 175, Jr.

RB, Matt George, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 6-1, 180, Sr.

RB, Matt Pauk, Carroll, 5-11, 175, Sr.

RB, Chase Shiltz *, Creston/O-M, 5-11, 185, Jr.

OL, Andrew Christensen, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 6-4, 215, Sr.

OL, Trevor Downing, Creston/O-M, 6-3, 290, So.

OL, Ethan Fahrendholz, Sioux City East, 6-3, 235, Sr.

OL, Max Langenfeld, Harlan, 6-1, 255, Sr.

OL, Jake Noel, Sioux City Heelan, 6-3, 250, Sr.

E, Mavrick Decker, Glenwood, 6-0, 165, Jr.

E, Dom Flemister, Sioux City East, 5-11, 170, Sr.

K, Caleb Shudak, CB Lewis Central, 5-8, 170, Sr.

First-Team Defense

DL, Mitchell Brinkman *, CB Lewis Central, 6-3, 235, Sr.

DL, Branden Hohenstein, Sioux City Heelan, 6-4, 200, Sr.

DL, Soren Jensen, Carroll, 6-3, 235, Jr.

DL, Caleb Sanders, Glenwood, 6-1, 250, So.

LB, Will Lansman, Harlan, 6-2, 190, Sr.

LB, Seth Maitlen, Creston/O-M, 6-2, 215, Sr.

LB, Mac Southard, CB Lewis Central, 5-9, 175, Jr.

LB, Carter VonEssen, Glenwood, 6-2, 180, Sr.

DB, Jared Garner, CB Abraham Lincoln, 5-10, 165, Sr.

DB, Ross Godfrey, Sioux City East, 5-11, 175, Sr.

DB, Noah McWell, Sioux City West, 6-3, 175, Sr.

P, Ethan Knudson, Harlan, 6-4, 172, Sr.

Second-Team Offense

QB, Kyle Juhl, Harlan, 6-5, 180, Sr.

RB, Saybein Clark, Sioux City Heelan, 6-1, 195, So.

RB, Deion Clayborne, Sioux City North, 6-0, 187, Sr.

RB, Nick Tarney, Harlan, 5-10, 210, Jr.

OL, Reese Fitzpatrick, Carroll, 6-1, 320, Jr.

OL, John Oakley, Sioux City Heelan, 6-3, 300, Sr.

OL, Cole Schultz, Sioux City West, 5-10, 200, Sr.

OL, Cody Tanner, Creston/O-M, 6-2, 270, Jr.

OL, Jackson Wright, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 6-5, 275, Jr.

E, Dayton Ross, Carroll, 6-0, 195, Jr.

E, Tavian Williams, Sioux City North, 6-4, 210, Sr.

K, Jason Sloniker, Sioux City Heelan, 5-8, 154, Sr.

Second-Team Defense

DL, Cameron Baker, CB Thomas Jefferson, 6-2, 180, Fr.

DL, Cole Loeffelbein, Glenwood, 6-2, 190, Jr.

DL, Albert Saul, Sioux City East, 6-2, 190, Sr.

LB, Parker Preul, Denison-Schleswig, 5-9, 180, Sr.

LB, Zach Promes, Carroll, 6-0, 195, Jr.

LB, Logan Redeker, CB Lewis Central, 5-10, 165, Jr.

LB, Aaron Sader, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 6-0, 215, Sr.

LB, Ryan Scheidle, CB Lewis Central, 5-9, 200, Sr.

DB, Jake Axtell, CB Thomas Jefferson, 6-1, 170, Jr.

DB, Brian Rew, CB Lewis Central, 5-10, 175, Sr.

DB, Jacob Shultz, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 6-1, 170, Sr.

P, Connor Koza, Sioux City East, 6-3, 205, Sr.

Honorable mention

Quin Baker, Glenwood; Connor Barbagallo, Sergeant Bluff-Luton; Aaron Bertini, Glenwood; Jonathan Bieker, Harlan; Andrew Blum, Glenwood; Colton Bolinger, Creston/Orient-Macksburg; Brayden Bork, Sioux City Heelan; Odessa Clark, Sioux City Heelan; Max Duggan, CB Lewis Central; Drew Girres, Sergeant Bluff-Luton; Brendan Holmes, Atlantic; Mason Heaton, Sioux City Heelan; Brandon Huberty, Sergeant Bluff-Luton; Chet Kaiser, Sergeant Bluff-Luton; Will Karrer, Sergeant Bluff-Luton; Cole Kautzky, Carroll; Josh Kloewer, Harlan; Chris Kroll, Sergeant Bluff-Luton; Josh Krabbe, CB Abraham Lincoln; Christian Martens, Denison-Schleswig; Kenny McMahan, CB Lewis Central; Tyler Moore, CB Thomas Jefferson; Ben Payer, Sioux City Heelan; Jalen Roseland, Sioux City West; Dillon Sears, Harlan; Brett Snyder, Carroll; Jasper Stottlemyer, CB Abraham Lincoln; Kade Theobald, CB Lewis Central; Tristan Winey, Denison-Schleswig.

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Class 2-A/1-A/A

First-Team Offense

QB, Nick Pedersen, Underwood, 6-1, 165, Sr.

RB, Marvin Gaines, MVAO, 5-4, 130, Sr.

RB, Justin Miller *, Missouri Valley, 6-1, 160, Sr.

RB, Jake Mulford, Audubon, 5-7, 150, Sr.

OL, Matt Fagan, CB St. Albert, 6-4, 232, So.

OL, Cole Jensen, MVAO, 6-2, 295, Sr.

OL, Seth Jimmerson, Missouri Valley, 6-0, 270, Sr.

OL, Jameson Muxfeldt, Logan-Magnolia, 6-0, 225, Sr.

OL, Jacob Thraen, IKM-Manning, 6-0, 205, Sr.

E, Nolan Chapman, Treynor, 6-1, 175, Sr.

E, Tyler Conn, Underwood, 5-11, 150, Sr.

K, Colin Opstvedt, Underwood, 6-1, 170, Sr.

First-Team Defense

DL, Dylan Davis, Bedford, 6-4, 250, Sr.

DL, Tameron McGurren-Leal, AHSTW, 5-10, 215, Sr.

DL, John Reber, Treynor, 6-0, 195, Sr.

LB, JJ Clark, Clarinda, 6-0, 190, Sr.

LB, Trevor Feilmeier, Carroll Kuemper, 6-2, 210, Sr.

LB, Matthew Smith-Petersen, Audubon, 5-11, 160, Sr.

LB, Nick Swanson, Shenandoah, 6-0, 190, Jr.

LB, Riley Wohlers *, Logan-Magnolia, 6-0, 185, Sr.

DB, Nate Herbst, AHSTW, 6-0, 170, Sr.

DB, Danny Koch, CB St. Albert, 5-10, 175, Jr.

DB, Jarek Richardson, Logan-Magnolia, 6-0, 181, Sr.

P, Chase Netusil, Carroll Kuemper, 6-3, 210, Jr.

Second-Team Offense

QB, Jake Johnson, Shenandoah, 5-10, 170, Sr.

RB, Corey Greubel, Griswold, 5-10, 180, So.

RB, Logan Roberts, Shenandoah, 5-9, 175, Sr.

RB, Brennen Weiland, Nodaway Valley, 5-10, 175, Sr.

OL, Isaack Anderson, Carroll Kuemper, 6-1, 210, Sr.

OL, Jonathan Gehrmann, Riverside, 5-9, 200, Sr.

OL, Mark Rix, Audubon, 6-1, 218, Sr.

OL, Kole Thompson, Bedford, 6-2, 270, Sr.

OL, Rhett Welsh, AHSTW, 6-1, 215, Jr.

E, Conner Jansky, Red Oak, 6-2, 150, Sr.

E, Jared Vollstedt, IKM-Manning, 6-1, 155, Sr.

K, Rodrigo Barajas, CB St. Albert, 5-10, 145, Jr.

Second-Team Defense

DL, Brody Barrier, Tri-Center, 5-10, 195, Sr.

DL, Thad Bohbot, Underwood, 5-10, 190, Jr.

DL, Tony Klocke, Southwest Valley, 6-3, 180, Sr.

LB, Jacob Carlson, Clarinda, 6-1, 180, Sr.

LB, Dustin Engel, AHSTW, 5-10, 180, Sr.

LB, Brock Isaacson, Red Oak, 5-9, 165, Sr.

LB, Wyatt Robinette, Griswold, 5-8, 170, Jr.

LB, J.T. Waters, Underwood, 5-11, 185, Sr.

DB, Tyler Blaha, CB St. Albert, 6-2, 161, So.

DB, Ben Dotzler, OA-BCIG, 6-1, 206, Sr.

DB, Kyle Wagner, IKM-Manning, 6-3, 179, Sr.

P, Jeremiah McCarthy, W. Monona/Whiting, 6-0, 165, Sr.

Honorable mention

Kyle Barnes, CB St. Albert; Clell Beason, Bedford; Logan Brooke, Clarinda; Colin Bruce, Red Oak; Jake Cerven, Shenandoah; Jared Corder, Nodaway Valley; Jacob Degase, Clarinda; Juan Delagarza, Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto; Jacob Dickinson, Griswold; Derek Drees, Carroll Kuemper; Eli Finn, CB St. Albert; Justin Folkerts, Bedford; Austin Haner, Logan-Magnolia; Derek Hansen, Missouri Valley; Nate Hill, Treynor; Isaiah Humphrey, Underwood; Ryan Jensen, Nodaway Valley; Ricky Miedl, AHSTW; Jordan Miller, Shenandoah; Michael Mohr, Carroll Kuemper; Ridge Muhlbauer, IKM-Manning; Tyler Paulson, Tri-Center; Taylor Rogers, Shenandoah; John Schnack, Underwood; Terry Shannon, AHSTW; Tanner Storrow, Riverside; Braiden Tank, West Monona/Whiting; Will West, Red Oak; Brady Wilson, Logan-Magnolia; Dylan Wunschel, OA-BCIG; Elijah Zaiger, Audubon.

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First-Team Offense

QB, Jake Danner, Ar-We-Va, 6-1, 180, Jr.

RB, Christopher Brown *, Glidden-Ralston, 6-0, 175, Sr.

RB, Josh Hopkins, East Mills, 5-5, 175, Sr.

OL, Keagan Hosfelt, CAM, 6-2, 220, Sr.

OL, Isaac McAlister, Coon Rapids-Bayard, 6-3, 210, Jr.

OL, Nathan McNamara, Glidden-Ralston, 6-2, 255, Sr.

E, Chad Blank, Nishnanbotna, 5-10, 155, Sr.

E, Derek Schurke, Ar-We-Va, 5-8, 145, Jr.

K, Dawson Tullberg, Lenox, 6-0, 150, Jr.

First-Team Defense

DL, Noah Borkowski, Glidden-Ralston, 6-2, 245, Sr.

DL, Spencer Brown *, Lenox, 6-8, 240, Sr.

LB, Alex Becthold, Stanton, 6-2, 220, Sr.

LB, Drew Buckholdt, Exira-EHK, 6-2, 180, Jr.

LB, Sam Phillips, Fremont-Mills, 6-1, 205, Jr.

DB, Carson Cline, Lenox, 5-10, 160, Sr.

DB, Brady Hansen, Exira-EHK, 6-2, 175, Sr.

DB, Parker Powers, Fremont-Mills, 6-1, 160, Jr.

P, Sam Obert, Coon Rapids-Bayard, 6-0, 175, Jr.

Second-Team Offense

QB, Brandon Riley, Coon Rapids-Bayard, 5-10, 170, Jr.

RB, Mikey Barrett, Woodbine, 5-11, 185, Sr.

RB, Jared Hensley, Lenox, 5-7, 135, Jr.

OL, Matt Glockel, East Mills, 6-0, 210, Jr.

OL, Blake Hurley, Fremont-Mills, 5-7, 215, So.

OL, Martin Olson, Exira-EHK, 6-1, 225, Sr.

E, Brady Johnson, Stanton, 6-3, 190, Sr.

E, Cody McClintock, Essex, 6-2, 180, Sr.

K, Drew Ticknor, CAM, 6-2, 215, Sr.

Second-Team Defense

DL, Josh Drake, East Mills, 6-0, 180, Jr.

DL, Christian Klein, Boyer Valley, 5-11, 210, Sr.

DL, Roman Mauricio, Ar-We-Va, 6-0, 235, Sr.

LB, Oliver Conner, Glidden-Ralston, 5-11, 150, Sr.

LB, Kevin Lee, Woodbine, 6-1, 190, Sr.

LB, Juan Trevino, Coon Rapids-Bayard, 5-10, 170, Sr.

DB, Preston Murphy, CAM, 6-1, 140, Fr.

DB, Miguel Sanchez, East Mills, 5-9, 170, Sr.

P, Noah Pettepier, Exira-EHK, 5-10, 175, Jr.

Honorable mention

Clayton Christian, Glidden-Ralston; Jakob Fundermann, Boyer Valley; Dustin Isaacson, Stanton; Alex Kock, Ar-We-Va; Leevi Marshall, Lenox; Jaeger Powers, Fremont-Mills; Lane Ring, Exira-EHK; Brodie Skinner, West Harrison; David Sorensen, Stanton.

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