Canton lands five players on 11A all-state team


When you win a state title like Canton did this season, there’s power and balance. That was certainly the case this season for the C-Hawks as they led the Class 11A All-State football picks with five selections.

Those five came from about each position — offensive backfield, offensive line, defensive linebacker, defensive secondary and special teams.

Canton, which blasted Lennox 46-8 in the 11A title game last month, was led by running back Kayden Verley (also at placekicker), junior offensive lineman Zach Richardson and seniors, linebacker Shaeden Scheidt and defensive back Isaac Dietzenbach.

Tea Area also had five first-team picks — one on offense, three on defense and another on special teams — while runner-up Lennox had four first-team selections — three on the offensive side, as did Dell Rapids — one offense and three defense.

First Team Offense


Quarterback – Tyler Tappe, Sr., 6-2, 175, Madison.

Tappe was the engine for the Bulldog offense, Madison head coach Max Hodgen said. He completed 202-of-324 attempts for 2,227 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. For his career, he was 356-of-597 for 4,144 yards and 35 touchdowns. “He took it upon himself to get better every week,” Hodgen said. “Throwing for over 4,000 yards in two seasons is an impressive accomplishment, and it shows his hard work and dedication to the game. Tyler’s accuracy set him apart and allowed us to attack a variety of defenses.”

Quarterback – Josh Arlt, Sr., 6-0, 185, Lennox.

No information was made available.

Fullback/H-back – Cooper Maras, Sr., 6-1, 210, West Central.

The big bruising fullback for the Trojans finished the season with 370 yards rushing and four touchdowns and catching 24 passes. On defense, he finished with 24 tackles and five interceptions. “Bruising rusher, always found a way to get the extra yards after contact,” said West Central coach Vincent Benedetto.

Running back – Kayden Verley, Sr., 6-0, 190, Canton.

A three-year starter at running back for the C-Hawks, Verley was unstoppable on offense running and throwing the football. He finished with 1,394 yards rushing on 173 carries for 19 TDs and completed 28-of-54 passes for 384 yards and five touchdowns. He also had six receptions for 127 yards and two scores, 1,905 yards from scrimmage and 2,462 all-purpose yards. In his career, he rushed for 3,224 and had 448 yards passing for 4,339 yards from scrimmage and 42 touchdowns, and a state record 511 points. “Kayden is a special athlete. I’ve never coached anyone quite like him,” Canton coach Rich Lundstrom said. “He does everything for us and never comes off the field. He will go down as the best player on Canton football history.”


Running back – Joey Headrick, Sr., 5-9, 150, Tea Area.

A first-year starter at running back, Headrick finished the season with 848 yards on the ground for the Titans on 135 carries and 11 scores. He also caught 22 passes for 341 yards and two TDs. “Joey really came into his own this season at running back,” Tea Area coach Craig Clayberg said. “He played sparingly last year behind some really good senior running backs. Joey had a great off-season and became our No. 1 running back this season. He made some moves that not many can make. He isn’t a very big guy, but he runs hard and makes plays for us.”

Wide receiver – Caleb Metcalf, Sr., 6-1, 185, Lennox.

No information was made available.

Wide receiver – Logan Ellingson, Sr., 5-11, 150, Dell Rapids.

A 2018 all-stater at wide receiver, Ellingson finished the season with 34 receptions for 708 yards, good for 21 yards a catch, and six touchdowns. He also carried the football eight times for 84 yards and one score. A two-year starter for the Quarriers, he had 69 catches for 1,632 yards (24 yards per catch) and 16 TDs. “Logan has been a lot of fun to coach the last few years,” Dell Rapids coach Jordan Huska. “He was able to provide our team with explosive plays that kept us in games throughout his career. Some of the plays he was able to make the last couple of years were fun to watch and showed his athletic ability and his willingness to compete.”

Tight end — Zach Witte, Sr., 6-6, 225, Sioux Falls Christian

Witte moved over from tackle this past season and was a big offensive threat, catching 35 passes for 534 yards and eight touchdowns for the Chargers. “Zach made an amazing transition to tight end,” said Christian coach Jared Smith. “With a combination of size, speed and cutting ability, Zach turned into the best tight end that I have ever coached. His hard work and abilities have earned his D-1 offers from both South Dakota State and South Dakota.”


Lineman – Cody Brown, Sr., 6-4, 264, Madison

A two-way starter, Brown was a force on the offensive line for the Bulldogs. On defense, he had 92 tackles (39 solo, 53 assisted), 16 tackles for a loss and six quarterback sacks. He had 107 tackles in his career. “Cody was a team captain and a great leader for us this season,” Hodgen said. “He led our team in tackles, which is almost unheard of by an interior lineman. Cody has multiple scholarship offers but has not committed yet.”

Lineman – Drew Van Regenmorter, Sr., 6-2, 205, Dell Rapids.

Van Regenmorter was a two-year starter for the Quarriers on the offensive line.

“Drew’s leadership and work ethic were huge for us the last two years,” Huska said. “Not only was he a good guard for us, the little details that he provided our team every day helped us to the season that we had.”

Lineman – Austin Metivier, Sr., 6-0, 275, Lennox.

No information was made available.

Lineman – Tadd Green, Sr., 6-2, 215, Dakota Valley.

A three-year starter, Green helped anchor an offensive line that helped the Panthers average over 300 yards a game rushing in the last two seasons. “Tadd is a freak athlete. He runs sprints at the state track meet, but big enough and strong enough to play offensive line,” said Dakota Valley coach Jeff VanDenHul said. “He was a big part of our success. He’s also a very athletic defensive end.”

Lineman – Zach Richardson, Sr., 6-3, 250, Canton

Richardson helped the Canton offense gain 2,952 yards rushing and 740 yards passing and did not give up a quarterback sack. On defense, he had 118 tackles, three sacks and four forced fumbles. In his career he played every position on the offensive line and helped the offense gain 10,125 yards in three seasons. “He started at guard and defensive end as a freshman, tight end and linebacker last season and tackle and linebacker this season,” Lundstrom said. “He is a student of the game and like a coach on the field for us.”


Defensive end – Luke Rettedal, Jr., 6-0, 230, Tea Area

Rettedal, in his first year as a starter for the Titans, finished with 53 tackles, 24 unassisted and 29 assisted. He had 1.5 quarterback sacks, eight tackles for losses and two pass breakups.

“Luke worked really hard in the off-season to become a two-way starter for us this season,” Huska said. “He is a big, physical kid who really bought into our defensive scheme. He was one of our leaders in our off-season program this last summer. He has a great feel and could possibly be a higher end recruit in college if he wants to.”

Defensive end – Braeden Wright, Sr., 6-3, 220, Dakota Valley.

Wright had 50 tackles, 20 unassisted and 30 assisted tackles and 14 tackles for a loss (54 yards), four QB sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He also caught seven passes offensively for 94 yards and one score. He finished with 76 tackles in two seasons and 17.5 tackles for a loss. “Braeden Wright is the real deal,” VanDenHul said. “This is the hardest working, most coachable and best overall player that I have ever coached. He changed his sleep, eating and workout habits to completely transform himself into an incredible football player. He dominates a blocker in the run game and a reliable receiver in the pass game. Defensively he’s a player you need to account for on every play.”

Defensive tackle – Kaleb Johnson, Sr., 6-1, 195, Lennox.

No information was made available.

Defensive tackle – Cody Schultz, Jr., 6-3, 240, Dell Rapids.

A two-year starter at defensive tackle, Schultz finished with 71 tackles, one for a loss this season and 97 tackles in his two seasons.

“Cody is a hardworking football player,” Huska said. “He has put a lot of work in the weight room and at practice to get where he is at right now. He was big for us all year at defensive tackle. He provided us a strong and athletic presence in the middle of our defensive line all year long.”

Linebacker – Shaeden Scheidt, Sr., 6-0, 200, Canton

The C-Hawks fullback on offense, Scheidt also dominated on defense as he finished with 94 tackles, 14 for loss, eight quarterback sacks, two fumble recoveries, one interception, two passes defended and one blocked punt. He also ran for 585 yards and nine TDS. In his career, he had 278 tackles, 29 for loss and 10.5 QB sacks, rushing for 1,408 yards on offense. “Shae has been outstanding for us for four years,” Lundstrom said. “He played some D-line as a freshman, started at defensive end and guard as a sophomore, fullback and linebacker last year and this year. Shae is one of the best fullbacks and linebackers we’ve had at Canton.”

Linebacker – PJ Parmalee, Sr., 6-0, 200, Tea Area

Parmalee, who has started at middle linebacker for three years for the Titans, had 83 tackles, 33 unassisted and 50 assisted this season, 14 tackles for loss and 4.5 quarterback sacks. In four seasons, he finished with 283 tackles (89 unassisted and 194 assisted tackles), 32 for loss. “PJ really understands the game and has a nose for the football and gets there fast,” Clayberg said. “He has been team captain for two seasons and is the heart and soul of our defense. He wants to play football in college and he has a number of smaller school offers.”

Linebacker – Mohamed Ibrahim, Sr., 5-11, 190, Tri-Valley.

Ibrahim finished with 74 tackles and had one interception this season. Offensively, he ran for 550 yards and six TDs, catching 10 passes for 220 yards and four scores. “Mohamed is an explosive athlete,” Tri- Valley coach Steve Bazata said. “He is a good kid and a hard working young man.”

Linebacker – Coby Maeschen, Jr., 6-3, 215, Dell Rapids.

An honorable mention all-stater as a sophomore, Maeschen finished 2019 with 106 tackles, one for a loss and four interceptions. In two seasons, he has 239 tackles, one sack, three for a loss, five interceptions and one fumble recovery, “Coby is a hard worker both in the weight room and on the football field,” Huska said. “The focus he brings to practice and the weight room is consistent on a daily basis. Coby was the guy making the calls for us defensively and was a key part to us having a good year defensively with what he brought both physically and mentally.”

Defensive back – Derek Eidsness, Jr., 6-2, 175, West Central.

Offensively, Eidsness ran for 1,026 yards and nine TDs and helped lead the Trojans in the defensive backfield. “Derek is an exceptional athlete, he always found a way to make big plays for us,” Benedetto said.

Defensive back – Dathon Elmore, Sr., 5-9, 161, Custer.

Elmore, who received 11B all-state honors on special teams last season, finished with 84 tackles, 54 unassisted, 30 assisted, two tackles for loss and six interceptions for 180 yards, two caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries. For his career, he finished with 154 solo tackles and 94 assisted tackles. “Dathon did it all for us as our quarterback, safety, return specialist and everything else we asked him to do,” Custer coach David Williams said. “Some would say that a safety should not be making that many tackles for us; where are your linebackers? But he gets to plays so fast and reacts so quickly, he ends up making the tackle or helps with it. We didn’t even key how many passes he contested throughout the year. He is the real deal.”

Defensive back – Joe Walnofer, Sr., 6-2, 175, Tea Area.

Walnofer finished with 67 tackles, 40 unassisted, 27 assisted and had seven interceptions and seven pass breakups in 2019. For his career, he finished with 167 tackles (67 unassisted, 90 assisted), 11 interceptions and 11 pass breakups. As a receiver in 2019, he caught 11 passes for 53 yards and one score. “Joe really came on as our starting safety about halfway through the season last year,” Clayberg said. “He is a safety that plays like a linebacker. He likes to fill the alley and can cover a lot of ground very fast. He broke our single-season record for interceptions this season and also the record for career interceptions. Joe is a great student and wants to play at the next level.”

Defensive back – Isaac Dietzenbach, Sr., 6-10, 180, Canton.

Dietzenbach finished with 36 tackles, 1.5 for loss, one forced fumble and 15 passes defended in 2019. He also had 426 yards rushing and 15 catches for 10 TDs. In his career, he had 162 tackles, 10 for loss, 3.5 QB sacks, five forced fumbles and 14 passes defended. “Dietz has been a key contributor to our defense for three years,” Lundstrom said. “He has played every position in our secondary and excelled at all of them.”

Special teams

Kicker – Verley

As a kicker, Verley had a 54.2 average on kickoffs and was a state-record 43-of-43 points after touchdown kicks. He was a 2018 all-state punter.

Punter – Kaden Johnson, Jr., 5-9, 155, Tea Area.

Johnson, the team’s third running back, punted 36 times this season for 1,327 yards, an average of 36.9 yards per punt. In his career, he had 64 punts for 2,295 yards, averaging 35.9 yards. “Kaden did a great job for us on special teams,” Clayberg said. “He is a natural and made some huge plays for us with his punting and with his running on some fakes that we fan.”

Special teams player – Max McCullough, Sr., 6-4, 210, Milbank.

McCullough had 10 punt returns for 153 yards and also played offensively and defensively. He finished with 1,999 career receiving yards on 80 catches for 15 TDs. “Max had a great career for the Bulldogs,” Milbank coach Adolph Shepardson said. “He improved every year and was a great leader for our program. He was a team captain who truly made a difference for us.”

Special teams player – Kelby Olson, Sr., 6-2, 175, Belle Fourche

Olson was a strong all-around player, who was also a 2018 all-state kick returner for the Broncs. This season he punted 24 times for 793 yards, 11 kickoff returns for 340 yards and two TDs, seven punt returns for 84 yards and one score. For his career, he had 79 punts for 2,346 yards, 21 kickoff returns for 646 yards and four scores and 14 punt returns for 182 yards and one TD. Offensively this season he had 782 yards rushing for 10 TDs and 21 catches for 438 yards and five scores. He also had 79 tackles, 11 for a loss, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. In his career he ran for 1,912 yards (25 TDs), 36 receptions for 615 yards and six scores. He had 174 career tackles, 11 for loss, six interceptions, six forced fumbles and 12 fumble recoveries. “Kelby is our most complete player,” Belle Fourche coach Scott Slotten. “He is a home run threat at all time. He was a playmaker on special teams as well, a constant threat to score from special teams. He was always flying down on the kickoff and making tackles.”

Honorable Mention

Micaich Grace, Sr., Custer; Jackson Tyndall, Sr., Belle Fourche; Will Daughtery, Sr., Lennox; Ashaun Roach-Valandra, Jr., Todd County; Noah Randall, Sr., Dell Rapids; Caden Hank, Sr., Tea Area; Sam Stahl, Sr., Canton; Carter Sandholm, Jr., West Central; Zach Brady, Soph., Vermillion; Haden Mandel, Sr., Lennox; Evan Foster, Jr., Dakota Valley.

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