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Four Bon Homme players highlight Class 9AA all-state squad

Bon Homme defensive end John Kubal (1) wraps up Kimball/White Lake quarterback Javen Holan during the Class 9AA state championship game on Nov. 8 at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. (Matt Gade / Republic)

After helping capture the school's first football championship in 23 years, Bon Homme has placed a class-high four players on the Class 9AA all-state team, as selected by the South Dakota Football Coaches Association.

And defense led the way for the Cavaliers.

They allowed an average of 14.5 points per game in their four playoff games, and three of their four all-state selections are on that side of the ball, including senior John Kubal (defensive end), junior Josh Crownover (linebacker) and senior Joey Slama (defensive back). In addition, junior Cole Bares was recognized at offensive guard.

OFFENSE

Quarterback: Trey King, Irene-Wakonda (senior, 6-2, 205). The do-it-all offensive weapon combined for 64 touchdowns on the season, including 40 through the air and 18 on the ground. King passed for 2,882 yards and rushed for 1,344 yards. He finished his career with 161 total touchdowns.

Fullback: J.J. Beck, Gregory (senior, 6-0, 190). After earning all-state honorable mention recognition in 2016, Beck has now earned two consecutive all-state honors as the state's top fullback. This season, he rushed for 862 yards and 14 touchdowns, and also had 216 receiving yards and one touchdown. Beck was a four-year starter for a Gregory program that won state titles in 2016 and 2017. "He's an excellent all-around athlete, one of the toughest football players I've coached," Gregory head coach Brian Allmendinger said.

Running Back: DeVante Luellman, Wolsey-Wessington (senior, 5-6, 190). The two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference selection rushed for 1,564 yards and 24 touchdowns this season for the Warbirds, who reached the semifinals. Luellman also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.

Running Back: Gavin Holland, Arlington-Lake Preston (junior, 5-8, 190). A two-time all-conference selection, Holland rushed for 1,008 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, and finished his career with over 1,800 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Wide Receiver: Caleb Stukel, Gregory (senior, 5-8, 160). Just like J.J. Beck, Stukel was a member of the Gorillas' state championship teams in 2016 and 2017. This season, Stukel caught 21 passes for 523 yards and seven touchdowns, and also rushed for 691 yards and seven touchdowns. For his career, he hauled in 48 passes for 1,091 yards and 12 touchdowns, and also holds school records for receiving yards in a game (271) and longest reception (92 yards). "He is one of our best all-around athletes," Allmendinger said.

Wide Receiver: Brannon McDonald, Irene-Wakonda (senior, 6-0, 165). An all-state honorable mention linebacker a year ago, McDonald thrived in an Eagles' offense led by quarterback Trey King. McDonald caught 52 passes for 1,119 yards and 14 touchdowns this season.

Tight End: Drew Blosmo, Garretson (senior, 6-1, 190). For a Blue Dragons team that reached the Class 9AA semifinals this season, Blosmo caught 29 passes for 588 yards and seven touchdowns. He finished his career with 46 receptions for 841 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Guard: Bo Donald, Kimball/White Lake (senior, 6-7, 300). Donald broke his foot early in the season but returned to spark the KWL offense, according to head coach Dale Taylor. Donald, an all-state honorable mention selection a year ago, already has a scholarship offer from South Dakota State and is also being recruited by other Division I programs. "Bo is a fun, big, talented player to have on the field," KWL head coach Dale Taylor said. "He really worked hard in the weight room and on his footwork in the off-season."

Guard: Cole Bares, Bon Homme (junior, 6-2, 210). Bares held down the offensive line and was named the championship game Lineman of the Game. The Cavaliers totaled 3,800 yards when Bares was blocking and that total reached 6,000 yards in his two years as a starter. "Cole was a big part of our offense," Bon Homme head coach Byron Pudwill said. "He was our go-to guy when we needed some yards. Cole did a great job of being a road grater when needed."

Center: Dakota Johnson, Garretson (senior, 5-10, 285). A two-time all-state center, Johnson also finished with 58 tackles (7.5 for loss) this season for a Blue Dragons team that went 10-1. He finished his defensive career with 96.5 tackles (21.5 for loss).

DEFENSE

End: John Kubal, Bon Homme (senior, 6-3, 190): In the case of Kubal, he was likewise an offensive and defensive weapon for the Cavaliers this season. A two-year starter, he finished his career with 61 tackles and 18 sacks. "John has the perfect mentality and physical tools to play tight end," Pudwill said. "John played offensive line as a young football player, which really helped his blocking when we transitioned him to tight end."

Tackle: Tyler Resick, Kimball/White Lake (senior, 6-1, 230). This season, Resick recorded 77 tackles, six sacks, two interceptions, one blocked punt and one touchdown. He wrapped up his standout career with 134 tackles. "Tyler has got a motor that doesn't quit," Taylor said. "He is very athletic and quick for his size. He gave a lot of teams trouble all year, especially late in the season."

Tackle: Jharett Bloomenrader, Miller/Highmore-Harrold (senior, 6-5, 240). In addition to 384 receiving yards and four touchdowns, Bloomenrader recorded 34 tackles (11 for loss) and two sacks from his defensive line spot.

End: Tristen Bent, Webster Area (senior, 6-1, 210). A two-time all-state defensive end, Bent did a little bit of everything this season for the Bearcats. He recorded 86 tackles (11 for loss), along with three sacks, 36 quarterback hurries, two fumble recoveries and one safety.

Linebacker: Sam Muston, Baltic (senior, 6-1, 195). In addition to his duties as quarterback of the Bulldogs' offense, Muston recorded 87 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions from his linebacker position. For his career, he finished with 291 tackles, 6.5 sacks and three interceptions.

Linebacker: Tyler Murray, Gregory (senior, 5-8, 175). Murray, a three-year starter and member of two state championship teams, recorded 53 tackles (seven for loss) and one sack this season. A two-time all-state linebacker, he finished his career with 235 tackles and 12 sacks.

"He sacrificed his running back position to play guard to help the team," Allmendinger said. The coach also pointed out that Murray recently enlisted in the South Dakota National Guard.

Linebacker: Steven Leggett, Irene-Wakonda (senior, 5-10, 163). A versatile defensive weapon, Leggett was named the Eagles' Defensive MVP after recorded 81 tackles (14 for a loss), five sacks, one interception and one forced fumble.

Linebacker: Josh Crownover, Bon Homme (junior, 6-4, 180). Crownover, also a state champion in baseball and wrestling, manned the middle of the field this season for the Bon Homme defense. He finished the season with 68 tackles and will head into his senior season with 105 career tackles. "Josh was our leading tackler on one of the best defenses we have ever had here at Bon Homme," Pudwill said. "He was a great film guy; he always knew what was going on. 'Boots' was very vocal, and helped everybody get lined up in the right spots."

Defensive back: Joey Slama, Bon Homme (senior, 6-3, 190). Although Slama was named the most valuable player of the championship game (a 35-20 victory over Kimball/White Lake) for his offensive performance, he was also a leader for the Bon Homme defense — he recorded 67 tackles this season. A four-sport standout (also basketball, track and baseball), Slama was the only player in Pudwill's 36-year career to be unanimously chosen by coaches and players as team captain. "Joey was very valuable to our team," Pudwill said. "He was a great athlete, but an even better team captain and leader."

Defensive Back: Lynden Williams, Wolsey-Wessington (senior, 6-2, 200). In addition to his 2,067 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns this season, Williams was also a force on defense for the Warbirds. He recorded 72 tackles, with two sacks and an interception return for a touchdown. Williams finished his career with five interceptions.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker: Clayton Kurtz, Webster Area (senior, 5-10, 160). A kicker and punter for the Bearcats, Kurtz averaged 41.3 yards on 59 kickoffs with nine touchbacks this season. He made 41-of-44 extra points, and also averaged 31.1 yards on 24 punts.

Punter: Karst Hunter, Miller/Highmore-Harrold (senior, 6-4, 205). Labeled by his coach as one of the top dual threat quarterbacks the Rustlers have seen, Hunter recorded totals of nearly 2,600 offensive yards and 29 touchdowns this season.

Long Snapper: Brennan Mudder, Garretson (senior, 6-0, 180). For all four seasons, Mudder handled the long-snapping duties for the Blue Dragons. This season, he also rushed for 427 yards and passed for 889 yards. For his career, Mudder had 1,686 passing yards, 764 rushing yards and 360 receiving yards.

Special Teams Player: Carter Fredericksen, Kimball/White Lake (senior, 5-9, 155). Fredericksen was a do-it-all offensive weapon for the WiLdKats. He rushed for 1,045 yards and 17 touchdowns, and caught 22 passes for 377 yards and four scores. "Carter has been a big player for us all year," Taylor said. "Last year we were missing the big play and we got it this year with Carter."

Honorable Mention: Devon Heuer, Arlington/Lake Preston; Tyler Jensen, Arlington/Lake Preston; Beau Rothschadl, Bon Homme; Matt Amdahl, Dakota Hills; Carter Hoffman, Deuel; Cory Bryan, Garretson; Cody Erickson, Garretson; Isaiah Robinson, Garretson; Connor Bawdon, Hamlin; Nash Grantham, Hamlin; Justin Becker, Kimball/White Lake; Javen Holan, Kimball/White Lake; Carson Kunz, North Border; Colby Olson, Parker; Slayton Neugebauer, Parkston; Shane Andersen, Viborg-Hurley; Coby Reetz, Webster Area; Brevon Hooks, Wolsey-Wessington.

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