Eight Trojans make All-District team
Fairfield finished its 2016 football campaign with a record of 5-4. The winning record was made possible by a number of standout performers, and eight of them were fortunate enough to be named to the All-District team.
Four Trojans were selected to the All-District first team, and four were placed on its second team. The Trojans’ representation on the first team consists of three seniors and a sophomore. The seniors are Cameron Baumann, Michael Fritz and Brandon Smithburg. Tristin Waugh represented the sophomore class.
Baumann was one of the most dynamic players in District 5 as he played a critical role in the Trojans’ offense, defense and special teams. In his fourth year as Fairfield’s primary signal caller, Baumann ripped apart offenses with his arm and his legs. He threw for 883 yards and 11 touchdowns while gaining even more yards on the ground, 1,041, to go with 14 rushing touchdowns. He also caught a pass for a touchdown.
As a defensive back, Baumann amassed 30.5 tackles and four interceptions. He was one of the best punters in the state as his 41.8 yards per kick put him second in Class 3A. Baumann was the lone Trojan to be nominated to the All-State team, which he accomplished as a punter/utility player.
Like Baumann, Fritz was a starter all four years of his football career. He was the team’s leading tackler as a junior when he brought down 41 ball carriers. Fritz took his game to another level in 2016 when he collected 67 tackles, including 10 tackles for a loss and one sack. Fritz was one of only five players nominated to the Shrine Bowl.
Smithburg was another Trojan who was active on both sides of the ball, serving as the team’s leading running back as well as one of its top linebackers. He averaged a solid 5.1 yards per carry on his way to raking in 726 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. Smithburg was third on the team with 41 tackles, and brought down four ball carriers for a loss while intercepting two passes.
Of the 36 players on the All-District first team, Waugh was one of only two sophomores, and Trojan head coach Mike Schenck is sure glad to have him around for another two seasons.
Defensive coordinators went nuts searching for a coverage to contain Waugh. His 435 receiving yards were sixth most in the district. Of receivers in the district with at least 22 catches, only one averaged more yards per reception than Waugh, who finished with 19.8. The sophomore tight end was also a terrific defensive end as his 32 tackles put him fourth on the team, not to mention the 10 tackles for a loss he contributed.
A couple more seniors made the second team, and they were Trenton Hanen and Kyle Roberts. Juniors Steeler Higdon and Cade Lisk were also named to the second team.
Hanen was sixth on the team in total tackles with 28. He also had a solo tackle for a loss and a sack assist. Roberts had 19 tackles, two solo tackles for a loss and a solo sack.
Higdon was the team’s third leading rusher as he picked up 100 yards on 21 carries, including one for a touchdown. Higdon was second on the team in tackles with 41.5. Lisk had 22.5 tackles, including a solo tackle for a loss. He was also a dependable receiver, bringing down 16 passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns.
Fairfield was well represented on the All-Academic team, too. The team is just for juniors and seniors who have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.25. Making the list were Brian Buch, Fritz, Aaron Haines, Higdon, Hunter Hoskins, Jose Rojo, Denver Schultz, Smithburg, Simon Spalla and Austin Winslow.
The rest of the All-District first team is:
Fort Madison: Shance Redd-Donald;
Keokuk: Jerry Glenn, Andrew Patterson, Brendan Plate, Gavin Thompson and Damon Wolter;
Mt. Pleasant: Pat Canby, Tyler Davis and Zac Ebeling;
Oskaloosa: Ethan Arnold, Peyton Crouse, John Hirl, Jack Moore, Seth Sarver Bennett Spry and Blake VanVeldhuizen;
Solon: Jacob Coons, Graeson Dall, Justin Gibbs, Grant Goldsberry, Blayze Griffis, Kendrick Harris, Tyler Linderbaum and Trevor Nelson;
Washington: Tanner Murphy, Bryce Sinn, Seth Townsend, Trey VanWeelden and Jaivonn Willis;
West Burlington-Notre Dame: Shavontae Nelson, Luke Shipley and Tanner Snodgrass.
The rest of the All-District second team is:
Fort Madison: Dalton Mabeus, Tyler O’Tool, Clayton Poe and Lorenzo Riles;
Keokuk: Nick Huston, Dylan Jeffers, Connor Marlin and Austin West;
Mt. Pleasant: Dalton Bass, Kieran Kohorst, Jordan Magnani and Brody McGhghy;
Oskaloosa: Alex DeJong, Matt Hynick, Vinny Ramirez and Callan Tomlin;
Solon: Bo Black, Trevor McGill, Jackson Walker and Zach Wegmann;
Washington: John Dillon, Mitchell Huisenga, Ryan Reighard and Aaron Vittetoe;
West Burlington-Notre Dame: Colten Hohenthaner, Rodrigo Ramos, Tate Snodgrass and Isaiah Trousil.