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Golden Triangle News Service names 2017 all-area football team

By Justin Webster | Nov 10, 2017
Photo by: Photo submitted by Pekin Schools Pekin senior Monico Requena

Today we honor the top football players from 15 area schools the Golden Triangle News Service covers year round, including Fairfield, Pekin, Cardinal and Van Buren here at The Fairfield Ledger.

28 players and one coach were chosen for this annual honor and their accomplishments are listed below.

Offense

Coach: Garrison Carter, Washington

After Washington missed the playoffs last year for the only time since the 2010 season, Head Coach Garrison Carter finished his fourth season as Demon coach with an 8-2 record and return to the playoffs. Carter’s squad had an impressive list of statistics including leading all Class 3A teams in the state in total yards (4454), yards per play (8.8), tackles for loss (91.5) and second in touchdowns scored. The Demons outscored their opponents 448-177 demonstrating their solid play on both sides of the ball. Carter is 29-12 as Washington’s head-man.

 

Captain: Luke Turner, So., Washington

Turner had an outstanding debut season as the Demon’s quarterback. His chance came only after an injury to a three year returning quarterback in week two. Despite playing those first two games in the back-up role, and several other games where he played limited second half minutes due to comfortable leads, Turner still put up impressive numbers. He rushed for 833 yards, passed for 1,213 yards and lead Class 3A – District 5 in total yards with 2046.

 

QB: Zach Beason, Jr., Mt. Pleasant

Nobody in the area slung the football around better than Zach Beason in 2017.

The Panther quarterback was sixth in 3A with 1,633 passing yards, and threw 15 touchdowns to lead Mt. Pleasant to a 6-3 record. Beason also did some work on the ground, rushing for 121 yards and five touchdowns.

 

RB: Monico Requena, Sr., Pekin

Requena has been stacking racks lately. First he was named Pekin’s homecoming king, and then after rushing for 1,277 yards and 7.8 per touch, both tops in Class A-6’s district, he was declared offensive MVP as well.

He was the top scorer in A-6 with 136 points from 19 rushing TDs, one receiving score, two punt-return touchdowns and two two-point conversions. Always a threat, Requena returned nine punts for 261 yards, No. 1 in the district and his 29 yards per return was second in Class A-6. Monico also takes his studies seriously, making the honor roll at Pekin this spring.

 

RB: Jack Redlinger, Sr., Washington

Redlinger turned in a solid senior season for the Demons. He lead the potent Washington offense in rushing with 918 yards, which was second best in the district. Redlinger rushed for 12 touchdowns on a 7.2 yards-per-carry average. His senior leadership really came through in what was essentially a playoff play-in game against Oskaloosa where he carried for 194 yards in the Demon victory.

 

WR: Jaivonn Willis, Sr., Washington

Willis ended his Demon football career by hauling in 837 receiving yards, good for second best in all of Class 3A. His 12 touchdown grabs was best in the 3A. Willis also had three rushing touchdowns for the Demons, was the team’s leading punter and a defensive back. This is his third appearance on the All GTNS Team.

 

WR: Kade Chance, Jr., Cardinal

Chance was a two-way stud for Cardinal in 2017. The junior playmaker led the team in receptions with 44, receiving yards with 477 and was second on the Comets with four touchdowns.

He also led the Class A-6 district in tackles with 73.5, six for loss and recovered two fumbles. The versatile athlete is also preparing for another wrestling season after competing at 138 pounds in 2016.

 

Flex: Colton Horak, Jr., WACO

It was another huge year for WACO running back Colton Horak, who finished top 10 in total yards in Class 8-Man, despite missing the first two games of the year. Horak’s ridiculous stat line includes 1,222 rushing yards, 430 receiving yards and 24 total touchdowns offensively. He also led the team with 69.5 tackles, four interceptions and 102 interception yards. The junior star also scored on both defense and special teams. He had two fumble recoveries, one of which he took back 41 yards for a score, and also scored on a 54-yard punt return.

 

OL: Austin Simpson, Sr., Fairfield

Simpson won the Mark Campbell offensive lineman award at the Trojan banquet last week and was also recognized as a member of the first-team all Class 3A district 5 squad. Fairfield head football coach Matt Jones said, “Austin was our best two-way lineman. He played both tackle and guard so we ran a lot behind him and had him pull on counter plays.” Defensively, Simpson had 22 solo tackles, three for loss and two sacks.

 

OL: Levi Olinger, Jr., Pekin

Consistently a member of the Pekin honor roll, Olinger is also a standout on the offensive line for the Panthers. He was the anchor of an offense that totaled more than 3,000 yards, scored 40 touchdowns and produced the district’s offensive MVP while making the playoffs. Levi was named first-team Class A district 6 and will likely receive more accolades in the near future with the Pekin team banquet Saturday morning.

 

OL: Mitchell Huisenga, Sr., Washington

A three-year starter on the offensive line Huisenga helped the Demons to a Class 3A leading 4454 total yards on the season. Behind Huisenga and the rest of the Washington line the team averaged 8.8 yards per play and 8.1 yards per rush. Huisenga was selected as Class 3A District 5 Lineman of the Year.

 

OL: Mark Engleken, Sr., Washington

A two time first team All-District selection, Engleken helped the Demons to a Class 3A leading 4454 total yards on the season. Engleken and company cleared the way for Washington to average 44 points per game and 58 touchdowns. He was a part of the line that only allowed 2 sacks all season.

 

OL: Devin Lybarger, Sr., New London

Lybarger was the leader on an offensive line that caused a ton of havoc for district opponents this year. New London’s O-line played a big part in giving the Tigers one of the best rushing attacks in the league, with three players going over 400 yards. The team ran for 26 touchdowns this year.

 

Defense

DL: Connor Reed, Jr., Pekin

Reed was the top tackler for the playoff qualifiers from Pekin. His 49.5 stops, 11.5 of which were for a loss, were both good for eighth in the district. He also had two sacks to lead the Panthers. Connor is an honor roll student and stand out athlete as a member of the Class A district 6 first-team defense. This is Reed’s first GTNS selection.

 

DL: Cody Crawford, Sr., WACO

The WACO football team is going to miss their 6’0” 275 lbs., lineman next season. The Warrior senior had 51.5 tackles this season, 12 of which were for a loss. He had two sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery. Crawford was also a big part of the offense, leading the offensive line and even getting some touches, rushing for one touchdown this year.

 

DL: Cale Hobscheidt, Sr., Washington

Hobscheidt finished the season with seven sacks, good for third best in all of Class 3A and a sixth place ranking in tackles for loss, 15. From his defensive end position he also snagged an interception and returned it 63 yards for a score. Plus, he recovered two fumbles, returning one for a 44 yard touchdown.

 

LB: Tristin Waugh, Junior, Fairfield

Where shall I begin? Waugh was named team MVP at the Trojans’ banquet last week, along with first-team all Class 3A district 5 honors as well. Defensively, he was second in tackles for Fairfield with 45.5 and his 14.5 tackles for loss were fourth best in 3A-5 while his six sacks were second best in the district and fourth best in 3A. While selected for his defense, I would be remiss not to mention his offensive achiechments. Tristin had 161 carries for 821 yards, 19 catches for 262 yards, which totals 1,083 total yards and 10 TDs, all of which were team highs in 2017.

 

LB: Tanner Murphy, Sr., Washington

Murphy is making his third appearance as an All GTNS linebacker. He is also a three time All District first teamer. Murphy finished a stellar career with 62.5 tackles and 4.5 sacks. His 18 tackles for loss was the second best number in all of Class 3A.

 

LB: Tristin Westphal-Edwards, Jr., Washington

Westphal-Edwards was second on the team with 58.5 tackles and 11.5 tackles for loss. He also recorded a sack and a fumble recovery for a Demo defense that allowed opponents less than 18 points per game on average. Westphal-Edwards will return for his senior season as an anchor on the Washington defense and as a running back on the offensive side.

 

LB: James DeMeyer, Jr., Mt. Pleasant

The starting middle linebacker for Mt. Pleasant finished the year with 37.5 tackles, but it was his work taking the ball away that earned him a spot on the All-GTNS defense.

DeMeyer had five takeaways on the year. He picked off two passes, collecting 46 interception return yards on the year. He also had three fumble recoveries, one of which he scooped and scored for a 32-yard score.

 

DB: Chandler Eckley, Sr., Pekin

Eckley has made the most of his senior year so far. He’s an honor roll student who made the homecoming court, and he was also named first team offense in Class A district 6 as a WR/TE. He only had one rush on the year but torched the defense for 66 yards to go with 13 catches for 318 yards and two touchdowns. His 16 punt returns for 279 yards was tops in Class A-6 and his six kick returns included a 81-yard score. Defensively, he was third on the team with 46 tackles and grabbed two interceptions as well.

 

DB: Drew Martin, So., Fairfield

Only a sophomore, Martin was named second-team all Class 3A-5 as a defensive back. He led the Trojans by almost a dozen tackles with 57 total which was fifth in the district. 10.5 of those tackles were for loss which ranked sixth in 3A-5. For good measure, he also got one sack on the season. Offensively, he had 15 catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Drew was also a competitive member of the Fairfield track and field team as a freshman this spring.

 

DB: Dallas Bell, Sr., New London

There were plenty of potential spots on the All-GTNS squad for Bell, but his work on the defensive end slots him in at defensive back. New London’s senior playmaker finished with three interceptions for 118 yards and a touchdown this year, and added 25 tackles to his defensive resume. Bell was also a star on offense and special teams. He was second on the team in total offense with 816 yards and six touchdowns, and added a kick return touchdown as well.

 

DB: Jake Lowe, Sr., Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant’s speedy defensive back finished with 18.5 tackles and two sack assists this year, but Lowe’s performances against the best teams in the district earned him his spot on the team. Lowe was second on the team in takeaways, finishing with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Three of his four takeaways this year came against the top two teams in the district, Washington and Solon.

 

Utility: Brendon Lunsford, Sr., Fairfield

Lunsford is better known for wrestling, but found a utility spot on our team. Brendon was named the Duke Bisbey Senior Leadership winner at the team banquet and was also recognized as first-team all district for Class 3A-5. He had 17 tackles including three for loss on the year from his spot on the Trojan lines. Lunsford has signed his letter of intent and will pursue collegiate wrestling at Hannibal-LeGrange in Missouri.

 

Utility: Keontae Luckett, Jr., New London

There aren’t many more exciting players in Southeast Iowa than New London’s Keontae Luckett. Luckett ran for 815 yards and 11 touchdowns this year, and added 147 yards and a touchdown through the air. He was also one of the most dangerous return men around. Luckett averaged 40.2 yards per kick return and 33.8 yards per punt return, and scored five total return touchdowns this year.

 

Utility: Ryan Reighard, Sr., Washington

Reighard had an outstanding season two years ago as a sophomore that earned him a spot on the All State team and as Captain of the All GTNS team. He was well on his way to a repeat performance as a junior until a leg injury sidelined him for the final three games of the season. He started his senior season at quarterback only to break his throwing arm in game two. With a cast on the broken arm, Reighard switched to defensive safety and recorded 39 tackles in six weeks of play despite having not played a snap on defense the prior two years. He was able to take a few snaps at quarterback in the final two games of the season.

 

Utility: Isaac McSorley, Jr., New London

Isaac McSorley made things happen on both sides of the ball this season. In his first year at quarterback, McSorley threw for 773 yards, 10 touchdowns and only four interceptions, while rushing for 413 yards and seven scores. Defensively, McSorley was third on the team with 39 tackles. He also had a team-leading five takeaways, picking off three passes for 30 yards and falling on two fumbles.

 

Kicker: Anthony Torres, Sr., Washington

Torres was third in Class 3A with 3,487 kickoff yards for his senior season and recorded 20 touchbacks. He also had impressive performances with an 88.5% PAT make percentage on 46 kicks and 50% of his field goals made. For good measure he also rushed for a touchdown and turned around a made the PAT during an in-season game.

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