2013 All-Journal Football team
2013 All-Journal Football
The following is the 2013 All-Journal Football voting final results as voted on by the sports staff at The Journal. Nominated players are ranked No. 1-10, with first-place votes worth 15 points, second-place votes worth 14 points and so forth. Only players nominated by area coaches were eligible for selection. First-place votes are in parentheses.
1. Dalton Elliott, Nicollet, jr., QB – 87 (4)
2. David Surprenant, St. Mary’s, jr., RB – 76
3. Brandon Helget, St. Mary’s, jr., QB – 74 (2)
4. Tanner Bock, Wabasso, sr., RB – 68
5. Erik Danielson, Sibley East, sr., RB – 57
T6. Neil Eichten, Wabasso, sr., QB – 56
T6. Kyle Schultz, Madelia, so., QB – 56
8. T.J. Fulton, Wabasso, sr., SB – 49
9. Austin Cooper, Cathedral, jr., RB – 40
10. Matt Fischer, Nicollet, sr., WR – 38
11. Riley Benzel, Madelia, sr., WR – 25
1. Matt Christenson, Nicollet, sr., LB – 90 (6)
2. Carter Krzmarzick, St. Mary’s, jr., DT – 70
3. Ben White, Sibley East, sr., LB – 64
4. Jordan Schroepfer, Red Rock Central, jr., LB – 51
T5. Jake Denn, Madelia, jr., LB – 48
T5. Jesus Lopez, Madelia, sr., DL – 48
7. Andrew Steffl, St. Mary’s, sr., DT – 43
T8. Chad Lease, MVL, sr., LB – 40
T8. Jack Bergeman, Madelia, sr., DB/LB – 40
10. Tevin Mooter, New Ulm, sr., DL – 35
T11. Alex Schroepfer, Wabasso, sr., DT – 34
T11. Jay Hendrycks, Nicollet, jr., LB/DE – 34
Nicollet, jr., QB
Elliott capped off Nicollet’s 11-1 state-qualifying season in winning Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors. In leading Nicollet to a state playoff berth, Elliott passed for a state-best 2,872 yards off 174-of-293 passing (59.4 percent) for 37 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,366 yards on 239 carries for 21 touchdowns. Elliott is the school’s career leader in completions and attempts (414-for-738), passing yards (6,349), touchdown passes (79), all-purpose touchdowns (107) and all-purpose yards (8,789) with one more season to play.
St. Mary’s, jr., RB
An All-Conference selection, Surprenant was the Knights’ leading rusher with 1,298 yards on 216 carries (6.0 average) for 13 touchdowns in helping them reach the state semifinals. Surprenant has 1,540 rushing yards on 244 carries for 17 touchdowns in his two seasons of action.
St. Mary’s, jr., QB
In his first season as the Knights’ starting quarterback, Helget has operated as a dual threat with 1,419 yards passing from a 54-percent pass completion percentage as well as 916 rushing yards off 135 carries (6.8 average). Helget, a 2013 All-Conference selection, has combined for 27 total touchdowns – 18 passing and nine rushing – from behind center in leading the Knights to an undefeated regular season en route to the state semifinals this season.
Wabasso, sr., RB
Bock rushed for 1,225 yards on 223 carries for 15 touchdowns for the Rabbits, helping lead them to the Section 5A title game and a 9-2 record. A three-year starter and 2013 All-Conference selection, Bock was also a leader on defense with 99 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss and two interceptions.
Sibley East, sr., RB
Danielson earned his second All-Conference selection this season, during which he accumulated 1,523 rushing yards for 12 touchdowns. With 2,898 career rushing yards, Danielson ranks first in career rushing yards in school history.
Wabasso, sr., QB
Eichten went 90-of-160 (56.3 percent) for 1,572 yards and 16 touchdowns in leading the Rabbits to the Section 5A title game and a 9-2 record. Eichten earned All-Conference honors and also ran for four touchdowns for the Rabbits.
Kyle Schultz, Madelia, so., QB
Schultz completed 123-of-204 passes for 2,133 yards and 23 touchdowns. Schultz, a first-year starting quarterback, also rushed for 748 yards on 170 carries en route to earning All-Conference honors.
Wabasso, sr., SB
Fulton was Wabasso’s hybrid slotback, gaining 1,020 all-purpose yards (679 receiving, 341 rushing) with 17 total touchdowns (11 receiving, six rushing). In his two seasons at Wabasso, Fulton accumulated 908 receiving yards on 53 receptions and 12 touchdowns, while rushing for 702 yards on 97 carries and 10 scores.
Cathedral, jr., RB
This season, Cooper amassed 1,115 rushing yards on 155 carries – an average of 7.2 yards per carry – with 10 touchdowns for the Greyhounds. Cooper, an All-Conference selection, has 1,901 rushing yards on 278 carries and 17 touchdowns through two seasons.
Nicollet, sr., WR
A 2013 All-Conference selection, Fischer led the team in receiving with 49 receptions for 988 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Raiders. In his career, Fischer accumulated 81 receptions for 1,357 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Madelia, sr., WR
Benzel led both the Blackhawks and the Southern Confederacy Conference East with 40 receptions for 918 yards this season, ranking fourth overall in the conference.
Nicollet, sr., LB
Christenson, a three-time All-Journal defensive selection and two-time Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was 40-5 in his four seasons at Nicollet. In 2013, Christenson tallied 143 total tackles (93 solo, 50 assisted) with four tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception and three fumble recoveries. Christenson set the school record for career total tackles (550), solo tackles (312) and assisted tackles (238).
St. Mary’s, jr., DT
Krzmarzick was named the Southern Minnesota Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year having tallied 78 total tackles (19 solo, 59 assisted) with 2.5 sacks in anchoring the Knights’ defense that has been near the top in fewest points allowed this season. For his career, Krzmarzick has amassed 194 total tackles and 8.5 sacks.
Ben White, Sibley East, sr., LB
White, a three-year starter at Mike linebacker, registered 116 total tackles (50 solo, 66 assisted) with 10 tackles for loss, seven sacks and two interceptions this season. White became the all-time leading tackler in school history this season, setting the mark to 389 total tackles. He also had 14 sacks and 10 forced fumbles for his career.
Jordan Schroepfer, Red Rock Central, jr., LB
Schroepfer, a 2013 All-Conference selection, had 125 total tackles (73 solo, 52 assisted), one sack, one interception and three forced fumbles for the Falcons this season. He also had 786 rushing yards off 173 carries for seven touchdowns as a running back as well.
Madelia, jr., LB
Denn was an All-Conference selection with 137 total tackles (81 solo, 56 assisted), eight sacks, four interceptions and four fumble recoveries this season. Denn was also the team’s tight end, amassing 587 receiving yards with 37 catches and 10 touchdowns.
Madelia, sr., DL
Lopez anchored a Madelia defense that led the Southern Confederacy Conference East in fewest points allowed with 16.9 per game. Lopez led the conference with 20 sacks while making 87 total tackles (42 solo, 45 assisted) this season.
St. Mary’s, sr., DT
Steffl was named the Southern Minnesota Conference Lineman of the Year, was an All-Conference selection and a leader of a defense that has allowed 10 points per game, which is fourth-best in the state. Steffl has amassed 50 tackles and 5.5 sacks this season, bringing his career totals to 115 tackles and 9.5 sacks. He also had a 44-yard interception returned for a touchdown this season.
Chad Lease, MVL, sr., LB
After switching from starting quarterback contender to defensive captain, Lease had an All-Conference season in 2013 by leading the Chargers with 102 total tackles, three interceptions and four fumble recoveries for the Chargers. In his career at MVL, Lease tallied 186 total tackles, six interceptions and six fumble recoveries.
Madelia, sr., DB/LB
A three-year starter on defense, Bergeman tallied 137 total tackles (92 solo, 45 assisted) and four interceptions for the Blackhawks on his way to earning All-Conference honors this season. For his career, Bergeman had 357 total tackles (235 solo, 122 assisted) and 11 interceptions.
New Ulm, sr., DL
Mooter, the Eagles’ only South Central All-Conference selection, had 71 total tackles with 20 tackles for loss, four sacks, four forced fumbles and three blocked kicks this season. For his career, Mooter had 156 total tackles, 26 tackles for loss, six sacks, eight forced fumbles and seven blocked kicks.
Alex Schroepfer, Wabasso, sr., DT
At 280 pounds, Schroepfer tallied 64 total tackles (15 solo, 49 assisted) with three sacks, three fumble recoveries and one interception this season. An All-Conference selection, Schroepfer was also a staple on the offensive line for the Rabbits.
Nicollet, jr., DE/LB
Hendrycks tallied 70 total tackles and one sack with three fumble recoveries and six interceptions – three of which were returned for touchdowns – this season for the Raiders. An All-Conference selection in 2013, Hendrycks has now tallied 202 total tackls, six sacks and 13 interceptions.