2017 All-Area Football: First team, second team and honorable mention

Posted: Dec. 2, 2017 3:25 pm Updated: Dec. 4, 2017 3:44 pm



Pleasant Hill 5-foot-10 165 Sr.

The Wolves made the playoffs for the first time since 2009, and Crane was a big factor in that. He threw for 1,907 yards and 20 touchdowns, plus he rushed for 850 yards and 14 touchdowns to earn all-Western Illinois Valley Conference honors.


Quincy 6-0 200 Jr.

Brock has drawn interest from Big Ten, Big 12 and Southeastern Conference schools, and for good reason. Despite missing a game and a half, he rushed for 1,588 yards and 23 TDs on 210 carries. He also returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown against QND.


West Hancock 5-11 175 Sr.

Langford provided the Titans with the ability to make a big run every time he touched the ball. He earned all-state honors after rushed for 1,396 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also had two touchdown catches.


South Shelby 6-0 165 Jr.

Wood's speed was lethal out of the Cardinals' backfield. He had a three-game stretch where he had more 700 rushing yards, and he finished with 1,667 yards and 18 touchdowns.


Monroe City 5-9 145 Jr.

Osborn showed why he's the most versatile back for the Panthers. He churned out 1,565 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground while catching three touchdown passes, and four of his seven punt returns went for touchdowns.


Monroe City 6-0 200 Sr.

The Clarence Cannon Conference Offensive Player of the Year dominated opponents, rushing for 1,596 yards and 23 touchdowns on 250 carries. Pennewell did that despite missing most of district play with an illness.


Notre Dame 6-2 175 Sr.

Good things happened with Hyer got the football. Of his 33 catches, 10 of them were for touchdowns. He had 516 yards receiving, averaging 15.6 yards per catch, as QND returned to the playoffs.


Knox County 6-0 195 Sr.

Miller provided the Eagles one of the best aerial threats in Northeast Missouri. He hauled in 48 catches for 606 yards and eight touchdowns to earn all-Lewis & Clark Conference honors.


Brown County 6-4 205 Sr.

Sussenbach set program records for career receptions, career receiving yards and career touchdown catches. He finished with 31 catches for 551 yard and nine scores to earn all-Western Illinois Valley Conference honors.


Notre Dame 6-4 290 Jr.

Bottorff has earned attention from multiple colleges for his services on the line. He helped pave the way for 2,379 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns this season for the Raiders.


Central 6-1 285 Jr.

A first-team all-Western Illinois Valley Conference center, Hughes was a force on the offensive line. He helped pave the way for Central's running backs to gain 3,295 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns.


Palmyra 6-2 185 Jr.

The first-team all-Clarence Cannon Conference lineman was the anchor of the Panthers' line this fall. He paved the way to help Palmyra gain 3,441 yards on the ground and average 7.1 yards per carry.


Quincy 6-3 290 Sr.

Shelton's strength was on display all season as he helped the Blue Devils' running backs run for 3,769 yards this season. He also helped give enough pass protection to allow QHS to have 1,089 passing yards.


Monroe City 6-0 243 Sr.

Wilson earned all-state, all-CCC and all district honors on the offensive line. He paved the way for an offense that collected more than 5,600 yards.


Palmyra 6-0 175 Sr.

Mencer continued to be the best kicker in the area despite recovering from an injury in the offseason. He made 9 of 11 field goals, and the longest was from 45 yards. He also made 28 of 29 extra points and had 24 touchbacks.



Hannibal 6-foot-4 230 Sr.

An anchor on the Pirates' defensive line, Allen registered 36 tackles and six sacks. He also had four tackles for loss to earn all-North Central Missouri Conference honors.


West Hancock 6-1 270 Sr.

The leader of the Titans' defense, Bird made 56 tackles and six were for loss. He also registered three sacks to earn all-West Central Conference honors. "He consumed the offensive line so the linebackers could eat," Titans coach Travis Cook said.


Unity-Payson 6-1 205 Sr.

Ehrhardt led the Mustangs with eight sacks and had two defensive touchdowns. He made 60 tackles, 12 for loss, and recovered three fumbles to earn all-Western Illinois Valley Conference honors.


Clark County 6-1 255 Sr.

Hunziker was the force on the Indians' defensive line. He made 100 tackles, and 10 were for loss. He also had five sacks to earn all-Clarence Cannon Conference honors.


Monroe City 6-1 285 Jr.

An all-state and all-Clarence Cannon Conference pick, Saxbury registered 64 tackles and 13 were for loss for the Panthers.


Quincy 6-2 210 Sr.

Baird was the central figure to the Blue Devils' defense. He led the team with 96 tackles, with four were for loss, to earn all-Western Big Six honors.


Notre Dame 6-2 210 Sr.

Connell leaves the program as the fifth-highest tackler in QND history. He recorded 94 this season, and nine were for loss, along with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.


Monroe City 6-0 200 Sr.

Pennewell led the Panhters with 114 tackles, and 13 went for loss. He also had four sacks and came up with a vital blocked punt in the Class 1 state title game victory.


Palmyra 6-2 205 Sr.

Plunkett was named CCC Defensive Player of the Year. The senior had an area-best 146 tackles and 30 for loss while making three sacks, one interception and recovered a fumble. "Peyton has sideline to sideline range," Panthers coach Kevin Miles said.


Central 5-7 150 Jr.

He didn't have the biggest frame, but that didn't stop Strohkirch from making 108 tackles and two sacks this season. He earned all-WIVC honors. "He was very hard to block because of his lack of size," Panthers coach Brad Dixon said.


Scotland County 5-7 185 Sr.

Dodge had a team-high five interceptions and made 54 tackles along with three sacks for the Tigers. He earned all-Lewis & Clark Conference and all-district honors. "He did an exceptional job commanding our defense," Tigers coach Troy Carper said.


Palmyra 6-3 155 Sr.

Neil made 48 tackles and had nine interceptions to earn all-CCC honors. He also had three tackles for loss and a sack, and he returned one of his interceptions for a touchdown against South Shelby.


Monroe City 6-2 170 Sr.

Shively had an area-best nine interceptions, including one that sealed the Panthers' state championship victory. He also made 72 tackles and forced two fumbles.


Hannibal 6-0 165 Sr.

Waelder made 25 tackles and had two interceptions. He earned all-NCMC and district honors. "He was our team-leader on defense," Pirates coach Mark St. Clair said.


Quincy 5-10 170 Sr.

Wilson gave the Blue Devils the ability to flip the field with his leg. The all-WB6 punter had 22 punts for an average of 46 yards, and eight landed inside the 20-yard line.

Second Team Offense

Joe Hendricker, Quarterback, 6-0, 200 Sr., Brown County

Peyton Plunkett, Running back, 6-2, 205, Sr., Palmyra

Nick Vorhies, Running back, 5-11, 195, Jr., Illini West

Cole Williams, Running back, 5-11, 180, Jr., Central

Devin Tynan, All-purpose back, 5-10, 180, Sr., Brown County

Bryce Wilson, Fullback, 5-6, 210, Sr., West Hancock

Isaiha Rogers, Wide receiver, 6-1, 175, Jr., Pleasant Hill

Zeb Riney, Wide receiver, 5-10, 155, Sr., Clark County

Brady Gilliland, Tight end, 6-4, 220, Sr., Notre Dame

Jake Garnett, Lineman, 5-10, 190, Jr., Illini West

Andrew Harris, Lineman, 5-10, 185, Sr., West Hancock

Skyler Moorman, Lineman, 6-0, 190, Sr., Brown County

Michael Ryan, Lineman, 6-5, 200, Sr., Monroe City

Noah Whelan, Lineman, 5-9, 235, Sr., Hannibal

Avery Wilson, Kicker, 5-10, 170, Sr., Quincy

Second team defense

Daniel Fross, Lineman, 5-11, 200, Sr., Quincy

Kennedy Gooding, Lineman, 6-4, 220, Sr., Illini West

Tristan Hoener, Lineman, 6-3, 210, Sr., Quincy

Jackson Powell, Lineman, 6-0, 185, Jr., Palmyra

Hunter Smith, Lineman, 6-1, 245, Sr., Notre Dame

Nick Black, Linebacker, 6-0, 195, Sr., Pleasant Hill

Darian Drake, Linebacker, 5-10, 190, Sr., Brown County

Max Hays, Linebacker, 6-2, 205, So., Monroe City

Kolton Johnson, Linebacker, 5-11, 225, Sr., West Hancock

Caleb Lapsley, Linebacker, 5-9, 160, So., Clark County

Avae Ball, Defensive back, 5-10, 175, Jr., Quincy

Todd Kelly, Defensive back, 5-8, 160, Sr., Unity-Payson

Zeb Riney, Defensive back, 5-10, 155, Sr., Clark County

Lincoln Talbot, Defensive back, 6-0, 185, Sr., Mark Twain

Noah Mencer, Punter, 6-0, 175, Sr., Palmyra

Honorable mention offense

Quincy -- Dax Flowerree, OL, Sr.; Daniel Fross, OL, Sr.; A.J. Miller, OL, So.; Blake Poling, OL, Jr.

Notre Dame -- Jackson Connell, FB, Sr.; Rhett Magee, OL, Sr.; Dalton Venvertloh, RB, Jr.; Nick Wellman, QB, Sr.

Brown County -- Darian Drake, RB, Sr.; Lane Herald, OL, Jr.; Justin Shepherd, OL, Sr.

Central -- Chayse Houston, RB, Jr.; Eric Jones, QB, Jr.; Matthew Kestner, OL, Sr.; Reed Olson, TE, Sr.; Noah Strohkirch, FB, Jr.

Illini West -- Jack Cole, OL, Jr.; Kennedy Gooding, OL, Sr.; Ty Jackson, OL, Jr.; Jackson Porter, QB, Sr.; Colton Sargeant, RB, Jr.

Pittsfield -- James Gwartney, APB, Sr.; Mike Harris, OL, Sr.; Noah Mendenhall, QB, Sr.; Derek Neupauer, FB, Sr.

Pleasant Hill -- Nick Black, OL, Sr.; Kodiak Rogers, RB, So.; Grant Peebles, TE, Sr.

Unity-Payson -- Dakota Ehrhardt, OL, Sr.; Collin Gross, OL, Jr.; Luke Jansen, WR, Jr.; Todd Kelly, WR, Sr.; Taylor Klusmeyer, QB, Sr.; Aidan Zanger, OL, Sr.

West Hancock -- Kolton Johnson, OL, Sr.; Bryce Buckert, QB, Sr.

Clark County -- Kyle Golbricht, OL, Jr.; Jack Hunziker, OL, Sr.; Caleb Lapsley, RB/K, So.

Knox County -- Michael Carlson, OL, Sr.; Nick Edwards, QB, Sr.; Robert Mauck, OL, So.; Logan Miller, TE, Jr.

Louisiana -- Zac Harrison, RB, Sr.

Mark Twain -- Jace Barton, RB, So.; Tucker Breunger, OL, Sr.; Aidan Epperson, OL, Sr.; Lincoln Talbott, APB, Sr.

Monroe City -- Nehemiah Batsell, WR, Jr.; Blake Hays, QB, Jr.; Dawson Shively, TE, Sr.

North Shelby -- Mason Uhlmeyer, APB, Jr.

Palmyra -- Jarom Alexander, RB, Jr,.; Brady Barnett, OL, Jr.; Gabe Goodwin, TE, Sr.; Jacob Kroeger, QB, Jr.

Scotland County -- Will Fromm, QB, Jr.; Brett Monroe, TE, Sr.

South Shelby -- Phillip Hercules, OL, Sr.; Cody McKenzie, RB, Sr.

Honorable mention defense

Quincy -- Mason Feller-Blakemore, LB, Sr.;

Notre Dame -- Brady Gilliland, DL, Sr.; Simon Holtschlag, LB, Jr.; Reed Hyer, DB, Sr.; Brady Nierman, DB, Sr.; James Shumake, LB, Sr.; Jacob Weeries, DL, Sr.

Brown County -- Tanner Sussenbach, LB, Sr.; Devin Tynan, DB, Sr.; Skyler Moorman, DL, Sr.; Joe Hendricker, DB, Sr.; Grant VanHyning, DL, Jr.

Central -- Chayse Houston, LB, Jr.; Kollen Hughes, DL, Jr.; Eric Jones, LB/P, Jr.; Mason Scott, LB, Sr.; Wilson Stotts, DB, Sr.; Brandon Welty, DL, Sr.; Cole Williams, DB, Jr.

Illini West -- Jack Cole, DL, Jr.; Jake Garnett, DL, Jr.; Ty Jackson, DL, Jr.; Colton Sargeant, DB, Jr.

Pittsfield -- James Gwartney, DB, Sr.; Mike Harris, DL, Sr.; Will Heavner, DL, Jr.; Noah Mendenhall, DB, Sr.; Derek Neupauer, LB, Sr.

Pleasant Hill -- Dalton Crane, DB, Sr.; Isaiha Rogers, P, Jr.; Kodiak Rogers, LB, So.; Skyler Heatherly, DL, Jr.

Unity-Payson -- Collin Gross, DL, Jr.; Luke Jansen, DB, Jr.; Taylor Klusmeyer, DB, Sr.; Aidan Zanger, DL, Sr.

West Hancock -- James Corvaia, LB, Jr.; Peyton Dooley, DB, Jr.; Chase Hartweg, LB, Sr.; Tyler Korn, DL, Sr.; Riley Langford, DB, Sr.; Korey VanFleet, DL, Jr.

Clark County -- Kyle Golbricht, DL, Jr.; Chayson Kleine, LB, Jr.

Knox County -- Hayden Miller, DB, Sr.; Robert Mauck, LB, So. Logan Miller, LB, Jr.; Cory Moubry, LB, Sr.

Louisiana -- Dalton Oberhaus, DB, Sr.; Zac Harrison, LB, Sr.

Mark Twain -- Tucker Breunger, OL, Sr.; Connor Grossmann, DB, Sr.; Aidan Epperson, DL, Sr.

Monroe City -- Nehemiah Batsell, DB, Jr.; Hunter Lilly, LB, Jr.

North Shelby -- Mason Uhlmeyer, DB, Jr.

Palmyra -- Tucker Aeshliman, LB, Jr.; Brady Barnett, LB, Jr.; Gabe Goodwin, LB, Sr.; Jacob Kroeger, DB, Jr.

Scotland County -- Jordan Payne, LB, Jr.; Bryson Orton, DL, Sr.

South Shelby -- Luke Farrell, LB, Sr.; Brett Hall, DL, Sr.; Cody McKenzie, LB, Sr.; Brock Wood, DB, Jr.; Dylan Threlkeld, LB, Sr.

Editor's Note: No nominations were received from Highland.