Collin Grudzinski, Sr., Horicon/Hustisford: Led Husticon in sacks (5) and tackles for loss (14) and was versatile enough to drop back and play linebacker if called upon. “Holds his edge very well and fights off blocks using great hand technique,” Husticon head coach Shannon Mueller said. 2nd team all-Trailways Large.
Chandler Firary, Sr., Fall River: Teamed with Keegan Wodill to form one of best interior D-line combos in area, if not state. Four sacks and six tackles for loss. A “road grader,” according to Pirates’ head coach Joe Zander. 2nd team all-Trailways Small.
Joey Paddock, Jr., Markesan: Two sacks, two forced fumbles, 11 tackles for loss. 1st team all-Trailways Large.
Jordan Marsh, Sr., Dodgeland: Had only one sack but not for lack of pressuring the QB. Fourth on team in tackles (60) and third in tackles for loss (5). 2nd team all-Trailways Large.
Cole Kamphuis, Sr., Waupun: Warriors’ leading tackler (82) and had five tackles for loss, all despite missing a game and a half with shoulder injury. “Made teams always know where he was on the field,” Warriors’ head coach Ethan Kintzler said. Honorable mention all-East Central.
Mitch Kurtz, Jr., Horicon/Hustisford: Third on team in tackles (61), six tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, and a forced fumble. “Very versatile to slide out and cover the edge, and quick enough to stay with receivers,” Husticon head coach Shannon Mueller said of the inside linebacker.
JJ Bartaszewicz, Soph., Markesan: Hornets’ co-second leading tackler (57), five tackles for loss. 1st team all-Trailways Large.
Joel Riehbrandt, Sr., Beaver Dam: Hard-nosed, assignment sound, and tough as nails. Rarely finished game without a gash somewhere. Team’s second-leading tackler (102). Honorable mention all-Badger North.
Jake Raymond, Sr., Cambria-Friesland: Sound in coverage, sure tackler (13 solo tackles) who was rarely beaten for big plays. 2nd team all-Trailways Small.
Trenton Kiermeyer, Sr., Mayville: Drew task of covering other team’s best receiver. Broke up eight passes in addition to two interceptions. Was difficult to beat for big plays on the ground as he had 29 solo tackles. 2nd team all-Flyway.
Austin Triggs, Sr., Markesan: Tied for 30th in state in interceptions (5) and also had five tackles for loss. Teamed with Drew Bernhagen to give the Hornets one of the best defensive backfields in area.
Alex Nadolski, Jr., Mayville: Shades of LeRoy Butler, as he could play at line of scrimmage to stuff run or drop back in coverage to stymie pass. Third on team in tackles (58), second in tackles for loss (five), and had an interception. “Great multi-purpose player,” Cards’ head coach Tom Noennig said.
Alex Nadolski, Jr., Mayville: There were several candidates for this spot, but Nadolski got the edge for his ability to hit his spots in the Cards’ directional punting scheme, which kept return yardage low. Averaged 33.9 yards per punt with three downed inside the 20.