While they finished on opposite ends of the Capitol North Conference standings, the Lodi and Poynette football teams were each well represented on this year’s all-conference team.
The Blue Devils and Pumas combined for 23 selections, including 12 first-team picks and three of the four conference Player of the Year honors. Leading the way was the trio of Lodi seniors Max Barreau, Kade Crissinger and Lucas Brisky.
Barreau, who helped lead Lodi to an unbeaten regular season en route to an appearance in this Thursday’s WIAA Division 4 state championship game against St. Croix Central, was named the Capitol North Defensive Player of the Year and for good reason.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound inside linebacker had 42 tackles during the regular season, including 35 solo, 10 tackles for loss and two sacks.
Helping make things easy up front for Barreau was Crissinger, who was named the conference’s Defensive Lineman of the Year. The 6-3, 215-pound defensive end had 25 tackles during the regular season, including 22 solo, eight tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Crissinger has also shined in the playoffs, including a three-interception performance in last week’s state semifinal win over Greendale Martin Luther.
On the offensive side, Brisky was named the conference’s Lineman of the Year. The 6-foot, 263-pounder made plenty of holes up front for the Blue Devils rushing attack that racked up 2,641 yards and 36 touchdowns in the regular season.
Helping Brisky make holes up front was senior center Sam Kerr (6-5, 240) who also garnered first-team honors. The main beneficiary of the Blue Devils’ stout offensive line was running back Jacob Heyroth, who was a unanimous first-team pick.
The 6-foot, 190-pound senior was a machine in the regular season, rushing for a league-high 1,596 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also made his presence known in the return game and on defense, garnering first-team honors as a specialist and outside linebacker.
Heyroth returned three kicks for touchdowns in the regular season and added another in last Friday’s state semifinal win over Martin Luther. Defensively, he had 36 tackles in the regular season, including 31 solo, six sacks and a team-high 13 tackles for loss.
Lake Mills senior quarterback was named the Capitol North’s Offensive Player of the Year.
Along with the Heyroth, Barreau and Crissinger, the Blue Devils had fourth other first-team picks on defense in seniors Dominic Scola, Mitchell Nellen and Will Richards. Scola, a 6-3, 195-pound defensive back, had 19 tackles, including four tackles for loss, and a pair of interceptions in the regular season.
Nellen (6-1, 180) added 27 tackles at defensive back while Richards (6-2, 225) had 27 tackles, including 22 solo, 10 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Coupled with the defensive selections, kicker Savannah Curtis earned first-team honors. The 5-2, 120-pound senior converted 50 of 52 extra points during the regular season and made three of five field goals.
Joining the slew of Lodi first-teamers was Poynette’s Max Ripp. The 5-11, 195-pound senior inside linebacker was the Pumas’ lone first-team selection. Ripp, who helped lead the Pumas to a 2-7 overall record (0-5 Capitol North), compiled a team-high 70 tackles, including 34 solo and a pair of tackles for loss.
Poynette had a trio of second-team honorees, led by the senior duo of Jack Moll and Aaron Freimuth. Moll, a 5-11, 155-pound running back, was the Pumas’ top rusher, running for 488 yards and seven scores, averaging 54.2 yards per game.
Freimuth (6-1, 188) was the top receiving threat for senior quarterback Taylor Elsing, who earned honorable mention status. The wide receiver hauled in 15 catches for 294 yards and a pair of touchdowns, averaging 19.6 yards per reception.
Along with Moll and Freimuth, sophomore Colby Savich earned second-team honors at defensive end for the Pumas. The 6-2, 178-pounder had a team-high 6.5 sacks and six tackles for loss on the season while tallying 33 tackles (16 solo).
Joining the trio of Pumas on the second team were Lodi senior Anthony Benson and junior Austin Soehle. Benson (6-1, 215) was one of the main cogs in the Blue Devils’ dominant offensive line while Soehle (5-9, 150) was a key piece on the Lodi defense with a team-high 40 tackles (24 solo) during the regular season. He also had seven tackles for loss and a sack.
Along with Elsing, the Pumas had three other honorable mention selections in senior offensive lineman Trey Klink (6-3, 220), junior inside linebacker Caleb Reddeman (5-10, 163) and sophomore return specialist Brayden O’Connor (5-8, 137). The Blue Devils had a pair of honorable mention picks of their own in senior offensive lineman Ty Leonard (6-1, 274) and junior defensive back Riley Faust (5-10, 150).
ALL-CAPITOL NORTH CONFERENCE
Player of the Year — Ben Dunkleberger, sr., Lake Mills.
Lineman of the Year — Lucas Brisky, sr., Lodi.
Quarterback — Ben Dunkleberger*, sr., Lake Mills. Running backs — Jacob Heyroth*, sr., Lodi; Cade Olszewski, sr., Lakeside Lutheran; Ben Waldo, sr., Columbus. Wide receivers — Hayden Iverson*, sr., Lake Mills; Will DeNoyer, jr., Lakeside Lutheran; Andy Vujnovich, sr., Columbus. Tight end — Zachary Gregorius, jr., Luther Prep. Offensive linemen — Lucas Brisky, sr., Lodi; Sam Kerr, sr., Lodi; Abel Bain, sr., Luther Prep; Caley Raymond, jr., Lakeside Lutheran; Harley Jones, jr., Lake Mills. Specialist — Jacob Heyroth, sr., Lodi. Kicker — Savannah Curtis, sr., Lodi.
<&SPAGEm>* — unanimous selection.</&SPAGEm>
Quarterback — Jack Monis, jr., Lakeside Lutheran. Running backs — Jack Moll, sr., Poynette; Preston Borchardt, jr., Luther Prep. Wide receivers — Aaron Freimuth, sr., Poynette; Trent Casper, jr., Columbus; Matt Johnson, soph., Lake Mills. Tight end — Dustin Pampel, sr., Lakeside Lutheran. Offensive linemen — Anthony Benson, sr., Lodi; Noah Black, sr., Columbus; Daniel Bruce, sr., Lake Mills; David Hirsch, sr., Luther Prep; Tyler Holzhueter, jr., Lakeside Lutheran. Specialists — Hayden Iverson, sr., Lake Mills; Cole Maxwell, sr., Columbus. Kicker — Micah Otto, sr., Luther Prep.
Quarterback — Taylor Elsing, sr., Poynette. Offensive linemen — Ty Leonard, sr., Lodi; Trey Klink, sr., Poynette; Cal Porter, sr., Lake Mills; Isaiah Coleman, sr., Lakeside Lutheran; James Roche, soph., Columbus. Specialist — Brayden O’Connor, soph., Poynette. Kicker — Adam Mitchell, jr., Lake Mills.
Player of the Year — Max Barreau, sr., Lodi.
Lineman of the Year — Kade Crissinger, sr., Lodi.
Defensive backs — Dominic Scola, sr., Lodi; Mitchell Nellen, sr., Lodi; Hayden Iverson, sr., Lake Mills. Inside linebackers — Max Ripp, sr., Poynette; Richard Proefrock, sr., Lake Mills; Casey Ponyiscani, jr., Lakeside Lutheran. Outside linebackers — Max Barreau, sr., Lodi; Jacob Heyroth, sr., Lodi. Defensive ends — Kade Crissinger*, sr., Lodi; Harley Jones, jr., Lake Mills. Defensive linemen — Will Richards, sr., Lodi; Skyler See, jr., Poynette; Josh Baur, sr., Luther Prep. Punter — Ben Dunkleberger, sr., Lake Mills; Andy Vurjnovich, sr., Columbus.
<&SPAGEm>* — unanimous selection.</&SPAGEm>
Defensive backs — Matthias Winters, sr., Lakeside Lutheran; Nathan Golish, sr., Luther Prep; Jacob Toepfer, jr., Lake Mills. Inside linebackers — Austin Soehle, jr., Lodi; Ben Schmidt, sr., Luther Prep; Cade Olszewski, sr., Lakeside Lutheran. Outside linebackers — Joe Hirsch, sr., Luther Prep; Trent Casper, jr., Columbus. Defensive ends — Colby Savich, soph., Poynette; Simeon Glende, sr., Luther Prep. Defensive linemen — Abel Bain, sr., Luther Prep; Kaniala Aragon, sr., Columbus.
Defensive backs — Riley Faust, jr., Lodi; Teagan Herschleb, soph., Columbus. Inside linebackers — Caleb Reddeman, jr., Poynette; Cooper Buchholtz, jr., Lake Mills. Outside linebackers — Kyle Kube, jr., Lake Mills; Gavin Lira, jr., Lake Mills; Ben Hodel, sr., Lakeside Lutheran.