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Jamal Hill

Columbus' Jamal Hill (facing) runs through a hole as Watertown Luther Prep's Matthew Hillmer (32) looks to make a tackle during the first half of the Cardinals' 17-14 loss to the Phoenix on Oct. 5 at Fireman's Park in Columbus. Hill ran for 693 yards and five TDs this year and was chosen as first-team All-Capitol North Conference.

It was a year of growing pains for Columbus’ prep football team, which had only five seniors on the roster and finished 1-8 overall and 0-5 in Capitol North Conference play.

But the good news is that baptism by fire figures to have the Cardinals on the road to success in 2019 and beyond, and three of the five outgoing seniors captured all-conference honors in their swan song.

Seniors Jamal Hill (running back), Trent Casper (wide receiver and outside linebacker) and Austin Rennhack (offensive lineman) all were recognized, with Hill making the first team, Casper the first team at receiver and second team at outside linebacker, and Rennhack the second team.

Those three were joined on the awards list by by Columbus junior defensive back Teagan Herschleb first team), sophomore inside linebacker Caden Brunell (second team), junior defensive lineman Miguel Miranda (second team) and junior punter Joe Morris (honorable mention).

Hill averaged 4.7 yards per carry and finished with 693 yards and five touchdowns, while Casper had 16 catches for 388 yards and five TDs.

Brunell was the team’s leading tackler (68), second-leading solo tackler (26) and had seven tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, while Herschleb was second in tackles (66), third in solo tackles (24) and eight interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown.

Miranda was third on the team in tackles (39) and had a sack and two TFLs, and Morris averaged 33.3 yards per punt on 35 punts, with four of those punts downed inside the 20.

Offense

Player of the year: Casey Ponyicsanyi, Lake Mills Lakeside Lutheran

Lineman of the year: Harley Jones, Lake Mills.

First team: Quarterback — Adam Moen*, Soph., Lake Mills. Running backs — Casey Ponyicsanyi, Sr., Lake Mills Lakeside Lutheran. Preston Borchardt, Sr., Watertown Luther Prep. Jamal Hill, Sr., Columbus. Receivers — Trent Casper, Sr., Columbus. Will DeNoyer, Sr., Lake Mills Lakeside Lutheran. Hunter Buechel, Jr., Lake Mills. Tight End — Cam Paske, Sr., Lake Mills Lakeside Lutheran. Offensive linemen — Harley Jones, Sr., Lake Mills. Caleb Raymond, Sr., Lake Mills Lakeside Lutheran. Skyler See, Sr., Poynette. Dustyn Paulson, Jr., Lodi. Tyler Holzhueter, Sr., Lake Mills Lakeside Lutheran.

Second team: Quarterback — Jack Monis, Sr., Lake Mills Lakeside Lutheran. Running backs — Austin Soehle, Sr., Lodi. Receivers — Brayden O’Connor, Jr., Poynette. Riley Faust, Sr., Lodi. Nathan de Galley, Jr., Watertown Luther Prep. Tight End — Kade Parsons, Jr., Lodi. Offensive linemen — Jackson Lindemann, Jr., Watertown Luther Prep. Charlie Miller, Sr., Lake Mills Lakeside Lutheran. Gabe Pickarts, Sr., Lodi. Austin Rennhack, Soph., Columbus. Cooper Buchholtz, Sr., Lake Mills.

Honorable mention: Quarterback — Jackson Elsing, Jr., Poynette. Receivers — Luke Pierce, Sr., Lake Mills. Matt Johnson, Jr., Lake Mills. Offensive linemen — Billy DeFresne, Jr., Poynette. Camden Waterstradt, Sr., Lodi. Jonathn Wiedenhoeft, Soph., Watertown Luther Prep.

Defense

Player of the year: Austin Soehle, Lodi

Lineman of the year: Harley Jones, Lake Mills

First team: Defensive backs — Teagan Herschleb, Jr., Columbus. Brevin Jegerlehner, Sr., Lake Mills Lakeside Lutheran. Owen Jelinek, Sr., Lodi. Inside linebackers — Austin Soehle, Sr., Lodi. Casey Ponyiscani, Sr., Lake Mills Lakeside Lutheran. John Rosecke, Sr., Lake Mills. Outside Linebackers — Kyle Kube, Sr., Lake Mills. Will DeNoyer, Sr., Lake Mills Lakeside Lutheran. Interior defensive linemen — Harley Jones*, Sr., Lake Mills. Charlie Miller, Sr., Lake Mills Lakeside Lutheran. Gave Pickarts, Sr., Lodi. Defensive ends — Ben Rashid, Sr., Lodi. Skylar See, Sr., Poynette.

Second team: Defensive backs — JT Toepfer, Sr., Lake Mills. Brayden O’Connor, Jr., Poynette. Riley Faust, Sr., Lodi. Inside Linebackers — Carter Buchter, Sr., Lake Mills Lakeside Lutheran. Caleb Reddeman, Sr., Poynette. Caden Brunell, Soph., Columbus. Outside linebackers — Trent Casper, Sr., Columbus. Colby Savich, Jr., Poynette. Interior defensive linemen — Miguel Miranda, Jr., Columbus. Josiah Winkel, Jr., Watertown Luther Prep. Defensive ends — Caleb Raymond, Sr., Lake Mills Lakeside Lutheran. Cam Paske, Sr., Lake Mills Lakeside Lutheran.

Honorable mention: Defensive back — Brice Guse, Sr., Watertown Luther Prep. Inside Linebackers — Kenan Cunningham, Sr., Lodi. Charlie Cassady, Soph., Lake Mills. Outside linebackers — Sawyer Moll, Sr., Poynette. Isaiah Pederson, Sr., Watertown Luther Prep. Gavin Lira, Sr., Lake Mills. Defensive ends — Christian Koeplin, Jr., Watertown Luther Prep. Cooper Buchholtz, Sr., Lake Mills.

Special teams

First team: Specialist — Will DeNoyer*, Sr., Lake Mills Lakeside Lutheran. Punter — Yuri Soloviyov, Soph. Kicker — Adam Michell*, Sr., Lake Mills.

Denotes unanimous selection

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