Though the Rockets fell just short of a postseason berth, they were well-represented on this year’s All-Scenic Bluffs Conference teams.
New Lisbon garnered a total of 10 first-team selections when all-conference teams and postseason awards were released at the conclusion of the 2018 football season.
New Lisbon junior Gunnar Pedersen earned first-team picks at three different positions for the Rockets: quarterback, punter and outside linebacker. Other New Lisbon first-team selections included senior Sam Rogers at running back and kicker, senior James Steele at offensive lineman and defensive end, junior Jake Rogers at utility player, senior defensive lineman Charlie Smart and senior defensive back Cody Haschke.
Royall junior tight end Brenden Ziems and senior split end Dane Hyer also earned spots on the all-conference first team.
In addition to its 10 first-team selections, New Lisbon also had a trio of second-team picks: Haschke at split end, Smart as an offensive lineman and Sam Rogers at inside linebacker.
Meanwhile, Royall earned eight spots on the second team: senior Cameron Townsend at offensive lineman and defensive lineman, Hyer at defensive back, junior quarterback Keith Schnurr, sophomore running back Zephyr Turner, senior defensive lineman Laredo Benson, sophomore defensive end Ashton Roach and senior defensive back Dan Retzlaff.
New Lisbon’s Josh Woggon, Eugene Taylor and Kaleb Baumgart and Royall’s Ty Dragan, Max Benish and Kaleb Olson were all named as all-conference honorable mentions. New Lisbon’s James Steele and Royall’s Koltin Eberhardt were among the recipients of the Sportsmanship Award.
Bangor junior running back Carter Horstman was named the 2018 Scenic Bluffs Player of the Year, while Bangor junior Grant Manke was awarded Lineman of the Year. Brookwood’s Jeremy Mack was named the 2018 Scenic Bluffs Conference Coach of the Year.
Bangor finished 5-0 in conference play to capture the Scenic Bluffs championship for a fifth consecutive year. The Cardinals also extended their winning streak in conference play, which dates back to the 2013 season, to 30 games.
Brookwood finished 4-1 in conference play to take second, Royall was third at 3-2, New Lisbon came in fourth at 2-3, Hillsboro was 1-4 to take fifth and Cashton wound up in sixth at 0-5. Bangor, Brookwood all qualified for this year’s playoffs.
No. 6 seed Royall fell to third-seeded Ithaca 40-20 in a WIAA Division 7 Level 1 matchup. Sixth-seeded Brookwood was downed by No. 3 Lancaster 42-13 in a Division 6 Level 1 game.
Bangor, which is seeking its third Division 7 state championship in the last four years, is still alive and will face the Black Hawk Warriors with a spot at state on the line Friday, November 9 at 7 p.m. at Brietenbach Stadium in Middleton.