Morrison County Record All-Area Football Team
Mitch Messman, junior, Holdingford
Messman was the leader for a Huskers team that captured the Central Minnesota Conference and Section 6AA championships this fall, passing for 1,473 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushing for 512 yards and seven scores. He added eight sacks along the defensive line.
Mitch Lange, junior, Upsala-Swanville Area
Lange, the Morrison County Record Player of the Year, led to the Patriots to one of their top seasons ever with his ability to tackle ball carriers on defense while avoiding being brought down on offense. Lange finished with 1,448 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns, while registering 138 tackles, five fumble recoveries and three interceptions defensively.
Josh Lanners, senior, Pierz
Lanners capped off one of the top careers in Pierz’ storied history by rushing for 1,508 yards and 24 touchdowns, surpassing 3,000 yards for his career. Lanners also added 198 yards receiving out of the backfield and recorded 46 solo tackles and 22 assists on defense.
Jalen Wuchko, junior, Little Falls
Wuchko was a bulldozer in the backfield for Little Falls, racking up 1,177 yards rushing on 156 carries for a 7.5-yard average, scoring 11 touchdowns. In addition to being reliable in short-yardage situations, Wuchko broke several big gains, including a season-long 72-yard scamper.
Wide Receiver/Defensive Back
Cody Schwinghammer, senior, Holdingford
Opposing quarterbacks didn’t test Schwinghammer often this fall. When they did, they usually paid for it, as Schwinghammer intercepted a school record eight passes. On the offensive side of the ball, he hauled in 36 passes for 523 yards and eight touchdowns.
Wide Receiver/Defensive Back
Collin Eckman, senior, Little Falls
Eckman was a big-play threat for the Flyers catching the ball and on special teams, making 37 receptions for 415 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 11.2 yards per catch. Eckman also amassed 277 kickoff return yards, bringing one back 88 yards for a score.
Jack Fulford, senior, Royalton
Fulford was a tenacious blocker for the Royals this season, overcoming a small frame to bolster Royalton’s interior on both sides of the ball. Fulford was named the team’s MVP and top offensive lineman, earning All-Conference and All-Section honors.
Offensive Lineman/Defensive Lineman
Tom Tabatt, junior, Little Falls
Tabatt served as the anchor for Flyers’ offensive and defensive lines this fall, paving the path for all-area teammate Wuchko to run his way to a 1,000-yard season, while providing time for Little Falls’ downfield passing attack.
Offensive Tackle/Nose Guard
Travis Johnson, senior, Pierz
Johnson was the lynchpin of a stellar offensive front for the Pioneers that led the team’s backs to 3,244 rushing yards, earning the Central Minnesota Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year Award. Johnson also added 21 tackles on defense while taking on multiple blockers.
Alec Griffith, senior, Upsala-Swanville Area
When Player of the Year Lange needed a running lane, the Patriots followed Griffith at right tackle, who excelled at sealing the end on outside carries. Griffith also was USA’s second leading tackler, logging 64 solo stops and 38 assists.
Offensive Tackle/Defensive End
Mitch Merten, junior, Holdingford
While protecting All-Area quarterback Messman as a sturdy force on the offensive line, Merten reached opposing passers a conference leading nine times this season. Merten also finished with 49 tackles, proving equally adept at stopping the run and pass and allowing Holdingford to get pressure without blitzing.
Isaiah Korver, senior, Little Falls
Jordan Petrone, senior, Little Falls
Trysten Ross, junior, Little Falls
Bryce Zawatzke, sophomore, Little Falls
Ben Boser, senior, Pierz
Brady Dorn, senior, Pierz
Mitch Hasert, senior, Pierz
T.J. Hoheisel, senior, Pierz
Nick Lochner, senior, Pierz
Nathan Athman, junior, Pierz
Tyler Millner, junior, Pierz
Tony Gadacz, junior, Royalton
Cade Stang, junior, Royalton
Eric Frieler, senior, USA
Colten Kruzel, senior, USA
Austin Mollner, senior, USA
Avery Smieja, senior, USA
Garrett Wolf, senior, USA
Jon Skwira, senior, Holdingford
Jordan Gombos, junior, Holdingford
Nathan Brinker, sophomore, Holdingford
Matt Messman, sophomore, Holdingford