Record All-Area Football Team

Our selection process

Coaches from all five area football teams (Little Falls, Pierz, Royalton, Upsala-Swanville Area and Holdingford) were asked to nominate players from their team that they believed deserved to be named to the 11-player all-area team (one quarterback, two running backs, one fullback, one wide receiver, one tight end and five linemen), including their accomplishments from during the season. Coaches were also asked to list players they believed deserved to be considered for honorable mention recognition.
Criteria used to select the best possible candidates for the 11-member 2013 Record All-Area football team were: postseason and regular season performance, strength of competition, strength of team played on, consistency, contributions toward team success, coaches’ input and position played. Linemen were selected primarily through coaches’ recommendations and postseason awards.
Players that were considered but not named to the 11-player team were given honorable mention distinction.

Tyler Evans, senior, Upsala-Swanville Area
As a senior, Evans led the Patriots to a state quarterfinal appearance. He was All-Conference MVP, and was All-Conference and All-Section in his junior and senior seasons. He went 100-for-158 for 1617 yards, 22 touchdowns and had 82 carries for 400 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

Running Back/Linebacker
Robbie Skiba, senior, Pierz
Dominant for much of the season, Skiba set school records for yards in a season (2,175) and in a game (325). He added 25 touchdowns to a 181.25 yards per game average. Had a team-best 110 tackles at linebacker as well. Was relied on in playoffs, and had a stretch of five games where he ran for 1,214 yards and 12 touchdowns, two of which were playoff games.

Running Back/Linebacker
Matt Messman, senior, Holdingford
Messman completed a strong prep career by helping Holdingford earn the State AA title. He ran for 1847 yards and 20 touchdowns, and added 88 tackles, seven for a loss as a linebacker. He was a four-year starter and was All-Conference and All-Section in his sophomore through his senior seasons.

Wide Receiver/Cornerback
Kyle Kabanuk, senior, Little Falls
The two-time All-Conference wide receiver/cornerback played well on both sides of the ball for the Flyers, who won their first home playoff game in nearly 30 years. Kabanuk ended with 43 catches for 610 yards and 10 touchdowns on offense. He defended nine passes, and picked off a pair as well on defense. Was also Little Falls’ punter and kick and punt returner.

Wide Receiver/Defensive End
Jordan Sales, senior, Upsala-Swanville Area
Sales used his length and athleticism to wreak havoc on both sides of the ball for the Patriots as a senior. He finished with 43 catches fo 680 yards and 13 touchdowns, and was All-Conference and All-Section for the second straight year.

Offensive Lineman/Linebacker
Nate Brinker, senior, Holdingford
Never left the field as a senior. He was the Huskers’ lineman, kicker, punter and kick returner. Became a ball carrier in the playoffs. He was a three-time All-Conference and All-Section player. On defense he was the team-leader with 137 tackles, cinluding six sacks and eight tackles for a loss. He added 396 yards rushing on 31 carries, and had two kick returns for touchdowns.

Defensive Lineman/Tight End
Beau Winscher, senior, Pierz
According to his coach Winscher was the heart and soul of a Pierz club who fell one point short of the Prep Bowl. Winscher was a strong blocker at tight end, opening holes for a record-setting Pioneers rushing attack. He also was a leader on the defensive line where he had 50 tackles, a team-high six sacks and three fumble recoveries.

Offensive Lineman/Defensive End
Jake Wentland, senior, Royalton
Wentland was a fantastic two-way player for the Royals as both a junior and senior. Was all All-Conference as a senior. Moved to tackle from tight end as a senior, and helped the Royals rush for 2,939 yards. Defensively he had 29 tackles, six sacks and three forced fumbles.

Offensive Lineman/Defensive Lineman
Austin Gall, senior, Pierz
Opened big holes for one of the best rushing attacks in the state, and helped teammate Robbie Skiba break a pair of Pierz rushing records. Was named the CMC’s Offensive Lineman of the Year. Also played defensive line, where he was an anchor. He made the move to guard from tight end his senior season.

Linebacker/Tight End
Bryce Zawatzke, senior, Little Falls
The best linebacker that head coach Jay DeCann said he has ever coaches, Zawatzke concluded his prep career with a senior season to remember. Defensively he finished with 119 total tackles, two picks and a fumble recovery in 10 games. On offense he had 17 catches for 245 yards, one touchdown and a pair of two-point conversions. Finished with 301 career tackles and was a two-time All-Granite Ride player.

Linebacker/Running back
Kyle Billmeyer, senior, Royalton
Billmeyer was a force on the defensive side of the ball for a 9-2 Royalton team. He was a two-time All-Conference player, including the 2014 Priarie Conference South Defensive PLayer of the Year. He was also two-time All-Section. Finished with 66 total tackles, eight for a loss and an interception. He carried the ball for 870 yards and 19 touchdowns on offense.

Honorable mention

Brighton Goodrich, senior, Little Falls
Michael Trettel, senior, Little Falls
Nik Himley, senior, Little Falls
Jonny Kasper, junior, Pierz
Noah Boser, junior, Pierz
Michael Meyer, junior, Pierz
Brady Moulzolf, senior, Royalton
Austin Popp, senior, Royalton
Jordan Smieja, senior, Royalton
Austin Johnson, senior, USA
Kyle Lange, junior, USA
Carter Loven, junior, USA
Wyatt Johnson, junior, Holdingford
Jake Langner, senior, Holdingford
Blake Patrick, sophomore, Holdingford