November 26, 2021

Seven football Wolverines earn all-district honors

With Class 1A, District 7 champion Van Meter winning the state championship, the all-district teams were released Friday with Nodaway Valley/O-M having seven players named to the lists.

The Wolverines, at 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the district, were fourth place finishers in the district, losing a head to head tiebreaker to Interstate 35. NV/O-M made the playoffs for a second year in a row, losing to Underwood in the opening round.

First team

Receiver Caelen DeVault is first team offense for the Wolverines while defensive end Avery Phillippi made first team defense all-district.

DeVault was far and away the leading receiver statistically in the district with 53 receptions for 565 yards. He repeatedly became the focus for opposing defenses but still averaged 10.6 yards per catch.

On defense, DeVault finished the season atop the district tackle chart, with 84 total tackles.

Phillippi became a force for the Wolverines in the backfield, leading the league in tackles for loss with 20. He had 2.5 sacks on the year with 42.5 tackles.

Also on first team offense were Van Meter’s Jack Petit, Chris Schreck, Lincoln Olsen, Michael Steinfeldt and Katie Lindsay; ACGC’s Gavin Conelison, Victor Gonzalez, Cael Hoing and Cayden Jensen; Interstate 35′s Logan Cassady and Cade Ward and Panorama’s Jared Wasson.

Also on first team defense were Van Meter’s Mike Banks, Ben Gilliland, Korbin Barck, Reese Moore, Ganon Archer and Carter Durflinger; Interstate 35′s Ryley Snell and Ryan Steinlage; ACGC’s Payton Jacobe, Reid Rumelhart and Charlie Crawford and West Central Valley’s Hunter Keller.

Second Team

Receiver Boston DeVault and defensive lineman Adam Ayase represent the Wolverines on the first team offense and defense, respectively.

Boston DeVault was second to his brother, Caelen, with 334 receiving yards on the year with 35 receptions. He led the team in receiving touchdowns with four. On defense, he had 44.5 total tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss.

Ayase was frequently in the backfield, rushing quarterbacks and ball-carriers for 16.5 tackles for loss — second-most on the team. Ayase’s 49 tackles was also second-most on the team. In the last few games of the year, Ayase moved into a running back role on offense, which gained him 13 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown.

Other second team offense members were Caden Peterson and Caden Tost of Van Meter, Hunter Keller and Zarrick Mortale of West Central Valley; Ryan Cogil of Panorama, Jace Bedwell and TJ Duff of Interstate 35 and Hayden Tunink, Dallas Jacobe and Brock Littler of ACGC.

Also on second team defense were Seth Reno, Ben Marsh and Austin Kunkle of ACGC; Ayden Netten of Van Meter; Ethan Howard, Chase Darst, Ben Reyes and Logan Cassady of Interstate 35; Jacob Walker, Cooper Anderson and Klayton Bremer of Panorama; and Kaedon Lindsay of West Central Valley.

Honorable Mention

Honorable mention players for the Wolverines are Nathan Russell, Elliot Cooney and Carter Holder.

Russell ran the offense as quarterback and with 1,376 yards, led the district in passing. His nine touchdown passes was second in the district and his 146 completions led the district.

Cooney had 54 carries for 60 yards in the run game and finished with 12 receptions on the season. On defense, Cooney had two fumble recoveries, to lead the team, and one of them was for a touchdown. He had 34 tackles, 17 of them solo.

Holder was an integral part of the Wolverines’ offensive and defensive lines. On offense, he helped lead the pass-first Wolverines to pass for 1,463 yards and 10 touchdowns and run for 127 yards and three touchdowns.

Other honorable mentions included ACGC’s Blake Newby, Miles Kading and Michael Fuller; Interstate 35′s Jack Maske, Brock Beeler and Cody Boyle; Panorama’s Josh VanWinkle, Nile Lindstrom and Gavin Godfrey; Van Meter’s Kyler Young, Ryan Fisher and Ethan Weigel; and West Central Valley’s Wyatt Clemetson, Braiden Beane and Aiden Phippen.

Caleb Nelson

Caleb Nelson

Caleb Nelson has served as News Editor of the Adair County Free Press and Fontanelle Observer since Oct. 2017. He and his wife Kilee live in Greenfield. In Greenfield and the greater Adair County area, he values the opportunity to tell peoples' stories, enjoys playing guitar, following all levels of sports, and being a part of his local church.