November 26, 2022

NV/O-M players rewarded for defensive abilities on all-district teams

Six football players from Nodaway Valley/O-M were named to the Class 1A, District 7 all-district teams this week with the conclusion of the season.

The Wolverines have two first team mentions on defense in senior defensive lineman Avery Phillippi and senior defensive back Boston DeVault. DeVault had an interception and a fumble recovery on defense while recording a team-high 86.5 tackles, 13 of them for loss. Phillippi had one fumble recovery and 33 tackles.

Senior linebacker Kaden Herr made all-district second team on defense. He tallied 19.5 tackles, but he led the team with two fumble recoveries on the year.

Senior lineman Brandon Raasch and sophomore lineman Trenton Warner were both honorable mentions, as was senior wide out Tyson Ross.

DeVault was also named second team defense on the Iowa Print Sportwriters Associaiton’s all-state teams.

The rest of the teams

State champion Van Meter received 10 first team picks between offense and defense. Bulldog quarterback Ben Gilliland was the league’s Most Valuable Offensive Player. Defensive back Carter Durflinger was the league’s Most Valuable Defensive Player. Van Meter head coach Eric Trudo received Coach of the Year.

Backs making first team offense were ACGC quarterback Brock Littler, Van Meter running back Ben Gordon and ACGC running back Austin Kunkle. Wide receivers and tight ends are Van Meter’s Will Gordon, I-35′s Chase Dixon and Panorama’s Braedon Draper. Offensive linemen are Van Meter’s Michael Steinfeldt and Ike Speltz, ACGC’s Payton Jacobe and Michael Fuller, and West Central Valley’s Ayden Phippen. Utility player is WCV’s Braiden Beane and kicker is WCV’s Nate Gerling.

Linemen making first team defense are I-35′s TJ Duff, Van Meter’s Michael Banks Jr. and Mateo Angel and Phillippi. Linebackers are Van Meter’s John Braun and Porter Daggett, West Central Valley’s Kaedon Lindsay and I-35′s Nick Steinlage. Defensive backs are Van Meter’s Aydn Netten, West Central Valley’s Landon Osberg, I-35′s Ryan Steinlage and DeVault. The punter is Draper of Panorama.

Backs on second team offense are Panorama quarterback Cayden VanMeer, ACGC running back Seth Reno and I-35 running back Eli Green. Receivers and tight ends selected are I-35′s Christian Williamson, Panorama’s Klayton Bremer and WCV’s Gage Davis. Linemen are WCV’s Jacob Hill, Van Meter’s Tyler Glade and Hagen Miller and ACGC’s Jake Thomas and Cooper Tunink. Utility player is Blaise Beane of WCV with Katie Lindsay of Van Meter being the kicker.

On second team defense with Herr are linemen AJ Redondo of Van Meter, WCV’s Tommy Teague, I-35′s Jack Maske and Panorama’s Jacob Walker. Linebackers are ACGC’s Nate Chance, Panorama’s Ryan Cogil and Van Meter’s Tony Sieck. Defensive backs are WCV’s Wesley Ganoe, I-35′s Ben Reyes, Van Meter’s Caleb Moore and ACGC’s Ben Marsh. The punter is Nate Gerling.

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.