Tristan Hammel
Scout Team Player of the Year
Tristan Hammel Scout Team Player of the Year
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Alex Folz was voted by teammates as the Most Valuable Player as the state 9-man football champion Spring Grove wrapped up a long season with a team awards banquet, handing out postseason awards as well as varsity letters.

George Boyd was team choice for Lineman of the Year. Sam Sanness is the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year. Luke Schneider is the Outstanding Leadership Award winner while Tyler Kersten is the Rookie of the Year, and Tristan Hammel was chosen the Scout Team Player of the Year.

Alex Folz – MVP

It’s hard to believe Folz is only a junior with the career he’s had to this point. The quarterback/safety/punter/kicker was also chosen All-State, All-Area and the All-District Back of the Year.

He set a Spring Grove single-season record with an amazing 2,298 passing yards. He finished No. 2 in the school record books by scoring 208 points. Folz had the third-best single season in the record books with 26 TD passes. He was also a record setter with his legs, running for the fourth-best single-season rushing total of 1,581 yards, but was a season record for a quarterback.

As a safety, he was the team’s third-leading tackler with 105 stops (62 solo). Folz patrolled the middle of the field on passing downs, intercepting 4 passes and returning 1 for a touchdown.

As if that wasn’t enough, he also impacted the game with his foot, kicking off, punting (32.9 yard average), and kicking 42 extra points.

George Boyd – Lineman

The senior offensive/defensive lineman was named an All-District Honorable Mention player for the second-straight season. Boyd was part of an offensive line that led a Lion running game that averaged 7.7 yards per carry.

Defensively, he finished fourth on the team with 5 sacks. He put up an impressive number of tackles as a D-lineman, finishing the season as the fifth-leading tackler with 92 stops, 6.5 for loss. He forced 2 fumbles and recovered 2 fumbles, one of which was in the end zone for a touchdown.

Sam Sanness – Defense

The senior, who played both tight end and defensive end, was also named All-State, All-Area,

and All-District. Sanness was a disruptive force for the Lion defense, leading the Lions in fumble recoveries with 4 (one for a TD) and in tackles-for-loss with 17. He finished with 7.5 sacks (second on team) and third on the team in tackles with 95, almost half of which were solo (40).

When the Lions had the ball, Sanness was second on the team in three receiving categories - receptions (28), yards (507), and touchdowns (6). As a blocker, Sanness was part of an offensive line that averaged 44.7 points per game.

Luke Schneider – Leadership

The senior wide receiver/linebacker was a contributor for the Lions on both sides of the ball. As a linebacker, he was the team’s second-leading tackler with 114 stops. Schneider was third on the team with 7.5 tackles-for-loss. Offensively, he caught 21 passes for 297 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Tyler Kersten – Rookie of Year

The sophomore reserve running back/safety was a new face to the Spring Grove school district this year. He made an impact on the B-team and varsity squads this fall. The leading rusher on the B-team also averaged 10.7 yards on every varsity carry, rushing 28 times for 300 yards, 4 TDs, and 2 extra-point conversion. The youngster drew starting duty on the kickoff team. Defensively, he finished with 39 tackles (24 solo).

Tristan Hammel – Scout Team

It can be a thankless job running the scout team, but it’s an important one nonetheless. The freshman lineman’s teammates recognized his performance and effort while running the opponents’ offenses and defenses during practices.

Letter winnerss

Cullen Patterson and Sam Sanness both earned their fourth varsity letters as did junior Alex Folz. Seniors Austin Patterson, Luke Schneider, Adin Solum and George Boyd plus juniors Ethan Matzke and Noah Elton all received their third varsity letters.

Seniors Casey Otterness and Taylor Holty plus junior Reese Crouch all won their second varsity letters.

First year letter winners are Eli Pitts, Nic Peterson, Tyler Kersten, Wyatt Murphy, Calvin Sylling, Chandler Bergrud and Kyle Hagen.