Grinde is Most Valuable among five Lions honored


From left: Caden Grinde (Most Valuable, Defensive Player of Year), Wyatt Murphy (Lineman of the Year), Chandler Bergrud (Outstanding Leader), Hunter Holland (Rookie of the Year) and Ty Cleven (Scout Team Player)
By: 
S. Lee Epps

Caden Grinde was voted Most Valuable Playerby his 2019 Spring Grove football teammates. The junior receiver/safety was a multiple honoree, also the choice for Defensive Player of the Year. Senior Wyatt Murphy was voted Lineman of the Yearwhile senior Chandler Bergrud was the top vote-getter for Outstanding Leader. Freshman Hunter Holland was honored as Rookie of the Year, and freshman Ty Cleven was chosen Scout Team Player of the Year.

Grinde(MVP, Defense), a 6-foot-3 all-district junior led the nine-team sub-district in receptions and was second in receiving yards. 

His 64 receptions is the second-most in the Spring Grove single-season record book. 

In single-game records, his 13 receptions versus Houston is the second best and his 192 receiving yards in that same game ranks third.

The 863 receiving yards is the fourth best season in the Lion history.

With another year of eligibility remaining, Grinde already ranks fifth in career receptions (78) and sixth in receiving yardage (1,031).

In all-purpose running (rushing, receiving, returning), he accounted for 1,207 yards last fall.

On defense at safety, he had the Lions' second-most tackles with 102 stops (63 solo). He had two interceptions and broke up three passes. He was also the Lion punter.

Murphy(Lineman of the Year), a 6-5, 240-pound all-district center and defensive lineman, anchored the Lion line on both sides of the ball. The center is a critical position in any offense, but especially with the deep snaps in the shotgun formation used by Spring Grove.

On defense, Murphy shared the team lead in fumbles forced (2) and fumbles recovered (2).

Bergrud(Leadership) a 5-11 senior All-District quarterback and defensive back, led the sub-district in both completions and passing yardage.

He threw five touchdown passes against Kingsland, tied for the second-best single game on record. The 361 passing yards in that game is the third-best total in the record book. 

His 139 completions is the fourth-best single season. His 1,813 passing yards is the fifth best season in the record book. He ranks sixth with 21 passing touchdowns.

With only one season as the starting quarterback, Bergrud still ranks high on several career charts. He graduates with the third-best career completion percentage (.6166), ranks sixth in career passing touchdowns (25) and seventh in all-time passing yards (2,031). 

He led Spring Grove in rushing touchdowns with 7 and was the Lions' second leading rusher with 328 yards.

In total offense (rushing and passing) last season, Bergrud was responsible for 2,141 yards, 28 touchdowns and 7 successful two-point extra-points conversions. 

On defense, Bergrud led the Lions with 5 pass breakups and shared the lead with 2 fumble recoveries.

Holland(Rookie), a 5-8, 145-pound speedy freshman, was a key reserve on both offense as a running back and defense at linebacker.

He had the team's third-most carries (24) and third most rushing yardage (190) while averaging an impressive 7.9 yards per carry.

Holland led the B-team offense with 418 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns in only four games. He averaged 8.2 yards per carry while scoring 5 of the team's 6 rushing touchdowns.

He led the B-team defense in total tackles (44), solo tackles (28) and tackles for loss (9). Doing the math, that was 11 tackles per game.

Cleven(Scout Team), a 5-11 freshman tight end and linebacker was honored for his ability to challenge the starters during scrimmages on the practice field.

In B-team action, he caught 10 passes for 84 yards for a touchdown plus a 2-point conversion. He was fourth in B-team tackles with 17.