Seven Trojan players named to All-District football team

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CHAD SMITH
TRI-COUNTY RECORD

The Rushford-Peterson football team recently wrapped up 7-3 season. Winning more than twice as many games as you lose is a successful season and the Trojans were awarded for their hard work. Seven Trojans were named first-team All-District, while another three Trojans were chosen to the All-District Honorable Mention squad.

All-District

Carter Weidemann

The senior contributed for the Trojans on both sides of the football. As a fullback, Weidemann was often called upon to lead the blocking for other members of the backfield. But Weidemann was also an effective ball carrier, finishing the season with 315 yards rushing on just 36 carries (8.75 yards per carry) and three touchdowns. Wiedemann was a tackling machine on defense, leading the team with 68 solo tackles, including a team-best 10 solo tackles-for-loss.

Landon Skalet

The senior quarterback wrapped up his final season in a Trojans’ uniform by breaking the 1,000-yard barrier through the air. Skalet completed 91 of 157 passes 1,134 yards, with a touchdown-to-interception ratio finished at 2-1, with 16 touchdowns against eight interceptions. He also ran for another touchdown. Defensively, Skalet had 16 tackles (1 solo tackle for loss), and added one interception, returning it 40 yards for a touchdown. Skalet also handled the bulk of the team’s punting duties, kicking it away 17 times, averaging just over 32 yards a punt.

Ian Brown

The senior was a stalwart on the Trojans’ defense this year, finishing third on the team with 34 solo tackles. Brown added a solo tackle for loss and an assisted tackle for loss. Brown tied for the team-lead with two strip-sacks (forcing opposing quarterbacks to fumble during a sack).

Ethan Sense

The senior runner fit the definition of the football term “workhorse back.” Sense led the team with 148 carries, more than twice as many touches as R-P’s next-busiest rusher.

Sense was just 91 yards shy of a 1,000-yard season, finishing with 909 net yards. He averaged 6.14 yards a carry and led the team with 14 rushing touchdowns. Sense could hit big plays out of the backfield, with 11 of his carries going for more than 20 yards, and one carry topped 40 yards (60-yard gallop).

Defensively, Sense chipped in with 28 solo tackles, including two solo tackles for loss.

Vinnie Mason

Though the junior didn’t get a lot of headlines, Mason made solid contributions on both sides of the ball. Offensively, the tight end was a big target for Skalet to throw to, pulling down 13 receptions (third on the team) for 155 yards, finishing third on the Trojans with three touchdown catches.

Eight of Mason’s catches led to a Trojan first-down, and three of them were plays of 20 yards or longer. Defensively, he finished with 19 tackles from his defensive end spot, including seven tackles for loss and two strip-sacks.

Ethan Hermanson

The junior was a solid all-around contributor for the Trojans this season, first as the team’s top receiver. Hermanson led the Trojans with 33 receptions for 423 yards (219 of which came after the catch), and finished second on the team with five touchdown catches. He was a big-play threat as well, with five catches going for more than 20 yards, and one catch exceeding 40 yards. Twenty of Hermanson’s catches led to first downs, and he also rushed the ball 25 times for 97 yards.

Hermanson also stood out in the defensive backfield, leading the team with six interceptions. He also chipped in with 38 tackles, the second-highest total on the team, and finished third on the squad with seven solo tackles for loss. On special teams, Hermanson had five kickoff returns, including a long of 75 yards, and took one all the way for a TD. He also returned two punts for touchdowns.

Kobe Lind

The sophomore was another all-around contributor to the Trojans this season. Lind had a breakout season as a receiver, finishing second in catches (31) and yards (391). However, Lind led the team with six touchdown catches, as well as a team-high of seven catches that went for 20 yards or longer. As a defensive back, Lind finished with ten solo tackles and two interceptions, one of which he returned 56 yards. Lind also averaged over 15 yards apiece on 10 kickoff returns, returning one for a TD.

Honorable Mention

Matt Nelson

Most of the senior’s contributions came on the defensive end. Nelson finished the season with 13 solo tackles, including four solo tackles for loss. He also added a strip-sack and one interception, which he also returned 10 yards to help the Trojans’ defense.

Nolan Mueller

The senior made the most of his contributions this year with his right foot. The team’s kicker, Mueller went an impressive 39 of 47 in extra-point attempts (83%). He also did the bulk of this year’s kickoff work, finishing with an average just shy of 40 yards per kickoff in 38 attempts.

Triton Meldahl

The junior will be one to watch next year out of the Trojans’ backfield. Meldahl finished second on the team in all three main rushing categories, getting 61 carries, notching 600 yards rushing, and scoring eight rushing touchdowns. Meldahl also caught five passes for 68 yards. In the defensive backfield, he also finished the season with 13 solo tackles. 

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