Top Wisconsin Prep Football Performers
As we have reached the unofficial halfway point of the season and start to gear up for the playoff push in high school football, I have decided to look throughout the state and pick out some top performers so far this season. Many of these players have led their respective teams to victory and hope that they can all assist their teams to prolonged playoffs runs come late October.
Anthony Poe, from HOPE Christian, leads the state of Wisconsin in rushing yards this season. Poe has rushed for 1293 yards and has added 10 rushing touchdowns on the year. HOPE has yet to win a game this season in the Midwest Classic Conference but Poe has done everything in his power to try and get a win. Poe is also second in the state in rushing yards per game with 258.6 yards per game.
Hayden Krueger, from Crandon, is second in the state in rushing yards with 1181 yards on the ground as well as being third in the state with 236.2 yards per game. Krueger has added 11 rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns this season to his totals. Crandon is 5-0 on the year and will continue to look for Krueger to contribute heavily in the running game in the last half of the season.
Cody Moon, from Laconia, is third in the state in rushing with 1133 yards, and fourth in rushing yards per game with 226.6 per game. Moon leads the state in rushing touchdowns with 19 on the year has had all but five rushing touchdowns so far this season for the Spartans.
Other area rushers who have performed exceptionally well this season are Zeke Emerick, from Jefferson, and Mason Dixon, out of Big Foot. Emerick is sixth in the state with 1010 rushing yards while also being second in the state in rushing touchdowns with 18 and seventh in rushing yards per game with 202 yards per. Dixon, is eleventh in the state with 867 rushing yards and third in the state with 16 rushing touchdowns. Dixon is second in the state with a remarkable 14.9 yards per carry average as well for the Chiefs.
Brett Kasper, from Two Rivers, leads the state in all three major passing categories. Kasper has thrown for 1516 yards and 20 touchdowns while averaging 303.2 passing yards per game through the air. His Raider team is 5-0 on the season thanks to Kasper’s performance so far this year. Kasper’s biggest game came against Campbellsport, where he threw for 367 yards and seven touchdowns in a 56-14 victory. Kasper is with out a doubt one of the states top overall performers on the year and is a sure bet for All-State honors and awards at the end of the year.
Neil Rasmussen out of Barron is the states second leading passer with 1439 yards on the year, 287.8 yards per game through the air, all while adding 15 passing touchdowns, which puts his sixth in the state. The senior quarterback has led his team to a 3-2 record and hopes for a strong end to the season leading into the playoffs.
Jon Hendrickson is another passer that has had an exceptional year so far. The senior quarterback out of Pecatonica-Argyle is ninth in the state in passing yards with 1164 yards while being second in the state with 18 passing touchdowns. Hendrickson has led his team to a 4-1 record on the year thanks in large part to his passing ability but this young man also has nearly 400 rushing yards on the year and 6 rushing touchdowns.
Area quarterbacks that are having a heck of a season so far are Joe Ferguson, from Madison Memorial, Brandon Matz, who plays for East Troy, and Troy Teigen, from Madison La Follette. Ferguson is fourteenth in the state with 1063 passing yards and nine touchdowns and also has just under 300 yards rushing with eight touchdowns on the season for the Spartans. Matz leads the Trojans team with 992 passing yards, which puts him at seventeenth in the state, and has 12 touchdowns on the year. And finally Teigen, who is the twentysixth ranked passer in the state, has passed for 897 passing yards and nine touchdowns.
It should come as no surprise that the leading pass catcher completes the duo with the leading passer. Dexter Smith from Two Rivers leads the state with 650 receiving yards. Smith is also third in the state in both the receptions category, with 36 on the season, and in receiving touchdowns, with nine, while also being third in the state in receiving yards per game with an even 130 per game.
Tim Yager, out of Prairie du Chein, sits at second in the state in receiving yards with 646 yards on the season while also being second in the state with 39 total receptions. Yager’s 130 yards per game puts him at fourth in the state and although his five touchdowns on the year do not place him among the states leaders, they have helped his team win some very close games.
Many other prep stars lead individual categories respectively. Shane Wimann from Wisconsin Dells leads the state in receptions with 42, and Scott Schreiber out of Kimberly, along with Joe Koenecke from Cameron, each lead the state with 10 receiving touchdowns. The 6‘5” senior from Milton, Luke Ganz, leads the state in receiving yards per game with 241 yards (although only playing in one game) and Sam Lacko from Northland Pines leads the state with a 36.6 yards per reception average this season.
And finally the defensive leaders. If the old adage is true that defense wins championships, these young men will be the players helping their teams hoist the championship trophies come seasons end.
Leading tacklers throughout the state include Matthias Haschke, from New Lisbon, who has amassed 90 tackles on the year, Cody Nyhagen out of Saint Croix Central with 79 tackles and Connor Crotty from Shullsburg with 78 tackles this year. These three players are first second and third respectively in the state in tackles.
The sack leaders throughout the state are Tim Bahr, from Lake Country Lutheran, and Kyle Aaby out of Saint Croix Central. Both of these athletes has seven sacks on the season. Wyatt Brockel from Columbus High School is third with 6.5 sacks on the year and he is just ahead of five other young men who all have six sacks on the season.
And finally, the last defensive category makes way for the “ball hawks” of prep football. Ryan Makuski from Amherst leads the state with seven interceptions on the year. Both Dylan Klitzke, who plays for Poynette, and Taylor Braun from Abbotsford are tied for second in the state with six interceptions apiece.
Again we appreciate any feedback you the reader can provide and I know I personally am looking very forward to the rest of the prep football season.
By: Tyler Zavadsky
Prep Reporter ESPN 1380
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