The most football success for the Sunland Area came from south of the border this season.

Hanover was able to claim their second straight state championship in Class 1A in Kansas while Marysville came up just short, finishing state runner-up in Class 3A.

The Sunland had several Nebraska teams reach the state playoffs. Wilber-Clatonia followed up its state championship season by reaching the Class C2 State Playoffs, but fell in the first round.

Other teams who made the state playoffs, but fell in the first round include Beatrice, Fairbury, Diller-Odell, Meridian and Pawnee City.

The following is this year's All-Sunland Football Team as chosen by the Beatrice Daily Sun sports editor


QB -- Jack Blumer, Marysville

Jack Blumer had a tremendous year under center for Marysville during their state semifinal season. He passed for 3,152 yards and 31 touchdowns while only throwing five interceptions. He also rushed for 989 yards and 13 touchdowns.

RB -- Austin Schultz, Norris

Austin Schultz was a workhouse again for Norris out of the backfield He had 181 carries on the season for 1,421 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was also the team's leading receiver with 182 receiving yards on nine catches.

RB -- Jacob Johnson, Fairbury

Jacob Johnson was a big part of Fairbury's potent offensive attack. He rushed for 1,617 yards at an average of about 162 yards per game. He rushed for 23 touchdowns. He also had 208 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

RB -- Josh Bailey, Johnson County Central

Josh Bailey had a big year for JCC in 2017. He rushed for 1,106 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season. He averaged 122.9 yards per game. He also had 117 yards receiving and a touchdown.

WR -- Gabe Pieschl, Marysville

Gabe Pieschl was the top target for Jack Blumer in the Marysville offense. He had 54 receptions for 1,256 yards and 14 touchdowns during the Bulldogs' 13-2 season.

WR -- Jacob Backus, Marysville

Jacob Backus was Blumer's second go-to guy in the Marysville aerial attack. He caught 79 passes for 919 yards and seven touchdowns.

WR -- Cayman DeBoer, Fairbury

Cayman DeBoer was the leading receiver for Fairbury. He finished with 44 receptions for 949 yards and 15 touchdowns. He averaged 94.9 yards receiving per game.

TE -- Bryston Warren, Diller-Odell

Bryston Warren was the top target in Diller-Odell's passing attack. He caught 25 passes for 504 yards and five touchdowns during Diller-Odell's 6-3 season.

OL -- Gus Woeppel, Norris

Gus Woeppel paved the way for the Norris rushing attack. Behind Woeppel, the Titans rush for 1,920 yards on the season, which is 192 yards per game.

OL -- Trent Grizzle, Fairbury

Trent Grizzle was a leading force on the Fairbury offensive line. Behind him, the Jeffs rushed for a total of 3,005 yards on the season, which was about 301 yards per game.

OL -- Nick Heuer, Hanover

Nick Heuer helped paved the way for a Hanover rushing attack that totaled 2,836 yards in 2017, or 218 yards per game. Those numbers were good enough to win Hanover their second consecutive state championship.

OL -- David Duncan, Beatrice

David Duncan helped paved the way for 16 different Beatrice ball carriers during the season. The team finished with 2,266 yards on the ground, which was about 226 yards per game.

Athlete -- Coltin Rezabek, Wilber-Clatonia

Coltin Rezabek had 609 yards rushing and eight touchdowns for Wilber-Clatonia. He also led the team with 193 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, he was the team's second leading tackler and had three interceptions.

Athlete -- Ryan Arnold, Diller-Odell

Ryan Arnold passed for 1,061 yards and nine touchdowns for Diller-Odell in 2017. He also had 73 carries for 393 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns.

Place kicker -- Josh Kalkwarf, Wilber-Clatonia

Josh Kalkwarf was 34 of 36 kicking extra points for the Wolverines during the 2017 campaign. He was also 3 of 4 on field goals. His longest was 35 yards.


LB/DB -- Cam Jurgens -- Beatrice

Beatrice's Cam Jurgens battled injuries in 2017, but still played a major role during Beatrice's 8-2 season. The Nebraska recruit finished with 40 tackles in the seven games he played. He also had one interception

LB/DB -- Tyler Ruhl, Norris

Tyler Ruhl was the leading tacker for Norris during the 2017 season. He finished with a total of 126 tackles, four of which went for losses. He also had one sack on the season.

LB/DB -- Adam Wasserman, Fairbury

Adam Wasserman was  a ball hawk for the Jeffs during their 9-1 season. He finished with seven interceptions on the season and averaged 31.3 yards on interception returns. He also had 25 tackles on the season

LB/DB -- Kevin Diederich, Hanover

Kevin Diederich was Hanover's second leading tackler in 2017. He finished with 85 tackles, six of which went for losses. He also had four interceptions and a fumble recovery on the season.

LB/DB -- Cade Cohorst, Hanover

Cade Cohorst was Hanover's third leading tackler with 80 tackles, six of which went for losses. He led the team with five interceptions while also having two sacks and one caused fumble.

LB/DB -- Cooper Smith, Tri County

Cooper Smith was the leading tackler for Tri County. He finished with 121 total tackles, 8.5 of which went for losses. He also caused two fumbles.

LB/DB -- Braden Klover, Southern

Braden Klover was a stand out for the Southern defense. He finished with 111 tackles, six of which went for losses. He also had an interception and two blocked field goals.

DL -- Bryce Stai, Norris

Bryce Stai was a force on the Titan defensive line. He had 63 tackles on the season, three of which went for losses. He also led the team with four sacks, caused one fumble and blocked two field goals.

DL -- Zach Reikofski, Fairbury

Defensive linemen rarely lead a team in tackling, but that was the case for Zach Reikofski in 2017. Despite missing two games, he led the team in tackling with 61 total tackles, including 13 tackles for loss. He also had a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

DL -- Simon Rother, Johnson County Central

Simon Rother was another lineman who led his team in tackles. He had 80 total tackles, two of which went for losses. He also led the team with five sacks, forced three fumbles and recovered three fumbles.

DL -- Carlos Emmanuel, Hanover

Carlos Emamanuel was another lineman who led his team in tackles. He finished with 87 tackles, 14.5 of which went for losses. He also had three sacks, one interception and a caused fumble.

Punter -- Austin Schultz, Norris

Austin Schultz makes the list twice as the top punter in the area. He averaged 44.2 yards per punt during the Norris football season.

Honorable Mention

Beatrice: Dillon Buss, Trevor Schmale, Andrew Mahoney, Colton Kelle, Jerad Humble; Norris: Zach Argo, Dawson Dorn, Cade Argo Aidan Oerter; Fairbury: Zach Holes; Freeman: Blake Kastanek, Jacob Gramann, Lane Cacek, Tyler Adams, Logan Anderson; Pawnee City: Kaisonn Koester, Andrew Davis; Sterling: Ben Hier; JCC: Kole Kleespies; Wilber-Clatonia: Cooper Bates, Bradley Pomajzl, Tad Moldenhauer, Hunter Cerveny; Diller-Odell: Austin Jurgens, Tyson Landenberger, Peyton Mohr, Matt Klecan; Tri County: Phillip Jacob; Meridian: Tybor Smith, Garrett Klipp, Micah Noel; Southern: Drake Adams, Trevin Saathoff HTRS: Carter Drake; Hanover: Daiken Stallbaumer, Carter Bruna, Brennan Zabokrtsky; Marysville: Atreyau Hornbeak


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