The numbers were staggering.
Mid-Prairie’s Kayden Reinier, Lone Tree’s Alex Viner and Highland’s Owen Donovan combined for 3,152 rushing yards and 42 rushing touchdowns this season.
All are running backs.
All are seniors.
And all were named as First Team honorees in All-District selections.
Reinier, who broke a Mid-Prairie single-game record by rushing for 316 yards and five touchdowns on a rainy night against Central Lee, was one of five Golden Hawk starters named to the Class 2A District 7 First Team. Another three Golden Hawks were named to the second team and two were honorable mention.
Reinier ranked fourth in Class 2A with 17 rushing touchdowns. He rushed for 1,271 yards and also caught 7 passes for 65 yards. His 2,435 rushing yards over three seasons rank No. 5 in Mid-Prairie history.
Helping him gain all those rushing yards were First Team linemen Gannon Callahan and Josh Wallington. The Golden Hawks totaled 2,122 yards on the ground with 28 touchdowns. Wallington achieved First Team status on the defensive side of the ball, totaling 28.5 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Senior quarterback Vinnie Bowlin made the District 2A-7 First Team as a utility player. He completed 56-of-126 passes for 855 yards and six touchdowns, and ran for 369 yards and three TDs.
Justice Jones, a junior linebacker, made the First Team after totaling a team-high 69 tackles with one sack and one interception.
Named to the 2A-7 Second Team were wide receiver Clarke Latcham, defensive end Ben Meader and defensive lineman Cael Garvey.
Defensive back Nathan Quinby and defensive lineman Michael Kelly were honorable mention selections.
Despite battling an injury early in the season, Viner helped lead Lone Tree into the second round of the Iowa Eight-Player playoffs with a powerful season.
Viner rushed for 860 yards, ranking among the top 30 in the state, and 16 touchdowns. He caught 25 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns, and also completed 2-of-5 passes. He returned kicks, he kicked off three times, he punted 18 times. And he scored twice on two-point conversions.
Viner was joined on the District 4 First Team by teammates Cade Shield, Will Hotz and Cade Patterson.
“I am very happy to have four players selected as First Team All-District,” Lone Tree coach Aaron Bohr said. “Will Hotz, Alex Viner, Cade Shield and Cade Patterson were impact players for us all season long and it’s very satisfying to see them get the respect they deserve from the other teams in the district.”
Hotz made the team as an offensive lineman, but he did so much more for the Lions than blocking for Viner and quarterback Cade Shield. Hotz led Lone Tree in tackles with 70.5 and also rushed for 80 yards and six two-point conversions.Shield played a key role in 20 Lone Tree touchdowns, completing 76-of-148 passes for 977 yards and 10 TDs, and rushing for 460 yards and 10 TDs. He led the team with seven two-point conversions.
Patterson made the 8-4 first Team as a defensive back, intercepting five passes and making 34.5 tackles. He also caught 37 passes for 511 yards on the offensive side, scoring seven TDs.
Tyler Bell, a junior receiver who caught 8 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown, made the second team.
“I was also happy to see Tyler Bell get recognized on the Second Team All-District,” Bohr said, “although I have no doubt that if he wasn’t forced to miss a couple games due to injury he would have been a First Team pick as well.”
Levi Sotzen, a junior linebacker, and Caden Smith, a sophomore defensive end, were honorable mention selections.
Viner, Shield, Will Hotz, Andrew Hotz, Drew Gauley, Braden Viers, Ethan Willoz, Tyce Alt, Mitch Koedam and Ethan Bockelman were named to the 8-4 All-Academic Team.
Donovan ranked No. 15 in Class A with 1,021 yards on 134 carries for the Huskies. He ran for nine touchdowns and also caught 7 passes for 33 yards. He scored on a pair of two-point conversions.
Donovan was named MVP utility on the Class A District 6 First Team. Joining him on the First Team were teammates Connor Grinstead, Eli Slaymaker and Carsen Netser.
Over the last two years, Donovan rushed for 1,747 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Grinstead, a junior quarterback, rushed for 424 yards and 6 TDs this year, and passed for 149 yards and 2 TDs.
Netser, a junior, had 33.5 tackles on defense and caught 3 passes for 43 yards and one TD on offense.
Slaymaker had 22 tackles and one sack.
Luke Miller, Kolton Miller and Branton Bonebrake were named to the A-6 Second Team.
Devin Lovetinsky and Chase Schultz were honorable mention.