By Chad Courrier firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mankato Free Press
---- — MANKATO — The Mankato West football team came within one victory of making it to another state tournament, and on Monday, 12 of its players were honored at the KTOE-Pepsi-Elks all-city banquet.
Four players from Mankato East and two from Mankato Loyola completed the 18-player honor team.
Senior Alex Berglin made 29 tackles from the defensive line. He forced three fumbles and made one sack. He also played some in the offensive line.
Senior receiver Will Claussen led the team with 41 catches for 732 yards and 11 touchdowns. He averaged 17.9 yards per catch, with a long reception of 92 yards. He also made nine tackles and a fumble recovery as a defensive back.
Senior lineman Jake Russell was a three-year starter at center, helping the Scarlets score 44 touchdowns this season. He also played some in the defensive line, making 29 tackles with one sack.
Senior linebacker Isaac Weber led the Scarlets with 128 tackles with one fumble recovery and a team-high 10.5 sacks.
Senior lineman Josh Wold was also a three-year starter at guard, and he helped the Scarlets pile up 1,953 yards rushing and 2,272 yards passing. He also made 39 tackles with two fumble recoveries and 2.5 sacks.
Junior linebacker Josh Athey made 33 tackles with one interception and 3.5 sacks. He also caught 11 passes for 149 yards and three scores.
Junior quarterback Ryan Schlichte completed 139 of 234 passes for 2,185 yards with 25 touchdowns, and he led the team in rushing with 683 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also played safety at the end of the season and came up with seven tackles and two fumble recoveries.
Junior running back Cory Johnson rushed for 593, averaging 8.y yards per carry, with nine touchdowns. He also had 19 catches for 263 yards and two scores.
Junior receiver Kevin Marzolf finished the season strong, making 21 catches for 389 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 18.5 yards per catch with a long of 81. He also made 41 tackles with one sack.
Junior safety Nate Nelson finished second on the team with 70 tackles and one interception.
Junior receiver Connor Watts made 35 receptions for 535 yards and five touchdowns. At cornerback, he made 25 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery.
Sophomore linebacker Charlie Schwartz finished third on the team with 58 tackles, and he had five sacks.
For Mankato East, senior defensive end Nick Makovsky finished third on the team with 61 tackles, with 15 solos. He had four tackles for loss, with a team-leading three sacks.
Senior linebacker Tyler Substad made 65 tackles, which ranked second on the team, with 20 solos. He led the Cougars with six tackles, with one sack.
Junior quarterback Nic Seiler completed 62 of 110 passes for 486 yards and two touchdowns, and he rushed for 280 yards with a team-high six touchdowns, including a 76-yard run.
Sophomore lineman Logan Swanson led the Cougars with 69 tackles, including 21 solos. He made five tackles for loss with two sacks.
At Mankato Loyola, senior receiver Carson Seifert made 23 receptions for 349 yards, with four touchdowns. He had six catches for 20 or more yards, including a 93-yarder. He rushed for 74 yards and one touchdown. He also made 23 tackles with three interceptions.
Junior quarterback John Fink completed 69 of 183 passes for 791 yards and four touchdowns, with a long pass of 93 yards. He also rushed for 106 yards with six scores. He made 50 tackles with four interceptions.
The players were honored Monday at a banquet at Applewood.