St. Paul footballers rake in all-league honors
St. Paul's football team was near perfect in the regular season, boasting an 8-1 overall record and a 4-0 record in league. That dominant run earned more than a few Buckaroos all-league honors.
On the offensive line, St. Paul junior Mike Hiller and senior Andy Izquierdo earned all-league first team distinctions, and St. Paul senior Brody Schindlar earned second team honors. At the offensive end position, junior Warren Rose earned first team honors and sophomore Ralph Pohlschneider nabbed a second team nod.
At the quarterback position, senior Lance Tuck brought in a second team all-league honor. At running back, senior Clancy Koch brought in first team honors, senior Bryce Williams second team honors, and junior Hunter Naumann brought in a third team distinction.
In addition to bringing in all-league first team honors for his work at the running back position, Koch also was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year, along with Waldport senior Zak Holsey.
St. Paul's offense over the course of the regular season was phenomenal, putting up a cumulative 509 points and not scoring fewer than 36 points. That offense carried over into the postseason, where St. Paul put up 44 points against Ione/Arlington.
On the defensive side of the all-league honors, St. Paul continued to rake in the hardware. On the defensive line, Mike Hiller was named first team all-league, and sophomore Aidan Britten was awarded second team all-league. At the defensive end position, Rose was named first team all-league, and Schindlar was named third team all-league.
St. Paul's defensive linebackers got their due. Koch was named first team all-league, Williams second team all-league, and sophomore George Pohlschneider grabbed third-team all-league. Two defensive backs nabbed honors as well; Tuck was named a first team all-league player, and Ralph Pohlschneider a third team defensive back.
St. Paul's defense recorded three shutouts over the course of the season, keeping Days Creek, Falls City/Kings Valley Charter, and Mohawk off the scoreboard. In the opening round of the 1A state playoffs, they limited Ione/Arlington to just eight points.
On special teams, Naumann was named a second team all-league punter and third team all-league kicker.
St. Paul head coach Tony Smith was named Coach of the Year.
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