The word: “Great worker, both on the field and in the weight room. Three-year starter for us and was always able to dominate the line of scrimmage. Great kid.” — Coach Kevin Behr
OL/Evan Gerdes Clinton
The season: Anchored offensive line from the center position and was the biggest player up front after both starting tackles suffered season-ending injuries. Also saw time on defense.
The word: “Evan was excellent at getting everything organized. The leader of the linemen. He did a great job getting the calls.” — Coach Lee Camp
OL/Doug Hayen Central DeWitt
The season: With Hayen manning one of the tackle spots, Central DeWitt ranked eighth in Class 3A in total yards (373.8 a game).
The word: “He was that kind of on-field coach for us. Very knowledgeable. He does all the little things that you ask that allows him to go out and be successful. There’s that edge he brings to the offensive line.” — Coach Mike Miller
OL/Chod Gilbert Camanche
The season: A three-year starter who moves up from last year’s third team. First-team all-district lineman led an offense that averaged 271 yards a game.
The word: “Very consistent blocker. He can run block and pass block very well. We went through a lot of injuries so he was someone we could look to. He wasn’t a vocal leader, but he did his speaking with his play on the field.” — Coach Steve Dougherty
K/Cory Wirth Maquoketa
The season: A returning first-team pick who improved his stats despite a season-ending injury in Game 7. Perfect on all seven field goal attempts and all 26 PATs. Kicked a 49-yard field goal at Benton Community. Eleven of 41 kickoffs went for touchbacks.
The word: “Our coaching staff had to find ways to get Cory off of the field as he was our leading receiver prior to his injury, on defense he was our shut-down corner and he was a second-team all-state punter last year. His biggest flaw is that his GPA is only a 3.993.” — Coach Kevin Bowman