Clinton captains (from left to right) Patrick Mulholland, Matt Swamberger, Ethan Barry and LJ Henderson join hands and walk to the center of the field during their home game against Clear Creek-Amana. The River Kings wrap up their regular season on Friday against Iowa City Liberty at home.

Introducing the 2018 Clinton Herald All-Area football team:


Area teams prep look

Camanche’s Baylor Crigger (5) tries to avoid a tackle during the Indians’ win over North Cedar earlier this season. Crigger was named Clinton Herald football Player of the Year. 

First team: Baylor Crigger, Camanche, senior

The season: Crigger served the Indians on both sides. As their quarterback, Crigger threw 99-190 for 1,298 yards and 13 touchdowns this season, also rushing for 487 yards. Trigger was also one of their top threats on defense with 45 total tackles, leading the defense in many matchups.

Last word: "He has left a lasting impression on how to be a great teammate and what to do to be a great teammate. He has also left a lasting impression on our program as well and him and the other seniors have been a huge part in building that foundation of what we want to become." - Camanche coach Dustin Coit

Second team: Nate Lange, Northeast, senior

The season: Lange threw for impressive yardage his senior season, once again leading a Rebel team. He finished his senior campaign with 1676 total passing yards. Lange added another 44 tackles this year.

Third team: Max Lemke, Fulton, senior 

The season: Lemke was one of the few veteran players leading the Steamer offense this season. He threw 63 completions for 753 yards and seven touchdowns, also rushing 384 yards for eight touchdowns this season. He was named to the TRAC (Rock) All-Conference list as an honorable mention.

Running back

Slow start dooms Indians, Sabers win 41-21

Carie Kuehn photos/Clinton Herald Central DeWitt’s Easton Necker (41) breaks away from Raul Esparza (23) and Baylor Crigger (5) during DeWitt’s 41-21 victory over the Camanche Indians.

First team:  Easton Necker, Central DeWitt, Senior

The season: Necker was the legs behind the Saber offense, rushing for a team-high 385 yards, which was more four times anyone else. That included 14 touchdowns this season. He also added 12 total tackles, three of them for a loss of yards. Necker earned 1st team All-District honors this year as well.

Last word: “He’s a kid who just loves football... he lives and breathes football. He’s a kid that came in that we thought would be good, but he’s really shown up.”

-Central DeWitt head coach Ryan Streets

Second Team: Ethan Rash, Fulton High School, Sophomore

The season: Rash picked up crucial yards for the Steamers all the way into the playoffs. On 157 carries, Rash accumulated 576 rushing yards for seven touchdowns. It earned him 2nd team TRAC (Rock) honors as a sophomore.

Third Team: Dakota Stevenson, Northeast High School, Junior

The season: Stevenson served as the main rushing threat for the Rebel offense, rushing for a total of 741 yards with eight total touchdowns, his longest touchdown being 34 yards. Stevenson also was the leading tackle for the Rebels, notching 45.5, three tackles for a loss.

Wide Receiver


Eric Campie

First Team: Eric Campie, Camanche High School, Senior

The season: Campie made 27 receptions his senior year for a team-high 610 yards. That also left him leading the Indians in total rushing and receiving yards. He broke four school records this year in his role: single season receiving yards, single season receiving touchdowns, career receiving yards and career receiving touchdowns. Campie earned unanimous 1st team votes in District 5.

Last word: “Eric Campie is a hard-working kid in everything he does, football, wrestling, classroom, etc. He would just go about his business everyday in practice and games and I always knew I could count on him performing at a high level on the field.” -Camanche coach Dustin Coit

Second Team: Dawson Stoll, Northeast High School, Senior

The season: With a confident quarterback behind the offense, Stoll was the favorite target. Stoll ended with 903 yards in 63 receptions, averaging 14.3 yards per catch and ending in the end zone seven total times. His longest touchdown was 71 yards.

Third Team: Patrick Mulholland, Senior, Clinton High School

The season: Mulholland was the leading receiver for the River Kings this season, making 21 receptions or 315 yards, averaging 15 yards per catch. He also had 27 tackles and led the team in punt returns. He made two returns foe a total of 42 yards. Mulholland earned 2nd team All-District honors.



Fulton senior Eli Pannell (57) gets ready to line up for a kickoff during Fulton’s homecoming game against Morrison earlier this season.

First Team: Eli Pannell, Fulton High School, Senior

The season: Pannell led a young Steamer defense to a phenomenal year, ending with 72 total tackles, 46 assists, three sacks and a fumble recovery. He was named 1st Team All-Conference in the TRAC (Rock) unanimously.

Last word: “He’s one of those guys that you have to prepare for, you have to know who’s blocking him. He’s there, he’s everywhere. He has hands, he’s strong, state qualifying wrestler and he knows how to position his body. He’s just a very good football player.” -Fulton coach Patrick Lower

Second Team: LJ Henderson, Clinton High School, junior

The season: Henderson contributed on all sides of the ball with significant rushing and receiving yards, but really shined on defense. He was one of the top tackles, second only to teammate Ethan Barry, completing 74 tackles, four sack assists and one solo sack. He earned District 5 1st team All-District honors.

Third Team: Payton Nicol, Camanche High School, Junior

The season: Nicol ended the season with 53.5 total tackles and three sacks, a team high for the Indians.



Clinton's Ethan Barry (42) turns after getting a handoff, readying to run during the River Kings' homecoming game on Sep. 28.

First Team: Ethan Barry, Clinton High School, Junior

The season: Barry led the River King defense with a huge 81.5 tackles this season, three of them for a loss. Barry also had nearly 300 yards in offense this season. Barry also earned 1st Team honors in the District 5 All-District selections as an inside linebacker.

Last word: “Ethan brings another level of physicality to football. A very smart player and one that can play sideline to sideline. With more hard work he has the potential to have a very big senior year.” -Clinton assistant coach and defensive coach Kevin Behr.

Second Team: Kyler Pessman, Fulton High School, Sophomore

The season: Pessman recorded big running yards, but really aided the defense for the Steamers. He finished with 42 tackles and 38 assists, grabbing a fumble recovery while at it. He was named an honorable mention in the TRAC (Rock)

Third Team: Braydin Farrell, Easton Valley High School, Junior

The season: Farrell did huge things for the 8-man football team in Preston, racking up 108.5 total tackles. Of those, 14 tackles resulted in a loss of yardage for the opponent. Farrell also contributed two sacks.

Honorable Mentions:

Matt Swamberger, Clinton High School, Senior; Kalvin Godette, Clinton High School, Senior; Raul Esparza, Camanche High School, Junior; Jordan Lawrence, Camanche High School, Senior; Nick McQuistion, Fulton High School, Sophomore; Max Pannell, Fulton High School, Sophomore; Devin Hurdle, Central DeWitt High School, Senior; Tucker Kinney, Central DeWitt High School, Senior; Brandt Petersen, Central DeWitt High School, Senior; Nate Trenkamp, Easton Valley High School, Senior; Cade Jargo, Easton Valley High School, Senior; Braeden Hoyer, Northeast High School, Senior; Derek Tracy, West Carroll High School, Senior; Michael Popkin, West Carroll High School, Senior