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Record seven Bulldogs earn all-state football honors, 16 are all-district

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Wyatt Powell

Carver Blietz-Bentien

Bryce Diehl

Kade McElwaine

Brandon Christofferson

Tristen Koehn

Bryce Radloff

Ben Krambeer

Aiden Schoulte

Elias Hatt

Quinn McGeough

Averey Thornton

Brayden Gordon

Will Howes

Dylan Jones

Carter Stoddard

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

A record seven MFL MarMac football players have been named all-state and 16 recognized as all-district for the 2023 season.

 

Running back Wyatt Powell, linebacker Carver Blietz-Bentien and offensive lineman Bryce Diehl were selected to the Class 1A all-state first team by the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association and Iowa Football Coaches Association. Linebacker Kade McElwaine, defensive lineman Tristen Koehn, defensive back Brandon Christofferson and offensive utility player Bryce Radloff earned second team nods.

 

For the Class 1A-District 3 all-district rosters, Powell, Blietz-Bentien, Christofferson, Radloff, McElwaine, Diehl and Koehn were all named to the first team, as were kicker Ben Krambeer and offensive lineman Aiden Schoulte. Second team honors went to defensive back Elias Hatt, fullback Quinn McGeough, linebacker Brayden Gordon and offensive lineman Averey Thornton. Defensive utility player Carter Stoddard, defensive lineman Dylan Jones and offensive lineman Will Howes were all honorable mention. Additionally, Krambeer was named the special teams MVP and Koehn a co-defensive MVP.

 

Powell, a senior, was one of the top running backs in the district and state, compiling 911 total yards on 111 carries despite missing one regular season game as well as most of the state semifinal and final. He averaged a district-best 8.2 yards per carry, and his 11 rushing touchdowns were third most among Class 1A-District 3 players. Powell also put up 134 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns on nine catches.

 

Blietz-Bentien was one of the leaders of the MFL MarMac defense that topped Class 1A in total tackles, their 674 nearly 80 more than the next closest competitor. The senior’s 86.5 total tackles were the most in the district and fourth most in the class. That included 42 solo tackles and 11 for loss, as well as three sacks.

 

Diehl, also a senior, was an anchor on the Bulldog offensive line that paved the way for 3,295 rushing yards—the second most in Class 1A. MFL MarMac ran the ball a class-leading 511 times and scored 40 rushing touchdowns, which was third most.

 

Along with total tackles, the Bulldog defense was fourth in Class 1A with 24 sacks and ranked third with 11 fumble recoveries, making McElwaine, Christofferson and Koehn’s all-state selections unsurprising.

 

McElwaine was second in the district and seventh in Class 1A with 84 total tackles, and his 50 solo tackles led the Bulldogs and were second most in the district. The senior linebacker was third among district players with 16.5 tackles for loss, and he added 1.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and two interceptions to his stat line.

 

Christofferson, a senior defensive back, racked up 30.5 total tackles—27 of which were solo. He recovered one fumble and snagged seven interceptions, which was tops in the district and second in Class 1A. Christofferson tied for third in the district with 80 interception return yards.

 

Koehn had 71.5 total tackles in his senior season on the MFL MarMac defensive line. Of those, 41 were solo efforts and 22 for loss, ranking him second in the district and tied for fourth in Class 1A. Koehn’s 6.5 sacks were also second most in the district and tied for sixth in the class. He recovered one fumble.

 

Radloff was an offensive threat both on the ground and in the air for the Bulldogs. The senior collected 549 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 76 carries, then added another 183 yards and five touchdowns on 12 catches. His 1,108 all purpose yards were fifth most in Class 1A-District 3, and 10 offensive touchdowns tied him for 10th.

 

Krambeer, the all-district special teams MVP, excelled in his first season as MFL MarMac’s kicker. The junior had 3,317 yards on 68 kickoff attempts, a total that put him first in the district and third in Class 1A. Eleven kickoffs were touchbacks, which was second most in the district. Krambeer hit 45 of 49 point after attempts, leading all district kickers and good for fourth in Class 1A. He also led the district—and was tied for third in the class—after making four of eight field goals. The 50 percent completion rate was best in the district and second best in Class 1A. Krambeer’s longest field goal of the season, 42 yards, was by far the lengthiest in district play and was the third longest in Class 1A.

 

Of MFL MarMac’s remaining all-district honorees, first teamer Aiden Schoulte, second teamer Averey Thornton and honorable mention Will Howes were part of an offensive line that paved the way for a multi-faceted running attack and gave quarterback Blietz-Bentien plenty of time to throw the ball or scramble for yards. One player who benefitted was junior fullback Quinn McGeough, who led the team with 1,021 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on 179 carries. His rushing total was ninth most in Class 1A-District 3.

 

Key on the defensive side of the ball were all-district second team players Elias Hatt and Brayden Gordon. A senior defensive back, Hatt earned 37 tackles, 23 of which were solos. Junior Gordon picked up 46.5 total tackles—29 solo and eight for loss—along with two sacks as a linebacker.

 

Honorable mention defensive utilityman Carter Stoddard had 23 tackles, including 12 solo and 1.5 for loss, and recovered a fumble. Senior defensive lineman Dylan Jones totaled 18.5 tackles, with 11 solo and four for loss, as well as a sack.

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