All-BCR Decade Football Team 2010-19


• Jack Brady (St. Bede/2011-12): The Bruins' QB broke his own school record for TDs in a single season with 23 his senior year (18 the year before). He threw for 2,197 yards as a senior and 3,997 overall.

• Drake Davis (Bureau Valley/2014-16): Took over at QB for his dad's Storm the second game of his freshman season and stayed there until transferring to Naperville North his senior year. In three years, Davis passed for 4,960 yards and 54 TDs. He also rushed for 998 yards and 16 TDs as a junior.

• Drew Pullam (Hall/2014-15): As a senior, the BCR co-Player of the Year exploded for 2,493 yards, more than a 1,000 yards more than any other Bureau County QB, and 23 TDs passing. Overall, he racked up 4,064 yards and 41 TDs.

• Taggert Venegas (St. Bede/2012; Hall/2013): Both the Bruins and Red Devils enjoyed the talents of the lefty-throwing QB. He was BCR First Teamer as a junior for the Bruins (an area-best 1,041 yards and 10 TDs), and as a senior for the Red Devils (1,502/17 passing and 301/3 rushing).

Running backs

• Will Konneck (BV/2014-15): Will was a thrill for BV, rushing for 1,369 yards and 14 TDs as a unanimous TRAC Rock All-Conference pick as a senior. He had a breakout game of 432 yards and six TDs vs. Sherrard.

• Landon Piccatto (Hall/2011-12): The Red Devils' RB racked up over 2,000 yards rushing, including 1,216 yards as a junior. The Big Rivers All-Conference RB scored 23 TDs in two years, going into high gear with 344 yards and four TDs as a senior vs. Kewanee.

• Jacob Smith (PHS/2014-15): "Bubba" was a workhorse back for the Tigers regular-season undefeated conference champions as a senior, rushing for 1,429 yards and 16 TDs. He was also a unanimous all-conference pick at linebacker.

• Ronde Worrels (PHS/2017-19): Starting since his freshman year at PHS, Worrels set a single-season record for rushing (1,644 yards) and touchdowns (34), as well as career rushing (3,667) records for PHS' semifinalists last fall. He earned BCR co-Player of the Year and unanimous TRAC Mississippi honors. Tiger fans will be treated to one more season with his talents.


• Kale Barnett (Bureau Valley/2016-18): The two-time unanimous First Team TRAC Rock selection received 2A All-State Team recognition his junior year with 60 receptions for 1,021 yards and 10 TDs. Recovered from a broken arm over the summer midseason as a senior to catch 32 receptions for 637 yards and three touchdowns.

• Wyatt Davis (Princeton/2019): Set single-season and career receiving records with 1,002 yards in just  one year (12 games) for the Tigers' 3A semifinalist team in 2019. Was named a co-BCR Player of the Year, unanimous all-conference and Second Team All-State.

• James Mautino (Hall/2015-18): The BCR co-Player of the Year had 36 receptions with 697 yards and eight TDs as a senior. He also had 601 yards with four TDs his junior year.

• Jake Merkel (Hall/2012-15): No one else in the decade came close to the yards (1,119) in a season that Merkel gained as a unanimous all-conference pick in 2015. He also had nine TDs. He was also Hall's top receiver as a junior (452/7), giving him a two-year total of 1,571/16).


• Logan Willand (SBA/2010-11): St. Bede coach Jim Eustice, an assistant at the time, says Willand is the best nose tackle he's seen at SBA and maybe in his career. The Big Rivers All-Conference pick was a co-BCR Player of the Year for the Bruins' 2011 quarterfinalists.

• Trevor Urbanski (Hall/2012-14): The Red Devils' top hog was named as Hall's Offensive Lineman of the Year and a unanimous Three Rivers South All-Conference at tackle.

• Chase Tatum (Princeton/2015-18): A four-year varsity player, Tatum made the move from linebacker at the end of his junior year to nose tackle, named TRAC Mississippi All-Conference on both sides of the ball. He was the co-BCR Player of the Year and named First Team 3A All-State as a senior. Now playing at Augustana College.

• Nathan Tonozzi (Hall/2012-13): The 2013 BCR co-Player of the Year was a First Team Three Rivers South All-Conference selection at center and led the Hall defense with 82 tackles at linebacker, helping propel the Red Devils to the playoffs for the first time in five years.

• Adam Weidner (Bureau Valley/2010-11): Two-way First Team All-Conference on the line for the Storm for both junior and senior years. Was also a state champion in the shot put for the Storm track team.


• Michael Bellino (SBA/2010-12)A four-year starter for the Bruins, the 2012 BCR co-Player of the Year recorded 141 tackles for his dad's Bruins as a senior.

• Brady Booker (SBA/2013-16): The hard-hitting linebacker led the Bruins' playoff team in 2016 with 120 tackles, receiving co-BCR Player of the Year honors. He is presently playing at the University of South Dakota.

• Adam Burgess (SBA/2010-11): The BCR co-Player of the Year and BCR First Teamer was a hard-hitter for the Bruins' quarterfinalist team in 2011.

• Matt Krolak (Hall/2012-15):The unanimous TRAC Mississippi All-Conference linebacker was the Red Devils' top tackler as a senior (124) and had 92 tackles the year before.

• Jacob Smith (PHS/2014-15): The unanimous TRAC Mississippi All-Conference LB had 103 tackles with three interceptions in his senior year.

Defensive backs

• AJ Gaeta (Hall/2013-14): The two-way talent (tight end), was a First Team TRAC South pick on defense with 78 tackles and three interceptions.

• James Mautino (Hall/2015-18): The Red Devils standout was the first two-time (co-) BCR Player of the Year in more than 10 years, twice receiving unanimous TRAC Mississippi honors at D Back.

• Braidy Shipp (SBA/2013-16): A four-year varsity starter, Shipp sailed off to co-BCR Player of the Year honors for the 2016 playoff Bruins.

• Jett Wedekind (Princeton/2012-15): This Jett flew to all-conference honors and was a steadying force for the Tigers' undefeated conference champions on both sides of the ball.

Return specialists

• James Mautino (Hall/2015-18): Always dangerous whenever he got his hands on the ball, the fleet-footed Red Devil was a unanimous all-conference return specialist with 608 yards and two TDs on kickoff returns, with another 178 yards on punt returns his senior season.

• Southern Foster (PHS/2010-11): The kid with the cool name was a triple threat for the Tigers at running back, DB, and especially as a return specialist. He had two returns for TDs of 90 yards in the same game (Orion) and three overall with 913 total return yards.


• Tanner Kuhne (Princeton/2014-15): The soccer kicker made good on 44 of 48 PAT attempts and two of three field goal tries as a unanimous all-conference pick for the Tigers; quarterfinalists in 2015. Played at Eureka College and now pursuing professional tryouts in Arena Football.


• AJ Gaeta (Hall/2013-14): The unanimous Three Rivers South All-Conference punter averaged 35.4 yards as a senior and 37.3 yards as a junior.

•Tommy Johnston (BV/2013-14): An all-around talent, the Three Rivers South All-Conference punter averaged 37.4 yards as a junior.