Spring 2021 Daily Chronicle All-Area Football Team

Player of the Year

Tanner MacDonald, sr., DeKalb

First team offense

Trenton Kyler, sr., QB, DeKalb

The three-year starter wrapped up his career with 542 yards through the air and 225 on the ground. He was a special mention on the All-DuPage Valley Conference team.

Tucker Ikens, sr., RB, DeKalb

In his first year mainly on offense, Ikens racked up 5 yards a carry, rushing for 346 yards. He started three years on the varsity team, the two before this at linebacker.

Corey Phillips, sr., RB, Kaneland

Phillips averaged 8.2 yards a carry, rushing for 693 yards and eight touchdowns. He also had a receiving touchdown in making the All-Interstate 8 Conference team and being named the Friday Night Drive Team of the Week MVP in Week 5.

Owen Simmons, sr., FB. Genoa-Kingston

G-K played only three games, and Simmons ran for 245 yards and scored four times in those games. He also threw for a successful two-point conversion on a busted play.

Toriano Tate, jr. WR, DeKalb

Tate ran for 595 yards this season and averaged more than 7 yards a carry. He scored 11 times – five through the air, five on the ground and a 100-yard kickoff return. He was the co-offensive player of the year in the DVC.

Xavier Gagnepain, jr. WR, Sycamore

A unanimous first-team selection in the I-8, Gagnepain had 20 catches for 418 yards and four touchdowns in six games. He also returned a kick for a score and averaged 43.5 yards a kick return.

Lincoln Cooley, so., OL, Sycamore

The sophomore emerged as a key cog on the line for the Spartans, paving the way for the Sycamore ground attack and buying time for their quarterback to make throws. He was a unanimous selection to the All-Interstate 8 team.

Carsten Menzer, sr., OL, Sycamore

Another unanimous All-Interstate 8 selection on the line for the Spartans, Menzer capped his prep career by helping the Spartans go 6-0 in the shortened season.

Sam Pryor, sr., OL, Kaneland

The returning all-state player was named co-offensive player of the year in the Interstate 8 and is heading to North Central to continue his football career. He was the lead lineman of a group that paved the way for 15 rushing touchdowns.

Danny Fisher, jr., OL, Hiawatha

The center for the Hawks, coach Jason Keneway said the junior hasn’t had a bad snap in two years. This year, he and the Hawks made the transition to eight-man and finished 3-3.

Erik Garcia, sr, OL, Genoa-Kingston

Seven different ball carriers scored for the Cogs this season, and Garcia was paving the way for all of them, helping the team go 3-0 in its super-short schedule this year.

Ethan Tierney, so., K, DeKalb

The honorable mention selection in the DVC made 19 of his 21 extra points and a 29-yard field goal this season. He also had 10 touchbacks.

First team defense

Brayten Wilkerson, sr., DL, DeKalb

A two-year starter for the Barbs, he shifted from linebacker to defensive end this year and had 24 tackles in five games, including three sacks, four tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He was an All-DVC selection.

Christian Lorenzo, jr., DL, DeKalb

Another all-conference selection on the line or the Barbs, he averaged three tackles a game with a sack and three tackles for loss. He moved around from the interior to the outside of the line throughout the year. He has an offer from Eastern Illinois.

Dylan Shuman, sr., DL, Sycamore

For the second year in a row Shuman was selected as a unanimous all-conference selection in the Interstate 8.

John Davis, sr., DL, Kaneland

The all-conference selection played on both lines, but at nose tackle he had 34 tackles, eight for loss. He also had a sack for the Knights.

Erik Teran, sr., LB, Kaneland

The Interstate 8′s defensive player of the year had 53 tackles, including 11 for loss. He also had a sack and returned an interception for a touchdown.

Connor Schwichtenberg, sr., LB, Genoa-Kingston

In the three games for the Cogs, Schwichtenberg not only played quarterback but linebacker. He averaged six tackles a game with an interception. He also had 15 tackles against Byron, a two-time state runner-up.

Ethan Storm, jr., LB, Sycamore

Although he didn’t make the All-I-8 first team, he was all over the field for the Spartans’ defense with 43 tackles, second on the team. Three of those were for a loss to go with an interception and two pass breakups.

Colin Nesler, jr., LB, Genoa-Kingston

Nesler had two 15-tackle games for the Cogs in a season that lasted only three games. He also had an interception.

Sam Etienne, sr., DB, Sycamore

He didn’t start in the secondary until Week 3 but still was a unanimous All-Interstate 8 first-teamer. He made 27 tackles, four for loss. He had two interceptions and five pass breakups.

Rhett Kline, sr, DB, Genoa-Kingston

Not only did he have an 18-yard interception return against Rock Falls, he averaged four tackles a game in the G-K secondary.

Dawson Alexander, so., DB, Sycamore

The All-I-8 first-teamer had 39 tackles, one for loss. He also had two interceptions and a pass breakup for the Spartans, in addition to recovering a fumble.

Kiefer Tarnoki, LB/P, Sycamore

As a linebacker he had 39 tackles, seven for loss, to go with an interception and a pass breakup to earn a spot on the All-Interstate 8 first team. But he also handled punting and kick duties for the Spartans.

Special mention

Gavin Engh, jr., OL, DeKalb

Michael Clayton, sr., LB, DeKalb

Eli Meier, so., QB; Sycamore

Matt Korb, sr., QB, Hiawatha

Jacob Smith, sr., LB, Hiawatha

Brody Armstong, jr., DB, Sycamore

Ethan Bode, so., LB, Sycamore

Honorable mention

Dyllon Donahue, sr., OLB, DeKalb

Austin Brantley, sr., LB; Hiawatha

Ethan Cano, sr., OLB/WR, DeKalb

Owen Brown, sr., OL, DeKalb

Cole Brantley, so., WR/RB, Hiawatha

Cody Peterson, sr., OL, Genoa-Kingston

Eddie Carifio

Has been the sports editor in DeKalb since 2014.