Football: Spring 2021 Northwest Herald All-Area team

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

QB–Bruno Bosman, Huntley, sr.

Bosman (6-0, 190) led one of the area’s most productive offenses, rushing for 366 yards and seven touchdowns and throwing for 741 and six touchdowns, with only two interceptions. Bosman, a repeat All-Area first-team selection, helped the Red Raiders to a 5-0 record. Huntley would have played in the Fox Valley Conference championship game, but the Raiders were quarantined for COVID-19.

RB–Alex Janke, Huntley, sr.

Janke (5-9, 172) is a repeat All-Area first-team selection after making it as a defensive back last season. When Huntley coach Matt Zimolzak needed a running back, he looked at the player he called his best athlete. The Northwest Herald Player of the Year ran for 491 yards and eight touchdowns in five games. He also was a standout at linebacker on defense where he had 12 tackles, three tackles for losses, two interceptions and one touchdown.

RB–Ben Ludlum, Jacobs, jr.

Ludlum (5-9, 180) had back-to-back four-touchdown games in Weeks 3 and 4 and was leading the area with 549 yards before the Golden Eagles (2-2) had their season halted by a COVID-19 quarantine with two remaining games. Ludlum rushed for 220 yards against Burlington Central in Week 4 and still finished fifth in rushing despite missing the last two games.

RB–Nick Hissong, Cary-Grove, jr.

Hissong (6-1, 226) was a nightmare for defenses to try to bring down and finished ninth in area rushing with 479 yards and eight touchdowns for the 4-0 Trojans. His 20-yard touchdown run against Prairie Ridge early in the second half was one of the area’s best runs this season as he ran through three defenders in the last 10 yards.

WR–Brock Jewson, Crystal Lake South, sr.

Jewson (6-0, 170) would have led the area in receiving if the Gators had not had some players quarantined for their last game. He finished with 34 receptions for 699 yards and four touchdowns. Jewson was an All-Area second-team selection last year.

WR–Christian Bentancur, Marian Central, fr.

Bentancur (6-3, 190) led the area with 36 receptions and also had an area-best eight touchdowns, and did it as a freshman. He was a big target who almost always had a significant height advantage on defensive backs. Bentancur also was a varsity standout for the Hurricanes in basketball earlier this year.

OL–Luke Eckardt, Richmond-Burton, sr.

Eckardt (6-6, 305) paved the way for one of the area’s most prolific offense as the Rockets averaged 41.3 points a game. R-B scored more than 40 points in all but two games. Eckardt, a standout on both lines for the 2019 Class 4A state champions, will play at Arizona next year. He was an All-Area second-team selection last year.

OL–Jonah Pace, Marengo, sr.

Pace (6-5, 245) was a leader on both lines and a three-year starter for the 4-2 Indians, whose only losses came against Richmond-Burton. Pace was also a defensive standout with 4 1/2 sacks, seven tackles for losses, 23 tackles and one pass break-up. Pace and Richmond-Burton’s Jacob Petersen were voted Co-Defensive Players of the Year in the Kishwaukee River Conference. He was an All-Area second-team selection last season on defense. He will play defensive end at Central Michigan.

OL–Jack Schnoor, Prairie Ridge, jr.

Schnoor (6-3, 265) pulled double duty on both lines for the Wolves and was their best offensive lineman at tackle. Prairie Ridge coach Chris Schremp thinks Schnoor can be the Wolves’ next NCAA Division I lineman, following Shane Evans and Jeff Jenkins to that level.

OL–Luke Dalton, Marian Central, jr.

Dalton’s size (6-5, 300) and his ability have NCAA D-I schools already making offers. Dalton is a two-year starter and helped quarterback Brendan Hernon make No. 6 on the area rushing list. He had NCAA D-I offers from Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green and Indiana State.

OL–Zach Stolz, Cary-Grove, sr.

Stolz (6-1, 243) was the best lineman on a Trojans team that mightily improved throughout the season, even after missing two games. C-G came back and played its best offensive games in Weeks 5 and 6. The Trojans would have played Huntley in the FVC championship if the Red Raiders had not been quarantined for COVID-19.

K–Nick Legnaioli, Richmond-Burton, sr.

Legnaioli (5-8, 165) could have made first team for offense or defense. At running back, he ran for 415 yards and averaged 9.7 per carry. He was a big play waiting to happen. On defense at linebacker, he was in on 44 tackles, one fumble recovery, two forced fumbles and had two interceptions. He also had one of the area’s most accurate and powerful legs. Legnaioli, who will play and kick at Carroll College, and Huntley’s Brad Walker are both three-time All-Area first-team selections.

DEFENSE

DB–Mitch Kunde, Marengo, sr.

Kunde (5-11, 165) had three interceptions for the 4-2 Indians, including two against Woodstock in Week 4, a 41-21 win, that he returned for touchdowns. He also led Marengo in rushing with 465 yards and caught 10 passes.

DB–Kyle Kaempf, McHenry, jr.

Kaempf (5-11, 145) had four interceptions and 16 tackles for the Warriors (2-2), who won their last two games before a COVID-19 quarantine knocked them out of Week 6. He returned a punt for a touchdown against Crystal Lake Central and had a fumble recovery.

DB–Peyton Falco, Crystal Lake Central, sr.

Falco (5-10, 180) was second on the Tigers in tackles (35), with two tackles for losses, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Falco also ran back a kickoff for a touchdown against McHenry. He will play next season at NAIA Roosevelt University.

LB–Arik Mistak, Cary-Grove, sr.

Mistak (5-8, 171) was in on a team-best 40 tackles for the 4-0 Trojans (10 solos, 30 assists). Mistak had two sacks and one interception as C-G won its FVC division at 3-0, but was unable to play Huntley for the FVC championship when the Red Raiders were quarantined.

LB–Carter Evans, Prairie Ridge, sr.

Evans (6-4, 240) was one of the players considered for Northwest Herald Player of the Year for his efforts on offense and defense. Defensively, he had 71 tackles, one sack, six tackles for losses and one forced fumble. Evans also led the area with 651 yards rushing. He was an All-Area second-team pick last season when he missed the Wolves’ last four games with a broken leg. He will play at Eastern Michigan next season with his brother Samson, a three-time Northwest Herald Player of the Year.

LB–Eddie Wall, Huntley, sr.

Wall (6-0, 175) led the Red Raiders with 21 tackles, 18 of which were solos. He had team-high totals of three sacks and five tackles for losses, along with a fumble recovery, as the Red Raiders dominated their FVC division at 5-0.

LB–Brock Wood, Richmond-Burton, jr.

Wood (6-1, 210) stepped in at fullback and middle linebacker where his brother Dalton played for last year’s Class 4A state champs. Wood had 79 tackles (44 solo, 36 assists), one sack, two forced fumbles and 11 tackles for losses for a defense that had three shutouts and allowed 21 points in six games. Wood also was fourth on the area rushing list with 561 yards and 10 touchdowns.

LB–Gavin Sarvis, Burlington Central, jr.

Sarvis (6-1, 195) was a standout on both sides for the Rockets. He had 59 tackles, nine tackles for losses, one interception, five pass break-ups and three forced fumbles. Sarvis finished eighth in area rushing with 521 yards and missed a chance at leading the area when the Rockets had to miss their final game as McHenry was quarantined for COVID-19. He is the only player to make the Northwest Herald All-Area first team for basketball and football.

DL–Brad Walker, Huntley, sr.

Walker (6-1, 285) is a three-time first-team selection, along with Richmond-Burton’s Nick Legnaioli, after leading another formidable Red Raiders’ defensive unit. He was credited with three tackles, but his value was the way he disrupted offenses up front. He also played center and was voted by FVC coaches as the Lineman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Walker will play at NCAA Division II St. Paul-Concordia next season.

DL–Ryan Golnick, Jacobs, sr.

Golnick (6-2, 215) racked up 40 tackles, knocked down two passes, had nine quarterback pressures and one sack in four games for the Golden Eagles (2-2). Jacobs lost its last two games for a COVID-19 quarantine. He was No. 3 on the list of top defensive players voted by the FVC coaches, behind Huntley’s Brad Walker and Prairie Ridge’s Carter Evans.

DL–Jacob Petersen, Richmond-Burton, sr.

Petersen (6-4, 225) was bigger and faster than his junior season when he was a force on both sides for the Class 4A state champion Rockets. He was Kishwaukee River Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year with Marengo’s Jonah Pace. Petersen had 46 tackles, eight sacks, 12 tackles for losses and two forced fumbles. On offense, he caught 12 passes for 290 yards and six touchdowns. He was strongly considered for Player of the Year. Petersen will play tight end at Holy Cross next season.

P–Jameson Sheehan, Cary-Grove, jr.

Sheehan (6-2, 190) averaged 30.3 yards a punt and placed two kicks inside the 5-yard line. He had a long punt of 65 yards and one 21-yard run on a fake for a first down. Sheehan also quarterbacked the Trojans and threw for 239 yards. The offense improved under his direction as the season progressed, after C-G was under COVID-19 quarantine for Weeks 2 and 3.

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

QB–Josh Holst, Marengo, so.

RB–Nate Van Witzenburg, Crystal Lake South, so.

QB/RB–Brendan Hernon, Marian Central, jr.

QB/RB–Taidhgin Trost, Prairie Ridge, sr.

WR–Nate Archambeau, Woodstock, sr.

WR–Connor Bartesch, Crystal Lake Central, sr.

OL–Mike Gatz, Marian Central, sr.

OL–Luke Zunkel, McHenry, jr.

OL–Patryk Barnas, Hampshire,

OL–David Chinlund, Woodstock, sr.

OL–Adam Wojnicki, Huntley, sr.

DEFENSE

DB–Rey Guajardo, Richmond-Burton, sr.

DB–Jacob Stanley, Harvard, sr.

DB–Chris Medina, Huntley, jr.

LB–Neil Sakolari, Hampshire, sr.

LB–Paul Zunkel, McHenry, sr.

LB–Tristan Carone, Huntley, sr.

LB-Alex Wojnicki, Woodstock, sr.

LB–Landon Oine, Marengo, sr.

DL–Patrick Rocen, Cary-Grove, sr.

DL–Avery James, Hampshire,

DL–Jayden Alvarez, Crystal Lake Central, sr.

HONORABLE MENTION

Wade Abrams, Cary-Grove, jr., RB

Nico Acevedo, Crystal Lake Central, jr, LB

Shawn Adkerson, Burlington Central, jr., WR-LB

Ty Baker, Prairie Ridge, sr., RB-DB

Adam Benton, McHenry, sr. WR

Cole Brey, Woodstock North, sr., RB-LB

Nasir Canty, Jacobs, jr., RB

Jacob Carnrite, Crystal Lake Central, jr., WR

Caden Chlopek, Dundee-Crown, sr., LB

Andy Ciske, Cary-Grove, sr., DB

Nate Compere, Crystal Lake South, so., OL

Alex Corbett, Hampshire, sr., RB-DB

Mitch Durham, Richmond-Burton, sr., OL

Ty Fikis, Hampshire, so., QB

Matt Gallimore, McHenry, sr., WR

Patrick Gartner, Prairie Ridge, sr., LB-DL

Eli Garza, Marengo, sr., WR-LB

Henry Goetz, Woodstock North, jr., RB-LB

Brody Hallin, McHenry, jr., RB-LB

Jack Hayden, Marian Central, jr., DL

Andrew Hoffman, McHenry, jr., QB

Jacob Huber, Richmond-Burton, sr., QB

Andew Hudec, Crystal Lake Central, sr., DL

Henry Kennedy, Dundee-Crown, so., WR-DB

Austin Kohley, Harvard, sr., WR-DB

Justin Kowalak, Crystal Lake South, jr., QB

Gavin Loiselle, Woodstock, jr., OL-DL

Colton Madura, Crystal Lake Central, jr., QB

Nate Majewski, Burlington Central, jr., WR-LB

Liam Mickle, Woodstock, jr., QB

R.J. Miner, Marian Central, jr., LB

Dylan Minzey, Richmond-Burton, sr., WR

Shane Moran, Crystal Lake South, sr., LB

Andrew Pena, Woodstock North, sr., RB-LB

Zac Petko, Cary-Grove, jr., LB

Nick Peto, Huntley, sr., OL

Will Pflederer, Hampshire, sr., DL

Drew Randl, Dundee-Crown, jr., WR-DB

Andrew Renteria, Prairie Ridge, sr., OL-DL

Aidan Roberts, Jacobs, sr., FB-LB

Jack Rummell, Hampshire, jr., WR

Sawyer Sevcik, Crystal Lake South, sr., LB

Nathan Splitt, Cary-Grove, sr., DB-K

Max Stec, Jacobs, sr., WR-DB

Cannon Sternitzky, Woodstock, sr., RB-DL

Justin VanAcker, Woodstock North, jr., TE-DL

Max Walrod, Woodstock, sr., LB

Jacob Welch, Johnsburg, so., OL-DL

Joe Stevenson

I have worked at the Northwest Herald since January of 1989, covering everything from high school to professional sports. I mainly cover high school sports now.