VOL. SIGN UPS
TOUCHDOWNERS BOOSTER CLUB
STATS BY YEAR
ALL - METRO AWARDS
November 29, 2011By Jane Olinger of Spring Lake Park Football
All-Metro First Teams
11/14/2011, 9:07pm (CST)
By Star Tribune Staff Reports
Karl Finkel | Lakeville North | Junior | DL
Added a touch of toughness and relentless spirit to the Panthers' defense. Accumulated 60 tackles, 11 sacks, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
Jonathan Harden | Cretin-Derham Hall | Senior | DL
Two-time first-team pick. Used 300-pound frame, strength and quickness to regularly stop opposing offenses and often drive them back. Headed to Western Michigan.
Daulton Olinger | Spring Lake Park | Junior | DL
Spearheaded metro area's toughest defense to score against. Named North Suburban Conference defensive player of the year. Recorded 46 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
Kit Snyder | Wayzata | Senior | DL
Prototypical Trojans defender who played bigger than his size (220 pounds) and faster than the opposition. Posted 50 tackles and 11 sacks despite missing two games because of an injury.
Mitch Johnson | Lakeville North | Junior | LB
A swift, sure- tackling player with a competitive streak. Racked up 96 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 6.5 tackles for loss, six fumble recoveries and an interception.
Drake Michaelson | Eden Prairie | Senior | LB
Reminded one opposing coach of the St. Louis Rams' James Laurinaitis. Impressive knack for tracking the ball and making plays all over the field. Made 48 tackles and picked off two passes.
Ryan Poppitz | Wayzata | Senior | LB
Emotional leader of the state's top defense and the Trojans' most active play-maker. Among his 89 tackles were 50 solo and 17 for a loss. Made the Trojans' pressure schemes go.
Matt Arends | Prior Lake | Senior | DB
Defensive standout who also played running back and receiver. Sure tackler who helped the Lakers reach the state tournament for the first time.
Andy Moritko | Totino-Grace | Senior | DB
Quarterbacked the Eagles defense. Always in good position and was an excellent tackler. Showed great dexterity for his size (6-5, 210). Effective receiver near the goal line.
Shaquille Theus | Coon Rapids | Senior | DB
Physical player who made sure opponents felt all 112 of his tackles, including 20 against Centennial. High character. Played last five games despite a torn meniscus.
Charles Webb | Minnetonka | Senior | DB
Best player in a talented Skippers secondary. Played a physical style (43 solo tackles, 41 assists) but agile enough to cover (five pass breakups). Difference-maker.
Emeche Wells | Roseville | Senior | Athlete
Never left the field. Caught 34 balls for 560 yards and five TDs but might have been a better defensive back. One coach said, "Nobody threw his way in the conference."