Wildcats receive All-State, All-District honors
A host of Wildcats were named to the All-District and All-State football rosters this past week.
Junior Brian Elkins, who rushed for a total of 1,702 yards and scored 34 touchdowns this season, was named to the first team All-State Associated Press (AP) Poll and first team All-State Coaches Poll as well as the All-District first team. He also earned second team All-District honors as linebacker. Elkins also had the honor of being named the District's Offensive Player of the Year.
Senior Cody Ricklefs was also a first team All-State AP choice and first team All-District pick at defensive back. He also was named to the All-State third team in the Coaches Poll. Ricklefs led the team in interceptions with eight, which he returned for 161 yards total. The senior was also credited with 49 tackles on the season.
Junior Nick Pianalto was named to the All-State AP second team as offensive lineman and to the All-State Coaches third team as defensive end. Pianalto was also a first team All-District choice as defensive end and offensive lineman. He was one of the team's leading defenders with 65 total tackles.
Seniors Dakota Russell, Jason Bromley and Clay Craig all were named to the All-State second team in the Coaches Poll. Russell earned his recognition as offensive lineman, Bromley as kicker and Craig as defensive back. These three stand-outs also received first team All-District honors for their efforts on the field this season.
Craig had two fumble recoveries and one interception during the season and was credited with 58 tackles. Bromley kicked off 79 times this season for a total of 4,522 yards, which equates to a 57.2-yard kick-off average. He was also 100 percent on extra points, making 12 of 12, while also making five of eight field goal attempts this season.
Scott Fitzpatrick, another Wildcat senior, was named to the All-District first team as tightend, and senior Justin Burden was an All-District first team selection at linebacker. Fitzpatrick had six catches for 90 yards and one touchdown, and Burden led the team in tackles with 68.
Juniors who received first team All-District recognition were Josh Rambo at defensive tackle and Michael Baker as wide receiver. Rambo had 33 tackles this season. Baker was the team's leading pass receiver with 24 catches for 484 yards. The junior was also credited with 13 touchdowns for the year.
Players named to the All-District second team were: Rambo as offensive lineman; senior D.J. Meadows as defensive back; and Bromley as punter.
Junior quarterback Tim Orrell received All-District honorable mention recognition as did senior Matt Boles, offensive lineman, and sophomore Dannon Rose, linebacker. Orrell threw 60 times for a total of 1,164 yards. He threw only four interceptions all year. The junior also rushed for 218 yards.
Coach David Large explained that All-District recognition was chosen from among 13 Class 3 schools in southwest Missouri.
The Wildcats finished the 2005 season by losing in the state quarterfinals to Harrisonville, the eventual Class 3 state champions. This year's football squad went further into state play-off competition than any other team in the history of Cassville football.