Wildcats tapped for All-District team
The Class 3 All-District team lists have come out and give this year's 8-1 Wildcats some much deserved credit. Cassville landed a total of 16 spots, combined between first team, second team and honorable mention selections.
|Leading the way among Wildcat nominations was Brian Elkins, a 210-pound senior, who was named to the first team All-District team as running back. He was an unanimous pick.||Elkins racked up a bevy of stats this year, including carrying the ball more than 200 times for a total of over 1,500 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns. He also caught eight passes for 88 yards and one touchdown and went three-for-four passing for 100 yards and another two touchdowns.|
Two other players named to the first-team offense were a large reason why Elkins was able to produce the yardage that he did. Nick Pianalto, a 250-pound senior, and Josh Rambo, 205-pound senior, were both named as linemen to the team. Unfortunately stats are not kept for linemen, but if they were, both of these young men could have easily tallied over 20 pancake blocks.
In addition to the first-team selections, Cassville got four more players on the second-team. Senior Michael Baker was named to the All-District second team as a receiver. He totaled 21 receptions for 369 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran 31 times for 239 yards and four touchdowns.
|Brandon McCullough, a 210-pound senior, was also named to the second-team for his outstanding play on the offensive line. The other Michael Baker, a 215-pound junior, was named as a tight end, and Aaron Jamieson earned second team honors as a kicker.||Senior Tim Orrell, who completed 51 passes this year for 692 yards and six touchdowns with a completion rating of close to 60 percent, received honorable recognition as quarterback. Orrell also rushed for another 403 yards and five touchdowns.|
Aaron Carr, a 270-pound senior, was another honorable mention choice for his role in the Wildcats' dominant offensive line.
Cassville garnered seven more positions on the defensive side of the selections. Again highlighting the selections was Elkins, who was named Defensive Player of the Year for the entire district.
Elkins tallied 34 total tackles, eight of them for a loss, two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, and a blocked kick. He was also named to the first-team at the position of linebacker.
The Wildcats also spotted two men from up front on defense. Both Rambo and Pianalto were named to the first team for their performances on the line. Between the two, they tallied 72 tackles (34-38), eight sacks (5-3) and 20 tackles for a loss (9-11).
Also receiving first team recognition was secondary specialist Ryan Rowley, a 170-pound junior. Rowley was able to come up with 35 tackles this year, as well as a team high five interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
|The Wildcats' other linebacker Dannon Rose, a 185-pound junior, was named to the All-District second team. Rose led the Wildcats in tackles with 62 as well as picking off one pass and recovering a fumble.||Jared Bouzek, a 185-pound senior, received honorable mention honors as a linebacker. Despite being injured for a good part of the year, Bouzek was still able to tally 23 tackles and two interceptions.|
Cassville had the second highest number of athletes named to the All-District team, just behind a very good Mt. Vernon squad that ended up losing to state champion Harrisonville 29-28.