This week the Coaches Association All-State and All-Region selections for high school football were made with Cassville's coaching staff, as well as a number of Wildcat team members, awarded honors for their superior performance this year.
Heading the All-State and All-Region teams this year is Cassville's Ethan Couch. The senior was not only named to the All-State and All-Region first teams as a linebacker but was also selected as the state's and the region's Defensive Player of the Year.
Couch accumulated a total of 120 unassisted tackles and 52 assisted tackles this season, leading his team in tackle points for the entire season.
Along with Couch, three other players made the All-State first team.
Senior Aaron Jamieson earned a spot as kicker, tallying 2,182 yards on 62 punts and 4,012 yards on 71 kick-offs. He also made 44 of his 50 extra point attempts. Jamieson was also named to the All-Region first team as a punter and a kicker.
Nathan Riehn, another senior, earned a spot on the All-State first team and All-Region first team as a defensive end. This season, Riehn was credited with 66 unassisted tackles and 28 assisted tackles for the year. He also led the Wildcats in sacks with nine for the season.
Senior Seth Thompson was the fourth Wildcat to make the All-State first team. He was recognized for his efforts as a key member of Cassville's offensive line. He also earned All-Region first team honors for that position. Cody Pierson, another senior leader, was named to the All-State second team and the All-Region first team as defensive back. Pierson accumulated a total of 53 unassisted tackles and 20 assisted tackles during the season. He also led the team in interceptions with eight for the year.
All-State third team honors were awarded to senior Jake Nolan at quarterback and senior Trevor Tanner at wide receiver. The pair also received All-Region first team recognition. and Tanner was named the region's Return Specialist of the Year.
During the season, Nolan rushed for a total of 470 yards and passed for a count of 1,355 yards. Tanner led in pass receiving this year with 556 yards in receiving, as well as scoring nine touchdowns for a total of 60 points this year. In the returns category, Tanner had a total of 257 yards in kick-off returns and 206 yards in punt returns.
In addition to players who received All-State recognition, there were a number of Wildcats who earned All-Region honors.
Senior Brent Elkins made the All-Region first team as a defensive back with a total of 59 unassisted tackles and 28 assisted tackles for the season.
J.R. Woodruff, another Wildcat senior, was selected to the All-Region first team as linebacker, tallying 80 unassisted tackles and 38 assisted tackles this fall.
Cassville players named to the All-Region second team were: junior Dylan Gibson as offensive lineman; senior Jon Haney as runningback who led his team in rushing and scoring with 978 yards in carries and 114 total points; junior Travis Northern as wide receiver with 60 points on the year and 461 yards in pass receiving; and sophomore Garrett Mahurin as defensive lineman with a total of 38 unassisted tackles and 33 assisted tackles for the season.
Sophomore Trenton Tanner and senior Robbie Coberly also received All-Region honorable mention recognition as linebacker and defensive lineman respectively. Tanner made a total of 53 unassisted tackles and 42 assisted tackles this year, and Coberly was credited with 39 unassisted tackles and 18 assisted tackles in 2008.
In addition, the Cassville coaching staff, which includes David Large, Lance Parnell, Kyle Wood, Jay Rogers, Rick Lawson and Clay Weldy, received the honor of being named the All-Region and All-State Coaching Staff of the Year.
According to Coach Large, the All-Region team is selected by the coaches of the 13 Class 3 schools in southwest Missouri and the All-State team is decided by all the Class 3 coaches across the state. The Associated Press All-State and All-Region teams have yet to be announced.
It should also be noted that Riehn, Couch, Thompson and Pierson were all unanimous All-Region first team selections.