Five tabbed for All-SCC honors
Five Blue Earth Area Buccaneer football players were named to the 2010 South Central Conference All-Conference honors list recently.
The five are; Zach Tvedten, Joe Franta, Sam Lee, Jonah Pirsig and Carter Hanson.
“We are very happy these players were recognized by the conference,” Buc head coach Randy Kuechenmeister says.
Here is a closer look at each one of the all-conference Buccaneers.
“Zach is a very hard-nosed, physical runner,” Coach Kuechenmeister says.
Tvedten’s stats for 2010 back up that statement.
The 185-pound senior carried the ball 217 times, rushing for 1,365 yards.
That is a 6.3 yards per carry average, and an average for each of the 10 games of 136.5 yards.
His longest run was 74 yards.
In addition, Tvedten averaged 14.6 yards on his five kickoff returns.
On defense, he was tied for third on the team in total tackles with 43.
“Joe is one tough kid,” Kuechenmeister says. “He absolutely loves the game, and it shows.”
Franta was second on the team as far as tackles go, with 85. He also had three interceptions for 59 yards, and one fumble recovery.
The 155-pound senior averaged 19.5 yards on his team, leading 11 kickoff returns. He also had five punt returns for 39 yards.
Franta was the Bucs’ leading receiver, gaining 259 yards on 15 catches, for a 17.3 yard average. His longest reception was good for 82 yards.
He also carried the ball 17 times, gaining 81 yards.
The 6-foot-9, 285-pound junior played the line on both offense and defense.
“Jonah is a very physical player,” the Buc coach says. “He moves people around on the line.”
Besides being an excellent run blocker and pass protector, Pirsig had 17 tackles on defense.
“Sam is also a very physical lineman,” Kuechenmeister says. “He gets off the ball and into his blocks very fast.”
Lee had 14 tackles during the season for the Bucs.
But, he also opened up big holes for the Bucs’ running game during the year.
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman is a junior, and will return to the Bucs’ 2011 squad next year.
Hanson is a 170-pound sophomore running back and linebacker for the Bucs.
“Carter is a very aggressive player,” Kuechenmeister says. “He is a good hitter and really sticks people.”
That shows in the stats. He led the Bucs in tackles with an incredible even 100.
He was second in rushing for the team, with 368 yards on 66 carries. That is a 5.6 yards per carry average, and 36.8 yards per game average.
He also had two receptions for 25 yards.