Six honored from BEA football team
Four Blue Earth Area football players were named to the All-South Central Red District team and two players received honorable mention.
Koby Nagel, Caelan Sanders, Cameron Anderson and Gavin Storbeck received All-District honors. Zac Murphy and Anders Fering were the honorable mention recipients.
Nagel was also named the running back of the year and Sanders was chosen as the defensive back of the year for the sub-district.
Nagel rushed for 1,301 yards this past season on 213 attempts, an average of 6.1 yards per carry. He also scored 28 rushing touchdowns. The versatile senior had 25 receptions for 296 yards and two TDs.
Nagel accounted for 192 kick return yards, 54 punt return yards and 60 interception return yards. He totaled 1,903 all-purpose yards.
On defense, Nagel had 44 tackles and three interceptions.
“Koby is tough, has great vision, is durable and makes plays,” head coach Randy Kuechenmeister said. “He is a gamer.”
Sanders led the team with 45 receptions totaling 660 yards. He had eight receiving TDs and averaged 14.7 yards per reception.
The fleet-footed Sanders had 187 yards and four TDs on 24 rushing attempts. The senior receiver piled up 198 kickoff return yards and one TD.?He had 117 punt return yards. His all-purpose yards totaled 1,157.
Sanders also recorded 27 tackles and had three interceptions while playing defense.
“Caelan is a playmaker with excellent hands. He is a game changer.” Kuechenmeister commented. “He is a great cover guy on defense.”
Anderson had 41 receptions for 643 yards and six TDs. He averaged 15.7 yards per catch. The junior speedster also carried the ball five times for 65 yards and one TD.
Anderson had 91 kick return yards and 44 interception return yards for a total of 843 all-purpose yards.
He had 38 tackles on defense and returned one of his two interceptions for a TD.
“Cameron makes plays with his hands and feet,” Kuechenmeister remarked. “He has big play ability and can go the distance every time he touches the ball. He has excellent speed.”
Storbeck completed 127 of his 172 pass attempts for a 73.8 percent completion rate. The junior signal-caller threw for 17 TDs while throwing only seven interceptions.
“Gavin is smart. He is an accurate and pure passer,” Kuechenmeister said.
Murphy was selected to the honorable-mention team with 42 tackles and one interception. The senior linebacker missed four games due to injury.
“Zac is a tough, hard-nosed kid. He has one speed full go,” Kuechenmeister stated. “He is not big in size but is a very physical player and was the leader of the defense.”
Fering had 41 tackles and three sacks from his position as a defensive tackle. The junior had three receptions for 23 yards as a tight end.
“Anders is a very versatile athlete. He is strong, tough and a player you can count on.” Kuechenmeister said. “He was a fixture in the middle of our defense.”