Seven USC football players honored
Five named to All-District Team, two receive honorable mention
The United South Central Rebels football team had a total of seven players named to either the Mid-Southeast District Football All-District Team, or the All-District Honorable Mention List.
Riley Staloch, Jackson Spizzirri, Colten Quade, Micah Hamson and Ethan Dallman were on the All-District Team, while Jacob Hendrickson and Joe Bonsack were on the Honorable Mention list.
Senior Riley Staloch, a tight end/linebacker, had 13 catches in the Rebels’ six games, good for 242 yards and three touchdowns while playing on offense. On defense he had 24 tackles and one interception.
“Riley was a four-year starter for us and was a fixture on both sides of the ball,” USC head football coach Brandon Neseth says. “He played nearly all positions on defense for us and always had a positive attitude while doing it.”
Running back/linebacker Jackson Spizzirri, a junior, had 114 carries for 554 yards and three touchdowns in the six games. He also had seven catches for 149 yards and two more touchdowns. On defense he had 52 tackles and one interception.
“Jackson battled back from a broken elbow in 2019 to have a nice season in 2020,” coach Neseth says. “He handled the bulk of our carries on offense and was always a big play threat through the air.”
Neseth adds that Spizzirri was one of two players in the district to be top 10 in both rushing and receiving yards.
“Jackson will be the focal point of our offense once again in 2021,” the coach says.
Colten Quade, a junior running back/linebacker, had 27 carries for 120 yards and a touchdown. However, he did start a game at tight end, as well as at tackle when the team was battling numbers due to COVID-19.
“Colten was a fixture in the weight room this off-season and he proved to be an integral part in all three facets of the game,” the coach says. “He was a running back/tight end on offense and linebacker on defense and was our kicker on special teams.”
While Quade’s importance on the team would not necessarily show up in the boxscore, Neseth points out, he improved drastically over the previous year and will be a force in 2021.
Senior offensive lineman/linebacker Micah Hamson amassed more than 75 tackles in the six games. He was also one of the leading tacklers in 2018 and led the team in tackles in 2019 and 2020.
“Micah has been a key in the middle of our defense over the last three years and his production will be hard to replace,” the Rebels’mentor says. “On offense, he has been a guard and center over the last three seasons and is a key reason for our strong running games over those three years.”
Senior quarterback/defensive back Ethan Dallman had 86 pass attempts in the six games and completed 36 of them. He passed for 542 yards and had six touchdowns and six interceptions. On defense he had 23 tackles along with an interception and a sack.
“Ethan was a player who had started at quarterback as far back as his freshman year,” Neseth says. “He’s a solid athlete who always made our offense multi-dimensional with his ability to run. He came in last year when Isaac Meyer got hurt and led our team to the Section finals.”
Senior offensive/defensive lineman Jacob Hendrickson was on the All-District Honorable Mention list. He had 48 tackles and two sacks in the Rebels six games. In 2019 he had 12 1/2 sacks. He is second all time in USC history in terms of numbers of sacks.
“Jacob was constantly getting pressure on the opposing teams’ QBs,” the coach notes. “He was a big reason why our D has been as strong as it has been over the last few years.”
Fellow senior offensive/ defensive lineman Joe Bonsack was also on the All-District Honorable Mention list. In six games Bonsack had 37 tackles and two sacks.
“Joe was our strongest offensive lineman this season,” coach Neseth says. “He was an integral part of our team’s rushing game over the last two seasons.”