Union at V-S Football

Action from a Week 7 matchup between V-S and Union. All six players shown made an All-District team in #7 CJ Rickels (2nd team), #59 Grant Ries (1st team), and #66 Isaac Wiley (1st team) for the Vikings, along with #61 Rashawn Williams (1st team), #63 Carter Spore (Academic), and #35 Kaleb Roach (1st team) for the Knights during the season. 

Benton leads local pack with 13 selections, while Union (11) and V-S (7) follow close behind

The local competition on the football field may have ceased for the 2018 campaign. However, that was not the case for individual players after laying it on the line all season for their teammates, as in turn, some were recognized for their efforts on the Class 2A All-District (7) teams.

In total, Vinton-Shellsburg (7), Benton (13), and Union (11) combined for 31 selections. This number is extremely impressive considering many called it one of the toughest Class 2A Districts in all of Iowa with the Bobcats (9-2, 4-1), the Knights (6-4, 4-1), and the Trojans of West Marshall (7-3, 4-1) all earning a share of the District title with one loss (Union beat Benton, Benton beat West Marshall, and West Marshall beat Union) and a spot in the playoffs. 

Beginning first with Vinton-Shellsburg, followed by Benton and Union, the players will be listed in their respective teams with a few statistics from the season.



*Indicates Academic All-District


First Team

*Isaac Wiley, SR, OL/DL

-56.5 tackles (45 solo), 9 for loss, and 3.5 sacks. 

*Grant Ries, SR, OL/DL

-No stats available for offensive lineman; 9.5 tackles (8 solo) on defense.


Second Team

Jose Wilson, JR, QB/RB/DB

-147 yards passing and 799 yards rushing (led team) with 6 total touchdowns (2 pass, 4 run); 27.5 tackles (22 solo) on defense; 305 kickoff return yards on 16 attempts (19.1 average).

Brooks Erickson, SO, QB/RB/LB

-Team leading 586 passing yards and 7 touchdowns, along with 427 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns; 19 tackles (14 solo) and 1 interception on defense.

CJ Rickels, SO, WR/DB

-Team high 23 receptions for 290 yards and 6 touchdowns; 28 tackles (25 solo) with 2 interceptions (team high) on defense.


Honorable Mention

Chevy Burnell, SR, TE/DE/P

-9 receptions for 109 yards and 1 touchdown; 12.5 tackles (5.5 for loss) on defense; 17 punts for 456 yards.

*Keegan Thompson, SR, RB/LB

-235 yards rushing, 139 yards receiving on 5 receptions and 1 touchdown; 8 solo tackles and 1 interception on defense.


*Sam Griffith (JR), Jesse Hepker (JR), and Seth Patterson (SR) also on Academic All-District team.



(Broke many school records, see 11/6 paper)

*Indicates Academic All-District


First Team

Matt Davis, SR, RB/LB

-District leading 1,724 rushing yards, 29 total touchdowns (28 rush, 1 receiving); Team high 91 tackles (79 solo), 17 for loss, and 6 solo sacks on defense.

*Jake Stocker, SR, T/DE

-38 tackles (22 solo), 7 for loss, 3.5 sacks, and 1 fumble recovery.

Easton Werner, SR, G/DT 

-MVP Defensive Lineman of the Year in District 7; 41 tackles (28 solo), 15.5 for loss, 5.5 sacks, and 2 fumble recoveries.

*Jack Shaw, SR, WR/SS

-47 receptions (team high) for 551 yards and 6 touchdowns; 50.5 tackles (42 solo), 10 for loss, and one interception and fumble recovery each on defense.

*Nathan Michels, SR, WR/CB

-46 receptions for 790 yards and 8 touchdowns (last two are team highs); 33.5 tackles (29 solo), team high 5 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries on defense.

*Ian Rupp, JR, LB

-70.5 tackles, 51 solo (both second on team), 5.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks.

*Clay Krousie, JR, QB

-127/202 (62.9 completion percentage) for 1,744 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, 4 interceptions; 260 rushing yards on 50 attempts and 6 touchdowns (all second on team).

Blake Osborn, JR, K

-MVP Kicker of the Year in District 7; 34 touchbacks (school record) on 62 kickoffs.


Second Team

*Jacob Thompson, SR, WR/CB

-13 receptions for 140 receiving yards (both third on team); 22 tackles (20 solo) and 2 interceptions on defense.

*Jackson Kithcart, SR, C/DT

-No stats available for offensive lineman; 13.5 tackles (8 solo), 4 for loss, and 1 sack on defense.

Ethan Weirather, SO, LB

-31.5 tackles (25 solo), 12 for loss, one fumble recovery, and a team high 9.5 sacks.


Honorable Mention

Carson Bear, SR, G/DT

-No stats available for offensive lineman; 5 tackles (4 solo) on defense.

*Zach Brecht, SR, K/CB

-42/47 on PAT’s, 1/2 on FG’s (made 27 yarder); 10 solo tackles and 1 interception on defense.


*Turner Schroeder (JR), Wyatt Bieschke (JR), Dylan Spina (SR), William Polansky (SR), Sam Shaw (JR), and Drew Lange (JR) also on Academic All-District team.



*Indicates Academic All-District


First Team

Lane Albertsen, SR, OL/DL

-No stats available for offensive lineman; 25.5 tackles (14 solo), 8.5 for loss,  and 4.5 sacks on defense.

Ben Behrens, SR, LB

-36.5 tackles (26 solo), 4 for loss, and 1 sack and interception.

Brayden Grosse, JR, RB/DB

-638 yards rushing, 12 touchdowns (team high); 12 receptions for 132 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns; 23.5 tackles (18 solo) and a team high 4 interceptions on defense.

*Ben Rempe, SR, OL/DL

-No stats available for offensive lineman; 42 tackles (29 solo), 14.5 for loss, and 5.5 sacks.

Kaleb Roach, SR, RB/DB

-989 rushing yards (team high), 9 touchdowns; 36 tackles (30 solo) on defense; 38 punts for 1,349 yards (50 long).

Rashawn Williams, SR, OL

-No stats available for offensive lineman.


Second Team

Silver Schmitz, SR, WR

-37 receptions (team high) for 381 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns.

*Kyle Gross, SR, LB

-Team high 64 tackles (44 solo), 6.5 for loss, 1 fumble recovery, and 1.5 sacks.

Liam Stone, JR, OL

-No stats available for offensive lineman.


Honorable Mention

*Bryce Parker, SR, TE/LB

-13 receptions for 123 receiving yards; Second on team with 42.5 tackles (33 solo) and 9.5 for loss.

*Tyler Rottinghaus, SR, OL/DL

-No stats available for offensive lineman; 17.5 tackles (9 solo), 2 for loss, and 1 sack on defense.


*Carter Asmussen (SR), Ben Dvorak (SR), Carter Spore (SR), Josh Ternus (SR), and Isaiah Jackson (JR) also on Academic All-District team.