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The annual 8-Man All-Star games in Beloit, Kansas is set for Saturday, January 10th and this year eight area 8-Man football seniors were selected to participate in the games.
The Division II game will get the day rolling as they are set to kickoff at 10:00am, followed by the Division I game at 1:30pm. Six Twin Valley League football players will represent the area as part of the DII East team as Frankfort Wildcats, Jedd Rose and Adam Kenworthy were selected, along with Hanover Wildcats, Will Bruna, Adam Zarybnicky and Adam Fristchi and Linn Bulldog, Kalen Richardson. In the DI game two TVL players will suit up for the East team as Onaga Buffalo, Logan Marten and Clifton-Clyde Eagle, Justin Shutt were selected for the game.
The Frankfort duo of Rose and Kenworthy helped the Wildcats to a 5-4 record in their final season. Kenworthy finished the year 40-96 for 636 yards with 10 touchdowns, while rushing 128 times for 918 yards and 18 touchdowns and on defense recorded 61 tackles which was second on the team and grabbed one interception and two fumble recoveries. Adam earned second team All-TVL honors at both quarterback and defensive back, while earning honorable mention All-State. Rose on defense notched 60 tackles (third on team), a sack, fumble recovery and blocked punt, while on offense blocked for an offense that averaged 231.7 yards rushing per game and 39.6 points per game. Jedd was selected first team All-TVL on the offensive and defensive lines and earned All-State on the defensive line.
The Hanover trio selected to the All-Star game helped guide the Wildcats to their first 8-Man State title since 2009 as they won the DII title and finished the season 12-0. Bruna who was selected first team All-TVL at quarterback and All-State finished the season 86-124 for 1,753 yards with 29 touchdowns and ran for 600 yards on 80 carries with 13 touchdowns, while making 23 tackles on defense. Will set a 8-Man State record his junior year with passing yards for a season with 3,452 yards. Zarybnicky who was selected first team All-TVL at end and linebacker and All-State at linebacker led the team in receiving with 540 yards on 26 catches and five touchdowns, while being third on the team in tackles with 69 and had two interceptions (one returned for TD) and a forced fumble. Fritschi led the team in tackles with 97 and recorded three sacks, four interceptions (one returned for TD), while catching a pair of touchdowns but primarily served as an offensive lineman. Adam picked up first team All-TVL honors at offensive line and linebacker and All-State honors at linebacker.
The Linn Bulldogs finished the season 4-5 and Richardson was a big contributor to the team leading the team in tackles with 108 (led team by 44 tackles), while recording three sacks, a forced fumble and blocked punt and was named second team All-TVL at linebacker. On offense Kalen ran for 363 yards on 78 carries with 10 touchdowns and also had a punt return touchdown on the year.
Onaga Buffaloes went just 2-7 in their initial 8-Man campaign but were part of a State record game in which they beat Valley Falls 114-68, as the two teams combined for the most points in an 8-Man game in Kansas history. Marten also set a State record for touchdown passes, nine in that game against Valley Falls and on the year was named second team All-TVL at linebacker and honorable All-State. Logan for the Buffaloes led the team in tackles with 146 and recorded a sack, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and seven pass defenses, while at quarterback finished the year 52-106 for 841 yards with 13 touchdowns and ran for 1,071 yards on 139 carries with 19 touchdowns.
Clifton-Clyde Eagles returned to the playoffs this year finishing the season 8-2 and Shutt was a key piece to the team’s success. Shutt was named first team All-TVL at both offensive and defensive line and honorable mention All-State, blocking for an offense that notching 290.6 yards rushing per game and 47.7 points per game, while recording 48 tackles and two sacks on the year.
The eight area players will represent their school one final team on the football field in the 8-Man All-Star games set for Saturday, January 10th in Beloit, Kansas.