By Leader-Telegram staff
Regis got 11 of the city’s 14 wins and it gained the Ramblers 13 spots on the Leader-Telegram All-City football team.
Regis opened with 11 straight wins before losing in the Division 6 quarterfinals to Grantsburg. Memorial had a record-setting offense but finished 3-6 while North was winless.
Leading the selections for Regis were two-way players Cade Osborn, Andrew Ernstmeyer and Nathan Gorzek.
Osborn did it all on both sides of the ball, rushing for 648 yards and 10 touchdowns at an 8.4 clip and catching nine passes for 236 yards and five more touchdowns on offense and leading the defense with 109 tackles.
Ernstmeyer, who was selected as a linebacker, was the Ramblers’ leading rusher with 746 yards at nine touchdowns at a 9.2 average and had 44 tackles and five sacks on defense.
“He is real strong,” Brenner said. “He has balance and speed and would have been a 1,000-yard rusher for most teams.”
Gorzek was the anchor of the offensive line that did the blocking for an attack that averaged of 291 yards rushing towards 370 total yards.
Osborn and Ernstmeyer are repeaters from last year’s team along with teammates Henry Theisen, Kadin Peterson, Will Jordahl and Tristan Root.
Theisen, who had 52 tackles and five sacks, and Peterson, who led the Ramblers with eight sacks among 63 tackles, were named to the defensive line along with teammate Tommy Schmidt, who had 58 tackles.
Jordahl joins Ernstmeyer at linebacker and registered 40 tackles while Jack Nicolai was chosen at defensive back where he had 39 tackles and three interceptions. He also scored eight touchdowns this fall.
Isaac Michels, who guided the Ramblers to 21 wins in his two years at quarterback, was also honored. Nick Maenner was credited with a strong blocking job in the offensive line.
Besides playing a key role on both sides of the ball, Root was selected as both placekicker and punter. He averaged 50 yards on 75 kickoffs and kicked 39 extra points and a field goal. On 20 punts, he averaged 36.8 yards.
Memorial put Bryson Johnson at quarterback, Loyal Crawford at running back, Calvin Tanner and Nathan Hau at receiver and Nick Oberding in the line in an attack that put up 245 points and averaged 362 yards.
The major reason was the passing of Johnson, who threw for 2,043 yards and 25 touchdowns, including a state-record tying eight in a 67-65 loss to Chippewa Falls. He had a glue-fingered group of receivers headed by Tanner, who caught 41 balls for 620 yards and nine touchdowns. Tight end Hau took 39 for 522 and four scores.
Crawford, a workhorse and breakaway threat who was headed for a big season, suffered a broken collarbone early in the fifth game but still piled up 689 yards and scored eight touchdowns.
Abes named defensively were linemen Levi Smith, who led the team with 42 tackles, and sophomore Grant Gerber, who followed with 41 tackles.
Austin Jarvis, who had 37 tackles, was named at linebacker and repeater Andrew Roberts, who had 27 tackles and three interceptions, at defensive back.
Three leaders for North were honored. They are defensive back Carter Duerkop, who led the Huskies in tackles with 100, and hard-charging offensive linemen Anthony Pogodzinski and Sam Haslow, a strong team leader.