Central Decatur had several players make the Class A all-district 8 team last week, with Cole Pedersen receiving honors as District MVP
The Iowa State football commit passed for 850 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. When opting to run or getting the hand off, he was a force with 8.6 yards per carry.
He rushed for 1,268 yards, scoring 16 times. His rushing and scoring total was second only to Chase Keifer of Wayne (1,799 yards and 21 scores), who was selected as offensive MVP.
On defense, Pedersen had 43 stops with two tackles for a loss. He had one sack and one fumble recovery.
Joining Pedersen on the all-district list is Hayden Leymaster. Leymaster’s 630 yards on 49 catches with nine scores earned him the nod at the wide receiver position.
Tate Hill and Colton Barnes were also selected to the offensive all-district team, getting selected as offensive linemen.
The O-linemen helped CD total 3,172 yards of offense. The Cardinals scored 39 times on offense, averaging 5.9 yards per play.
On the defensive side of the all-district team, Dakota Reed and Tegan Carson were selected as defensive linemen.
The Cardinal defense had 456 stops, 52 coming for a loss, with 17 sacks.
Reed had 39 1/2 tackles with six for a loss. He had four sacks. Carson had 32 1/2 tackles with eight coming for a loss.
Matthew Boothe and Michel Evertsen were selected as defensive backs for the all-district team.
Booth picked off five passes with 83 interception return yards. Evertsen picked off one pass, a 20-yard return for a score. In total, CD had 13 interceptions.
Selected as defensive utility was Devin Adams. Adams picked off one pass, had 39 1/2 tackles and one sack.
Receiving honorable mention was TJ Fallis, Kolby Hewlett and Brogan Bundt (all defensive).
CD finished the season 5-5, qualifying for the playoffs as district champions. The Cards were bounced in the opening round of the Class A playoffs by North Tama 16-6 Nov. 1.
Class A District 8 all-district team
District MVP – Cole Pedersen, Senior, Central Decatur
Offensive MVP – Chasen Kiefer, Senior, Wayne
Defensive MVP – Bret Whitehall, Senior, Wayne
Gold Award – Bray Noun-Harder, Senior, Lynnville-Sully
Quarterback – Jack Franey, Junior, Martensdale-St. Marys
Running back – Brooks Trom, Junior, Martensdale-St. Marys; Ethan Wyma, Senior, Lynnville-Sully
Wide receiver – Haden Leymaster, Junior, Central Decatur; Carson Elbert, Junior, Martensdale-St. Marys; Troy Holt, Junior, Martensdale-St. Marys; Dylan Klinker, Junior, North Mahaska
Tight end – Zane Fraker, Senior, Lynnville-Sully
Offensive line – Tate Hill, Senior, Central Decatur; Colton Barnes, Sophomore, Central Decatur; Tyler Noga, Senior, Martensdale-St. Marys; Luke Carpenter, Senior, Wayne; Payton Van Wyk, Junior, Lynville-Sully
Offensive utility – Kinnick McFarland, Senior, Lynnville-Sully
Kicker – William Amfahr, Sophomore, Martensdale-St. Marys
Defensive line – Sean Miklus, Senior, Martensdale-St. Marys; Dayton Jacobsen, Sophomore, Wayne; Matt Davis, Senior, Wayne; Dakota Reed, Senior, Central Decatur; Tegan Carson, Sophomore, Central Decatur
Linebackers – Slater Young, Senior, Lynnville-Sully; Brady Langloss, Senior, Wayne; Dominick DeCesare, Senior, Martensdale-St. Marys; Colby Widener, Senior, Martensdale-St. Marys
Defensive backs – Matthew Boothe, Sophomore, Central Decatur; Grant Van Donsleaar, Senior, North Mahaska; Michel Evertsen, Senior, Central Decatur
Defensive utility – Devin Adams, Sophomore, Central Decatur
Punter – Kinnick McFarland, Senior, Lynnville-Sully
Central Decatur – TJ Fallis, Junior, linebacker; Kolby Hewlett, Senior, defensive back; Brogan Bundt, Senior, defensive lineman.
Lynnville-Sully – Chance Stock, Sophomore, defensive lineman; Kodie Waggoner, Junior, defensive back; Mason Rodibaugh, Sophomore, offensive lineman.
Martensdale-St. Marys – Hogan Franey, Sophomore, wide receiver.
North Mahaska – Sean Knockel, Sophomore, wide receiver; Matthew Goemaat, Junior, defensive end; Ethan Molenburg, Senior, linebacker.
Wayne – Jayce Wyatt, Sophomore, offensive lineman; Jakson Cobb, Junior, wide receiver; Gunner Fogle, Senior, defensive back.