13 Bulldog football players are all-district selections

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Carver Blietz-Bentien

Wyatt Powell

Karter Decker

Kade McElwaine

Tristen Koehn

Taylor Herzmann

Hunter Meyer

Zach Driscoll

Bryce Radloff

Elias Hatt (12)

Bryce Diehl

Corbin McElwaine

Aiden Schoulte

Thirteen MFL MarMac football players have earned all-district honors for Class 1A - District 4. 

 

That total includes seven first-team selections in Carver Blietz-Bentien, Wyatt Powell, Karter Decker, Kade McElwaine, Tristen Koehn, Taylor Herzmann and Hunter Meyer.

 

Blietz-Bentien, a junior fullback, carried the ball a team leading 119 times, racking up 846 yards and 9 touchdowns. He also snagged 6 catches for 118 yards and 4 touchdowns.

 

Defensively, Blietz-Bentien was third among Bulldog players with 57 total tackles, including 30 solo efforts and 6 tackles for loss. He also earned a sack, an interception and 2 fumble recoveries.

 

Powell reached 1,154 rushing yards on 107 carries—putting him first on the team and ninth in Class 1A. His 10.8 yards per carry were second most in Class 1A. The junior running back scored 15 touchdowns on the ground and another two through the air, where he had 11 receptions for 251 yards. Powell also returned five kickoffs for 142 yards, which was first on the team, and had a touchdown. In all, Powell picked up 1,547 all purpose yards, placing him sixth in that category in Class 1A.

 

Also a star linebacker for the Bulldogs, Powell totaled 58 tackles, including 16.5 for loss—both second most on the team. He led the Bulldogs—and was fourth in Class 1A—with 8.5 sacks.

 

Decker, a senior, contributed to MFL MarMac’s rushing attack with 500 yards and 8 touchdowns on 42 attempts. The wing back was also the top receiving threat, amassing 502 yards and 4 touchdowns on 21 catches. That was good for a 23.9-yard average.

 

As the district’s “Returner MVP,” Decker fielded 4 kickoffs for 115 yards and a touchdown. One 95-yard return was the longest in Class 1A this season. He also tallied 8 punt returns for 166 yards and a touchdown, averaging 20.8 yards per attempt.

 

Additionally, Decker played strong safety for the Bulldog defense, earning 45 tackles—34 solo and 4 for a loss—along with a sack, interception and fumble recovery.

 

McElwaine set a Bulldog single season record with 108.5 total tackles, an amount that was second most in Class 1A. He was tops on the team and fourth in 1A with 70 solo tackles, then first on the team and third in 1A with 21 tackles for a loss. The junior linebacker capped off his “Defensive Skill MVP” title with 3.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. 

 

From the tight end position, McElwaine had 7 receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown.

 

Koehn, the junior nose tackle, was another large part of the MFL MarMac defense, totaling 45 tackles—23 of which were solo and 10 for loss. He recorded a pair of fumbles as well as 4.5 sacks.

 

Fellow defensive lineman Herzmann added 32 tackles to the team total. Twelve were solo efforts and 5 were for a loss. He snagged 3.5 sacks and an interception as well.

 

Herzmann was also a key part of the MFL MarMac offensive line with senior Meyer, the district “Offensive Line MVP.” The group paved the way for a rushing attack that totaled 2,930 yards, including an impressive 8.6 yards per carry. 

 

They were also good protection for all-district second team selection Zach Driscoll. The sophomore quarterback completed 54.1 percent of his passes, throwing for 1,191 yards and 13 touchdowns in his first season at the helm. Driscoll’s 144.2 was the best passer rating in the district, and he had the third highest yards-per-throw average in Class 1A at 19.9. Also a running threat, Driscoll carried the ball 23 times for 114 yards and 4 touchdowns.

 

MFL MarMac’s other second team selection was junior defensive back Bryce Radloff. He was one of the team’s leading tacklers, with 40.5 total, and grabbed a pair of interceptions.

 

Four Bulldogs received honorable mention nods: defensive back Elias Hatt and linemen Bryce Diehl, Corbin McElwaine and Aiden Schoulte.

 

Hatt, a junior, led MFL MarMac with 3 interceptions and picked up 17 tackles, 13 of them solo. Diehl, also a junior, totaled 21.5 tackles—including 6 for loss—and 1.5 sacks. McElwaine picked up 10 tackles and 2 sacks, along with recovering a fumble, during his senior season. He and tackle Schoulte, a sophomore, were part of the Bulldogs’ strong offensive line.

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