Local quintet tabbed INA all-state

Following standout individual seasons on the gridiron, a total of 30 local and area football players have been named to the 2013 INA all-state teams, which were announced on Monday.

Fort Dodge’s Jake Porter (offensive lineman) and Sam Cook (running back) each landed on the Class 4A third squad.

The Dodgers went 3-6 overall this fall, missing the postseason for the first time since 2007.

Porter was a three-year starter in the trenches for FDSH. The 275-pound senior was also a two-time 4A-2 all-division selection.

“Looking back at Jake’s career, he started 29 games, which is pretty good in 4A,” said Fort Dodge head coach Matt Miller. “Making all-state is a great accomplishment for Jake, and it speaks volumes to the hard work and dedication he’s put in over the past four years. His name will be up there for all-stater in Dodger football for as long as we go. I’m very proud of him.”

Cook, a 10th-grader, rewrote the record books in more ways than one for the Dodgers. The 190-pound tailback rushed for 1,608 yards, shattering the school’s sophomore record and tying Jontel Clayton’s 2009 performance for the best in FDSH single-season history.

Cook delivered the top two individual performances ever in a Dodger uniform, gaining 352 yards in a win over Des Moines North and 265 more in the season finale against Sioux City North. His 178.7 yards per game ranked ahead of Clayton’s ’09 effort (160.8) and placed him second in all of Class 4A during the regular season.

“For Sam as a sophomore to finish second in 4A in rushing and tie the school record for single-season yards is awful good,” Miller said. “We didn’t really know how good he was going to be, but he forced us to change our (offensive) philosophy by Week 3. He’s just a workhorse, and we’re excited to see what he can do as he grows and matures a little more. I think both Jake and Sam still have some great football ahead of them.”

Vinnie Harvey (running back), Landon Peed (tight end/wide receiver) and T.J. O’Tool (linebacker) all earned spots on the 1A second team for state runner-up St. Edmond. The Gaels went 13-1 overall during their record-breaking campaign, with their lone setback coming to four-time reigning state champion Iowa City Regina in the title round.

Harvey, a 225-pound senior, accounted for 1,594 yards and 35 touchdowns on 297 carries this year – numbers that rank third, first and first among the top single-season marks in school history. Harvey is now No. 1 all-time at SEHS in total rushing scores (44), No. 4 in total rushing yards (2,424) and No. 6 in attempts (444). Defensively, Harvey collected 75 tackles and a team-high nine sacks from his defensive end spot.

“We knew we were going to build around Vinnie as a running back,” said SEHS head coach Dick Tighe. “It didn’t take me long to decide that he was a fullback instead of a tailback. At 225 (pounds), we wanted to run him inside as much as possible. He always made extra yards after contact, which allowed you to play possession football.”

Despite limited opportunities in the Gael run-oriented attack, the junior Peed hauled in 26 catches for 673 yards and seven scores. For his career, Peed is third all-time at SEHS in receiving TDs (14), second in receiving yards (1,127) and tied for sixth in receptions (45). Peed added 67 stops at free safety, while tying for fourth in 1A with six picks.

“Landon didn’t have a lot of catches, but most of them were all quality ones,” Tighe said. “It seems like almost half of his catches were pretty long gainers, too, which is what you need in our offense. Landon was also a pillar at free safety that could go cover a lot of area and make a bunch of tackles.”

After starting the season on the junior varsity squad, O’Tool still paced the Gaels in tackles (108). The 175-pound sophomore chipped in 1,538 yards on the ground, finding paydirt 14 times for an 8.3-yard per carry average.

“O’Tool was a big surprise for us on both sides of the ball,” said Tighe. “He showed up early in the JV game and practice, so we decided to take a look at him. I really liked his combination of size, power, speed and durability.”

On the heels of directing District 2 champion St. Edmond to its first-ever state football final, Tighe was also recognized Monday as the “Honorary Mayor” of Fort Dodge. Tighe is Iowa’s all-time leader with 413 career wins through 60 years on the sidelines.

Humboldt junior Brady Ross (linebacker) made the first team in 3A. Webster City senior Nelson Ball (linebacker) was voted to the 3A second squad, while senior Connor Larson (running back) of the Lynx and Algona senior Tyler Frideres (linebacker) were voted to the third team.

East Sac County senior Carter Niehaus (tight end/wide receiver) and Greene County senior T.J. Lint (tight end/wide receiver) were picked to the 2A third squad.

In 1A, Emmetsburg senior Shay Mortenson (defensive back) was tabbed to the top team. Manson Northwest Webster junior Cal Twait (defensive lineman) and Emmetsburg junior Greg Wesley (defensive lineman) both received a spot on the 1A second squad. Receiving third-team accolades were Manson Northwest Webster senior Austin Pohl (offensive lineman) and Emmetsburg seniors Allen Jensen (running back) and Joel Hoyman (defensive lineman).

Bishop Garrigan seniors Conner Langerman (linebacker) and Chris Loss (punter) were chosen to the Class A first squad. Junior Ben Vaske (linebacker) of the Golden Bears was named to the second team, along with Prairie Valley senior Clayton Taylor (linebacker). Garrigan senior Brayton Loss (running back) and Prairie Valley junior Shane Promes (defensive back) were pegged to the third squad.

Seniors Brady Bohe (running back) and Dalton Anderson (defensive back) made the first team for 8-man state semifinalist Newell-Fonda. West Bend-Mallard seniors Nathan Grimm (linebacker) and Jason Zinnel (punter) were also on the 8-man top squad. Newell-Fonda senior Andrew Temple (offensive lineman) landed on the second team, while West Bend-Mallard senior Jesse Zinnel (quarterback) and sophomore Cole Banwart (defensive lineman) were voted to the third squad.

Honorary captains in each of their classes were West Des Moines Dowling’s John Swisher (4A), Sioux City Heelan’s Trent Solsma (3A), Caroll Kuemper’s Cole Neary (2A), Iowa City Regina’s Riley Dixon (1A), West Lyon’s Brandon Snyder (A) and Don Bosco’s Jake Hogan (8-man).