After a 9-0 regular season and a West Central Conference championship, the Smith-Cotton football team claimed 11 spots on the All-District football team selected by members of the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, Central District.
Austin Jaekel was honored for his work on both offense and defense. The S-C senior was the starting center for the Tigers on offense while on defense he had three sacks.
Joining Jaekel on the offensive line are junior John Canrey and senior LJ Marsh.
A pair of S-C running backs were honored. Senior Carlton Homan was honored after carrying 118 times for 806 yards and 15 touchdowns. Senior Noah Aziere carried 154 times for 849 yards and eight scores.
Kicker Blake Grupe was named all-district after a season in which he was 33 of 35 on extra points and 4 of 4 on field goals.
Linebackers Brice Pannier and Ricky Warren were named all-district. Pannier had 49 tackles. Warren had 40.
In the secondary, Jake McFail and Jayce Simoncic were honored as all-district. McFail had two interceptions and broke up four passes. Simoncic had two interceptions.
In Class 2, Cole Camp offensive lineman Zach Sprinkle was named first-team all-district. The Bluebirds also had a pair of first-team all-district defensive players — lineman JR Schrader and defensive back Austin Berendzen. Berendzen had five interceptions, four fumble recoveries and 66 tackles despite playing the last three games in a cast due to a broken hand.
Cole Camp running back Brandon Thoennes was named second-team all-district following a year in which he rushed for 924 yards and 10 touchdowns despite missing time with an injury.
Cole Camp’s Seth Pruitt was named second-team all-district on the offensive line. Kendrick Logan was second-team all-district on the defensive line.
Following a 10-1 season and a Kaysinger Conference championship, the Lincoln Cardinals dominated Class 1 all-district picks.
Boone Kroenke was named all-district first-team quarterback. He rushed for 655 yards and 10 touchdowns while passing for 1,154 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Heath Renno was a first-team all-district running back after an explosive season in which he ran for 1,600 yards, averaging 11.5 yards per carry and scoring 18 touchdowns.
Lincoln wide receiver Mason Sanders and offensive lineman Caleb Smith were also first-team. Smith was also a second-team pick on defense along with Connor Spunaugle. Lincoln’s defense also had first-team picks in linebacker Derek Stephens and defensive back Blake Roberts. Roberts picked off nine passes.
On defense, Tyler Kroenke was named first-team all-district at defensive end.
Lincoln coach Danny Morrison was selected as the Class 1 Coach of the Year.
Tipton’s Ryan Wood was named first-team all-district as an all-purpose player. He was joined on the first-team by teammate Ricky Capestro on the offensive line. Wood was also a second-team pick as a linebacker. Jon Petree was a first-team pick as a defensive back.
Rhett Snider of Sweet Springs was named all-district second-team running back. Levi Miller was named first-team all-district on the defensive line.