Iowa high school football: Introducing the Des Moines Register's 2019 All-Iowa teams
The Des Moines Register is pleased to announce its 2019 All-Iowa Football Teams, featuring the best players from the 2019 season in all six classes — Class 4A all the way down to 8-Player.
The Elite Team features Iowa’s best players from this past season, regardless of class, then each class was given its own first-team, followed by a list of honorable mention selections.
The team was picked based on in-season production, Register and Iowa City Press-Citizen staff observations and consultations with more than 200 Iowa high school coaches. All stats and dimensions listed were supplied by Quikstats.
Those who were selected will be honored at the 2020 All-Iowa Sports Awards. Everybody listed below is invited to attend.
All-Iowa Elite Team
Quarterback | Senior | West Sioux
A two-time Elite pick. Iowa’s all-time leader in career passing yards, with 10,628. Threw for 3,640 yards and 36 touchdowns this season. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Dekkers is also the state’s career leader in touchdown passes, with 126. Led the Falcons to a 10-2 record and the Class 1A state semifinals. Iowa State commit.
Running Back | Senior | Bettendorf
Class 4A’s leading rusher, at 2,034 yards to go along with 32 touchdowns. Bey-Buie, at 5-10, 205, was the only running back in Iowa’s largest class to eclipse 2,000 yards rushing. Led Bettendorf to a 9-3 record and the state semifinals.
Running Back | Senior | Dowling Catholic
Williams missed the first three games of the season and still led Dowling’s top-ranked rushing attack, with 1,263 yards and 18 touchdowns. The 6-foot, 210-pound Iowa commit saved his best for last, rushing for 141 yards and two scores in the Class 4A state title game, leading Dowling to its seventh-straight state championship.
Wide Receiver | Junior | Ankeny
The top receiving threat in 4A, at 6-4, 190. Recorded 35 catches for 796 yards — that’s 22.7 yards per catch — and scored seven touchdowns. Led Ankeny to an 8-3 record and the 4A state quarterfinals.
Wide Receiver | Senior | Solon
Another big-body receiver, at 6-4, 210. Recorded 60 catches for 961 yards and 12 touchdowns. Top-receiving target for one of Class 3A’s best passing offenses. Led Solon to a 12-1 record and the state championship game. South Dakota State commit.
Wide Receiver | Senior | West Sioux
One of the state’s most explosive receivers, at 6-1, 195. Hauled in 78 catches for a state-best 1,594 yards and 16 touchdowns. Dekkers’ top target finishes his career fourth all-time in both career touchdown receptions (44) and receiving yards (3,509).
Utility | Junior | OABCIG
The state’s ultimate utility weapon in 2019. DeJean’s 4,838 total yards of offense — 3,546 passing, 1,292 rushing — is the second-most in a single season in state history. His 68 total touchdowns — 42 passing, 24 rushing, two pick-sixes — is a single-season record. Led OABCIG to a 13-0 record and its first Class 2A state title.
Offensive Line | Junior | Cedar Rapids Kennedy
A 6-6, 280-pound bruiser, with good feet and strong hands. Helped pave the way for Kennedy’s rushing attack, which was the best in 4A this year, at 3,768 total rushing yards. Helped the Cougars go 10-2 and reach the state semifinals. Iowa commit.
Offensive Line | Senior | Lewis Central
A two-time Elite pick. A dual-threat lineman, at 6-3, 240. Coaches were particularly impressed with his offensive line work. Helped Lewis Central become 3A’s best rushing attack and fourth-best offense overall. Led the Titans to a 10-2 record and the state semifinals. Iowa commit.
Offensive Line | Senior | West Des Moines Valley
Valley’s offensive success started with the offensive line, and Mueller was part of that. At 6-4, 324, Mueller led the way for the Tigers’ top-ranked offense in 2019, an effort that included two 1,000-yard rushers.
Offensive Line | Senior | Dowling Catholic
Dowling’s tradition of strong offensive line play continued this year, and Charlie Nank led the way. The 6-4, 300-pounder blocked for the second-best offense in 4A, which included the second-best rushing attack. Miami (Ohio) commit.
Offensive Line | Senior | Southeast Polk
Wilty blocked for one of the best collection of skill players in 4A. At 6-5, 290, helped Southeast Polk finish among the top 10 scoring offenses while playing one of the state’s toughest schedules. Led the Rams to a 7-3 record and the state playoffs.
Defensive Line | Senior | West Des Moines Valley
Another dual-threat lineman who impacted games in countless ways. At 6-2, 245, fast and strong enough to crash in from both sides of the defensive line, collapsing pockets and hurrying throws. Finished with six tackles for loss for Valley’s top-ranked defense.
Defensive Line | Senior | Dowling Catholic
Developed into one of the state’s best pass-rushing linemen, at 6-3, 200. Filer racked up 19.5 tackles for loss this season and 8.5 sacks for a Dowling defense that only allowed more than 20 points once this year.
Defensive Line | Junior | Bettendorf
One of the state’s best interior linemen, both offensive and defensively. The 6-3, 270-pound bully clogged the middle of Bettendorf’s defensive front. He finished with 49 total tackles and nine for a loss. Iowa commit.
Defensive Line | Senior | ADM, Adel
Sutton single-handedly ruined offensive gameplans this season. The 6-foot, 246-pounder was an absolute wrecking ball, racking up 31.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. Of his 54.5 total tackles, 47 were solo stops. He guided ADM to a second-straight winning season.
Linebacker | Senior | Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Oostendorp, at 6-foot, 190, led all of 4A in solo tackles, with 74. He finished with 87 total, including 29 for a loss and 9.5 sacks. He led the Kennedy defense, which finished fifth in 4A in points allowed this season.
Linebacker | Senior | Cedar Rapids Kennedy
A two-time Elite pick. The 6-foot, 220-pound Parker, tagged with Oostendorp, is a large reason why Kennedy’s defense was among the best in 4A this season. He finished with 81.5 total tackles, including 21.5 for a loss.
Linebacker | Senior | West Des Moines Valley
Shelton starred in the middle of Valley’s top-ranked defense, racking up 58 total tackles (42 solo) and nine for a loss. At 5-9, 190, he also recovered a fumble, sometimes returned kickoffs and helped Valley’s defense run.
Linebacker | Senior | Des Moines Roosevelt
Vasquez led the resurgent Roughrider defense in tackles this season, with 59. The 5-9, 200-pounder also had 12.5 tackles for loss and five sacks, recovered three fumbles and recorded an interception. Led Roosevelt to its first playoff appearance in 23 years.
Defensive Back | Senior | West Des Moines Valley
A two-time Elite pick. Jirak led Valley’s secondary, arguably the best in the state this season, with six interceptions and 41.5 total tackles, including 35 solo stops. Recorded three interceptions in four postseason games, including two in the 4A state title game.
Defensive Back | Senior | Dowling Catholic
The leader of Dowling’s mighty defense. Finished the year with five interceptions, including a 28-yard pick-six in the state semifinals. Recorded 74 tackles, including 10.5 for a loss. Led the Maroons with 10.5 tackles and an interception in the 4A state title game.
Defensive Back | Junior | Waukee
Smith was Waukee’s multi-use star. Finished the year with 10 touchdowns — six rushing, one receiving, one on an interception and two on kickoff returns. He had one of each in Week 9 to help the Warriors clinch the district title. Also finished with 27 total tackles.
Kicker | Senior | Southeast Polk
Connected on all eight field-goal attempts, with a long of 46, and also hit on all 39 point-after tries. Sunvold also recorded 12 touchbacks on 56 kickoffs and handled punting duties for the Rams.
Punter | Senior | Cedar Falls
Loecher punted 25 times in 11 games, but averaged 41.2 yards per boot, with a long of 75. He also threw for 1,998 yards and 22 touchdowns, and ran for another 226 yards and six more touchdowns. Led the Tigers to a second-straight unbeaten regular season.
QB: Jase Bauer, jr., Ankeny
RB: Harrison Bey-Buie, sr., Bettendorf
RB: Gavin Williams, sr., Dowling Catholic
WR: Brody Brecht, jr., Ankeny
WR: Sam O’Dell, sr., Waukee
WR: Kendrick Watkins-Hogue, jr., Dubuque Senior
UT: Mitch Randall, sr., Waukee
OL: Connor Colby, jr., Cedar Rapids Kennedy
OL: Logan Mueller, sr., W.D.M. Valley
OL: Charlie Nank, sr., Dowling Catholic
OL: Zach Shaner, sr., W.D.M. Valley
OL: Jack Wilty, sr., Southeast Polk
DL: Collin Bohnenkamp, sr., Cedar Falls
DL: Nick Buttolph, sr., W.D.M. Valley
DL: Jackson Filer, sr., Dowling Catholic
DL: Griffin Liddle, jr., Bettendorf
LB: Jay Oostendorp, sr., Cedar Rapids Kennedy
LB: Cade Parker, sr., Cedar Rapids Kennedy
LB: Carsen Shelton, sr., W.D.M. Valley
LB: AJ Vasquez, sr., Des Moines Roosevelt
DB: Drew Jirak, sr., W.D.M. Valley
DB: Michael Keough, sr., Dowling Catholic
DB: Aaron Smith, jr., Waukee
K: Logan Sunvold, sr., Southeast Polk
P: Cael Loecher, sr., Cedar Falls
QB: Daniel Wright, sr., Sergeant Bluff-Luton
RB: Bryson Bowman, sr., Lewis Central
RB: Wyatt Hunter, jr., Grinnell
WR: Will Burds, sr., Western Dubuque
WR: A.J. Coons, sr., Solon
WR: Brock Johnson, sr., Winterset
UT: Calvin Harris, sr., Western Dubuque
OL: Michael Broghammer, sr., Solon
OL: Jeremy Chaplin, sr., Waverly-Shell Rock
OL: Logan Jones, sr., Lewis Central
OL: Henry Lutovsky, jr., Mount Pleasant
OL: Josh Volk, sr., Cedar Rapids Xavier
DL: Kobe Clayborne, sr., Bishop Heelan
DL: Hunter Deyo, soph., Lewis Central
DL: Allen Fries, sr., Harlan
DL: Kaden Sutton, sr., ADM, Adel
LB: Ben Clark, sr., Norwalk
LB: Ethan Hurkett, sr., Cedar Rapids Xavier
LB: Blake Willey, jr., Dallas Center Grimes
LB: Wyatt Voelker, soph., West Delaware
DB: Aaron Downs, jr., Pella
DB: Tyler Olson, jr., Webster City
DB: Logan Schmitt, sr., Independence
K: Aaron Blom, sr., Oskaloosa
P: Zach Marker, sr., Norwalk
QB: Jaylen DeVries, sr., Clear Lake
RB: Dawson Baures, sr., Waukon
RB: Tyler Moen, sr., Atlantic
WR: Josh Heitritter, sr., Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
WR: Jake Nieman, sr., OABCIG
WR: Wyatt Wegener, sr., Algona
UT: Cooper DeJean, jr., OABCIG
OL: Asher Fahey, sr., Waukon
OL: Tyler Miller, sr., Greene County
OL: Luke Pinnick, jr., West Marshall
OL: Nile Schuett, jr., Tipton
OL: Ryan Thomas, sr., Clear Lake
DL: Frank Bierman, sr., Tipton
DL: Brayden Evertsen, jr., West Marshall
DL: Aaron Graves, soph., Southeast Valley
DL: Seth Greiner, sr., PCM, Monroe
LB: Dylan Cain, sr., Chariton
LB: Will Esmoil, sr., West Liberty
LB: Lincoln Snitker, soph., Waukon
LB: Zach Twedt, jr., Roland-Story
DB: Payten Elijah, jr., Tipton
DB: Creed Welch, jr., Waukon
DB: Kaden Wetjen, sr., Williamsburg
K: Trent McCann, sr., Centerville
P: Kody Kruschwitz, sr., Nevada
QB: Hunter Dekkers, sr., West Sioux
RB: Cale Anthony, sr., Pleasantville
RB: Logan Meyer, sr., West Lyon
WR: Parker Kiewet, sr., Dike-New Hartford
WR: Kade Lynott, sr., West Sioux
WR: Alec Wick, jr., Iowa City Regina
UT: Anthony Potthoff, sr., Van Meter
OL: Dawson Baumert, sr., Sigourney-Keota
OL: Brett Berg, sr., Van Meter
OL: Jordan DeSmet, sr., West Lyon
OL: Russell Hingst, sr., Iowa City Regina
OL: Jordan Ver Meer, jr., West Lyon
DL: Dalton Block, sr., Sumner-Fredericksburg
DL: Jeff Bowie, jr., West Branch
DL: Bryce Cole, sr., Van Meter
DL: Jacob Dragstra, jr., Unity Christian
LB: Caleb Bacon, jr., Lake Mills
LB: Parker Fryar, sr., Van Meter
LB: Tanner Lukavsky, sr., West Branch
LB: Landon Schleisman, sr., South Central Calhoun
DB: Bryce Coppock, sr., West Sioux
DB: Brady Duwa, jr., Sigourney-Keota
DB: Jalyn Gramstad, sr., West Lyon
K: Michael Dunn, sr., Iowa City Regina
P: Blade Koons, sr., Van Meter
QB: Jacob Herold, jr., South Winneshiek
RB: Caleb Swalla, sr., Earlham
RB: Tate Hagen, sr., West Hancock
WR: Brendan Anderson, sr., North Union
WR: Spencer Staner, sr., Edgewood-Colesburg
WR: Noah Tieskoetter, sr., South Winneshiek
UT: Logan Knaack, soph., Grundy Center
OL: Zach Howe, sr., MFL MarMac
OL: Tristan Hunt, sr., West Hancock
OL: Ryan McLean, sr., North Tama
OL: Kolby Muller, jr., Grundy Center
OL: Chandler Redenius, sr., West Hancock
DL: Tanner Blaylock, sr., Wapsie Valley
DL: Tanner Eilts, sr., Hinton
DL: Noah Neofotist, sr., Alburnett
DL: Jack Sievert, sr., Saint Ansgar
LB: Carter Copple, sr., Westwood
LB: Jordan Kriegel, sr., BGM, Brooklyn
LB: Skyler Staker, sr., North Tama
LB: JT Stocker, sr., MFL MarMac
DB: Luke Lyon, sr., Westwood
DB: Parker Rochford, jr., Edgewood-Colesburg
DB: Ethan Stubbs, sr., MFL MarMac
K: Andrew Hessa, sr., Hinton
P: Holden Sevening, sr., Alburnett
QB: Eddie Burgess, soph., Montezuma
RB: Thomas Even, sr., Don Bosco
RB: Shae Summerfield, sr., New London
WR: Brock Leaders, sr., Woodbine
WR: Brett Livesay, sr., Collins-Maxwell
UT: Skyler Schultes, sr., Audubon
OL: Luke Mosinski, sr., Audubon
OL: Aiden Walters, sr., Gladbrook-Reinbeck
OL: Carter Weber, sr., Don Bosco
DL: Cade Tenold, soph., Don Bosco
DL: Skyler Waldschmidtt, sr., Remsen St. Mary’s
DL: Cale Yoder, sr., Lone Tree
LB: Seth Malcolm, jr., Fremont-Mills
LB: Layne Pryor, jr., Woodbine
LB: Noah Schroeder, sr., Remsen St. Mary’s
DB: Jacob Holste, sr., CAM
DB: Cade Schrage, sr., Northwood-Kensett
K: Eli Thede, sr., Gladbrook-Reinbeck
P: Brady Homan, sr., Remsen St. Mary’s
Queden Ballew, sr., D.M. East
Nyanti Gehrke, sr., Dowling Catholic
Nolan Jacobs, sr., Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Tysen Kershaw, sr., Fort Dodge
Creighton Mitchell, sr., W.D.M. Valley
Carter Olesen, sr., Southeast Polk
Brady Petersen, sr., Ankeny Centennial
Trajen Thornton, sr., W.D.M. Valley
Jace Andregg, sr., Solon
T.J. Bollers, jr., Clear Creek Amana
Chase Gladden, sr., Carroll
Mitchel Helmkamp, sr., Xavier
Kody Huisman, jr., Pella
Cooper Hurn, sr., Gilbert
Nate Link, sr., North Scott
Cayden Mesken, jr., Gilbert
Cam Miller, sr., Solon
Dodge Sauser, jr., Grinnell
Seth Juhl, sr., D.M. Christian
Austin Larson, sr., Clear Lake
Jace Smith, sr., PCM, Monroe
Jackson Waring, sr., D.M. Christian
Nick Wood, sr., Chariton
Ian Abrahamson, sr., Van Meter
Cade Bennett, sr., Dike-New Hartford
Jake Fisher, sr., Treynor
Chase Scheidegger, sr., South Central Calhoun
Davian Sterner, sr., West Lyon
Ethan Fulcher, sr., Hudson
Chase Keifer, sr., Wayne
Josef Smith, sr., West Hancock
Mark Williams, sr., Saint Ansgar
Nic Duysen, sr., East Mills
Cade Jargo, sr., Easton Valley
Lewis Havel, sr., Don Bosco
Nathan Trenkamp, sr., Easton Valley
Cody Goodwin covers high school sports and wrestling for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.
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