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Dodgers land eight on all-league teams

November 7, 2012

Eight wound up being enough for Fort Dodge when the Class 4A-2 all-division football teams were announced recently.

Four Dodgers - seniors Tyler Vaughn, Tommy Halligan and Adrean Johnson and junior Jake Porter - made the first squad. Second teamers included senior Michael Carlson, juniors Andrew Stover and Riley Prescott, and sophomore Austin Halligan.

''All things considered, we did pretty well with the four and four,'' said FDSH head coach Matt Miller, who now sports a 38-49 overall record in nine seasons at the helm. ''It never goes the way you want from start to finish, and new rules (with district football) controlled the number of kids we could have on the first team.

''The bottom line is that every player recognized was more than worthy of their position. I'm very proud of them and the fact that they were rewarded for their efforts.''

Vaughn, a 6-foot-3 receiver and all-state baseball player, had one of the more productive single seasons in Dodger history this fall. He caught 67 passes - a program record by 19 receptions and the second most in 4A - for 865 yards and six touchdowns.

In the last eight games, Vaughn had 63 catches for 817 yards. He closed as the career leader for receptions at Fort Dodge, while rating second in single-season yardage and third in total receiving yards.

Fact Box


First Team

Fort Dodge (3-7, 2-3) - Tyler Vaughn, sr., WR; Tommy Halligan, sr., TE; Adrean Johnson, sr., LB; Jake Porter, jr., OL.

Ankeny (12-0, 5-0) - Joel Lanning, sr., QB; Ian Begg, sr., RB; Marshall Clark, jr., WR; Will Simpkins, sr., OL; Xavier Quigley, sr., OL; Drew Carlson, sr., LB; Tanner Clayberg, sr., LB.

Johnston (6-5, 4-1) - Michael Kinning, sr., QB; Marcus Montgomery, sr., LB-RB; Dylan Jones, sr., OL; Jordan Weddington, so., RB; Ben Garlock, sr., DB; Connor Jacobsen, sr., OL.

Ames (5-5, 3-2) - Teddy Evans, jr., DL; Justin Klinkel, jr., DL;. Sam Marcov, sr., OL; Mike Mayberry, sr., WR; Jake Mills, sr., DB.

Sioux City North (2-7, 1-4) - D'ajo Hubert, sr., SB; Tyler Drey, sr., OL; Brandon Konz, jr., LB.

Des Moines North (1-8, 0-5) - K.P. Hanks, jr., WR; Teyontae Jenkins, jr., RB.

Second Team

Fort Dodge - Michael Carlson, sr., OL; Andrew Stover, jr., QB; Riley Prescott, jr., DL; Austin Halligan, so., DB.

Ankeny - Cody Olson, sr., OL; Ben Ledvina, sr., DE; Nick McIntosh, sr., DE; Sam Pickard, sr., DB; Zach Matter, sr., DB; Josh Petersen, sr., DT.

Johnston - Sam Schade, sr., DB; Hezekiah Applegate, so., DL; Kris Queck, sr., LB; Trevor McCauley, sr., WR; Brandon Sexton, jr., LB; Cullen Maahs, sr., WR.

Ames - Clifford Kwaw-Mensah, jr., RB; Spencer Shane, jr., WR; Sam Straub, jr., QB; Alex Brammer, jr., WR.

Sioux City North - Nick Norton, jr., DL; Deontre Dean, jr., WR; Max Stewart, jr., OL.

Des Moines North - Danny Nguyen, jr., OL; Shymere Williams, jr., RB.

Honorable Mention

Fort Dodge - Austin Anderson, sr., LB; Keegan Jones, sr., DB; Marquan Clayton, jr., OL; Brandan Schoenfeld, jr., DB; Sam Cook, fr. LB.

Against Ames, Vaughn had 19 receptions and 232 yards - numbers that shattered the school's old marks and rank among the best in 4A history.

''Tyler took the step forward that you always hope a young man will from his junior to his senior year,'' Miller said of Vaughn, a team captain who was also the Dodgers' starting safety, kicker and punter. ''He did a little bit of everything for us.

''Tyler's hard work as an athlete is really paying off, and he is very deserving of these honors in the different sports he plays.''

Halligan was the ''definition of a Fort Dodge football player,'' according to Miller. The halfback and linebacker followed up an all-conference junior campaign with another effective season on both sides of the ball.

Halligan will graduate behind only Vaughn in career receptions (72).

''Tommy is a throwback,'' Miller said. ''He played hard and he played hurt. He was a true leader and someone whose work ethic is something I hope the underclassmen will emulate.''

Johnson, a linebacker, was the team leader in solo tackles (58) and tackles for loss (17).

''Adrean's been a solid two-year starter who has a lot of football ahead of him,'' Miller said. ''Like Tommy, he was a 'quarterback' on defense and a leader by example. He definitely had a first-team season.''

Porter, a 265-pounder who also started as a sophomore, anchored the Dodgers' offensive line.

''Jake graded out as our most consistent lineman, and I'm really looking forward to seeing him reach that next level,'' Miller said. ''He's been improving by the week for two full years now.''

The second team list was led by an incumbent. The 280-pound Carlson was another two-year starter on the offensive line for FDSH.

''Like Jake, Michael was a steady performer who was worthy of first team consideration,'' Miller said. ''His presence in the trenches will be missed.''

Stover and Halligan became viable offensive weapons despite being varsity rookies.

Stover threw for a junior program record 2,004 yards - the third-highest single-season total ever at FDSH. He completed over 50 percent of his passes and had 14 touchdowns - two shy of a Dodger record.

''Andrew made tremendous progress,'' Miller said. ''He got more comfortable and really started scratching the surface on his potential as a quarterback. I still think he can take another step forward in 2013. He's a very talented, intelligent athlete.''

Halligan had 298 rushing yards on offense and was the overall team leader in tackles as a defensive back.

''For just being a sophomore, it didn't take Austin long to find his comfort zone at the varsity level,'' Miller said. ''He had a very good year in the backfield and an even better one on defense. He'll certainly be a program cornerstone moving forward, and was another player I would've loved to get on the first team.''

Prescott, a 220-pound defensive end who started as a sophomore as well, ''just keeps getting stronger and better,'' Miller said.

''If you look at Riley now compared to the beginning of (2011), he's made significant strides. And I think he'll make the same kind of strides between now and the start of his senior year.''

Five Dodgers made the honorable mention list: seniors Austin Anderson and Keegan Jones, juniors Marquan Clayton and Brandan Schoenfeld, and freshman Sam Cook.

Fort Dodge went 3-7 overall and reached the postseason for a fifth consecutive year. Along with the seven underclassmen on the all-division charts, the Dodgers are also scheduled to welcome back starters Carlos Rocha (DL), Skyler Harris (DL), Zach Anderson (WR) and Spencer Barber (WR) in 2013.

District champion Ankeny - the No. 1 team in the state - had seven first-teamers and seven more on the second squad.



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