Herzog wins HOL North MVP
After helping lead the Detroit Lakes football team to an undefeated regular season and its first Heart O'Lakes Northern Conference title, junior quarterback Michael Herzog was named Most Valuable Player.
Herzog did most of his damage rushing the ball in a potent Laker running attack by picking up 1,420 yards, which was just seven yards off the all-time DLHS single season record.
The junior QB also passed for 970 yards and 13 touchdowns, as the Lakers went 7-0 in conference play, as well as winning their first Section 8-4A championship in 10 years.
Senior Brandon Johnson of DL also was named the conference's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman, while senior Stephen Erb was Co-Most Valuable Defensive Back, along with Josh Nordick of Perham.
Erb finished the season with a team-high eight interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.
Flint Motschenbacher rounded out DL's conference awards by being named the HOL Northern Coach of the Year.
The HOL Classic MVP was Alex Ziegler of Roseau, who was the Rams' quarterback and leading defensive back.
Hawley, the Classic's team champion, had Ben Ellefson named Most Valuable Receiver and Jeff Christianson Most Valuable Defensive Lineman.
Peder Naatz was named HOL Classic Coach of the Year.
Pelican Rapids' Tucker Forsgren was named Most Valuable Defensive Lineman.
Heart O'Lakes Conference
Heart O'Lakes All-Conference and awards list:
All-Conference -- Detroit Lakes: Michael Herzog (QB/DB), Stephen Erb (Slot/DB), Kirk McLeod (WR/S), Brandon Johnson (OL/NG), Andrew Brown (OL/DE), Tyler Gebhart (OL/DE)...Perham: Jordan Hein (QB/DB), Josh Nordick (WR/DB), Payton Jordahl (LB/FB), Dan Ingebrand (LB/OL)...Thief River Falls: Nick Hoffard (QB/DB), Holden Nelson (TE/DE), Ian Lund (FB/LB), Jon Erickson (DT)...Park Rapids: Ian Johnson (RB/DB), Tyler McCollum (QB), Noah MacPherson (WR/ILB), Andy Waller (OT/OLB)...East Grand Forks: Ryan Boushee (RB/DB), Brock Scheving (RB/LB), Brendon dos Santos (OG/LB)...Crookston: Josh Edlund (RB/DB), Alex Boone (WR/DB)...Pequot Lakes: Jordan Redmond (QB).
Northern Conference Awards -- Most Valuable Player: Michael Herzog (DL)...Most Valuable Offensive Back: Jordan Hein (Perh), Josh Edlund (Crk)...Most Valuable Receiver: Alex Boone (Crk)...Most Valuable Offensive Lineman: Brandon Johnson (DL)...Most Valuable Defensive Lineman: Jon Erickson (TRF)...Most Valuable Linebacker: Ryan Boushee (EGF)...Most Valuable Defensive Back: Stephen Erb (DL), Josh Nordick (Perh)...Coach of Year: Flint Motschenbacher (DL).
All Conference -- Hawley: Logan Stoa (OL/DL), Alex Ames (RB), Nate Branden (OL/DL), Jeff Christianson (OL/DL), Chris Buttke (FB), Ben Ellefson (TE/LB)...Pelican Rapids: Tucker Forsgren (TE/LB), Devin Schell (QB), Ian Johnson (OL/DL), Tanner Grahn (FB/LB), Ryan Bruggeman (RB/DB)...Warroad: Kedon Sweetney (RB), Tyler James Fish (OL/DL), Alan Peterson (QB/LB), Dylan Vandalb (OL/DL)...Roseau: Tanner Okeson (WR/DB), Alex Ziegler (QB/DB), Trevor Johnson (RB/DB)...Dilworth-G-F: Taylor Beyer (RB/DB), Derek Johnk (RB/LB)...Breckenridge: Parker Busse (RB/LB), Nathan Blaufuss (QB/LB)...Staples-Motley: Jordan Wick (TE/LB).
Classic Conference Awards -- Most Valuable Player: Alex Ziegler (Ros)...MV Offensive Back: Keedon Sweetney (Warr)...MV Receiver: Ben Ellefson (Haw)...MV Offensive Lineman: Taylor James Fish (Warr)...MV Defensive Lineman: Jeff Christianson (Haw)...MV Linebacker: Tucker Forsgren (PR)...MV Defensive Back: Taylor Beyer (DGF)...Coach of Year: Peder Naatz (Haw).