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2008 Prep Football: Who to watch

By Staff | Aug 28, 2008

Estherville Lincoln Central’s Jordan Eggers is one of two returning Emmet County running backs who rushed for over 1,500 yards last season. EDN file phto

When I went to Catholic high school in Philadelphia, we just had one coach for football and basketball. He took all of us who turned out and had us run through a forest. The ones who ran into the trees were on the football team.

George Raveling

It’s nearly here-the 2008 high school football season for the area teams starts Friday.

Helping this sports person get caught up in the excitement was the receipt of the Iowa High School 2008 Football Yearbook.

This useful tool helps research which schools are in which district, who is among the 2008 pre-season all state picks and each team’s records from 2007.

While most coaches prefer to down play pre-season selections-since it’s what a player does this season matters more than last season-five area players were honored.

From Estherville Lincoln Central Jordan Eggers, who rushed for 1,583 yards in 2007, was named a pre-season all-state back while senior Justin Blinkmann was named a pre-season pick as a defensive end.

However both athletes are on the Class 2A team-ELC moved up to Class 3A this season.

Class 3A pre-season all-district selections who ELC will see this season includes three players from Bishop Heelan-quarterback Zach McCabe, running back Brandon Wegher and offensive lineman Buckley Wright.

From Spencer, kicker Sam Brockshus and defensive lineman Tyler Kacmarynski also made the list. Also honored was Storm Lake receiver Tony Pertzborn.

From Armstrong-Ringsted, three players were named 2008 pre-season all-state picks-senior quarterback Ridge Christiansen, junior running back Tyler Tonderum and senior offensive lineman Willie Beeler. (Also A-R’s foreign exchange kicker Morton Vermehren was named a pre-season pick, but he returned home.)

Tonderum rushed for 1,817 yards last season on 220 attempts for an average of 8.3 yards per carry.

Christiansen rushed for 898 yards on 196 carries for 4.5 yards per attempt. He also threw for 1,179 yards with 63 completions on 104 attempts.

Other pre-season picks from Class 8-Man District 2 are quarterback Zach Lovin and Gary Brachler, both from Laurens-Marathon; Harris-Lake Park lineman Matt Mayou and Twin River Valley punter Nate Tool.