District football honors: WACO’s Janecek named Offensive MVP
Class A District 5 has announced its all-district team football team, and WACO’s Tucker Janecek has taken one of the highest honors.
Janecek was named Co-Offensive MVP along with Lisbon’s Tyler Svatosch. Defensive MVP honors went to Lisbon’s Logan Rickard.
The Warriors had a 5-2 district finish, good enough for second place. Lisbon took the district title.
Janecek was instrumental in WACO’s ground game, as he led the district with 1,230 rushing yards on the season. He also had a district-high 15 rushing touchdowns.
The WACO junior was also an asset to his team in other areas. He was fourth in the district with 22.7 yards per reception on three catches this year, and was also No. 4 with 86 total tackles. He had two interceptions, returned for 39 total yards.
The Warriors’ running back is joined by eight of his teammates who received all-district recognition, including three first-team selections.
Winfield-Mt. Union and New London also had players chosen by the district for first and second team honors.
First team selections were WACO’s Josh Shumaker, Isaac Black and Dylan Carlson; W-MU’s Max Fricke, Kyle Davis and Jake Edwards; and New London’s Matayo Christianer.
Shumaker, a junior who was honored as an offensive lineman, was key to creating room for Janecek and other Warrior backs to run.
Davis, also chosen as an offensive lineman, did the same for W-MU. The junior also came up with a team-high 70 tackles on the season for the Wolves, who went 2-5 in the district, finishing in sixth place.
The other player picked for first team offense was Fricke.
The senior quarterback was fourth in the district with 803 passing yards and second with an average of 20.6 yards per completion. He threw seven touchdowns, the fifth-highest in the district. Fricke also tied for No. 2 in the district with 13 rushing touchdowns and picked up 841 rushing yards, the fourth-highest total in District 5.
The other four players were named first team defense: Christianer made the team as a lineman, while Black was a linebacker selection. Edwards and Carlson earned their spots as defensive backs.
Christianer, a New London senior, had a district-high 124 tackles on the season. The Tigers went 1-6 in District 5 play and finished seventh.
Black had 64 tackles and two interceptions. He also tied for the No. 1 spot in the district with four fumble recoveries.
Edwards had 45 tackles on the year and an interception. The senior was also the Wolves’ leading receiver with 287 yards in the air.
Carlson, a senior, had 23 tackles and an interception returned 85 yards for a touchdown. He recovered a fumble for the Warriors.
WACO had five players named second team all-district: Jarome Farrier, Cey Saeugling, Bryce Achen, Michael Stutzman and Jackson Gerot.
Farrier and Stutzman, starting defensive tackles for WACO, were key to the Warriors’ line. The seniors had 16 and 14 tackles on the season, respectively.
Gerot, a sophomore, was a starting linebacker who finished the season with 32 tackles.
Saeugling, a senior, aided the Warriors on offense and defense. He was third on the team with 295 rushing yards for five touchdowns. He also had 50 tackles this year, including 10 solo tackles for loss, the fourth-highest total in the district.
Achen was second on the team and third in the district with 898 rushing yards this season and scored seven rushing touchdowns. The WACO sophomore also had two receiving touchdowns. He gained a team-high 102 yards in the air on eight receptions this season.
Three players from New London were second team all-district selections — Kyle Oliver, Quincy Porter and Jon Knapp — while W-MU had two: Sam Jennings and Taime Fenton.
Oliver was second in the district with 87 tackles this season, behind only his teammate, Christianer. The senior also tied WACO’s Black with a district-high four fumble recoveries.
Porter led the New London offense with a team-high 220 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He was second on the team to Tyler Shinkle with 540 rushing yards and had a team-high seven rushing touchdowns. The junior also aided the defense with 56 tackles on the year.
Knapp, a senior, had 32 tackles for the Tigers on the season.
Jennings had a team-high three fumble recoveries for W-MU, and the sophomore was also second on the team with 63 tackles.
Fenton, a senior, made 37 tackles for the Wolves, tied with teammates Fricke and Colton Hinkle, and also recovered a fumble.
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