Cowboys earn 13 spots on Eastern A All-Conference teams

 

By JOSH SAMUELSON

Star Sports Editor

T en Custer County District High School football players earned 13 spots on the Eastern A All-Conference teams, which were announced earlier this week. Of those 10 players, only two were seniors.

Seven players were named on the offensive teams and six more on the defensive side of the ball.

The record-setting duo of quarterback Ben Herzog and receiver Alec Haughian were each unanimous selections at their respective positions.

In his senior season, Herzog completed 99 of 192 passes for 1,352 yards and 14 touchdowns. Herzog also led the Cowboys in rushing with 779 yards and 13 touchdowns. Haughian, a junior, caught 62 of those passes for 934 yards and eight touchdowns.

Junior Brett Keith was named to the second team as a wide receiver. He had 14 catches for 193 yards and five scores. Junior Evan Haughian was an honorable mention at running back. He had 670 yards and four touchdowns on the season.

Those players had the great seasons thanks to strong blocking up front. Senior Colton Pederson was named as a first-team All-Conference tackle and junior Morgan Bishop was a second-team center.

Junior Beau Peaslee was named an honorable mention tight end, in large part to his strong blocking abilities.

On the defensive side of the ball, Peaslee was a unanimous choice for first-team at defensive end.

Sophomore Cord Murray, Evan Haughian and Herzog were each second-team all-conference at defensive line, outside linebacker and cornerback, respectively.

Junior Robert Hofer was an honorable mention selection at outside linebacker and sophomore Lane Giovanetti was an honorable mention inside linebacker.

Herzog was all-conference at both quarterback and cornerback last season. Alec Haughian, Bishop, Hofer and Peaslee were also recognized for the second straight season.

Herzog ends his Cowboy career as the most prolific passer in school history.

In his senior season, he set records for most yards, completions and attempts. He also became only the second Cowboy quarterback to break the 2,000 yard barrier for rushing and receiving with 2,131 total yards. Shane Cooley had 2,418 in 2010. Herzog’s 27 total touchdowns are second only to Cooley’s 28 in 2010.

For his career, Herzog owns nearly every record in the book. His 247 completions are 113 more than Jordan Bryant. His 524 attempts are 258 more than Bryant and his 3,462 yards passing put him above Chris Morford’s 2,181 yards. Herzog finished with 41 passing touchdowns, 12 more than Morford had.

Herzog is the only Cowboy quarterback in school history to crack 5,000 combined yards. He finished with 5,063. Cooley held that record with 3,857. And his 61 total touchdowns are 15 more than Cooley finished with.

Alec Haughian’s receiving numbers this season would have broken the school’s career records. As it stands, he owns the regular season catches record by 23 catches, the yardage record by 320 and is second on the list with eight touchdowns.

In his two seasons, he now has 87 catches for 1,292 yards and 13 scores. All three are school career records. 

The Cowboys finished the season 5-4-1 and lost 21-20 to Havre in the first round of the Class A state playoffs. They will return all but three players next season.

Eastern A All-Conference Teams

Quarterbacks

1st Team- *Ben Herzog, Senior, Miles City

2nd Team- Bryce Hawbaker, Senior, Billings Central

Honorable Mention- Tanner Schwartz, Senior, Glendive

Wide Receivers

1st Team- *Alec Haughian, Junior, Miles City; Caleb Benson, Senior, SIdney

2nd Team- Brett Keith, Junior, Miles City; Taylor Schwartz, Senior, Glendive; Brandon Kubitz, Junior, Laurel

Honorable Mention- Kyle Gunderson, Senior, Billings Central

Running Backs

1st Team- *Holden Ryan, Junior, Billings Central; Austin Kendall, Senior, Sidney.

2nd Team- Michael Buster, Junior, Laurel; Carl Johnson, Senior, Hardin.

Honorable Mention- Evan Haughian, Junior, Miles City; Jonah Oberg, Junior, Laurel

Fullbacks

1st Team- *Micah Kaufman, Senior, Laurel

2nd Team- Logan Thiel, Junior, Sidney

Honorable Mention- Erik Sharpe, Senior, Hardin

Tight Ends

1st Team- Kory Halvorson, Junior, Sidney

2nd Team- Colin Holetz, Junior, Billings Central

Honorable Mention- Beau Peaslee, Junior, Miles City; Colter Bachmeier, Senior, Glendive

Centers

1st Team- *Weston Marsh, Senior, Billings Central

2nd Team- Morgan Bishop, Junior, Miles City

Honorable Mention- Josh Alexander, Senior, Sidney; Madison Fichtner, Junior, Laurel; Zack Zukowski, Senior, Hardin

Guards

1st Team- *Zach Cullen, Junior, Billings Central; *Riley Dublin, Junior, Laurel.

2nd Team- Hunter Severson, Sophomore, Sidney

Honorable Mention- Micah Holt-Seavy, Sophomore, Billings Central; Alec Wagner, Junior, Laurel

Tackles

1st Team- *Ben D’Alton, Senior, Billings Central; *Kordell Cummins, Senior, Hardin; Colton Pederson, Senior, Miles City.

2nd Team- Bryson McGann, Senior, Laurel; John Haraldson, Junior, Sidney.

Honorable Mention- Brendan Cellman, Junior, Laurel; Dace Fisher, Senior, Sidney; Perry Smith, Senior, Billings Central.

Kickers

1st Team- *Benton Braesicke, Junior, Billings Central

2nd Team- Cody Johnson, Junior, Sidney

Punters

1st Team- Colter Bachmeier, Senior, Glendive

2nd Team- Benton Braesicke, Junior, BIllings Central.

Honorable Mention- Tyler Thompson, Junior, Laurel; Caleb Benson, Senior, Sidney.

Defensive Line

1st Team- *Sean Ward, Senior, Billings Central; Riley Dublin, Junior, Laurel.

2nd Team- Cord Murray, Sophomore, Miles City; Oliver Wallace, Junior, Hardin.

Honorable Mention- Tristin Fahrnow, Sophomore, Sidney.

Defensive Ends

1st Team- *Beau Peaslee, Junior, Miles City; Colin Holetz, Junior, Billings Central; Dace Fisher, Senior, Sidney.

2nd Team- Brendan Cellmer, Junior, Laurel.

Inside Linebackers

1st Team- Mathew Martinez-Tilman, Senior, Laurel; Tanner Delp, Senior, Hardin.

2nd Team- Dayton Cogdill, Senior, Billings Central; Hunter Severson, Sophomore, Sidney.

Honorable Mention- Lane Giovanetti, Sophomore, Miles City; Carl Johnson, Senior, hardin; Alec Wagner, Junior, Laurel.

Outside Linebackers

1st Team- *Micah Kaufman, Senior, Laurel; Holden Ryan, Junior, Billings Central.

2nd Team- Evan Haughian, Junior, Miles City; Jon Lemon, Senior, Hardin; Colter Bachmeier, Senior, Glendive.

Honorable Mention- Robert Hofer, Junior, Miles City; Trent Schilling, Sophomore, Sidney.

Safety

1st Team- Shawn Purcell, Senior, Hardin; Jonah Oberg, Junior, Laurel.

2nd Team- Jordan Stevens, Senior, Sidney; Jonah Studer, Junior, Billings Central.

Honorable Mention- Brandon Kubitz, Junior, Laurel.

Cornerbacks

1st Team- *Jesse Byorth, Junior, Billings Central; Gresh Jones, Junior, Sidney.

2nd Team- Ben Herzog, Senior, Miles City; Logan Thiel, Junior, Sidney.

Honorable Mention- Jacob Hadley, Sophomore, Billings Central; Isaac Mendoza, Junior, Hardin.

Returners

1st Team- Carl Johnson, Senior, Hardin.

2nd Team- Brandon Kubitz, Junior, Laurel.

Honorable Mention- Jonah Studer, Junior, Billings Central.