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W-G lands five first-teamers

Matt Oliver/Boone News-Republican Woodward-Granger’s Lane Kooiker brings down Ogden quarterback Caleb Frye during a game on Aug. 30. Kooiker was named to the all-district second team.
Matt Oliver/Boone News-Republican Woodward-Granger’s Lane Kooiker brings down Ogden quarterback Caleb Frye during a game on Aug. 30. Kooiker was named to the all-district second team.

Class A District 7 honors were recently announced, with the Woodward-Granger gridders landing five players on the First Team, three more on the Second Team and having two players tabbed for honorable mention recognition.

Four Hawks were first unit defense and two second squad. The selections were led senior defensive end Tanner Canova, who repeated as District 7 Defensive MVP. His 61 total tackles were well down the list, but 11 of those were for negative yardage and he led D7 in terrorizing opposing quarterbacks by tallying eight sacks. He recovered three fumbles, returning one 31 yards for a touchdown.

Senior Dylan Nixon was also chosen for the defensive line. An interior tackle, he finished with 88 tackles, three sacks and an additional nine tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Junior Michael Connor grabbed one of the four linebacker spots. He led W-G and was third in the district with 102 tackles. Connor had one sack and made 17 other stops for negative yardage and had two interceptions, which he returned 37 yards.

Rounding out the first unit on defense for W-G was defensive back Cole Ashman, who recorded 62 tackles (one for loss) and had one interception, which he returned 32 yards.

Senior Dyllan Rosenbaum was a second unit pick at defensive tackle. He made 65 stops and three sacks, with eight tackles for a loss. He was joined on the second squad by senior defensive back Seth Noel, who tallied 29 tackles (two for loss) and had two interceptions, with 74 total return yards.

Senior Marshall Nieland was named the first unit offense at the utility spot after leading the district in total offense (rushing and receiving) with 1,780 yards. He ran 235 times for 1,432 yards and 13 touchdowns while catching 24 passes for 348 yards and one score.

Junior Lane Kooiker was the only other Hawk named on offense. He grabbed a second squad slot at tackle after helping W-G run for 2,625 yards and 27 TDs and pass for 1,130 yards and eight TDs.

Four Hawks were first unit defense and two second squad. The selections were led senior defensive end Tanner Canova, who repeated as District 7 Defensive MVP.

Senior Jimmy Harney and sophomore Race Brant also received recognition by being named to the honorable mention list.

W-G finished 6-4 overall and 5-2 in D7 action.

Ten Hawks were also honored for their excellence in the classroom, as Ashman, Brant, Canova, Connor, Nieland, Noel, juniors Alex Bodermann and Kaleb Noel and sophomores Josh Groves and Nick Squires were named Academic All-District.

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