Following a 7-3 football season, including a 4-1 C1-3 District mark, the Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals had five first-team and four second-team 2015 C1-3 All-District selections announced following voting by district coaches.
Seniors Keaton Henry, Blaine Kennedy, Scott Ketteler, Jacob Krings and Joe O’Brien were honored as All-District players, while seniors Damian Backus, David Hansen, Kyle Kramer and Isaac Sullivan were second-team picks.
Henry was perhaps BC/NG’s most versatile performer in 2015. Alternating between tight end and running back, he rushed for 198 yards (5.08 per carry) and 11 touchdowns and caught 24 passes for 472 yards (19.7) and two TDs. Henry was one of the Cardinals’ defensive leaders from his linebacker position, with 30 solo tackles, 37 assists, 3.5 sacks and an interception. He was also BC/NG’s punter, averaging 36.4 yards on 19 boots.
Kennedy took over as BC/NG’s starting quarterback in 2015, completing 83-of-149 passes (.557) for 1,413 yards, with 14 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He added 391 yards rushing (5.08) and six touchdowns on the ground.
Ketteler was another two-way threat, catching 23 passes for 365 yards (15.8) and four touchdowns offensively and making 23 tackles, with three interceptions as a defensive safety. Krings and O’Brien were line stalwarts for the Cardinals in 2015, helping BC/NG rush for 225 yards per game. Defensively, O’Brien made nine solo tackles and had 1.5 sacks, while Krings contributed eight solo stops and 21 assisted tackles.
Backus emerged as BC/NG’s leading rusher, averaging 7.6 yards per carry while gaining 663 yards and scoring seven touchdowns. He also made 20 tackles from his cornerback position. Kramer was one of the Cards’ top defenders, intercepting five passes while making 24 solo tackles. He also caught 20 passes for 387 yards (19.3) and seven touchdowns. Hansen anchored the BC/NG defensive line, making 20 tackles and assisting on another 28. Sullivan was another integral part of BC/NG’s stout line play on both sides of the line of scrimmage. He made 13 tackles, with 28 assists in 2015.
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