The statistics are impressive from the Owatonna High School football banquet. Ten All-District Players. Eight Big Nine Conference Scholar Athletes. One Friend of Football honoree. Keith Bangs was recognized for his "more than 30 years" of keeping stats along the OHS football sidelines. He and his wife Jane were special guests at Sunday's event held at the Eagles Club in Owatonna.

The Huskies went 6-4 on the season, making it to the Section 1-5A title game, where they lost to Rochester Mayo 38-33. OHS B-squad went 6-2 this fall.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER / DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Senior Grant Achterkirch earned both honors after leading the team in tackles and defensive points despite missing the first two games due to a broken hand. He also contributed mightily as a fullback. He also played in the High School Football Showcase at US Bank Stadium in early December. OHS coach Doug Wanous was on the coaching staff for the South's win.

LINEMAN OF THE YEAR

Senior Eli Spurgeon was a force along the offensive and defensive lines.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Senior Nick Williams transitioned through tight end/full back to wide receiver to put up one of the best seasons for an OHS receiver.

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CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

Senior Reid Stauffer earned this honor for his solid all around play and contributions to the team as determined by the coaching staff

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SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Junior Drew Henson had an incredibly accurate season kicking the football and is close to a variety of Owatonna records. He was also named the Big Southeast District Special Teams Player of the Year-Red Division.

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Big Nine Scholar Athletes (all seniors)

  • Grant Achterkirch
  • Cael Dowling
  • Eli Knutson
  • Reid Stauffer
  • Aiden Stowe
  • Caleb Vereide
  • Nick Williams
  • Luke Wottreng

 

Big Southeast All-District

  • Grant Achterkirch
  • Nick Williams
  • Eli Spurgeon
  • Caleb Vereide
  • Collin Vick
  • Drew Henson

Big Southeast Honorable Mention

  • Dylan Maas
  • Ryley Glassmaker
  • Drew Kretlow
  • Trever Schirmer
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Captains for 2021

  • Grant Achterkirch
  • Eli Spurgeon
  • Nick Williams

Captains for 2022

  • Mikah Elstad
  • Drew Kretlow
  • Trever Schirmer
  • Collin Vick

Gary Walter presented a wonderful highlight video for the 2021 season. Thanks to him for including the AM 1390 KRFO play-by-play call to the package. Each player was presented with a copy of the video by the OHS coaching staff. Walter's photography is also featured in most of the photos in this story.

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