For all Jacob Heyroth did for the Lodi football team during its undefeated journey to the WIAA Division 4 state championship, the senior running back, linebacker and return specialist was rewarded Friday with a supreme honor.
A statewide media panel voted the 6-foot-1, 193-pound Heyroth as the state high school football player of the year.
"What an amazing honor,” Lodi coach Dave Puls said Friday. “The entire community of Lodi is extremely proud of Jacob and his teammates for all of their accomplishments this year. Having Jacob recognized for this award caps off a dream season for our school and team.
"I cannot say enough about this deserving young man who has committed himself to being the best student-athlete he can be. This is the highest honor any Lodi football player has ever received, and Jacob will represent this award with humility, character, and class."
Kimberly’s Steve Jones, whose team defeated Sun Prairie, 27-7, in the Division 1 state title game, was named coach of the year after the Papermakers won their fifth consecutive state championship (the first in Division 2 and next four in Division 1) and 70th consecutive game.
Eight area players were selected for the first team, including Heyroth, as a running back/ The others: Sun Prairie outside linebacker Marty Strey, defensive lineman Khalan Coleman and kicker Alex Oakley; Waunakee running back Javian Dayne and defensive back Lucas Statz; and Lake Mills all-purpose player Ben Dunkleberger and receiver Hayden Iverson.
Entering the Division 4 state championship game, Heyroth had 2,758 yards rushing and 35 touchdowns and averaged 212.2 yards per game and 10 yards per carry for Capitol North Conference champion Lodi (14-0). Then he had 35 carries for 151 yards and one touchdown on a 6-yard run in Lodi’s 17-10 overtime victory over Hammond St. Croix Central.
As a linebacker, he totaled 8½ sacks during the season and recorded seven tackles in the final. He also returned three punts and one kickoff for touchdowns during the season and finished with 41 touchdowns overall. Lodi won its first title in football, led by Heyroth and honorable-mention selections Max Barreau, an outside linebacker, and Lucas Brisky, an offensive lineman.
Heyroth and Dayne were first-team selections as running backs, along with Kimberly’s D.J. Stewart.
Seniors Dayne and Statz were unanimous first-team choices for WIAA Division 2 state champion and undefeated Waunakee (14-0), which defeated Brookfield Central 14-13 in the final. Dayne rushed for 107 yards and both Warriors’ touchdowns in that game. The Warriors landed second-team honorees in offensive lineman Spencer Nellis and defensive lineman Nolan Thole and defensive end Reed Ryan was an honorable-mention pick.
Sun Prairie, the Division 1 state runner-up, had three first-team picks in seniors Strey, Coleman and Oakley, two second-team selections in offensive lineman Anthony Villanueva and defensive back Kadon Kauppinen and an honorable-mention pick in senior defensive end Josh Dinga.
Lake Mills senior Dunkleberger was chosen as an all-purpose player for his outstanding play as a quarterback, defensive back, punter and return specialist, and was joined on the first team by Iverson, the L-Cats’ leading receiver.
Other second-team selections from the area included Monona Grove senior quarterback Alec Ogden and Beloit Memorial junior punter Matthew Wedig.
Other area players receiving honorable-mention recognition included Verona defensive back Bui Clements, Stoughton running back Brady Schipper and Monona Grove tight end Lucas Gerlach.
Among others receiving recognition were Platteville’s Donovan Blevins, first-team receiver; Black Hawk’s Brody Milz, second-team inside linebacker; Lancaster running back Evan Gates (honorable mention); Beloit Turner offensive lineman Brandon Malkow (honorable mention); and Clinton running back Zach Krause (honorable mention).
2017 ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAM
As chosen by a statewide panel of sports reporters and broadcasters
Player of the Year: Jacob Heyroth, Lodi
Coach of the Year: Steve Jones, Kimberly
x - unanimous selection
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB: Max Alba, 6-5, 182, sr., Franklin
RB: x-Javian Dayne, 6-0, 230, sr., Waunakee
RB: Jacob Heyroth, 6-1, 193, sr., Lodi
RB: D.J. Stewart, 6-0, 175, sr., Kimberly
OL: Austin Ertl, 6-3, 290, jr., Wauwatosa West
OL: Brandon Haag, 6-3, 326, sr., Appleton North
OL: Andrew Lyons, 6-5, 280, sr., Kenosha Bradford
OL: Owen Rozumalski, 6-1, 275, sr., Oak Creek
OL: Bryce Texeira, 6-2, 280, sr., Waukesha West
WR/TE: Donovan Blevins, 6-2, 200, sr., Platteville
WR/TE: Hayden Iverson, 6-0, 170, sr., Lake Mills
PK: Alex Oakley, 6-4, 205, sr., Sun Prairie
ALL-PURPOSE: John Chenal, 6-3, 235, sr., Grantsburg
ALL-PURPOSE: Ben Dunkleberger, 5-11, 170, sr., Lake Mills
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB: Alec Ogden, 6-3, 180, sr., Monona Grove
RB: Julius Davis, 6-0, 189, jr., Menomonee Falls
RB: Joe Garcia, 6-3, 190, sr., Racine Horlick
RB: Peter MacCudden, 5-9, 190, sr., Waukesha West
OL: Jordan Haddad, 6-3, 265, sr., Mequon Homestead
OL: Jake Miller, 6-1, 228, sr., Menomonie
OL: Zach Mueller, 6-5, 300, sr., Schofield D.C. Everest
OL: Spencer Nellis, 6-5, 220, sr., Waunakee
OL: Anthony Villanueva, 6-1, 250, sr., Sun Prairie
WR/TE: Alex Anthony, 6-1, 175, sr., Whitefish Bay
WR/TE: Sam Ferris, 6-1, 175, sr., Appleton Xavier
PK: Blake Wilcox, 6-4, 195, jr., Kettle Moraine
ALL-PURPOSE: Karson Butt, 5-11, 175, jr., Edgar
ALL-PURPOSE: Luke Reader, 6-0, 185, sr., Bangor
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL: Seth Bickett, 5-11, 235, sr., Pewaukee
DL: Khalan Coleman, 5-10, 240, sr., Sun Prairie
DL: Blake Fehrmann, 6-6, 245, sr., Brookfield Central
DE/OLB: Boyd Dietzen, 6-3, 245, sr., Kimberly
DE/OLB: Marty Strey, 6-3, 205, sr., Sun Prairie
ILB: C.J. Goetz, 6-4, 232, sr., Waukesha Catholic Memorial
ILB: Brad Dati, 6-1, 230, sr., Brookfield East
ILB: Clay Schueffner, 6-2, 215, sr., Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs
DB: Trent Ingalls, 6-1, 185, sr., Menasha
DB: Derrick Seay, 6-2, 175, sr., Racine Horlick
DB: x-Lucas Statz, 5-11, 181, sr., Waunakee
P: x-Brad Woldt, 6-0, 205, sr., Mequon Homestead
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL: Darien Peniston, 6-5, 317, sr., Appleton North
DL: Jordan Schroeder, 6-4, 275, sr., Mequon Homestead
DL: Nolan Thole, 6-3, 215, sr., Waunakee
DE/OLB: Reggie Jennings, 6-2, 225, sr., Brookfield Central
DE/OLB: Will McDonald, 6-5, 215, sr., Waukesha North
ILB: Trey Glass, 5-10, 185, sr., Kenosha Bradford
ILB: Brody Milz, 6-1, 215, sr., Black Hawk
ILB: Nate Steinbrecker, 5-10, 205, sr., Green Bay Southwest
DB: Will Geels, 5-11, 165, sr., Sussex Hamilton
DB: Kadon Kauppinen, 6-3, 185, sr., Sun Prairie
DB: Chandler Pulvermacher, 6-2, 215, sr., Hartland Arrowhead
P: Matthew Wedig, 6-4, 205, jr., Beloit Memorial
Josh Dinga, DE, sr., Sun Prairie; Max Barreau, OLB, sr., Lodi; Bui Clements, DB, sr., Verona; Evan Gates, RB, sr., Lancaster; Lucas Brisky, OL, sr., Lodi; Lucas Gerlach, TE, sr., Monona Grove; Zach Krause, RB, sr., Clinton; Brandon Malkow, OL, sr., Beloit Turner; Reed Ryan, DE/OLB, jr., Waunakee; Brady Schipper, RB, sr., Stoughton
Marcus Glodowski, QB, sr., Amherst; Bryce Huettner, RB, jr. Iola-Scandinavia; Donavon Free, QB, sr., Marathon; Isaiah Westfall, WR, sr. Wisconsin Rapids; Kellan Wandtke, OL, jr., Iola-Scandinavia; Justin Evans, RB, sr., Menomonie; Cormac Sampson, DE/TE, sr., Eau Claire Memorial; Mason Platter, OLB, sr., Menomonie; Jack Kern, DL/OL, sr,, Eau Claire Memorial; Brady Redwine, RB, jr., Elk Mound
Hunter Plamann, QB, sr., Appleton Xavier; Logan Eiden, OLB, jr., Neenah; Zayne Rodencal, RB, sr., Appleton Fox Valley Lutheran; Adam Zeratsky, WR, sr., Appleton North; Ben Kohl, QB, sr., Oshkosh West; Mitch Waechter, DB, jr., Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs; Jason von Heimburg, QB, sr., Cedar Grove-Belgium; Max Feldman, DB, sr., Kiel
Da’Shaun Brown, QB-DB, jr., Racine St. Catherine’s; Darios Crawley-Reid, RB-DB, jr., Greendale Martin Luther; Cade Garcia, QB, sr., Whitefish Bay; Grayson Cooley, QB, sr., Waukesha South; Mike Bruner, LB, sr., Mequon Homestead; Mike Timm, LB, sr., Wales Kettle Moraine; R.J. Clarke, DE, sr., St. Francis; Isiah Wright, QB, sr., Milwaukee Bay View; Stephen Halusan, WR, sr., New Berlin Eisenhower; Dane Vance, RB, jr., Lake Country Lutheran
Tanner Hendricks, DB, sr., Bay Port; Garrett Sphatt, DE, sr., Fond du Lac; Drew Becker, RB, sr., Holmen; Ryan Beirne, A-P, sr., West Salem; Garrett Krueger, OL/DL, sr., Bangor; Nathan Riehle, OL, sr., Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau; Noah Skifton, QB, sr., Onalaska