Century's Isaiah Huber and Byron's Austin Freerksen have earned top offensive honors among Big Southeast All-District football players.
Huber was named the Offensive Player of the Year in the Red Division of the Big Southeast District. Freekrsen was named the Offensive Player of the Year in the Blue Division. Both players are senior running backs.
Huber rushed for 985 rushing yards during the 2020 season and he added 154 receiving yards. He scored 15 touchdowns and also converted five two-point conversions.
Freerksen rushed for a state-best 1,596 rushing yards this season. He had a pair of 300-yard rushing games and scored 17 touchdowns.
Freerksen and Humber both had a teammate honored on for their play on the line. Byron senior defensive lineman Colton Douglas was named the Blue Division co-Lineman of the Year. Century senior Peter Lynch was named the Red Division Lineman of the Year.
Mayo junior Cayden Holcomb, a standout kick returner, was named the Red Division Special Teams Player of the Year.
Kasson-Mantorville had a pair of players win individual honors. Linebacker Jackson Kennedy was named the Blue Division Defensive Player of the Year while kicker/punter Aaron Winkle was named the division's Special Teams Player of the Year.
K-M's Joel Swanson was also named the Blue Division Coach of the Year.
BIG SOUTHEAST ALL-DISTRICT SELECTIONS
Mankato West: Wyatt Block (Sr., LB/RB), Owen Johnson (Sr., S/RB), Max Goertzen (Sr., S/WR), Zander Dittberner (Jr., QB), Mekhi Collins Mekhi Mankato West (Jr., CB/WR), Ryan Haley (Jr., MLB), Gannon Rosenfeld (Jr., DE/OT), Tanner Shumski (Jr., DT/C). Owatonna: Brayden Truelson (Sr., QB), Gavin Rein (Sr., OL), Tanner Hall (Sr., RB), Grant Achterkirch (Jr., LB), Connor Budach (Sr., OLB), Zach Stransky (Sr., DB), Nate Smith (Sr., DL). Mayo: Cayden Holcomb (Jr., DB/WR), Bennett Ellsworth (Jr., QB), Hayden Myers (Sr., DT/C), Mason Greseth (Sr., DB/WR), DeMonte Simmons (Sr., LB/RB), Elliot Braaten (Sr., DE/OT). New Prague: Tommy Traxler (Sr., DE/TE), Bennett Isley (Sr., MLB/WR), Jack Wilmes (Sr., DL/OL), Logan Durbin (Sr., DL/OL), Cameron Prochaska (Jr., DL/OL). Century: Isaiah Huber (Sr., RB), Peter Lynch (Sr., OL), Brian Pautz (Sr., OLB), Paxton Pagel (Sr., LB). John Marshall: Parker Navitsky (Sr., LB/RB), Nate Swanson (Sr., CB/RB), Jack Ward (Sr., OLB/WR), Caleb Tiede (Sr., DE/OL). Northfield: Nick Lopez (Sr., NG/OL), Blake Mellgren (Sr., DB/RB), Ethan Lanthier (Sr., LB/WR).
Other district awards
Offensive Player of the Year: Isaiah Huber (Century, RB). Defensive Player of the Year: Ryan Haley (Mankato West, LB). Lineman of the Year: Peter Lynch (Century, OL). Special Teams Player of the Year: Cayden Holcomb (Mayo, returner). Coach of the Year: JJ Helget (Mankato West).
Kasson-Mantorville: Jackson Kennedy (Sr., MLB/FB), Matt Donovan (Jr., DB/QB), Jacob Aarsvold (Sr., DE/TE/WB), Anthony Moe-Tucker (Jr., NT/FB), Jace Bigelow (Sr., CB/WR), Logan Laures (Sr., DT/OL), Kyler Kujath (Sr., S/WB), Owen Bradford (Jr., DT/OL). Byron: Austin Freeksen (Sr., RB), Colton Douglas(Sr., DT), Jacob Braaten (Sr., LB), Ryan Von Arx (Sr., OL), Ryan Hough (Sr., DB), Matt Miller (Sr., TE), Vicente DeLeon (Sr., DL). Faribault: John Palmer (Sr., LB), Devin Lockerby (Jr., OL), Owen Ellendson (Sr., DL), Hunter Nelson(Jr., QB), Alex Gardner (Sr.,RB). Mankato East: Eli Olson (Sr., DL/OL), Jacob Eggert (Jr., QB), Tanner Borchardt (Sr., DL/WR), Nathan Drumm (Jr., DB/WR), Jared Grams (Sr., DB/WR). Winona: Trent Langowski (Sr., DB/WR), Jack Thompson (Sr., DL/OL), Bryan Cassellius (Soph., OLB/TE), Wes Wollan (Soph., DL/OL). Albert Lea: Sam Witham (Sr., MBL/OG), Cole Janssen (Jr., LB/TE). Austin: Blake Smith (Jr., DB).
Offensive Player of the Year: Austin Freerksen (Byron, RB). Defensive Player of the Year: Jackson Kennedy (K-M, LB). Co-Lineman of the Year: Colton Douglas (Byron DL), Eli Olson (Mankato East, OL). Special Teams Player of the Year: Aaron Winkle (K-M, P/K). Coach of the Year: Joel Swanson (K-M).