11/14/2012 10:45:00 PM Sam Aune is MVP of Rocket football
by Mike Dalton
Senior Sam Aune was named the most valuable player of the Randolph High School football team. He was also named all-conference.
He had a school record 25.25 yards per catch, led the team in rushing with 527 yards, had six sacks, and was second in receiving. He also had a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown.
"Sam was our go-to guy this year, after only playing two games last year because of an injury," coach Chris Stanton said.
Collin Splichal was the team's defensive player of the year, and was honorable mention all-conference. He led the team in tackles with 105, and set a school record with 28 tackles in one game. He also rushed for 371 yards. "He was the heart-and-soul of our defense," Stanton said.
Max Stoesz led the team in receiving with 554 yards and interceptions (3), and was also honorable mention all-conference. "Max never left the field," said Stanton. "He made many key 3rd down catches, and was also asked to cover the opponent's best wide receiver.
Jake Dubbels was the offensive player of the year, and had the second-most single season passing yards with 1,386. He set a single-game record with 275 yards against GHECT. "He was a team leader," Stanton said. "He organized all the off-season workouts, and kept the team focused during the season."
Chris Feidt was lineman of the year, who scored three TDs, two of which were fumble recoveries of more than 40 yards. The Coaches Award, given to athletes in each grade who represented Randolph both on and off the field were presented to senior Ryan Hoey, junior Brady Thesing, sophomore Luke Dubbels and freshman Nick Wagenknecht.
Justin Waldvogel was named junior varsity MVP, and scout team player of the year was Blaine Sheets.
Other seniors who helped the team were Trevor Otte, who was second on the team in tackles, after breaking an arm last season; Keagan Nitz, who started on offense and returned kickoffs; Matt Lowery, who had seven catches; Tyler Weed, another player returning from a serious injury, was a mainstay on the defensive line; Alex McKay, who was a two-way starter most of the season; and Kaleb Meyers, who came out late but added a spark to the defensive line.
The 2012 season was eventful in that the Rockets played 9-man for the first time since the late 1980s. "As a team our scoring went up, and our points allowed went down," Stanton said. "The 66 we scored against Alden-Conger is a school record. We had a great group of seniors who kept us focused during practices and games, and really set the tone for the season."