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11/21/2012 Email this articlePrint this article 
Four Central players earn all-state football honors

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

A strong season by the Central football team this fall was recognized once again, this time on a state-level, with the recent announcement of the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) and Des Moines Register all-state football teams.

A total of four Saber players earned all-state designation between the two teams with seniors Drew Volrath and Chris Keitel leading the way.

Volrath was a first-team linemen selection for the INA 3A squad, while Keitel was the lone Saber to earn all-state honors by both the INA and the Des Moines Register.

Keitel was a second-team offensive back selection for the INA and a second-team linebacker pick for the Register.

Joining Keitel on the INA second team is senior Austin Lechtenberg, who was selected as a defensive back.

Rounding out the group of Central honorees is senior Cameron Donovan, who was a third-team selection on the offensive line for the INA.

Both Donovan and Volrath were two-year starters on the Central offensive line and helped the Sabers accumulate nearly 7,000 yards of total offense during that stretch.

This year alone, the Saber offensive line paved the way for 3,636 rushing yards and 4,339 total yards.

Keitel played a big part in Central's offensive success too. The senior set a school record with 214 carries and gained 1,358 yards, while scoring nine touchdowns.

Keitel added eight catches as well for 111 yards and another touchdown.

As Central's middle linebacker, Keitel had 57 tackles (including 26 solo stops) with 14 tackles for loss and a fumble.

Lechtenberg, meanwhile, gave the Sabers a boost against the run and the pass as a safety. The senior finished second on the team with 60 tackles and had 37 solo stops, while notching two tackles for loss, an interception and a fumble.

State champion Decorah - the team that knocked off Central in the quarterfinals - led all 3A squads with six players on the INA all-state team, including senior Josey Jewell, who was named captain of the squad (in the state finals, Jewell rushed 23 times for 160 yards and three touchdowns, caught a pass for 23 yards, completed a pass for 32 yards, had a sack, intercepted a pass and returned two punts).

The team Decorah beat in the 3A finals - Sioux City Heelan - had five players selected to the team, while the Sabers were one of four teams (state semifinalists Grinnell and Williamsburg, and state quarterfinalist South Tama the others) to have four players selected to the team.

In all, 11 players from 3A district 6 earned all-state honors from the INA.

Marion had three players make the squad - Andrew Davis, Ethan Herren and Zach Borens - while Maquoketa had two: Brad Johnson and Cory Wirth.

Rounding things out were Solon quarterback Rory Siddell and Benton lineman Quintin Taylor.

Northeast did not have a player make either squad, but the Rebels' district (2A district 4) was well-represented.

A total of 10 players made the INA all-state team led by Dyersville Beckman - a state semifinalist - who had six players land on the squad.

Center Point-Urbana placed two players on the team with Cascade and Monticello each having one. A total of eight players from the district made the Register team.

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