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Northeast places eight on 2A all-district 4 squad
|ortheast junior Josh Soll brings down a Monticello ballcarrier, while teammate Mitch Moehr arrives on the scene and Tevin Stoecker (34) surveys the action. All three Rebel players earned all-district honors with Stoecker being a first-team selection and Soll and Moehr both landing on the second-team.
Photo by Ross Eberhart|
|Final 2A district 4 standings|
Dyersville Beckman 5-1 8-3
Cascade 5-1 8-3
Monticello 4-2 6-4
Center Point-Urbana 3-3 5-5
Mount Vernon 3-3 4-5
Northeast 1-5 1-8
Camanche 0-6 2-7
Week 1: North Cedar 28, Northeast 0
Week 2: Tipton 56, Northeast 27
Week 3: Bellevue 30, Northeast 7
Week 4: Cascade 56, Northeast 27
Week 5: Mount Vernon 40, Northeast 0
Week 6: Northeast 27, Camanche 12
Week 7: CP-Urbana 48, Northeast 8
Week 8: Beckman 84, Northeast 20
Week 9: Monticello 43, Northeast 13
By Ross Eberhart
The results may not have been what the Northeast football team expected, but there were still plenty of positives for the Rebels in 2013.
The squad snapped a 13-game skid with a 27-12 victory over Camanche and hung close early with eventual playoff teams Cascade and Monticello.
The young Rebels - just eight seniors - also have plenty of talent coming back, too, as evident by the recently announced 2A all-district 4 team, which includes eight Northeast players, half of whom will be back in blue and white next fall.
That group includes a pair of first-team selections in sophomore Will Hasken and junior Nick Wall. They join senior Tevin Stoecker, who was the only Rebel to earn all-district honors for a second-straight year.
Two other returnees - juniors Mitch Moehr and Josh Soll - landed on the second team where they were joined by senior Ethan Krogman.
Rounding out the group of Rebel honorees are seniors Garrett Moeller and Jack Murphy, who garnered honorable mention accolades.
This was the third-straight year that Stoecker earned all-district honors as the running back finished his climb to the first team - he was an honorable mention pick as a sophomore and a second-team selection last season.
The senior proved to be a jack-of-all-trades for the Rebels. Stoecker led the Northeast rushing attack with 319 yards on 76 carries (a 4.2 average) and three touchdowns, while also contributing in the passing game with 25 catches for 300 yards and another touchdown. Stoecker even attempted three passes, completing two for 60 yards.
Stoecker's impact extended to defense and special teams as well. Playing close to the line of scrimmage, the Rebel senior finished fifth on defense with 48 tackles, exactly half of them being solo and three going for loss.
Stoecker handled the Rebels' kicking duties, going 10-for-12 on extra points, while averaging just under 38 yards on his kickoffs and 35 yards on his punts. Finally, Stoecker boasts the state lead in kickoff return yardage with 833 and the senior returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.
"I really do think that there is not a position on the field Tevin would not have been successful at," Northeast head coach Jerad Block said. "He has a great knowledge of the game - we could throw him at about any position and he would pick up on it quickly.
"He has big-play potential every time he touches the ball and his two kickoff returns for touchdown show that."
Losing Stoecker will be a blow to the Rebel offense, but it also will be one softened by the return of both Hasken and Wall, who shined in their varsity debuts.
In fact, Hasken's sophomore season behind center was one for the record books as he put together one of the program's most prolific campaigns.
Hasken set three new single-season standards this season. He threw 231 passes and completed 122 of them - breaking Mitch Haferbier's marks in both categories - and racked up 1,439 yards in the process (topping the record set by Matt Lorenzen last year), while tossing 11 touchdowns.
The sophomore could pull down the ball and run, too, picking up 90 yards on the ground.
"Will is a true student of the game," Block said. "He was constantly asking questions and wanting to get better everyday.
"His hard work over the off-season and in-season paid off for us this fall. He threw the ball well and was making better decisions as the year progressed."
Hasken played sparingly on the defensive side of the ball, but notched five tackles and had an interception against Monticello. The sophomore even showed off a big leg this fall as he averaged 45 yards on three punts.
"A lot of the time, we had to remind ourselves he was only a sophomore," Block said. "He will be a key part of the future success of this football program."
Over half of Hasken's 11 touchdowns ended up in the hands of Wall, who grabbed seven - good for third-best among district players - during his junior season with the Rebels.
Wall finished the year with 33 catches for 487 yards (he averaged 14.8 yards per grab) and his longest touchdown reception went for 77 yards.
"Getting Nick out for football was a nice addition to this football team," Block said. "Any time you can get a kid with his athleticism the ball, it's a good thing. He is obviously a big play threat returning for us."
Wall gave Northeast a boost from his safety position as well, as he finished the year fourth on the team with 51 tackles - 35 of which were solo.
The junior was also the only Rebel defender to both intercept a pass and recover a fumble this season.
"He had a lot of big plays for us on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball," Block said. "He is only going to get better with the game."
Wall was not Hasken's only target, in fact the Rebels' leader in receptions this year was Moehr, who earned a spot on the second team for his play on both sides of the ball.
On offense, Moehr had 34 receptions - third-most among district receivers - and finished right behind Wall with 435 receiving yards, while notching a pair of touchdowns (Moehr even got a carry in the Rebel rushing attack).
Defensively, Moehr finished second for the Rebels with 60 tackles. Over half of the stops (35) were solo and the junior led the squad with four tackles for loss.
"Mitch really stepped into a leadership role for us this year," Block said. "He emerged as a vital part of our team.
"He was our field general and made sure people were lined up correctly on defense, and offensively he would come up with a big catch and run for us."
The only Rebel to have more tackles than Moehr was his fellow linebacker, Soll, who never found himself too far from the ball.
The junior finished third among all district players with 86 tackles, and he led Northeast in both solo (41) and assisted stops (45), while also racking up one tackle for a loss and an interception.
Soll gave the Rebels a boost on the offensive line, too, playing guard for a Northeast offense that amassed nearly 500 more yards than last year.
"Josh is a straight-up ball hawk," Block said. "He was always around the football which is reflected in his tackling total. He is a kid that committed himself in the weight room over the off-season and wanted to get better everyday.
"He kind of got shuffled around in the beginning part of the year, but he really settled at his spots of guard and middle linebacker. He will return with high expectations next fall."
One of the leaders on the Northeast offensive line was Krogman, who shared his senior knowledge with some of his younger teammates.
On the other side of the ball, Krogman lined up at nearly every single defensive line spot, and produced at each one.
The senior finished sixth on the team (and tops among all Rebel defensive linemen) with 41 tackles. Fifteen of the stops proved to be solo.
"Ethan is a true team player," Block said. "He was asked to move around on the defensive line and never once complained - he just grabbed his lunch pail and got to work.
"On the offensive side of the ball, he helped out younger players by sharing his experience and knowledge. And, he hardly missed a snap for us all year."
The Northeast offensive line will miss both Krogman and Moeller, the latter of whom took on a difficult position as the team's center.
Along with snapping the ball a unique distance for the Rebels' new pistol look, Moeller also was in charge of setting the line's assignments pre-snap.
"Garrett filled our biggest role on the offensive line this fall," Block said. "He was responsible for making all the calls at the line - it is something the crowd can't see, but it is something that doesn't go unnoticed by his teammates.
"He was like a coach on the field for us at times, talking about protection and blocking schemes that we could use against who we were playing."
Moeller added three tackles on the defensive side of the ball with two of them being solo.
The Rebels will also have to say goodbye to Murphy, who gave Hasken yet another talented target in the passing game and the Northeast secondary a consistent presence.
As a receiver, Murphy hauled in nine passes for 96 yards and scored a touchdown during the Rebels' game with Tipton.
Playing cornerback, Murphy collected 19 tackles, with more than half of them (13) being solo, and intercepted a pass, which he returned 11 yards.
"Jack is the true definition of a player that knows his role," Block said. "He knew what he had to do for this football team and he worked his tail off everyday.
"He was a man of few words, but his actions spoke volumes ab