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J-W All-Area football capsules

November 25, 2000


Brock Best, Oskaloosa

6-2, 235, Sr., FB/LB

Best, a two-way starter who helped Oskaloosa reach the Class 3A state quarterfinals, finished with 98 tackles. He also had 386 rushing yards and 141 receiving yards.

"His leadership and maturity were huge," Oskaloosa coach Matt Marple said. "We knew he was a good football player and he really picked it up. He studies reads and knew his responsibilities and roles."

Best is receiving recruiting interest from Fort Hays State and others.

Ben Cosman, Baldwin

6-4, 185, Sr., WR

Cosman, a repeat selection and three-time all-Frontier League pick, finished with 40 catches for 725 yards and six touchdowns. As a junior, Cosman had 1,140 receiving yards a 4A record and 15 TDs.

"He always ran great routes," Baldwin coach Mike Berg said. "He got open, was a good possession receiver for us. He didn't drop many balls. He could also block."

Brian Harris, Eudora

5-5, 155, Sr., RB

Harris, the leading rusher and scorer in the Frontier League, was a force for the Cardinals. The all-Frontier pick rushed 293 times for 1,607 yards and 23 touchdowns in 11 games, including a 217-yard effort in a playoff victory over Basehor-Linwood.

"He was a guy we gave the ball to a lot," Eudora coach Aaron Barnett said. "He never asked to come out, never got injured. He's a small running back, but runs physical. A lot of guys were tired of tackling him at the end of game."

Heath Knight, Baldwin

6-5, 180, Sr., QB

An all-around athlete, Knight completed 87 of 191 passes for 1,435 yards and 10 touchdowns to rank No. 1 among Frontier League quarterbacks. Knight amassed 3,341 passing yards in his final two seasons at Baldwin.

"Whenever there was a busted play, it seemed like he was able to make something positive happen with his athletic ability," Berg said. "He could run and pass."

Knight, a standout basketball player as well, has received recruiting interest in football from Kansas University, Berg said.

Jason Marmon, Eudora

6-3, 240, Jr., OT

An all-league performer, Marmon anchored the Cardinals' offensive line from the right tackle spot, helping EHS average nearly 260 rushing yards a game.

"We ran behind Jason quite often," Barnett said. "He was our most consistent lineman game in and game out. He was a great one-on-one blocker and got better every game."

Will Newland, Ottawa

6-1, 170, Sr., QB-DB

A three-year starter in the secondary, Newland quarterbacked the Cyclones to a perfect 9-0 record in the regular season. He had 1,008 passing yards. Defensively, he made 34 tackles and intercepted eight passes.

"He was very competitive," OHS coach Pat Boeh said. "He puts it on the line every night and was a pretty ferocious runner. He was a key third-down runner for us. He moved our offense."

Bill Noll, Oskaloosa

6-4, 210, Sr., LB-TE

A first-team all-Delaware Valley League pick on offense and defense, Noll had a team-high 127 tackles and helped the Bears post six shutouts. He also returned an interception for a TD.

"He's just a phenomenal athlete," Marple said. "He's physically dominating, very intelligent and did everything we asked him to do. I tried to use him as many ways as I could."

Noll has been on recruiting trips to KU and Missouri.

Josh Sigmund, Ottawa

5-11, 230, Jr., C-NG

An honorable mention all-area pick as a sophomore, Sigmund was a two-way starter for the second year in a row. He finished with 80 tackles from the nose guard position to rank third on the Cyclones.

"He's solid on both sides of the ball," Boeh said. "Defense is where he gets his shining star. He's very quick off the ball. I thought every game he got better and better."

Larry Subelka, Oskaloosa

5-8, 205, Jr., RB

Oskaloosa's go-to running back and an all-DVL pick, Subelka rushed 255 times for 1,528 yards and 14 touchdowns to lead the Bears. He rushed for 115 yards in the Bears' bi-district victory over Nemaha Valley.

"He got better as the year went on," Marple said. "His strongest quality is that he doesn't go down. He gets stronger as the game goes on. He's not very fast, but he is very powerful and refuses to go down."

Jason Tharp, Ottawa

5-11, 280, Sr., OL-DL

A three-time all-Huron League pick and second-team all-area selection last year, Tharp solidified the Cyclones' lines.

"It seems like he's been around forever for what he has contributed to our program," Boeh said. "He was a three-year starter on both sides of the ball and was the most powerful lineman I've coached in my 13 years at Ottawa. He pretty much dominated."

Zac Tyler, Eudora

6-1, 180, Jr., RB-LB

An all-Frontier League pick at linebacker, Tyler led the Cardinals in tackles on a defense that ranked second in the league defending the run (127.7 yards per game).

"He has good natural instincts at linebacker," Barnett said. "He's fast. He can make up for his mistakes and is very aggressive."

The Journal-World all-area teams are selected by Journal-World sports writer Steve Rottinghaus, with input from area coaches.

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