Preparing to play each other Saturday in the Class 4A state football semifinals, Althoff and Mater Dei each have a couple of new all-state players as chosen by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association.
Voted to the Class 4A all-state team were Althoff senior quarterback Jordan Augustine, Althoff senior receiver Keenen Young, Mater Dei junior quarterback Colin Schuetz and Mater Dei senior receiver Brendan “Butchie” Timmermann.
Other area players earning all-state honors were O’Fallon senior running back Kentrail Moran in 8A and Triad senior running back Adam Nelson and Highland senior defensive lineman Austin Bush in 5A. Columbia junior linebacker Owen Suedkamp was a 4A all-state choice.
Nashville, which plays Auburn on Saturday in the Class 2A semifinals, had two all-state selections in senior tight-end/defensive end Royce Newman and senior running back Hunter Schultze.
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Players are nominated by their coaches and conferences and chosen by the IHSFCA.
A full list of all of the all-state selections can be found here: IHSFCA All-State Football Teams.
Area players earning honorable-mention all-state were Althoff junior receiver-safety C.J. Coldon, O’Fallon senior kicker and Missouri recruit Tucker McCann, Collinsville senior offensive and defensive lineman Tanner Hails, Triad senior defensive end Clayton Nickerson and Freeburg senior linebacker-defensive end Michael Smith.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Augustine has completed 199-of-275 passes for a school-record 3,280 yards and 38 touchdowns with nine interceptions. Young (6-1, 215), a Jackson State recruit, has 67 catches for 1,070 yards and 17 TDs.
Moran (5-11, 195), headed to Illinois, ran 236 times for 1,387 yards and 11 TDs for the Panthers. Nelson (5-9, 170) led Triad with 1,630 yards and 30 TDs on 161 carries.
Schuetz (6-1, 205) has completed 173-of-313 passes for 2,719 yards and 31 TDs with nine interceptions. His top receiver is Timmermann (6-0, 175), who has 65 catches for 1,101 yards and 11 TDs while also leading the Knights in rushing with 676 yards and eight TDs on 78 carries.
Suedkamp (5-11, 210) led the Eagles with 163 tackles and an interception. Highland’s Bush (6-4, 285) had 41 tackles and one sack.
Newman (6-7, 265), who gave a verbal commitment to Missouri, has 32 receptions for 662 yards and nine TDs on offense. On defense he has 65 tackles and a team-leading 8.5 sacks.
Schultze (5-9, 170) leads the Hornets with 1,153 yards rushing and 12 TDs on 178 carries. He also has 30 pass receptions for 512 yards and four TDs and on defense has 98 tackles and an interception.