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home : sports : sports February 26, 2015


11/14/2012 11:58:00 AM
Four Warriors make BR First Team
From left, all-conference Warriors Colton Robach, Adam Crotteau. Austin Roberts, and Colten Weinberger
From left, all-conference Warriors Colton Robach, Adam Crotteau. Austin Roberts, and Colten Weinberger
Dave Greschner
Sports editor

Four Rice Lake Warriors have been named to the first team and 12 to second team and honorable mention team in the Big Rivers all-conference football lists released Monday.
Two Warriors each are on the first team defense and first team offense, both 12-player units.
Senior lineman Adam Crotteau and senior fullback Colten Weinberger are all-conference offensive players, and senior defensive back Colton Robach and junior linebacker Austin Roberts are on the first team defense.
Roberts, a two-way player, also was named as a second team performer at tight end on offense.
Other second team selections for Rice Lake are junior defensive lineman Jake Zoellick and punter Shawn Magee, chosen for the special teams. Magee, a junior, was Rice Lake's quarterback.
In addition, nine Warriors earned honorable mention.
Crotteau was a veteran lineman who helped the wishbone offensive rush for nearly 2,500 yards in 10 games. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Crotteau, in his second season as a starter, moved from center to tackle early in the season to take advantage of his quickness and aggressiveness.
"Adam was a great drive blocker. He was able to get off the line and go out and block linebackers," said Warriors coach Dan Hill.
Weinberger was the team's rushing leader with 979 yards. But his contributions to the rushing game went well beyond the numbers. The second-year starter had 202 carries, but opponents thought he had a lot more.
"It takes a gutty, tough kid to fake he has the ball and take the shots that Colten did," said Hill.
Quarterback Magee was always putting the ball in Weinberger's arms, either for real or for a fake.
"Colten was one of the better fullbacks we've had to be able to fake he had that ball in that magical mesh with the quarterback. He really sold it when he didn't have the ball," said Hill.
Weinberger averaged 4.9 yards per carry and added six pass receptions for 54 yards, pushing him over 1,000 total offensive yards. His fakes helped Magee keep the ball for 158 carries and 838 rushing yards.
Robach finished with three interceptions in his all-conference performance in the Warriors defensive secondary.
"Teams realized early they had to go away from Colton in their passing game," said Hill.
Besides his pass coverage, Robach totaled 44 solo tackles, the second-highest on the team.
Roberts set a team record from his linebacker position with 93 solo tackles. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior, who also had seven sacks in his second season of starting, is on track to be an even better player, said Hill.
"Austin was quicker and more experienced than last year. He's the best linebacker I've seen in my years here," said Hill. "Austin isn't satisfied yet. He's a hard worker and great student of the game. He has the burning desire to be the best."
Roberts not only set a school record with 93 solo tackles, he also has new marks with 17 solo tackles in one game (vs. Hudson) and 138 career solo tackles, with his senior season remaining.
On offense, Roberts was a second team selection for his blocking at tight end. He added four pass receptions for 77 yards and one touchdown.
Like Roberts, Zoellick was a two-way player for most of the season while earning second team selection in the defensive line. He was credited for 29 solo tackles and four sacks.
"Jake has the quickness and drive, and he works hard in the weight room. He can play both ways because of his work ethic," said Hill.
Magee was chosen as the conference's second team punter even though he had the best punting numbers at 39.8 yards per punt average. Of his 66 punts, 17 landed inside the 20-yard line.
Big Rivers all-conference honorable mention players from Rice Lake are seniors Tyler Putzke and Zac Daniel, both running backs, Harrison Widdes at wide receiver, Adam West at defensive back and Tanton Schnider in the offensive line; and juniors Austin Angell and Trapper Ward, both offensive lineman, Magee at quarterback and Adam Schwab at linebacker.
In other leading statistics, Putzke rushed for 180 yards and added another 149 yards on eight pass receptions.
Magee was 38 of 87 in passing for 687 yards and 10 touchdowns. He had only three passes intercepted.
Widdes totaled 11 catches for 198 yards and four touchdowns.
Schwab finished with 44 solo tackles and three sacks. West had three interceptions, including one he returned 35 yards for a touchdown.
The Warriors went 4-3 in the conference and advanced to the Division 2 playoffs. After picking up a 52-13 playoff win against West Salem, the Warriors lost 38-8 in the second round to Waupaca, which plays for the state championship Friday.
The Warriors, 6-4 overall, played the conference's top two teams tough, losing 24-14 to champion Hudson and 17-8 to runner-up Menomonie.
A 17-14 loss to Superior was largely responsible for putting the Warriors in a must-win situation over the final 3 weeks to reach the playoffs.
"We have two sick feelings about this season. One was the loss to Superior, the other was when we ended with a dud at Waupaca," said Hill.
The Warriors got off to a tough start at Waupaca and never recovered from an early 19-0 hole.
But after the loss to Superior and then to Menomonie the following week, the Warriors went on a three-game conference winning streak.
"We ended up with our backs to the wall. Some teams could have packed it in, but we put together three good games in all phases, offense, defense and special teams, to reach the playoffs," said Hill. "We have to build on the progress we made in those final weeks."

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