7 STMA football players earn all-conference

Scharlau, Freeman honored

By Rob LaPlante

Sports Reporter


The St. Michael-Albertville Knights football team landed seven players on the 2012 Mississippi 8 All-Conference Team and two players came away with highest honors.

Senior Sean Scharlau was named M-8 Offensive Lineman of the Year and junior Dallas Freeman came away with the Special Teams Player of the Year.

Scharlau was a key component to an offensive line that allowed seven different players to score rushing touchdowns this season. Freeman led the conference in special teams with a combined 578 yards and three touchdowns while returning both kickoff and punt returns.

Both players were also named all-conference, along with senior teammates Bennie Wilson, Cole Krutzig, Erik Johnson, Mike Kessler and Allen Giller.

Wilson finished with 36 tackles, two sacks and had four rushing touchdowns. Johnson led the team in both tackles (62) and solo tackles (32). Giller finished the team leader in sacks with 3.5 and both Kessler and Scharlau were part of a Knights defensive line that allowed the third least points (13.4) and an offensive line that rushed for 1,722 yards on the ground this season.

The Knights finished the season 7-4 overall and lost 24-10 to Elk River in the section championship game.

Here’s a list of the M-8 conference winners:

Conference Co-Champions: Monticello and Rogers

Coaches of the Year: Marc Franz, Monticello and Jason Telecky, Rogers

Academic Team Champion: Duluth Denfeld

Most Valuable Player: Birk Olson, FB, DE, Monticello

QB of the Year: Jason Senger, Buffalo

WR of the Year: Austin Youngs, Buffalo

RB of the Year: Chance Laidly, Cambridge-Isanti

OL of the Year: Sean Scharlau, STMA

DL of the Year: Josh Malin, Rogers

LB of the Year: Mitch Grupa, Rogers and Michael Witschen, Monticello

Secondary Player of the Year: Travis Holt, Cambridge-Isanti

Special Teams Player of the Year: Dallas Freeman, STMA