Nine Concordia Panther Football Players Named to 2021 All-North Central Kansas League Teams
The North Central Kansas League coaches have announced the 2021 All League teams.
Concordia High School had nine student-athletes receive recognition. Senior Running Back Keyan Miller, Senior Offensive Lineman Dalton Owen and Sophomore Offensive Lineman Keegun Beims received 1st Team All-NCKL Offense recognition, while Senior Safety Cav Carlgren and Sophomore Linebacker Cameron Cleveland garnered 1st Team All-NCKL Defense honors.
Senior Center Shelby Giersch picked up Honorable Mention accolades on the offensive side of the ball, while Senior Tyler Hobrock, Senior Aidan Poore and Junior Stryker Hake each received Honorable Mention recognition on defense.
During his senior season, Miller led the team with 205 carries for 1,721 rushing yards, averaging 8.4 yards per carry. He also led the Panthers with 23 rushing touchdowns. His 3,352 career rushing yards rank as the second most all-time in Concordia history.
Miller ended the year with 1,995 all-purpose yards after he also caught 10 receptions for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Owen and Beims, along with Giersch, led a Concordia offensive unit that is responsible for the Panthers breaking the school record for most points in a season with 419 (an average of 38.1 points per game), and most yards in a season with 4,209 (an average of 382.6 yards per game). Ten different players combined to score 56 touchdowns for Concordia this season in posting the team's highest win total since 2014.
Owen is a two-time 1st Team All-NCKL selection, while Giersch receives Honorable Mention All-NCKL Offense recognition for the third consecutive year.
Cleveland, the top defensive player for Concordia, finished the season with 120 tackles, an average of 10.9 tackles per game. Cleveland also had 7 tackles for loss and 3 fumble recoveries on the year.
Carlgren recorded 77 tackles and 3 interceptions this season.
The Panthers' defense allowed an average of 238.0 yards per game, including just 56.4 yards passing per game, and held their opponents to 24.1 points per game.
Hobrock was an absolute force on the defensive line for Concordia. Hobrock had 41 tackles and 3 tackles for loss while leading the Panthers with 6 sacks.
At cornerback, Poore had 40 total tackles and racked up 4 interceptions and 1 one fumble recovery. Poore had two defensive touchdowns in the postseason.
Hake registered 76 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 6 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery. Hake, a linebacker, holds the school's all-time career interception record with 13, surpassing former Panther Defensive Back Blaine Newton who recorded 12 interceptions from 2009-2010.
Concordia Head Football Coach Jordan Echer has wrapped up his third season with the Panthers. Echer led Concordia to an 8-3 season, its second consecutive winning year, and guided the team to the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs for the first time in 22 years.