Dutchmen gridiron foursome earn All-State accolades on the field, in the classroom

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

Thanks to the Missouri Football Coaches Association (MFCA), a quartet of Owensville Dutchmen football players were recently recognized for their efforts on and off the gridiron.

In voting two weeks ago during the annual MFCA Hall of Fame banquet, one Dutchmen earned All-State honors for his play on the field while three others were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments not only on the field but also in the classroom.

For the second consecutive season, Dutchmen senior offensive lineman Jarett Payne was selected to the MFCA Class 3 All-State team.

A second-team nod as a junior, Payne improved that by being one of five offensive lineman named to the first team.

He anchored an offensive line that helped the Dutchmen offense throw for 970 yards and rush for 1,386 more.

Payne also saw action on the defensive line during all 10 of OHS’ games.

He registered a season-high seven total tackles on two occasions during their week three win at home over Cuba and their week-six loss at Pacific. In those same two games, Payne also had two tackles-for-loss.

He also recorded two sacks and a key fumble recovery that sealed the deal on Owensville’s 34-29 Gasconade County Bowl victory over Hermann.

Protecting Wyatt Ellis three of his four years on the offensive line, Payne helped the Dutchmen offense amass over 7,000 yards passing and an additional 9,300 yards on the ground.

During his junior season seeing limited action on the defensive line, Payne recorded two tackles in the 2017 season opener at Potosi before adding single-tackle games in the district semifinals at St. James and in the district championship game at Eldon.

In order for Payne to earn his second straight All-State nod, he had to be nominated by his head coach who must also be a current member of the MFCA. Other criteria included being a starter on offense/defense or be a punter/kicker in 70 percent of the team’s games. That player must also be a sophomore, junior or senior.

Student-athletes wanting to earn Academic All-State from the MFCA had to meet two of the next three additional criteria  which includes scoring a 25 or higher on the ACT or higher than a 1740 on the SAT.

They must also have a 3.5 (non-weighted) grade-point average (GPA) and/or rank in the top 10 percent of his or her class.

In addition to Payne being recognized for his on-the-field effort, three additional Dutchmen football players were recognized for their work on the field and in the classroom.

Sophomore quarterback TC Fisher saw action in five games behind center.

Twice he completed five passes for 37 yards against St. Clair and St. James during the final two games of Owensville’s 2-8 2018 season.

Also seeing time of defense, Fisher posted a season and career high nine tackles during Owensville’s 34-29 Gasconade County Bowl victory over Hermann.

Fellow sophomore Bryor Bogle also earned MFCA Academic All-State honors for his efforts on and off the field.

Most effective at receiver, Bogle caught 13 passes for 143 yards in six games during the season.

He scored his lone touchdown in 2018 as part of OHS’ 34-29 victory over Hermann to retain Gasconade County gridiron bragging rights.

Bogle also showed flashes on the defensive side of the ball. Against Pacific, Bryor had a season-high 10 tackles to go along with his lone interception of the season.

Rounding out the sophomore trio of Dutchmen Academic All-State players was running back Garret West.

Carrying the ball 57 times for 169 yards in 2018, West’s best game came in a Highway 19 showdown in week three against Cuba.

Amassing a career-high 41 yards rushing on 15 carries, West also found the end zone three times helping Owensville edge the visiting Wildcats 38-34.

West also had a touchdown through the air against Sullivan.

On defense, he recorded double-digit tackles twice with 10 against Eldon and 11 against Pacific helping him towards 51 for the season.