Ten All-FRC football Dutchmen

Will Johnson

In spite of Owensville Dutchmen football’s season ending with a loss in the district championship game to Eldon, Dale Long’s gridiron squad still had 10 players earn All-Four Rivers Conference (FRC) honors in recent voting by the coaches.

Named FRC Offensive Player of the Year last fall as a junior, senior quarterback Wyatt Ellis was selected Co-FRC Offensive Player of the Year along with St. James senior quarterback Ryan Harlan.

Ellis was also named the All-FRC First Team Quarterback for the second year in a row. In conference action, he threw for a season-high 232 yards on 7-16 passing and three touchdowns against St. Clair.

Using his legs, he racked up a season-high 384 yards rushing on 21 carries and four touchdowns against Pacific. His longest run against the Indians went for 79 yards.

On the offensive side of the ball, three of Ellis’ Dutchmen teammates also earned All-FRC first team honors.

Those players included Sean Irwin (wide receiver), Tanner Rector (running back) and Jarett Payne (offensive lineman).

Irwin’s season-high in receiving yardage came against St. Clair catching three balls for 146 yards. His most productive Friday night in FRC football action came at Hermann catching four passes for 76 yards receiving and three touchdowns.

Also a second-team defensive back, Irwin had a season-high eight tackles against Union and three interceptions against Hermann.

Rector’s most productive night in FRC action came against Pacific rushing for 236 yards on 22 carries to go along with three touchdowns. Tanner also had three rushing touchdowns against Sullivan.

Payne and the rest of the offensive line helped Owensville amass over 6,000 total yards on offense with over 2,000 through the air and 4,000 on the ground.

On defense, a trio of Dutchmen earned All-FRC First Team honors in Camren McQueen (defensive lineman), Richard Nelms (linebacker) and Dustin Faragher (defensive back).

McQueen’s best night on defense in the FRC came against Sullivan with seven total tackles in four tackles-for-loss.

Nelms’ posted double-digit tackles once in FRC action with 11 total stops against St. James in week-four action.

Faragher posted double-digit tackles twice in FRC action with 11 against St. James and 10 versus Sullivan.

In the secondary, Faragher’s best night came against Union with three interceptions.

As a second-team wide receiver, Dustin’s best night in the FRC came in the finale against St. Clair with two catches for 60 yards.

Additional second-team picks for Owensville included Colton Moore (tight end and linebacker), Aaron Budnik (offensive line) and Garret Bunt (offensive line).

At tight end, Moore’s best FRC night came against Union with three catches for 65 yards and a score.

On defense, Moore registered six tackles and two sacks against Pacific.

Budnik also earned All-FRC Honorable Mention status for his play on the defensive line.