7 Lynx named to top team in 3A District 2

Steen, Olson, Doolittle, Hoversten, Felts, Ferrell and Whitmore collect honors; Kepler, Struchen and Johnson honorable mention

WCHS senior Dylan Steen (16) runs free in the open field against Boone during Week 9 of the regular season last month. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

WEBSTER CITY — Ten Webster City football players received all-district awards at season’s end, it was announced last week.

Following a 5-4 season and a 3-2 performance in Class 3A District 2, the Lynx placed seven players on the lone all-district squad. Three others collected honorable mention accolades.

Joining the elite list of district players were WCHS running backs Dylan Steen, Drake Doolittle and Garrett Whitmore; tight end Henry Hoversten; linebacker Caleb Olson; cornerback Cade Felts; and place kicker Nathan Ferrell.

Honorable mention awards went to running back Trace Kepler, wide receiver Carson Struchen, and defensive end Carsen Johnson.

Despite missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007, WCHS still put together a solid resume. The Lynx led the district in rushing yards (2,387) and total offense (2,944 yards). Their ground production was more than 1,000 yards superior to their closest district competitor.

DFJ photo//Troy Banning

Steen was at the forefront of the offense. The senior began the season at spinback and then switched to tailback late in the campaign. He won the District 2 rushing title with 1,005 yards and led it in total offense as well with 1,547 yards and a combined 15 touchdowns rushing and passing.

Defensively, Steen paced the district with seven interceptions and finished his career No. 3 on the state’s all-time 11-man leaderboard with 22 picks.

Doolittle, the Lynx senior wingback who also played spinback, ranked third in rushing in the district with 615 yards and five touchdowns. Whitmore, who was inserted into the starting lineup at wingback late in the season, accumulated 306 yards and averaged 9 yards per tote.

Hoversten provided key blocking for the WCHS backfield and also served as a dependable option when the Lynx put the ball in the air. He reeled in eight catches that covered 114 yards and he reached the end zone once.

Olson, a three-time all-district award winner, ranked seventh in District 2 with 631⁄2 tackles, 52 of which were solo stops. He again anchored the WCHS defense.

DFJ photo//Troy Banning

Felts became one of the team’s most dependable players in the back of the defense where he recorded 211⁄2 tackles.

Ferrell was Mr. Automatic when it came to extra points. The senior was 29 of 29 on PAT’s and connected on 69 of 75 over his two seasons in a Lynx uniform.

Kepler churned out 473 yards and scored seven touchdowns during his time in the WCHS backfield. Struchen was the favorite target of Steen on the perimeter, as he caught 12 balls for 168 yards.

Johnson was the Lynx leader when it came to tackles for loss (9) and sacks (4). He registered 191⁄2 total tackles.