Amherst’s Dombrowski and Elwood, A-B’s Beggs named All-State
Portage County Gazette
By John Kemmeter
A trio of area football players were named to the 2019 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) Small School All-State Team.
Almond-Bancroft High School senior Jackson Beggs was an Honorable Mention All-State selection at both running back and defensive end, Amherst High School senior Nic Dombrowski was an Honorable Mention All-State selection both on the offensive line and at outside linebacker, and Amherst senior Aidan Elwood was an Honorable Mention All-State selection at inside linebacker.
Beggs rushed for 1,737 yards and 23 touchdowns on 284 carries this season, and recorded 64 tackles and 12 sacks on defense for sixth-ranked Almond, which won the Central Wisconsin Conference (CWC)-Small Title and finished 10-1 overall after a trip to the WIAA Division 7 Level 2 Playoffs.
Dombrowski blocked for an Amherst offense that averaged 33.1 points per game, and had 83 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery for a touchdown in nine games on defense this season.
Through the first 11 games this season, Elwood led the Falcons with 121 tackles and three sacks, as the second-ranked Falcons won the CWC-Large Title and advanced to the WIAA Division 5 State Semifinals, where they finished with an 11-1 record.
Senior running back Isaiah Gash of Division 1 State Finalist Bay Port was named the WFCA Large School Offensive Player of the Year, while junior safety Hunter Wohler of Division 1 State Finalist Muskego was named the WFCA Large School Defensive Player of the Year.
Racine Lutheran senior running back Tyler Tenner, who passed former Iola-Scandinavia running back Bryce Huettner this season to become the all-time leading rusher in state history, was named the WFCA Small School Offensive Player of the Year, and Stratford senior defensive end and University of Wisconsin recruit Ben Barten was the WFCA Small School Defensive Player of the Year.