Delavan-Darien players lead All-Southern Lakes selections
Delavan-Darien High School’s explosive offense was only half of the story in the Comets’ championship football season.
Eric Polzin, a 6-2, 183-pound senior linebacker, provides the other half in being named Defensive Player of the Year.
As has been well documented, Delavan-Darien’s exciting offense also was a big part of the story. Justin Fowlkes, an Associated Press second-team all-state running back, now adds the final chapter in being named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year.
“Having the Player of the Year on both sides of the ball is very unusual,” Delavan-Darien coach Steve Tenhagen said. “That’s a hard thing to do.”
But while Delavan-Darien was putting up tons of points, including eight games of 40 or more, Polzin was helping make it hard on opposing offenses. He finished with 81.5 tackles and 99 assists for an 11-3 team that went 6-1 in the Southern Lakes and avancesd to the WIAA Division 3 state semifinals.
“Eric had a great season,’’ Tenhagen said. “He was always around the ball. He has great football instincts and sees the field very well, and he made big plays for us all year.’’
The biggest came at the end of a pivotal, 40-39 win over Waterford in overtime. Polzin stopped the Wolverines’ ball carrier a foot short of the goal on an attempted two-point conversion to seal the victory.
Fowlkes’ season also was about big plays. The 5-7, 160-pound senior averaged more than eight yards a carry in rushing 1,892 and 26 touchdowns. In taking over for injured Austin Fritzinger a quarterback, he also passed for 931 yards and 14 touchdowns.
While also rolling up 2,220 all-purpose yards and scoring 188 points for the season, Fowlkes became the only first-team repeater in the coaches’ All-Southern Lakes selections after making it last year as an offensive end.
Fritzinger was the first-team quarterback last season but slipped to the second team this year after a midseason shoulder injury limited his action.
“Those two kids are great kids and made a big difference,” Elkhorn coach Tom Lee said after his team fell just short in a 26-20 loss that to Delavan-Darien that clinched the Comets’ first undisputed championship since 1988.
Other difference-makers for the Comets were offensive end Jordan Hesebeck, offensive lineman Esli Garcia and defensive back Marcus McLin, who join Polzin and Fowlkes to fill Delavan-Darien’s five spots on the all-conference first team.
Hesebeck, a 6-foot, 140-pound senior, caught 38 passes for 966 yards and 12 touchdowns. To along with his solid effort in the defensive secondary, McLin caught 17 passes for 414 yards in earning all-conference honorable mention as receiver.
Garcia, a 6-foot, 215-pound senior, was steady force in an offensive line that enabled Delavan-Darien’s skill-position players to excel.
“Esli’s knowledge of the blocking scheme allowed him to be successful on a weekly basis,” Tenhagen said. “He was often smaller than the defensive lineman across from him, but he used solid technique and determination to allow us to run his way the majority of the time.’’
Garcia wasn’t alone, however, as an outstanding lineman in the Southern Lakes. Connor Selvey, Elkhorn’s 6-2, 275-pound junior, is a first-team selection in the offensive and defensive lines, as is Wilmot’s Sean Meehan, a 6-6, 290-pound senior.
Sevey is joined by six other underclassmen in filling seven of the 24 first-team positions. That group also includes Elkhorn junior punter Chris Fryman, Lake Geneva Badger junior tight end Eric Winger and Badger defensive lineman Tom Cychner.
Badger, which finished second to Delavan-Darien with a 5-2 conference record, also has the all-conference place-kicker senior Brendan Gruenwald-Schmitz and a first-team offensive lineman in senior Mario Blanquel.
Elkhorn’s four first-team selections also include senior linebacker Jake Mountford, a second-team selection as a running back.
Hgt. Wgt. Yr.
QB—Austin Damaschke, Westosha 6-1 175 Sr.
RB—Justin Fowlkes, Delavan-Darien 5-7 160 Sr.
RB—Garrett Robers, Burlington 5-7 171 Sr.
OL—Mario Blanquel, Badger 6-2 221 Sr.
OL—Esli Garcia, Delavan-Darien 6-0 215 Sr.
OL—Sean Meehan, Wilmot 6-6 290 Sr.
OL—Neal Miller, Burlington 5-10 224 Jr.
OL—Connor Selvey, Elkhorn 6-2 275 Jr.
TE—Eric Winger, Badger 6-1 182 Jr.
WR—Jason Castona, Westosha 5-11 160 Jr.
WR—Jordan Hesebeck, Delavan-Darien 6-0 140 Sr.
DL—Brandon Temsett, Waterford 6-0 220 Sr.
DL—Tom Cychner, Badger 6-1 221 Jr.
DL—Connor Selvey, Elkhorn 6-2 275 Jr.
DL—Sean Meehan, Wilmot 6-6 290 Sr.
LB—Eric Polzin, Delavan-Darien 6-2 183 Sr.
LB—Matt Owens, Burlingfton 5-11 222 Sr.
LB—Jake Mountford, Elkhorn 5-10 192 Sr.
LB—Clyde, McKay, Wilmot 6-0 189 Sr.
DB—Dave Lunetta, Wilmot 5-10 160 Sr.
DB—Russ Robers, Burlington 5-11 178 Sr.
DB—Marcus McLin, Delavna-Darien 5-8 167 Sr.
PK—Brendan Gruenwald-Schmitz, LGB 6-0 191 Sr.
P—Chris Fryman, Elkhorn 5-11 188 Jr.
QB—Austin Fritzinger, Delavan-Darien 6-2 190 Sr.
RB—Trevor York, Badger 6-1 189 Sr.
RB—Jake Mountford, Elkhorn 5-10 192 Sr.
OL—Uzziel McDermit, Westosha 6-0 200 Sr.
OL—Kieran Daniels, Union Grove 6-3 215 Sr.
OL—Brad Nugent, Badger 6-1 240 Sr.
OL—Austin Gillmore, Westosha 5-10 205 So.
OL—Cody Zasada, Burlington 5-11 262 Sr.
TE—Tanner Rabelhoffer, Wilmot 6-2 201 Sr.
WR—Dustin Schindler, Waterford 6-4 210 Jr.
WR—Dave Lunetta, Wilmot 5-10 160 Sr.
DL—Uzziel McDermit, Wetosha 6-0 200 Sr.
DL—Brandon Miller, Waterford 6-5 275 So.
DL—Jared Herter, Burlington 6-1 204 Sr.
DL—Jay Christian, Wilmot 6-3 212 Sr.
LB—Jared Zirbel, Westosha 6-0 190 Sr.
LB—Branden Allen, Badger 5-9 211 Sr.
LB—J.J. Ahrens, Waterford 6-1 180 So.
LB—David Figueroa, Delavan-Darien 5-9 168 Jr.
DB—Aaron Moyer, Delavan-Darien 5-9 163 Sr.
DB—Mike McBride, Badger 6-0 178 Sr.
DB—Keith Knurr, Waterford 6-0 165 Sr.
PK—Ryan Gartner, Wilmot 5-8 157 Jr.
P—Austin Damaschke, Westosha 6-1 175 Sr.
Offensvie Player of the Year—Justin Fowlkes, Delavan-Darien.
Defensive Player of the Year—Eric Polzin, Delavan-Darien.
Badger—Rory Klean, rb, jr.; Mario Blanquel, dl, sr.; Adam Van Schyndel, db, sr. Burlington—Kevin Caufield, rb, sr.; Matt Sturdevant, lb, sr. Delavan-Darien—Marcus McLin, wr, sr.; Steve Lee, ol, sr. Elkhorn—Kyle Banta, db, sr.
Union Grove—Jonathon Bargas, dl, sr.; Kyle Boeck, lb, jr. Waterford—Ryan Vinz, ol, jr. Wilmot—Chris Nelson, qb, jr.; Matt Christensen, wr, soph.; Brian Hopkins, lb, jr.; Dan Lunetta, p, sr. Westosha Central—Cody Bollendorf, dl, sr.; Derek Jennings, lb, sr.; Kris Manon, db, jr.
Delavan-Darien, 6-1; Lake Geneva Badger, 5-2; Westosha Central, 5-2; Wilmot, 4-3; Elkhorn, 3-4; Burlington, 2-5; Waterford, 2-5; Union Grove, 1-6.