A-R-C Announces Football All-Conference Teams

Nov 15, 2018

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The American Rivers Conference announced the All-Conference selections for the 2018 football seasons with 11 Spartans receiving honors, two on first team, five on second and five honorable mention.

After receiving second team all-conference honors last year, senior offensive lineman Collin Stefanowski senior (Lake Villa, Ill./Grant Community) worked his way up to First Team All-American Rivers Conference in 2018. Stefanowski collected 10 starts and played in 632 snaps for an 81% effeciency on the season with no penalities and allowed zero sacks. Running behind Stefanowski was running back Dwayne Allen Jr. (Jr., Hampshire, Ill./St. Edward), who earned first team all-conference honors for the second straight year. In 2018, Allen finished second in rushing in the American Rivers Conference with 1099 yards and 122.1 yards per game despite missing one game. Allen also had four catches for 36 yards over his nine games played.

Blaze Barista, Doug Gates and Marshon Crowder helped make up the Second Team All-American Rivers Defense in 2018. The three helped UD post the fourth best defense in the A-R-C, limiting opponents to 363.4 yards per game. The Spartans had the second most interceptions among all the defense’s in the conference with 14. A big part of the 15 interceptions was Blaze Barista (Jr., Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South) who grabbed five of his own which was tied for the second most in the conference.  Barista racked up the fourth most tackles on the team with 57 and also recorded nine passes defended and four break ups.

The UD defense put pressure on the opposing quarterback all season long, leading the conference with 27 sacks. Doug Gates (Sr., Zion, Ill./Zion-Benton) earned second team honors last year as well and his four sacks and eight tackles for loss in 2018 were enough to give him those honors again. Marshon Crowder (So., Dubuque, Iowa/Hempstead) rounded out the Second Team Defense All-Conference honors for the Spartans as his eight sacks were the second most in the A-R-C, just a half of a sack behind the leader. Crowder also collected 12.5 tackles for loss and forced three fumbles, recovering two, including returning one for a touchdown in the final seconds to beat Loras.  

For the third time in his four year career, Maurece Herrion (Sr., Elgin, Ill./Larkin) was honored with all-conference honors. After being honorable mention as a freshman and sophomore, Herrion was named Second Team All-ARC Offense on Thursday afternoon.  Herrion rushed for 550 yards in his senior campaign, enough to give him the most career rushing yards in school history with 3,070. Herrion had six rushing touchdowns in 2018 to push him into second place all-time with 34 career rushing touchdowns. Jacob Britton (Sr., Wonder Lake, Ill./Woodstock North) helped Herrion reach those honors as Britton was named to the second team offensive line. Britton was a mainstay on the offensive line over the last three years, starting 28 of 30 games.  

Andy Vujnovich (Columbus, Wis./Columbus) double dipped in honorable mention honors as both a punter and place kicker. Vujnovich punted 42 times this season for 1570 yards and an average of 37.4. Vujnovich made 31 of 34 extra points, the second most in the conference and had the second best extra point percentage among all conference kickers at 91.2%.

Kody Riemer, the junior from De Pere, Wisconsin and Menasha, Wisconsin had 666 receiving yards on 42 catches in 2018. Riemer produced a team-high nine touchdowns on the season, including four in the season finale against Wartburg. AJ Hunter (Jr., Elgin, Ill./Larkin) was paired with Riemer in the UD receiving core and the honorable mention list, producing 21 catches for 436 yards for a 20.8 average and four touchdowns. Hunter was also a dynamic returner, returning 17 kicks for 334 yards and a 19.6 yard average with a long of 35. Michael Lewis (Jr., Aurora, Ill./Joliet West) rounds out the all-conference honors for UD as he started all 10 games for the Spartans on the offensive line.       

First Team Defense          School                               Year                       Pos.
Jordy Borman                     Central College                   Junior                     DB   
Dante Joseph                      Luther College                    Senior                    DB   
Brendan Holmes                 Simpson College                 Junior                     DB
Ryan Lehr                          Simpson College                 Junior                     DB   
JoJo McNair                        Wartburg College                Sophomore             DB
Gary Weaver                      Buena Vista University        Junior                     DL    
Daniel Vega                        Coe College                        Senior                    DL    
Michael Noll                        Luther College                    Senior                    DL    
Dillon Rademaker               Wartburg College                 Senior                    DL    
Chris Miller                         Loras College                      Junior                    LB    
Michael Conner                   Simpson College                 Senior                    LB    
Connor Frerichs                  Wartburg College                Senior                    LB

First-Team Offense          School                               Year                    Pos.
Blaine Hawkins                   Central College                  Sophomore            QB   
Matt Sacia                          Wartburg College               Senior                   QB   
Shaka Taylor                      Nebraska Wesleyan            Senior                   RB    
Cam Bunting                      Simpson College                 Senior                   RB    
Dwayne Allen, Jr.             University of Dubuque      Junior                  RB    
Matt Kopp                          Coe College                        Junior                    TE    
Eric Pacheco                       Buena Vista University        Sophomore            WR  
Dalton Kuehl                       Coe College                        Senior                   OL    
Ryan Heinrichs                    Loras College                      Senior                  OL    
Collin Stefanowski            University of Dubuque      Senior                 OL    
Nic Vetter                           Wartburg College                 Senior                  OL    
Hud Johnston                      Wartburg College                 Senior                  OL    

First-Team Specialist        School                                 Year                  Pos.
Jon Alberts                         Central College                    Junior                   PK    
Nathan Hawkins                  Simpson College                  Senior                  P      
Elijah Thomas                     Loras College                       Freshman             RS    

Second-Team Defense     School                                 Year                    Pos.
Hunter Semelroth               Coe College                          Junior                  DB   
Prince Krah                        Simpson College                   Senior                  DB   
Blaze Barista                   University of Dubuque        Junior                  DB   
Cedric Dobbins                  Wartburg College                  Junior                    DB   
Trey Chumbley                  Simpson College                   Junior                    DL    
Doug Gates                      University of Dubuque       Senior                   DL    
Jason Fisher                       Wartburg College                 Junior                    DL    
Logan Rickard                    Coe College                        Junior                     LB
Terrence Hall                     Coe College                        Senior                     LB    
Joe Weppler                       Simpson College                  Junior                     LB
Marshon Crowder             University of Dubuque      Sophomore           LB
Marcus Johnson                  Wartburg College                 Senior                    LB

Second-Team Offense        School                               Year                   Pos.
Cole Miller                           Buena Vista University         Senior                   QB   
Jonathan Curti                    Nebraska Wesleyan              Junior                    QB   
Maurece Herrion               University of Dubuque       Senior                  RB    
Trevor Joiner                       Luther College                     Senior                   TE    
Kolin Schulte                       Wartburg College                 Junior                   WR
JoJo McNair                         Wartburg College                 Sophomore           WR  
Cody Smith                         Central College                    Junior                   OL    
Colton Davis                        Nebraska Wesleyan             Sophomore            OL
Mathew Wingerson               Simpson College                 Senior                   OL    
Carter Henken                      Simpson College                 Senior                   OL
Jacob Britton                      University of Dubuque      Senior                  OL    
Tyler Schager                       Wartburg College                 Senior                  OL    

Second-Team Specialist    School                                 Year                   Pos.
Tristan Connell                    Coe College                          Sophomore           PK    
Cam Kiner                           Central College                     Junior                   P      
Eric Pacheco                        Buena Vista University           Sophomore          RS    

Honorable Mention           School                                  Year                   Pos.
Reed Kruse                         Buena Vista University           Sophomore          LB    
Trevor Smith                       Central College                     Senior                  DB   
Lou Gomez                          Central College                     Sophomore          DB   
Donny Groezinger                Central College                     Senior                 RB    
Pat Gray                             Central College                      Senior                 TE    
Justin Schwennen                Coe College                           Senior                DB   
Keegan Leliefeld                  Coe College                           Junior                 OL    
Brian Gilles                         Loras College                         Senior                 DB   
Alex Wernimont                  Loras College                         Senior                  LB    
Dalton Vislisel                     Loras College                         Junior                   OL    
Noah Sigwarth                    Loras College                         Sophomore           QB   
Brad Boelkow                      Loras College                         Senior                  WR  
Alex Kruse                          Nebraska Wesleyan                Senior                   DB   
Jacob Garnas                      Nebraska Wesleyan                Sophomore            LB    
Caleb Conway                     Nebraska Wesleyan                Senior                   TE    
Zachary Griswold                Simpson College                     Senior                   OL    
Tanner Krueger                  Simpson College                     Junior                    QB   
Michael Lewis                   University of Dubuque         Junior                   OL    
Andy Vujnovich                University of Dubuque         Freshman             PK    
Andy Vujnovich                University of Dubuque         Freshman             P      
AJ Hunter                          University of Dubuque        Junior                   RS    
Kody Riemer                     University of Dubuque        Junior                   WR  

JoJo McNair                         Wartburg College                 Sophomore             RS