By Brent Huelsmann
The Southern Illinois River to River Conference Mississippi Division football team has been released with six different members of the Hornets that made either the first team or the second team. Three Hornet players were named All-Conference on both offense and defense.
Dylan Kwiatkowski was named First Team All-Conference as both an offensive lineman and a defensive lineman. Kwiatkowski led the team with 19 solo tackles this season, and tied for third on the team with 36 total tackles this past season. Kwiatkowski was second on the team with seven tackles for a loss.
Jullian Metcalf was named First Team All-Conference as a running back. Metcalf finished just short of 1000 yards rushing this season. Metcalf finished with 970 yards rushing to lead the Hornets. Metcalf tied for the team lead with 11 rushing touchdowns. Metcalf rushed for over 100 yards five times this season, with his best effort coming in the Homecoming Game against Pinckneyville where he finished with 175 yards and two touchdowns. Metcalf also rushed for over 100 yards against Anna-Jonesboro, Sparta, DuQuoin, and West Frankfort.
Cameron Parker made Second Team All-Conference as both a quarterback and defensive back. Parker threw for 1,515 yards and 10 touchdowns this past season, while rushing for 652 yards and 11 touchdowns. Parker’s 1,515 yards through the air are the second most in a single season in NCHS history. On defense, Parker made one of the biggest plays of the year for Nashville as he picked off a pass late in the season finale against West Frankfort and returned it for a touchdown. It was Parker’s only interception of the season.
Issac Sexe was named Second Team All-Conference as both an offensive lineman and a defensive end. Sexe was second on the team this past season with 43 total tackles. Sexe led the Hornets with eight tackles for a loss, and picked up a sack this season. Sexe also forced and recovered a fumble for Nashville this year.
Dalton Novak led the team with 44 receptions and 554 receiving yards this past season, which earned him Second Team All-Conference as a wide receiver. Novak hauled in three touchdowns this season, the biggest being the game-winning touchdown over West Frankfort in the season finale. Novak’s 44 receptions were the second most all-time in a single season in NCHS history. Novak’s best game this season was against Carterville, where he caught nine passes for 127 yards and a touchdown.
Kyler Klingenberg was named Second Team All-Conference as a center this past season. Klingenberg battled injuries but was a key force all year for the Hornets. Klingenberg was given the Tom Luczaj Award at the Annual Awards Banquet.