University of Wisconsin-Madison recruit Jack Nelson was a named a first-team all-conference selection and the Badger South Offensive Lineman of the Year last month. The Stoughton junior was one of 11 players named to the all-conference team.
“Jack got better from last year but still has some things to work on,” Prahl said. “I know he isn’t thrilled about his play at times and how tje team finished this year.”
Next season will be his fourth year as a varsity starter playing left tackle for Stoughton.
“Jack has some great personal goals set for the next season and I can’t wait to watch him work toward those goals,” Prahl said.
Senior running back Dwight Walker was a unanimous first team selection in the backfield, amassing 959 yards and eight touchdowns on 189 carries.
Monona Grove senior quarterback Jordan Bishop was chosen as the Offensive Player of the Year.
Junior wide receiver Nathan Hutcherson was named to the second team, as was senior place kicker Cade Spilde. Hutcherson caught 40 balls for 426 yards and six touchdowns. He also rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown.
“Hutch is a great playmaker and smart football player,” Prahl said. “He understands his role and wants to make plays for his teammates. Hutch needs to be a leader for us and we are excited to have him back.”
Spilde made 3 of 5 field goals and converted on 18 of 19 extra points. Stoughton also recovered four of his onside kickoffs.
Senior Jack True and junior Ethan Skavlen gave Stoughton three all-conference offensive line, earning honorable mention honors.
“We return four of the five starters upfront and our tackles need to produce for us to be successful on offense,” Prahl said. “We know where we want to go as a team next year and our line will be a strength for us coming back.”
Junior quarterback Adam Hobson was also an honorable mention selection.
Hobson completed 48.9 percent of his passes for 1,239 yards and 13 touchdowns in 10 games. He was also deadly at times with his legs, adding 113 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.
“I expect Adam to have a breakout season next fall. He knows what he needs to do to get better at and he works hard,” Prahl said.
Hobson’s maturation could will be the key to the team’s offense next year.
“Having a year under your belt goes a long way,” Prahl said. “Adam is a great athlete and loves to compete and were excited to work with him for another year.”
Stoughton had five all-conference players on defense, led by the first-team selection of Spilde and linebacker and punter.
Spilde finished second on the team with 71 total tackles, including seven for a loss. He also caused two fumbles, recovered one and had an interception.
Spilde was also advantageous in the battle for field position, averaging 37.7 yards per punt on 25 times attempts, including 10 inside the 20.
Senior middle linebacker John Klus of Oregon was named Defensive Player of the Year and Monona Grove senior defensive end Sam Gronski was selected as Defensive Lineman of the Year. Both were unanimous picks.
Stoughton seniors Jake Lenz (defensive end) and Kadin Milbauer (defensive back) were named to the second team and senior Trenten Conklin and sophomore Curtis Jaskulke were honorable mention choices.
Lenz had a team-best 11 tackles and six sacks. Milbauer led the Vikings with three fumble recovers and tied for second with two interceptions. Conklin was third with 62 tackles. Jaskulke had 32 tackles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
“I will miss our seniors and want to thank them for another good year in football,” Prahl said. “I wish them all the best next year and they stay in touch. They were a great group of young men who have taught me a lot this season.”
Jaskulke is the only returning all-conference player coming back, but Prahl said the Vikings also have three defensive lineman starters coming back and three of four defensive backs coming back.
“I am very excited about what we can do next fall but our guys need to put in the work,” he said. “They understand that and are hungry to show this community what we can do as a football team. I am proud of our senior this year and what we accomplished.”