Nine Dutchmen earn All-FRC gridiron honors

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 11/18/20

Finishing second to St. Clair in the Four Rivers Conference (FRC) football standing proved beneficial to Nathan Cabot’s Owensville Dutchmen gridiron squad.

That is because a total of nine …

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Nine Dutchmen earn All-FRC gridiron honors

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Finishing second to St. Clair in the Four Rivers Conference (FRC) football standing proved beneficial to Nathan Cabot’s Owensville Dutchmen gridiron squad.

That is because a total of nine OHS football players earned All-FRC honors following recent voting by the conference coaches that was released Monday.

Earning All-FRC honorable mention status at quarterback last year, junior Brendan Decker was selected as the All-FRC First-Team quarterback in addition to being named the FRC Offensive Player of the Year.

Throwing for 2,213 yards on 123-220 passing, Decker’s season high came against Cuba when he racked up 313 yards through the air in addition to throwing for six touchdowns.

He led the FRC and the St. Louis area in passing yardage.

Throwing for 32 touchdowns, that number also led the FRC and tied him for the St. Louis area lead with Holt’s Cooper Brown.

Another All-FRC First-Team selection came in the form of junior wide receiver Derek Brandt.

Becoming just the second Dutchmen receiver to amass 1,000 yards in a season joining Matt Angell (2007), Brandt finished with 1,251 yards through the air to go along with 14 touchdowns.

His receiving yardage was tops in the FRC and St. Louis area.

Brandt’s season high came against Union with eight catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns.

On defense, Brandt was also named to the All-FRC Second Team as a defensive back.

Third on the team with 81 total tackles, Brandt’s season high in that department came with 14 on the road at St. Clair.

Staying on defense, senior linebacker TC Fisher was Owensville’s third All-FRC First Team selection.

Leading the team with 106 total tackles, Fisher led the conference and tied for fifth in the St. Louis area with Borgia’s Ryan Kell.

TC’s season-high in tackles came on the road at Pacific where he finished with 15 total stops.

Also racking up 13 tackles-for-loss, Fisher had two of those each against Eldon, St. James, Union and Lutheran South.

Owensville’s last All-FRC First-Team selection was junior offensive lineman Logan Evans.

Also named an All-FRC Second-Team pick on the defensive line, Evans led the team and the FRC with eight sacks.

Against Union and Lutheran South, Evans had a season-high two sacks.

Offensive linemen also recognized for helping the Dutchmen amass over 3,700 yards of offense and 47 touchdowns were second-teamer Chance Clevenger and honorable-mention selection Owen Holtzer.

In addition to Brandt’s unanimous selection at wide receiver, sophomore Bryce Payne was named an All-FRC Second Team pick at wide receiver.

Payne’s season high came against Cuba when he caught three passes for 113 yards and three touchdowns.

Senior defensive back TJ Whelan was named an All-FRC Honorable Mention selection finishing with a team and FRC-leading three interceptions.

His picks came against Eldon, Cuba and Pacific.

Rounding out Owensville’s contingency of All-FRC football players was junior defensive lineman Brent Helmig.

Finishing with 30 total tackles for the season, Helmig’s season high came against Pacific when he recorded seven total tackles.

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