Six Dutchmen earn All-FRC football honors

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 11/15/23

Just missing a winning season finishing with a 5-6 record, Dustin Howard’s Owensville Dutchmen football team saw six of their players recognized by the Four Rivers Conference (FRC) after recent …

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Six Dutchmen earn All-FRC football honors


Just missing a winning season finishing with a 5-6 record, Dustin Howard’s Owensville Dutchmen football team saw six of their players recognized by the Four Rivers Conference (FRC) after recent voting by their coaches.

Senior Tanner Meyer earned First Team All-FRC honors at wide receiver and as a returner on special teams.

Fellow senior lineman Hayden Shoemaker also earn First Team All-FRC honors on both sides of the football as an offensive and defensive lineman.

Isaiah Gates made it a trio of First Team All-FRC Dutchmen seniors with him earning honors at defensive back.

Junior placekicker Johannes Berg earn First Team All-FRC honors at kicker dubbing him the kicking Dutchmen.

Jaden Gerlemann was Owensville’s lone Second Team All-FRC football selection at linebacker while Logan Bailey earn Honorable Mention All-FRC status also at linebacker.

Racking up a team-high 749 receiving yards, Meyer reached triple digits in three games.

His best effort came during Owensville’s 38-35 road win at Union with him catching 11 passes for 189 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Catching six passes for 123 yards at Eldon, Meyer also had two touchdowns with of those catches going for a season-long 77 yards.

Meyer’s other triple-digit receiving effort came in Owensville’s 59-14 loss to St. Clair in which he had five catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

Helping his cause to earn First Team All-FRC honors at returner, Meyer returned a kickoff for a touchdown during road victories at Eldon and Cuba.

Third on the team with 76 total tackles, Shoemaker helped Owensville’s offense amass just over 3,000 yards with 1,725 yards through the air and 1,357 yards on the ground.

Shoemaker’s season-high in the tackle department came with 13 total stops against Eldon and Pacific.

He also reached double digits in tackles with 11 against Sullivan.

Gates finished his senior season with 40 total tackles posting a season-high 10 stops in road action at Hermann and Eldon.

Tying Meyer for the team lead with three interceptions, Gates recorded picks against Cuba, Warrenton and St. James.

Bringing his kicking talents from the Netherlands, Berg kept opposing returners from doing a lot of damaging recording 13 touchbacks out of 43 kickoffs.

He was also 28-31 on extra points to go along with a season-long 34-yard field goal.

Improving from his honorable mention selection last year, Gerlemann racked up a team-leading 148 total tackles which puts him among the leaders in the St. Louis area.

Recording double-digit tackles with the exception of his nine stops against Cuba, Gerlemann posted a season-high 20 tackles during Owensville’s Gasconade County Bowl loss to Hermann.

At Eldon, Gerlemann amassed 19 total tackles with a season-high 14 solo stops.

During their 42-24 loss to Pacific, the junior linebacker had 18 total tackles followed closely by a 17-stop effort during homecoming against Sullivan.

Posting 12 tackles and three tackles-for-loss during their 48-14 district-opening win over Lutheran South, Gerlemann recorded 11 total tackles against Union, St. Clair and St. Francis Borgia.

Also against the Knights, Gerlemann posted a season-high six tackles-for-loss.

Gerlemann rounded out his double-digit tackling efforts with 10 stops against Warrenton and St. James.

In addition to his team-leading 148 total tackles, Gerlemann also led the Dutchmen with 18 tackles-for-loss and three sacks.

Second on the team in total tackles with 90, Bailey reached double digits in tackles during four of Owensville’s 11 football games.

Bailey posted a season-high 13 total tackles against Union and Sullivan followed closely by a dozen stops in OHS’ district opener against Lutheran South.

Road action at Eldon also saw the Dutchmen junior record 10 total tackles.

Second on the team with two sacks, Bailey recorded a sack apiece against Lutheran South and St. Francis Borgia.

He also posted a season-high three tackles-for-loss during their season opener at Cuba.

St. Francis Borgia who ended Owensville’s season in the district semifinals, will face Central Park Hill’s Rebels Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., in one of four MSHSAA Class 3 football quarterfinal games.