Skager an all-stater in new H-C offense
The option offense traditionally run by the Hillsboro-Central Valley football team was scrapped this season in favor of more of a power game.
"We decided to go with our strength, a ground-and-pound game,'' Burros coach Scott Olsen said. "It's what we felt fit best with this team.''
That offense fit Grant Skager perfectly.
The senior more than tripled his rushing production from a year ago. He carried 282 times for 2,336 yards and 30 touchdowns, leading the Burros to a 12-0 season and the Class A state high school football title. Skager has been selected a first team all-state running back by the state coaches' association.
"We figured if Grant was our feature back, he would get 1,000 yards,'' Olsen said. "He more than exceeded expectations. He's a kid who ran with a purpose, a hard runner. And he was shifty enough to make (tacklers) miss him and speedy enough to run away from people.''
On defense, Skager made 67 tackles (37 solos) with 12.5 tackles for loss.
Here's a look at other area players named to the Class A all-state team. Positions aren't designated for second-team selections.
Jack Camrud and Nick Preston, first team offensive linemen: The seniors anchored the line in an offense that averaged 281.2 rushing yards, 381 total yards and 37.3 points per game. On defense, Camrud—an all-state pick last season—made 79 tackles (38 solos) had 13.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss, while Preston had 4.5 tackles for loss.
Tyler Bergstrom, first team defensive lineman: The senior was in on 52 tackles (22 solos) with five sacks and 15 tackles for loss. On offense, he had 159 yards on seven receptions, five of which were touchdowns.
Mark Hastings, second team: The junior led the defense with 80 tackles (23 solos) and had 14 tackles for loss. Hastings was second on the team with 394 rushing yards, scoring eight TDs.
Jacob Delvo, first team quarterback: The senior is a repeat first team all-state quarterback. He was 129-of-211 for 2,226 yards and 29 TDs for the 11-1, state runner-up Cardinals. Delvo also rushed for 545 yards and 11 TDs.
Chase Peebles, first team running back: The versatile back rushed 87 times for a team-leading 820 yards and 13 TDs and caught 40 passes for 618 yards and six scores. He was a second team all-stater as a junior.
Anfernee Economy, first team wide receiver: The senior is a repeat first-team pick. He caught 38 passes for a team-high 864 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Hayes Haslekaas, first team defensive lineman: A two-way line standout, the senior was in on 41 tackles. He had a combined total of 15 sacks and tackles for loss.
Connor Tetrault, first team linebacker: A second team all-stater as a junior, Tetrault was in on 86 tackles, including a combined total of five sacks and tackles for loss. On offense, the senior rushed for 475 yards and caught 16 passes for 135 yards.
Carter Currey, second team: The junior was a two-way starting lineman, helping the Cardinals' offense average 387.6 yards in total offense and a Class A state-best 39.9 points per game.
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Adam Zavalney, second team: The junior rushed 89 times for 901 yards and 11 touchdowns and was 33-of-74 passing for 576 yards. On defense, Zavalney was in on 81 tackles (46 solos) with seven tackles for loss and nine interceptions.