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Grand Forks Herald 12 to watch in North Dakota high school football

The Herald selected the 12 players to watch in our coverage area ahead of the 2022 high school football season.

Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich's Carter Tetrault hauls in a touchdown in the third quarter Saturday as Oakes' Trey Skoglund defends in a playoff game in Langdon, Saturday, October 23, 2021. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS — The Grand Forks Herald selected the 12 players to watch in our coverage area ahead of the 2022 high school football season.

The players are listed in alphabetical order.

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Fargo South quarterback Kolby Nissen winds up as Red River linebacker Logan Arason (2) and defensive lineman Garrett Eickman (54) close in during the first quarter of a prep football game at Cushman Field on Friday, September 17, 2021. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Logan Arason, Grand Forks Red River

The standout track and field athlete has picked up football buzz in the last year with Division I interest including a scholarship offer from UND.

A year ago, Arason caught 22 passes for 166 yards at tight end. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound senior is also disruptive off the edge as a defensive end.


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Grand Forks Central quarterback Cole Barta practices his throws to a Knights teammate during morning football practice at the field near Williamson Park on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Cole Barta, Grand Forks Central

The 5-foot-11 senior, who was expected to be the Knights’ quarterback a year ago, was injured in Week 1 and missed most of the 2021 season.

He’s back for his senior season and will be Central’s leader regardless of where he’s utilized as the Knights aim to rebuild under first-year coach Jake Schauer.

May-Port CG's Ethan Bergstrom hauls in a touchdown pass as Enderlin/Maple Valley's Steven Drogen defends in the second half of the 9-man playoffs Saturday in Mayville. May-Port won 20-18. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Ethan Bergstrom, Mayville-Port-C-G

The 5-9 senior was named to the all-state second team as he finished with 89 carries for 930 yards and 17 touchdowns. He added 12 grabs for 143 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, he had 40 solo tackles, 18 assisted tackles and one interception.

Xyler Carlson, Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg.
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Xyler Carlson, May-Port-C-G

The 5-foot-11 senior ran for 950 yards and seven touchdowns, while adding 200 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He also had a punt return touchdown and passing touchdown. Carlson will be joining Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg in a first-year co-op with Finley-Sharon.

Landon Carter, a running back-defensive back for Cavalier, also plays hockey in the fall in the Twin Cities. The Tornadoes host St. John on Friday night. Submitted photo.


Landon Carter, Cavalier

Carter, a 5-10 senior, had 27 catches for 521 yards and 14 touchdowns. The all-state first team pick had 19.3 yards per catch. Carter also ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns, while picking off three passes defensively.

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Devils Lake's Drew Hofstad breaks up a Dylan LaMont (not pictured) pass intended for Grand Forks Central wide receiver Sam Strandell (88) in the second quarter of a N.D. Class 11A football game at Cushman Field on Friday, September 24, 2021. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Drew Hofstad, Devils Lake

The 6-foot-1 junior wide receiver was a second-team all-state pick in the 11A ranks. He had 31 grabs for 651 yards and nine touchdowns. On defense, Hofstad, who’s also a strong basketball player, had three interceptions.

Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich's Markus Kingzett runs between Oakes' defenders Noah Sundby (28) and Blayson Dolney in the first half Saturday in Langdon. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Markus Kingzett, Langdon-Edmore-Munich

The 5-foot-11 senior was a major contributor as a wide receiver and cornerback, landing on the all-state second team. He had 734 receiving yards with 10 touchdowns while also picking off two passes defensively.

Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich's Jack Romfo breaks through the Thompson defense for a big run in the second quarter Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 in Thompson. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Jack Romfo, Langdon-Edmore-Munich

The 6-foot-2 senior was a first-team pick on the defensive line for the second year in a row. Romfo had 25 solo tackles, 43 assisted tackles, 7.0 sacks and 6.0 tackles for loss.

Thompson's Jake Starcevic reaches for a pass, just off his fingertips, as Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich's Tucker Welsh defends Friday in Thompson. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald


Jake Starcevic, Thompson

The 6-2, 190-pound sophomore made an impact all over the field in 2021. The all-state second team choice had 48 carries for 198 yards and three touchdowns. In the passing game, he had 44 catches for 657 yards and eight touchdowns. On defense, he had 71 tackles including 11.0 for loss and two picks.

Cavalier's Jacob Steele reaches across the goalline to score late in the fourth quarter as Cavalier defeats Wyndmere-Lidgerwood 52-6 Saturday in Cavalier. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Jacob Steele, Cavalier

Steele, a 6-1 senior, led Cavalier defensively with 170 tackles and added 8.0 tackles for loss. On offense, the all-state second-team choice carried 132 times for 596 yards and six touchdowns.

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Jake Swanson, Hillsboro-Central Valley.
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Jake Swanson, Hillsboro-Central Valley

Swanson had 32 tackles, 2.5 sacks and an impressive 12.5 tackles for loss. The all-state second team nose guard will be asked to play both sides of the ball in 2022 as the Burros look to replace 22 seniors from a state championship runner-up team last season.

Langdon-Edmore-Munich's Carter Tetrault carries defenders in a game against Park River last season. Photo by Larry Stokke/Special to the Herald.

Carter Tetrault, Langdon-Edmore-Munich

The 5-foot-10 senior was a first-team all-state selection at running back. He had 179 carries for 1,151 yards and 13 touchdowns, as well as 53 catches for 634 yards and six scores.

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Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, tmiller@gfherald.com or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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