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North Dakota 11A all-state football team features 11 area athletes

Grand Forks Red River, which advanced to the state semifinals, leads the way for the area with five all-state picks.

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Grand Forks Central quarterback Dylan LaMont pitches the ball to running back Jack Simmers in the first half against Grand Forks Red River in the 25th annual Cushman Classic game at Cushman Field Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. Red River won 24-6.
Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS — Grand Forks Red River and Grand Forks Central both made the postseason in 2022, marking the first time both local schools made the playoffs in the same year since 1995.

That success was reflected Wednesday in the release of the North Dakota 11A all-state football team.

The Roughriders, who advanced to the state semifinals before losing to eventual state champion Jamestown, landed five all-state picks, while the Knights and Devils Lake each saw three selections.

Central quarterback Dylan Lamont and wide receiver Jack Simmers were each named to the first-team offense, as was Red River offensive lineman Lawson Lotysz.

Red River defensive lineman Logan Arason and Devils Lake linebacker Colton Schneider were selected to the first-team defense.

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Devils Lake's Aiden Bryce Volk and Drew Hofstad were selected to the second team, along with Central's Jayden Haake and Red River's Hudson Flom, Quinn Nelson and Pearce Parks.

Lamont, after missing last season with an injury, was 192-for-316 passing for 2,283 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Simmers, a junior who started the year at running back before making the switch to receiver, had 45 catches for 660 yards and six touchdowns. He ran 48 times for 124 yards and three scores. Simmers also returned two kicks for touchdowns.

Lotysz anchored the offensive and defensive lines for a Red River team that won eight games for the first time since 2012.

Arason, who has signed to compete in track and field at North Dakota State, caught 22 balls for 367 yards and two touchdowns. He had four grabs for 86 yards in the state semifinals.

Schneider carried the ball 135 times for 938 yards and nine touchdowns. He had 56 tackles and one interception on defense.

Bryce Volk had 31 tackles including 24 solo stops for the Firebirds. He added an interception. Hofstad, an all-state pick for the second year in a row, had 16 catches for 211 yards and five touchdowns. He added 20 tackles and an interception on defense.

Haake carried the ball 61 times for 245 yards and four touchdowns. He caught 15 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown. On defense, Haake had 80 tackles and 16.5 tackles for loss.

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Flom had 15 catches for 218 yards and four touchdowns, while Nelson had 31 grabs for 470 yards and six touchdowns.

Parks, a sophomore in his first season as starting quarterback, was 91-for-140 passing for 1,217 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also ran 79 times for 379 yards and nine touchdowns.

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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