One of the state's most prolific offenses picked up chunks of yards at a time, and some more accolades to go with a state semifinalist trophy.
The West Marshall football team had six players selected to the Iowa Newspaper Association's all-state squads, including Class 2A team captain Dalton Ferch.
Ferch, a senior running back and defensive back for the 12-1 Trojans, helped to lead West Marshall in a number of offensive statistical categories in its run to the UNI-Dome.
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Senior running back Dalton Ferch celebrates his 1-yard touchdown run during West Marshall’s Class 2A state semifinal football game against Spirit Lake at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.
Jack Christensen, a senior offensive lineman, and Duncan Ferch, a sophomore selected to the utility spot on defense, joined Dalton Ferch on the first team as voted by statewide sports writers.
Second-team honors went to senior offensive lineman Michael Newton and senior linebacker Tysen Streeter, while quarterback Braydn Beals was a third-team selection.
South Hardin senior Dayton Balvanz was selected as the second-team punter as well.
West Marshall's offense piled up 5,388 yards from scrimmage this season, which ranked them sixth among 11-man football teams and third in Class 2A. The Trojans averaged 414.5 yards per game, with Christensen and Newton anchoring a veteran offensive line.
Dalton Ferch rushed for 2,219 yards and the Trojans totaled 3,966 rushing yards as a team - both tops in 2A. Ferch's 47 total touchdowns this season rank fifth all-time in Iowa 11-man history, as does his career total of 98.
"He's a special player any way you look at it," West Marshall head coach Ken Winkler said of Ferch's selection as the 2A all-state team captain. "He's been a kid that's played for four years and he's been able to do things on both sides of the ball, and when you look at the end of his career he ranks high in the recordbooks.
"You know he's a special player that doesn't come along every now and then and he's been fun to coach."
Dalton's all-state selection was his third overall - he was a second-team defensive back as a sophomore and a first-team running back last year, too.
The Trojans qualified for the playoffs for the fourth year in a row and advanced farther than they'd been since the state championship season of 1999.
Duncan Ferch, a defensive end, totaled 78 tackles and 10 stops for loss and two interceptions, both of which he returned for touchdowns. He also had a team-high 19 receptions for 336 yards.
Streeter totaled 89 tackles, including four stops for loss, and returned one of his two interceptions for a score. He added 147 receiving yards and 382 yards rushing with six touchdowns.
Beals was West Marshall's second-leading rusher with 407 yards and seven TDs while going 59-for-95 passing (62 percent) for 1,399 yards with 11 touchdowns and only four interceptions. His 1,806 total yards ranked 11th among 2A quarterbacks.
South Hardin's Balvanz ranked third in Class 2A with a 41.1 yards-per-punt average over 29 attempts, which included a long of 77 yards.