Accolades continue to roll in for the Nokomis High School football team, who went a perfect 6-0 in the abbreviated spring season.
After a successful junior season, Landon Engelman was named to the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Class 2A All-State Team and was an honorable mention to the News-Gazette all-state list. Engelman, a 5’9” 175-pound running back and defensive back for the Redskins, ran for 711 yards and 10 touchdowns in just six games this season. On defense he was just as good, making 17 tackles and snagging a team-best six interceptions.
Engelman was also named as the Cahokia Conference Small School Division Offensive Player of the Year and was one of five Redskins to earn all-conference honors this past season.
Engelman was a first team pick on both offense and defense, with Braeston Brummet, Dylan Hayes and Jake Johnson also selected to the first team. Tanner Woolard was also a first team pick on the defensive side of the ball.
A senior lineman, Brummet had 20 tackles and three sacks for the Redskins on defense and was a key part of the offensive line that helped Nokomis rush for 1,992 yards this year, an average of 332 yards per game.
Hayes was also on the offensive line and was a difference maker at linebacker with a team-best 40 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions. The recent grad will continue to play football next year at Illinois College.
Johnson rushed for 415 yards on just 45 carries in his junior year for a team-best average of 9.2 yards per carry. He also had two interceptions, 25 tackles and two defensive touchdowns for the Redskins.
Woolard, who like Johnson is a junior, finished the year with 13 tackles, one fumble recovered and another fumble caused.
By virtue of their first team all-conference honors and having a GPA of 3.5 or higher, Hayes, Brummet, Johnson and Engelman were also named to the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association All-State Academic Team.
Both Hayes and Engleman were selected as honorees for the State Journal-Register’s Capital Region High School Sports Awards as well, with Engelman among the 24 players recognized on the offensive side of the ball and Hayes among the 24 players recognized on the defensive side.
In addition to the accolades from others, the team also recognized Hayes and fellow senior Cameron Engelhart with two special awards.
Engelhart received the Matt Cole award, which is awarded to a player who shows the most determination to become a better football player and a better person in the past year, a player whose work ethic will continue to benefit him past his high school football days.
Hayes received the Redskin award, which is awarded to the player who earns the respect of his teammates by demonstrating outstanding leadership on and off the field.