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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:58


To the victors go the spoils — and all-conference accolades.
Cedar Grove-Belgium’s football team dominated the Big East this season, and postseason honors followed.
Senior quarterback Jason von Heimburg was named Offensive Player of the Year, senior linebacker Cameron Kirst was Defensive Player of the Year and Dan Schreurs was Coach of the Year.
The Rockets had nine all-conference selections on offense and eight on defense.
Von Heimburg stepped into a difficult role, replacing field general Josh Weiss, who set single-season state records last year.
“It was a great honor for him, especially taking over for the caliber of a person like Josh,” Schreurs said.
“He earned it through the air and the ground.”
Von Heimburg went 103-for-172 passing, a 59.9% completion rate, for 1,819 yards with 27 touchdowns and five interceptions.
He was second on the team in rushing, amassing 412 yards and seven touchdowns on 102 carries, and served as team captain.
Cameron Kirst CG B New Holstein 11 2 17 4C“I couldn’t have asked anything more than he did,” Schreurs said.
Von Heimburg even got praise two years ago filling in when Weiss was injured.
“One of the coaches still voted for Josh, even though he played against Jason. He said ‘If they’re backup quarterback is that good, I can only imagine the starter,’” Schreurs said.
Last year, von Heimburg played fullback and wide receiver, so he knew the skill positions.
“He knew everything that was going on. He understood the line scheme,” Schreurs said.
Von Heimburg’s favorite deep target, sophomore Michael Navis, joined him on the first team. He had 44 catches for 1,081 yards and 15 touchdowns. Often outrunning defenders on fly patterns, he averaged 

24.6 yards per grab.
“You couldn’t sleep on him, he could go at any given time,” Schreurs said.
Navis took over for the Rockets’ other record-setting star, wide receiver Reid Hilbelink, who graduated.
“He stepped right out of the shadows of a Reid Hilbelink,” Schreurs said. “He’s right there. Just his overall playmaking, ability and athleticism is far above what other athletes have. Not to mention he’s a sophomore.”
Helping make it all happen was junior left tackle Brett Feind, who made first team. He was the Rockets’ top returning lineman from last year’s state runner-up squad.
“He saw so many good athletes last year on the state run. I think that prepared him tremendously for what he was going to see this year. Always protecting Jason’s backside, he didn’t get beat very often,” Schreurs said.
Kirst was back and healthy for a full season after missing most of last year with a thumb injury. He was named first team all-conference as a sophomore.
Kirst was the leader of the defense and helped control the middle from his inside linebacker spot.
“Coach (Jason) Klein used him perfectly. He knew where he needed to put him in the right situation,” Schreurs said.
Kirst was second on the team with 115 tackles and tied for the team lead with 14 tackles for loss. He recovered one fumble.
Senior Bryce Morgan, at outside linebacker, was the second top vote-getter on defense. He made 66 tackles, seven for loss. He led the Big East with five interceptions and forced a fumble.
“His stats don’t show it because the majority of the teams didn’t run in his direction,” Schreurs said.
Morgan would seal the corner get off blocks and still make tackles, he said.
Navis made first team as defensive back.
“There wasn’t many people that were able to throw deep over the middle on us,” Schreurs said, adding Navis used his speed to come up and make tackles as well.
Junior defensive end Chris Daniels made the first team by using his 6-foot, 4-inch frame to shut down offenses.
“He just was tough to block, really anchored the side of the line for us,” Schreurs said.
Daniels made 84 tackles and tied for the team lead with 14 for loss. He led the Rockets with 3.5 sacks and forced two fumbles.
Seven Rockets make second team
Morgan, who played fullback in the first few games of the season, moved to tailback when Chris Jentges got hurt and turned into a star, earning second-team honors. He ran for 1,058 yards and 13 touchdowns on 172 carries, and caught 15 balls for 176 yards and two scores.
“He could do it all. Bryce was just an all-around athlete,” Schreurs said.
“His personality, his leadership – he doesn’t look for recognition.”
Morgan played halfback on junior varsity as a sophomore but was moved up due to an injury.  This year, he developed a burst and patiently used his blocks, getting stronger as games and the season went on.
Navis’ second cousin, Wade Navis, was von Heimburg’s other favorite target, made second team. He hauled in shorter passes and kept drives alive with big third-down catches.
“He was a great complement to Michael and probably a first-team conference wide receiver on any other team in the conference,” Schreurs said.
Navis ran good stop routes and would come back to the ball well. Then, things got interesting.
“He could turn upfield and it took a couple of guys to get him down,” Schreurs said.
Navis had 36 catches for 435 yards and seven scores.
Junior right guard Trey Ebbers made the second team in his first year starting on varsity. Schreurs said his coaching staff had their eyes on Ebbers and his leadership ability the past couple of seasons.
Jentges made second team as a kicker, making 39 of 41 extra-point attempts. He didn’t try a field goal — the Rockets scored touchdowns instead — which Schreurs said hurt his chances to make first team.
Junior inside linebacker Ben Anzia had one of the Rockets’ best statistical years, leading the team with 144 tackles, nine for loss, and 2.5 sacks. He led the team with four forced fumbles and recovered one, and made an interception.
Anzia missed first team by a vote or two, Schreurs said.
“He was a great complement to Cameron,” he said.
“It will be awesome to have him back next year. He will definitely be the leader and heart and soul of the defense.”
In his first year of high school football, senior defensive tackle Aaron Salazar lost a vote-off for first team. He made 41 tackles, recovered two fumbles and forced one.
“He was hard to block and controlled the gap,” Schreurs said.
Defensive back Michael Quint made 30 tackles and had one interception.
“He was always going to be in the right position, technique wise and fundamental wise,” Schreurs said.
Three Rockets earn honorable mention
Junior left guard Garrett Dodson and senior right tackle Tyler Kraus helped anchor the offensive line. Schreurs said he is excited to get Dodson back with Feind next year. Kraus hadn’t played football since middle school and improved the most throughout the season.
“I’m amazed at what he was able to do,” he said.
Senior outside linebacker Griffin Prinsen got tested since teams didn’t run to Morgan’s side. He made 59 tackles, two for a loss, and had two sacks.
“He understood the position and played to the best of his ability,” Schreurs said.
Schreurs down played his selection as coach of the year, deflecting praise to his players and staff.
“It’s a great honor,” he said. “They make my job easier, the coaching staff makes my job easier. It’s an all-around team award.”
Ozaukee earns six selections
Senior Luke Schmitt led Ozaukee by making the second team on both the offensive and defensive line. On defense, he made 63 tackles, six for loss, and had a sack.
Four Warriors received honorable mention.
Senior defensive end Ridge Wood made 40 tackles, 13 for loss, and recovered a fumble.
Sophomore linebacker Brent Hoffmann made 74 tackles, six for loss, picked off two passes and recovered a fumble.
Senior defensive back Brady Stadler made 90 tackles, two for loss.
Junior defensive back Mitchell Weyker made 49 tackles and had three interceptions.

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