(Wednesday, December 23; Sioux Center, Iowa) The Great Plains Athletic Conference has announced its postseason honors for the 2020 football season and five Defenders earned first-team honors and a total of 12 Defenders at 14 positions earned honors in the voting done by the conference coaches.
“It’s great to see our players recognized by the other coaches in the conference. This is our largest class of first team all GPAC players yet. Each player, honorable mention to first team, has a story of what got them to a place of recognition. Hard work, dedication to be their best, commitment to their teammates, and a foundation of faith are all common characteristics for each of these guys,” said Dordt football coach Joel Penner.
Levi Jungling (Senior; Pella, Iowa), Alex Huisman (Junior; Pella, Iowa), Mitchel Van Regenmorter (Junior; Maurice, Iowa), David Kacmarynski (Senior; Pella, Iowa) and Nathan Kabongo (Senior; Plano, Texas) were named to the first-team.
Noah Clayberg (Junior; Pella, Iowa), Carter Schiebout (Sophomore; Orange City, Iowa), Brett Zachman (Sophomore; Leesburg, Florida) and Josh Mrazek (Senior; Woodlands, Texas) all earned second-team honors.
Walter Black (Junior; Guntersville, Alabama), Jake Beukelman (Senior; Ripon, California) and Colyn Oostenink (Senior; Hull, Iowa) all claimed honorable mention honors. Jungling was on the honorable mention list along with Kabongo at kick return specialist and punt return specialist respectively.
Jungling caught a career high 59 passes for 837 yards and nine touchdowns while leading the Defenders in all three of those categories and was second in the GPAC for total receptions. Jungling is the career leader in receiving yards (3,557), receptions (206) and touchdown catches (33). Jungling had 11 kick returns for a 26.3 yards per return average.
Huisman and Van Regenmorter started every game on the offensive line for the Defenders and paved the way for a rushing attack that accounted for 313.7 yards per game and 548.4 total yards per game. Dordt’s offense also accounted for over 46 points per game. The Defenders led the league in rushing yards per game by over 120 yards per game and were second in the GPAC in points per game.
Kacmarynski had 12 solo tackles, 6.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss this season with an interception. He anchored a defensive line that allowed 121 yards per game rushing and had 37 quarterback sacks while forcing 31 turnovers. Kacmarynski has 21.5 career sacks and 51.5 tackles for loss. He was fourth in the GPAC in sacks.
Kabongo had two interceptions this season with 21 solo and 21 assisted tackles and helped Dordt’s pass defense allow 162 yards per game. Kabongo has 12 career interceptions and has been in on 201 tackles during his career. He also returned 15 punts for a 11.9 yards per return average.
Clayberg completed 143-218 passes for 66 percent success and had 16 touchdowns against six interceptions. Clayberg totaled 1,746 yards passing and a 194 yards per game average. He also ran for 1,060 yards in nine games for 117.8 yards per game and 16 rushing touchdowns. He has 2,132 career rushing yards and has 28 rushing touchdowns. Clayberg led the conference in rushing and rushing touchdowns and was the only player in the league to run for over 1,000 yards and he was third in the league in passing yards.
Schiebout was on the second-team for a second straight season after rushing for 622 yards on 116 carries and he accounted for six rushing touchdowns. Schiebout ranked fourth in the GPAC in rushing yards.
Zachman claimed the honor after going a perfect 9-9 on field goals with a long of 43 yards. Zachman converted 41-46 point after tries and is 18-22 in field goal tries during his career and 86-98 in career point after attempts.
Mrazek led the Defenders in tackles with 34 solo and 23 assisted stops and 11.5 tackles for loss with 1.5 sacks. Mrazek has been a three-year regular at linebacker for the Defenders and has accounted for 117 solo tackles and 84 assisted stops along with 37.5 tackles for loss.
Black played in all nine games for the Defenders on the offensive line after playing all 11 for the Defenders in 2019. He’s completing his junior year and has been a mainstay on the offensive line since his freshman season.
Beukelman had eight solo and 14 assisted tackles with four tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks this season.
Colyn Oostenink had 14 solo and 12 assisted stops with 11.5 tackles for loss and he led the team and GPAC in quarterback sacks with 8.5.
Dordt recently completed a 7-2 record, posting its third straight seven-win season.