A state final season is definitely worthy of various accolades and awards which is exactly the case for Van Meter football.
The Class 1A powerhouse suffered just one loss all season long on a team filled with exceptional talent. With the release of the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association honors, six Bulldogs earned All-State recognition.
Leading the way for Van Meter was a trio of first-team selections including Brett Berg. The senior made it in with the offensive line category and was a well-deserving recipient of the first-team selection. Berg was the only three-year starter on the Bulldog roster, dating back to the 2017 state title.
Joining Berg with first-team honors is fellow senior Anthony Potthoff. It was quite the impressive season for Potthoff full of record-breaking events such as setting a new school record for highest completion percentage at 68.3 percent. The senior nearly eclipsed 1,000 yards in both rushing and passing, collecting 1,684 yards through the air and 966 on the ground. Potthoff’s 7.1 yards per carry on the ground led to 15 rushing scores while 17 yards per completion helped to pick up 17 aerial touchdowns on the season. Potthoff ended his senior campaign with a quarterback rating of 201.8, ranking second in the Class 1A quarterback field. His performances continually earned high praise from Bulldog head coach Eric Trudo.
“Anthony is a great leader and you see that every week,” began Trudo. “He has a great mind for the game and he’s just an overall sound athlete.”
The final first-team selection for the Bulldogs included defensive superstar Parker Fryar. The future Northwestern College star lit up his final high school season to the tune of Class 1A’s sixth-best mark in total tackles with 86.5. Also included in that are 6.5 tackles for loss.
“You just don’t see guys like Parker very often,” said coach Trudo earlier in the season. “He’s a really good football player who’s really smart and knows how to make the big play.”
Continuing down the list, the Bulldogs saw Ian Abrahamson and Zach Madden earn second-team All-State honors. Despite a four-game absence, Abrahamson still tore through the competition. Even with a four-game absence due to injury, the senior averaged 6.4 yards per carry to the tune of 838 total yards and 15 scores. What often excites people is the way he performs but if you ask Ian himself, it’s all about the team that gets him excited.
“I can’t say anything else before I talk about my offensive line,” began Abrahamson early in the season. “They do a great job of opening up running lanes for me. It’s nice to get the credit but without these guys, I wouldn’t have the season or career I’m having.”
Defensively, teammate Zach Madden was quite the threat pitching in 33.5 total tackles on the season. Teams had a hard time throwing his way and with good reason. Madden ended the season with three interceptions. Rounding out the All-State selections for Van Meter was senior Blade Koons. Koons made his way onto the third-team All-State defensive team in the punter position. Koons averaged 38.7 yards per punt which was obliterated at state where the senior booted an 80-yard punt.
Overall it was another strong season for the Bulldogs with the help of these deserving All-State recipients.