Prep Football: Mount Pleasant Nabs Two for 2nd Team All-District while Mount Vernon Sweeps All-District Players of the Year

Mount Pleasant, IA- With all members of Class 3A District 4 officially eliminated from postseason play for the 2023 season, here’s a look at the final district standings and All-District teams.

As expected, #3 Mount Vernon finished on top of the standings with a 5-0 district record and an 8-1 overall record. All District Players of the Year belong to the Mustangs with senior quarterback Joey Rhomberg being named Offensive Player of the Year with 24 passing touchdowns on the season and 34 total touchdowns, which led the district.

Senior linebacker Jackson Jaspers earned Defensive Player of the Year with 66.5 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss, and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

Andrew Heck was named Offensive Lineman of the Year and Ethan Wood, who led the district in sacks, was tabbed Defensive Lineman of the Year.

#7 Davenport Assumption finished in second place with a 4-1 district record. Fort Madison took third place with a 3-2 district record, Keokuk grabbed fourth place, followed by Washington and Mount Pleasant, respectively.

All-District 1st Team Offense

Position Player Year Team

QB Jake Timmons 12 Assumption

QB Joey Rhomberg 12 Mt. Vernon

WR/TE Bauer Caspers 12 Assumption

WR/TE Chase Eckland 12 Keokuk

WR/TE Evan Brase 12 Mt. Vernon

RB Jackson Angelo 12 Assumption

RB Hayden Segoviano 12 Ft. Madison

RB Malachi Douglas 12 Keokuk

RB Jackson Hird 12 Mt. Vernon

OL Rhett Schaefer 12 Assumption

OL Ralph Armstrong 12 Assumption

OL Isaac Thatcher 12 Ft. Madison

OL Andrew Heck 12 Mt. Vernon

OL Joe Briesmeister 11 Mt. Vernon

UTL Dominic D’Aprile 12 Mt. Vernon

K Billy Moore 12 Assumption


All-District 1st Team Defense

Position Player Year Team

DL Rhett Schaefer 12 Assumption

DL Isaac Thatcher 12 Ft. Madison

DL Tyler Williams 11 Mt. Vernon

DL Ethan Wood 11 Mt. Vernon

LB Keaton O’Neil 11 Assumption

LB Teague Smith 12 Ft. Madison

LB Mason Claus 10 Keokuk

LB Jackson Jaspers 12 Mt. Vernon

DB Will McIntosh 12 Assumption

DB Carson Bakay 12 Assumption

DB Evan Brase 12 Mt. Vernon

DB Jase Jaspers 10 Mt. Vernon

P Lucas Swainey 12 Keokuk

SP Jase Jaspers 10 Mt. Vernon

UTL Cory Arnett 11 Fort Madison

Looking at the All-District 1st Teams, Mount Vernon paced the district with 12 selections with Davenport Assumption closely behind with 10 selections. Senior quarterback Jake Timmons led Assumption with an 18-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Fort Madison had five 1st-Team nominations with Isaac Thatcher named to the offensive line that helped the Bloodhounds rush and pass for over 1,000 yards. Keokuk’s four nominations were headlined by Chase Eckland, senior wide receiver, who tallied 513 yards and five touchdowns.

All-District 2nd Team Offense

Position Player Year Team

QB Marcus Guzman 12 Ft. Madison

QB Brenton Hoard 11 Keokuk

WR/TE Leif Boeding 12 Ft. Madison

WR/TE Henry Wiseman 12 Ft. Madison

WR/TE Diego Garcia 12 Keokuk

RB Payton Walker 11 Mt. Pleasant

RB Kael Williams 10 Washington

OL Maverick Kindred 12 Assumption

OL Aiden Benda 12 Ft. Madison

OL Nolan Frueh 11 Mt. Pleasant

OL Tavian Gorsch 12 Mt. Vernon

OL Lucas Zahs 11 Washington

UTL Ethan Wood 11 Mt. Vernon

K Cooper Abfalter-Dial 11 Keokuk


All District 2nd Team Defense

Position Player Year Team

DL Landen Derrer 12 Assumption

DL Joey Funderburk 11 Assumption

DL Kevin Joy 12 Keokuk

DL Miles Francois 12 Mt. Vernon

LB Colin Patterson 12 Assumption

LB Triston Marshall 11 Ft. Madison

LB Nova Lane 11 Mt. Vernon

LB Casen Evans 12 Washington

DB Angelo Jackson 12 Assumption

DB Diego Garcia 12 Keokuk

DB Ryan Mikey 10 Mt. Vernon

DB Ethan Plotz 12 Mt. Vernon

P Nathan Bowen 12 Ft. Madison

SP Jackson Angelo 12 Assumption

UTL Alec Ulin 12 Washington

Mount Pleasant had two players named to the All-District 2nd Team Offense in running back Payton Walker, a junior, and offensive lineman, Nolan Frueh, also a junior. Walker was used all around the offense with stints at running back, fullback, and quarterback.

Ultimately, Walker tossed for 582 yards and four touchdowns, rushed for 609 yards and eight touchdowns, and caught four passes for 51 yards. Frueh was a part of the front line that rushed for 976 yards and passed for 823 yards.

By class, there were 41 seniors, 13 juniors, and five sophomores nominated to the All-District teams.