Football: Six Royals get conference awards including MVP, Nate Weber

Nate Weber of Rogers was named Most Valuable Player in the Mississippi 8 conference, heading a list of six special awards earned by members of the champion Royals.
Weber had an outstanding year both sides of the ball, notching 17 touchdowns at running back along with 146 tackles and six forced fumbles at linebacker.

Nate Weber

Nate Weber

Rogers players named best in the conference at their positions were quarterback Connor Henderson, linemen Joel Ende (offense) and Trevor Schwartz (defense), running back Gunnar Bloom and kicker Isaac Anderud (for special teams).

Also honored were head coach Marc Franz and assistant coach Jeremy Hood as coaches of the year.

Bloom, a junior, broke the Royals single-season records with 1,249 yards rushing, 12.6 yards per carry, and 20 touchdowns.

Rogers football wrapup

Record — 7-0 conference, 9-1 overall

All-conference — Joel Ende (sr OL-DL), Nate Weber (sr RB-LB), Connor Henderson (sr QB), Reid Sagehorn (sr RB-DB), Trent Rgnonti (sr DL), Nate Hajder (sr SE-DE), Alex Stein (sr OL), Gunnar Bloom (jr RB-DB), Trevor Schwartz (jr OL-DL), Jake Owens (jr FB-LB) …. Honorable mention: Travs Dietl (sr FB-LB), Isaac Aanerud (sr K), Lance Lendl (jr TE-DE), Cole Flander (jr FB-DB)

Team awards — Most improved: Matt Sjerven (sr) … Toughest: Weber, Ende … Best practice attitude: Luke Selken (sr) … Biggest heart: Hajder … Best role model: Max Carlson (sr)

Offensive leaders — Rushing (att-yrd-td): Bloom 97-1249-15, Weber 55-516-17, Dietl 76-417-3, Isaiah Fofanah 17-168-2, Owens 22-173-2, Henderson 18-109-2 … Passing (cmp-att-yrd-td-int): Henderson 57-102-956-7-2 … Receiving: Bloom 21-401-3, Sagehorn 8-159-1, Cole Murray 7-129-1, Adam Heyer 8-115-1, Hajder 5-103-0 … Placekicking: Aanerud 5-11 fg, 50-51 xp; Justin Bohnsack 6-6 xp … Scoring: Bloom 120, Weber 102, Aanerud 65 … Punt returns (att-avg-td): Bloom 12-19.8-2 … Kick returns (att-avg-td): Bloom 190-19.5-0

Defensive leaders —Tackles (solo-ast-ttl): Weber 83-63-146, Schwartz 53-46-99, Owens 50-45-95, Flander 38-31-69, Lance Lendl 27-30-57, Rgnonti 23-34-57, Hajder 29-17-46, Grady Reinking 19-23-42, Piehl 16-22-38, Jacob Walker 18-14-32 … Sacks: Schwartz 6, Weber 3.5,  Rgnonti 3.5 … Tackles for loss: Schwartz 11, Rgnonti 9, Weber 8, Owens 8, Lendl 7 … Interceptions: Flander 3, Weber 2, Hajder 2 …Forced fumbles: Weber 6, Schwartz 3 … Fumble recoveries: Rgnonti 2, Owens 2

Individual records set — Rushing yards, season: Bloom 1,249 … Touchdowns, season: Bloom 20 (15 rushing, 3 receiving, 2 punt returns) … Passing yards, game: Henderson 281 vs. STMA … Extra points: Aanerud 50

Team records set — Rushing yards per game: 295 … Yards per rush, season: 9.1 …. Fewest sacks allowed, season: none (ties 2005 team) … Yards per game: 396 … Points per game: 43.9

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