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Football defensive stats leaders for 2023 season

11/30/2023, 9:00am CST
By Travis Wilson

Bangor's Chase Horstman was second in the state in tackles this season

Below are football stats leaders for the entire 2023 season, playoffs included. Players are listed by the order for each category. You can click on any of the stats headers to re-sort.

You can see full season statistics by clicking here.

SEASON DEFENSIVE LEADERS

Tackles are right up there with basketball assists and baseball hit vs. error as the most subjective stats in sports, and each team records them slightly differently. Nonetheless, below are the football season leaders in tackles as well as sacks and interceptions. To be included on the lists coaches must have entered stats on WSN.

2023 SEASON TACKLE LEADERS

Rank NAME TEAM G TACKLES SOLO ASSIST TFL SACKS FUM RECVR FF INT
1 Easton Stone Rice Lake 14 174 62 112 7 2 1 0 2
2 Chase Horstman Bangor 13 168 26 142 19 6 0 0 1
3 Isaiah Groom Potosi/Cassville 11 162 40 122 7 2 2 0 0
4 Kade Frisby Wilmot 9 159 99 60 7 1 0 2 1
5 John Schultz Saint Mary Catholic 9 157 90 67 4 3 0 0 1
6 Madox Stewart Pepin/Alma 11 151 54 97 8 2 0 1 2
7 Max Matthias Two Rivers 12 150 78 72 36 5 1 0 0
8 Drew Braam Oak Creek 11 146 86 60 20 3 3 0 2
9(tie) Boone Schaier Wittenberg-Birnamwood 12 144 84 60 25 8 0 1 0
9(tie) Drew Holzhueter Cambridge 10 144 63 81 11 1 1 2 0
9(tie) Griffin Marko Saint Croix Falls 13 144 50 94 7 0 0 1 0
12 Tony Miller Aquinas 14 139 62 77 5 0 1 0 5
13(tie) Sam Hogland Waunakee 11 138 137 1 28 4 2 3 1
13(tie) Brady Lehnerr Aquinas 14 138 61 77 6 1 2 4 2
13(tie) Cooper Catalano Germantown 10 138 55 83 18 3.5 2 2 2
16 Derrick Bunkelman De Pere 11 137 60 77 1 1 0 0 2
17 Camden McTaggart Sparta 11 135 60 75 14 0 1 0 1
18 Michael King Jr. Racine Case 11 134 81 53 14 2 1 4 0
19 Chase Sturm Stanley-Boyd 11 133 54 79 20 11 0 1 0
20 William Jandrin Southern Door 11 132 96 36 3 0 0 1 0
21 Caymen Gebheim Somerset 12 131 94 37 14 2 1 1 0
22 LaDainian Mielke Sussex Hamilton 13 128 54 74 4 5 3 1 0
23(tie) Keegan Skrzypchak Janesville Parker 10 125 35 90 15 1 0 2 1
23(tie) Jackson Hughes Onalaska 12 125 40 85 2 0.5 0 0 0
25 Ethan Richardson Marshfield 10 124 60 64 2 1 1 0 0
26(tie) Ean Ackley Sun Prairie West 10 123 55 68 20 3.5 3 3 1
26(tie) Joe Wahlin Stoughton 13 123 38 85 7 5 1 0 1
26(tie) Damien Bell Cameron 12 123 87 36 2 1 2 1 1
26(tie) Caleb Birkrem Ithaca 10 123 47 76 9 3 1 0 0
30(tie) Brendan Gaertig Saint Mary’s Springs 12 122 48 74 19 1 3 0 1
30(tie) Cooper Cornish McFarland 10 122 41 81 8 2 2 2 0

2023 SEASON SACK LEADERS

Rank NAME TEAM G SACKS TFL TACKLES SOLO ASSIST
1 Ta'Shawn Carter Milwaukee Washington 6 17 0 36 36 0
2 Jackson Foster Cedar Grove-Belgium 11 16 30 96 65 31
3(tie) Andrew Maas Horicon/Hustisford 12 14 12 49 47 2
3(tie) Collin Then Lake Country Lutheran 12 14 24 65 34 31
3(tie) Adam Anderson Lake Country Lutheran 12 14 23 59 26 33
3(tie) Carl Pevey Catholic Memorial 12 14 35 117 65 52
7(tie) Ben Harman Stoughton 13 13 22 84 41 43
7(tie) Nathaniel Bell Milwaukee Academy of Science 7 13 24 62 35 27
9 Storm Tiry Stanley-Boyd 11 12 26 82 29 53
10 Chase Sturm Stanley-Boyd 11 11 20 133 54 79
11(tie) Ross Liegel Baraboo 9 10.5 7 74 43 31
11(tie) Teige Perkins Richland Center 9 10.5 5 68 34 34
13(tie) Jace Stolte Sun Prairie East 11 10 12 68 37 31
13(tie) Wade Bryan Waunakee 11 10 16 57 56 1
13(tie) Beckett Spilde Stoughton 13 10 25 86 38 48
13(tie) Martez Jones Milwaukee Academy of Science 7 10 22 75 44 31
13(tie) Ezekiel Smith Milwaukee Marshall 9 10 26 39 26 13
13(tie) Christopher Pierce Milwaukee Riverside 9 10 12 39 28 11
13(tie) TJ Mueller Crivitz 9 10 18 83 50 33
20(tie) Liam Shaw Muskego 11 9 13 52 34 18
20(tie) Sam Dickman Hudson 9 9 8 67 34 33
20(tie) Jace Gilbert Arrowhead 10 9 8 61 42 19
20(tie) Jameson Riesgraf Pepin/Alma 11 9 19 78 27 51
20(tie) Zach Hellendrung Boyceville 12 9 19 95 66 29
20(tie) Diego Armendariz Port Wasington 11 9 20 60 27 33
20(tie) Carson Clark Sussex Hamilton 13 9 7 60 26 34
20(tie) Damarcus Chappell Nicolet 9 9 19 74 46 28
20(tie) Jack Wesolowski New Berlin West 11 9 19 70 44 26
20(tie) James Seagreaves Monroe 10 9 13 30 11 19
30(tie) Carter Appl Xavier 11 8.5 16 68 34 34
30(tie) Peter Wheeldon Boyceville 12 8.5 13 76 43 33
30(tie) Heath Rauch Potosi/Cassville 11 8.5 15 74 27 47
30(tie) Ethan Francois Badger 10 8.5 17 57 17 40

2023 SEASON Interception LEADERS

Rank NAME TEAM G INT INT TD PDEF Tackles Solo Assist
1 Keagen Jirschele Mosinee 11 14 2 0 48 31 17
2 Andrew Figi Black Hawk/Warren 14 12 1 2 76 33 43
3(tie) Casey Quam Stoughton 10 10 2 4 21 14 7
3(tie) Ayden Sebo Reedsville 11 10 0 0 55 32 23
5 Jackson Spees Stevens Point 9 9 0 4 39 24 15
6 Connor Butzler Cashton 9 8 1 0 11 10 1
7(tie) Logan Maertz Reedsville 11 7 0 0 52 30 22
7(tie) Alex Anderson Eleva-Strum 9 7 1 6 64 45 19
7(tie) Peyton Strittmater La Crosse Central 11 7 0 2 51 33 18
7(tie) Jaxon Keepers Crandon 8 7 0 0 46 41 5
7(tie) Brayden Larson Tomahawk 8 7 0 4 63 34 29
7(tie) Ian Cole Adams-Friendship 9 7 1 0 37 26 11
7(tie) Tanner Herman Johnson Creek 10 7 1 8 18 18 0
7(tie) Mitchell Wing Lourdes Academy 11 7 1 3 58 40 18
15(tie) Brady Link Columbus 11 6 0 1 45 29 16
15(tie) Carson Hodowanic Stanley-Boyd 9 6 1 8 30 8 22
15(tie) Trey Bahr Aquinas 13 6 1 11 105 62 43
15(tie) Colton Struckman Port Washington 11 6 0 12 64 27 37
15(tie) Joseph Shimek Brillion 9 6 0 10 24 12 12
15(tie) John Neumann Kaukauna 12 6 1 0 49 35 14
15(tie) Ryan Wettstein De Pere 6 6 1 1 17 10 7
15(tie) Colton Hush Baldwin-Woodville 12 6 0 9 81 46 35
15(tie) Barrett Temmers Prescott 9 6 0 0 74 40 34
15(tie) Tyler Fischer Little Chute 8 6 1 0 18 14 4
15(tie) Mason Motquin Southern Door 10 6 2 0 46 34 12
15(tie) Dawson Davidson Wauzeka/Seneca 10 6 0 0 23 8 15
15(tie) Carter Copsey River Ridge 11 6 0 0 24 14 10
15(tie) Brock Lang Southwestern 7 6 0 0 28 18 10
15(tie) Carter Amerson Wausau West 8 6 0 2 13 9 4

About the Author

Travis Wilson serves as the WisSports.net General Manager, Football Editor, and contributing writer for other parts of the site. Wilson was selected as part of the Sports 40 Under 40 list by Coach & AD Magazine and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association for 2019. The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) named Travis the 2015 recipient of the Dave McClain Distinguished Service Award. He currently serves on the WFCA Executive Board as the Website and Communications Director and is a member of the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. A graduate of Richland Center High School and Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Travis was a three-sport athlete in high school (football, baseball, basketball) and currently resides in Reedsburg. You can follow him on Twitter at @travisWSN.

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