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8-Man Football Awards: Offensive Player of the Year Finalists

10/25/2017, 1:15pm CDT
By Travis Wilson


The WSN 8-Man Football Awards were launched in 2016 to recognize the outstanding players participating in reduced player football. Awards presented will be Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. All players are eligible regardless of grade level.

Each year, five finalists will be announced the week prior to the 8-Man Jamboree. Winners will be announced the week following the 8-Man Jamboree.

These awards are not associated with any conference nor the WFCA awards, and are presented independently by


Ethan Kroll, Sevastopol - Just a junior, Kroll helped the Pioneers to an 8-1 overall record and MONLPC-8 title. he had 98 carries for 1,068 yards and 19 touchdowns to go with 11 two-point conversion runs. he added 15 receptions and a pair of reeiving scores as well, and also threw for a touchdown and five two-point conversions.

Trevor Reinhardt, Gibraltar - In just eight games this year, Reinhardt completed 53% of his passes for a state-best 1,862 yards and 27 touchdowns, with just four interceptions, good for a 103.0 quarterback rating. His best game came back in Week 3, when he threw for 401 yards and 6 touchdowns in a win over Menominee Indian.

Tanner Van Meter, Luck - Van Meter was the leader of the powerful Luck rushing attack, going for 1,024 yards and 19 touchdowns on just 72 carries. That's an incredible 14.2 yards per carry for Van Meter. He averaged more than ten yards per carry in eight of nine games. "This is Tanner Van Meter’s first year playing in our offensive backfield," said coach Ryan Humpal. "We knew we were getting a good athlete back there, but we didn’t know that we were getting the playmaker that he turned out to be. Every time Tanner touches the ball seemingly something good happens."

Meshaen Waukau, Menominee Indian - Menominee Indian struggled this year, but Waukau was a bright spot, leading 8-Man Football with 1,937 yards while scoring 18 rushing touchdowns. He added 12 two-point conversion runs as well. He even threw four touchdown passes.

Brandon Williams, Oakfield - Williams is the most explosive player in 8-Man Football, and a threat any time he touches the ball in the wide-open game. Lining up as a receiver, he caught 36 passes for 877 yards and 14 touchdowns, adding eight two-point conversion catches. He also rushed for a touchdown and a two-point conversion, and scored three kick return touchdowns to go with a punt return score. Oh yeah, he also had five interceptions on defense.

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