Chargers put three on all-district team

Reiland, Cochran, Grussing earn honorable-mention status.

Brandon-Evansville senior linebacker/running back Cade Carlson lets out a scream after a big hit in the first quarter against Bertha-Hewitt on Oct. 14. Carlson joined teammates Kyle Schaffran and Tyler Bitzan in being named to the all-district football team this year. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

Postseason honors for football and volleyball are starting to come in with those fall seasons in the books, and the Brandon-Evansville football team had three players earn All-District 9-West (South) Awards.

Seniors Cade Carlson (RB/LB) and Kyle Schaffran (WR/DB) and junior Tyler Bitzan (RB/LB) were named to that team.

Cade Carlson

Carlson led the Chargers in rushing yards at 631 on 128 carries (4.9 YPC). He averaged 105.2 yards-per game as he added a team-leading four touchdowns on the ground. Carlson was also second on the team in total tackles at 31.5. John Roers led the team with 36 tackles.


Tyler Bitzan

Bitzan was B-E’s second-leading rusher with 462 yards on 67 carries (6.9 YPC). He scored three touchdowns in the Chargers’ six games and was also third on the team with 30 tackles.

Kyle Schaffran

Schaffran showed a knack for making the big play in the passing game after averaging 30.1 yards per catch on eight receptions. He scored four touchdowns and also had a team-best four pass breakups on defense.

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Kobe Reiland


Seniors Kobe Reiland (QB/DB), Mike Cochran (OL/DL) and Xavier Grussing (OE/LB) were honorable-mention all-district selections.

Reiland completed 22-of-66 passes for 384 yards to go with six touchdowns and five interceptions in addition to making 18 tackles on defense. Cochran had 30 total tackles, including a team best eight for a loss. Grussing had a touchdown on 42 yards receiving.

Mike Cochran

The Chargers finished the season 3-3 overall and 2-3 in district play. Hancock won the league at 6-0 in the district and 7-0 overall.

Xavier Grussing

The Owls were one of the best 9-man teams in Minnesota, and that was reflected in the overall district honors.


Hancock had six players named all-district, including the league MVP in senior quarterback Preston Rohloff. Senior receiver Brandon Kellenberger was named the offensive player of the year. Senior center Adam Shaw was the lineman of the year, and Chad Christianson was named the league’s coach of the year.


HANCOCK - Preston Rohloff, Brandon Kellenberger, Adam Shaw, Matt Thompson, Luke Joos, Toby Messner; Honorable mention - Isaac Nienhaus, Bryce Hacker, Isaiah Flaten

VERNDALE - Dilan Orlando, Zach Brownlow, Jaden Finck, Eli Olsson, Zak Olsson; Honorable mention - Gideon Ervasti, Brandon Greenwaldt, Matt Mensinger, Hunter Schulke

WHEATON-HERMAN-NORCROSS - Gunner Martinek, Connor Zych, Zach Braaten, Grant Dawson; Honorable mention - Gradie Vatthauer, Ethan Nachbor, Hunter Blume, Bryant Callenius

CLINTON-GRACEVILLE-BEARDSLEY - Nate Moberg, Isaac Ebnet, Isaac Haanen; Honorable mention - Marshall Vold, Jakob Adelman

B-E - Cade Carlson, Kyle Schaffran, Tyler Bitzan; Honorable mention - Kobe Reiland, Mike Cochran, Xavier Grussing

BERTHA-HEWITT - Austin Bauch, Hunter Dean, Tyler Eggert; Honorable mention - Dawson Perlinger


ORTONVILLE - Deaven Boots, Zach Anderson, Jacob Rademacher; Honorable mention - Tagen Zepeda, Nathaniel Miska

ROTHSAY - Tanner Heier; Honorable mention - Mason Kadel

SEBEKA - Eion Ness

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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