Football: Parkers Prairie showed growth in 2022
The 2022 season was a positive one for Parkers Prairie on the field and in the classroom.
2022 was a year of growth for the Parkers Prairie football team as after back-to-back one-win seasons, it won three games in 2022. The Panthers earned wins over Roseau, 36-14, Underwood, 50-22, and Otter Tail Central, 13-7 in the regular season.
At the team’s end of the season banquet, it handed out awards to its players.
Junior David Revering won the team’s MVP award and the Mr. Offense award winner. He was a first team All-Midwest (Blue) District selection after rushing for 726 yards on 89 attempts for five touchdowns, along with catching 18 passes for 230 yards. Revering had 53 tackles and two fumble recoveries on defense.
Senior Bennet Arceneau won the Panther’s Mr. Defense award and was an all-district first team selection, and made the academic all-district team. He won the district defensive back of the year award. He had a team-high 88 tackles and four interceptions. He also had 29 receptions, 477 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions, all of which were team-highs.
Joining Arceneau on the all-district team are seniors Caden DeBoer and Jacob Swedal. DeBoer had 44 tackles, five for loss, and one sack, while Swedal had 68 tackles, six for loss and one sack as well. DeBoer won the team’s Most Outstanding Blocker award.
Seniors Blake Adickes, Ryder Ashbaugh and Ben Harrington were all-district honorable mentions.
Adickes had 39 tackles (three for loss), one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery, while Ashbaugh had 42 tackles (two for loss), one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Harrington had eight tackles, one for loss, one sack and one fumble recovery on defense, while catching 10 passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns on offense.
Senior Mason Mittag was voted the team’s special teams player of the year as he had 23 punts for 805 yards this season and he pinned 12 punts inside the 20-yard line.
Junior Zach Mrnak, who won the team’s Dr. Crunch award, was an all-district honorable mention along with sophomore Mason Boesl.
Mrnak was second on the team in tackles with 83 (seven for loss), three sacks and two forced fumbles. Boesl was third on the team in tackles with 73 (three for loss), one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Boesl was second on the team in rushing with 429 yards and four touchdowns on 63 attempts. He also caught eight passes for 98 yards and one touchdown.
Along with Arceneau, Adickes, Ashbaugh, Swedal, DeBoer, Boesl, Mrnak, and Revering, juniors Kayden Leininger, Seth Sansness and Holden Traux were all-district academic student-athletes.
Arceneau and Revering made the All-Section 6A team, while DeBoer, Traux and Mrnak were honorable mentions.
Rounding out the individual awards, sophomore Evan Lenzen won Panther Award for Most Improved player, sophomore Chavous Wendt won the Panther Award for JV Player of the Year and freshman Trevor Rounds won the Panther Award for Most Outstanding Freshman.
The Panthers finished the season as an Academic Gold Award (combined GPA of 3.26 or above) winner and were Section 6A Academic champions.