Poe named Defensive POY, Califf named Specialist of the Year
FORT MADISON – Five Fort Madison Bloodhounds were put on the All-District team for 2020 season, but two seniors were given special recognition.
Keaton Poe was named the District 5 Defensive Player of the Year, and classmate Brock Califf was named Specialist of the Year.
Poe was 2nd in the district in total tackles with 61.5 behind Mt. Pleasant’s Klayton Kleinkopf with 63. He was tops in the district in solo tackles with 37.
Califf was tops in the district in kickoff return yards with 441 yards. Of Califf’s 12 kickoff returns he scored touchdowns on three, with longest being 88 yards, both also tops in the district.
Also getting first team All-District honors were lineman Ethan Deacon, running back/defensive back Calem MacLearn and wide receiver/defensive back Tate Johnson.
Deacon had 23.5 tackles and sack on the year, but anchored one of the most prolific Hounds offensives in three decades. MacLearn rushed for 392 yards on the year averaging 6.3 yards per carry, which was 5th overall in the district for back with more than 50 carries.
Johnson had a solid year on both sides of the ball. The senior had 306 yards in receptions, but scored seven touchdowns, which tied with two others for tops in the district. Johnson was fifth in the district in tackles and fourth in picks with three on the season including two for touchdowns.
Making second team All-District were Landes Williams at Quarterback, Will Larson, QB/WR/Def. Back, Levi Lowney, lineman, and Bryce Britton, lineman.
Juniors and senior named to the All-Academic team were Williams, Califf, Gavin Wiseman, Larson, Johnson, Jakob McGowan, Maclearn, Poe, Seth Mendez, Joey Dodson, Abram Lorence, Britton and Deacon.
Joey Dodson received the team’s Stephen B. Saunders award at a banquet last week. The Tom Walljasper Leadership Award went to Poe. The Jeff Pieper Top Defensive Lineman Award went to Britton and the John “Pete” Peters MVP award went to Brock Califf.