It may not have been the ending to the season that Van Meter football hoped for, but it was still a more than solid season and as such it was honored quite well this past weekend. Just as Thanksgiving week arrives, the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association released their annual All-State football list and on it rests seven Van Meter football stars. Those seven stars are Ian Abrahamson, Anthony Potthoff, Brett Berg, Ryan Schmitt, Chris Reames, Parker Fryer and Spencer Lamb.
Before the calender turns to December, four Bulldog gridiron stars earned first team honors in the form of Brett Berg, Ian Abrahamson, Iowa Hawkeye bound Chris Reames, and Spencer Lamb.
Berg, a senior offensive lineman, was a key piece to what was a stellar offensive line for the Bulldogs. With the help of Berg and the rest of the line, the Bulldogs gave up just 13 sacks all season long, one of the best marks in Class 1A.
“Our team goes as our offensive line goes,” said head coach Eric Trudo earlier in the season. “This offensive line has been instrumental in this teams success.”
A recipient of that great offensive line play was standout running back Ian Abrahamson. The junior broke records left and right while at Van Meter high school from top three all time for most touchdowns in a single game, to a top five mark in overall rushing yards in Bulldog history. In total, Abrahamson delivered on 2,005 rushing yards which toppled the entire Class 1A field. Abrahamson delivered 24 touchdowns on the season, third most in Class 1A and a top five performance throughout Van Meter football history.
“Ian is a special runner and a great football player,” began coach Trudo. “He’s great about running north and south and is great about following his blocks the right way. He does a great job mentally with the game as he does physically.”
On the defensive end, future Iowa Hawkeye football player Chris Reames highlighted the defensive Bulldogs. The 6’-07” 220 pound senior was a menace to all opposing offenses this season with 42 tackles, nine of which were for a loss. Reames also had two solo sacks on the year. Reames was pretty impactful for the Bulldogs this season and mentioned just like his team, all the successes are due to the hard work put in before the season.
“Anything that we’ve accomplished this season in large part is due to all the hard work put in during the off-season,” began Reames. “We hit the ground running once the season began and we kept in shape. That’s what has helped me and my team this season most of all.”
Fellow defense-men Spencer Lamb earned first team All-State honors as well. Lamb put on one great senior campaign with 35.5 tackles but what was the hallmark of his 2018 season was his five interceptions hauled in. Those five interceptions landed him in the top 15 across all of Class 1A.
The second team All-State selections for Van Meter included none other than the dynamic offensive lineman Ryan Schmitt. The undoubtedly collegiate bound senior was also instrumental in allowing just 13 sacks and keeping Bulldog quarterback in great position to make plays.
“I can’t thank my offensive line enough,” began the junior signal caller Anthony Potthoff. “Without them this team wouldn’t be having such a great season.”
Potthoff himself was named a third team All-State selection for Class 1A and it’s easy to see why. The junior accounted for over 48 percent of Van Meter’s total yardage and 54 percent of the team’s total touchdowns with 13 on the ground and 24 through the air. Potthoff’s contributions to the Bulldog football team were very impactful and was also instrumental in the success of the team.
“Anthony is a very versatile type of player,” began coach Trudo. “He knows we’re a run first team but he’s also so dynamic in the passing game that he can easily be just as impactful when we need him to throw the ball. He’s accurate and he is very good about handling the ball and not turning it over. That’s one of the most important things to do when you are a quarterback and Anthony does that very well.”
Last but certainly not least, joining Potthoff on the third team All-State list is none other than junior standout Parker Fryer. Fryer was a tackling machine in 2018, accounting for a team leading 62 tackles and two fumble recoveries. Fryer was also one of four Bulldog defensive players to haul in at least two interceptions.