These are Nate’s Big Dogs of the Week from Section 2, 9-man state quarterfinals between Renville County West and Hancock. We also pick our biggest dog of the week in this one.
Brandon Hoberg, Wide Receiver, 2021, Renville County West
Hoberg was impressive last Friday against the really good Owls defense. He is the definition of an elusive player as he stretched the field for a 75-yard touchdown and had many key runs to keep the Jaguars close in this one in the first half. I look for Hoberg to key in the Jaguars offense next year.
Daniel Milander, Cornerback, 2020, Hancock
Milander had a key interception for the Owls early in the game when the game was extremely close between these two. Milander did a good job as a corner keeping Jack Howard’s receivers in check throughout the game.
Zac Rice and Tyler Rice, Defensive End, 2020, Renville County West
The Rice brothers were studs in this one. They lead the run defense for RCW to plug up the lane for the Jaguars. Although Hancock ran the ball well, the Rice brothers stopped everything they could in their path and had two outstanding games that were both notable for this list.
Gideon Joos, Linebacker, 2020, Hancock
Joos was a key defender for the Jaguars of RCW. His name was called frequently over the loudspeaker and being on the field, I saw how hard he played for the Jaguars in his last ever game as a Renville County West Jaguar.
Riley Ashburn, Wide Receiver/Safety/Kicker, 2021 Renville County West
Ashburn, in my opinion, was the best on both sides of the field player in this game. A very sizeable wide receiver that caught the ball well all night, a big-hitting safety on defense, and has an excellent leg #ForTheBrand, Ashburn should be an even better three-way player next season.
Nate’s Biggest Dog of the Week
Tyler Timmerman, Running Back, 2020, Hancock
Five touchdowns, over 200 rushing yards, and a trip to the state semifinals are all the things Timmerman had in Friday night’s win against RCW. I said in my game preview that the RB pitch ball the Owls run to Timmerman is going to help them in this one, and boy oh boy did it. Timmerman is a very elusive running back that runs great in between the tackles and once he hits an open lane it’s going to be for six. Congratulations to Tyler Timmerman and his Owls from Hancock on their trip to Minneapolis.