Three players from the Warrenton Warriors high school football team were named to the Class 4 MSHSAA all state teams in Missouri.
Three Warrenton football players were named to the Class 4 all-state football teams, led by second team selection Austin Haas.
A junior, Haas was named to the Class 4 second team at running back. Haas finished the season with 1,712 yards rushing and 26 rushing touchdowns. He averaged 7.5 yards per carry. Haas also hauled in 17 receptions for 260 yards and a touchdown.
“He was just an explosive play maker,” Warrenton Football Coach Jason Koper said.”I think what really helps his case to get the all-state recognition was some of the other coaches that had played us this year talked about how much they had a game plan for him and how much of an impact player he was for us this year.”
Haas increased his rushing totals by over 500 yards from last season. He also rushed for 19 more touchdowns in his junior campaign. Koper cited an increase in long runs Haas had this season.
“Haas got stronger. He got faster,” Koper said. “He made his reads better. But also I think that’s a testament to our offensive line as well and how much better our guys were top to bottom from ’22 to ’23.”
Warrenton junior Kadin Stroer and sophomore Javon Jones were named to the Class 4 third team on defense. Stroer was named to the Class 4 third team as a linebacker. Stroer led the Warrenton defense with 81 solo tackles and 142 total tackles. He also logged three sacks and recovered two fumbles.
“He’s one of our leaders, if not the leader on defense,” Koper said. “We had a couple of those guys that would step up and, and be vocal and be those hard nosed gritty guys and Kadin was absolutely one of those.”
Koper characterized Stroer as “an old school linebacker” who plays the game with “unbelievable heart, unbelievable motor and just one of those good noses for the football.” Koper credited those factors for why Stroer makes so many tackles.
“He committed to speed and strength,” Koper said. “And his side to side playmaking increased from sophomore to junior year … I think that’s why this year he was able to get that nod as an all-state linebacker.”
Jones was named to the Class 4 all-state third team on the defensive line. Jones led the Warriors with 19 sacks on the season. He also logged 55 solo tackles and 95 total tackles, both second on the team. He also recovered one fumble.
“He is just an absolute special athletic specimen to have on the defensive line,” Koper said. “He runs down people from behind. He’s incredibly athletic. Probably without question the most athletic defensive linemen that I’ve coached. His raw size, strength and speed. His stats were just off the chart for a sophomore defensive line and just looking at him, he’s kind of a no brainer there to get that recognition to all-state and glad he did.”
Haas, Jones and Stroer were also three of eight Warrenton players to receive all-district honors. Charlie Blondin, Joe Goldsmith, Brandon Johnson, Chance McPike and Jacob Ruff were also named to the Class 4, District 4 team.
Tyler Faerber, Treyvian Guthrie, Haas, Chance Klasing, Jack Morris, Ruff, Evan Schenck, Stroer, Carter Tittel and Alex Wilson received academic all-state honors.