The Wright City football team had five players receive Eastern Missouri Conference All-Conference honors. Steven Soltysiak — Senior was named to the first team as a free safety after recording 66 …
Wright City Players Named All-EMO
By Derrick Forsythe, Record Sports Editor
The Wright City football team had five players receive Eastern Missouri Conference All-Conference honors.Steven Soltysiak— Senior was named to the first team as a free safety after recording 66 tackles and snagging four interceptions. He also earned second-team honors as a running back, rushing for a team-best 592 yards and 10 touchdowns on 71 carries.“The coaches recognized what kind of player he was,” said Coach Matt Brooks. “There are a lot of good running backs in the conference, so it’s tough to make that first team. But he ran the ball well for us. As he went, our offense went.”Ben Randolph— Senior was an all-around selection, claiming second-team honors as a receiver, cornerback, kicker and punter. He caught nine passes for 198 yards and one touchdown. On defense, he had 31 tackles and grabbed a pair of interceptions. He also returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown.“He’s a good athlete and having him more involved (beyond special teams) definitely added another dimension to our team. We always put him on the best receiver when he was playing defense. He’s got a great attitude and is willing to do whatever.”Jensen Elrod— Senior was named to the second team as an offensive lineman. He was able to leave enough of an impression, playing in all but one conference game before suffering a broken leg.“The conference coaches had a lot of respect for his play. He was lights out on defense too. The biggest thing about Jensen is his reach and wingspan, which make it hard for guys to get around him when he plays offensive line.”Christian Thompson— Junior claimed second-team honors for his play on both the offensive and defensive lines. He had 39 tackles and one sack.“He really developed and was more consistent this year as one of our leading tacklers up front. We were running behind him a considerable amount of the time at right guard.”Andrew Pfuhl — Sophomore earned second-team recognition at defensive end. The second-year starter made 33 tackles and recorded one sack.“We brought him off the edge quite a bit as a pass rusher. I was impressed with the way he developed.”Tim Burks — Senior claimed second-team honors as a linebacker after racking up 54 tackles and grabbing an interception during his first season at Wright City.“Tim is probably one of the best fundamental tacklers I’ve ever coached. He does everything right and at a high level. He made a ton of big tackles, especially on the perimeter.”
Senior Ben Randolph was an All-EMO selection on both sides of the ball.