Prep Kickoff 2017: Five Eight-Man Division II Players to Watch

FIVE STATE PLAYERS TO WATCH: EIGHT-MAN DIVISION II

 

JT DUREE, HUTCH CENTRAL CHRISTIAN

5-11, 250, SENIOR, OG/NT

The top blocker for one of eight-man’s most explosive offenses a year ago, Duree earned first-team All-Eight-Man Division II honors as well as first-team All-Heart of the Plains honors. A four-year starter both ways, Duree will move from center to guard this season to take advantage of his excellent feet and quickness, while also capitalizing on his strength as a technically sound blocker.

CADEN KINDERKNECHT, NORTHERN VALLEY

6-1, 172, SENIOR, QB/LB

After a solid sophomore season where he amassed 1,400 yards of total offense, Kinderknecht took it up a notch or two last year. He turned in the second-best rushing season in Northern Valley history with 1,507 yards and 28 touchdowns while also throwing for 1,112 yards and another 13 scores. He’s been just as good if not better defensively, making 134 tackles and four interceptions last year after recording nearly 100 tackles as a sophomore.

LOGAN LINGG, DIGHTON

6-2, 235, SENIOR, NG/OG

A nose guard who can plug the middle while also showcasing the ability to make plays sideline to sideline, Lingg helped Dighton to a 12-1 record and runner-up showing in Eight-Man Division II last year. A four-year starter on both sides of the ball, Lingg led the offensive line with pancake blocks and defensively made 78 tackles (40 solo) with eight tackles for loss. He also serves as the Hornets’ kicker and made 4 of 6 PATs while also getting 11 touchbacks.

LANE PETERS, PIKE VALLEY

5-9, 170, SENIOR, RB/DB

On a team loaded with speedsters, Peters is far and away the blazer of the group. The two-time All-Eight-Man Division II first-team running back set a Class 1A state meet record in the 100 last year with a 10.77 and also captured the 200 title as well. The speed translates well to the gridiron where he’s rushed for 3,889 yards and 66 touchdowns in his career, including 1,497 yards and 28 scores last year. With another 1,500 return and receiving yards, Peters has accounted for 5,251 total yards in his career. He’s no slouch defensively, either, with 214 tackles in his career.

JACOB SALMANS, HODGEMAN COUNTY

6-1, 165, SENIOR, QB

A starter at quarterback from the moment he arrived in high school, Salmans has carried on the family name steeped in eight-man tradition. Salmans has thrown for at least 1,200 yards all three years, including 1,366 yards and 18 touchdowns a year ago. He’s already topped 4,000 passing yards and has 56 touchdown throws in his career and also has run for more than 1,000 yards overall as well.

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