District-winning Rams snag 14 postseason honors, Duncan named coach of the year

Staff Report

The Greene County football team secured its second straight Class 2A, District 8 title this fall, which led to 14 all-district selections.
The Rams finished the district slate a perfect 5-0, stretching their district winning streak to an impressive 13 consecutive victories dating back to the 2020 season. Greene County sports a 17-2 district record over the last four years.

Rams’ head coach Caden Duncan was named district coach of the year for the second straight fall.
The Rams as a whole produced nine first team selections to go with five second team honorees.

The first team offensive selections were: running back Patrick Daugherty, offensive lineman Kamden Kinne, fellow offensive lineman Noah Cornell, tight end Jesse Miller, along with field goal kicker Nathan Behne.

The first team defensive selections were defensive lineman Michael Rumley, linebacker Cody Allen, as well as defensive backs Camden Strennen and Richard Daugherty.

The second team defensive honorees were linebacker Gavin Scheuermann and defensive back Nick Stream. The second team offensive selections were quarterback Gabe Ebersole, wide receiver Jack Hansen and offensive lineman Bryce Habben.
Greene County was fourth in District 8 with 38 total touchdowns. Clarke was tops with 50 total touchdowns. The Rams were third in rushing yards with 2,004 to go with the fourth most rushing touchdowns at 18. Greene County was also third in passing yards with 1,253 while their 15 touchdown passes were also third.

Ebersole was third in the district with 1,253 passing yards, while his 15 touchdown passes were third in the league as well. Ebersole’s 1,574 total yards were second most in the district, only behind Des Moines Christian quarterback Tate Platte who tallied 2,702 total yards. Platte also led the league with 34 total touchdowns. Ebersole was third with 20 touchdowns.

Greene County running back Patrick Daugherty was third in District 8 with 970 rushing yards for a per carry average of 7.3 yards. His 10 touchdowns were also third most. Red Oak’s Riley Fouts led the league with 1,509 rushing yards while Clarinda’s Tadyn Brown led the district with 20 rushing touchdowns.

Jack Hansen was sixth in the league with 24 receptions, tallying 463 yards and three touchdowns. Jesse Miller’s six touchdown catches led the team and were the seventh-most in the league. He finished the year with 14 catches for 242 yards, a per catch average of 17.3 yards per catch.

Nathan Behne was District 8’s best kicker, converting on a league best seven made field goals punctuated by a long of 37 yards. The junior also led the district with 33 made extra points, connecting on all but one of his tries. Additionally, Behne’s 23 touchbacks were by far the most in the league, well ahead of Red Oak’s Dawson Bond with 10.
Defensively, the Rams were fourth with 12 total sacks while they were also fourth with 51.5 tackles for loss. Greene County was second in the district with 12 fumble recoveries. Only Clarke recovered more, pulling in 13 fumble recoveries.

Greene County’s seven interceptions were tied for fourth in the district.

Richard Daugherty was tied for second with four interceptions, only behind Clarinda’s Isaac Jones who came down with six picks. Cody Allen’s 64 tackles were fifth most in the district while he also record 1.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss to go with a team-best two fumble recoveries.

Gavin Scheuermann’s 2.5 sacks were tied for seventh most in District 8 while Michael Rumley’s 13.5 tackles for loss were third most. Rumley also recorded 37 total tackles to go with a pair of sacks.
Greene County reached the second round of the playoffs for the fourth straight year in 2022, defeating Union Community, 35-13 in the opening round. The Rams were knocked out of the playoffs in the second round, losing to West Lyon, 43-7.

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