The Colome Cowboys had a big season and have four members of the team on the Class 9B all-state team.
Cowboy senior Kolton Salonen was joined by Jackson Kinzer, Beau Bertram and Layton Thieman.
Salonen was one of the leaders of the Cowboy defense finishing with 65 tackles including 10 sacks and coming up with a fumble recovery. On the other side of the ball, he averaged 20 yards and 11 catches and scored five times.
“Kolton was the guy we knew would do everything correctly,” said Colome coach Ben Connot. “He was always on time and worked hard. He’s a very tough kid that always tried his best.”
Junior Jackson Kinzer was named to the Class 9B offensive team.
Kinzer finished with 1,400 all-purpose yards. He ran 80 times for 950 yards an 11.9 average—an 14 touchdowns while picking up 340 yards on 13 receptions with a 26.2 average with four scores. On defense, Kinzer picked off three passes and made 35 tackles.
“He was our leader on both sides of the ball,” said Connot. “He was our go to guy when we needed yards.”
Bertram finished with 60 tackles, including three sacks. On offense, he had 240 yards on just 19 rushes and 110 yards on three receptions while totaling four touchdowns.
“He is the hardest worker,” Connot said. “He’s a very tough kid who will do anything you ask of him. He’s a great athlete that could play multiple positions.”
Thieman, a ball hawking defender, came up with seven interceptions while adding a fumble recovery to go with 65 tackles. On offense, he went 35 of 70 for 737 yards with 12 TDs.
“Layton is a leader on the field,” Connot said. “He is consistent game in and game out. He made sure everyone is in the right place.”
Calvin Ringing Shield was named to the honorable mention list.