Kruger and Fritz named to Elite 45

Two members of the champion Winner High School football team have been named to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader Elite 45 football squad.

Brady Fritz and Sam Kruger were named to the Elite 45 and Preston Norrid was named honorable mention.

Branded by his coach as one of the fastest players in the state, Fritz was dynamite for the Winner Warriors in 2020.

Commanding an offense that does its damage on the ground, he rushed for 499 yards and eight touchdowns on 68 carries but was also effective when called on  to pass. He was 23 of 38 for 504 yards.

At free safety, Fritz intercepted a pass and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown.

“Brady is a real leader and a quality person off the field,” said coach Trent Olson.

Kruger was the Warriors leading rusher and receiver this season. On the ground, he logged 810 yards and 12 scores on 105 carries. Through the air he caught five passes for 89 yards and four touchdowns.

On defense, Sam played SAM linebacker. “That is the most difficult position in our defense,” said Coach Olson.

Kruger logged a team high 60 tackles and two forced fumbles.

“We were very balanced on both offense and defense,  but Sam was our best all around player,” Olson said.

“He has been instrumental in our success these past couple of seasons,” said Olson.

Norrid, also a senior, was included in the list of honorable mention.

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