From forfeiting games five years ago, to state champions and coach of the year.
That’s the rollercoaster for Aquinas High School football coach Tom Lee, who took home the coach of the year honor Thursday from the Associated Press.
The Blugolds capped off an undefeated, 14-0 season with a 28-26 state championship over Mayville.
Two players were named second team All-State, including:
- QB – Jackson Flottmeyer, 6-6, 216, Jr.
- ALL-PURPOSE – Calvin Hargrove, 5-6, 145, Jr.
Aquinas senior WR Quinn Miskowski was named “high” honorable mention, along with Logan senior DL Martell Owens.
The championship comes five years after Lee’s Aquinas football team was forced for forfeit a game back in 2016 and proceeded to go 3-24 over those next three seasons (2016-2018).
The tides turned for the Blugolds with a 7-4 record in 2019, as the number of players on the team grew from in the 20s to over 70 this season.
Lee is a 1990 Aquinas graduate and took over from assistant to head coach in 2013.
This season, Aquinas averaged nearly 50 points, while its defense kept half of its opponents under 10.
2021 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL- STATE FOOTBALL TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Myles Burkett, 6-2, 205, Sr., Franklin
COACH OF THE YEAR – Tom Lee, La Crosse Aquinas
x – unanimous selection
OFFENSE FIRST TEAM
QB – Myles Burkett, 6-2, 205, Sr., Franklin
RB – x-Simon Bauer, 5-8, 175, Sr., Durand
RB – Alijah Maher-Parr, 5-9, 165, Sr., Arrowhead
RB – Blake Schraufnagel, 6-1, 180, Jr., Mayville
OL – Joe Brunner, 6-8, 315, Sr., Whitefish Bay
OL – Carson Hinzman, 6-4, 275, Sr., St. Croix Central
OL – Evan Malcore, 6-6, 270, Sr., Sun Prairie
OL – Joey Okla, 6-3, 295, Sr., Arrowhead
OL – x-Billy Schrauth, 6-6, 295, Sr., St. Mary’s Springs Academy
WR/TE – Andrew Keller, 6-6, 215, Sr., Waunakee
WR/TE – Jackson Trudgeon, 6-1, 185, Sr., Madison Edgewood
PK – Gavin Lahm, 6-2, 210, Sr., Kaukauna
ALL-PURPOSE – Robby Michael, 5-10, 160, Sr., Kohler/Sheboygan Lutheran/Christian
ALL-PURPOSE – Zander Rockow, 6-1, 220, Jr., Eau Claire Regis
OFFENSE SECOND TEAM
QB – Jackson Flottmeyer, 6-6, 216, Jr, La Crosse Aquinas
RB – Cole Berghorn, 6-1, 210, Sr., Lake Geneva Badger
RB – Brycen Cashin, 6-0, 180, Sr., Stevens Point Pacelli
RB – Max Grand, 5-9, 190, Sr., Ellsworth
OL – Ashton Beers, 6-6, 300, Sr., Slinger
OL – Evan Oberg, 6-4, 250, Sr., DeForest
OL – Alex Pethan, 6-2, 295, Sr., Oak Creek
OL – Will Schroeder, 6-1, 260, Sr., Appleton North
OL – Chad Schuster, 6-6, 285, Sr., Franklin
WR/TE – Keaton Arendt, 6-1, 190, Sr., Franklin
WR/TE – Sam Peiffer, 6-2, 185, Sr., Cedar Grove-Belgium
PK – Michael Karlen, 5-7, 165, Sr., Stanley-Boyd
ALL-PURPOSE – Reed Breckheimer, 6-0, 221, Sr., Hilbert
ALL-PURPOSE – Calvin Hargrove, 5-6, 145, Jr., La Crosse Aquinas
DEFENSE FIRST TEAM
DL – Gabe Alyousef, 6-2, 275, Sr., Oak Creek
DL – Joe Brunner, 6-8, 315, Sr., Whitefish Bay
DL – Wes King, 6-5, 280, Sr., Appleton North
DE/OLB – x-Isaac Hamm, 6-5, 240, Sr., Sun Prairie
DE/OLB – J. T. Seagreaves, 6-6, 234, Sr., Monroe
ILB – Jack Baretz, 6-3, 218, Sr., Franklin
ILB – x-William Campbell, 6-2, 235, Sr., Kaukauna
ILB – Luna Larson, 6-2, 200, Sr., Baraboo
DB – x-Alex Belongia, 6-3, 190, Sr., Rice Lake
DB – Logan Engeseth, 6-2, 190, Sr., DeForest
DB – Daniel Martens, 5-11, 185, Sr., Franklin
PUNTER – x-Tyler Ebel, 6-5, 230, Sr., DeForest
DEFENSE SECOND TEAM
DL – Eddie Loesch, 6-1, 230, Sr., River Falls
DL – Kian Preimesberger, 6-1, 235, Sr., Mount Horeb/Barneveld
DL – Mila Stephens, 6-0, 380, Sr., Waukesha Catholic Memorial
DE/OLB – Addison Ostrenga, 6-5, 225, Sr., Sun Prairie
DE/OLB – Andrew Jeske, 6-2, 200, Sr., Colby
ILB – Langston Lathan, 6-2, 235, Waukesha Catholic Memorial
ILB – Max Sheridan, 6-2, 190, Sr., Pewaukee
ILB – Owen Vogelsberg, 6-1, 210, Sr., Potosi-Cassville
DB – Hayden Konkol, 6-4, 180, Sr., Denmark
DB – Tyler Dahlhauser, 5-9, 175, Sr., Monona Grove
DB – Cole Toennies, 6-2, 180, Sr., Middleton
PUNTER – Jack Casey, 6-0, 180, Sr., Somerset
HIGH HONORABLE MENTION
Gage Boegli, RB, Sr., Brodhead/Juda
Colton Brunell, RB, So., Columbus
Colton Buttke, OL, Sr., Brodhead/Juda
Aidan Driscoll, PK/P, Sr., Waunakee
Brennen Dvorachek, QB/DB, Sr., Reedsville
Cayden Ellis, DL, Sr., Waunakee
Colin Girdaukas, WR, Sr., Kohler/Sheboygan Lutheran/Christian
Mason Goettl, OL, Sr., Chippewa Falls
Luke Haertle, QB, Sr., Lake Country Lutheran
Sam Haeuser, ILB, Sr., Racine St. Catherine’s
Kaden Hooker, DE/OLB, Sr., Waunakee
Charlie Jarvis, DB, Sr., Waukesha Catholic Memorial
Brent Jeske, RB/LB, Sr., Colby
Nick Jorndt, ILB, Sr., Whitefish Bay
Jerry Kaminski, QB, Jr., Sun Prairie
Beau Kopp, QB/DE/P, Sr., Cuba City
Cortez LeGrant, RB, Jr., Sun Prairie
Logan Matthews, DB, Sr., Franklin
Chase Matthias, RB/ILB, So., Two Rivers
Quinn Miskowski, WR, Sr., La Crosse Aquinas
Reese Osgood, WR, Sr., Franklin
Martell Owens, DL, Sr., La Crosse Logan
Thomas Raemisch, ILB, Jr., Waunakee
Ben Rehl, DE/OLB, Sr., Mukwonago
Kenny Satori, ILB, Sr., Denmark
Jake Young, OL, Sr., Mukwonago
Jack Alexander, OL, Sr., Middleton; Mason Armstrong, ILB, Jr., Verona; Ben Benes, OL, Sr., Maple Northwestern; Boston Brindley, DB, Jr., La Crosse Central; Michael Bunyan, TE/DE, Sr., Port Washington; Cody Cotton, RB, Sr., Union Grove; Tony Cummings, ILB, Sr., Hurley; Cole Ebert, FB/DL, Sr., Reedsville.
Riley Fischer, LB jr., Mukwonago; Bryce Frank, DB, Sr., Marshall; Trevor Garske, QB, Sr., Mosinee; Matt Getgen, RB, Sr., Wisconsin Dells; Zach Gloudeman, OLB, Sr., River Valley; Elijah Gray, RB, Sr., Middleton; Davis Hamilton, TE/ILB, Sr., Sun Prairie; Nolan Harris, ILB, Sr., Mosinee; Joe Hartlieb, QB, Sr., Madison Edgewood; Keagan Henschel, DE, Sr., Fond du Lac.
Reid Jamerson, DE, sr., Whitefish Bay; Jack Janke, DB, Sr., Ellsworth; Ethan John, TE, Sr., Oak Creek; Quentin Keene, QB, Sr., Waunakee; Luke Kokat, TE, Sr., Union Grove; Nate Kollath, QB, Jr., Sussex Hamilton; Westen Liebzeit, HB/DB, Sr., Reedsville; Cal Martine, RB, Sr., Appleton North; Vitto Massa, QB, Sr., River Falls; CJ McConkey, LB, Sr., West Salem; Max McGuire, OL, Sr., Darlington; Braeden Ott, RB, Sr., Nicolet; Sam Paar, LB, Sr., Oak Creek
Owen Pawlikowski, WR, Sr., Kimberly; Brady Potaczek, WR, Sr., Stanley-Boyd; Derek Ransanici, DB, Sr., Hurley; Gilbert Rodriguez, DE, Sr., Oak Creek; Matthew Schecklman, QB, Sr., Appleton North; Austin Schlies, OLB, Sr., Maple Northwestern; Davontre Smith, RB-LB, Sr., Menasha; Cole Trimborn, WR-DB, Sr., Nicolet; Evan Tyler, OLB, Sr., Hudson; Isaac Vanden Bush, RB, Sr., Luxemburg-Casco; Casey Verhagen, WR/DB, Sr., Kohler/Lutheran/Christian; Ben Wesolowski, QB, Sr., Wittenberg-Birnamwood
Tanner Zepczyk, OL, Sr., River Falls
TOP PHOTO: FILE – The Aquinas High School football team is the 2021 Division 5 state champions.