Five earn football honors

By FHSU SPORTS INFORMATION

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Fort Hays State had five players named to the 2022 All-MIAA Football Team, released by the conference office on Tuesday (Nov. 15). The Tigers had one first-team, once second-team, and three third-team selections.

Manny Ramsey received first-team honors at wide receiver. Ramsey is now a three-time All-MIAA selection after garnering third-team honors in 2021 and an honorable mention pick in 2019. Ramsey finished the 2022 regular season ranked second in the MIAA in receiving yards per game (66.5) and total receiving yards (732). For his career at FHSU, Ramsey ranked second in receptions (176), second in 100-yard receiving games (9), third in receiving yards (2,606), and third in receiving touchdowns (22).

Pat Kelly received a second-team selection on the offensive line. Kelly, like Ramsey, is now a three-time All-MIAA selection after earning an honorable mention selection last year and a third-team selection in 2017. Kelly played in 46 games throughout his seven-year career at Fort Hays State, making 45 starts on the offensive line as a tackle. He battled through injuries all throughout his career, granted two medical hardships from the NCAA, and kept a year of eligibility when the COVID pandemic took the 2020 season away. He started all 10 games he played in this season.

Myles Menges is now a two-time All-MIAA selection. He received third-team honors this year as a defensive lineman after getting an honorable mention nod last year at linebacker. He recorded 36 tackles, which was most among Tiger defensive linemen, along with seven tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He also recorded four pass breakups for the season. Menges was the team leader in tackles in 2021 as a linebacker, when he had 75, and now has a total of 111 tackles through two seasons on the field for FHSU.

Makel Williams received an All-MIAA Third Team selection at linebacker. The Blinn College transfer led the Tigers in tackles this season with 86, including a team-best 50 solo stops. He also notched a forced fumble and interception for the season. Williams reached double figures in tackles in two games, including a season-high 12 in the season finale at Pittsburg State, and had at least six tackles in 10 of 11 games.

Mason Perez received an All-MIAA Third Team selection at defensive back. In his second year on the field for the Tigers, Perez recorded 56 tackles, one interception, one fumble recovery, and one blocked kick. He ranked second on the team in tackles and started all nine contests he played in. He missed two contests due to injury.

Below is the 2022 All-MIAA Football Team.

2022 All-MIAA Postseason Awards
Offensive Player of the Year – TJ Davis, Quarterback – Nebraska Kearney
Defensive Player of the Year – Elijah Green, Defensive Tackle – Northwest Missouri
Special Teams Player of the Year – James Letcher, Jr., Kick/Punt Returner – Washburn
Freshman of the Year – Kolbe Katsis, Wide Receiver and Kick/Punt Returner – Pittsburg State
Coach of the Year – Brian Wright – Pittsburg State

First Team
Quarterback – TJ Davis – Nebraska Kearney
Running Back – Caleb Lewis – Pittsburg State
Wide Receiver – James Letcher, Jr. – Washburn*
Wide Receiver – Bryce Murphy – Pittsburg State
Wide Receiver – Manny Ramsey – Fort Hays State
Wide Receiver – Corey Thomas – Emporia State
Tight End/Fullback – Devon Garrison – Pittsburg State
All-Purpose Back – Jamar Moya – Northwest Missouri
Offensive Line – Andrew Funk – Washburn
Offensive Line – Hunter Hayes – Nebraska Kearney
Offensive Line – Trase Jeffries – Pittsburg State
Offensive Line – Conner Lierz – Emporia State
Offensive Line – Kory Woodruff – Pittsburg State
Kicker – Nick Williams – Missouri Southern
Kick/Punter Returner – James Letcher, Jr. – Washburn

Defensive Line – Elijah Green – Northwest Missouri
Defensive Line – Zach Howard – Northwest Missouri
Defensive Line – Dubem Okonkwo – Pittsburg State
Defensive Line – David Olajiga – Central Missouri
Defensive Line – Jordan Williams – Emporia State
Linebacker – Grant Bruner – Washburn
Linebacker – Dawson Hammes – Emporia State
Linebacker – P.J. Sarwinski – Pittsburg State
Defensive Back – Brandon Miekus – Pittsburg State
Defensive Back – Jaedon Pool – Emporia State
Defensive Back – Cahleel Smith – Northwest Missouri
Defensive Back – DJ Stirgus – Missouri Western
Defensive Back – Darius Swanson – Nebraska Kearney
Punter – Ross Brungardt – Emporia State
-Reflects ties in voting 
*Indicates unanimous selection

Second Team
Quarterback – Braden Gleason – Emporia State
Running Back – Nathan Glades – Missouri Southern
Wide Receiver – Peter Afful – Washburn
Wide Receiver – Christian Carter – Pittsburg State
Wide Receiver – Traveon James – Missouri Western
Wide Receiver – Arkell Smith – Central Missouri
Tight End/Fullback – Cam Grandy – Missouri Western
All-Purpose Back – Montrez Jackson – Nebraska Kearney
Offensive Line – Xavier Cason – Emporia State
Offensive Line – Evan Clark – Missouri Western
Offensive Line – Mitch Goff – Northwest Missouri
Offensive Line – Pat Kelly – Fort Hays State
Offensive Line – Dan Sunderman – Central Missouri
Kicker – Nicky Quevedo – Central Oklahoma
Kick/Punter Returner – Kashan Griffin – Northwest Missouri

Defensive Line – CJ Ravenell – Missouri Western
Defensive Line – Michael Slater – Central Oklahoma
Defensive Line – Tell Spies – Nebraska Kearney
Defensive Line – Landen Urban – Washburn 
Defensive Line – Zeke Wall – Pittsburg State
Linebacker – Richard Jordan, Jr. – Missouri Southern
Linebacker – Sam Phillips – Northwest Missouri
Linebacker – Isaac Vollstedt – Northwest Missouri
Defensive Back – Gabriel Amegatcher – Nebraska Kearney
Defensive Back – Kobe Cummings – Missouri Western
Defensive Back – Diondre Glover – Central Missouri
Defensive Back – Jordan Lamotte – Northeastern State
Defensive Back – Derrick Maxwell – Emporia State
Defensive Back – Rico Payton – Pittsburg State
Punter – Nick Williams – Missouri Southern
-Reflects ties in voting

Third Team
Quarterback – Chad Dodson, Jr. – Pittsburg State
Running Back – Billy Ross – Emporia State
Wide Receiver – Aderias Ealy – Lincoln
Wide Receiver – Jaedon Stoshak – Missouri Southern
Wide Receiver – Jaylen Varner – Emporia State
Tight End/Fullback – Oscar Hammond – Central Oklahoma
Tight End/Fullback – Connor Searcy – Washburn
All-Purpose Back – Xavier Jackson – Central Missouri
Offensive Line – Jacob Glendinning – Washburn
Offensive Line – Layne Grantham – Central Oklahoma
Offensive Line – Keith Russell – Missouri Western
Offensive Line – Cooper Schettler – Pittsburg State
Offensive Line – Lepopeasenuu Tito-Fualaau – Missouri Southern
Kicker – Cole Lammel – Northwest Missouri
Kick/Punter Returner – Kolbe Katsis – Pittsburg State
Kick/Punter Returner – Jaedon Stoshak – Missouri Southern

Defensive Line – Solomona Fetuao – Missouri Southern
Defensive Line – Jake Fisher – Northwest Missouri
Defensive Line – Robert Fuentes – Central Oklahoma
Defensive Line – Myles Menges – Fort Hays State
Defensive Line – Jamie Tago – Missouri Southern
Linebacker – Travis DeGrate – Central Missouri
Linebacker – Atoa Fox – Nebraska Kearney
Linebacker – Alex Gaskill – Pittsburg State
Linebacker – Jacey Nutter – Nebraska Kearney
Linebacker – Isaac Wallace – Missouri Western
Linebacker – Makel Williams – Fort Hays State
Defensive Back – Christian Clark – Washburn
Defensive Back – Michael Lacey – Pittsburg State
Defensive Back – Peyton Lane – Washburn
Defensive Back – Mason Perez – Fort Hays State
Defensive Back – Kobey Stephens – Central Oklahoma
Punter – Hunter Kraus – Nebraska Kearney

Honorable Mentions
Central Missouri – Cedric Case – QB; Malik Clayborn – TE/FB; Gabe Clark – OL; Curtis Appleton – DB; Noah Blair – DB; Ethan Brown – P; Jake Pospisil – K/P Returner
Central Oklahoma – Andrew Carney – APB; Cooper McCoy – OL; Noah Dobson – OL; Noah West – DL; Connor Johnson – LB; Dylan Buchheit – DB
Emporia State – Canaan Brooks – RB; Cole Schumacher, WR; Tyler Kahmann, WR; Tommy Zimmerman – TE/FB; Hayden Reed – OL; Dante Smith-Posey – OL; Rafe Goucher – DL; Rylan Miller – DL; Montrell Wilson – DB; Caden Dodson – K
Lincoln – Samuel Ingoli – TE/FB; Alejandro Flores – OL; Tommy Medellin – OL; Jahkari Larmond – DL; Samuel Amituanai – DL; Cody Bagby – DL; Jaylon Mosely – LB
Missouri Southern – Dwayne Lawson – APB; Kenneth Fehrman – OL; Solomon Garcia – DL; Coleman Booker – LB; Colton Winder – LB; Jalen Dennis – DB
Missouri Western – Jared Scott – RB; Jonas Bennett – APB; Brenden McClure – OL; Noah Price – OL; Brandon Johnson – DL; AJ Crayton – DL; Tylen Wallace – DL; Anthony Villanueva – LB
Nebraska Kearney – Daniel Cearns – RB; Cody Nelson, WR; Jon Merten – OL; Baylor Hellmuth – DL; Jimmy Harrison – LB; Tre O’Guinn – DB
Northeastern State – Dashawn Williams – WR; Chris Lee – DL; Johnny Jean – DB; Dawondrick Crockett – DB; Tyler Crawford – P
Northwest Missouri – Mike Hohensee – QB; Shane Fredickson – DB
Pittsburg State – Cole Sample – DL; Luke Jennings – LB
Washburn – Kellen Simoncic – QB; Taylon Peters – RB; Mason Honne – OL; Braden Rose – DL; Daniel Piburn – DL; Derrick McClendon – LB; Jamison Phelps – DB

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