Edgewood-Colesburg’s Parker Rochford and Spencer Staner were selected to be members of the 2019 Iowa Print Sports Writers Association Class A all-state football team.
Rochford was named to the first team as a defensive back.
Rochford had a total of 36 tackles, with 28 of them being solo tackles and two of them were for a loss. He made a real impact defending the pass as he had seven interceptions, two of them returned for touchdowns. He also recovered three fumbles.
“His quickness and athletic ability are great, but his anticipation is key to his ability to play at such a high level. He can cover half the field in a short amount of time and his work ethic in getting after it is very impressive,” said coach James Rochford.
“He sees more than what the normal defensive back sees. He’s very smart. He sees what the offense is intending to do and often baits them into switching out of a play where he knows he has defensive help,” said coach Rochford. “Not only is he the coach’s kid, but he’s the coach on the field. He’s very smart. He’s usually a step ahead of me.”
Staner earned his second-team selection on the strength of his ability to make the big play. He caught 38 passes for 797 yards and five touchdowns.
“Spencer came along in a year. He matured and wanted the responsibility of being thrown the ball when we needed it. I heard him several times go to Parker that I will beat this guy. Throw the ball to me,” said coach Rochford. “He’d even come to me and told me the same thing. He didn’t do that as a junior. He wanted the ball in big situations. He made the plays and he made some big ones. He stepped up this year. I was proud of him.”