Banks, Roenfeldt, Stromberger chosen football captains
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
The two seniors on this year’s football team, along with a junior, earned the status of honorary captains for this year’s Longhorn football team.
Seniors Jeff Banks and Tyler Roenfeldt, along with junior Tanner Stromberger, were selected as this year’s honorary captains by a vote of team members.
Banks played both ways for the Longhorns before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury late in the year.
As tight end, he caught four passes for 31 yards and a touchdown.
Roenfeldt played in the offensive and defensive lines and proved to be a formidable foe.
Defensively, he finished as the team’s third-highest tackler with a total of 61 tackles, including 41 solos.
Stromberger helped lead the offensive line and was a salty linebacker, finishing as the team’s leading tackler with 79 tackles. Of those, 47 were solo efforts.
Selection as a team captain represents the highest honor a team can bestow on their teammates.
Coach Dan Lenners said this year’s team was indeed one of teammates.
He said this group played together very well and encouraged each other along the way.
“I was really pleased with the progress they made over the season,” he said.
Next year’s team will be loaded with seniors and Lenners said he’s expecting a lot from them. They are excited too, he added.
As a team, the Longhorns finished with a 6-3 mark and qualified for the C2 playoffs but lost to Cambridge in the first round.
The Longhorns averaged nearly 21 points per game while holding their opponents to a 17-point average.
Offensively, they averaged 228 yards per game while limiting their opponents to 168 yards per game.
Off the 2,055 total yards gained, all but 465 came on the ground.
In the backfield, junior Paul Gaschler and freshman Michael May led the rushers with 419 and 302 yards respectively.
Quarterback Alex Strand completed 44 of 106 attempts to rack up the 465 yards in the air.
Daniel Regier finished as the leading receiver with 114 yards and two touchdowns on 14 receptions.
May and Steven Fish, who suffered a season-ending injury early in the second half of the season, followed close behind with 111 yards each.
A complete rundown of this year’s stats appears below.