CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Coe College football team swept the Iowa Conference MVP and Coach of the Year awards, while having 14 players recognized by the league for their play this season.
Senior Trevor Heitland (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) was named the Iowa Conference Offensive MVP, while senior Dylan Stepleton (Tipton, Iowa/Wilton) was named the Iowa Conference Defensive MVP. Head Coach Tyler Staker was named the Iowa Conference Coach of the Year. Heitland is the second player in school history to earn the offensive MVP award, while Stepleton is also the second player to earn the defensive MVP award. The Iowa Conference MVP award was split into offensive and defensive awards in 2010. In total, Coe has eight Iowa Conference MVP's. No one else in the Iowa Conference has more than six since Coe joined the league. Staker is the third different Coe Head Coach to earn the award, joining his father, Steve, in 2009 and Erik Raeburn in 2002.
The Kohawks had three first team selections on defense and a pair on offense. Stepleton was named to the first team at defensive back, while juniors Robbie Peters (Mount Vernon, Iowa/Mount Vernon) and Drew Heitland (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) were selected on the defensive line. Stepleton was also a second team selection in 2014. Offensively, Heitland was selected at running back, while Dalton Kuehl (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Jefferson) was an offensive line selection. Last year, Kuehl was an honorable mention pick.
Coe had two second team selections on both defense and offense. Austin Troendle (Waukon, Iowa/Waukon) was selected as a defensive back, while Ryan Leonard (Center Junction, Iowa/Midland) was a linebacker selection. Zak Ranshaw (Iowa City, Iowa/West) was picked for the offensive line on the second team, while Gavin Glenn (Adel, Iowa/ADM) was a quarterback selection. Five Kohawks were picked for the honorable mention team. Andrew Netolicky (Swisher, Iowa/Prairie) and Nick Elsbury (Byron, Ill./Byron) were selected from the defense, while BJ Weepie (Fairbank, Iowa/Wapsie Valley) and Jacob Langenberg (Maquoketa, Iowa/Maquoketa) were picked from the offense. Elsbury was an honorable mention pick last season. Brandon Abbas (Aplington, Iowa/Aplington Parkersburg) was an honorable mention selection as a place kicker.
Heitland led the league with 1,431 yards rushing, the most in the last 16 years in league play. His 178.9 rushing yards per game was also the most in the league. Heitland had 214 carries and scored 10 touchdowns on the ground. He also caught 23 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns. Heitland led the league with 78 total points and had the most total touchdowns (13) of anyone in the Iowa Conference. His 225.6 all-purpose yards per game were also a league best.
Stepleton led the league with six interceptions, while also ranking sixth in the league with nine pass breakups. He finished the year with 51 tackles in league play, including six for a loss. He also blocked a kick against Central. His 41 solo tackles were the fifth-most in the league.
Peters led the Iowa Conference with 10.5 tackles for loss and ranked second in the league with five sacks. He also ranked 12th in the league with five pass breakups. Peters finished the season with 36 tackles and also had a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown against Wartburg. D. Heitland was third in the league with 9.5 tackles for loss and ranked seventh in the league with three sacks. His three forced fumbles was the second most in the league. D. Heitland finished the year with 38 tackles.
Kuehl, Ranshaw, Weepie and Langenberg anchored the top offensive line in the league. Coe led the league in scoring offense with 40.8 points per game, while putting up the second-most yards in the league with 492.6 per game. The Kohawks ranked second in the league in rushing yards at 277.4. Coe's offensive line ranked third in the league in sacks against, giving up just eight on the year. Coe was the least penalized team in the Iowa Conference at 37.4 penalty yards per game.
Troendle had two picks in league playing, ranking 12th in the Iowa Conference. He also ranked seventh with eight pass breakups. Troendle finished the year with 34 tackles. Leonard tied for the league lead in fumble recoveries with two. He tallied 51 tackles on the season, including five for a loss and two sacks.
Glenn led the Iowa Conference with a 158.07 pass efficiency rating. His 63.1 completion percentage ranked second in the Iowa Conference. Glenn threw for 1,717 yards in league play, while tossing 18 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Glenn averaged 214.6 yards passing per game. Glenn also had 36 carries for 118 yards and six touchdowns.
Netolicky ranked third in the Iowa Conference with two forced fumbles and was 11th with 2.5 sacks. Netolicky finished the year with 25 tackles, including 4.5 for a loss. Elsbury had 44 tackles on the season, including 2.5 for a loss and a sack. He also recovered a fumble and had two quarterback hurries. Abbas ranked second in the Iowa Conference with 74 points, which was the most by any kicker in the league. He also led the Iowa Conference with 12 field goals made and 38 PAT's. His 92.3 field goal percentage was also tops in the league.
The Kohawks went 8-0 during the Iowa Conference season, en route to their fifth Iowa Conference Championships. The Kohawks return four All-Iowa Conference performers and two honorable mention selections to next year's team.