CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Three Coe College senior football players and assistant coach Steve Staker will participate in a pair of All-Star games this weekend in South Carolina and Mexico.
Seniors Trevor Heitland (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy), Dylan Stepleton (Tipton, Iowa/Wilton) and Andrew Netolicky (Swisher, Iowa/Prairie) will be playing in the 2016 D3 Senior Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. at Doug Shaw Stadium. Assistant Coach Steve Staker has been named the defensive coordinator for the Tazon de Estrellas, which will be played in Mexicali, Mexico on Saturday.
Heitland and Stepleton have been named AFCA All-Americans, while sweeping the Iowa Conference Offensive and Defensive MVP Awards. Heitland was also named the runner-up for the Gagliardi Trophy, given to the top football player in the country for NCAA Division III. Stepleton was named a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award, given to the top defensive player at a small college. Netolicky earned Iowa Conference Honorable Mention honors this season.
Stepleton had one of the best years in school history in the secondary, ranking second in NCAA Division III with nine interceptions. He also ranked second in all four NCAA divisions in interceptions. He finishes his career ranked second in school history in interceptions returned for a touchdown (two) and sixth with 14 career picks. His two pick sixes this year are tied for the second-most in school history, as are his nine interceptions. He finished the season with a career-high 70 tackles, including 6.5 for a loss and 15 pass deflections. Stepleton had 182 tackles in his career, including 122 solo stops. He finished his career with 10 tackles for a loss and 32 pass deflections.
Heitland added his name to the list of some of the best running backs in school history in his senior campaign. Heitland led NCAA Division III in rushing yards (1,913) and carries (317). He ranked third in all NCAA divisions in rushing yards and fourth in carries. His 159.4 rushing yards per game were the second-most in NCAA Division III and the fourth most in all NCAA divisions. He led all NCAA divisions with 223.92 all-purpose yards per game. His 19 touchdowns were the 10th most in NCAA Division III, while he ranked 11th with 114 total points. He set a school record in rushing attempts in a season and all-purpose yards, while ranking second in school history in rushing yards. He finishes his career third in pass receptions (149), fifth in receiving yards (1,822), fifth in all-purpose yards (4,397) and 10th in rushing yards (2,084).
Netolicky had 32 tackles on the season, including 5.5 for a loss. He also recorded 2.5 sacks, three pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and a pair of forced fumbles. He ranked third in the Iowa Conference in forced fumbles and was 11th in sacks. Netolicky finished his career with 68 tackles, including nine for a loss and 3.5 sacks.
The Kohawks finished the season with a school-record 11 wins and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Playoffs for the third time in school history.