The Iowa Print Sportswriters Association released its 2021 high school football teams and Greene County had a total of six players honored in Class 2A. Punter Nate Black and offensive returner Richard Daugherty were on the first team, with defensive tackle Michael Rumley, linebacker Bradyn Smith, and defensive back Jackson Morton on the second, and quarterback Bryce Stalder on the third unit as the offensive utility player.
The Rams were 8-2 overall, ranked as high as third in the 2A polls, and went 5-0 in winning the District 8 title with every game decided by 41 or more points.
Black, a senior, averaged 39.8 yards per punt, was the top running back for the Rams, a defensive back, and he handled most of the kickoff duties. Daugherty is a junior who averaged 48.5 yards on kickoff returns with one touchdown, 18.6 yards as a punt returner, and also had five TD receptions and four interceptions.
Smith was a third team selection as a junior. The senior middle linebacker had 12.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. Sophomore nose tackle Rumley led 2A in tackles for loss with 19.5, and Morton moves up from being a third teamer last year. He had three pass interceptions, was the Rams’ leading receiver, and a return man.
Stalder, twice was named the District Offensive Player of the Year in his only two seasons as the QB. The senior passed for 19 TDs and 1,464 yards while running for 719 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns.