Warriors Earn All-State Football Honors
The Waukee High School football team had another memorable season, including a trip to the state quarterfinals. Head Coach Scott Carlson and his staff led the team to a 7-3 record with arguably the toughest schedule in the state. Several Warriors earned IPSWA all-state recognition for their play on the field this season.
Waukee running back Alex Linquist notched a first-team selection after a distinguished career for the Warriors. Linquist was a main source of offense for the team as he led the team in rushing yards, all-purpose yards, and rushing touchdowns with seven. He was class 4A’s leading rusher, leading the state in rushing yards and carries. Linquist was known for his tough running style and ability to break tackles to gain extra yards.
Defensive back Joe Morrison earned first-team honors after being named to the second-team a season ago. Morrison was the team’s leading tackler as he was able to rack up 64 total tackles, two resulting in tackles for loss. Joe was also the team leader in interceptions as he was able to snag three of them this season. He was also the team’s primary punt returner averaging 5.7 yards a return. Morrison’s toughness and ability to make tackles in the open field is a big reason why he was second in class 4A in solo tackles a big part of Waukee’s defense the past three seasons.
Offensive lineman Beau Schaller capped off a strong senior season with a first-team all-state selection. Beau was the leader of the offensive line that helped the Warriors offense who was fifth in the state in total yards. Schaller also handled the snapping duties on the field goal team which was one of the most efficient in school history. He was a two-year starter and knew each offensive line position which was a huge help for the Warriors this season
Aaron Smith was selected as a first-team all-state selection for the second straight season receiving the honors a year ago as a kick returner. Smith was a force on the offensive side of the ball leading the team in receiving touchdowns, receiving yards, and receptions. He also rushed for six touchdowns and averaged fourteen yards a carry. Defensively, Aaron was fifth on the team in total tackles and had two interceptions returning one for a touchdown. Smith’s speed made him one of the most dangerous kick returners in the state taking one back for a touchdown.
Kicker Lucas Bartachek had a strong senior campaign and earned a well deserved third-team all-state recognition. Bartachek was very accurate, only missing one PAT the whole season. He also tied the school record in field goals in a single season with eight with his longest being from 48 yards which was tied for the longest in the state this season. Lucas handled the kickoff duties very well as he was able to fire off many touchbacks.
Linebacker Chase Evanson was a force on the defensive side of the ball this season earning third-team honors. Evanson was second on the team in tackles for the second straight season gathering 49.5 total tackles and 6.5 of those resulted in a loss. Chase was also able to recover one fumble on the year as well. He was a key piece in the Warrior’s dominant defensive play this season.
Tight end Eddie Saidat Jr played a huge role for the offense en route to his third-team all-state selection. Saidat was one of the team’s best passing targets placing second in receptions, yards, and touchdowns on the receiving end. Eddie was a main reason for the Warriors offensive success which ranked fifth in yards. He also played a crucial role on the defensive side playing valuable downs as a defensive lineman earning one sack and four total tackles.