Joining quarterback Mike Mindnich on the first team of the 3A West All-Region football selections were four other teammates — senior running back/linebacker/punter Kegan Lindsay, sophomore defensive back Bryson Alder, senior defensive lineman Daniel Cushman, and senior offensive lineman Will Solper.
Lindsay, who led the Wranglers in rushing with 1,180 yards and 16 touchdowns this season, was the most decorated of the Wranglers on the all-region teams selected by the 3A West head coaches. Not only did he earn first-team honors as one of three running backs, but he also was recognized as one of the five best linebackers in the region and the best punter among the six region teams.
He was the second leading rusher in the region behind Northwest Christian’s Aren Van Hofwegen (1,333 yards), the ninth leading tackler in the region (behind four from Northwest Christian, three from Kingman Academy and teammate Michael Flinn), and the top punter with a 36.7-yard average and a region-leading seven punts inside the opponents’ 20 yard line.
Alder, the youngest among the Wrangler recipients, also received recognition for more than one position. He earned first-team honors as one of four defensive backs with his six interceptions — second in the region behind Northwest Christian senior Dustin Inness’ seven picks — and second-team honors as one of four receivers with his team-leading 31 receptions for 350 and five touchdowns.
Cushman, at 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds, also was a double recipient of the post-season region honors — placed on the first team defensive line and the second-team offensive line. Defensively this season, he recorded 44 tackles, two quarterback sacks and two fumble recoveries.
Solper, at 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds, was one of five offensive linemen selected to the all-region first team. He also played on the defensive side of the ball, one of several two-way players for the Wranglers, where he recorded 47 tackles and 1.5 quarterback sacks but was edged out for the defensive honors.
Other Wranglers who earned second-team honors were junior linebacker Michael Flynn, who led the team in tackles with 92 and was second in the region in that category; senior defensive lineman Joe Moder, who missed three games due to injuries and also was the starting fullback in the Wranglers’ offense, with 40 tackles; and junior defensive back Troy Adamo with his three interceptions and one fumble recovery.
Wranglers who were placed on the Honorable Mentions list included junior offensive and defensive lineman Wyatt Grantham, junior defensive back Dion “Rocket” Graham, and senior receiver/defensive back Isaac Olson, who missed half of the regular season due to transfer eligibility but played in all five region games and one state playoff game.
Region champion Northwest Christian (and current state playoff finalist) led the honors list with 16 players on the first team (followed by the Wranglers’ seven), nine on the second team (compared to the Wranglers’ five), and five on the Honorable Mentions list (compared to the Wranglers’ four).
Other region teams with representation on the 3A West post-season squads included Chino Valley (four first-team; seven second team; and six Honorable Mentions); Kingman Academy (three, seven and five); River Valley (two, six and three); and Kingman (one second-team selection and two Honorable Mentions).