Grace, Elmore are stat leaders

By Jason Ferguson

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The Custer High School football team threw for 467 yards while rushing for 960 this season on its way to a 1-7 record.

Sophomore quarterback Dathon Elmore completed 49 percent of his passes on the year for 464 yards, an average of 58 yards per game. He averaged 11 yards per completion, throwing for one touchdown and nine interceptions.

Fellow Sophomore Micaiah Grace was the team’s leading rusher, with 541yards on 103 carries and six touchdowns. He had a long run of 68 yards and an average of around 54 yards per game. As a team the Wildcats averaged 120 yards per game on the ground. Grace also led the team in all-purpose yards, which factors in rushing, receiving and return yards. All told, Grace had 797 all-purpose yards for the ’Cats.

Elmore was the team’s second-leading rusher, picking up 214 yards, while senior fullback Blake Kainz was third on the team in rushing with 103 yards.

Freshman Kaleb Wragge was the team’s leading receiver for the season, as he hauled in 10 passes for 108 yards. Seniors Reese Kelley and Bobby Bertolotto both had six receptions, while Grace had five. Freshman Daniel Sedlacek had the only touchdown reception of the season, which came on the team’s longest pass play of the season, 33 yards.

Elmore was the tackle leader for Custer from his safety position, as he totaled 73 total tackles, 44 of which were unassisted. Sedlacek was the team’s second-leading tackler, with 66 stops, while junior linebacker Austin Jones was third with 59. Senior defensive end Reed Ashmore led the team in tackles for loss with four, as well as sacks, as he had five of the team’s seven sacks.

The team had five interceptions this season, two of which were hauled in by sophomore linebacker Tyler Terrill. Elmore, Grace and sophomore corner Josh Furse also had an interception. The team also recovered six fumbles this season.

Sophomore AJ Kortemeyer handled the bulk of the team’s kickoff duties, averaging 35.7 yards per kick. Fellow sophomore Isaac Powers also kicked off four times, with a 44-yard average on his kicks. Ashmore handled the punting duties this season, averaging 35.2 yards per kick on 21 punts, with a long of 58 yards.

Grace was the team’s scoring leader, scoring 38 points on six touchdowns and two conversions. Jones was second on the team with four touchdowns, while Kainz added two. Powers converted six of his 12 extra point attempts.

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