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Despite a 4-6 season, there was no shortage of recognition for the St. Ambrose football team.

Twelve total players received all-Midwest League honors as the Mid-States Football Association announced its postseason awards Friday.

Defensive ends Chris Overton and Grant Wallace and kicker Kenny Rowe were named to the first team. Six other Bees were named to the second team and three more earned honorable mention recognition.

Overton, a senior from Springfield, Illinois, led NAIA with 14.5 sacks this season, a single-season school record. Of his 48 tackles, 21 were for loss, the second-highest mark in the country, and he also forced three fumbles.

In his career, Overton compiled 163 tackles, 44.5 for loss, and 17.5 sacks.

Wallace, a senior from Springfield, had 11.5 tackles for loss and five sacks this season. In his career, Wallace recorded 76 tackles, 18.5 for loss, and six sacks.

Rowe, a senior also from Springfield, made 9 of 12 field goals this year, including a 53-yarder, the second-longest field goal made by a Bee. It was just short of Brian Hanssen's 54-yard kick in 1999. Rowe finished second in the conference in both field goals made and field goal percentage (.750). He was also successful on 29 of 33 extra point attempts.

In his career, Rowe kicked 17 field goals and was 59 of 66 on PATs.

Quarterback Jake Romani, wide receiver Chase Ferger, tight end Eli Petty, offensive lineman Austin Benckendorf, linebacker Dillon Valdez and defensive back Jake Platt were named to the second team.

Offensive lineman Zach Gadbury, defensive lineman Servando Duran and defensive back Kobe Easley were named honorable mention.

Lexus Jackson, a wide receiver at the University of St. Francis (Ill.), was voted by the league's coaches as the top offensive performer while Tionte McDaniel, a sophomore defensive back at league champion Saint Xavier, was named defensive player of the year.

Saint Xavier's Mike Feminis was named coach of the year while his defensive coordinator Bill McKeon was named assistant coach of the year.


Sports reporter for the Quad-City Times