The senior outside linebacker and team captain ended his tenure with the Lancers as one of the most decorated county football players in recent memory. A four-year starter, he's the only All-County player this season to make the first team for the third straight year. He was named to the John Anderson Watch List as one of the top senior linebackers in the state prior to the season. Though he missed a good chunk of the year due to injury, he still made 29 tackles (22 solo), and his talent and reputation garnered him Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Region (Small School, Region 3) honors for the second straight year, as well as WFCA All-State honorable mention (Small School) for the first time. He was also first-team All-Metro Classic Conference for a third straight season.
"He is a very physical football player and plays the game with a lot of emotion and passion," St. Joseph coach Frank Matrise Jr. said.
The junior played every role for the Lancers this season, earning first-team All-Metro Classic Conference honors at defensive back for the second consecutive year. He also earned first-team All-County honors for the second straight year. On offense, he ranked sixth in the county with 529 rushing yards and scored 10 total TDs. In a Week 8 win over Burlington Catholic Central, he accounted for all three of the Lancers' TDs, one rushing and tow receiving. According to St. Joseph coach Frank Matrise Jr., he's received interest from NCAA Division II schools.
"Jake is an outstanding athlete who has incredible talent," Matrise said. "He is very fast and moves well and is always around the football. He has been a three-year letter winner and starts at both defensive back and quarterback. Jakes makes others better around him by how hard he plays."
A team captain, the junior earned his first All-County commendation and second-team All-Metro Classic Conference recognition at both offensive line and defensive end. His 68 tackles (53 solo) ranked ninth in the Metro Classic, his 10 tackles for loss tied for 11th, his two forced fumbles tied for third, his six recovered fumbles led the conference and he also had two sacks. According to St. Joseph coach Frank Matrise Jr., he's getting interest from NCAA Division II schools.
"Kyle was selected as (our) Outstanding Lineman," Matrise said. "He has really worked hard in the weight room by not missing a day... His leadership has been a true asset to younger players in the program."