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Paulson earns first-team honors on offense, defense
Crandall brothers, Helgerson, Stanek also earn SBC accolades
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Senior Warren Paulson earned first-team all-defensive honors as a defensive end, and was also a first-team offensive choice at fullback. - photo by Angie Nachtigal photo/Sentry Enterprise archives

Hillsboro wrapped up its 2014 football season two weeks ago with a 47–20 loss to top-seeded Pepin/Alma (12–0) in the second round of the WIAA Division 7 playoffs.

The Tigers finished the season 7–4 overall and tied for third place in the Scenic Bluffs Conference at 4–3.

Last week the Scenic Bluffs Conference announced its all-conference football team, officially capping Hillsboro's season.

Senior Warren Paulson headlined the list of Hillsboro standouts earned 14 selections on this year’s All-SBC squad.

Paulson earned first-team all-defensive honors as a defensive end and was also a first-team offensive choice at fullback.

Junior brothers Tommy Crandall and Tyler Crandall joined Paulson on the first-team defensive unit as linebackers, as did junior defensive back Joey Helgerson.

Tommy Crandall also earned second-team honors at running back.

Junior Hunter Stanek earned first-team All-SBC honors on the offensive line.

Junior Max Stockwell was a second-team selection at both defensive end and wide receiver.

Fellow junior Nolan Hammer was also a two-way second-team choice on the offensive line and the defensive line.

Senior quarterback Matt Stekel and senior defensive lineman Sebastian Miller received honorable mention. Miller was also named to the eight-player All-Sportsmanship team.

Sophomore Phillip Beyer also earned honorable mention for his play at linebacker.

Paulson finished third on the Tigers’ defense with 46 total tackles in 11 games while finishing second on the team in rushing. He gained 846 yards and scored a team-high 13 touchdowns on 145 carries.

Tommy Crandall finished his first year as a varsity starter as the team’s leading rusher and leading tackler.

On offense he gained a team-best 880 yards and scored eight TDs on 102 carries. He also caught two passes for 65 yards an a touchdown. On defense he made a team-high 63 tackles, including 57 solo stops, and led the team with three interceptions.

Tyler Crandall finished the year as Hillsboro’s second leading tackler with 58 total stops. On offense he rushed for 448 yards and seven TDs on 64 carries.

In 11 games Helgerson was in on 28 tackles.

Stockwell led the team with 5.5 sacks and tallied 43 total tackles. He was also the team’s leading receiver with 16 catches for 276 yards and one touchdown.

Stanek and Hammer anchored an offensive line that helped the Tigers rush for 2,395 yards (217.7 per games) and 36 TDs in 11 games. Hillsboro’s offense averaged 27.8 points per game.

On defense Hammer made 29 tackles in nine games.

Miller finished the year with 15 tackles and made one interception.

Beyer was in on 43 total tackles.

As a first-year starting quarterback, Stekel completed 35 of 87 passes for 539 yards, five touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also rushed 308 yards and three touchdowns on 83 carries.