Byron duo named to football All-State teams

Garrett Short
Updated: December 18, 2020 07:27 PM
Created: December 18, 2020 06:03 PM

(ABC 6 News) - A trio of local football players were named to the All-State teams, including Byron running back Austin Freerksen and defensive lineman Colton Douglas.

The two seniors were tone-stters not only for the team, but for the state. Freerksen, a future Minnesota-Duluth Bulldog, led the state in carries and finished with the rushing title with 1,580 yards on the ground. Douglas paced the state with 10 sacks. Coming from a small town didn't stop these two from leaving their mark on an untraditional football season.

"Even in a community like Byron, we play great football and that no matter who we play against or whatever odds are against you, especially in this weird 2020 year, that if you're willing to sacrifice and commit to becoming a better athlete, a better football player, you'll be recognized regardless of class or size of town," Byron Head Coach Ben Halder said.

The two say finding out they were named to the All-State teams was surreal, especially when they look back at how far they have come.

"I didn't even want to play my junior year but, you know, I went out and thanks to coach I loved it," Douglas said.

Byron's football team uses the phrase "Pound the Stone" often. It has served not only these two athletes well, but the entire team.

"That's a testament to the receivers blocking, the offensive coordinator calling the plays, Coach Halder at practice running practice. It takes the whole thing for me to shine. I appreciate everybody for that," Freerksen said.

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