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State Champion Wildcats boast seven All-Conference designees

The Fleming Wildcat football team celebrated a successful 2020 season with a repeat Championship win over Stratton/Liberty a couple weeks ago. Seven Wildcat student-athletes earned accolades following the completion of this year's undefeated, 8-0, season.

Senior Brady Kuntz, who broke the State record for kickoffs returned for a touchdown mid-season, earned All-Conference designation for his roles on the team as a defensive end, outside linebacker and half back. He was named Player of the League after finishing his career with 88 tackles - 38 of those solo - and six sacks, an average of nearly one per game. Offensively, he tallied 293 receiving yards off 15 catches.

Senior quarterback and safety Kade Comstock closed his high school career on the gridiron with 684 passing yards off 34 completions. He earned a earned All-Conference honors with a quarterback rating of 114.3 over the course of the season with 11 touchdown passes. Defensively, Comstock brought down 71 tackles, over half of those solo, and caught four interceptions.

Senior Chris Goss filled linebacker and running back spots on this year's Wildcat squad. He received All-Conference accolades following a 554-ground yard season. Goss scored 11 rushing TDs off 49 carries and caught 10 passes for 200 yards. Defensively, Goss brought down 97 tackles on the year - 35 of those solo.

Senior running back and linebacker Charles Hobbs earned All-Conference, Honorable Mention. Hobbs was named Player of the Game following the State Championship win over Stratton/Liberty in early December. He ran for 724 yards on 50 carries this season scoring 14 rushing TDs. He earned his season-high 184 rushing yards in the Championship game. Defensively, Hobbs brought down 45 tackles. He kicked off 60 times for a combined 2,312 kickoff yards and five touchbacks.

Senior offensive and defensive lineman Stan Tryboski earned All-Conference, Honorable Mention. He contributed 13 total tackles - five of those solo and caused one fumble.

Junior Joel Muller earned All-Conference, Honorable Mention as a linebacker on this year's Wildcat team. He brought down 50 tackles split evenly at 25 solo and 25 assisted. Muller caught one interception and blocked two field goal attempts. Offensively, he caught four passes for 97 yards and scored three touchdowns on the season.

Sophomore Nolan Japp is the youngest Wildcat to earn All-Conference, Honorable Mention accolades. He served as running back for the team's offense and filled the role of linebacker on defense. Japp carried the ball 48 times for a total of 534 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. He caught four passes for 97 yards scoring one TD. On defense, Japp contributed 54 tackles - 25 solo and 29 assisted.

The Wildcats, who play under the direction of Head Coach John King, lose all five of their All-Conference seniors to graduation this year. They'll turn over the leadership reins to juniors Muller, Hayden Burr, Nate Betley and Maddix Welch.


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