Six Nevada football players make all-3A District 2 first team in 2021

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
James Edwards

Six members of the Nevada football team made the all-Class 3A District 2 first team in 2021.

Quarterback James Edwards, receiver Caeden DaSilva, cornerback Seth Brown, safety/linebacker Ty Dittmer, linebacker Cael Franzen and safety Caleb Kooiker were the Nevada players chosen to the first team. The Cubs had 14 all-district selections overall after finishing second in the district with a 4-1 record.

Edwards threw for 645 yards and seven touchdowns with five interceptions and ran for 590 yards and 11 touchdowns in district play. DaSilva made 20 catches for 487 yards and five touchdowns.

Brown picked off three passes and returned a fumble for a touchdown. Dittmer tallied 23 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions, Franzen had 47.5 tackles and a fumble recovery and Kooiker recorded 49.5 stops and two fumble recoveries.

Seth Brown

Defensive end Gavin Melohn, tight end Carson Rhodes and running back Cason Stevenson landed on the second team.

Melohn picked up three sacks and returned a fumble 32 yards for a touchdown during district games. Rhodes made four receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown and Stevenson ran for 457 yards and five scores on 8.0 yards per carry.

Offensive linemen Aden Ballard, Carson Mather and Holden Fry were named honorable mention after paving the way for a Cub offense that averaged 350.8 yards against district competition. Kicker Aidan Freeman made 16 of 19 extra points and defensive end Connor Schnettgoecke came through with four sacks and a fumble recovery.

Humboldt quarterback Caden Matson was named Offensive MVP in the district after throwing for 689 yards and nine touchdowns. Ballard's Nick Wacha was chosen as the Defensive POY in the district after making 59.5 tackles, 13 stops behind the line and three sacks.

Humboldt's Ben Kuehnast was named lineman MVP, Matson offensive MVP and Gilbert kicker Evan Weary special teams MVP.

Humboldt's Derrick Elman was named the district Coach of the Year after leading the Wildats to the district championship.