Five Nevada players named all-state in football: Three Cubs land on IPSWA first team in 3A

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Defensive back Seth Brown made six interceptions as one of five Nevada football players to receive all-state recognition in Class 3A by the IPSWA in 2021.

The Nevada football team had five players given all-state recognition by the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association. Ballard had two players chosen and Roland-Story one.

Linebacker/safety Ty Dittmer, cornerback Seth Brown, receiver Caeden DaSilva, quarterback James Edwards and tight end Carson Rhodes were the five Nevada players named all-state in Class 3A by the IPSWA. Dittmer, Brown and DaSilva made the first team, Edwards the second team and Rhodes the third team after leading the Cubs to the best season in school history by reaching the 3A playoff quarterfinals and finishing 9-2.

Dittmer made 50.5 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions and fumble recoveries apiece in 2021. Brown intercepted six passes, DaSilva had 33 receptions for 700 yards and eight touchdowns and also returned a punt and a kickoff each for a score, Edwards ran for 1,188 yards and 21 touchdowns and threw for 1,099 yards and 12 scores and Rhodes caught 11 passes for 121 yards and three scores.

Nevada's Caeden DaSilva was a selected as a first-team all-state return man in Class 3A by the IPSWA in 2021. DaSilva returned seven kickoffs for a 33-yard average and one touchdown and six punts at 16.2 yards a pop and one score.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley running back Landyn Van Kekerix was named captian of the 3A all-state team. Van Kekerix ran for 707 yards and 18 touchdowns on 10.7 yards per carry and also caught 32 passes for 811 yards and 15 scores for the 3A state runner-up Comets.