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Fifteen Raiders get All-Frontier nods, led by Dodge

WHITEFISH, Mont. — Austin Dodge completed a career sweep of Frontier Offensive Player of the Year awards to lead 15 Southern Oregon Raiders on the all-conference list, which was voted on by Frontier coaches and released Thursday by the league office.

Receiver Dylan Young and lineman Drew Gibson joined Dodge on the All-Frontier offensive first team. Receivers Matt and Ryan Retzlaff, lineman Max Proudfit and center Ronald Rylance were second-team offense.

Defensively, defense end Daniel Breaux and defensive back were on the first team, while linebackers Heston Altenbach and Laurence Calcagno, defensive back Karrington Jones and lineman Joseph Lealofi were on the second team.

Kicker Aldrick Rosas was first-team special teams, and punter Thomas Giddens was selected to the second team.

Dodge leads the NAIA again this year at 354 passing yards per game, throwing 41 touchdown passes and eight interceptions at a 65.8-percent completion rate. With 4,248 passing yards, this is his third consecutive 4,000-yard season. He’s been held under 300 passing yards just twice in 12 games and tossed multiple TD passes in all but one.

Young, who is SOU’s new career TD catch record-holder (29), has 18 TD catches this season with an average of 118.1 yards per game. Ryan Retzlaff leads the team in receptions at 76, racking up 10 scores and 95.2 yards per game, while Matt Retzlaff has 39 catches for 487 yards and four TDs.

Gibson, Proudfit and Rylance are responsible for helping the Raiders to an average of 5.3 yards per rush, and for allowing Dodge to be sacked only 21 times.

Fretwell, SOU’s shutdown corner, has one interception and 35 tackles to his credit, while Breaux has 60 tackles and four sacks from the line. Calcagno (127) and Altenbach (108) were among the country’s leaders in tackles, Lealofi has 40 tackles in his first season as a Raider, and Jones has snagged two interceptions.

Rosas has been just as valuable as the nations leading scorer among kickers — making 12 field goals, including five of 30-plus yards, and 67 of 68 point-after tries — as he’s been on the kickoff team, where 63 of his 91 kickoffs have gone for touchbacks. Giddens is averaging 41.8 yards per punt with a long of 66, sticking six inside the 20-yard line.

Carroll linebacker Sean Blomquist repeated as the Frontier Defensive Player of the Year. Carroll’s Mike Van Diest and Eastern Oregon’s Tim Camp were the Co-Coaches of the Year.