Junior defensive lineman Braden Simonsen played a key role in the Ankeny football team’s run to the Class 4A state title last month.
Simonsen made 37 tackles for the Hawks, who boasted one of the state’s best defensive units. He had 16 solo tackles, 14.5 for losses and four sacks.
Simonsen also filled in at tight end during the playoffs when teammate Weston Fulk suffered an injury. “Braden had hardly even practiced on offense,” said Ankeny coach Rick Nelson.
Simonsen was named to the Class 4A all-state third team by the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association. He was also a second-team all-district selection.