W-G gridders Vermaas, Sturgeon earn All-State honors

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Woodward-Granger's Tanner Vermaas would jam the ball over the goal line thanks to blocks from Brody Easter (71) and Joe Sturgeon (61) during a Homecoming win over Central Decatur Sept. 23. Vermaas and Sturgeon have both earned All-State honors from the INA.

WOODWARD — Senior running back Tanner Vermaas and junior offensive lineman Joe Sturgeon were both voted onto the Class 1A All-State Third Team by the Iowa Newspaper Association sportswriters Sunday.

Vermaas accounted for 70 percent of the rushing yards gained by the Hawks (3-6) this season, finishing with 1,367 yards on 221 carries, an average of 6.2 yards per rush. The 5-10, 198 hard-charger scored 21 of W-G’s 24 rushing touchdowns. He finishes his career with 3,062 yards and 34 TDs on 536 carries.



Sturgeon was a key factor in plowing the road for Vermaas. His efforts in the trenches helped W-G rush for 1,952 yards and 24 TDs while also accumulating 825 yards and six TDs through the air.

The full details of the INA voting are available at https://inanews.com/news-room-resources/2016-allstate-football-teams-announced/

Joe Sturgeon (61), Jackson Newland (50) and Austin Scharlau (24) lead Tanner Vermaas (28) on a sweep during Woodward-Granger's season opener at Madrid Friday after a pitch from quarterback Brendan Bird (14).
Joe Sturgeon (61), Jackson Newland (50) and Austin Scharlau (24) lead Tanner Vermaas (28) on a sweep during Woodward-Granger’s season opener at Madrid Friday after a pitch from quarterback Brendan Bird (14).
W-G defenders Joe Sturgeon (61) and Tanner Vermaas (28) stuff Central Decatur's Rayden Boswell at the line of scrimmage Sept. 23.
W-G defenders Joe Sturgeon (61) and Tanner Vermaas (28) stuff Central Decatur’s Rayden Boswell at the line of scrimmage Sept. 23.
W-G junior Joe Sturgeon (left) and senior Tanner Vermaas were selected by the INA for Class 1A Third Team All-State honors Sunday.
W-G junior Joe Sturgeon (left) and senior Tanner Vermaas were selected by the INA for Class 1A Third Team All-State honors Sunday.

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