Defensive line º Notre Dame
6-foot-3 º 200 º Senior
Inside the numbers: One part of QND's "sack brothers," Becker played a huge role in helping the Raiders reach the Class 3A state semifinals. He finished with 69 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, seven sacks, one interception returned for a touchdown and two blocked punts that were recovered for touchdowns.
Defensive line º Central
6-foot-1 º 345 º Senior
Inside the numbers: The WIVC coaches did exactly what you'd think they would do against the space-eater. They ran away from him. Buehler still managed to rack up 45 tackles, five tackles for loss and one forced fumble. Others had better stats, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a defender who changed offensive gameplans more.
Defensive line º Quincy
6-foot-1 º 220 º Senior
Inside the numbers: One of the Blue Devils' top wrestlers at the upper weights, Lackey used his ability to gain leverage and drive to be a menace off the edge. He amassed 19 solo tackles, four tackles for loss and three sacks, while forcing a fumble and giving QHS a physical pass rusher.
Defensive line º Palmyra
6-foot-2 º 225 º Junior
Inside the numbers: A first-team All-Clarence Cannon Conference selection and a second-team Missouri Football Coaches Association all-state pick, King gave the Panthers a constant presence in the opponents' backfield. He finished with 86 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and 13 sacks.
Defensive line º Notre Dame
6-foot-1 º 230 º Junior
Inside the numbers: A first-team Illinois High School Football Coaches Association all-state selection, Marth became a dominant edge rusher as he finished with 87 total tackles, 18 tackles for loss, nine sacks, four forced fumbles and one interception returned for a touchdown.
Linebacker º Central
6-foot-1 º 170 º Senior
Inside the numbers: While opponents ran away from Remington Buehler, they couldn't avoid Mueller, who was as quick sideline-to-sideline as he was to the point of attack. He piled up 114 tackles with 53 solo stops to go along with three passes broken up, one fumble recovery and four tackles for loss.
Linebacker º Clark County
5-foot-11 º 240 º Senior
Inside the numbers: A second-team Class 2 all-state selection who proved to be the big thumper in the middle most coaches anchor a defense around, Schorr led the Indians to the state semifinals by racking up 87 tackles, 40 solo stops, 17 tackles for loss, six sacks, four forced fumbles and one interception.
Linebacker º Quincy
6-foot º 210 º Senior
Inside the numbers: The Blue Devils' only first-team All-Western Big Six Conference selection on either side of the ball, Wilson was involved in consistently making plays throughout the season. He led QHS with 60 total tackles, 40 solo tackles and four tackles for loss.
Linebacker º South Shelby
5-foot-11 º 220 º Senior
Inside the numbers: Wilt put a stamp on a remarkable career with first-team Class 1 all-state honors. He finished his four-year varsity career with 349 tackles after making 133 tackles this season with 98 solo stops. He also had 22 tackles for loss.
Defensive back º Hannibal
5-foot-11 º 160 º Junior
Inside the numbers: Dudley's recovery speed made him one of the best defensive backs in the area, as well as a dynamic punt returner. He returned two punts for touchdowns during a third-team all-state campaign. He finished with 35 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Defensive back º Palmyra
5-foot-10 º 175 º Senior
Inside the numbers: Every defense needs a big hitter at safety, and Hinkle gave that to the Panthers. He finished the season with 63 tackles, 30 solo stops, 22 tackles for loss, five sacks and one interception while earning second-team all-state honors from the Missouri Football Coaches Association.
Defensive back º Clark County
5-foot-11 º 175 º Senior
Inside the numbers: Known mainly for his exploits offensively, which earned him all-state plaudits and Player of the Year honors, Lapsley's ability to impact a game defensively was often overlooked. He led the Indians with 100 tackles, 45 solo stops, four passes broken up and two tackles for loss.
Defensive back º Unity-Payson
6-foot º 175 º Senior
Inside the numbers: Few patroled the defensive backfield from the safety position better than Presser, who finished with five interceptions and 48 total tackles in just eight games. He made 19 solo tackles and two tackles for loss in helping the Mustangs reach the Class 2A playoffs.
Defensive back º Monroe City
5-foot-11 º 175 º Sophomore
Inside the numbers: Called a more athletic version of two-time Monroe City all-stater Dawson Shively, Talton's first season on varsity ended with second-team all-state honors after he amassed 53 tackles, five tackles for loss, seven passes broken up and four interceptions.