All-American Danny Samson and a stifling defense propelled the Central football team back above the .500 mark yet again.
He also recorded three of Central’s 11 blocked kicks—the second-most in Division III—and made 45 tackles overall. Samson was also a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award as the nation’s top small college defensive player.
Central was 6-4—the school’s 50th winning season since 1961, closing the year with a 21-7 triumph over preseason league favorite Coe. All four of Central’s losses were by four points or less.
Junior defensive back Eric Larson joined Samson on the all-region team and both were first-team all-conference picks along with junior running back Josh Osborn, senior linebacker Mike Young, senior defensive end Jack Shipley and junior kicker Kevin Sheldon. Second-team selections were senior offensive lineman Travis Hook, senior defensive back Jake Edleman and senior linebacker Keith Rush.