After finishing the 2013 season at 4-6 overall, the Boonville Pirates football team finally had some good news come its way Wednesday when five players were selected to the North Central Missouri All-District Football Team in Class 3.
While going up against 10 other teams for all-district selections, the Pirates came away with two players named on the offensive side of the ball and three players selected on defense.
Boonville Pirates football coach Devin Brown said he thinks its tougher to get all-district because you have more teams in it and it's teams you don't play.
"It's a big deal obviously to get these guys on there because a lot of teams don't see these guys so they don't know who you are playing," Brown said. "I was a little disappointed with the all-conference selections because I thought we should have had one more on there, but for all-district and to get five I thought that was pretty good."
Of the five selections for the Pirates, three were first-team selections on the defensive side of the ball: senior Tyler Peterson at linebacker, senior Andrew Broyhill on the defensive line and junior Austin Hulbert at defensive back.
Meanwhile, on the offensive side of the ball, senior Jacob Francis was selected second-team all-district as a all-purpose player while senior Grady Kay was a second-team pick on the offensive line.
Peterson, a two-year starter for the Pirates, finished the season with a total of 180 tackles with 129 solo stops and 51 assisted tackles. Peterson also broke two records this past season for unassisted tackles in a single game with 19 against Hannibal. Jack McCush held the previous record with 18 unassisted tackles in 1996 against the Richmond Spartans.
Peterson also broke the record for most unassisted tackles in a season with 129. Wes Davis held the previous record back in 2011 with 103.
Broyhill, meanwhile, split time at both the defensive line and linebacker positions this past season and finished with 74 total tackles with 49 solo stops and 25 assisted tackles. He also had 12 tackles for losses, five hurries and one caused fumble.
As for Hulbert, he finished the season with a total of 69 tackles with 41 solo stops and 28 assisted tackles along with one fumble recovery.
As for the offensive side of the ball for Boonville, Francis did a little bit of everything for the Pirates while leading the team in both rushing and passes. On the ground, Francis rushed 99 times for 360 yards and four touchdowns. Meanwhile, in the air, the senior standout completed 103 of 206 passes for 1,280 yards with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Kay, meanwhile, paved the way for eight running backs who combined for over 1,000 yards rushing. He was also the top lineman, who protected Francis' blindside on the left side of the line.
Note: Other teams competing in the all-district selections were California 12-1, Centralia 9-2, Eldon 9-4, Fulton and Salem each at 5-6, North Callaway 4-6, Osage 3-7, Southern Boone 2-8, Owensville 1-9 and Versailles 0-10.