GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Each year KARE 11's Randy Shaver selects the post-season All-Metro Prep Football team. This is the 32nd year of the team.
Here is the 2018 All-Metro Defensive team:
WILL MOSTAERT, Lakeville North, Sr.
Will is 6 feet 4 inches and 245 pounds and nearly impossible to block. Will has 66 tackles, 18 for losses. He was among the three players named defensive player of the year in the Metro South district. Will is headed to North Dakota State on scholarship.
ELI MOSTAERT, Lakeville North, Sr.
Will's twin brother Eli is also 6 feet 4 inches and 245 pounds with great speed and a motor that doesn't stop. Eli has 66 tackles including 7 sacks. He was named tri-defensive player of the year in the Metro South. He too is headed to North Dakota State.
KYLE ATKINSON, Burnsville, Sr.
Kyle is the third player of the trio named Metro South defensive player of the year. Atkinson is 6 feet 2 inches and 285 pounds. He squats over 450 pounds which makes him so tough to move on the line of scrimmage. Atkinson finished with 52 tackles, 8 1/2 for losses with 3 sacks.
MITCH HENDRICKSON, Holy Angels, Sr.
Defensive end Mitch Hendrickson led the state in sacks this season. The 6 foot 2 inch, 205-pound senior finished with 13 1/2 sacks. He was relentless making 68 tackles, 15 for losses. Mitch was named the Suburban Red Defensive player of the year.
LUCAS BECKER, Blaine, Sr.
Blaine's Lucas Becker is 6 feet 4 inches and 260 pounds and he’s having a great season. Becker is regarded as one of the best defensive linemen to ever come out of Blaine high school. Becker has 55 tackles, nine for losses with seven sacks.
CADE PLATH, Chanhassen, Sr.
Our All Metro linebackers are led by Chanhassen tackle machine Cade Plath at 6 feet 215 pounds. Plath made 141 tackles this fall which is a single season Chanhassen record. The senior led the state in tackles through the regular season. He was named Defensive MVP in the Suburban White.
JOE ROSSEBO, Woodbury, Sr.
Woodbury linebacker Joe Rossebo was voted Metro East defensive player of the year. The senior backer, at 5 feet 11 inches, 205 pounds led Woodbury to a #1 seed in the 6A playoffs. He finished with 95 tackles, 11 for losses. A smart, tough, instinctive player.
PAYTON SHAFER, Park Cottage Grove, Sr.
Park high linebacker Payton Shafer was a fabulous three-year starter for the Wolfpack. He was named the Suburban Maroon defensive player of the year. Shafer who is 6 feet 1 inch, 205 pounds, finished with 115 tackles, 10 for losses. He will play football at South Dakota State next fall.
COLLIN PENN, Eden Prairie, Sr.
Eden Prairie's Collin Penn is 6 feet 200 pounds, a two-year starter for a perennial 6A power. He's got great football instincts with a high-flying motor. He was relentless sideline-to-sideline. Penn has 83 tackles, nine for losses. A somewhat unsung hero who's made a lot of big plays for a tough Eden Prairie team.
JASON KAUL, Blaine, Sr.
Our All Metro secondary is led by Blaine's ball-hawk senior Jason Kaul. Kaul has five interceptions this fall. He's a big safety at 6 feet 4 inches 200 pounds and he packs a punch. Kaul has made 62 tackles in leading a very good Blaine defense.
MARCUS SHEPLEY, Burnsville, Sr.
Burnsville senior Marcus Shepley did it all for the Blaze in his three years as a starter. At 6 feet 1 inch, 175 pounds, Shepley was a true ball-hawk. He finished the season with 7 interceptions, 15 in the last two years. He's also a great punter. Just a fabulous all-around player.
OMAR BROWN, Minneapolis North, Jr.
Teams did not throw at Minneapolis North senior cornerback Omar Brown. The 6 feet, 180-pound senior was voted the Twin City Red defensive player of the year. Brown is a fabulous all-around player and he's being recruited Division I.
CRAIG MCDONALD, SMB, Sr.
S.M.B. Wolfpack junior Craig McDonald is a fabulous all-around player. McDonald is 6 feet 2 inches, 185 pounds with Division I potential. He has 34 tackles and three interceptions. McDonald has D-I offers from the Gophers, Iowa State, Iowa and Purdue.