Turner, Willis, Duwa recognized


CEDAR RAPIDS — There were some recognizable names from the Union area football teams when the Cedar Rapids Gazette named its All-Area Football Team Sunday.

Two Washington players and one Sigourney-Keota player received the honor of being named to The Gazette team.

Washington’s Luke Turner was named as one of three quarterbacks on the team. On defense, Washington’s Trashaun Willis was picked as one of six linebackers. Sigourney-Keota’s Brady Duwa was selected as one of five defensive backs.

Duwa, was a first team all-state selection as he finished tied for first in Class 1A in interceptions with nine. He was second in return yardage with 192 including one for a 70-yard touchdown.

Willis was a third team all-state selection last year as a sophomore and made second team this season. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound middle linebacker displayed speed in his game, finishing first on the Demons in tackles last season and second this season. He had 51 total tackles (32 solo and 38 assists) and tied for the team lead in tackles for loss with nine which included a sack. He also intercepted a pass.

Turner finished fourth in Class 3A with 2,819 yards of total offense. His 36 touchdowns were fifth and his 132 points scored placed him fourth. His 1,276 yards rushing was fifth. His 1,543 yards passing was 14th. The Demons led Class 3A in points per game with 41.9.

The other two quarterbacks on the team were opponents of the Demons this season — Solon’s Cam Miller and Western Dubuque’s Calvin Harris, who was named Player of the Year. He rushed for 12 touchdowns and passed for another 29, completing 67 percent of his throws for 2,246 yards. He threw only two interceptions. Miller was named Offensive Player of the Year.

MFL MarMac’s Dan Anderson was named Coach of the Year. His team went 10-1, a school record for wins, and made the state quarterfinals for the first time in school history.

Cedar Rapids Kennedy linebackers Cade Parker and Jay Oostendorp were Co-Defensive Players of the Year. Kennedy was 10-2 and made it to the semifinals.