Brookfield Central finished this past football season with a 7-3 overall record, tied for second in the Greater Metro Conference with a 5-2 record.
"We had a very good year," coach Jamie Meulemans said. "Our team chemistry was really great. The seniors that led the team helped us accomplish what we did. We lost a lot last year.
"They set the tone and the juniors followed their lead. These things have been going on since 2000. They pass on the tradition."
Meulemans was quick to point out the highlights.
"We had back-to-back wins over Brookfield East and Marquette and made a good run at the conference title."
Central announced their team award winners Sunday and the names were familiar to local football fans.
Senior quarterback Riley Richarz was named the Most Valuable Player for the offense and defensive back Terry Wallen was the MVP for the defense.
The Most Improved awards went to junior running back Matt Patterson on offense and defensive back Noah Eyrise on defense.
The Defensive Lineman of The Year went to junior Mattias Hoehnen, and Wallen was the Defensive Back of The Year.
The Offensive Lineman of The Year was senior Luke Rasmussen, and the Offensive Back of The Year went to DeMario Harris.
The Lancer Pride Award — one for each class — went to sophomore Brandon Hughes, junior George Panos and senior Mike Meves.
Several Lancers also earned all-conference mention on some level.
The top honor went to Rasmussen, who was first team and the Offensive Lineman of the Year.
Harris made the first team at running back for the third year in a row.
Wallen (defensive back), Tevin Melton (defensive end) and Steve Knopp (placekicker) were also first-team selections.
Second-team selections went to junior linebacker Mitchell Ahmad and junior defensive linemen Hoehnen.
Senior offensive tackle Dan Faust and Richarz at quarterback, Maves at defensive back and senior Jack Knetter at wide receiver were honorable mention.
Scholar athletes were Knetter, Knopp, Rasmussen, Wallen, Peter Fox, Aaron Hizmi, Gunnar Malensek, Drew Peterson and James Wartman.
Rasmussen, Wallen, Harris, Eyrise and Meves were named captains.
The Lancers will lose 28 seniors: Eyrise, Faust, Harris, Knetter, Knopp, Malensek, Melton, Meves, Peterson, Rasmussen, Richarz, Terry Wallen, Andrew Brath, T.J. Brown, Alex Espada, Peter Fox, Josh Gerhard, Jake Giersch, Aaron Hammond, Aaron Hizmi, Connor Koscielniak, Matt Liewen, Jake Murray, Justin Pegg, Brad Seridas, Anthony Trapp, Jerry Valdes and James Wartman.
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