Editor's note: Dennis Semrau covers prep sports for ESPN Madison 100.5 FM.
Kimberly head coach Steve Jones continues to find ways to challenge a program with the nation’s longest high school winning streak.
The Papermakers under Jones have won 56 straight games and four straight WIAA titles, which is why Jones was named the Wisconsin Associated Press High School Coach of the Year on Thursday.
The AP’s Wisconsin player of the year is Brookfield East’s Sam Santiago-Lloyd, a senior tailback who ran for 197 yards and a state all-division record five touchdowns in the 42-36 victory over Monona Grove to win the Division 2 championship on Nov. 19.
A few hours later, the Papermakers hoisted another Division 1 trophy after rallying to beat Franklin 29-14. Kimberly (14-0) scored the final 29 points of the game to complete a fourth straight undefeated season. The Papermakers earned their third straight Division 1 crown after winning the Division 2 title in 2013.
Santiago-Lloyd rushed for 1,861 yards and 27 touchdowns on 292 carries this season. That included a highlight-reel performance in his final high school game with a division-record 37 carries.
Imagine what Santiago-Lloyd could have accomplished if he wasn’t bothered by a high ankle sprain. The injury forced him to wear a walking boot and miss practice the week leading into the game.
But Santiago-Lloyd was more than willing and able to deliver a record-setting performance to help Brookfield East win its first state championship in its state finals debut.
Division 2 state runner-up Monona Grove placed three players on the AP All-State team in senior placekicker Collin Larsh, a preferred UW walk-on who earned first-team honors, senior defensive back Jarrett Maier, a second-team selection, and junior quarterback Alec Ogden, who received honorable mention recognition.
Middleton senior offensive lineman Kayden Lyles was one of six Big Eight Conference players to be honored. A University of Wisconsin recruit who is planning to enroll in school in January, Lyles was one of two unanimous first-team selections. Kimberly senior offensive lineman Logan Bruss, also a University of Wisconsin recruit, was also a unanimous selection.
Also earning first-team honors was Janesville Parker senior defensive lineman Juan Harris. Madison West senior wide receiver Terrell Carey earned second-team honors.
Verona senior tight end Hunter Bourne and defensive end T.J. Hollis and Sun Prairie senior outside linebacker Marty Strey received honorable mention honors.
Waunakee had two all-state selections in senior defensive back Tyler Mais, who earned first-team honors for the second straight season, and offensive lineman Blake Smithback, who was accorded second-team honors.
Division 4 state runner-up River Valley placed two players on the All-State team in senior Ryan Wickman, who earned second-team honors as an all-purpose player, and senior quarterback Elijah Alt, who received honorable mention accolades.
Columbus senior offensive lineman Josh Seltzner earned second-team honors. Also representing the Capitol North Conference were Lake Mills junior quarterback Ben Dunkleberger and Lodi senior linebacker Alex Mashak, who both received honorable mention honors.
Fort Atkinson senior running back Preston Strasburg and Evansville/Albany senior defensive back Chase Katzenmeyer also received honorable mention recognition.
Eight-man football standout Obi Iwuagwu, a senior running back from Madison Abundant Life/St. Ambrose, was also an all-state honorable mention selection.
Darlington, which finished as the Division 6 state runner-up for the fourth straight year, placed three players on the All-State team.
Cousins Hunter Johnson, a senior running back who has accepted a preferred walk-on offer from Wisconsin, and senior Trevor Johnson, an all-purpose selection, were named to the first team. Senior inside linebacker Jesse Sturtz was a second-team pick.
2016 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR -- Sam Santiago-Lloyd, Brookfield East
COACH OF THE YEAR – Steve Jones, Kimberly
x - unanimous selection
OFFENSE FIRST TEAM
QB – Danny Vanden Boom, 6-5, 190, Sr., Kimberly
RB – Hunter Johnson, 6-1, 211, Sr., Darlington
RB – Sam Santiago-Lloyd, 5-11, 235, Sr., Brookfield East
RB – D.J. Stewart, 6-0, 172, Jr., Kimberly
x-OL – Logan Bruss, 6-5, 265, Sr., Kimberly (unanimous)
x-OL – Kayden Lyles, 6-4, 320, Sr., Middleton (unanimous)
OL – Tyler Beach, 6-6, 295, Sr., Port Washington
OL – Alex Fenton, 6-5, 285, Sr., Menomonie
OL – Jordan Gallagher, 6-5, 275, Sr., Racine Horlick
WR/TE – Reid Hilbelink, 6-2, 180, Sr., Cedar Grove-Belgium
WR/TE – Zach Clayton, 6-2, 230, Sr., Oconomowoc
PK – Collin Larsh, 6-0, 180, Sr., Monona Grove
ALL-PURPOSE – Trevor Johnson, 6-1, 192, Sr., Darlington
ALL-PURPOSE – Caiden Haake, 6-3, 215, Sr., Pepin/Alma
OFFENSE SECOND TEAM
QB – Josh Weiss, 6-3, 200, Sr., Cedar Grove-Belgium
RB – Nate Ihlenfeldt, 5-11, 180, Sr., Green Bay Notre Dame
RB – Seth Wilson, 5-11, 195, Sr., Holmen
RB – Evan Gates, 6-2, 185, Jr., Lancaster
OL – Blake Smithback, 6-3, 282, Sr., Waunakee
OL – Jacob Erdman, 6-4, 285, Sr., Stevens Point
OL – Isaac Benner, 6-4, 310, Sr., Chippewa Falls
OL – Josh Seltzner, 6-6, 300, Sr., Columbus
OL – Mohammed Elazazy, 6-5, 310, Sr., Menasha
WR/TE – Terrell Carey, 6-1, 192, Sr., Madison West
WR/TE – Jalen Sample, 6-4, 190, Sr., Onalaska
PK – Eric Fridl, 5-8, 163, Sr., Waukesha Catholic Memorial
ALL-PURPOSE – Ryan Wickman, 6-1,175, Sr., River Valley
ALL-PURPOSE – Bryce Herlache, 5-9, 190, Sr., Wrightstown
DEFENSE FIRST TEAM
DL – Aaron Vopal, 6-7, 290, Sr., De Pere
DL – Michael Buetow, 6-1, 275, Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs
DL – Juan Harris, 6-3, 370, Sr., Janesville Parker
DE/OLB – Logan McCormick, 6-3, 230, Sr., Kimberly
DE/OLB – Jaylen Campbell, 6-1, 196, Sr., Waukesha Catholic Memorial
ILB – Matt Lorbeck, 6-3, 225, Sr., Bay Port
ILB – C.J. Goetz, 6-5, 225, Jr., Waukesha Catholic Memorial
ILB – Tanner Johnson, 6-0, 195, Osceola
DB – Tyler Mais, 6-3, 198, Sr., Waunakee
DB – Trent Ingalls, 6-2, 180, Jr., Menasha
DB – Mike Oechsner, 6-0, 181, Sr., Waukesha Catholic Memorial
PUNTER – Anthony (A.J.) Hendrickson, 6-5,180, Sr., Pecatonica-Argyle
DEFENSE SECOND TEAM
DL – Hawk Wimmer, 6-4, 303, Sr., Franklin
DL – Matt Henningsen, 6-5, 270, Sr., Menomonee Falls
DL – Nathan Schultz, 6-4, 275, Sr., Hartland Arrowhead
DE/OLB – Michael Bruner, 6-3, 210, Jr., Mequon Homestead
DE/OLB – Noah Harvey, 6-3, 215, Sr., Hartland Arrowhead
ILB – Cale Hannusch, 6-3, 225, Sr., Chippewa Falls
ILB – Austin Mozdzen, 5-10, 200, Germantown
ILB – Jesse Sturtz, 5-10, 215, Sr., Darlington
DB – Jarrett Maier, 5-11, 175, Sr., Monona Grove
DB – Jake Goodman, 6-0, 170, Sr., Menomonie
DB – Jake Weber, 5-11, 180, Sr., Bay Port
PUNTER – Johnny Santaga, 6-1, 185, Sr., Green Bay Notre Dame
Jace LaBuda, QB, sr., Menomonie
Trevor Nelson, DE/TE, Sr., Saint Croix Central
Noel Ortiz, RB/DE, Sr., Eau Claire Regis
Dawson Davis, QB, Sr., Chetek-Weyerhaeuser
Seth Hause, QB, Sr., Stanley-Boyd
Ben Dunkleberger, QB, Jr., Lake Mills
Alec Ogden, QB, Jr., Monona Grove
Preston Strasburg, RB, Sr., Fort Atkinson
Alex Mashak, LB, Sr., Lodi
Chase Katzenmeyer, DB, Sr., Evansville/Albany
Fintan Floyd, RB, Sr., Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs
Jack Werch, All-Purpose, Sr., Berlin
Austin Goehring, DE, Sr., Kiel
Beau Goudreau, DB, Sr., Sheboygan Falls
Donte Johnson, DL, Sr., Fond du Lac
Obi Iwuagwu, RB, Sr., Madison Abundant Life/St. Ambrose
Marty Strey, OLB, Sr., Sun Prairie
Hunter Bourne, TE, Sr., Verona
Elijah Alt, QB, Sr., River Valley
T.J. Hollis, DE, Sr., Verona
Brayton Duin, QB, Sr., Onalaska
Butch Haines, LB, Sr., Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau
Garrett Krueger, OL, Jr., Bangor
Jacob Lallemont, DL, Sr., Arcadia
Javon Whitesell, DL, Sr., La Crosse Logan
Reggie Jennings, OLB, Jr., Brookfield Central
Ryan Zuern, RB, Sr., Hartford
Ben Nienhuis, QB, Sr., Oconomowoc
Seth Bickett, DL, Jr., Pewaukee
Jake Powell, DE, Sr., Arrowhead
Matt Szeszol, DE, Sr., Lake Geneva Badger
Ethan Cesarz, ILB, Sr., Delavan-Darien
Latron Kirk-Sprewer, DE, Sr., Franklin
Joe Garcia, RB, Jr., Racine Horlick
Matt Nelson, QB, Sr., Union Grove
Mike Singer, DL, Sr, Amherst
Alec Hafferman, RB, Sr., Edgar
Brock Halopka, RB, Sr. Abbotsford
Brandon Piotrowski, QB, Sr, Amherst
Joe Duty, QB, Sr., Adams-Friendship
Tyler Staerkel, LB, Sr., Kimberly
Dalton Smerchek, All-purpose, Sr., Luxemburg-Casco
Josh Nieves, DB, Sr., Appleton West
Kevin Ruechel, OL, Sr., Pulaski
Patrick Ourada, RB, Jr., Appleton West
Josh Dorschner, DE, Sr., Neenah