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Hickman and Rock Bridge both had successful football seasons this year and it showed Tuesday when the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association announced its all-state teams.
The Kewpies and Bruins were well represented with two selections each on the Class 6 team. Hickman linebacker Aaron Cawlfield and Rock Bridge defensive end John Stull, both of whom have given Missouri a verbal commitment for next season, were among those named.
Also named were Hickman senior cornerback Andrew Wier and Rock Bridge junior offensive tackle Jeremy Guier.
After a breakthrough season in 2004, Cawlfield earned his second all-state honor this season. He led the Kewpies in tackles with 80 and sacks with six.
Stull made the team in his first season of varsity football. He missed all of the 2004 season because of a freak injury in the preseason, but returned to give the Bruins a physical presence on defense. He had an area-best nine sacks along with 67 tackles for the Bruins.
“Last year at this time, I didn’t really expect to come out with an honor like this,” Stull said. “It really shows how much hard work pays off.”
After switching from tight end to tackle this season, Guier became the Bruins’ most consistent blocker. He protected quarterback Logan Gray’s backside at left tackle, helping the Bruins offense become one of the most explosive in the state. Guier also lined up opposite Stull at defensive end and finished third in tackles for the Bruins.
“Whenever I was next to him I knew he would take his assignments and that I could count on him,” Stull said of Guier.
As a first-year starter, Wier became the Kewpies’ most versatile player. He was the teams’ third-leading receiver, returned punts and was even the Kewpies’ deep snapper. But he clearly made his mark at cornerback with an area-best eight interceptions.