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November 29, 2018 Trey Lasek given All-State honors
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It has been a whirlwind of a season for Highland quarterback and defensive back Trey Lasek. This week it wrapped up with third-team All-State honors and an interception in the River Battle Bowl, an all-star game between high school seniors from Iowa and Nebraska.

“It’s a huge honor. It is the first time I’ve been All-State and I think anytime you get something like that it’s a big honor,” he said.

Lasek was given the at-large spot on the third-team offense. The at-large spot is given to a player that maybe doesn’t fit the traditional football mold. Lasek certainly doesn’t as he was able to beat teams with his feet and his arm this season. He was one of two quarterbacks in Class A to throw for more than 1,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards. The other, Nick Jacobs from Akron-Westfield was named the second-team All-State quarterback.

Lasek scored touchdowns four different ways this season — 10 passing, 18 rushing, one receiving and one defensive touchdown. He also set the career-rushing record at Highland with 2,695 career rushing yards.

On defense, Lasek was tied for second in Class A for interceptions with six overall with his touchdown coming on a 100-yard return. Lasek had 45.5 total tackles this season.

Despite all his individual accolades, Lasek said without his teammates none of this would have been possible.

“A huge shoutout goes to my team, because if we hadn’t made it deep into the playoffs I don’t think I would get that spot,” he said.

Lasek said his most memorable moment this season was hitting Mason McFarland on a 17-yard pass for a touchdown and then hitting McFarland for a two-point conversion on the next play to set a comeback against Lynnville-Sully in motion. It was that game that set the Huskies on a course to reach the Class A quarterfinals.

The River Battle Bowl was won by Nebraska 35-20, but Lasek had a few big plays during the game played in Sioux Falls. He only saw the field on defense, but made an impact there with one pass break up and an interception early in the fourth quarter.

“It was one of my favorite interceptions I’ve ever had. I was playing centerfield as a safety and they definitely thought they had a touchdown, but I came over and highpointed,” Lasek said.

He said the experience playing against some of the region’s top players was great.

“It was really competitive, even at practice it got a lot of chippy. We didn’t have a lot of time to gel, but I thought our defense learned on the fly,” Lasek said.

The game was good recruiting exposure for Lasek, who with a stellar season this year, has put himself into the college football recruiting mix.

“I’ve had the opportunity to visit a lot of good colleges and I’m trying to find the right fit for me right now,” Lasek said. “I’m trying to put myself in the best situation to have the most success at the highest level I can.”

Now, he said, the waiting game begins as colleges end their seasons and ramp up their recruiting efforts.

No matter where Lasek lands next year, his senior season was one of the best in Highland football history.

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