Today, four outstanding young men representing the DCG Football program signed their national letters of intent signaling their commitment to play college football next fall. They are:
Trent Carpenter Minnesota State University
Miciah Hidlebaugh Grand View University
Tanner Epple Southwest Minnesota State
Damon Clapper University of Northwestern, St. Paul
Each of the individuals above have had memorable careers with the Mustangs and we wish them all the best as they pursue the next level of football. Below is a brief review of each individual player:
Trent Carpenter 6'3 215 LB
Carpenter was a stand out for the Mustang defense this past season. Garnering 1st Team All District, District Defensive MVP, and First Team All State – he was the most decorated of the Mustangs this past fall. 97 tackles, 2 INT's, 2 sacks, and 7 TFL was the stat line of this imposing middle linebacker.
DCG head coach Scott Heitland says this about Carpenter:
"MSU is getting one outstanding football player in Trent. He plays with great aggressiveness, has great instincts on the field, and will be an outstanding leader in the locker room."
Miciah Hidlebaugh 6'2 230 OL
Hidlebaugh was a 3-year starter on the offensive line for the Mustangs, helping pave the way for many successful backs during this time. His game was taken to a new level this past year which was reflected with All District honors and a 3rd Team All State recognition.
DCG head coach Scott Heitland says "Miciah really found his stride this past season playing some of the most consistent football of his career. His ability to finish plays down the field was a great help to our offensive unit. Grand View is getting a kid who really loves to play the game of football."
Tanner Epple 5'10 175 RB/WR
Epple was an electrifying player the past two seasons and played his best ball in the biggest games this past season. He proved to be a durable ball carrier and a real threat out of the backfield in the pass game. His 1,105 rushing yards and 16 TD's resulted in one of the best seasons by a DCG back in the past 5 seasons. He also added 252 yards receiving as well.
"Tanner is a versatile threat on the offensive side of the ball", says Coach Heitland. "He has great vision and when catching the ball out of the backfield has the moves and instincts to be a big play guy. SMS will love what he brings!"
Damon Clapper 6'2 205 QB
Damon completes his DCG career as one of the most successful QB's in school history. He was 18-6 as a starter over the past three seasons and threw for 1,072 yards this year along with 769 yards rushing. He was responsible for 20 TD's on the year for the Mustang offense. Clapper leadership on the field was a big part of the success DCG enjoyed in route to a 10-1 season in 2018.
Coach Heitland commented that, "Clapper will be a tremendous addition to their roster next fall. His ability to run and throw as a QB makes him a real threat and he has a toughness at the position that not many others possess and his leadership is outstanding."
Congratulations to these outstanding young men on their successful careers at Dallas Center-Grimes and we wish them all the best as they continue their career's on the college gridiron next fall.