Eight Herders selected for all-conference honors

Eight members of the Sweet Grass County football team earned all-state, first-team or second-team, all-conference honors for the 2017 season. 

Headlining the accolades were juniors Casey Gunlikson and Ethan Bullock, who each received all-state selections. 

Gunlikson flourished in the second half of the season, finishing out the year with 11 touchdowns (six rushing, two receiving, kick return, punt return and an interception return). Gunlikson amassed 449 rushing yards and 225 receiving yards, to be the secondary rusher and receiver for the Herders this year. 

Gunlikson was also named to the second-team, all-conference receiver list and second-team, all-conference special teams unit for kick returner. He was also a first-team selection as a defensive back (the only junior of the four selected). 

Bullock was stout lineman for the Herders and proved to be pivotal in his role each week. He was not only named to the all-state team, but was on the second-team, all-conference linemen squad, and a first-team, all-conference defensive end. 

Junior Shayden King also headlined linemen roles, with his first-team, all-conference selection to the offensive line and a second-team, all-conference selection to the defensive line. 

Senior Hayden Mosness found himself as the second-team, all-conference tight end and senior John Rennie was a second-team selection for running back. Rennie rushed for a team-best 951 regular-season yards and six touchdowns. 

Both senior Nathan Baker and junior Orry Carroccia made the second-team, all-conference linebacker squad, and Junior Mosness, a senior, was selected as the first-team kicker. 

The Herders were 6-4, (5-2 South Region) and were back in the Class B playoffs for the first time since 2010. A 32-20 loss to Huntley Project ended the season in the first round of the playoffs. 

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