116 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
Marcus Beatty made a lot of moves, set a lot of records on the football field.
But that’s not what he’ll remember the most.
“It’s the locker room,” he said. “That’s what I’ll always remember about Friday nights.”
And there wasn’t a locker-room scene more memorable for Beatty than the one he was a part of at Van Horne in late October.
“Pregame, we were all locked in,” he said. “Postgame, we celebrated, a lot.”
It was there that Beatty carried the ball 45 times for a school-record 319 yards and three touchdowns. And it was there that Independence enjoyed a postseason victory, 26-6 over Benton Community.
Beatty, who finished his season with 2,334 rushing yards and his career with 4,354, is The Gazette’s offensive player of the year.
Waukon’s Lincoln Snitker earned defensive-player-of-the-year honors after leading the Indians back to the UNI-Dome and the Class 2A state semifinals.
He is Waukon’s second straight Gazette DPOY, following 2020 selection Brennan Sweeney.
Class 5A state semifinalist Iowa City High and 4A runner-up Cedar Rapids Xavier led the honor team with four representatives apiece on the 40-man roster.
Cedar Rapids Kennedy, a 5A quarterfinalist, had three selections. Cedar Rapids Prairie, Cedar Rapids Washington, East Buchanan, Linn-Mar, Monticello, Solon, Waukon, West Delaware and Williamsburg landed two apiece.
Beatty has been a key part of one of the best eras of Independence football history. The Mustangs enjoyed an unbeaten regular season when he was a sophomore, then went 9-2 and reached the Class 3A quarterfinals this fall.
“Playing with those guys when I was a sophomore, it helped me become a leader for these guys,” said Beatty, who will play baseball at Iowa Western Community College.
Indee Coach Justin Putz called Beatty “one of the best football players to come out of here, he’s that good.
“He’s physical. He’s fast. He’s a great competitor. He’ll do whatever we need him to do, even if it’s 45 carries against Benton, whatever.”
Beatty ran for 458 yards as a sophomore, 1,515 as a junior, 2,334 in his final campaign.
Snitker was part of Waukon’s 2A state-championship team as a junior, and one of just a handful of returning starters this year.
The Indians lost their opener to Decorah, won 10 straight to return to the UNI-Dome, then fell to Southeast Valley in the semifinals.
“It was a challenging role to step into as a senior,” Snitker said. “But once we got the kids around us to figure out their roles, we knew we could be successful.”
Snitker was a two-way standout. In addition to his 79.5 tackles (15 for loss) and four interceptions on defense, he ran for 861 yards and 11 touchdowns, and caught 34 passes for 589 yards and seven TDs.
“He reads really quick, he’s fast to the ball,” Waukon Coach Chad Beermann said. “I don’t know if our tackle totals are accurate. He may have gotten shorted a few.
“Lincoln is our signal caller. He made all of our adjustments for the defense. He sets our front and handles our coverage checks. He’s a kid that is constantly learning, processing as the game goes along.
“If a team sneaks in a route, the second or third time he has seen it, it’s probably going to be a pick.”
The Gazette’s 2021 All-Area Football Team
Gabe Kopriva, 5-10, 160, sr., North Tama
Alex Neal, 6-1, 190, sr., Cedar Rapids Xavier
Brandon Vlcko, 6-3, 185, sr., Cedar Rapids Prairie
Marcus Beatty, 5-9, 200, sr., Independence
Carter Henderson, 6-0, 190, jr., Linn-Mar
Pat Hennessy, 6-1, 175, sr., Waukon
Cade Molyneux, 5-9, 180, sr., Sigourney-Keota
Harrison Rosenberg, 6-2, 170, sr., Clear Creek Amana
Caleb Sauser, 5-10, 175, sr., Monticello
Jake Weber, 5-10, 180, sr., Williamsburg
Brenden Linde, 6-4, 215, sr., Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Gabe Burkle, 6-7, 240, sr., Cedar Rapids Prairie
Cody Fox, 6-4, 260, soph., East Buchanan
Ethan Mills, 6-1, 270, sr., Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Luke Reth, 6-5, 227, jr., West Delaware
Aaron Stalkfleet, 5-10, 230, sr., Iowa City High
Austin Hilmer, 5-10, 175, sr., North Linn
Darren Richardson, 5-11, 195, sr., Iowa City High
Sean Stahle, 5-10, 162, jr., Solon
Trysten Vasquez, 6-3, 200, sr., Cedar Rapids Xavier
Owen Douglas, 5-10, 180, jr., Williamsburg
Luke Gaffney, 6-3, 245, sr., Linn-Mar
Jason Koopman, 5-11, 155, sr., Dyersville Beckman
Gage Marty, 6-0, 245, sr., Solon
Aidan Udell, 5-10, 195, sr., Iowa City Regina
Adam Hackett, 6-0, 175, sr., East Buchanan
Ben Kueter, 6-1, 192, jr., Iowa City High
Chase Mahoney, 6-2, 195, jr., Cedar Rapids Washington
Lincoln Snitker, 5-11, 205, sr., Waukon
Thomas Sundell, 5-10, 175, jr., Cedar Rapids Xavier
Wyatt Voelker, 6-0, 215, sr., West Delaware
Jacob Brecht, 6-0, 185, sr., Benton Community
Watts McBride, 6-0, 180, jr., Cedar Rapids Washington
Aidan McDermott, 6-2, 190, jr., Cedar Rapids Xavier
Gable Mitchell, 5-9, 170, sr., Iowa City High
Jeron Senters, 6-0, 160, sr., Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Will Bennett, 5-11, 175, sr., Lisbon
Eddie Burgess, 6-4, 230, sr., Montezuma
Preston Ries, 6-0, 195, soph., Monticello
Cullen McShane, 6-2, 210, sr., MFL MarMac
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
To be announced Sunday
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Marcus Beatty, sr., Independence
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Lincoln Snitker, sr., Waukon
COACH OF THE YEAR
To be announced Sunday