November 28, 2003 at 9:38 a.m.
Todd Froberg, Aaron James, and Dan Reed all capped off their senior seasons with the honor, handed out to the best high school football players from across the state. After being shutout for the past three years, three Wildcat representatives was a refreshing change.
“It was a little bit of a surprise to get three guys, only because we haven’t gotten anyone on that thing since 1999 when Chad Olson made it,” said Bill Weiss, Chisago Lakes head football coach. “I think they were surprised just because we haven’t been represented for the last few years. They were happy, we all were. It’s a great credit to the guys and the program.”
“It’s recognition for the whole program. There is no question that those guys had great years but it also is a reflection on the whole team,” explained Weiss. “We emphasize the team philosophy here. I think this is probably the epitome of that, three running backs all on the same team, all in the same backfield.”
Aaron James led the Wildcats in rushing in 2003, compiling 943 yards on the ground on 138 carries. James also led the team in touchdowns with 13, numbers that led to him being named the Rum River Conference offensive player of the year. On defense, James stuffed up the middle of the line, finishing with 26 tackles and three sacks.
Joining James in the backfield, and on defense, is Reed who led the Wildcats in all-purpose yards, gaining 1,208 yards from scrimmage. Reed finished second on the team in rushing and receiving, picking up six touchdowns along the way. On defense, Reed snatched two interceptions and recovered one fumble as a cornerback.
Last, and certainly not least, is Froberg who completed the three-headed rushing monster for the ‘Cats. Froberg averaged over nine yards per carry on the ground this season, touching the end zone eight times. In addition, on defense, the linebacker finished with 27 solo tackles, two interceptions, one sack, and a team leading six pass deflection's.