The Mound Westonka White Hawks’ all-purpose all-star, senior Isaiah Cherrier, has been elected by statewide media for the 2016 Minnesota Associated Press and Northstar Football News All-State First Teams. Additionally, Cherrier was one of only 30 players in Minnesota selected to the 2016 Minnesota Vikings All-State Football Team. Cherrier was also an All-State selection by both the AP and Northstar Football News as a junior.
White Hawks head coach Nick David said multiple All-State honors are a “huge deal,” especially when a player is honored two years in a row. “Isaiah had a great career for us on all three phases—offense, defense, and special teams,” David said. “He ran and caught the ball on offense, and he was versatile enough to play multiple positions on defense. He also did a great job as a punt/kick returner.”
Cherrier led the White Hawks in almost every statistical category in 2016. He finished the season with 736 yards rushing, averaging 7 yards per carry, and 10 rushing touchdowns. He also had 15 receptions for 324 yards and six receiving touchdowns. On defense, Cherrier had 46 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, and five pass deflections and returned two fumbles for touchdowns. He also averaged almost 37 yards per punt return with three touchdowns.
“We couldn’t have asked for much more out of Isaiah this season or during his varsity football career,” David said. “He was on the field basically every snap this past season and led our team in rushing attempts, rushing yards, receptions, receiving yards, touchdowns and return yards and was third in defensive points.”
Cherrier leaves the Mound Westonka football program as the career record holder in rushing yards (2,056), rushing touchdowns (33), yards per carry (5.8), receiving yards (808), receiving touchdowns (13) and total touchdowns (54).
“Isaiah has been a mainstay on the White Hawks varsity team since his freshman year and leaves our program as the most decorated player in the history of Mound Westonka football,” said David. Cherrier’s numerous accolades include:
- Four-year starter
- Four-year letter winner
- Two-time team captain
- 2014 Wright County Honorable Mention All-Conference selection
- 2015 & 2016 Twin Cities All-District selection
- 2015 & 2016 Twin Cities Red Subdistrict Offensive Player of the Year
- 2015 Star Tribune All-Metro Football Second Team selection
- 2016 Star Tribune All-Metro Football First Team selection
- 2016 KARE 11 All-Metro Football Team selection
- 2015 Northstar Football News All-State Third Team selection
- 2016 Northstar Football News All-State First Team selection
- 2015 Associated Press All-State Second Team selection
- 2016 Associated Press All-State First Team selection
In addition to football, Cherrier participates in track and field at Mound Westonka High School. He has committed to playing football at the Division I level next fall at Western Illinois University, where he will major in exercise science.