The 37th Annual 8-Man All-Star Games takes place Saturday at Trojan Field in Beloit and features two of our Kansas 8-Man All-Star Game Network area athletes in this year’s DII game. The Frankfort Wildcats have two players on the DII East roster in Caden Dalinghaus and Zavier Brandt.
The two players combined to help lead Frankfort to a 29-10 record in their four seasons with the Wildcats. Last season, Frankfort was 7-3, falling to eventual state champion Axtell and two-time substate runner-up Thunder Ridge. Victories over Hannover, Onaga and Lakeside highlighted the 2021 season.
Caden Dalinghaus was a leader for Frankfurt on both sides of football. He rushed for 694 yards and 14 TDs on offense and also recorded 51 tackles with 4.5 for loss, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries, earning TVL First Team honors at defensive back. Dalinghaus remembers fighting through adversity and is honored to be part of this year’s 8-Man All-Star Game.
Zavier Brandt paved the way for Dalinghaus in attack. Brandt was a first team All-State pick in 8-Man DII on the offensive line and was also the first team all-league for the past two seasons. He was also strong on defense, making eight tackles for a loss and four sacks during his senior season. Brandt commented on Frankfurt’s football identity and his hopes for this weekend.
Catch Frankfort’s Caden Dalinghaus and Zavier Brandt in the 8-Man DII All-Star Game as they adapt to Team East one last time on Saturday. The game kicks off at 1:30 a.m. with pre-game coverage beginning at 1:00 a.m. on KNDY AM 1570 and FM 94.1 and online at http://www.8manallstars.com from Trojan Field to Beloit.