Football: Gensler named to IHSFCA All-State First Team

Senior Garrett Gensler was named to the IHSFCA 4A All-State First Team this season. Gensler rushed for 1,727 yards and 29 touchdowns while adding 47 tackles. (Photo by Russell Hodges)

Rochelle senior selected for second consecutive season

ROCHELLE — Rochelle Township High School senior Garrett Gensler was selected to the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association All-State Team in Class 4A this season. It’s the second consecutive season that Gensler has received IHSFCA All-State recognition.

“I’m extremely excited to be named a two-time All-State player, but I can’t forget about the people around me that helped me including my teammates, my coaches and my family,” Gensler said. “It’s a great honor and I’m thankful for everyone from the Rochelle community that helped me make it to the position I’m in now. I thought I left everything on the field this season on offense and defense. I believed that I performed to the standard of Rochelle football.”

Gensler led the Rochelle Hub varsity football team to a 9-3 record and a berth in the IHSA 4A Playoff Quarterfinals this season. The senior rushed for a team-high 1,727 yards and 29 touchdowns, which stands as a new single-season rushing touchdown record at RTHS. Gensler, who rushed for 968 yards and 22 touchdowns last season, will continue his career at NIU.

“It was special for me to set the touchdown records at Rochelle, but I’m most thankful for the teammates who blocked for me and led the way during the season and in the past,” Gensler said. “The football doesn’t move without blockers and I’m happy that I had some really good ones throughout my time at Rochelle. I’m still looking to improve my skills as I move forward.”

Gensler also holds the school record for career rushing touchdowns with 50. A starter at both running back and inside linebacker over the last two seasons, Gensler finished with 47 tackles after recording 38 tackles for the Hubs last season. The Huskie commit exceeded 300 rushing yards twice this season, running for a career-best 362 yards in a 60-35 win over Johnsburg. Gensler rushed for 316 yards when the Hubs defeated Marengo 48-27.

“What I enjoyed most about the Rochelle football program were the bonds that I created,” Gensler said. “I grew close with players I may not have known very well before the season and I made friendships that will last longer than football. There were also life lessons I learned throughout my journey in football and I encourage anyone who wants to learn about football to play at Rochelle. I’ll never forget my teammates or what we accomplished and I thank Rochelle football for everything. I’m going to miss being around the team and joking with the guys.”