The Minnesota Football Coaches Association announced 11 finalists for 2017 Mr. Football, which was recently awarded to Eden Prairie's Antonio Montero.
Montero will serve as the Vikings Honorary Captain for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Montero helped Eden Prairie defeat Minnetonka 38-17 in the Class 6A Championship on the day after Thanksgiving.
He had two tackles for loss at linebacker, as well as 15 carries for 60 yards with three touchdowns. Montero also caught two passes for 27 yards, was 5-for-5 on extra points and had a 42-yard field goal. Montero averaged 36 yards on two punts.
Daniel Huss of the Eden Prairie News *recently **featured Montero’s selection*** **as Mr. Football.
The finalists were:
Ronald Audette, Elk River
Ty Barron, Minnetonka
Michael Empting, Alexandria
Isaac Hennen, Minneota
Preston Jelen, Prior Lake
Owen King, Caledonia
Conner Knoepfle, Andover
Carter Kopet, Cleveland/Immanuel Lutheran
Antonio Montero, Eden Prairie
Spencer Rolland, Apple Valley
Brevyn Spann-Ford, St. Cloud Tech
All 11 finalists were also named to the 2017 Minnesota Vikings All-State Team.