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Messenger Photo by Britt Kudla: Fort Dodge teammates Kaleb Lynch (right) and Connor Carver head-to-head during the 2022 Team Finals at Dodger Stadium.

CEDAR FALLS – A trio of Fort Dodge veteran football players will make one final appearance at the 7th Annual River Battle Bowl All-Star Game at the UNI Dome.

First-team all-district picks Javion Jondle, Connor Carver and Kaleb Lynch have been selected to play for Team Iowa against Team Nebraska this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The Iowa squad trained earlier this week in preparation for the game in Carroll.

“To be selected and to be able to devote more time is just a blessing,” said Jondle, a wide receiver who was named first team all-state by the IPSWA and IFCA earlier this week. “I’m very grateful for this opportunity, especially for being able to do it with my quarterback[Carver].

“It means a lot to me to represent my team and the city of Fort Dodge. This community is so important to me…there’s so much talent here so it’s just right for me (being able to play as Dodger). I can’t wait to get out there and play one last time.”

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Jondle, an Iowa Central Community College recruit, became the school’s absolute leader in career receptions. He also tied Tysen Kershaw for most touchdowns and joined Kershaw as only the second FDSH receiver to surpass the 2,000-yard mark.

Carver, who finished his career behind only Drake Miller and Randy Reiners and is the third Dodger to rush for 4,000 yards, sees this display as a kind of tribute to his support system.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the coaching staff and playing with some of the best players in Iowa is a memory I’ll never forget.” said Carver, a Bemidji State University recruit. “I know a lot of my family and friends will be there, so playing in a Dodger helmet in front of them one last time will be special.”

The 6-3, 195-pound carver is behind only Miller in touchdown passes at FDSH with 42 in his career. He threw for 1,798 yards and rushed for 531 more this season, totaling 28 TDs.

The 6-3, 220-pound Lynch was among the top defenders in the entire Class 4A in 2022 on both tackles and tackles for loss.

“It feels good to have the opportunity to play in this game,” Lynch said. “Everything goes through our coaching staff and they set me up for a good year. I look forward to capitalizing on this.”

Kyle Caquelin von Humboldt is the only other local player on Team Iowa’s roster. The 6-5, 215-pounder started for the Wildcats, who went 10-2 and reached the Class 3A semifinals for the second straight year earlier this month.

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