Fargo Shanley QB Michael Rostberg named ND High School Football Player of the Year

The University of St. Thomas commit just wrapped up his senior season with the Deacons, helping guide the team to its first state championship since 2018.

Fargo Shanley quarterback Michael Rostberg carries against Bismarck Century during the Dakota Bowl 11 2A title game at the Fargodome. Rostberg has been named MaxPreps' North Dakota High School Football Player of the Year.
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FARGO — Fargo Shanley quarterback Michael Rostberg has been named MaxPreps' North Dakota High School Football Player of the Year.

The University of St. Thomas commit just wrapped up his senior season with the Deacons, helping guide the team to its first state championship since 2018 with a dominating 48-7 win over Bismarck Century in the Class 11AA championship game at Dakota Bowl XXX.

In that game , Rostberg threw for 259 yards and four touchdowns, completing 20-of-28 pass attempts while also rushing for 70 yards and two scores.

According to MaxPreps , the Player of the Year award has been presented to the most outstanding player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence along with local and state accolades.

"It kind of feels like a dream come true," Rostberg said. "Just all of the hard work I've put in in the off-season and through the adversity I had to go through with my shoulder injuries — to be named player of the year this year is just really special and I couldn't do it without my teammates and my coaches. It just feels like all of my hard work has paid off."


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Michael Rostberg warms up during football practice Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, at Fargo Shanley.
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Rostberg received First Team All-State honors last season and is a surefire candidate again this season. He was also named to the All-Eastern Dakota Conference team this season.

In 12 games this season, Rostberg racked up an eye-popping 2,969 yards and 34 touchdowns through the air while rushing for 373 yards and nine TDs. With Rostberg steering the ship, the Deacons' offense was by far the best in North Dakota, averaging 37.2 points per game this season.

Rostberg finished his high school career with 5,263 yards of total offense and 60 total touchdowns.

"(Coach Troy) Mattern has put me in the best situations possible to succeed and obviously we couldn't have done it without our receivers," Rostberg said. "They make it look easy because I've just got to throw it up in the air and they're making the plays. I'm not the one running those great routes and making all of those great catches and all of those great plays.

"It also comes down to the linemen. That's been the biggest thing all season. Having that time in the pocket to throw all of those passes — it was just unreal. I don't think I got touched all year. You can't thank them enough. It was so amazing and I'm just so grateful to have had that."

Fargo Shanley quarterback Michael Rostberg reaches for the football after scoring against Bismarck Century during the North Dakota 11AA championship game at the Fargodome on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022.
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By winning the MaxPreps Player of the Year Award, Rostberg will be considered for the MaxPreps All-America team, which will be released on Jan. 10, 2023.

Rostberg is the second area player to have won the award in as many seasons, with Kindred running back/linebacker Trey Heinrich receiving the honor in 2021.

"It means the world to me," Rostberg said. "I'm so glad I got to grow up in the JP2 Schools organization. It taught me about being a great leader and being humble. I love my teammates so much and this team is so special to me and I'm so happy that we got to end it the way we did."

Ryan Spitza joined The Forum in December 2021 as a sports reporter. He grew up in Marquette, Mich., a city of 20,000 on the southern shore of Lake Superior. He majored in multimedia journalism and minored in public relations at Northern Michigan University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in May 2019. While attending college, Spitza gained real-world experience covering high school and college athletics for both The Mining Journal and The North Wind.

Spitza can be reached at 701-451-5613 or Follow him on Twitter @ryspitza.
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