ATHENS — Over the course of the 2017 season, there have been a variety of different athletes all across Scioto County who have stepped up to provide much-needed production for their respective teams.
And overall, the sports writers and editors within the Southeast District realm felt the same way about 35 different athletes from the county, with each of them garnering honors that put them among the elite of the Southeast District across all realms of play.
Division V outlook
In the Division V ranks, it was Wheelersburg, behind a razor-sharp focus, who put the most players on the list. The Pirates not only put 10 players on the team — including a county-best seven on the Division V First-Team All-Southeast District list — but also swept each of the main Division V awards as Tanner Holden, Xander Carmichael, and Rob Woodward obtained the Division V Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Coach of the Year awards.
Holden, along with fellow wideout Cole Lowery, combined for an astonishing 2,007 receiving yards and 21 touchdown catches on 110 receptions in 2017 en route to starting off the Pirates’ raid. Holden, on his own, has already obtained 1,266 yards and 18 touchdown receptions on 64 catches through 11 games. Trent Salyers’ effectiveness at the quarterback position has also been influential to the success of the Wheelersburg offense, as the first-year signal-caller has already collected 2,872 passing yards to go along with 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2017 from the quarterback position. Jeremy Cooper joined the trio from his offensive line position to round out the group.
Defensively, Carmichael’s 64 tackles and two interceptions, along with Nic Parsley’s 57 tackles and four sacks, allowed the duo to earn First-Team All-District. Makya Matthews, who holds a team-high three picks in 2017, rounded out the First-Team list. Star cornerback Bryson Keeney, along with offensive linemen CJ Hall and Alex George, each made the honorable mention list.
West, who has posted an outstanding season in its own right, followed by putting eight individuals on the list, including five on the first team.
Garrett Hurd, who rushed for 1,169 yards and 11 touchdowns on 196 carries during the regular season, led the charge, while offensive lineman Caleb Deaver and Drew Cassidy, a 5-10, 155-pound senior that made 39 of his 40 extra points and seven of his nine field goals with a long of 44 yards, joined Hurd on the main squad.
Defensive lineman Jakeb Guilkey (86 tackles, 13 for a loss, five sacks) and Cody Staggs, who obtained a team-high five interceptions, led the charge for a defensive unit that finished with a plus-eight turnover margin during the regular season and joined the aforementioned trio on the list.
From an honorable mention standpoint, the abilities of Brandon Weaver (71 tackles, 16 for a loss, five sacks) and Josh Berry (63 tackles, four sacks, three interceptions in just eight games), along with Kane Lewis, an effective two-way player who improved throughout the season, rounded out West’s showing on the All-District list.
Behind the initial duo, Portsmouth, who put three players on the All-District list, put each of them on the first team as Isaac Kelly, Talyn Parker, and Colin Boehm all made the first team. Parker ran for 1,010 yards and 16 touchdowns in six affairs, Kelly collected 2,320 total yards of offense and 21 touchdowns, and Boehm, a 6-4, 295-pound offensive tackle, finished his third season in the starting offensive line rotation for the Trojans.
Minford and Northwest, who finished 4-6 and 3-7, respectively, in 2017, combined to put four players on the All-Southeast District unit to round out the Division V realm for Scioto County.
Breydan Tilley obtained 30 receptions for 496 yards, four touchdowns, and 16.5 yards per catch, while also collecting a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 64-yard punt return for a score en route to earning first-team honors as a receiver. Luke Lindamood (96 tackles, four tackles for loss) and Darius Jordan (35 catches, 431 yards, seven touchdowns on offense, 45 tackles, five interceptions on defense) rounded out the honorable mention selections, while Northwest’s Bruce South (49 pancake blocks), who made First-Team All-Southeast District, was the lone individual to make the team for the Mohawks.
Division VI outlook
In the Division VI realm, the explosive abilities of Gabe Streeter, who obtained 77 tackles, six interceptions, and nine additional pass breakups, made the first-team list as a defensive back to allow Valley to put a player on the First-Team list. JT Ward represented the Indians by averaging 11 tackles per contest to allow the Indians to place a player on the honorable mention list.
Division VII outlook
As far as the Division VII realm was concerned, the East Tartans proved to be the face of the county in said division as East put six honorees on the list.
West Virginia University commit Blaine Scott led the unit with his 70 pancake blocks in 2017, while the strong combination of Brady Douthat (74-of-133, 1,319 yards, 25 touchdowns, five interceptions) and JD Hatcher (24 catches, 559 yards, 11 touchdowns) joined their fellow classmate on the list. Sophomore Braiden Haney, who closed out the season with 82 tackles, 24 tackles for a loss, and 12 sacks, was the lone defensive player listed on the First-Team list. From an honorable mention standpoint, Kyle Flannery (58 carries, 473 yards, 12 touchdowns) and Ethan Gifford (80 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, four sacks) rounded out the Tartans’ brigade.
Notre Dame’s Ben Mader, who obtained 100.5 tackles from his strong safety position, rounded out the group of honorees as a First-Team All-Southeast District selection. A nomination was not made from Green’s camp.
2017 Southeast Ohio All-District Football Team
First Team Offense
Ends: Seth Risner, Circleville, 6-3, 175, Sr.; Hunter Nichols, McArthur Vinton County, 6-0, 180, Sr.; Easton Wolf, Waverly, 6-3, 165, Jr.; Zach Bartrum, Pomeroy Meigs, 6-1, 175, Jr.; Linemen: Derrick Wade, Washington Court House, 6-1, 245, Sr.; Evan Justice, Circleville,5-9, 190, Sr.; Nick Adkins, Chillicothe Unioto, 6-4, 210, Sr.; Eli Karst, Chillicothe Zane Trace, 5-11, 195, Sr.; QB: Zach Shinn, Lancaster Fairfield Union, 5-11, 185, Sr.; Dillon Steward, Washington Court House, 5-11, 160, Jr.; Zach Gibson, Williamsport Westfall, 5-10, 173,Jr.; Naylan Yates, McArthur Vinton County, 6-3, 205, Sr.; Gabe Fisher, Chillicothe Unioto, 6-1, 195, Sr.; Clayton Howell, Waverly, 6-2, 205, Sr.; Justin McClelland, Gallipolis Gallia Academy, 6-1, 195, Jr.; RB: Dalton Poole, Chillicothe Unioto, 5-8, 160, Sr.; Drew Kritzwiser, Waverly, 5-11, 165, Sr.; PK: Eli Downs, McArthur Vinton County, 5-9, 140, So.
First Team Defense
Linemen: Colin Woodside, Lancaster Fairfield Union, 6-6, 270, Sr.; Cameron Bryce, Chillicothe Unioto, 6-3, 225, Sr.; Kieran Place, Chillicothe Zane Trace, 6-0, 190, Jr.; Seth Russell, New Lexington, 6-1, 240, Sr.; LB: Jared Porter, Lancaster Fairfield Union, 5-6, 155, Sr.; Cobe Marquez, Waverly, 5-10, 155, Jr.; Lane Cullums, Pomeroy Meigs, 6-0, 210, Sr.; Jacob Campbell, Gallipolis Gallia Academy, 6-0,195, Jr.; DB: Drew Rittenhouse, Chillicothe Zane Trace, 5-10, 175, Sr.; P: Christian Vance, New Lexington, 5-11, 170, So.
Offensive Player of the Year: Clayton Howell, Waverly
Defensive Player of the Year: Colin Woodside, Lancaster Fairfield Union
Coach of the Year: Chris Crabtree, Waverly
SPECIAL MENTION: Cory Cline, Circleville; Tylor Wolfe, Lancaster Fairfield Union; John LaRock, Lancaster Fairfield Union; Jacob Rice,Washington Court House; Eli Ruth, Washington Court House; Eli Cain, Williamsport Westfall; Hunter Hopkins, Circleville Logan Elm; Jayden Spires, McArthur Vinton County; Mike Klinedinst, Chillicothe Unioto; Etheridge Games, Chillicothe Zane Trace; Ty Shanton,Chillicothe Zane Trace; Johnny Thompson, Waverly; Gunnar Robinson, Waverly; Cole Adams, Pomeroy Meigs; Matthew Brown, PomeroyMeigs; Nathan Mitchell, Gallipolis Gallia Academy; Garrett Burns, Gallipolis Gallia Academy; Darius White, Greenfield McClain.
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First Team Offense
Ends: Tanner Holden, Wheelersburg, 6-6, 180, Jr.; Cole Lowery, Wheelersburg, 6-1, 180, Sr.; Ty Wilcoxon, Proctorville Fairland, 6-2, 205, Jr.; Breydan Tilley, Minford, 6-0, 150, Sr.; Chase Grooms, Piketon, 5-9, 150, Jr.; Linemen: Caleb Eplion, South Point, 6-2, 260, Sr.; Brevin Webb, Chesapeake, 6-2, 270, Sr.; Bruce South, McDermott Northwest, 5-11, 260, Sr.; Colin Boehm, Portsmouth, 6-4, 295, Jr.; Caleb Deaver, Portsmouth West, 6-1, 320, Sr.; Jeremy Cooper, Wheelersburg, 5-8, 205, Sr.; Hunter Fleming, Oak Hill, 6-0, 215, Sr.; RB: Seth Fosson, Ironton, 6-1, 225, So.; Zak Adkins, Ironton Rock Hill, 5-10, 165, So.; Austin Browning, Chesapeake, 6-0, 175, Jr.; Keedrick Cunningham, Proctorville Fairland, 6-1, 195, Sr.; Talyn Parker, Portsmouth, 5-10, 185, So.; Garrett Hurd, Portsmouth West, 5-7, 155, Jr.; Zach Fisher, Oak Hill, 5-9, 185, Sr.; Travis Jayjohn, Wellston, 6-0, 165, Sr.; QB: Joel Lambiotte, Proctorville Fairland, 6-2, 170, Jr.; Isaac Kelly, Portsmouth, 6-2, 205, Sr.; Trent Salyers, Wheelersburg, 6-1, 175, Jr.; PK: Dalton Nida, 6-3, 180, Sr.; Drew Cassidy,Portsmouth West, 5-10, 155, Sr.
First Team Defense
Linemen: Jakeb Guilkey, Portsmouth West, 6-1, 240, Sr.; Nic Parsley, Wheelersburg, 6-1, 215, Sr.; Heath Jones, Piketon, 5-10, 225, Sr.;Ramsey Sites, Oak Hill, 5-11, 275, Sr.; LB: Ethan Duncan, Ironton, 5-10, 205, Jr; Cameron Barnette, Ironton Rock Hill, 5-11, 205, Sr.;Chase Fisher, Proctorville Fairland, 5-11, 225, Sr.; Luke Lindamood, Minford, 5-11, 200, Jr.; Xander Carmichael, Wheelersburg, 6-2, 220, Sr.; Bayley Clutters, Oak Hill, 5-7, 170, Jr.; DB: Garrett Carrico, Ironton, 5-11, 185, Sr.; Cody Staggs, Portsmouth West, 6-2, 184, Sr.; Makya Matthews, Wheelersburg, 5-9, 175, So.; Patrick Brown, Bidwell River Valley, 6-2, 190, Sr.; Rylan Molihan, Wellston, 5-10, 160, So.
Offensive Player of the Year: Tanner Holden, Wheelersburg
Defensive Player of the Year: Xander Carmichael, Wheelersburg
Coach of the Year: Rob Woodward, Wheelersburg
SPECIAL MENTION: Connor Kimbrough, Albany Alexander; Kobe Newman, Proctorville Fairland; Greg Keeney, Proctorville Fairland; Trent Klaiber, Ironton; Gage Salyers, Ironton; Tanner Wilson, Ironton; Jaret Bacorn, Ironton Rock Hill; T.J. McGinnis, Ironton Rock Hill; Darius Jordan, Minford; Jaden Josey, Portsmouth; Josh Berry, Portsmouth West; Kane Lewis, Portsmouth West; Brandon Weaver, Portsmouth West; C.J. Hall, Wheelersburg; Bryson Keeney, Wheelersburg; Alex George, Wheelersburg; Tanner Veach, Piketon; Cole Young, Bidwell River Valley; Colin Hughes, Oak Hill; Austin Detty, Oak Hill; Donnie Watters, Wellston; Connor Bates, Wellston.
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First Team Offense
Ends: Jeb Jones, Coal Grove, 6-3, 210, Sr.; Caden Miller, Crooksville, 6-0, 155, So.; Linemen: Donovan McCollister, Nelsonville-York, 6-3, 245, Jr.; Dalton Tomlinson, Beaver Eastern, 6-5, 295, Sr.; Isaiah LaFontaine, Chillicothe Southeastern, 6-3, 290, Jr.; Darin Bloomfield,Coal Grove, 6-0, 220, Sr.; QB: Garrett Maiden, Nelsonville-York, 5-10, 165, Sr.; Drake Myers, Beaver Eastern, 6-0, 170, Jr.; Lane Ruby, Chillicothe Southeastern, 5-9, 160, So.; Nate Harmon, Coal Grove, 6-2, 185, Jr.; Landon Hinkle, Crooksville, 6-1, 180, Sr.; RB: Keegan Wilburn, Nelsonville-York, 5-10, 170, So.; Cameron Nichols, Frankfort Adena, 5-11, 185, Sr.; Carson Stauffer, Chillicothe Southeastern,5-11, 185, Sr.; All-Purpose: Dakota Houser, Chillicothe Southeastern, 5-11, 155, Sr.; PK: Chip Russell, Crooksville, 6-2, 200, Sr.
First Team Defense
Linemen: Tyler Speelman, Nelsonville-York, 5-11, 180, Sr.; LB: Ronnie Wend, Nelsonville-York, 6-0, 170, Sr.; Colt Yinger, Nelsonville-York, 5-11, 185, Sr.; Gavin Snyder, Chillicothe Huntington, 5-8, 185, Sr.; Kimo Baldwin, Coal Grove, 6-1, 230, Sr.; Sam Angelo, Coal Grove, 6-4, 205, Sr.; DB: Gabe Streeter, Lucasville Valley, 5-10, 170, Jr.; Iann Cockrell, Bainbridge Paint Valley, 5-10, 160, So.; P: Bailey Sprague, Belpre, 6-4, 210, Sr.
Offensive Players of the Year: Garrett Maiden, Nelsonville-York; Carson Stauffer, Chillicothe Southeastern
Defensive Player of the Year: Kimo Baldwin, Coal Grove
Coaches of the Year: Rusty Richards, Nelsonville-York; Evan Ferguson, Coal Grove; Evan Gallaugher, Chillicothe Southeastern
SPECIAL MENTION: J.T. Ward, Lucasville Valley; Branden Gould, Stewart Federal Hocking; Jonathan Richards, Nelsonville-York; Shakim Williams, Nelsonville-York; Lane Mettler, Bainbridge Paint Valley; Parker Clemmons, Beaver Eastern; John Winfield, Chillicothe Southeastern; Trey Brown, Chillicothe Southeastern; Andrew Moore, Chillicothe Southeastern; Josh Waulk, Coal Grove; Kyle Sites, Coal Grove; Tojzae Reams, Belpre; Brandon Simoniette, Belpre; Chance Murphy, Crooksville.
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First Team Offense
Ends: J.D. Hatcher, Sciotoville East, 6-2, 200, Sr.; Levi VanBibber, Corning Miller, 5-11, 167, Sr.; Linemen: Blaine Scott, Sciotoville East, 6-4, 310, Sr.; Ian Joyce, Glouster Trimble, 6-1, 185, So.; Wyatt Bissell, Reedsville Eastern, 6-5, 170, Sr.; Colton Bowers, Crown City South Gallia, 6-2, 266, Sr.; Bryce Rohrer, Waterford, 6-0, 210, Sr.; QB: Brady Douthat, Sciotoville East, 5-10, 210, Sr.; Cameron Kittle, Glouster Trimble, 5-10, 155, So.; Peyten Stephens, Waterford, 6-3, 210, Jr.; RB: Layken Gothard, Willow Wood Symmes Valley, 5-8, 160, Sr.; Conner Wright, Glouster Trimble, 5-11, 175, So.; Zach Waldrop, Corning Miller, 5-11, 180, Sr.; Riley Roush, Racine Southern,5-10, 175, Sr.; Braden Bellville, Waterford, 6-0, 190, Jr.; All-Purpose: Max Hooper, Glouster Trimble, 5-11, 175, Jr.; Nick Woolard, Manchester, 5-11, 170, Sr.; Dylan Smith, Racine Southern, 5-10, 160, Sr.
First Team Defense
Linemen: Braiden Haney, Sciotoville East, 5-11, 180, So.; Anthony McLaughlin, Glouster Trimble, 5-10, 205, Sr.; Andrew Evans, Racine Southern, 5-10, 180, Sr.; Teddy Smith, Waterford, 5-8, 175, Sr.; Johnny Winkleman, Waterford, 6-1, 285, Sr.; LB: Brock Carpenter,Willow Wood Symmes Valley, 6-2, 210, Sr.; Seattle Compston, Corning Miller, 6-2, 230, Sr.; DB: Ben Mader, Portsmouth Notre Dame, 6-1, 175, Jr.
Offensive Player of the Year: Braden Bellville, Waterford
Defensive Player of the Year: Teddy Smith, Waterford
Coach of the Year: Eric McCutcheon, Waterford
SPECIAL MENTION: Keifer Wilson, Willow Wood Symmes Valley; Ian McCleese, Willow Wood Symmes Valley; Kyle Flannery, Sciotoville East; Ethan Gifford, Sciotoville East; Colton Wright, Glouster Trimble; Brandon Humphrey, Glouster Trimble; Jake McCune,Corning Miller; Colby Bartley, Corning Miller; Jacob Calvert, Manchester; Austin Arnold, Racine Southern; Alex VanMeter, RacineSouthern; Josh Brewer, Reedsville Eastern; Brandon Colburn, Reedsville Eastern; Kyle Northup, Crown City South Gallia; Noah Huffman,Waterford; Colin Jackson, Waterford.