2019 TSF Cincinnati DPOY Finalists

Princeton DL Darrion Henry (photo by Dan Bieneke/

Eight first-time finalists headline the marquee for the 2019 TriState Football Cincinnati Defensive Player of the Year. Two of them were named Ohio Defensive Player of the Year. Five of the finalists are seniors and three are juniors. The GMC shows its depth with four finalists.

All finalists we be honored at the TriState Football 2019 Awards Show on Monday, February 17th at the Holy Grail – Banks in Cincinnati. For details and to RSVP, coaches parents and players can click on this link: TSF Year In Review Show

Here is a look at the finalists for the 2019 TSF Cincinnati Defensive Player of the Year:

Darrion Henry (Princeton), Sr, DL – This mountain mover helped Princeton (6-5) to is first playoff appearance in 12 years. Henry was in on 56 total tackles, had six sacks and forced two fumbles on his way to 2019 OPSWA Division I First Team All-Ohio and First Team All-TSF accolades. The Ohio State University signee had 154 total tackles, 14.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, two interceptions and a pick six in a Vikings uniform.

Daved Jones (Lakota West), Sr, LB – The defensive centerpiece of a Lakota West (7-4) squad that brought the program back out of the doldrums. Jones tallied 48 total tackles, recorded four sacks, forced a fumble and had a 50-yard pick six versus Princeton. Jones earned 2019 OPSWA Division I Third Team All-Ohio and First Team All-TSF for his work. The University of Cincinnati signee ended his career as a Firebird with 148 total tackles, six sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries with a fumble recovery and interception return for touchdowns.

Lakota West LB Daved Jones (photo by Dan Bieneke/

Dontay Corleone (Colerain), Jr, DL – The “Godfather” dominated foes in the trenches for a Colerain (11-2) defense that gave up just 13.2 points per game. Corleone was named 2019 OPSWA Division I Second Team All-Ohio and First Team All-TSF after getting in on 52 total tackles, recording eight-and-a-half sacks with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Corleone who has verbally committed to the University of Cincinnati heads into his senior year with 11.5 career sacks.

Camden O’Gara (Wyoming), Sr, LB – The heart-and-soul of a Wyoming (13-1) defense that allowed just 7.8 points per game with six shutouts. O’Gara recorded 138 total tackles (95 solo), two sacks, forced a fumble and hand three interceptions including a pick six. That effort saw O’Gara get recognized as the 2019 OPSWA Ohio Division IV Defensive Player of the Year, Southwest District Defensive Player of the Year, CHL Defensive Player of the Year and a Third Team All-TSF selection. The four-year starter is Wyoming’s all-time leading tackler with 449 (331 solo). O’Gara also finished his career with six sacks and seven interceptions.

Deshawn Pace (Colerain), Sr, DB – Named the 2019 OPSWA Ohio Division I Co-Defensive Player of the Year, Southwest District Defensive Player of the Year, GMC Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-TSF. These accolades come a year after his brother, Ivan Pace Jr. earned the same honors. Pace recorded 57 total tackles (42 solo), forced a fumble, had six interceptions including a 72-yard pick six versus Elder for the 11-2 Cardinals. On offense, Pace racked up 411 yards from scrimmage (305 rush, 106 rec) and six touchdowns on 64 touches. In three years as a starter at Colerain, Pace posted 174 total tackles (108 solo), forced two fumbles, recovered four fumbles, had 12 interceptions, with 261 interception return yards and two pick sixes. He will continue his football days at the University of Cincinnati.

Colerain DB Deshawn Pace, the 2019 OPSWA Division I Southwest District DPOY (photo by Dan Bieneke/

Luke Thiemann (La Salle), Sr, LB – A model of consistency who helped La Salle (13-2) to its fourth state title in the last six years. Thiemann registered 111 total tackles (53 solo), had three-and-a-half sacks with two forced fumbles and an interception on his way to 2019 OPSWA Division II Third Team All-Ohio, GCL South Linebacker of the Year and Third Team All-TSF accolades. He finished his Lancers career with 234 total tackles, seven-and-a-half sacks, a fumble recovery and three interceptions.

La Salle LB Luke Thiemann (photo by Dan Bieneke/

Andrew “Bam” Booker (Winton Woods), Jr, DL – Booker causes havoc in opposing backfields. He was in on 65 total tackles (38 solo), had 16 tackles for losses, six sacks and two forced fumbles on his way to being named 2019 OPSWA Division II Second Team All-Ohio and First Team All-TSF. Booker has offers from Akron, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Kansas, Iowa State, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, Toledo and Western Michigan.

Robert Brazziel Jr. (Taft), Jr, QB/DB – A difference maker on both sides of the ball, this transfer from Illinois was a missing cog that helped enable Taft (10-2) to win its first ever playoff game. Brazziel Jr. was in on 38 total tackles with six interceptions including a pick six for the Senators defense. On offense, he threw for 2,105 yards, ran for 476 yards and accounted for 31 touchdowns (24 pass, seven rush). That effort earned him 2019 OPSWA Division IV Honorable Mention All-Ohio (QB), CMAC Offensive Player of the Year and Third Team All-TSF (ATH) honors.


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