Novak, Hicks, Mullins Named Best in Division III

Western Brown QB Drew Novak

It has been a magical year for Western Brown (11-2) quarterback Drew Novak. The junior has thrown for 4,886 yards, ran for 1,068, with 52 passing touchdowns and 19 scores on the ground helping the Broncos to their first ever regional finals appearance. Novak’s 52 touchdown tosses are 17th most in a season by a quarterback in Ohio history. He is 114 yards shy of becoming just the sixth player in the state to throw for more than 5,000 yards in a season. Those gaudy numbers earned Novak the OPSWA Division III Southwest District Offensive Player of the Year honors and the nomination for Ohio Mr. Football for the Southwest District.

Alter linebacker CJ Hicks was named the Division III Southwest District Offensive Player of the Year for a second straight season. The Ohio State-bound Hicks was all over the field with 84 total tackles and a pair of interceptions including a 99-yard pick six against Chaminade Julienne. He also amassed 1,442 all-purpose yards (667 rush, 397 rec) and nine touchdowns (five rush, four rec).

Bob Mullins of Monroe was named the Coach of the Year. He led the Hornets to an 8-3 mark and a second round playoff game.

The 2021 Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Southwest All-District Division III football teams, as selected by a media panel from the district: 

First Team Offense
: Seth Borondy, Bellbrook, 6-2, 185, sr., RB; Elijah Jackson, Monroe, 6-0, 210, jr., RB; Drew Novak, Mount Orab Western Brown, 6-6, 195, jr., QB; Brock Short, Greenville, 5-8, 155, jr., RB; Landyn Vidourek, Hamilton Badin, 6-1, 170, sr.; Jack Walsh, Hamilton Badin, 5-9, 175, Sr, RB.
Receivers: Keshawn Barber, Cincinnati Hughes, 6-2, 175, sr.; Jude Hooks, Franklin Bishop Fenwick, 6-1, 180, jr.; Braedyn Moore, Hamilton Badin, 6-1, 180, jr.; Dylan Novak, Mount Orab Western Brown, 6-4, 205, sr.; Kenyon Owens, Dayton Chaminade Julienne, 5-11, 180, sr.; Ethan Yoder, Bellefontaine, 5-11, sr.
Linemen: Henry Birchwell, Hamilton Badin, 6-0-, 230, sr.; Davis Featherstone, Tipp City Tippecanoe, 6-4, 264, sr.; Austin Montgomery, Kettering Alter, 6-4 215, sr.; Nick Moore, Cincinnati Northwest, 6-4, 288, sr.; Sam Vine, Bellbrook, 6-0, 235, jr.; Cameron Weil, Mount Orab Western Brown, 6-3, 290, sr.
Kicker: Jackson Kleather, Tipp City Tippecanoe, 5-10, 158, jr.

First Team Defense
Linemen: Antwan Blackshear, Trotwood Trotwood-Madison, 6-2, 310, sr.; Hunter Harrison, Hamilton Badin, 6-2-, 270, jr.; Ashton Kooken, Bellbrook, 6-2, 205, sr.; Logan Neu, Hamilton Badin, 6-2, 220, sr.; Nesta Owens, Dayton Chaminade Julienne, 6-1, 225, jr.; Tayleon Waterhouse, Dayton Ponitz, 6-3, 205, sr.
Linebackers: Sullivan Ashcraft, Bellefontaine,6-0, 210, jr.; Ashton Ault, Bellbrook 6´0, 210, sr., Elliot Braun, Dayton Carroll, 6-3, 220, sr.; Cayd Everhart, Tipp City Tippecanoe, 5-11, 183, sr.; CJ Hicks, Kettering Alter, 6-4, 215, sr.; Wyatt McPherson, Monroe, 6-1, 195, jr.
Secondary: Ethan Adkins, Franklin, 5-11, 155, sr.; Carson Cheek, Hamilton Badin, 5-10, 150, so.; Mike Lantz, Kettering Alter, 6-0, 175, sr., Darian Leslie, Dayton Dunbar, 5-10, 180, sr.; Jack Moore, New Richmond, 6-0, 171, jr.; Jason Rindler, Tipp City Tippecanoe, 6-3, 189, sr.
Punter: Tracker Newberry, Goshen, 5-9, 210, sr.

Offensive player of the year: Drew Novak, Mount Orab Western Brown
Defensive player of the year: CJ Hicks, Alter
Coach of the year: Bob Mullins, Monroe

Second Team Offense
Backfield: Luke Chandler, Dayton Chaminade Julienne, 6-1, 185, sr., QB; Trey Cornist, Cincinnati Mount Healthy, 5-9, 210, jr., RB; Keyontrez Devaughn, Cincinnati Hughes, 5-10, 195, sr., RB; Brayden Fraasmann, Hamilton Ross, 6-2, 200, sr., RB; Bo Snider, New Richmond, 6-1 ,175, sr., RB; Tavien St. Clair, Bellefontaine, 6-3, 175, fr., QB.

Receivers: Delvonte Adams, Dayton Ponitz, 6-2, 185, sr.; Logan Campbell, Mount Orab Western Brown, 6-0, 175, sr.; Matthew Frye, Mount Orab Western Brown, 6-1, 165, jr.; Kyle Fullam, Vandalia Butler, 6-6, 220, sr.; Luke Mitchell, Vandalia Butler, 180, sr., Jonathan Peltier, Dayton Chaminade Julienne, 6-3, 180, jr.
Linemen: Jacob Bany, Franklin Bishop Fenwick, 6-1, 205, sr.; Landon Herrmann, Hamilton Ross, 6-3, 325, sr.; Chris Reber, Monroe, 6-3, 285; Kaleb Shearer, Cincinnati Mount Healthy, 5-9, 260l, jr.; Ethan Teague, Dayton Chaminade Julienne, 6-3, 312, jr.; Brayden Turner, Bellbrook, 6-3, 330, sr.
Kicker: Isaiah Bales, Franklin, 6-1, 190, sr.

Second Team Defense
Linemen: Jon Duplain, Kettering Alter, 6-3, 190, sr.; Larry Jackson, Cincinnati Hughes, 6-1, 215, sr.; Konnor Loper, Monroe, 6-2, 205, jr.; Chandler Perdue, Vandalia Butler, 6-0, 180, sr.; Tysen Rupp, Monroe, 5-11, 205, jr.; Dai-Vontay Young, Dayton Dunbar, 6-0, 190, so.
Linebackers: Bryson Bastin, Hamilton Ross, 5-11, 220, jr.; Pierce Bauerle, Franklin, 6-3, 225, sr.; Ryan Crampton, Greenville, 5-6, 160, jr.; Saleem Ford, Cincinnati Hughes, 5-10, 205, jr.; Don’yae Freeman, Cincinnati Aiken, 6-2, 230, sr.; Jeff Valentine, Wilmington, 6-2, 210, sr.
Secondary: Gavin Garlitz, Tipp City Tippecanoe, 6-1, 172, sr.; Ryan Miles, Monroe, 5-10, 178, so.; Lamar Payton, Dayton Dunbar, 5-9, 170, sr.; Gavyn Roop, Bellbrook, 6´1, 170, sr.; Malachi Solomon, Cincinnati Aiken, 5-10, 170, sr.; Montana Waller, Cincinnati Mount Healthy, 5-10, 185, sr.
Punter: Connor Cole, Franklin Bishop Fenwick, 6-5, 215, jr.

Honorable Mention
Ethan Royse, Tipp City Tippecanoe; Ryan Logan, Vandalia Butler;  Cameron McEvoy, Darrick Perdue, Thad Stuckey, Wilmington; Dontrelle Young, Dayton Dunbar; Dreonne McCombs, Timothy Vaught, Stourm White, Dayton Ponitz; Sam Downing, Dayton Chaminade Julienne; Nick Cumpston, Bellbrook; Tim Carpenter lll, Trotwood Trotwood-Madison, Tressel Gibson, Rylon Monk, Ryelon Threnhauser, Franklin; Spencer Meiring, Zach Potter, Augie Quirch, Ryder Thompson, Tommy Wimmers, Franklin Bishop Fenwick; Tanner Chastain, Monroe; Brennan Tuley, Hamilton Badin; Zackery Chisman, Que Collins, Mount Orab Western Brown; Kyonte Green, Nehemiah Reid, Cincinnati Mount Healthy; Kendall Mascus-Riley, Cincinnati Aiken;  Marvin Good, Cincinnati Hughes.


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