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2021 Postseason All-TSF: First Team

Badin senior DL Logan Neu (photo by Shelby Frieszell, TriStateFootball.com)

Another amazing high school football season has come to an end and it is time to recognize the finest players from Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky with the 2021 Postseason All-TriStateFootball Team presented by AnyWeather.

It is one special group that makes up the 2021 Postseason All-TSF First Team. This cast is accomplished and well-decorated. The beauty of it all is that we will get to watch many of them excel on Saturdays and Sundays (and some on Fridays still) for years to come.

There are 26 players that make up the squad, 20 Class of 2022 members and six juniors. Six players were named First Team for a second straight year – Cam Hergott (Beechwood), Tegra Tshabola (Lakota West), Aamil Wagner (Wayne), CJ Hicks (Alter), Alex Afari (Lakota West) and Delian Bradley (Springfield). Ashton Craig (Lawrenceburg), Drew Ramsey (Elder), Brian Parker II (St. Xavier) and Jyaire Brown (Lakota West) were all Second Team honorees in 2020.

While our All-TSF First Team is set in stone, we are seeking help from local high school football fans, players, and coaches to help us figure out the rest of the team. In total, there are 467 players from 134 different schools who have been nominated (including First-Team selections). Voting will run from now until 12 PM ET on Thursday, January 27 on our website. Visitors can vote once per hour, per IP address for each position. The final team will be announced on Friday, January 28.

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The members of the All-TSF Team, the TSF Teams of the Year, Players of the Year and finalists from Indiana, Dayton, Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati as well as the Mella Windows Players of the Week will be recognized at the 2021 TSF Year in Review Show at The Holy Grail Tavern & Grille at The Banks on Monday, February 21. More details on that event will be released soon.

Here are the members of the 2021 Postseason All-TSF Team:

OFFENSE

QB: Cam Hergott (Beechwood) – Courier-Journal Second Team All-Kentucky, Class 2A District 6 POY and First Team All-NKY. The second-year senior led Beechwood (15-0) to a perfect season, its second straight state title, fifth in the last six years (four with Hergott as the starter at quarterback) and 16th in program history. Hergott amassed 4,134 yards of total offense (2,323 PaYd, 1,811 RuYd) and accounted for 61 touchdowns (32 PaTD, 29 RuTD). His 8,537 career yards passing are 26th most in Kentucky history. Hergott’s 97 career touchdown passes are 29th in Kentucky history. He has signed with Eastern Kentucky.

RB: CJ Hester (Wyoming) – OPSWA Ohio Division IV OPOY, First Team All-Ohio and District OPOY for a second straight year. Hester was also the CHL OPOY. He helped the Cowboys to a 12-1 record and a fifth straight regional finals appearance where they fell to eventual state champion, Clinton-Massie. He had an amazing season, running for 2,484 yards, amassing 2,773 all-purpose yards with 40 touchdowns (35 RuTD, 4 ReTD, one FRTD). On defense, he was in on 32 total tackles with four takeaways (3 FRs, 1 INT). The junior has offers from Buffalo and Toledo.

RB: TyRek Spikes (Winton Woods) – OPSWA Division II Honorable Mention All-Ohio. Spikes shined when the lights were the brightest, running for 1,175 of his 1,858 yards and eight of his 19 touchdowns in six playoff games for the state champion Warriors. The senior finished with 2,318 all-purpose yards and also added a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns to his 19 scores on the ground. His offers include Tiffin, Baldwin-Wallace, Manchester, Hanover, Iowa Wesleyan, Olivet and John Carroll.

RB: Jasiah Medley (Piqua) – OPSWA Division II First Team All-Ohio, Southwest District OPOY and MVL OPOY. The senior helped the Indians to a 13-1 record and a regional runner-up finish, running for 1,959 yards with 35 rushing touchdowns. Medley averaged 163 yards per game on the ground. He signed with Youngstown State.

WR: Drew Ramsey (Elder) – OPSWA Division I First Team All-Ohio and GCL South POY. The senior had 108 receptions for 1,061 yards, two receiving touchdowns, 16 rushing scores and 1,527 all-purpose yards for the Panthers. Ramsey’s 108 catches are tied for 12th most in a season in Ohio history. His 224 career receptions are 14th most in state history. Ramsey holds offers from Miami (OH) and Toledo.

WR: Joey Faulkner (Anderson) – OPSWA Division II First Team All-Ohio. The senior hauled in 121 receptions for 1,744 yards (145.3 YPG/rec) and 16 touchdowns. Faulkner’s 121 catches were tied for the seventh most in a season in Ohio history. The 1,744 receiving yards are the 14th most in a season in Ohio history. He has offers from Wooster and John Carroll.

OL: Ashton Craig (Lawrenceburg) – Indiana Mr. Football Offensive Lineman (award goes to one player at each position, yearly) and IFCA Class 3A Senior All-Indiana Team. Craig anchored an o-line that helped the Tigers go 11-2 with three sectional titles in each of the last three seasons. Craig signed with Notre Dame.

OL: Aamil Wagner (Wayne) – OPSWA Division I First Team All-Ohio for a second straight year. At 6-foot-6 and 265 Wagner has all the physical tools and should see his best years still ahead. The senior has committed to Notre Dame.

OL: Austin Siereveld (Lakota East) – OPSWA Division I Second Team All-Ohio. The junior became a hot commodity this past fall. Siereveld is one of the top prospects in the nation heading into the 2022 season. Has offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Penn State, Iowa, Purdue, West Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois and Michigan State.

OL: Brian Parker II (St. Xavier) – OPSWA Division I Second Team All-Ohio for a second straight year. The anchor of a potent offense that averaged 37.7 points and 358.5 yards per game. The senior has signed with Duke.

OL: Tegra Tshabola (Lakota West) – OPSWA Division I First Team All-Ohio for a second straight year. He paved the way for one of the most prolific scoring seasons in Lakota West (11-2) history, including a stretch of scoring 42 points or more six times in a nine-game span. The senior has signed with Ohio State.

ATH: Norey Johnson (Deer Park) – OPSWA Ohio Division VI DPOY, First Team All-Ohio, Southwest District DPOY and CHL DPOY. Johnson deserves a standing ovation for what he did. Deer Park fielded a roster of just 25 players and was the smallest school in the CHL (and by far). Johnson was amazing for the Wildcats with 128 total tackles, a fumble recovery, two interceptions, 21 total touchdowns (15 RuTD, 4 ReTD, 2 KRTD) while amassing 1,579 all-purpose yards (954 RuYd, 304 ReYd, 321 RetYd). He has offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Duquesne, Eastern Michigan, Grambling State and Western Michigan.

PK: Jackson Courville (Centerville) – OPSWA Division I First Team All-Ohio. The junior has an outstanding leg as he connected on 42-of-43 extra points, 13-of- 17 field goal attempts for 81 points. Courville had seven field goals of 40-plus yards, including a long of 48 yards.

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DEFENSE

DL: Jay’ron Gibson (Winton Woods) – OPSWA Ohio Division II DPOY, First Team All-Ohio, Southwest District DPOY and ECC DPOY. He was the cornerstone of the state champion Warriors’ defense. The senior tallied 14 sacks which led the ECC to go along with 71 total tackles and a fumble recovery as Winton Woods allowed just 83.8 yards per game on the ground. He has offers from Marist, Robert Morris, Tiffin, West Virginia State, Lake Erie, Capital and Fairmount State

DL: Tywan January (Springfield) – OPSWA Division I First Team All-Ohio and GWOC Co-DPOY. Teamed with Jokell Brown (Second Team All-Ohio) to form one of the most formidable interior defensive lines in the state. The senior ended up with 99 total tackles, five sacks with two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He has an offer from Akron.

DL: Logan Neu (Badin) – OPSWA Division III First Team All-Ohio and GCL Co-ed Co-DPOY. The senior was a pillar up front for the Division III state runner-up Badin Rams (14-1) defense that allowed only 8.7 points per game and just 6.7 points with three shutouts in the playoffs. Neu finished the year with 92 total tackles and 13.0 sacks. He has committed to Miami (OH).

LB: Jaivian Norman (Springfield) – OPSWA Division I First Team All-Ohio. Norman was the tone-setter for the state runner-up Wildcats defense. He registered 95 total tackles, had a GWOC leading 10.0 sacks with two forced fumbles and two takeaways (one FR, one INT). He heads into his senior year with 241 total tackles in his career and an offer from Tiffin.

LB: CJ Hicks (Alter) – OPSWA Ohio Division III DPOY along with First Team All-Ohio and Southwest District DPOY for a second straight season. He was also the GCL Co-ed DPOY. Hicks recorded 84 total tackles and had two interceptions, including a 99-yard pick six. The senior also had 1,560 all-purpose yards (667 RuYd, 396 ReYd., 497 RetYd) and 10 touchdowns (5 RuTD, 4 ReTD, 1 IntTD). He has signed with Ohio State.

LB: Gabe Savage (Ryle) – Courier-Journal Second Team All-Kentucky, Class 6A District 6 POY and First Team All-NKY. The senior was a tackling machine getting in on 154 total tackles (69 solo), had 15 tackles or losses with four sacks and a fumble recovery. Savage also ran for 364 yards and four touchdowns. He has signed with Army.

LB: Grant Lyons (St. Xavier) – OPSWA Division I First Team All-Ohio and GCL South LBOY. The senior has the knack for making big plays, tallying 67 total tackles, nine sacks with three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and three interceptions including a pick-six. Lyons has signed with Miami (OH).

DB: Delian Bradley (Springfield) – OPSWA Division I First Team All-Ohio for a second straight year. A four-year starter and defensive leader for state-runner up Springfield. Bradley was in on 81 total tackles, had 1.5 sacks, forced two fumbles with eight takeaways (5 INTs, 3 FRs) and a pick-six. He ends his career in a Springfield uniform with 16 interceptions and nine fumble recoveries. Bradley has signed with Harvard.

DB: Jyaire Brown (Lakota West) – OPSWA Division I First Team All-Ohio for a second straight season as well as being named Southwest District DPOY and GMC DPOY. Despite teams trying to throw away from the senior, Brown still managed to come up with five interceptions and two fumble recoveries for a Firebirds’ defense that allowed just 82.3 yards per game passing with only five touchdown passes against them and 18 picks. He also had four receiving and two punt return touchdowns. Brown has signed with Ohio State.

DB: Alex Afari (Lakota West) – OPSWA Division I First Team All-Ohio for a second straight year. Afari’s size makes him a unique menace to contend with. The senior recorded 59 total tackles, two-and-a-half sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for the 11-2 Firebirds. He also racked up 645 all-purpose yards (307 ReYd) with five trips to the end zone (3 ReTD, 1 PRetTD, 1 KRetTD). Afari has signed with Kentucky.

DB: Cameron Calhoun (Winton Woods) – OPSWA Division II Second Team All-Ohio. Calhoun snared an area-best nine interceptions for the state champion Warriors. The junior has offers from Boston College, West Virginia, Kentucky, Kent State, Marshall, Miami (OH) and Toledo.

P: Adam Polacko (Oakwood) – OPSWA Division IV First Team All-Ohio. The senior averaged 45.9 yards on 31 punts with a long of 64 yards. He also threw for 777 yards, ran for 774 yards and accounted for 16 touchdowns (9 PaTD, 7 RuTD). Polacko is the first Lumberjack to ever be named First Team All-TSF.

RET: Eli Aston (East Central) – IFCA Class 4A Junior All-Indiana Team (WR). A breakout performer who became a threat to find the end zone no matter where he lined up as a junior. Aston averaged 33.7 yards per kickoff return, 13.4 yards per punt return with two kickoff and two punt returns for touchdowns. He also reeled in 44 receptions for 752 yards, found the end zone 16 times (9 ReTD, 3 RuTD, 2 KRetTD, 2 PRetTD) and amassed 1,626 all-purpose yards.

We will be providing updates on Twitter @TSFootball and encourage all of our followers to use the #AllTSF21 in their social media posts.

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