TriStateFootball.com https://tristatefootball.com High School Football in OH/IN/KY Fri, 18 Jan 2019 20:17:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 2018 TSF Kentucky Player of the Year finalists https://tristatefootball.com/2019/01/2018-tsf-kentucky-player-of-the-year-finalists/ Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:55:53 +0000 https://tristatefootball.com/?p=19268 It’s hail to the seniors for the 2018 Kentucky Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year finalists. Twelve of the 15 players are seniors. For just the second time in the 12-year history of these awards there are no quarterbacks amongst the OPOY finalists (also happened ’07). Michael Mayer (Covington Catholic) and Adam Derry (Beechwood) become the 21st and 22nd players to be named Kentucky POY finalists twice.

Here is a look at the 2018 TriState Football Kentucky Player of the Year finalists.

Kentucky Offensive Player of the Year finalists
Logan Castleman (Beechwood), Sr, RB/DB – A four-year starter and member of the most successful senior class in Beechwood (12-2) history. The Tigers have won three straight state title, were state runner-up when Castleman was a freshman and have a combined record of 51-7 (.879 win %) with him in the lineup. Castleman can change a game in all phases. He ran for 1,694 yards, caught 15 passes for 133 yards, had six takeaways (four INT, two FR) including two pick sixes and 34 total touchdowns (28 rush, four rec, two IR). That effort earned Castleman, CJ (Courier-Journal) Third Team All-Kentucky (DB), First Team All-NKY (P), Second Team All-NKY (RB) and First Team All-TSF (ATH) accolades. His career numbers at Beechwood show how well-rounded he was with 2,2199 yards rushing, 99 receptions for 1,331 yards, 12 interceptions, 208 interception return yards and 70 total touchdowns (42 rush, 24 rec, two KR, two IR). Castleman has committed to play baseball at Wright State.

Beechwood RB/DB Logan Castleman (photo by Greg Shoemaker/TriStateFootball.com)

Jack Coldiron (Covington Catholic), Sr, WR/LB – The extremely athletic Coldiron starred on both sides of the ball. He averaged 25.5 yards on 26 receptions for 664 yards with sevent touchdowns for the Colonels offense. On defense he was in on 41 total tackles with 12.5 tackles for losses, one-and-a-half sacks and two interceptions earning CJ First Team All-Kentucky (LB), First Team All-NKY (WR), Second Team All-NKY (LB) and First Team All-TSF (WR) honors. Coldiron a Miami (OH) signee finishes his career with 71 receptions for 1,776 yards, averaged 25.0 per reception and a school record 20 touchdown catches.

Reid Jolly (Campbell County), Sr, WR/SS – Used his size to his advantage in garnering CJ Honorable Mention All-Kentucky (WR), First Team All-NKY (WR & DB) and Second Team All-TSF (DB) acclaim. Jolly hauled in 63 receptions for 941 yards, had nine touchdown catches and a pair of interceptions. Finished his Career as a Camel with 105 receptions, 1,444 receiving yards, 15 touchdown catches and four interceptions.

Travon Mason (Lloyd), Sr, RB – Named KFCA Class 2A, District 6 POY, First Team All-NKY (RB) and Honorable Mention All-TSF after running for 1,690 yards and 21 touchdowns. Mason ran for 3,998 yards and 42 touchdowns at the varsity level.

Casey McGinness (CovCath), Sr, RB – Shattered the Covington Catholic (14-1) record books with 2,140 yards rushing and 35 touchdowns rushing to earn KFCA Class 5A, District 5 POY, CJ Third Team All-Kentucky, First Team All-NKY and Second Team All-TSF accolades. He also had 2,765 all-purpose yards with 23 receptions for 341yards and five touchdown catches. Is the Colonels all-time leader with 5,121 yards rushing and total touchdowns with 85 (74 rush, 10 rec, one KR).

Quincy Perrin (Scott), Jr, RB – Despite running behind a depleted and undersized offensive line Perrin still ran for 1,392 yards, haul in eight receptions for 108 yards and make 21 trips to the end zone (19 rush, two rec). He was named First Team All-NKY and Honorable Mention All-TSF. Perrin heads into his senior year 3,273 yards and 39 touchdowns rushing in an Eagles uniform.

Jon Sergent (Simon Kenton), Sr, RB – Churned out 2,260 all-purpose yards (1,288 rush, 333 rec., 639 ret) and found the end zone 25 times (19 rush, three rec, two KR, one PR) to earn Second Team All-NKY (RB) and Third Team All-TSF (RET) accolades. Sergent finished his career with 3,904 all-purpose yards, 2,510 yards 47 total touchdowns (39 rush, four rec, three KR, one PR) in a Pioneers uniform.

Simon Kenton RB Jon Sergent (photo by Dion Daniels/TriStateFootball.com)

Christian Webster (Conner), Sr, RB – A consistent producer as Conner (9-4) was one of the most pleasant surprises in the Bluegrass State. Webster ran for 1,315 yards, had 14 receptions for 186 yards and scored 15 times (14 rush, one rec) on his way to being named the Class 6A, District 5 POY and Honorable Mention All-TSF.

Kentucky Defensive Player of the Year finalists
JJ Courtney (Simon Kenton), Sr, DL – The motor that kept the Simon Kenton (10-3) defense humming. The Pioneers were a combined 32-7 in Courtney’s three years as a starter. He was named CJ Honorable Mention All-Kentucky, KFCA Class 6A District 6 POY, First Team All-NKY and Second Team All-TSF after recording 98 total tackles, 16.0 sacks, 20 tackles for losses and 35-yard scoop and score. Courtney finishes his career with 229 total tackles, 20.5 sacks, 30 tackles for losses, a pick six and fumble recovery for a score

Adam Derry (Beechwood), Sr, DL – A two-time TSF Kentucky DPOY finalist. Derry was also named CJ Second Team All-Kentucky (OL), First Team All-NKY (DL) and Third Team All-TSF this past season for the Cass 1A state champion Tigers. He has signed with Middle Tennessee State.

Grant Grubbs (Walton-Verona), Sr, LB – Tallied 141 total tackles (112 solo), had 26.5 tackles for losses, seven-and-a-half sacks, with two fumble recoveries and an interception for state semi-finalist, Walton-Verona (11-3). Grubbs was named the KFCA Class 2A District 5 POY and Honorable Mention All-TSF for his work. He finishes his career with 334 total tackles.

Brycen Huddleston (Highlands), Jr, LB – Emerged as a leader of the Highlands (10-3) defense this past fall. Huddleston had two sacks, a fumble recovery and an interception on his way to CJ Honorable Mention All-Kentucky, First Team All-NKY and Honorable Mention All-TSF.

Kyle Kelly (Newport Central Catholic), Sr, LB – A CJ Third Team All-Kentucky selection, Kelly joins his brothers Mark (’07, ’08) and Chris (’10) as Kentucky POY finalists. Kelly has Signed with Ohio University.

NewCath RB/DB Kyle Kelly (photo by Mike Noyes/TriStateFootball.com)

Tanner Lawrence (Campbell County), Sr, DL – Mr. Dependable and a three-year starter for the Camels, Lawrence was named CJ Honorable Mention All-Kentucky, First Team All-NKY and Honorable Mention All-TSF.

Michael Mayer (Covington Catholic), Jr, TE/LB – One of the most highly recruited players to come out of Northern Kentucky in years. Mayer caused havoc on both sides of the ball. He finished with 46 receptions for 1,029 yards, averaged 22.3 per reception and had 10 touchdown catches on offense. Defensively, Mayer was in on 98 total tackles, with three sacks, 20 tackles for losses, forced four fumbles, recovered four fumbles and had a 76-yard pick six on his way to CJ Second Team All-Kentucky (TE), First Team All-NKY (TE & LB) and First Team All-NKY (LB) honors. Mayer has verbally committed to Notre Dame.

Join us as we recognize Team of the Year winners from Dayton, Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky & Indiana, Player of the Year winners and finalists from all of those areas, Mella Window and Carpet Cleaning Player of the Week winners and all members of the 2018 Postseason All-TSF squad as they will be honored at our upcoming TSF Year in Review Show on Monday, February 18th at The Holy Grail – Banks in downtown Cincinnati.

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2018 Cincinnati Player of the Year finalists https://tristatefootball.com/2019/01/2018-cincinnati-player-of-the-year-finalists/ Sat, 12 Jan 2019 19:31:06 +0000 https://tristatefootball.com/?p=19263 Dominating performers is probably the best way to describe the 2018 Cincinnati Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year finalists.  A trio off juniors and a sophomore set the record books on fire while the other 12 finalists played at an envious notch above their senior peers.

In the 12-year history of these awards, Ryan Mullaney (Moeller) and Miyan Williams (Winton Woods) become the 24th and 25 players to be named a Cincinnati POY finalist, twice. Corey Kiner (Roger Bacon) and Cameron Kells (Milford) become the first-ever finalist selections from their schools.

Here is a look at the 2018 TriState Football Cincinnati Player of the Year finalists.

Cincinnati Offensive Player of the Year finalists
Michael Bittner, Elder, Sr, QB – Really rounded into a dual-threat quarterback, throwing for 2,231 yards, running for 631 yards and accounting for 27 touchdowns (16 pass, 11 rush) on his way to Division I OPSWA Special Mention All-Ohio and GCL South OPOY accolades. Bittner amassed 4,832 yards of total offense (3,283 pass, 1,549 rush) and accounted for 52 touchdowns (23 pass, 29 rush) in his three years as a letterman for the Panthers.

Zeke Correll, Anderson, Sr, OT – A two-time Division II OPSWA First Team All-Ohio selection, Correll paved the way for an Anderson (9-4) offense that churned out more than 5,400 yards, found the end zone 59 times and finished Region 8 runner-up. Correll has signed with Notre Dame.

Cameron Kells, Milford, Sr, RB – Propelled a Milford (9-3) offense that won its first playoff game in school history. Kells ran for 1,607 yards, caught 34 passes for 348 yards, amassed 2,067 all-purpose yards with 33 touchdowns (29 rush, four rec) on his way to Division I OPSWA First Team All-Ohio and ECC OPOY honors.

Milford RB Cameron Kells (photo by Mitchell Cooke/TriStateFootball.com)

Corey Kiner, Roger Bacon, So, RB – Ran for 1,740 yards, amassed 2,238 all-purpose yards and found the end zone 27 times (26 rush). He had four games with at least four touchdowns and four contests of 200+ yards rushing on his way to Division IV OPSWA First Team All-Ohio and GCL Central Co-OPOY accolades. Kiner’s offers include Cincinnati, Indiana and Kentucky.

JuTahn McClain, Fairfield, Jr, RB – The complete package out of the backfield saw McClain run for 1,754 yards, catch 24 passes for 416 yards, rack up 2,320 all-purpose yards and find the end zone 31 times (25 rush, five rec, one KR). McClain had 437 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns in the opener versus Centerville. The Fairfield (7-4) junior had at least one play of 60 yards or more in eight games. That effort earned him Division I OPSWA First Team All-Ohio, Southwest District OPOY & GMC OPOY honors. His offers include Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Maryland, Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota, Missouri, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers and West Virginia.

Evan Prater, Wyoming, Jr, QB – Prater was simply sensational for the undefeated Ohio Division IV state champion, Wyoming Cowboys (15-0). He racked up 3,969 yards of total offense (2,181 pass, 1,788 rush), accounted for 60 touchdowns (32 rush, 28 pass) and only had six turnovers (four int) on his way to being named Division IV OPSWA Ohio OPOY. Prater has offer Akron, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Toledo.

Deante Smith-Moore, Colerain, Sr, QB – A breakout season saw Smith-Moore rack up 2,324 yards of total offense (1,072 pass, 1,252 rush), account for 36 touchdowns (19 pass, 17 rush) with only four interceptions for the Division I state runner-up Cardinals. He was named Division I OPSWA Third Team All-Ohio. Brother, DeTuan, was a finalist in this same category in ’13 while at Colerain.

Colerain QB Deante Smith-Moore (photo by Greg Shoemaker/TriStateFootball.com)

Miyan Williams, Winton Woods, Jr, RB – Was named Division II  OPSWA Ohio OPOY after running for 2,824 yards with 38 touchdowns and 2,917 all-purpose yards as Winton Woods (12-2) won its second straight regional title. He ran for 430 yards and six touchdowns in the Warriors epic 49-42 comeback win over Olentangy in the first round of the playoffs. Williams offers include Michigan, Kentucky, Maryland, Rutgers and Toledo.

Cincinnati Defensive Player of the Year finalists
Hasan Black, Wyoming, Sr, LB – Recorded 113 total tackles (79 solo) and 9.0 sacks for the undefeated state champion Cowboys. He earned Division IV OPSWA First Team All-Ohio accolades for the effort. Hasan has offers from Air Force, Akron and Ball State. Black’s brother, Jibreel, was a finalist in this same category in ’09 while at Wyoming.

Spencer Bono, Elder, Sr, DE – Played a huge role as the Elder (8-5) defense stepped up during a late season run to the Region 4 finals. Bono earned Division I OPSWA Third Team All-Ohio honors after getting in on 69 total tackles with 10.0 sacks and a fumble recovery. He recorded 22.5 sacks as a Panther. Bono has signed with Boston College.

Elder DE Spencer Bono (photo by David Shelton/TriStateFootball.com)

Anthony Booker, Winton Woods, Sr, DE – “Tank” was the anchor of a Warriors defensive line that held eight opponents to 14 points or fewer and went 7-2 against teams the made the playoffs in ’17. He was named Division II OPSWA Second Team All-Ohio. Booker has offers from Cincinnati, Maryland, Rutgers, Kentucky, Indiana, Miami (OH), Pitt, Ohio, Bowling Green, Eastern Kentucky, Toledo, Western Michiga and Akron

Jowon Briggs, Walnut Hills, Sr, DL – Often double teamed, Briggs still managed to get in on 54 tackles with six sacks to garner Division I OPSWA First Team All-Ohio and ECC DPOY honors. He has signed with Virginia.

Ryan Mullaney, Moeller, Sr, DL – A sack machine, Mullaney finished his career as the Crusaders all-time leader in sacks with 30.0. He was named Division I OPSWA Special Mention All-Ohio and the GCL South DLOY after getting in on 61 total tackles, with 13.0 sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Moeller DL Ryan Mullaney (photo by Mitchell Cooke/TriStateFootball.com)

Ivan Pace Jr., Colerain, Sr, RB/LB – Was a one-man wrecking crew on both sides of the ball for Division I state runner-up, Colerain (14-1). Pace Jr. earned Division I OPSWA  Ohio DPOY honors for his play on defense where he tallied 80 total tackles, recorded six sacks, forced four fumbles, recovered two fumbles and had a 44-yard pick six. On offense, Pace Jr. ran for 1,441 yards and found the end zone 23 times (22 rush). He finishes his career with 2,425 yards rushing, 203 total tackles, 16.0 sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, one interception and 43 touchdowns (39 rush, one rec, two FR, one IR). Pace Jr. has signed with Miami (OH).

JJ Ross, Lakota West, Sr, DB – A lock down defender that is our lone defensive back as finalist. Ross had six interceptions including a pick six against Princeton. He was an Division I OPSWA First Team All-Ohio selection. Ross has signed with Cincinnati.

Jalen Thornton, Indian Hill, Sr, DL – Named Division IV OPSWA First Team All-Ohio and Southwest District DPOY after getting in on 90+ tackles with 10.5 sacks for Indian Hill (9-3). He also had four touchdown catches on 10 receptions for 176 yards. Thornton Signed with West Virginia, where his father, John, also played.

Join us as we recognize Team of the Year winners from Dayton, Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky & Indiana, Player of the Year winners and finalists from all of those areas, Mella Window and Carpet Cleaning Player of the Week winners and all members of the 2018 Postseason All-TSF squad as they will be honored at our upcoming TSF Year in Review Show on Monday, February 18th at The Holy Grail – Banks in downtown Cincinnati.

 

 

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2018 TSF Dayton Player of the Year Finalists https://tristatefootball.com/2019/01/2018-tsf-dayton-player-of-the-year-finalists/ Tue, 08 Jan 2019 15:20:25 +0000 https://tristatefootball.com/?p=19253 Seniors dominate the 2018 Dayton Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year finalists. Fourteen of the 15 players are seniors and none of them were finalists a year ago. Six of the seven offensive finalists were named their conference players of the year. Six of the eight defensive finalists were named their conference players of the year.

Here is a look at the 2018 TriState Football Dayton Player of the Year finalists.

Dayton Offensive Player of the Year finalists

Connor Bazelak, Alter, Sr, QB – The Division III OPSWA Third Team All-Ohio and GCL North Co-OPOY honoree helped lead Alter (13-2) to a state runner-up finish which included a 13-game winning streak. He threw for 1,655 yards, had 12 touchdown passes with another 414 yards and eight trips to paydirt on the ground. Bazelak has signed with Missouri.

Jaydon Culp-Bishop, Troy, Sr, RB – Had a monster season with 2,427 yards rushing, 38 scores on the ground, 2,710 all-purpose yards and two kickoff returns for touchdowns. His performance earned him Division II OPSWA First Team All-Ohio and GWOC American North OPOY accolades.

Jesse Deglow, Fairmont, Sr, RB – The Division I OPSWA First Team All-Ohio and GWOC National East OPOY churned out 1,549 yards and 22 touchdowns rushing while helping lead Fairmont (7-4) to consecutive playoff trips for the first time in school history. Deglow had career highs of 278 yards and five touchdowns rushing in 49-44 loss, at Wayne in Week 8. He ran for 2,632 yards and 38 scores on the ground as a Firebird.

Jack Fessler, Fenwick, Sr, RB – Made the most of his final campaign after being hurt as a junior. The Fenwick (9-3) back finished with 1,874 yards and 26 touchdowns on the ground. The Falcons back had four consecutive games of 200 or more yards rushing including 317 versus Chaminade Julienne. The effort earned Fessler, Division III OPSWA First Team All-Ohio and GCL North Co-OPOY (along with Bazelak) honors.

Miles Johnson, Northmont, Sr, QB – Was the catalyst for a Northmont (10-2) offense that amassed more than 4,400 yards and averaged 32.9 points per contest. Johnson threw for 2,589 with 29 touchdown tosses and two rushing scores on his way to Division I OPSWA Special Mention All-Ohio and GWOC National West OPOY acclaim.

Northmont QB Miles Johnson (photo courtesy of ScoutingOhio.com)

Sincere Wells, Xenia, Sr, RB – Helped lead the Buccaneers to their first outright league title (GWOC American South) since 1969. Wells set the single season school record with 20 rushing touchdowns to go along with his 1,301 yards rushing (second straight year of 1,300+ yards rushing). He ran for 2,745 yards and 37 touchdowns in a Xenia uniform.

Mason Whiteman, Madison Senior, Sr, QB/DB – Stats don’t tell the story of Whiteman’s value on both sides of the ball. The four-year starter was named Division V OPSWA Special Mention All-Ohio and the SWBL Buckeye OPOY. The Mohawks went 22-2 in his last 24 starts under center. Defensively, Whiteman finishes his career with 11 interceptions, 352 interception return yards and four pick sixes.

Dayton Defensive Player of the Year finalists
Trey Baker, Fairmont, Jr, LB – The lone junior finalist had quite a year after tallying 94 total tackles with two sacks and two interceptions on his way to Division I OPSWA Second Team All-Ohio and GWOC National East Co-DPOY acclaim.

Shane Cokes, Chaminade Julienne, Sr, DE – A disruptive force for Chaminade Julienne (7-4), Cokes recorded 70 total tackles, eight-and-a-half sacks and 17 tackles for losses. Cokes garnered Division III OPSWA First Team All-Ohio and GCL North Co-DPOY acclaim for his effort. He has offers from Kent State, Eastern Kentucky, Holy Cross, Cornell, Lehigh, Dartmouth, Yale, Fordham and Georgetown.

Moses Douglass, Springfield, Sr, DB – The leader of a Springfield (9-3) defense that gave 17 points or fewer, 10 times in 12 games. He was in on 98 total tackles with a pair of forced fumbles and an interception on his way to Division I OPSWA First Team All-Ohio and GWOC National East Co-DPOY (along with Baker) accolades. Douglass has signed with and is enrolled at Kentucky.

Springfield DB Moses Douglass (photo courtesy of ScoutingOhio.com)

Max Evans, Madison Senior, Sr, DL – Anchored a Madison Senior (12-1) defensive line that gave up just 5.7 points per game and had seven shutouts. He was named Division V OPSWA First Team All-Ohio and the SWBL Buckeye DPOY for his work. Evans record 27.5 sacks over his career.

Sam Jackson, Troy, Sr, DE/OLB – Troy (10-2) cut Jackson loose on the outside and he prospered big time. He was in on more than 90 tackles with eight sacks, forced a fumble and recovered two fumbles on his way to being named the OPSWA Ohio Division II DPOY. Jackson also finishes his career with nine interceptions.

Connor Meyer, Alter, Sr, DL – Filled the middle of a Knights defense that held 13 of its 15 opponents to 14 points or less. Meyer was named Division III OPSWA Second Team All-Ohio for the effort.

Gabe Newburg, Northmont, Sr, DL – The Thunderbolts rock of steadiness on defense. Newburg was named Division I OPSWA First Team All-Ohio and has signed with Michigan. He ends his career at Northmont with 18.5 sacks.

Nick Straw, Lebanon, Sr, LB – After missing much of his junior year with an injury, Straw came back in strong fashion. The Lebanon linebacker recorded 166 total tackles, was in on two sacks, forced three fumbles, recovered a fumble and had an interception. He earned Division I OPSWA Special Mention All-Ohio and GWOC National West DPOY acclaim for the work.  Straw has signed with Navy.

Join us as we recognize Team of the Year winners from Dayton, Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky & Indiana, Player of the Year winners and finalists from all of those areas, Mella Window and Carpet Cleaning Player of the Week winners and all members of the 2018 Postseason All-TSF squad as they will be honored at our upcoming TSF Year in Review Show on Monday, February 18th at The Holy Grail – Banks in downtown Cincinnati.

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2018 Postseason All-TSF Team https://tristatefootball.com/2019/01/2018-postseason-all-tsf-team/ Mon, 07 Jan 2019 01:27:31 +0000 https://tristatefootball.com/?p=19249 Following suit, the 2018 Postseason All-TriStateFootball.com Team is comprised of players that helped their teams to very successful seasons in the win column. The team efforts put forth to rack up those victories also reaps the benefit of recognition for many teammates.

All members of this year’s team is invited to the TSF Year in Review Show at Holy Grail on Monday, February 18. First, Second and Third-Team selections will be presented a medal and all Honorable Mentions will be recognized with a certificate.

When we look back 10 years from now, this may be one of the most impressive Postseason All-TSF teams ever selected. The top tier talent assembled here is incredibly gifted. Plenty of them will make their impact on Saturdays in college. After that, expect several more of them to continue that success on Sundays.

There are 148 players from 68 of the 152 schools (in the TSF coverage area) that make up the 2018 Postseason All-TriStateFootball.com Team – 1st Team (26), 2nd Team (26), 3rd Team (26) and Honorable Mentions (70).

Colerain leads the way with seven players earning honors for their play, followed by Winton Woods (6), Elder (6), Northmont (5), Moeller (5) and Covington Catholic (5). Five other schools have four players also being recognized – Wyoming, Indian Hill, Alter, La Salle and East Central.

The First Team has 16 seniors of the 22 on offense and defense (not including the specialists). All but one of those players has signed or verbally committed to play Division I (FBS) football.

The Big 10 lassoed five of those studs – Eric All (Fairfield), Zach Carpenter (Moeller), Gabe Newburg (Northmont) – Michigan; Jestin Jacobs (Northmont) – Iowa; Conner Foster (Milford) – Northwestern. The ACC scored big with Zeke Correll (Anderson) – Notre Dame; Jowon Briggs (Walnut Hills) – Virginia; Spencer Bono (Elder) – Boston College.

A trio of schools land a pair of these “first-teamers,” – Isaiah Gibson (Springfield), Moses Douglass (Springfield) – Kentucky; Jack Coldiron (Covington Catholic), Ivan Pace Jr. (Colerain) – Miami (OH); JJ Ross (Lakota West), Justin Harris (Wayne) – Cincinnati. Last, but not least, Jalen Thornton (Indian Hill) is headed to West Virginia.

The best of the best sees, seven of 26 – 1st Team, 8 of 26 – 2nd Team, 7 of 26 – 3rd Team and 20 of 70 Honorable Mention selections named their district or conference (or conference/division) offensive or defensive players of the year in 2018. In all, 42 of the 148 honorees were POYs last fall.

THE 2018 POSTSEASON ALL-TSF TEAM

FIRST-TEAM

OFFENSE
QB: Evan Prater (Wyoming)
RB: Miyan Williams (Winton Woods)
RB: JuTahn McClain (Fairfield)
WR: Jack Coldiron (Covington Catholic)
WR: Kyle Trischler (Elder)
TE: Erick All (Fairfield)
OL: Paris Johnson (St. Xavier)
OL: Zach Carpenter (Moeller)
OL: Zeke Correll (Anderson)
OL: Isaiah Gibson (Springfield)
OL: Connor Foster (Milford)
ATH: Logan Castleman (Beechwood)
PK: Charlie Sipe (Mason)

DEFENSE
DL: Jalen Thornton (Indian Hill)
DL: Jowon Briggs (Walnut Hills)
DL: Gabe Newburg (Northmont)
DL: Spencer Bono (Elder)
LB: Mike Mayer (Covington Catholic)
LB: Trey Baker (Fairmont)
LB: Ivan Pace Jr. (Colerain)
LB: Jestin Jacobs (Northmont)
DB: JJ Ross (Lakota West)
DB: Moses Douglass (Springfield)
DB: Justin Harris (Wayne)
P: Brandon Walters (Centerville)
RET: Rae’Quan Prince (Winton Woods)

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SECOND-TEAM

OFFENSE
QB: Michael Bittner (Elder)
RB: Jaydon Culp-Bishop (Troy)
RB: Casey McGinness (Covington Catholic)
WR: Michael Brown-Stephens (Springfield)
WR: RJ Khayo (Moeller)
TE: Justin Stephens (Trotwood-Madison)
OL: Luke Kandra (Elder)
OL: Jacob Padilla (Wayne)
OL: Carter Black (Covington Catholic)
OL: Jonathan Allen (Dunbar)
OL: Jacob Hensley (Fairfield)
ATH: JJ Davis (Colerain)
PK: Kevin Thibodeaux (Moeller)

DEFENSE
DL: Darrion Henry (Princeton)
DL: JJ Courtney (Simon Kenton)
DL: Shane Cokes (Chaminade Julienne)
DL: Ryan Mullaney (Moeller)
LB: Brody Ingle (La Salle)
LB: Luke Bolden (Colerain)
LB: Nick Straw (Lebanon)
LB: Sam Jackson (Troy)
DB: Reid Jolly (Campbell County)
DB: Syncere Jones (Colerain)
DB: Ryan Hall (Fairmont)
P: Ben Sauls (Tippecanoe)
RET: Lucas Patten (Little Miami)

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THIRD-TEAM

OFFENSE
QB: Deante Smith-Moore (Colerain)
RB: Cameron Kells (Milford)
RB: Corey Kiner (Roger Bacon)
WR: Joey Edmonds (Wyoming)
WR: Eric Curless (Anderson)
TE: Joe Royer (Elder)
OL: Jacob Gideon (Ryle)
OL: Joe Oakes (Indian Hill)
OL: Jaison Williams (Trotwood-Madison)
OL: Ben Blevins (Little Miami)
OL: TJ Gonella (Colerain)
ATH: Trey Heidlage (Batesville)
PK: Caden Browndyke (East Central)

DEFENSE
DL: Lonnie Phelps (Mount Healthy)
DL: Adam Derry (Beechwood)
DL: Anthony Booker (Winton Woods)
DL: Max Evans (Madison Senior)
LB: Hasan Black (Wyoming)
LB: Thomas Kiessling (St. Xavier)
LB: Jarred Uran (La Salle)
LB: Jalen Engelman (Winton Woods)
DB: Owen Lunsford (South Dearborn)
DB: Antwann Martin Jr. (Alter)
DB: Demarco Bradley Jr. (Taft)
P: Drew Nieman (La Salle)
RET: Jon Sergent (Simon Kenton)

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HONORABLE MENTIONS

QB – (8): Josh Anderson (New Richmond), Connor Bazelak (Alter), Cameron Hergott (Beechwood), Miles Johnson (Northmont), Connor Kinnett (Harrison), Alex Maxwell (East Central), Rashad McKee (Wayne) & Josh Taylor (Western Brown).

RB – (8): Jesse Deglow (Fairmont), Jack Fessler (Fenwick), Travon Mason (Lloyd), Devin Nelson (Wayne), Quincy Perrin (Scott), Christian Webster (Conner), Sincere Wells (Xenia) & Nak’emon Williams (Kings).

WR – (7): Corey Burnette (Centerville), Justin Golson (Northmont), Jared Kreimer (St. Xavier), Joey Newton (Anderson), Chris’Seon Stringer (Taft), Steven Victoria (Wayne) & Dominic Wilcox (Chaminade Julienne).

TE – (2): Charlie Cowart (Mariemont) & Seth Schmidt (Clinton-Massie).

OL – (6): Grant Hemmer (Covington Catholic), Jakob James (Elder), Ethan Knisley (Bellbrook), Clint Lorenz (Greensburg), Brendon Lowery (Winton Woods) & Cole Rosfeld (East Central).

DL – (8): Kennedy Coates (Trotwood-Madison), Grant Grubbs (Walton-Verona), Tanner Lawrence (Campbell County), Alex Merritt (Moeller), Connor Meyer (Alter), Casey Miller (Mason), Thomas Myers (Clinton-Massie) & Dylan Wudke (Miamisburg).

LB – (10): Adam Bedel (Batesville), Evan Brown (Edgewood), Matt Centers (Franklin), Nick Coyle (Butler), Izaiah Cunningham (Taft), Brycen Huddleston (Highlands), Kyle Kelly (Newport Central Catholic), John Mark Shutt (Boone County), Evan Schlensker (Badin) & Nick Willis (Xenia).

DB – (7): De’Zion Coleman (Hughes), Waseem Ficklin (Winton Woods), Twon Hines (Northridge), Danny Lewis (Northmont), Jakari Patterson (Colerain), Kievaughn Sanks (Aiken) & Darren Taborn (Sidney).

ATH – (6): Alex Barnard (CHCA), Dimetrious Baylor (Indian Hill), Davon Hartmann-Starks (Badin), Pierson Rogers (Wyoming), Clayton Schirmer (Blanchester) & Mason Whiteman (Madison Senior).

PK – (3): Luke Lundberg (Indian Hill), Mason Molique (Ryle) & Jake Seibert (La Salle).

P – (2): RJ Clesceri (Fenwick) & Derek Willits (Alter).

RET – (3): Devon Donawerth (East Central), Wade Phillips (Edgewood) & Marcus Wood (Greenville).

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ALSO CONSIDERED

QB – Sean Church (Lakota East), Michael Crawford (Mount Healthy), Tristan Dillon (West Carrollton), Adam Dixon (South Dearborn), Brady Evans (Wilmington), Cole Fisher (CHCA), Zach Hoover (Purcell Marian), Daniel Ingram (Woodward), Caleb Jacob (Covington Cathoic), Sully Janeck (Fenwick), Mick Karn (Piqua), Ashton Koller (Kings), Braden Miller (Fairmont), Ryan Minor (Chaminade Julienne), Brody Reder (Little Miami), Wally Renie (Mariemont), Brayden Sipple (Blanchester), David Thompson (Anderson), Jeff Tyus (Fairfield), Tate Vongsy (Miamisburg), Garrett Yoon (Lawrenceburg)

RB – Micah Alford (Walton-Verona), DJ Ames (CHCA), Kayvon Britten (Western Hills), Fred Brown (Riverview East), Daevon Bryant (Deer Park), Cameron Craig (Rushville), Daniel Cunningham III (New Miami), Logan Dalton (Mason), Jack Debozsi (Lakota East), Sedric Ferguson (Bellbrook), Jason Griffin (Batavia), Robbie Grove (Milton-Union), Liam Hamill (Loveland), Cole Joslin (Clermont Northeastern), Brandon Lanier (Mount Healthy), Ryan Martin (Butler), Jordan McConnel (Sycamore), Chris Payne (St. Xavier), Cam Porter (La Salle), Eric Rosemeyer (East Central), Justin Sloan (Bellbrook), TayVeon Smoot (Springfield), Keyshawn Stephens (Hamilton), Sean Stratton (Ludlow), Jon Surman (MVCA), Jayzon Wagner (Belmont), Elijah Williams (Edgewood) & Willieon Yates (Springboro).

WR – Mikey Armour (Cooper), Jack Ayler (Milford), Riley Blankenship (Waynesville), Dameer Blankumsee (Winton Woods), Bryant Johnson (Butler), Wil Eads (Summit Country Day), Da’Montay Everett (Purcell Marian), Dylan Hughes (Milford), Austin Jones (West Carrollton), Lee Megois (Madeira), Braden Moore (Brookville), Shandon Morris (Middletown), Dylan Poff (Bethel-Tate), Nate Roberts (Highlands), Ratez Roberts (Sidney), Jake Sargent (Oakwood), Austin Seifert (Batesville), Levi Tidwell (Harrison), Owen Toopes (Piqua), Yani Williams (Western Brown), Jermaine Wimpye (Princeton), Gavin Yoon (Lawrenceburg) & CJ Young (Harrison).

TE – Luke Bulger (Beechwood), Jordan Cameron (Dunbar), Ayden Camp (Conner), Kyle Campbell (Talawanda), Colin Downing (Chaminade Julienne), Joseph Hocker (Deer Park), Spencer Klopfenstein (Troy) & Ross Parrish (Anderson).

OL – Colin Alcorn (Miamisburg), Michal Attabary (Cooper), Peyton Bartley (Xenia), Dayton Baugh (Beechwood), Caleb Bolen (Madison Senior), Joey Bowling (Fairborn), Ricardo Calzada (Carroll), Clark (Piqua), Luke Collinsworth (East Central), Eli Cupp (Wyoming), Zierin Exon (Springfield), Ryan Francisco (Lakota West), Cortez Huckleby (Mount Healthy), Trent Johnson (Highlands), Andrew Jones (Badin), Sam Lockwood (Xenia), Bruce Montgomery (New Miami), Luke Moster (Franklin County), Treyvon Nash (Simon Kenton), Matt Phillips (Clinton-Massie), Andrew Naughton (Kings), Patrick Roncagli (Fairmont), Sam Secrest (Fenwick), Edward Son (Sycamore), Joe Stillwell (Williamsburg), Nolan Tebbe (Roger Bacon), Trevor Van Vilet (Ross), Trevor Warren (Dayton Christian), Sam Weaver (West Clermont), Keeshawn Westley (Dixie Heights) & Connor Woodruff (Summit Country Day).

DL – Devonte Allen (Taft), Nathaniel Armstrong (Alter), Dayton Baugh (Beechwood), Axel Bell (South Dearborn), Fred Butts (Carroll), Jameel Clark (Withrow), Tyler Cromer (Reading), Marquan Curtis (Mariemont), Zach Dick (South Dearborn), Greg Fitzpatrick (Fairfield), Andrew Hall (Northridge), Ross Halverstadt (Covington Catholic), Noah Harrison (Valley View), Gabe Kilgore (Bethel-Tate), De’Anthony Martin (Belmont), Cole Pelgen (Madison Senior), Eric Phillips (Colerain), James Smith (Wyoming), Jason Smith (Beavercreek), Brad Turner (Lloyd), Joe Wahl (West Clermont) & Matthew Warden (Summit Country Day).

LB – Nathan Arthur (St. Xavier), Ty Beam (Clinton-Massie), Nathan Bezold (Bishop Brossart), Garrett Bledsoe (La Salle), Bryce Burton (Princeton), Clay Cogswell (Simon Kenton), Jeff Collins (Norwood), Mason DeGennaro (Lebanon), Jason Fehr (McNicholas), Mason Gostomsky (Tippecanoe), Jack Haglage (Mason), Julian Herman (CHCA), Jake Hoffmeyer (Elder), Alex Howard (Mount Healthy), Brycen Huddleston (Highlands), Daved Jones Jr. (Lakota West), Jared Kelsay (Scott), Jerron Lander (Northridge), Matt Lewis (West Clermont), Joe Lusby (MVCA), Luke Mattia (Hamilton), Jack McDowell (Summit Country Day), Matt Megois (Madeira), Diego Neri (Northwest), Cam O’Gara (Wyoming), Jimmy O’Toole (Anderson), Melvin Pleasant (Winton Woods), JT Popp (Loveland), Dakota Roberts (Williamsburg), Jackson Saladin (Ryle), Dylan Spivey (New Miami), Nebulun Stephens (Woodward), Luke Szabados (Moeller), Delphous Thomas (Fairfield), Jaheim Thomas (Princeton), Hunter Warner (Fairborn), Tyler Wilcox (Trotwood-Madison), Derrian Wilkins (Aiken), John Mark Williams (Indian Hill) & Max Wynn (Centerville).

DB – Sammy Anderson (Trotwood-Madison), Eric Beck (Elder), Cortez Blassingame (Holmes), Ta’Ron Britt (Trotwood-Madison), Hunter Cain (Newport Central Catholic), Laurence Christian (Purcell Marian), Kaleal Davis (Newport), Bowen Doane (Faytteville Perry), Marshall Flaig (Badin), Tyquan Fleming (Winton Woods), Caleb Harris (Sidney), Jordan Hodge (Ross), Ryan Kerman (Little Miami), David LeCount (Simon Kenton), Avi McGary (Lakota East), Tate Neiderman (Conner), Henry Nenni (Fenwick), Caleb Newman (Lebanon), Tate Niederman (Conner), Dominick Nigro (Mason), Deshawn Pace (Colerain), Mark Petrangelo (Fairborn), Hayden Sharritt (Brookville), Donovan Sims (Belmont), Duncan Summe (Covington Catholic), Austin Tutt (Preble Shawnee), Gabe Van Skaik (Reading), Troy Vinson (Middletown) & Maurice Wilson (Beavercreek).

ATH –Zane Cahill (Conner), Jawann Davis (Hughes), Kalos Farrior (Gamble Montessori), Seth Griswold (Dayton Christian), Seth Henderson (MVCA), Tim Jordan (Aiken), Cody Kramer (Ludlow), Jeremiah Lee (Cooper), Dashawn McIntire (Deer Park), Kaleb Moell (Batavia), Camarr Myers (Bourbon County), Tyler Porter (Newport) & Joey Woods (Greensburg).

PK – Cam Anderson (Waynesville), Nick Bowman (Highlands), Cody Clevenger (Preble Shawnee), Billy Crago (Lebanon), Cooper Daniels (Franklin), Kyle Farfsing (Harrison), Trey Gronotte (Covington Catholic), Trevor Hawley (Wayne), Brady Henry (Wilmington), Chris Mangold (Colerain), Thomas Mitchell (Kings), Jack Ruffalo (Alter), Christian Seger (Simon Kenton) & Yeri Velasquez (Winton Woods).

P – Austin Arellano (East Clinton), Luke Byrd (Roger Bacon), Grady Kramer (Highlands), Nick Hjort (Lakota West), Max Meisel (Harrison), Andrew Redemeier (Ross), Logan Persson (Indian Hill), BT Tolble (Summit Country Day), Luke Van Steenkiste (Badin) & Kameron Williams (North College Hill).

RET – David Blair (South Dearborn), Josh Bryant (Middletown), Devon Hicks (St. Bernard) Jamal Kelly (Mount Healthy), Cody Kidd (Turpin), AJ Lovin (Milton-Union), John Odom (Beechwood), Cordell Oeder (Little Miami) & Antwand Yett (Aiken).

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RSVP 2018 TSF Year In Review Show https://tristatefootball.com/2019/01/rsvp-2018-tsf-year-in-review-show/ Mon, 07 Jan 2019 00:22:57 +0000 https://tristatefootball.com/?p=19236 All members of the 2018 Postseason All-TSF Team in attendance will be recognized and presented an award at our 2018 TSF Year in Review Show at Holy Grail Banks.

Holy Grail will be closed for just our event during this time. The show is scheduled for Monday, February 18 and starts at 6:30 PM with seating beginning at 6PM.

The award ceremony will end at approximately 8:30 PM. It will be a standing-only crowd so we strongly encourage you to RSVP for your group for the event by making your reservation now at TriStateFootball.com:

First, Second and Third-Team selections will be presented a medal and all Honorable Mentions will be recognized with a certificate. Our Team of the Year and Player of the Year trophies will also be awarded.

In addition, we will present all of the Mella Window & Carpert Cleaning Player of the Week winners with a plaque. It is going to be a special night of celebrating the very best in high school football.

Register for the event and reserve your FREE tickets by visiting our OFFICIAL EVENT PAGE at EventBrite.

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Bolden bolts Colerain for Lakota West https://tristatefootball.com/2018/12/bolden-bolts-colerain-for-lakota-west/ Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:33:02 +0000 https://tristatefootball.com/?p=19225 Lakota West High School made it official Wednesday night announcing Tom Bolden as its next football head coach. Bolden leaves Colerain (his alma mater) after 12 seasons as the Cardinals front man. He replaces Jeff Wadl who was the Firebirds interim head coach in 2018. The move was surprising to everyone but Bolden and Lakota West athletic director, Scott Kaufman.

Bolden comes in with some very impressive credentials. He posted a 132-21 in a dozen seasons at Colerain. His Cardinals were in the Ohio state semi-finals three times in the last four years (including a state runner-up finish in 2018), a feat that has only been accomplished by four other Cincinnati-area schools in the last 30 seasons – Princeton (1987, ’88 & ’90), Clinton-Massie (2013, ’12 & ‘11 ), Moeller (2014, ’13 & ’12) and La Salle (2016, ’15 & ’14). Colerain went a combined 77-1 in Greater Miami Conference games with 12 league titles under Bolden.

Wins have been hard to com by for Lakota West over the past three years. The Firebirds have gone 8-22 in that span. Their last playoff appearance was in 2014.

The good news for Bolden is that Lakota West does have talent with the likes of RB David Afari and LB Daved Jones leading the way. The bad news is that the Firebirds have scored seven points or less 17 times in their last 28 games. They have not thrown a touchdown pass since Week 9 of 2016. It will be interesting to see how fast Lakota West will adjust to a new offense implemented by Bolden in ’19.

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Talawanda Hires Cox https://tristatefootball.com/2018/12/talawanda-hires-cox/ Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:16:31 +0000 https://tristatefootball.com/?p=19229 A new era begins at Talawanda as the school board announced the hiring of Larry Cox to head up the football program. Cox replaces JD Vondrheide who went 17-54 with one playoff appearance in seven seasons at the helm. Since making the postseason in 2014 the Brave have gone just 5-35.

Cox who was out of coaching last fall, is a graduate of Badin High School and Miami University. He spent two years as the head coach at Bellbrook before moving to Lakota West in 1997. In 21 years at Lakota West he posted a 114-103 mark. Twelve times the Firebirds finished above .500 under him. Cox has 127-110 overall in 23 seasons overall.

This will be a rebuilding process in all phases of the game for Cox.  The Talawanda defense has allowed 35.0 per game over the past two campaigns. The offense has averaged just 10.8 points per contest with 11 games of seven points or fewer in that same span.

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2018 All-EIAC Teams https://tristatefootball.com/2018/12/2018-all-eiac-teams/ Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:51:10 +0000 https://tristatefootball.com/?p=19219 It was a joyous family celebration for the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference 2018 divisional players of the year, Trey Heidlage (3A) and Alex Maxwell (4A). The cousins capped off great careers, carving out their chapters in the history books of their programs.

Heidlage was named the EIAC 3A Offensive MVP for a second straight year after helping Batesville to a 9-3 record. He finished his senior season with 2,148 yards passing, 21 touchdowns passing, 1,475 rushing yards 28 rushing touchdowns, two receptions, 50 receiving yards, one receiving touchdown, 24 total tackles and two interceptions. Heidlage shattered most of the passing records at Batesville with 4,561 yards and 43 touchdowns through the air at the varsity level. The four-year letter winner also ran for 2,888 yards, had 50 rushing scores, 34 receptions, 324 receiving yards, one touchdown catch, 3,452 all-purpose yards, 68 total tackles and four interceptions in a Bulldogs uniform.

Maxwell set the East Central record for career rushing touchdowns with 68. He finished his final campaign with 3,408 yards of total offense (1,164 pass, 1,244 rush), 29 rushing touchdowns and nine passing scores for the 11-2 Trojans.  In his four years as a letter winner East Central went a combined 18-3 in the playoffs with four sectional crowns, three regional championships, a state runner-up finish in 2015 and the IHSAA Class 4A state title in ’17. Maxwell amassed 6,567 yards of total offense (2,716 pass, 3,851 rush) and accounted for 92 touchdowns (24 pass, 68 rush) as a Trojan.

East Central QB Alex Maxwell (photo by Linda Lyness Maxwell)

Senior, Owen Lunsford was a catalyst for the South Dearborn defense with more than 90 total tackles, six interceptions, two forced fumbles, a blocked punt and a blocked field. The Knights finished 8-3 and allowed just 11.2 points per game. Lunsford garnered the EIAC 4A Defensive MVP for his effort. Heidlage’s classmate Adam Bedel was named the EIAC Class 3A Defensive MVP after getting in on 140 total tackles with 21.5 tackles for losses, 4.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Here is a look at the 2018 EIAC All-Conference Teams:

DIVISION 4A
Connersville
: Jacen Beckman
East Central: Alex Maxwell, Gaar Ertel, Gage Ertel, Eric Rosemeyer, Cole Rosfeld, Kole Viel, Devon Donawerth, Trevor Becker, Michael Medlock, Brett Fox, Luke Collinsworth, Caden Browndyke, Chase Ludwig
Franklin County: Luke Moster, Augustus Runyon, Kyle Spurlock
South Dearborn: Owen Lunsford, Trey Thies, Axel Bell, Tristan Rinehart, Ethan Getz, Zach Dick, Austin Terrill, David Blair, Kyle Vanguelpen

Offensive MVP:  Alex Maxwell, East Central
Defensive MVP: Owen Lunsford, South Dearborn
Team Champs:  East Central
Coach of the Year:  Don Stonefield, East Central

Batesville LB Adam Bedel (photo by Greg Shoemaker/TriStateFootball.com)

DIVISION 3A
Batesville: Trey Heidlage, Adam Bedel, Austin Siefert, Charlie Dice, Sam Bowman, Alex Love, Brayden Linkel, Tyler Meyers, Nate Salvin
Greensburg: Joey Woods, Clint Lorenz, Aaron Black, KAL’el Dickson, Aron Moeller
Lawrenceburg: Jalen Parks, Dalton Dixon, Andrew Rennekamp, Gavin Yoon, Garrett Yoon, Marshall Kinnard
Rushville: Cameron Craig, Grant Hill, Duncan Draper, Nick Komlanc, Mason Springman, Hunter Applegate

Offensive MVP: Trey Heidlage, Batesville
Defensive MVP: Adam Bedel, Batesville
Team Champs:  Batesville
Coach of the Year: Evan Ulery, Batesville

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2018 All-NKY Teams https://tristatefootball.com/2018/12/2018-all-nky-teams/ Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:20:36 +0000 https://tristatefootball.com/?p=19213 Making the All-NKY Teams in 2018 was quite an accomplishment and a difficult task for the NKFCA (Northern Kentucky Football Coaches Association) to pick. The senior laden squads were filled with players that had outstanding performances this past fall.

Some amazing careers ended and new stars emerged. A pair of sophomores Cam Hergott (Beechwood) and Caleb Jacobs (Covington Catholic) were the All-NKY selections at quarterback. The future looks very bright for their programs. Not making the teams were Class 1A, District 4 Player of the Year, Cody Kramer (Ludlow) and Class 6A, District 5 Player of the Year, Christian Webster (Conner).

Campbell County WR Reid Jolly (photo by Greg Shoemaker/TriStateFootball.com)

FIRST TEAM
Offense
OL – Trent Johnson, Sr, Highlands
OL – Jacob Gideon, Sr, Ryle – The 6-foot-3, 275 pound guard is committed to Western Michigan.
OL – Treyvon Nash, Sr, Simon Kenton
OL – Grant Hemmer, Sr,  Covington Catholic – A two-time First Team All-NKY selection.
OL – Carter Black, Sr,  Covington Catholic – A two-time First Team All-NKY selection.
OL – Michael Attabary, Sr, Cooper
QB – Cameron Hergott, So, Beechwood – Had 1,671 PaYds, 24 PaTDs, (only 7 Ints), 547 RuYds & 7 RuTDs in his first year as a starter.
RB – Casey McGinness, Sr,  Covington Catholic – The KFCA Class 5A, District 5 Player of the Year. Had great numbers with 2,140 RuYds, 35 RuTDs, 23 rec., 341 ReYds, 5 ReTDs & 2,765 APYds as senior. Career: 5,121 RuYds, 74 RuTDs, 69 rec., 1,035 ReYds, 10 ReTDs, 1 KRTD, 85 TotTDs
RB – Quincy Perrin, Jr, Scott – Had 1,392 RuYds, 19 RuTDs, 8 rec., 106 ReYds & 2 ReTDs. Career: 3,273 RuYds, 39 RuTDs, 14 rec., 185 ReYds, 3 ReTDs, 27 TotTkls & 1 FR.
WR – Jack Coldiron, Sr, Covington Catholic – The Miami (OH) commit had 26 rec., 664 ReYds, 25.5/rec. & 7 ReTDs. Career: 71 rec., 1,766 ReYds, 24.8/rec & 20 ReTDs.
WR – Reid Jolly, Sr, Campbell County – Had 63 rec., 921 ReYds & 9 ReTDs.
WR – Mikey Armour, Sr, Cooper – Had 113 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, 168 RuYds, 1 RuTD, 33 rec., 744 RYds, 9 ReTDs, 32 TotTkls, 1 FF, 1 FR & 1 Int. Career: 287 PaYds, 4 PaTDs, 275 RuYds, 1 RuTD, 85 rec., 1,422 ReYds, 16 ReTDs, 59 TotTkls, 1 FF, 1 FR & 1 Int.
TE – Michael Mayer, Jr, Covington Catholic – Had 46 rec., 1,029 ReYds, 22.3/rec. & 12 ReTDs.
K – Mason Molique, Sr, Ryle – A three-time First Team All-NKY selection. Converted 19/20 XPs & 4/6 FGs for 31 pts. Career: 168/175 XPs & 26/34 FGs for 247 pts.

Scott RB Quincy Perrin (photo by Greg Shoemaker/TriStateFootball.com)

Defense
DL – Adam Derry, Sr, Beechwood – Verbally committed to Middle Tennessee State.
DL – J.J. Courtney, Sr, Simon Kenton – The Class 6A District 6 Player of the Year. Had 98 TotTkls, 16.0 sacks, 20 TFLs, 2 FFs, 1 FR, 35 FRYds & 1 FRTD.
DL – Tanner Lawrence, Sr, Campbell County – A two-time First Team All-NKY selection.
DL – Ross Halverstadt, Sr,  Covington Catholic – Had 32 TotTkls, 7.5 TFls, 2 FFs & 1 FR.
LB – Michael Mayer, Jr, Covington Catholic – Had 98 TotTkls, 3.0 sacks, 18.0 TFLs, 4 FFs, 4 FRs, 1 Int, 76 IRYds & 1 IRTD.
LB – Clay Cogswell, Sr, Simon Kenton – Had 96 TotTkls, 4.0 sacks, 14 TFLs, 5 FFs, 3 FRs & 1 Int.
LB – Brycen Huddleston, Jr, Highlands – Had 2.0 sacks, 1 FR & 1 Int.
LB – John Mark Shutt, Sr, Boone County – Had 659 RuYds, 7 RuTDs, 6 rec., 69 ReYds, 2 ReTDs, 101 TotTkls, 2 FFs, 3 FRs, 68 FRYds & 1 FRTD.
DB – Reid Jolly, Sr, Campbell County – Had 2 Ints & 17 IRYds.
DB – Tate Niederman, Sr, Conner – Had 55 TotTkls, 2 TFLs, 1 FR, 3 Ints, 70 IRYds, 1 IRTD, 42 RuYds, 1 RuTD, 37 rec., 474 ReYds & 2 RETDs.
DB – Duncan Summe, Sr,  Covington Catholic – Had 33 TotTkls, 1.0 TFLs, 2 Ints & 34 IRYds.
DB – David LeCount, Sr, Simon Kenton – Had 31 TotTkls, 1 FR & 2 Ints.
ATH – Jeremiah Lee, So, Cooper – Had 1,011 PaYds, 11 PaTDs, 724 RuYds, 11 RuTDs, 1 KRTD, 6 TotTkls, 1 FF, 1 FR, 12 FRYds, 1 FRTD, 1 Int, 15 IRYds & 1 IRTD.
P – Logan Castleman, Sr, Beechwood – Had 1,694 RuYds, 28 RuTDs, 15 rec., 133 ReYds, 4 ReTDs, 2 FRs, 24 FRYds, 4 Ints, 66 IRYds & 2 IRTDs as sr. Career: 18 PaYds, 2,219 RuYds, 42 RuTDs, 99 rec., 1,331 ReYds, 24 ReTDs, 2 KRTDs, 12 Ints, 208 IRYds & 2 IRTDs

Conner DB Tate Neiderman (photo by Mitchell Cooke/TriStateFootball.com)

SECOND TEAM
Offense
OL – Duncan Baugh, Sr, Beechwood – Had 8.0 sacks & 2 FRs.
OL – Lucas Ferguson, Jr, Boone County
OL – Zane Cahill, Sr, Conner
OL – KeeShawn Westley, Sr, Dixie Heights
OL – *3 players tied for 2 spots – Tyson Maynard, Jr, Lloyd; Billy Spaulding, Sr, Campbell County; John Willis, Sr, Beechwood

QB – Caleb Jacob, Sr, Covington Catholic – Had 2,819 PaYds, 28 PaTDs (only 7 Ints) and 4 RuTDs in his first year as a starter.
RB – Logan Castleman, Sr, Beechwood – Has verbally committed to Wright State to play baseball.
RB – *2 players tied for 1 spot – Jon Sergent, Sr, Simon Kenton – Had 1,288 RuYds, 20 RuTDs, 19 rec., 333 ReYds, 3 ReTDs & 3 KRTDs; Travon Mason, Sr, Lloyd – The KFCA Class 52A, District 6 Player of the Year Had 1,690 RuYds & 21 RuTDs. Career: 3,998 RuYds & 42 RuTDs
WR – Nate Roberts, Sr, Highlands – Had 41 rec., 722 ReYds, 9 ReTDs, 69 RuYds & 1 RuTD.
WR – Semari Miller, Sr, Newport – Had 27 rec., 478 ReYds & 4 ReTDs.
WR – John Odom, Sr, Beechwood – Had 34 rec., 630 ReYds, 6 ReTDs, 2 KRTDs, 6 Ints, 28 IRYds & 1 IRTD.
TE – *2 players tied for 1 spot – Luke Bulger, Sr, Beechwood – Had 9 rec., 128 ReYds, 4 ReTDs & 4.0 sacks; Ayden Camp, Sr, Conner – 7G, 6 rec., 35 ReYds, 47 TotTkls, 1.0 sacks, 6 TFLs, 1 FF & 2 FRs.
K – Nick Bowman, Sr, Highlands – Converted 43/44 XPs & 6/7 FGs for 61 pts.

NewCath RB/DB Kyle Kelly (photo by Mike Noyes/TriStateFootball.com)

Defense
DL – Ben Sisson, Sr, Highlands – Had 2.0 sacks, 4 FRs, 47 FRYds & 1 FRTD.
DL – Justin Grindstaff, Sr, Scott – Had 50 TotTkls, 3.0 sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR
DL – Dayton Baugh, Sr, Beechwood – The 6-foot-3, 255 pound lineman is committed to Army.
DL – *3 players tied for 1 spot – Brad Turner, Sr, Lloyd – Had 64 TotTkls, 2.0 sacks, 9 TFLs, 1 FR, 7 rec., 127 ReYds & 3 ReTDs; Michael Attabary, Sr, Cooper – Had 78 TotTkls & 4.0 sacks; Zane Cahill, Sr, Conner – Had 70 TotTkls, 7.0 sacks, 11 TFLs, 1 FF & 1 FR.
LB – Jackson Saladin, Sr, Ryle – Had 80 TotTkls, 6.0 sacks, 17 TFLs & 1 FF.
LB – Kyle Kelly, Sr, Newport Central Catholic – Verbally committed to Ohio University. Had 427 RuYds, 3 RuTDs, 6 rec., 24 ReYds in 7G. Career 2,410 RuYds, 30 RuTDs, 26 rec., 4248 ReYds & 5 ReTDs.
LB – Jared Kelsay, Sr, Scott – Had 89 TotTkls, 5.0 sacks, 5 FFs & 3 FRs.
LB – Jack Coldiron, Sr, Covington Catholic – Had 41 TotTkls, 1.5 sacks, 12.5 TFLs, 2 Ints & 14 IRYds.
DB – Hunter Cain, Sr, Newport Central Catholic – Had 135 PaYds, 3 PaTDs, 407 RuYds, 4 RuTDs, 11 rec., 181 ReYds, 2 ReTDs, 2 Ints & 65 IRYds.
DB – Sabeon Turner, Sr, Scott – Had 52 TotTkls, 1.0 sacks, 1 FR, 2 Ints, 90 IRYds & 1 IRTD.
DB – Cortez Blassingame, Sr, Holmes
DB – Kaleal Davis, Jr, Newport – Had 1,020 PaYds, 12 PaTDs, 540 RuYds, 7 RuTDs, 62 TotTkls, 2 FRs, 14 FRYds, 5 Ints, 125 IRYds & 1 IRTD.
ATH – Tyler Porter, Sr, Newport – Had 396 RuYds, 8 RuTDs, 8 rec., 144 ReYds, 1 ReTD, 40 TotTkls, 1.0 sacks & 1 FR. Career: 466 PaYds, 4 PaTDs, 2,200 RuYds, 24 RuTDs, 30 rec., 582 ReYds, 3 ReTDs, 1 KRTD & 57 TotTkls
P – Grady Cramer, Sr, Highlands – Had 2,024 PaYds, 21 PaTDs & 11 RuTDs.

 

 
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CovCath comes up short in a heart breaker https://tristatefootball.com/2018/12/cov-cath-comes-up-short-in-a-heartbreaker/ Sun, 02 Dec 2018 23:17:01 +0000 https://tristatefootball.com/?p=19177 LEXINGTON, Kentucky – The Covington Catholic Colonels came back from a 20-point third quarter deficit but fell just short of winning its second straight 5A state championship falling to South Warren 20-16 at Kroger Field.

Ultimately it was mistakes that snapped the Colonels 29-game winning streak that dated back to the first game of the 2017 season. Three turnovers and a blocked punt spelled doom and gloom on this windy afternoon in Lexington. 

South Warren got on the scoreboard first thanks to a 43-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Gavin Spurrier to wide receiver Jantzen Dunn.

Cov Cath’s Luke Summe, who had recovered a fumble earlier in the first quarter, coughed up the ball returning the ensuing kickoff and South Warren took over again at the Colonels 36-yard line.

Five plays later Spurrier connected with Caleb Lloyd for an 11-yard scoring play. The extra point kick attempt was missed giving the Spartans a 13-0 lead that South Warren took into the locker room at halftime.

Spurrier, the grandson of former Heisman trophy winning quarterback Steve Spurrier, threw for 237 yards on 17-for-30 and two scores.

Cov Cath had only trailed in a game this season as late as the second quarter just two times but found themselves behind 13-0 at halftime.

The Colonels offense that averaged 41 points per game during the regular season was stuck in neutral during the first half. South Warren’s defense, lead in part by Notre Dame commit Jacob Lacey.

The Cov Cath defense came out inspired to start the second half holding South Warren to a three-and-out possession.

The Colonels offense got the ball back with excellent field possession but still could not generate a scoring drive. Forced to punt from the Spartans 36-yard line, Lacey shot the gap and got a hand on the ball that was picked up by Isaac Young. Young returned it 45 yards all the way to the 10-yard line.

Cam Harrison, who carried the ball 25 times for 80 yards, scored from the two-yard line and after Eldar Dervisevic converted the extra point South Warren had a 20-0 advantage just three minutes into the second half.

It looked bleak for the Colonels but Covington Catholic showed determination and heart beginning its comeback. Sophomore quarterback Caleb Jacob was able to get the passing game in gear. Jacob completed a 23-yard pass to running back Casey McGinness and threw a bomb to tight end Michael Mayer (Notre Dame commit) for a 58-yard touchdown strike.

Early in the fourth quarter, McGinness broke off a 77-yard touchdown run that made it a one-score game cutting the deficit to 20-14.

The Colonels defense forced South Warren to punt again and Cov Cath started on its own 43-yard line. The drive was kick started by a 30-yard completion to Mayer who finished with a game-high 109 yards on five receptions.

On 2nd-and-4 from the nine-yard line, McGinness took the handoff and made it inside the five. As he was fighting for extra yardage it appeared that his forward progress had been stopped. No whistle was blown and the ball came loose. It was recovered by South Warren’s Rowdy Shea with 3:06 left in the game.

The Cov Cath defense forced South Warren to punt but instead Clayton Bush ran the ball out of the end zone for a safety with just 59 seconds to play.

The Colonels had one last chance but Jacobs’ pass to Jack Coldiron put an end to the game and a shot at back-to-back state championships.

South Warren, who is only in its 11th season as a football program, won its second state championship and avenged last year’s 43-7 loss to Cov Cath in the state semifinal round. 

The loss was Covington Catholic’s first ever in a state title game winning its previous seven attempts.

Before the game it was announced that McGinnes and Eddie Eviston won the 5A Player and Coach of the Year awards respectively.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Cov Cath 0-0-7-9 – 16

South Warren 13-0-7-0 – 20

SCORING PLAYS

SW – Jantzen Dunn 43-yard TD catch from Gavin Spurrier (Eldar Dervisevic)

SW – Caleb Lloyd 11-yard TD catch from Gavin Spurrier (kick failed)

SW – Cam Harrison 2-yard TD run (Eldar Dervisevic kick)

CC – Michael Mayer 58-yard TD catch from Caleb Jacob (Trey Gronotte kick)

CC – Casey McGinness 77-yard TD run (Trey Gronotte kick)

CC – TEAM Safety

RECORDS: Cov Cath (14-1); South Warren (15-0)

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