Ten earn All-Ohio in D-IV and V
COLUMBUS — Ten area football players were recognize with the state’s top honor Monday afternoon when the Ohio Prep Sports Writer’s Association announced its All-Ohio teams in Divisions IV and V.
A pair of St. Clairsville Red Devils garnered the All-Ohio acclaim.
Senior offensive lineman Ja’Von Lyons earned the honor as a first-team selection. He graded out at better than 90 percent throughout the season for the Brett McLean’s Red Devils.
Sophomore Drew Sefsick was a third-team pick as a punter. He averaged 40 yards per punt on more than 20 kicks this season.
Bellaire, which qualified for the playoffs for the second straight season, led the area contingent with four picks.
Senior running back Cole Porter earned All-Ohio for the second straight season. He was the second-team tailback after rushing for 864 yards and 10 touchdowns during the regular season. He also caught 16 passes for 136 yards and he scored 82 points for Coach Mark Spigarelli’s squad.
Classmate Bobby Roth earned All-Ohio as a punter and was named to the second team. He averaged better than 35 yards a punt and dropped 12 inside the 20.
Along the line, senior Chase Nolan was named second team defense. He posted 62 tackles, including 24 for loss and four sacks.
Senior Connor Rosen was named to the third team along the offensive line. He continually graded out as the Big Reds top lineman.
Martins Ferry, which narrowly missed a post-season berth, featured a pair of players on the top three teams.
Junior linebacker Evan Carpenter, who was named the Eastern District’s Co Offensive Player of the Year, earned a first-team bid after a season in which he posted 75 tackles, 18 for loss, eight sacks, three blocked field goals and a blocked punt.
Senior wide receiver Dasyn Hores was a home-run hitter for Coach Chas Yoder’s team. Hores was named to the third team unit after catching 46 passes for 984 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Harrison Central’s Mark Smith, who had an impressive campaign for Coach Anthony Hayes’ team, was named second team defensive line. He finished the season with 70 tackles, 20 for loss, 10.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Barnesville’s Alex Meade garnered third-team All-Ohio as a linebacker. He posted 93 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four pass breakups, forced a fumble and recovered one for Coach Blake Allen’s team.
The complete list of All-Ohio teams can be found on Page B4