Four earn All-Ohio honors
COLUMBUS – Three of the Inter-Tri County League’s top players were named to the Associated Press Division V All-Ohio football team released Tuesday.
Crestview senior defensive lineman Josh McDade and United senior defensive back Garrett Beech earned second-team honors, while Crestview senior quarterback Collin Gilbert was named to the third team.
Beaver Local senior defensive lineman Cody Martsolf received second-team honors in Division IV.
McDade and Gilbert led the Rebels to an 11-2 season, matching the best in school history.
McDade, a first-team All-Ohio offensive tackle last season, was a two-way stalwart for the Rebels. He collected 58 tackles, including 21 for losses, with three sacks and two fumble recoveries. As a tight end, McDade set school single-season receiving records with 40 catches for 830 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Gilbert was a two-time 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard passer for Crestview. This season, he ran for a team-high 1,904 yards yards and 22 touchdowns on 202 carries (9.3) and completed 91 of 157 passes for 1,522 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Beech, another two-time 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard passer, also was as valuable defensively for the Eagles. He led the team with 70 tackles and five interceptions.
Crestview senior offensive lineman Clint Linhart received special mention. Linhart paved the way for a pair of 1,000-yard rushers and a Rebel offense that averaged 41.2 points and 438 total yards a game.
In Division IV, Martsolf was a bright spot in Beaver Local’s 2-8 season.
Martsolf anchored the Beavers’ defense with 78 tackles, including 15 for losses, 8 1/2 sacks and three fumble recoveries.
Receiving special mention in Division IV were Salem senior linebacker Logan Taylor, East Liverpool senior running back Zack English, Minerva senior defensive lineman Harrison Hoppel, Minerva senior offensive lineman Mason Butler and Minerva junior running back Dalton Hartshorn, Edison senior quarterback Nolan Marcus and Edison senior end Rich Springer.
Taylor had a team-high 141 tackles, including 18 for losses, and two interceptions.
English led the Potters to a 5-5 season as he ran for 1,286 yards and scored eight touchdowns.
Hoppel and Butler were Minerva’s top linemen as the Lions finished with a 6-4 record and just missed the playoffs. Hartshorn was Minerva’s top threat as he ran for 1,065 yards and scored 11 touchdowns.
Marcus passed for 1,680 yards and 16 touchdowns, while Springer had a team-high 41 catches for 479 yards and five touchdowns.