Southern duo, Hicks highlight All-Ohio
COLUMBUS — The Southern Local football team has had a handful of All-Ohio first-teamers in school history.
The Indians have two more after their first 10-0 regular season as seniors Cam Grodhaus and Jayce Sloan were named to the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Division VI All-Ohio team.
Leetonia senior defensive lineman Connor Hicks is the area’s other All-Ohio first-teamer in Division VII.
Grodhaus was a big-play maker for the Indians. He had 32 catches for 600 yards (18.8) and seven touchdowns, ran for 552 yards and 11 touchdown on 42 carries (13.1), scored two touchdowns on punt returns and another on a kickoff return.
Sloan shined in the secondary, getting 41 tackles, including 18 solos, with four interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. He also passed for 1,184 yards and 15 touchdowns at quarterback.
Hicks dominated play up front for the Bears, who had their first winning season since 2008. He collected 65 tackles and forced two fumbles.
All-Ohio second-team honors went to East Liverpool senior defensive lineman Kaz Zubay in Division IV and South Range senior quarterback Isaac Allegretto in Division VI, while Salem senior receiver Niko Walter was named to the Division IV third team.
Zubay had 112 tackles, a school record for East Liverpool defensive linemen. He also had six tackles for a loss with four sacks.
Allegretto led the Raiders to an 8-4 season. He completed 98 of 169 passes (58 percent) for 1,415 yards and 19 touchdown and ran for 197 yards and eight touchdowns on 140 carries (5.0) before suffering a knee injury in the regular-season finale.
Walter was a versatile threat for the Quakers, who went 8-3 on the season. He had 28 catches for 355 yards (12.7) and five touchdowns, ran 119 times for 837 yards (7.0), passed for 837 yards and six touchdowns and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.
Receiving special mention were Salem senior linebacker Cade Campolito, East Liverpool senior running back Derek Carter and Beaver Local senior defensive lineman Daniel Wirth in Division IV; South Range sophomore running back Dylan Dominguez, South Range junior receiver Chris Brooks, South Range senior defensive lineman Anthony Czap and South Range junior defensive lineman Jake Gehring in Division V; Southern senior offensive lineman Stephen Craig, Columbiana senior linebacker Jakob Cross and Columbiana senior defensive lineman Cody Miller in Division VI; and Leetonia junior running back Marco Ferry and Wellsville senior defensive back Darien Suggs in Division VII.
Campolito led the Quakers with 147 tackles, including 101 solos, two sacks and one fumble recovery.
Carter ran for 1,431 yards and 17 touchdowns on 185 carries (7.7). He is the Potters’ career rushing leaders with 2,732 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Wirth starred for the Beavers, collecting 61 tackles with 12 for losses, six sacks, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Dominguez ran for a team-high 1,097 yards and 12 touchdowns on 150 carries (7.2)., while Brooks had team-high 26 catches for 533 yards (20.5) and six touchdowns.
Czap and Gehring led a South Range defense that held opponents to an average of 16.4 points a game.
Craig was a our-year starter on the offensive line and and led the Indians to 468 points and 4,121 total yards during a 10-1 season.
Cross was a two-way standout for the Clippers, totaling 83 tackles with 12 for a loss and three forced fumbles.
Miller sparked the Clippers up front, totaling 91 tackles with 24 for losses and 13 quarterback hurries.
Ferry ran for a school-record 1,915 yards and 23 touchdowns on 205 carries (9.3).
Suggs had 50 tackles and seven interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, despite missing the last four games with broken arm.
Springfield Local, which is 14-0 and in the Division VI state title game Friday, had three All-Ohio honorees — junior kicker Clay Medvec on the second team, sophomore quarterback Beau Brungard on the third team and senior receiver Garrett Walker on special mention.
Medvec is 5-of-8 on field goals with a long of 36 yards and is 76-of-77 on extra points. He also averaged 40.0 yards on 16 punts, including eight inside the 20-yard line, and averaged 50.5 yard on 92 kickoffs with four touchbacks.
Medvec also has 13 catches for 274 yards (21.1) and four touchdowns. He also leads team in scoring with 115 points.
Brungard has completed 122 of 177 passes (68.9 percent) for 2,032 yards and 25 touchdowns with four interceptions and has run for 989 yards and 18 touchdowns on 102 carries (9.7). He is second in scoring with 108 points.
Walker, a state track champion, is the Tigers’ big play threat with 1,455 all-purpose yards and 96 points, which are third on the team.
He has 37 catches for a team-high 809 yards (21.9) and 11 touchdowns along with 143 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 18 carries (9.7).