In the game of football, it’s always beneficial to have explosive playmaking ability — because it can lead a unit to victories in tight affairs.
And in the Division VI and Division VII lists that were released on Tuesday evening, quite a few of those gamebreaking playmakers were represented as six Scioto County prospects — five at the skill positions and West Virginia University signee Blaine Scott — made their way onto the All-Ohio teams that were released on Sunday afternoon by the OHSAA and the Ohio Prep Sports Writers Association (OPSWA).
East, who finished an outstanding season with a 9-3 overall mark, which included the Tartans’ first playoff victory in school history with a 16-8 victory at Waterford, put all four of their First-Team All-Southeast District mentions on the All-State list, with Scott, who collected 70 pancake blocks in his final season of high school play, leading the way by garnering First-Team All-State honors in Division VII.
Braiden Haney, who followed up a 20-sack season in his inaugural season by collecting 82 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, and 12 sacks despite facing constant double teams, followed Scott by obtaining Second-Team All-State honors as a defensive lineman, while Brady Douthat, who completed 74 of his 133 passes for 1,319 yards and 25 touchdowns to just five interceptions in his first full season as a starter in showing plenty of moxie along the way, and JD Hatcher, who caught 23 passes for 559 yards and an astonishing 11 touchdowns on a 24.3 yard per carry average as Douthat’s top receiving target, each obtained Honorable Mention accolades. Douthat, in particular, was an effective two-way player who collected more than 40 tackles from the defensive backfield.
Further west, Valley’s Gabe Streeter and Notre Dame’s Ben Mader represented each of their programs at the Third-Team level in Division IV and Division VII, respectively as defensive backs. Streeter, as a ballhawking defensive back, obtained 77 tackles, nine pass breakups, and six interceptions in 2017. The junior returned two of his six interceptions for scores while also adding an electrifying element to the offensive backfield and the kick return game for the 3-7 Indians.
Mader, another junior who starred in all areas of the field, put together a tremendous season by collecting 1,495 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns, including 883 yards rushing and eight touchdowns on 153 carries, for the 2-8 Titans. The two-way standout, who added 516 kickoff yards and four touchdowns in 20 returns, collected 100.5 tackles to round out an outstanding individual campaign.
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