Late Thursday night, the Southeast District Athletic Board released those players from the district that qualified for the all-district football teams.
The defending Division V state champion Wheelersburg Pirates were well represented on the all-district first team lists. Headlining the offensive side of the ball for the Pirates was wide receiver Tanner Holden, quarterback Trent Salyers, and offensive lineman Baylen Haywood. Junior Makya Matthews was named one of the all-purpose first team members while the Pirates place kicker Jalen Miller was named to the first team offense as well. Three Pirates were named to the first team defense in the southeast district: senior Chase Stidham, senior Evan Dahm, and junior Evan Horsley. Dahm was named the co-defensive player of the year in the district alongside Ironton’s Evan Duncan. Tanner Wilson and Justin Salyers were the lone Pirates to receive honors as special mentions. Wheelersburg head coach Rob Woodward was named the Divison V SE District coach of the year as the Pirates finished the regular season with a 9-1 record and as the first seed in the Divison V Region 20 playoff rankings. The Pirates play Jamestown Greeneview this Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. where the winner will advance to the regional championship next Saturday.
The Portsmouth Trojans, who under first year head coach Bruce Kalb made their first postseason appearance since 2007, were also well represented amongst the all-district honors list. Senior offensive lineman Colin Boehm was named to the first team offense where he was joined by fellow first team performer junior running back Talyn Parker. Parker was also named the 2018 SE District offensive player of the year in Division V by nearly amassing 2500 yards on the ground in his junior campaign. Brian Carey-Knipp, defensive linemen for the Trojans, was the lone Portsmouth player to receive first team defense honors this season. Ty Pendleton and Bryson Morrow were also named to the special mentions list for the Trojans this season.
The Portsmouth West Senators had several players named to the all-district honors list this season. Senior running back Garrett Hurd and senior all-purpose player Josh Berry were both named to the first team offense. Senior defensive lineman Trevor Staggs earned first team defense honors for the Senators. Dylan Bradford, Gabe Skaggs, and Cole Staggs were all named to the special mentions list in the all-district honors.
For the Minford Falcons, senior linebacker Luke Lindamood and defensive back Matthew Risner were named to the first team defense. Running back Ty Wiget and running back/wide receiver Elijah Vogelsong were named to special mentions honors list.
Northwest running back Austin Penrod was named to the special mentions list for the Mohawks this season.
Scioto County’s lone Division VI team, the Valley Indians, had two players named to the all-district first team offense: senior quarterback Andrew Shope and senior running back Gabe Streeter. Senior wide receiver Tanner Spradlin and senior defensive lineman Nick Crabtree were named to the special mentions list following their senior campaigns.
The Green Bobcats, who made their first post season appearance since 1990 and finished their season 8-3, were also well represented on the SE district honors lists. Junior running back Alec Smith was named to the first team offense while teammates junior defensive lineman Caleb Derifield and sophomore linebacker Lonnie Smith were named to the first team defense. Green head coach Ted Newsome shared district coach of the year honors with Trimble’s Phil Faires. Mason Hensley and Seth Imes both were named to the special mentions list for the Bobcats this season.
Notre Dame’s Logan Emnett and Braidan Haney, along with East’s Chandler Carver were also named to the district special mentions list for their play in the 2018 season.
Reach Jacob Smith at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter @JacobSmithPDT