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Friday, November 16, 2012

All-District Football: McComb's Brown, Alge named D-VI player and coach of year
McComb's Jerry Brown and Kris Alge were named Division VI offensive player and coach of the year respectively, Ada's Jake Ansley was the defensive player of the year, and Patrick Henry's Jake Carrizales was tabbed lineman of the year in Division V in all-Northwest Ohio football selections released by The Associated Press on Thursday.

A multi-dimensional threat, Brown could beat teams running, catching or throwing the football. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior averaged 9.6 yards per carry in rushing for 1,134 yards and 20 touchdowns. He caught 31 passes for 512 yards and 5 TDs, played quarterback at times and was an all-league defensive back.

A second-team all-Ohio pick in 2011, Brown's career numbers include almost 5,000 yards of total offense and 76 touchdowns.

Alge, 132-41 in his 15 years as McComb's head coach, guided the Panthers to a 10-0 regular season and an undefeated Blanchard Valley Conference (9-0) record. McComb handed Liberty-Benton, a Division V regional finalist, its only loss and defeated Tiffin Calvert and Arlington, both Division VI playoff qualifiers, twice each.

Carrizales was the defensive leader on a Patrick Henry team that went 8-2 and also reached the Division V regional final. The 6-2, 225-pound senior, the Northwest Ohio Athletic League Defensive Player of the Year, had six sacks among his 86 totals tackles, 12 other stops behind the line of scrimmage and two fumble recoveries.

Two camps of all-Northwest Ohio standouts will square off when Carrizales and his Patrick Henry teammates face Liberty-Benton on Saturday in the Division V, Region 18 championship game at Lima Stadium.

Joining Carrizales in the trenches will be Colt Pettit, a 6-4, 250-pound junior lineman who has reported to have been offered scholarships by Indiana, Purdue and Illinois. Pettit was a first-team all-Northwest Ohio pick on the offensive line, while Logan Ziegler (91 tackles, 10 for loss) was a first-team selection at linebacker.

Patrick Henry lineman Nathan Andonian (49 tackles, 6 sacks) and defensive back Galen Powers (49 tackles) were second-team choices.

Liberty-Benton will answer with several all-district players, including the pass/catch tandem of quarterback Mitch Linhart and receiver Chase Cook, linemen Zack Smelcer (first team) and Michael Loughman (second team) and defensive back Kyle Bowsher (first team).

Linhart, one of two Division V first-team quarterbacks with Coldwater's Austin Bruns, was Liberty-Benton's top offensive threat, completing 83 of 148 passes for 1,428 yards and 17 TDs with just four interceptions and rushing for 860 yards (9.5 ypc) and 12 TDs. Cook was his favorite target, hauling in 40 passes for 864 yards and 14 scores.

Smelcer (6-0, 246, sr.) and Loughman (5-11, 261, sr.) cleared the way for an offense that averaged 318.2 yards a game rushing.

Bowsher picked off three passes and broke up 24 others. He also had 48 tackles.

Carey landed a pair of all-Northwest Ohio players in first-team defensive back Justin Meek and second-team linebacker Austin Tschanen.

Meek, the Midland Athletic League Defensive Player of the Year, had 66 tackles, intercepted three passes and recovered two fumbles, while rushing for 822 yards and nine scores on offense. Tschanen was also a two-way standout with 85 tackles on defense and 647 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing on offense.

Hopewell-Loudon running back Mark Bouillon, who led the MAL in rushing (1,148) and scoring (110 points), earned first-team.

Bluffton kicker Matt Deter, who broke the school record with a 44-yard field goal, then snapped it again with one from 45 yards, and Riverdale defensive lineman Tre Headington, who had 15 sacks and 23 tackles for losses, were second-team picks in Division V.

McComb, Leipsic and Ada, who went a combined 27-3 in regular season games, spearheaded the area's Division VI picks.

Joining Brown on the first team were McComb teammates Michael Jones, Cody Wilson and Spencer Nauth and second-teamer Jimmy Brown.

Jones, who had 18 quarterback hits and 22 tackles for losses, earned first-team honors on the defensive line; Wilson, with 21 minus-yardage tackles among his 105 stops, at linebacker; and Nauth and Jimmy Brown on the offensive front for helping the Panthers average 472.3 yards and 50.4 points a game.

Leipsic's potent passing attack earned first-team recognition for junior quarterback Zach Kuhlman (148 of 241 passes, 2,275 yards, 27 TDs) and senior receiver Devin Mangas (62 passes, 948 yards, 14 TDs).

Ada also had a quarterback/receiver first team combo in Division VI in Mason Acheson (148 of 228 passes, 2,677 yards, 28 TDs) and Micah Roberson (45 catches, 769 yards, 10 TDs).

Leipsic had three defensive all-Northwest Ohio players in first-team back Austin Brown, the BVC Defensive Player of the Year who had 52 tackles and three interceptions; first-team linemen Edgar Ralda, who had six sacks and 18 tackles for losses; and second-team linebacker Cody Guerra (80 tackles, 13 for losses).

Ada's Ansley as voted the top linebacker in the Northwest Conference and the 6-0, 190-pound senior had the numbers to back it up with five sacks, 16 tackles for losses and 124 total stops for a defense that posted four shutouts.

Also earning first-team honors for Ada were running back Kellen Decker (1,565 rushing, 20 TDs), defensive back Matt Wilcox (60 tackles, 5 interceptions) and 6-4, 220-pound senior lineman Brent Numbers. Linemen Saed Al-Olimat (75 tackles) and Eli Roberson (46 tackles) were second-team.

Arlington's Blaiz McBride, who averaged 39.2 yards per punt and put nine of 33 kicks inside the opponents' 10-yard line, was the first-team punter in Division VI.

Cory-Rawson's Tyler Harris (32 tackles, 2 ints.) was a second team defensive back.

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