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Friday, November 16, 2012

All-District Football: Ottawa-Glandorf dominates D-IV
Ottawa-Glandorf continued to reap the rewards from the best football season in school history.

The Titans took home three of the four individual awards and had eight players earn first- or second-team honors in the Division IV all-Northwest Ohio selections released on Thursday by The Associated Press.

Two-way standout Wyatt Karhoff was named the Division IV Defensive Player of the Year, running back Tristan Parker shared offensive player of the year honors, and O-G's Ken Schriner was named Northwest Ohio's Division IV Coach of the Year.

O-G linemen Matt Samuelson and Derek Rieman were first-team and Tanner Hohenbrink earned a spot on the second team. Quaterback/defensive back Caleb Siefker (first team) and linebacker Cody Alt and defensive back Josh Buckland (second team) also earned all-district in Division IV, along with Upper Sandusky first-team picks Tylor Pritchard and Ian Baker.

Schriner guided O-G, the smallest of 10 Western Buckeye League schools, to its first 10-0 regular season in school history and an outright WBL title. The Titans, now 12-0 and ranked No. 2 in the final Division IV state poll, will face No. 1-ranked Columbus Hartley (12-0) at 7:30 p.m. today in the Region 14 championship game at Piqua's Alexander Stadium.

In his 18-year career at O-G, Schriner has amassed more wins (127) than the program had achieved in its first 32 years (126) following the 1964 consolidation of Ottawa Public, Ottawa Sts. Peter and Paul and Glandorf.

A 6-foot-5, 250-pound senior, Karhoff was a first-team all-WBL pick as an offensive tackle and was a dominating force on defense as well. Karhoff had 46 solo tackles, 71 in all, six sacks and 12 other tackles for loss.

Parker, who went head-to-head with Genoa's Kyle Nutter (2,058 yards, 35 TDs) in the regional semifinals, ended up sharing offensive player of the year honors with the Comets' all-Ohio back. Parker put up some staggering numbers, rushing for O-G single-season records of 1,616 yards and 23 touchdowns and establishing career marks for carries (440), yards (3,220) and TDs (33).

Leading the way for Parker is a big veteran offensive line that includes Karhoff, two-time first-team all-WBL guard Samuelson (6-3, 225, sr.), Rieman (6-5, 290, sr.), who anchored the line at center after an injury-shortened junior season, and Hohenbrink, a 6-2, 295-pound senior who mans the right tackle spot.

With 39 solo tackles, 52 total stops, three interceptions and seven pass break ups, Siefker earned first-team all-Northwest recognition on defense. Also a two-way starter, Siefker has rushed for over 1,000 yards, thrown for over 800 and accounted for 26 TDs as O-G's quarterback.

At linebacker, Alt had 58 tackles, including seven for losses, and recovered four fumbles. Buckland recovered three fumbles, had 42 tackles and broke up six passes.

Pritchard and Baker were two-way standouts for an Upper Sandusky team that went 7-3 and earned the school's first playoff appearance since 2004.

Pritchard had 132 tackles and intercepted two passes from his linebacker spot. He was the Rams' top offensive threat with 1,262 yards passing, 802 rushing and 24 total TDs at quarterback.

Baker, a 6-2, 235-pound senior, was a first-team all-North Central Conference pick on both offense and defense. He not only anchored the offensive line, but on defense had 101 tackles and blocked four punts.

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