Feldman, who guided the Ravens to a 9-1

From staff and wire reports Published:

Feldman, who guided the Ravens to a 9-1 record and its first appearance in the playoffs, in addition to the school's first outright Western Reserve Conference title since 1974, was named as the state's coach of the year.

Sanders shared the offensive player of the year award with Colby Byrom of Dover and Dayton Colonel White's Terry Pogue.

Sanders, a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder, gained 2,341 yards while averaging 11.2 yards per carry and scored 34 touchdowns. He is the fourth all-time leading rusher in Ohio high school football history.

Defensive lineman Sam Ruhe of Walsh Jesuit stood alone as the defensive player of the year, based on the recommendations of a state media panel.

Byrom, a 5-10, 195-pound senior, rushed for 1,722 yards and 28 touchdowns and caught two more scoring passes for the state's No. 1-ranked team.

Pogue, a 6-2, 240-pound big back headed for Ohio State, rushed for 1,903 yards and 29 touchdowns and also was sterling as a linebacker.

Walsh Jesuit's Ruhe, headed for Penn State, is a 6-5, 245-pounder who piled up 72 tackles and nine sacks while showing extraordinary quickness for a player his size.

The offense also features wide receivers Michigan State-bound James Taylor of Garfield Heights (70 catches, 13 TDs), Madison's Jim Smith (92 catches for 1,425 yards and 19 TDs), Columbus East's Stevie Simpkins (708 yards receiving, 618 yards rushing, 20 TDs) and Chillicothe's Brad Bates (54 catches, 861 yards).

The front wall is composed of Michigan State-bound Lonnie Simmons of Columbus Northland (6-5, 260, Sr.), Toledo Central Catholic's Chris Burtchser (6-0, 225, Jr.), Cincinnati signee Kyle Takavitz of Lewis Center Olentangy (6-4, 273, Sr.), Dover's Rob Becker (6-0, 212, Sr.); Trenton Edgewood's Jessie Scott (6-0, 200, Jr.); Dennis Thompson of Walsh Jesuit (6-5, 275, Sr.) and Avon Lake's Dave Rehker (6-6, 306, Sr.).

The quarterbacks are Dover's Jim McFadden (13 TD passes, only two interceptions) and Wadsworth's Mike Hoover (33 TD passes, 2,722 yards passing).

Joining the three tri-players of the year at running back are Oregon Clay's Derek Besgrove (1,618 yards, 20 TDs) and Purdue signee Deaunte Ferrell of Macedonia Nordonia (1,897 yards, 30 TDs).

Sharing the kicking honors are Cincinnati Roger Bacon's Steve Brinkman (9-of-11 field goals, 42-of-44 PATs) and Marysville's Garrett Andrews (nine field goals, including a 43-yarder).

Next to Ruhe on the defensive front are Charles Stewart of Columbus Beechcroft (6-1, 265, Sr.), Mentor Lake Catholic's Howie Morentz (6-3, 250, Sr.), and Cincinnati Northwest's Dante Walker (6-1, 195, Sr.).

The linebackers are Diontrea Earl of Toledo Rogers (6-0, 225, Jr.), Marysville's Chase Blackburn (6-3, 200, Jr.), Josh Richards of Richmond Edison (6-4, 220, Sr.), Mike Gawelek of Chillicothe (6-4, 230, Sr.), Dan Rozanski of Grafton Midview (5-11, 240, Sr.), Trenton Edgewood's Danny Beiser (5-9, 210, Sr.) and Steve Graef of Uniontown Lake (6-2, 217, Sr.).

The secondary includes Scott Rohrbach of Piqua, Ryan DiFranco of Grafton Midview, Columbus St. Charles' Nick Bellanca, Kyle Harrison of Sylvania Southview and Columbus Independence's Andre Ashley.

Handling the first-team punting duties is Lebanon's Joey Stephens, who averaged 40.1 yards per kick during the regular season.

Ravenna's Roy McCullough, Lee Daniels and Damien Fortson earned

honorable-mention all-state honors.

Want to leave your comments?

Sign in or Register to comment.