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Record-Courier staff report
The Portage Trail Conference Metro Division championship season for the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders football team was driven by the offensive production of quarterback Tra Chapman and Trei Thomas.
On Monday, the duo highlighted the Division II All-Ohio squad with both earning First-Team honors.
Chapman, who is a Pittsburgh commit, is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior quarterback that spent two years at Kent Roosevelt after transferring from Pickerington Central. He finished the 2012 season with 2,469 yards passing and 30 touchdowns. He threw just seven interceptions, with six of those coming in the season's first four weeks.
Chapman, who led Roosevelt to a 9-1 overall record and unbeaten 7-0 mark in the Metro Division and berth into the playoffs, was also the team's leading rusher with 690 yards and 10 scores on the ground. The signal-caller's two-year totals with the Rough Riders were 4,681 yards passing, 56 passing TDs, 11 interceptions and 1,435 yards rushing.
When throwing, though, Chapman's No. 1 target was the 5-10, 160-pound senior wide receiver Thomas.
Thomas set a new single-season wide receiver school records this season with his 991 yards receiving and 17 touchdowns. In total, Thomas had 58 receptions this year.
Three other Kent Roosevelt players were honored on Monday's team, with senior defensive lineman Austin Mastroine, junior offensive lineman Stan Zelewski and junior linebacker Matt Sommers all gaining Special Mention recognition on the All-Ohio team.
Sommers finished the season with 136 tackles, three sacks and one interception. Mastroine had 70 tackles, five sacks and four forced fumbles.
The Aurora Greenmen, who advanced all the way to the Division II state semifinals, also had a pair of standouts named to the Division II All-Ohio First Team in offensive lineman Patrick Dougherty and linebacker Zach Smierciak (Miami Ohio).
Both seniors, Dougherty is an Indiana commit, that stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 265 pounds. Smierciak is 6-3, 225 pounds.
The Greenmen also had a pair of players named to the Special Mention team: Zach Quinn (Toledo) and Brett Rodgers.