I think it’s a testament to the way the sport is played around here that 14 area high school football players, and one Greene County coach, received all-Southwest District honors this season.
We have eight schools in our coverage area — Beavercreek, Fairborn, Xenia, Bellbrook, Carroll, Greenon, Greeneview, Cedarville — who field high school football teams. And of that number, all but one area school had at least one player selected to their respective football division’s all-district squad.
So let’s look at the area’s best, as determined by a group of my media colleagues from the Southwest District.
DIVISION I: When I first saw AIRIUS MOORE play football at Beavercreek High, he was running over people while carrying the ball! While he did bull over people to score six touchdowns this season, Moore was named as an all-district first-team selection as a linebacker. The Greater Western Ohio Conference’s website lists the 6-foot-2, 218-pound senior with 74 tackles, 38 of which were of the solo variety.
And if I could’ve voted on this panel, I’d have given Fairborn do-everything players Aron Childers and Jeremy Bridges at least an honorable mention nod in D-I. The record didn’t show it, but that entire Skyhawks team played hard every week.
DIVISION II: Xenia’s do-everything kicker KOLE PATTERSON is the D-II first team punter. Patterson led the GWOC with 1,714 yards punting on 53 kicks for a 32.3-yard average. What likely turned the voters’ heads the most was that the Buccaneers senior booted 12 of those punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. That’s a testament to Kole’s kicking and Xenia’s special teams coverage.
Two other Xenia players — defensive lineman TYLER CAMPBELL and defensive back EDDIE McGEE — were D-II district second team selections.
DIVISION III: Carroll running back CARY SULLIVAN and Bellbrook backer ALEX FRYMAN each earned second-team all-district honors in D-III, while the Golden Eagles’ TE/DE NATHAN COFFEY was an honorable mention selection.
DIVISION IV: A pair of Greenon Knights were named to the D-IV honorable mention squad. Running back JAMISON LAWRENCE and defensive back TYLER RESTAU got the nod.
DIVISION V: Senior offensive lineman/bulldozer TREY ELLIS was a first team D-V selection for the Greeneview Rams. Quarterback CHANCE FRYE, a junior at Greeneview, was a second team selection.
We didn’t have any teams listed in Division VI, but there were four Cedarville players and their coach listed among the best in DIVISION VII: CALEB COE was named to the D-VII first team after rushing for 1,572 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns for the Indians. Senior defensive lineman JOSH ROGERS was a first team selection, and coach JASON CHRISTIAN was named as the division’s Coach of the Year!
After guiding Cedarville to its first playoff game in 12 years, I’d say Christian’s selection was well worth it.
Indians offensive lineman MATT McMAHAN and freshman lineman GABE COE were named to the district’s D-VII honorable mention team.
(See the full Southwest District Lists on page 11)