Lisbon’s Thompson earns third-team honors
COLUMBUS — Playoff pushes and league titles meant big honors for those chosen for the Associated Press Div. V and VI All-Ohio football teams announced Wednesday.
Five of the seven Div. V and VI area football players chosen for All-Ohio were involved in the playoffs, while three led their teams to their final Inter-Tri County League titles.
Columbiana senior quarterback Mitch Davidson highlighted Wednesday’s selections as he was a second team choice in Div. VI. Davidson, Columbiana County’s career passing leader, completed 117 of 196 passes for 1,636 yards and 19 touchdowns and ran for 875 yards and four touchdowns on 145 carries (6.0). Last year, Davidson was a first-team selection in Division VI.
Also in Div. VI, Lisbon senior linebacker Jason Thompson was named third team All-Ohio after helping the Blue Devils win the ITCL White Division and return to the playoffs. Thompson collected 58 tackles, including 33 solos, and eight sacks.
In winning the final ITCL Red Division title and qualifying for the playoffs in Div. VI, Springfield was rewarded with two second team All-Ohio selections. Springfield senior linebacker Ethan Nezbeth and sophomore linebacker Zack Stouffer powered the Tigers’ defense and were among the area’s leading tacklers.
Nezbeth had 96 tackles, 10 for losses and five fumble recoveries, while Stouffer made 93 tackles and one interception.
In Div. V, Crestview senior defensive lineman and Bowling Green University recruit Jordan Murphy was named to the third team defense. Murphy collected 36 solo tackles, including 15 for losses with three sacks and two fumble recoveries for the Rebels this season.
South Range senior defensive lineman Nathan Daniszewski and junior Peyton Remish helped lead the Raiders to a playoff berth and were named All-Ohio third team defense for their efforts.
Daniszewski collected 62 tackles with 26 for losses, nine sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Remish led the Raiders in tackles the last two seasons. This year, he totaled 106 tackles with 31 for losses, six sacks, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and three interceptions, returning two for touchdowns.
Daniszewski and Remish sparked a South Range defense that was tops in the area, giving up an average of 12.2 points a game in the regular season. Nathan Daniszewski was a third-team Division V choice last season.
Special mention in Div. V went to East Palestine senior defensive lineman Trevor Kimmel. Kimmel totaled 65 tackles with 14 for losses, seven sacks and two fumble recoveries this season.
Special mention distinctions in Div. VI went to Columbiana senior defensive lineman Keenan Green, Lisbon senior defensive back Colin Sweeney, Western Reserve senior offensive lineman Cody Hilles, Western Reserve senior wide receiver Wyatt Larimer and Western Reserve junior running back Jack Cappabianca.
Green made team-high 106 tackles, including 20 for losses, with 8 1/2 sacks and three fumble recoveries for the Clippers. Sweeney helped Lisbon’s playoff and league push with four interceptions and 13 solo tackles.
Hilles paved the way up front for a Western Reserve offense that averaged 38.5 points and 435 total yards a game. Larimer had 25 catches for 537 yards (21.4) and 11 touchdowns while running for 305 yards and six touchdowns and passing for 405 yards and three touchdowns. Cappabianca added 1,068 yards and 13 touchdowns on 111 carries (9.6) for the Devils.