South Range highlights All-Ohioans, Plum earns honorable mention
COLUMBUS — The season may be over for the South Range football team, but the Raiders aren’t quite done collecting honors.
South Range seniors Peyton Remish, Aniello Buzzacco and Mathias Combs, as well as sophomore defensive tackle Anthony Czap were all named to the Division V All-Ohio team Monday.
The Raiders went 13-1, finished second in the Division V state poll and reached the state semifinals for the second time in school history.
“It’s huge for our program to have guys get recognized like that,” South Range coach Dan Yeagley said. “Team success is wrapped around individual success and vice-versa. It’s a great compliment to the kind of team we had this season.”
Remish led the way with a first-team all-defense selection. The senior linebacker was the heart of a stingy South Range defense and finished with a team-high 151 tackles, 34 for a loss, one sack, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. he was a third-team All-Ohioan last season and has led the Raiders in tackles the last two seasons.
South Range’s last first-team All-Ohioan was current Youngstown State running back Joe Alessi in 2014.
“Peyton’s been a terrific leader for us,” Yeagley said. “He stepped in and started as a freshman and he’s kept getting better. He did a great job leading by example and helping the younger kids along.”
Remish is the second member of his family to be honored as a first-team All-Ohioan. His father Jeff was a two-time first-team selection as a defensive lineman for Columbiana in 1991 and 1992.
“That’s a really neat thing to have happen,” Yeagley said. “I know his dad was a terrific player and he absolutely passed that down to Peyton.”
Buzzacco was named second-team offense as a quarterback. His dual threat abilities propelled a South Range offense that averaged 33 points per game.
He averaged 236 total yards a game and accounted for 42 touchdowns on the season. He completed 106 of 201 passes (52.7 percent) for 1,995 yards and 22 touchdowns and ran for 1,313 yards and 20 touchdowns on 162 carries (8.1).
Buzzacco was the first quarterback in South Range history to exceed 1,000 yards rushing and passing.
“It’s great to have Aniello recognized for what he brought to our team,” Yeagley said. “He did a tremendous job operating within our system.”
Combs was a third-team selection on offense. He provided a dangerous vertical threat for the Raiders at receiver and finished with 1,094 receiving yards on 58 catches and 14 touchdowns. Combs also had 76 rushing yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns. He had 11 kickoff returns for 200 yards and 14 punt returns for 184 yards.
“Mathias was the first receiver in school history to go over 1,000 yards,” Yeagley said. “He’s one of the more explosive receivers we had here. He made a lot of things happen with the ball in open space.”
Czap was named honorable mention as a defensive tackle. He collected 96 tackles with 15 tackles for a loss, three sacks and one fumble recovery
Crestview also had a first-team Division V selection, as junior offensive lineman Dominic Perry was named to the first-team.
Perry guided the Rebels to the state playoffs, where they fell in the first round to South Range. With Perry leading the way, the Rebels averaged 26.2 points and 237 yards rushing a game this season.
Salem senior punter Mitch Davidson was a second-team Div. IV selection.
Davidson averaged 38.1 yards on 36 punts, including 13 inside the 20-yard line. At quarterback, he completed 175 of 321 passes (54.5 percent) for a school-record 2,371 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Salem senior receiver Chase Ackerman was an honorable mention selection. Ackerman had 64 catches for 1,037 yards (16.2) and 16 touchdowns.
East Liverpool sophomore defensive lineman Koby Plum was also named as an honorable mention pick.
Plum sparked a Potter defense that held opponents to an average of 120 yards rushing and 26.5 points per game.
He was East Liverpool’s third-leading tackler with 69 total in 10 games. He had 43 solo tackles, nine tackles for loss and one fumble recovery.
See page 2B for the complete Division IV and V All-Ohio football teams.
The teams were selected by members of the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association, most of whom were voters for the former Associated Press All-Ohio teams. The Associated Press no longer coordinates postseason honors for high school sports.
The Division II and III All-Ohio teams will be announced today.