Summers, Sherry gain All-Ohio honors
COLUMBUS — The Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference got off to a good start in its inaugural season with Lisbon senior linebacker Cam Summers and East Palestine junior quarterback Parker Sherry leading the way.
Both EOAC standouts were named to the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association All-Ohio football teams announced Sunday.
Summers was named to the Division VII first team, while Sherry collected Division VI third-team honors.
Lisbon captured a third straight playoff berth highlighted by three All-Ohio linebackers during that span — Jason Thompson was a third-teamer in 2016 and Josh Liberati was a first-teamer in 2015.
Summers is the latest standout as he led the Blue Devils in tackles and rushing the last two seasons.
This season, he collected 83 tackles, including 52 solos, with two sacks, one fumble recovery and forced two fumbles. He also ran for 1,095 yards and 10 touchdowns on 126 carries (8.7) for his second straight 1,000-yard season.
Summers and Liberati are Lisbon’s only first-team All-Ohioans in the last 18 years.
Sherry was the leader of an East Palestine offense that led the area in scoring, averaging 42.5 points a game.
The Bulldogs won the EOAC title and reached the state playoffs behind Sherry, who averaged 329 yards of total offense a game and accounted for 41 touchdowns.
Sherry was a double threat, completing 161 of 245 passes (65.7) percent for 2,249 yards and 25 touchdowns and running for a team-high 1,365 yards and 16 touchdowns on 201 carries (6.8). He scored 108 points.
Receiving special mention were Lisbon senior receiver Seth Stokes in Division VII and East Palestine senior receiver Branden Kemp, Southern Local senior running back Will Grodhaus, Columbiana senior kicker Jared Bryarly, Springfield senior offensive lineman Ryan Thompson, Western Reserve senior offensive lineman Dallas Smith, Western Reserve senior linebacker Jack Cappabianca and Western Reserve junior punter Adam Wise in Division VI.
Stokes and Kemp both led their teams in receptions the last two years.
Stokes was a big-play threat as he had 31 receptions for 577 yards (18.6) and 11 touchdowns this season.
Kemp was Sherry’s main target with 53 catches for 871 yards (164) and 16 touchdowns and scored 106 points.
Grodhaus ran for a school-record 2,042 yards and 29 touchdowns on 175 carries (11.7).
Bryarly kicked three field goals and was 32-of-37 on extra-point kicks. He averaged 48.1 yards on kickoffs with all going inside the 10-yard unless Clippers chase to squib or onside kick.
Thompson and Smith were the top linemen for their teams, who shared the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference title with McDonald.
Cappabianca led Western Reserve with 55 tackles and three sacks in the regular season, while Wise averaged 34.0 yards per punt.
See page 2B for the complete Division VI and VII 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 IV and V All-Ohio teams will be announced today.