Shawnee linebacker Jack McCrory was named first team high school football All-Ohio Division IV on Monday. Nasiim McKay of Kenton Ridge was the only other area player named on the D-IV team, as an honorable mention choice.
Greeneview offensive lineman Hunter Grim was a second-team D-V pick. Teammates Jon Brakeall and Griffin Mangan were D-V honorable mention.
The All-Ohio teams were determined by statewide media panels and coordinated by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association.
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Shawnee coach Rick Meeks labeled McCrory “one of the best football players to ever play at Shawnee.”
A 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior, McCrory was a two-way standout. Offensively, he rushed for 773 yards and added nine receptions for 86 yards. Defensively, he excelled at linebacker. A three-time All-Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail pick, he shared the divisional co-defensive player of the year this season with Jonathan Alder lineman Nolan Larison.
McCrory had 101 tackles, two sacks and an interception as a senior. He’s verbally committed to Ohio University.
Kenton Ridge coach Joel Marratta called McKay, a first-year player as a senior, the “most athletic player on the team.” A triple threat as a receiver, defensive back and returner, McKay had 29 catches for 461 yards (15.8 per catch) and had seven touchdowns.
Grim, a 5-11, 230-pound senior, anchored the Rams’ lines. A junior kicker, Brakeall had 21 kickoff touchbacks, 53 extra-point kicks and booted the game-winning field goal vs. Mechanicsburg. Mangan, a senior running back/linebacker, was second on the team with 48 tackles. He also had 848 yards rushing and was first team All-Ohio Heritage Conference.
The offensive players of the year were Girard’s Mark Waid (D-IV) and Tanner Holden of Wheelersburg and Ethan Wright of Akron Manchester (D-V). The defensive players of the year were Logan Hannah of Valley View and Perry’s Jake Reed (D-IV) and Versailles’ Kurtis Rutschilling (D-V).
Valley View’s Bob Skidmore (D-IV) and Jeff Essig of Bethel-Tate (D-V) were the coaches of the year.