Springfield High School teammates Caleb Johnson and Moses Douglass both received All-Ohio Division I football honors by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association on Wednesday. The D-I teams were the last of seven divisions distributed by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
Johnson, a senior receiver, was a second-team pick and Douglass, a junior defensive back, a third-team choice. Both were key for Springfield (6-4), which was in D-I, Region 3 playoff contention until a season-ending loss to Fairmont.
A senior transfer from Trotwood-Madison who remains uncommitted, Johnson was the go-to receiver for senior quarterback Leonard Taylor with 56 catches for 852 yards (15.2 average) and nine total touchdowns. Johnson had 50-plus catches each of the last three seasons and ends his combined career with 163 receptions for 2,361 yards (14.4 average) and 28 touchdowns.
Douglass is the son of Wildcats coach Maurice Douglass. A cornerback, he was second on the team with 65 total tackles, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions and one forced fumble. Among the schools he has offers from are Michigan, Iowa, Kentucky and Rutgers.
Fairmont football coach Dave Miller was selected the state’s Division I high school football coach of the year. He oversaw a remarkable turnaround, going from 1-9 last season to 7-4 and into the D-I, Region 3 playoffs this year. Fairmont qualified for the playoffs by knocking Springfield out of postseason contention with a 7-3 Week 10 defeat of the Wildcats.
Pickerington North senior quarterback Jimmy Weirick was the D-I offensive player of the year. Lineman Tyreke Smith of Cleveland Heights and Pickerington Central defensive back Xavier Henderson were the co-defensive players of the year.
Also on Wednesday Trotwood-Madison senior running back Ra’veion Hargrove finished runner-up to Wadsworth senior quarterback Joey Baughman as Ohio’s Mr. Football.
This is the first season for OPSWA to coordinate the All-Ohio teams and Mr. Football. Players were selected by coaches’ nominations that were forwarded to state-wide media panels.
• There will be special Springfield interest in Friday’s D-I football state final between Pickerington Central and Mentor at Canton (8 p.m.). A Central standout is senior Tavyn Myers. His parents, Micha Swain and Nick Myers, are both Springfield North graduates. Nick Myers played four seasons of football at Michigan State.
An estimated 30 Myers relatives attended last week’s D-I state semifinal between Central and Cincinnati Colerain at Evans Stadium. Central won the contest 41-28 and Myers “had a loud cheering section,” shared Ms. Lillian Swain, a great grandparent.
All the state final games will be aired live on Spectrum (Ch. 99).