ECOL's best: Injury doesn't derail Rosecrans RB's candidacy

ECOL's best: Injury doesn't derail Rosecrans RB's candidacy


ECOL's best: Injury doesn't derail Rosecrans RB's candidacy


Luke Lloyd was on pace for another record-breaking season before a foot injury in Week 8 ended his senior season prematurely.

Despite that, Rosecrans’ senior running back still was good enough to earn Gray Division Offensive Player of the Year honors in the East Central Ohio League. The teams are picked by league coaches.

The Bishops, who won the Gray Division title, finished 7-3 and made the postseason for a second consecutive season under third-year coach Scott Moyer. His team lost in the regional semifinals to Danville.

Lloyd, who also earned Division VI Offensive Player of the Year in the East District, ran 158 times for 1,122 yards (9.2-yard average) with 17 touchdowns in fewer than eight games.

He also played linebacker, where he ranked second on the team in tackles at the time of the injury, and also led the area with a 41.4 punting average. He also returned punts and kicks.

Zanesville had four players named to the Scarlet Division first team in juniors J.T. McFarland, Dar Stanford, Thomas Wibbeler and Jamal Gladden, while seniors Will Weir and Matty Lynn and junior Tristan Rock were second-team picks and junior David Johnson was honorable mention.

McFarland set school records with 57 catches for 1,088 yards (19.1 average) and 17 TDs. He also ran for 7 TDs. On defense, he intercepted two passes and returned a fumble for a touchdown.

Wibbeler passed for a school-record 2,697 yards with 34 TDs and 14 INTs and also led the team with 238 rushing yards and 5 TDs. In wins against New Philadelphia, Youngstown Ursuline and Plain City Jonathan Alder he was 74-of-90 passing for 1,143 yards and 13 TDs.

Stanford and Gladden were two-way standouts, as Stanford had 40 catches for 662 yards and 8 TDs and intercepted five passes, and Gladden had 66 tackles, including a team-high 17 tackles for loss. Gladden also ran for 4 TDs.

Other Rosecrans players on the Gray first team were senior two-way linemen Tyler Swackhammer and David Cline, senior receiver/cornerback Ben Baldwin and senior running back/linebacker Chase Lanning.

Baldwin caught 18 passes for 242 yards and 2 TDs, intercepted four passes, and was the team’s second-leading tackler; Lanning ran for 880 yards and 10 TDs and led the team with 57 1/2tackles.

Second-team picks were senior two-way lineman Jack Skrobot, junior receiver/linebacker Thomas Thacker and sophomores Adrick Cronin and Cameron Roberts. Cronin passed for 897 yards and 10 TDs, and also picked off four passes; Roberts led the team with five interceptions and broke up 15 passes.

Senior Jess Moore was an honorable mention.

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