COLUMBUS – Coshocton’s and Ridgewood’s return to the OHSAA football playoffs in the 2014 season were due in large part to some outstanding athletic performances by area athletes.
The athletes that helped put each program back on the map were honored as the Division V and VI All-Ohio selections were revealed by the Associated Press Wednesday.
The teams were selected by the AP in Columbus based on recommendations from a panel of voting media in each district.
Coshocton senior running back Dom Johns was a first-team selection in Division V after totaling 1,795 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns, while senior offensive lineman Cody Tarman was a second-team selection.
Redskins coach Jim Woodrum was pleased to see both players honored among the state’s best.
“I’m very proud of both of them and our whole team for what they accomplished this season,” he said. “Dom (Johns) and Cody (Tarman) are definitely deserving of the honors because they worked so hard and it’s a fitting end to the season for the program.”
Johns was very appreciative to be highly regarded in a sport he loves so much.
“This means a lot to me,” he said. “Football is in my blood and it has made me the man I am today.”
Ridgewood quarterback Caleb Tingle was a second-team selection in Division VI, along with senior offensive tackle Blake Feldner.
Tingle was 53-of-85 for 736 yards with eight touchdowns and four interceptions passing, but also had 158 carries for 1,276 yards and 20 touchdowns rushing.
Senior running back Zach Donley was a third-team choice, finishing with 150 carries for 1,105 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also had three touchdown receptions.
Ridgewood senior linebackers Brice Hammond and Dillan Sheplerand senior offensive lineman Kelly Barthalow were special mention choices.
Hammond had 79 tackles and 12 sacks while Shepler had 68 tackles and three sacks.