COSHOCTON – The Division V All-Ohio teams were announced Wednesday afternoon and nine Coshocton County football players were honored.
None higher than East District Division V Defensive Player of the Year and Ridgewood linebacker Brice Hammond, who received first-team honors.
Hammond also received first-team Inter Valley Conference honors as well, finishing with 88 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions during the regular season.
Hammond said he thought this award was a possibility after the East District awards, but was excited regardless.
“I’m still pretty excited,” he said. “This means a lot. And as a team, we went out there and proved every body wrong and made a run to the playoffs.”
Hammond’s teammate Keith Leindecker received second-team honors, finishing the regular season with 78 tackles, 18 for a loss, and 11 sacks.
Generals Trent Harrison, Nathaniel Thompson and kicker Keith Claxon each received special mention.
“They all deserve this award, we wouldn’t have done what we did without them,” Hammond said.
Coshocton’s leading rusher and tackler — Jake Fortney — highlighted the honors for the Redskins receiving second-team honors, after finishing the season with 825 yards and 11 touchdowns on 143 carries in just eight games rushing and 80 tackles, six tackles for a loss, one interception and fumble recovery on defense.
Redskins Andrew Mason, Jordan Carkin and Kobie Means received special mention as well.
Coshocton will return all four of its All-Ohio honorees next season, which coach Jim Woodrum joked will allow him to sleep a lot easier between seasons.
“They are all very deserving of the honors. They all had great seasons and they work very hard and that is kind of contagious,” Woodrum said.