COLUMBUS – Zanesville senior Leondre Crosby was as multifaceted as any player in the area.
His all-around performance was recognized Tuesday by the Associated Press when he was given first-team All-Ohio accolades in Division III.
The Division IV teams also were announced.
Crosby collected 83 tackles in the regular season with 43 solo and 17 for a loss. He also ran for more than 1,000 yards at running back with 12 touchdowns.
“It feels great for the hard work to pay off, and it’s just a great accomplishment,” Crosby said. “I want to thank my mom and the community for their support. This is something to add to my resume, but most of all a bar setter for young Devils.”
Zanesville seniors Alessio Amato and Coulter Wilson also earned second-team honors at wide receiver and offensive line, respectively. Amato had 34 catches for 677 yards and nine TDs, and Wilson anchored a strong offensive line for the Blue Devils, who totaled more than 3,700 yards.
“Obviously, Leo had a great year, but during the playoffs is where he showed the kind of player he is,” Zanesville coach Chad Grandstaff said. “One week, he had 17 tackles, and the next week, he almost ran for 300 yards.”
Grandstaff said the media accolades are a tribute to the team’s run of success in recent years, especially two final four appearances in three years.
“Obviously, any media attention you get means you’re getting recognized around the state,” Grandstaff said. “There were some guys who probably didn’t get what they deserved, but that’s just how it works.”
Sheridan senior linebacker Deryk Grosse made third-team mention in Division III, and Maysville senior running back Chase Roberts was a second-team selection in Division IV.
Grosse led the Generals in tackles to go with 970 yards and eight touchdowns at running back.
Roberts was a dynamic back for the Panthers. He ran for 751 yards and 12 touchdowns on 93 carries and also caught 18 passes for 303 yards and six TDs. He was joined by four teammates — Nik Smith, Clay Mercer, Chase Himmelspach and Tahlor Macenko — on special mention.
“His athletic ability allowed us to be very versatile, and the defense always had to account for him,” Maysville coach Craig Clarke said. “But not many people know he was a good blocker. .. One reason our offense had more than 3,000 yards was his willingness to block for our other backs.
“Those five seniors were part of some playoff years and a 8-2 team this year so it shows the program is getting respect. That is very rewarding as a coach.”
Tri-Valley senior safety Quentin Gaiters made second in Division II on Monday. He was omitted from Tuesday’s story, but led the Scotties with three interceptions and was “the quarterback” of the Scotties’ defense.