COLUMBUS – A pair of Rosecrans players nabbed top honors Wednesday, as the Associated Press released All-Ohio squads for Divisions V, VI and VII.
Rosecrans junior Travis Johnston made first team at linebacker, while senior Lane Dailey was first-team kicker in Division VII.
Johnston collected 122 tackles with 19 tackles for a loss and seven sacks. He also forced nine fumbles to go with three fumble recoveries and two interceptions.
His contributions on offense were also noted with 228 carries for 1,159 yards and 15 touchdowns, while also averaging 38.2 yards on 38 punts.
“I think he’s a much better defensive player than offensive, even though he runs hard and battles on offense,” Rosecrans coach Mark Johnston said. “He never comes off the field and puts in a lot of work. I don’t know anyone who does more for his team.
“He’s an all-around player and really puts the work in,” he added.
Dailey made 28 of 30 extra points and 6 of 9 field goals, including two of more than 40 yards. He also had 13 of 39 kickoffs go for touchbacks.
“He had a lot of success and put the ball where we wanted,” Johnston said. “He was a real asset to our team.”
Crooksville had three players receive special mention in Division VI in Joel Taylor, Chip Russell and Chaz Love.
Taylor, a senior, was the offensive lineman of the year in the Muskingum Valley League, while Love, a junior, was one of the Ceramics’ leading tacklers and also ran for more than 500 yards and five touchdowns and Russell, a sophomore, shined at placekicker.