Ryan Maloy has had a successful season for the Avon Eagles.
And it’s still going on.
The junior quarterback has led his team to an undefeated regular season, a Southwestern Conference championship, the top ranking in the state in Division II, a regional title and a berth in Friday’s state semifinal against Akron Hoban.
Now he can add Lorain County Most Valuable Offensive Back in Divisions I-III to his resume. Maloy heads the All-Lorain County teams released today by the Lorain County Football Coaches Association.
“It was a blessing to have that award and opportunity to have that exposure,” Maloy said. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and my coaches for always putting me in the right position and helping me on the field.”
Maloy has completed 184 of 254 passes for 2,453 yards with 21 touchdowns and five interceptions.
He’s also second on the team in rushing with 788 yards on 98 carries with 13 touchdowns.
He’s not the only Eagle to pick up a major award though. Jimmy McKenna, a senior and Purdue commit, was named Most Valuable Offensive Lineman and Mike Elder received the Tom Hoch Coach of the Year award.
“I’m kind of old, so anytime I get any type of individual award like personally, it’s a reflection of all of the coaches I work with and my players,” Elder said.
“If I’m coach of the year, it means we’re program of the year — that’s the way I look at it.”
Lorain, which went 8-3 and made the playoffs, also finished with a pair of individual honors as Antonio Wyatt was named Most Valuable Defensive Lineman and Dakota Mincy was named top defensive back in Divisions I-III.
Wyatt finished with 38 tackles, including 13 for a loss, and 5 1/2 sacks, while forcing three fumbles.
“Everybody that played us had to double-team him and had to deal with him in some way,” said Lorain coach Dave McFarland. “He’s probably one of the best players I’ve coached. He demanded a double team and led the area in sacks, caused fumbles and those kinds of things.”
Mincy had nine interceptions and was responsible for shutting down some of the state’s top wide receivers during a tough Lake Erie League schedule.
“What a phenomenal year he had leading our secondary,” McFarland said. “We were a big-play team and he made a lot of phenomenal plays to get stops.”
Clearview racked up the individual awards in Divisions IV-VIII.
Collin Manning was named best defensive lineman, Jordan Reed top defensive back and Mike Collier brought home coach of the year honors after guiding the Clippers to a 9-2 record, a PAC Stripes Division title and their first playoff berth since 2012.
Manning had 39 tackles, including 14 for loss, and eight quarterback pressures for the Clippers (9-2), who won their first PAC Stripes Division title since 2009.
“Collin Manning is a phenomenal athlete,” said Clearview coach Mike Collier, who was named . “Defensively he was a force to reckon with. I think most teams game-planned against him, but he was outstanding disrupting the backfield and rushing the quarterback at times. It made a big difference in our defensive front.”
Reed, only a sophomore, had 20 tackles and five interceptions, two he returned for touchdowns.
“Pretty impressive for a sophomore,” Collier said. “He just had a coming out year. … He really stepped up in some big situations during the season.”
Collier was especially proud of winning the Tom Hoch Award, named after the former Clippers coach.
“It’s extremely humbling being that I played for and coached with Coach Hoch,” Collier said. “Coach Hoch brought me in on his staff as a young coach. It means a tremendous amount. Just to look at the plaque, it’s really kind of humbling and the man I have deep respect for — and I learned quite a bit form.”
Oberlin senior quarterback Devan Yarber was named top offensive back, rushing for 1,542 yards, good for third in the county, on 184 carries and scored 14 touchdowns. He was 34-of-78 passing for 622 yards, throwing seven touchdowns and six interceptions. Oberlin finished 5-5 overall but went 4-1 in the Patriot Athletic Conference, its best league record since 2012.
Firelands senior Calvin Stull took home the Most Valuable Offense Lineman award, helping the Falcons to an 8-2 record.
Contact Tim Grattan at 329-7136 or email@example.com. Follow him @Tim_Grattan77 on Twitter.
QUARTERBACKS: Justin Sturgill, sr., Lorain; Ryan Maloy, jr., Avon; Seamus Higley, sr., Midview
RUNNING BACKS: Connor Wolfe, sr., Midview; Daylin Dower, so., Lorain; Konner Riggs, jr., Avon Lake; Shomario Williams, sr., North Ridgeville; Khennedy Scagilozzo, jr., Amherst’ Tony Eberhardt, sr., Avon
WIDE RECEIVERS: Devian Williams, sr., Elyria; Zion Cross, sr., Lorain; Cole Schraff, jr., Avon Lake; Evan Shawver, sr., Amherst; Keith Johnson, sr., Midview
TIGHT ENDS: Nathan Soto, jr., Amherst; Forrest Croxton, sr., North Ridgeville
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN: Jimmy McKenna, sr., Avon; Luke Palos, sr., Elyria; Kyle Leitch, sr., Avon Lake; Ryan Beckman, jr., Avon Lake; Nathan Fanta, sr., Midview; Michael Bergen, jr., Avon; Jack Liber, sr., Avon; Gabriel Larsosa, sr., Lorain
KICKER: Caleb Lewis, sr., Elyria
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: John Anthony Lowery, sr., Elyria; Antonio Wyatt, sr., Lorain; Jake Marinelli, sr., Avon Lake; Seth Frombach, sr., Midview; Matt Lee, sr. Amherst; Max Torbert, sr., Avon; Nji Tuma, sr., North Ridgeville; Brandon Gilchrist, sr., Midview
LINEBACKERS: Jamir Malone, sr. North Ridgeville; Kyle Kudla, sr. Avon; Jake Snider, sr., Midview; Mike Sacco, sr., Avon Lake; Quando Woodson, jr., Elyria; Kelvin Torres, jr. Lorain
DEFENSIVE BACKS: Caleb Burr, sr., Avon Lake; Nick Crum, sr., Midview; Dakota Mincy, sr. Lorain; Hunter Parker, sr., Amherst; Cannon Kerr, sr. North Ridgeville.
PUNTER: David Orlando, sr., Avon
MOST VALUABLE OFFENSIVE BACK: Ryan Maloy, Avon
MOST VALUABLE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: Jimmy McKenna, Avon
MOST VALUABLE DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: Antonio Wyatt, Lorain
MOST VALUABLE DEFENSIVE BACK: Dakota Mincy, Lorain
TOM HOCH COACH OF THE YEAR: Mike Elder, Avon
QUARTERBACKS: Seth Hurd, jr., Vermilion; Devan Yarber, sr., Oberlin; Michael Bansek, sr., Firelands
RUNNING BACKS: Brandon Coleman, jr., Columbia; Caine Zannoni, sr., Vermilion; Dew Engle, jr., Clearview; Logan Strader, sr., Firelands; Luke Peterson, sr, Firelands; Nick Denney, sr., Firelands; Ravon Eison, jr., Oberlin
WIDE RECEIVERS: Jonah Pfeil, jr., Vermilion; Luke Pena, jr., Vermilion; Justin Able, sr., Keystone; Kash Warren, sr., Clearview; Richard Maggard, sr., Firelands
TIGHT ENDS: Cole Schwartz, jr., Columbia; Blake Ruffner, jr., Firelands
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN: Nick Milluzzi, jr., Columbia; Logan Wos, jr., Columbia; Tim Borgmann, jr., Brookside; Matthew Rasmussen, sr., Oberlin; Julian Colbert, jr., Clearview; Calvin Stull, sr., Firelands; Jared Fiddler, sr., Oberlin
KICKER: Owen Rozanc, sr., Brookside
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: Matt Caraballo, sr., Columbia; Tyler Bath, sr., Vermilion; David McCullough, sr., Keystone; Marquis Walker, sr., Oberlin; Collin Manning, sr., Clearview; Landon Peterson, sr., Firelands; Sean Lipscomb, sr., Firelands
LINEBACKERS: Danny Snakovsky, jr., Columbia; Trevor Boyd, sr., Vermilion; Kayden Williams, jr., Keystone; David Renftle, jr., Clearview; Kahliel Fenderson, sr., Clearview; Luke Peterson, sr., Firelands
DEFENSIVE BACKS: Bailey Coleman, jr., Columbia; Jack Corraini, jr., Keystone; David Chambers, sr., Brookside; Aaron Arnold, jr., Oberlin; Jaylen Paschel, jr., Clearview; Jordan Reed, so., Clearview
PUNTER: Anthony Terry, sr., Clearview
MOST VALUABLE OFFENSIVE BACK: Devan Yarber, Oberlin
MOST VALUABLE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: Calvin Stull, Firelands
MOST VALUABLE DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: Collin Manning, Clearview
MOST VALUABLE DEFENSIVE BACK: Jordan Reed, Clearview
TOM HOCH COACH OF THE YEAR: Mike Collier, Clearview
- High school football: Hoban's depth and big second half end Avon's dreams of a state title
- High school football: Lorain High quarterback Justin Sturgill named Golden Helmet winner
- Local pair take advantage of early signing period, commit to D-1 schools
- High school football: Talent is a given for Lorain's Daylin Dower, but the junior has leadership skills to match
- Standout athlete from Clearview gets full ride to OSU for academics