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High school football: Elyria's Farris is area's lone first-team All-Ohio selection in Division I and II


ELYRIA — Elyria’s Chase Farris thought it was possible after being named District Player of the Year a few weeks ago. But the senior two-way lineman was still pretty excited when he found out Monday he was a Division I first-team

All-Ohio selection at defensive end.

The Division I and II

All-Ohio teams, along with players and coaches of the year awards, were released by the Associated Press on Monday. Farris was the lone area player to earn first-team honors in either division.

“I’m definitely excited about it,” said Farris, a 6-foot-6 defensive end and offensive tackle who will attend The Ohio State University on a full scholarship. “Being first-team all-state is one of the goals I was hoping to accomplish this season.

“When Coach (Steve Hamilton) called me and told me I was going to be

first-team all-district and that I made District Player of the Year as well, he told me that would guarantee me first-team

All-Ohio. So, I’ve known about it for a while, but it’s still pretty cool that it’s official.”

Farris gave credit to Hamilton, who also serves as the offensive line coach for the Pioneers, and coach Anthony Quinn, who is Elyria’s defensive line coach.

“I’ve got to give a shout-out to them,” he said. “They really helped me out a lot these last few years and I owe them a lot.”

Hamilton, in return, heaped plenty of praise on his standout lineman.

“He definitely deserves it,” Hamilton said. “Chase works hard academically and athletically and he deserves all the accolades he gets. He’s definitely moving on to bigger and better things, that’s for sure. It’s just an awesome honor for that young man.”

Farris finished the season with 95 tackles, 31 for loss, and 11 sacks.

“We talk a lot about being humble and continue improving, and Chase never let things get to him,” Hamilton said. “He could have easily done things differently this season with the scholarship already in hand, but he approached every practice and every game the same as he did before. He worked his butt off in the offseason and it carried over through the regular season.”

Farris joined defensive back Trynell Davis and offensive tackle Isaiah Byler as All-Ohioans at Elyria under Hamilton’s watch.

Farris’ favorite moment in his career came during Elyria’s Week 2 victory (10-6) over North Olmsted. In that game, Farris recorded his first career interception.

“We had been working on defending the screen pass, and it required me to play a little differently,” he said. “As it started working in practice, I started to get the feel of it and that my coaches were right. It just so happened in that very next game, they called a screen and I was in the right place and was able to intercept it.

“I’m still kind of mad that I didn’t score on that. I should have taken it all the way for a pick-six, and there’s no reason why I was caught. We won the game regardless, but I still would have liked to have scored.”

Farris did score a touchdown a week later on a blocked punt return during Elyria’s wild 56-35 loss to Elyria Catholic. His touchdown capped a three-touchdown rally late in the first half that tied the game at 28. However, the Panthers scored on a 78-yard touchdown pass just before halftime and rode the momentum through the second half.

“EC was our biggest disappointment of the season, by far,” Farris said. “There’s not much else you can say about that.”

Farris was proud of the way his team bounced back from a 1-4 start to go 4-6 and forge what turned out to be a division championship game against Twinsburg in the season finale. The Pioneers lost that game, 45-0, but it didn’t diminish the accomplishment.

“We just started playing as a team and started to pick up momentum,” said Farris. “Nobody on that team had ever played for a conference championship in football, so it was a first for everybody. We tried to go into it with a level head, but that one turned out bad, too.”

Hamilton is excited about the team’s improvement this season and is looking forward to an even better year in 2011.

“We’re only losing two on offense and four on defense,” he said. “However, Chase accounts for one of those losses each, and he’ll be difficult to replace. We’re gonna miss him.”

Other area players awarded All-Ohio honors in Division I included Amherst’s Tyler Parrish (senior wide receiver), Marty Thomas (senior linebacker) and Mat Malloy (senior defensive back) and Lorain resident Geoff Mogus from St. Edward (senior offensive lineman). All four were named to the third team.

Area players earning All-Ohio honors in Division II included Avon Lake’s Brian Mihalik (senior defensive lineman), Avon’s Patrick Furnas (senior linebacker), Olmsted Falls’ Connor Cantrell (senior linebacker) and Bill Budosch (senior, offensive lineman) and Westlake’s Jacob Kutz (senior defensive lineman), all of whom were second-team recipients. Avon Lake’s Ronnie Willoughby (senior wide receiver) and Andrew Bohan (senior offensive lineman), Avon’s Matt Eckhardt (junior wide receiver) and Olmsted Falls’ Zack Ferster (senior defensive back) were named to the third team.

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All-Ohio teams

Division I

First team

OFFENSE: Ends — Cheatham Norrils, Tol. St. John’s, 6-0, 187, senior; Jake Green, Grove City, 6-3, 175, sr.; Rodriguez Coleman, Cin. La Salle, 6-3, 180, sr.; Greg Brown, Fremont Ross, 5-11, 190, sr.; Devin Smith, Massillon Washington, 6-3, 185, sr.; Ray Hamilton, Strongsville, 6-5, 248, sr. Linemen_— Ray Ball, Westerville South, 6-7, 310, sr.; Michael Bennett, Centerville, 6-3, 275, sr.; Jack Miller, Tol. St. John’s, 6-4, 270, sr.; Steve Zaborsky, Austintown-Fitch, 6-2, 225, sr.; Aundrey Walker, Cle. Glenville, 6-5, 310, sr. Quarterbacks — Braxton Miller, Huber Hts. Wayne, 6-2, 200, sr.; Ray Russ, Willoughby South, 6-0, 170, sr.; Demetrious Davis, Austintown-Fitch, 5-9, 175, jr. Backs_— Jayshon Jackson, Westerville South, 5-7, 202, sr.; Conor Hundley, Cin. St. Xavier, 5-10, 190, jr.; Jody Webb, Tol. Whitmer, 5-7, 160, jr.; Bri’onte Dunn, Canton GlenOak, 6-1, 210, jr. Kicker_JD Detmer, Hilliard Davidson, 5-10, 169, sr.

DEFENSE: Linemen — Keith Heitzman, Hilliard Davidson, 6-4, 240, sr.; Chase Farris, Elyria, 6-6, 267, sr.; Chris Wormley, Tol. Whitmer, 6-6, 250, jr.; Se’Von Pittman, Canton McKinley, 6-5, 235, jr. Linebackers — Trey DePriest, Springfield, 6-1, 237, sr.; Steven Daniels, Cin. St. Xavier, 6-1, 235, sr.; Jarrett Grace, Cin. Colerain, 6-4, 240, sr.; Andre Sturdivant, Cle. Glenville, 6-3, 256, sr. Backs_Eilar Hardy, Pickerington Central, 6-2, 190, sr.; Mike Svetina, Cle. St. Ignatius, 6-2, 210, jr.; Chris Humphrey, Solon, 6-1, 175, sr.; Scott Suren, Brunswick, 6-4, 175, JR. Punter — Marshall Newsome, Huber Hts. Wayne, 6-1, 210, sr.

Offensive player of the year: Braxton Miller, Huber Hts. Wayne.

Defensive player of the year: Trey DePriest, Springfield.

Coaches of the year: Rick Finotti, Lakewood St. Edward; Bob Jacoby, Hamilton.

Second team

OFFENSE: Ends — Garryt Abfalter-Scott, Cols. West, 6-3, 190, sr.; Ben Coffaro, Cin. Elder, 5-9, 180, sr.; Dayne Hammond, Youngs. Boardman, 6-5, 185, jr.; Devyn Woods, Willoughby South, 6-0, 170, sr. Linemen_Alex Huettel, Pickerington North, 6-4, 280, sr.; Andrew Neely, Cin. Colerain, 6-3, 270, sr.; Chris Reaper, Tol. Whitmer, 6-4, 230, sr.; Joe Hans, Medina, 6-5, 253, Sr.; Tyler Orlosky, Lakewood St. Edward, 6-4, 295, jr. Quarterback_Cole Stoudt, Dublin Coffman, 6-4, 200, sr. Backs — Jason Suggs, Medina, 5-10, 185, Sr.; Mike Korecz, Mentor, 5-10, 200, sr. Kickers — Sean Duggan, Cin. St. Xavier, 6-3, 220, sr.; Brandon Smith, Tol. St. John’s, 5-11, 183, jr.

DEFENSE: Linemen — Jesse Hayes, Cin. Moeller, 6-3, 230, sr.; Kenny Hayes, Tol. Whitmer, 6-5, 245, sr.; Steve Miller, Canton McKinley, 6-4, 242, sr.; Deonte Gibson, Lakewood St. Edward, 6-3, 225, sr. Linebackers — Matt Casey, Powell Olentangy Liberty, 6-1, 220, sr.; Kyle Schwarber, Middletown, 6-2, 220, sr.; Kent Kern, Tol. St. John’s, 6-1, 215, jr.; Will Mahone, Austintown-Fitch, 6-0, 205, jr.; Kurt Laseak, Mentor, 6-3, 210, jr. Backs — Tamani Carter, Pickerington Central, 5-11, 185, sr.; Marcus Foster, Troy, 6-0, 195, jr.; Darius Hillary, Cin. Sycamore, 5-11, 180, sr.; Mark Meyers, Tol. Whitmer, 6-1, 175, jr. Punter — Frank Epitropoulos, Upper Arlington, 6-3, 185, jr.

Third team

OFFENSE: Ends — Nick Vannett, Westerville Central, 6-6, 235, sr.; Justin Olack, Massillon Washington, 6-4, 200, sr.; Aaron Lindgren, Willoughby South, 5-10, 185, sr.; Tyler Parrish, Amherst Steele, 6-0, 170, sr. Linemen — Dylan Brumbaugh, Green, 6-5, 265, sr.; Ryan Kelly, West Chester Lakota West, 6-5, 285, sr.; Geoff Mogus, Lakewood St. Edward, 6-5, 285, sr.; Kyle Annis, Hilliard Davidson, 5-10, 255, sr.; Lovell Peterson, Huber Hts. Wayne, 6-3, 280, soph. Quarterback — Cardale Jones, Cle. Glenville, 6-5, 225, sr. Backs — Tyler Trautwein, Fremont Ross, 6-0, 200, sr.; Jon Miller, Massillon Perry, 5-10, 190, jr.; Kyle Hammonds, Solon, 5-10, 175, sr. Kicker — Jake Russell, Twinsburg, 6-1, 170, sr.

DEFENSE: Linemen — Brandon Mitchell, Cin. Withrow, 6-2, 300, sr.; Jared Walker, Fremont Ross, 5-11, 195, sr.; Tom Strobel, Mentor, 6-6, 250, jr.; Greg Kuhar, Lakewood St. Edward, jr., 6-3, 280. Linebackers — Jamar Ridley, Tol. Whitmer, 5-11, 225, jr.; Ben Gedeon, Hudson, 6-3, 216, soph.; Freddie Burton, Canton McKinley, 5-8, 192, sr.; Nick Davidson, Solon, 5-8, 180, jr.; Marty Thomas, Amherst Steele, 5-10, 190, sr. Backs — Allen Gant, Sylvania Southview, 6-2, 208, jr.; Dashon Bates, Lima Senior, 6-1, 185, sr.; Mat Malloy, Amherst Steele, 6-0, 185, sr.; Shane Wynn, Cle. Glenville, 5-8, 160, sr. Punter — Joseph Davidson, Findlay, 6-6, 175, soph.

Division II

First team

OFFENSE: Ends — Andre Stubbs, Maple Hts., 5-6, 160, sr.; Kyle Nowlin, Harrison, 6-0, 200, jr.; Austin Traylor, Cols. Walnut Ridge, 6-4, 211, sr. Linemen — Tommy Brown, Akron Firestone, 6-4, 315, sr.; Donovan Garner, Maple Hts., 6-3, 280, sr.; Vinnie Cordova, New Albany, 6-5, 285, sr.; Joe Londergan, Day. Carroll, 6-2, 240, sr.; Ryan Anderson, Kent Roosevelt, 6-4, 300, jr.; Kyle Cameron, Tol. Cent. Cath., 6-2, 280, sr. Quarterbacks — Marcus Fuller, Ashland, 6-0, 200, sr.; Evan Shimensky, Kent Roosevelt, 5-11, 180, sr. Backs — Richie Sanders, Mentor Lake Cath., 5-10, 185, sr.; Kaleb Coffee, Painesville Harvey, 6-0, 180, soph.; Aaron Kemper, Cin. Winton Woods, 5-6, 190, jr.; Alex Hake, New Albany, 6-0, 215, sr. Kickers — Ross Martin, Cuya. Falls Walsh Jesuit, 5-9, 180, jr.; Kresimir Ivkovic, Mentor Lake Cath., 6-1, 190, sr.

DEFENSE: Linemen — Joel Heath, Cin. Mt. Healthy, 6-6, 255, sr.; Chase Hounshell, Mentor Lake Cath., 6-7, 245, sr.; Kevin Williams, Holland Springfield, 6-2, 275, sr.; Cody Reesman, Warren Howland, 6-0, 280, sr. Linebackers — Nicholas Grigsby, Trotwood-Madison, 6-2, 210, sr.; Antonio Poole, Cin. Winton Woods, 6-1, 215, sr.; Julian Blakey, Cols. Marion-Franklin, 6-0, 215, sr.; Evan Karchner, Maumee, 5-11, 220, jr.; Corey Paulino, Uniontown Lake, 6-2, 205, jr.; Sam Wheeler, Copley, 5-9, 197, sr. Backs — Devante Strickland, Cols. Marion-Franklin, 6-3, 205, sr.; Braily Blair, Zanesville, 6-0, 195, sr.; Corey Webber, Cin. Winton Woods, 6-2, 190, sr.; Stephen Wilmington, Ravenna, 6-0, 190, sr. Punter — Chris McClearn, Warren Howland, 5-10, 170, sr.

Offensive player of the year: Aaron Kemper, Cin. Winton Woods.

Defensive players of the year: Joel Heath, Cin. Mt. Healthy; Chase Hounshell, Mentor Lake Cath.; Kevin Williams, Holland Springfield.

Coaches of the year: Nate Hillerich, Cols. Hamilton Township; Andre Parker, Cin. Winton Woods; Mike Franklin, Sandusky; Doug Frye, Wapakoneta.

Second team

OFFENSE: Ends — Jeremy White, Louisville, 6-0, 166, jr.; Chris Thomas, Ashland, 6-0, 183, sr.; Melvin Hunter, Cin. Northwest, 6-2, 215, sr.; Cameron Wilson, Dublin Jerome, 6-0, 190, jr. Linemen — Jacob Masterson, Zanesville, 6-4, 255, sr.; Chris Boles, Tol. Cent. Cath., 6-4, 340, sr.; Anthony Stanko, Warren Howland, 6-5, 290, jr.; Bill Budosch, Olmsted Falls, 6-3, 315, sr. Quarterbacks — Shaq Washington, Maple Hts., 5-9, 170, sr.; Connor Cook, Walsh Jesuit, 6-5, 205, SR. Backs — Josh Frakes, Cols. Hamilton Twp., 5-10, 194, sr.; Jamire Westbrook, Kings Mills Kings, 5-9, 190, jr.; Antwan Gilbert, Trotwood-Madison, 5-10, 170, sr.; Cordney Strickland, Sandusky, 6-1, 185, sr.; Jim Luther, Uniontown Lake, 6-1, 181, sr.; Devonte Ransom, Maple Hts., 5-10, 170, sr. Kickers — A.J. Fleak, Sunbury Big Walnut, 6-2, 204, sr.; Ryan Adams, Day. Carroll, 6-1, 200, sr.

DEFENSE: Linemen — Brian Mihalik, Avon Lake, 6-7, 245, sr.; Rashawn Thorpe, Cols. Marion-Franklin, 6-0, 215, sr.; Delroy Chance, Tol. Cent. Cath., 6-1, 280, sr.; Jacob Kutz, Westlake, 6-2, 240, sr. Linebackers — Patrick Furnas, Avon, 5-8, 185, sr.; Connor Cantrell, Olmsted Falls, 6-1, 205, sr.; Jacob Walaszek, Sunbury Big Walnut, 6-1, 220, sr.; Chris Cowman, Wilmington, 6-0, 221, sr.; Steve McAninch, Tallmadge, 6-1, 220, sr. Backs — James White, Cols. Hamilton Twp., 5-9, 178, sr.; Dan Reed, Uniontown Lake, 5-10, 166, sr.; Marty Gibbons, Mentor Lake Cath., 5-10, 175, sr.; George Bradley, Trotwood-Madison, 6-2, 203, jr. Punter_Mickey Grohause, Wapakoneta, 6-0, 170, sr.

Third team

OFFENSE: Ends — Casey Williams, Dresden Tri-Valley, 6-1, 180, sr.; Jeremy White, Louisville, 6-0, 166, jr. Ronnie Willoughby, Avon Lake, 6-4, 190, sr.; Matt Eckhardt, Avon, 6-0, 175, jr. Linemen — Skylar Hanby, Dresden Tri-Valley, 5-10, 217, sr.; Cody Hickey, Ashland, 6-2, 260, sr.; Sean Hemlick, Uniontown Lake, 6-2, 234, sr.; Andrew Bohan, Avon Lake, 6-4, 265, sr. Quarterbacks — Nick Woodyard, Mount Orab Western Brown, 6-0, 175, jr.; Chad Neff, Louisville, 6-1, 195, jr. Backs — Calebb Goings, Tol. Cent. Cath., 5-11, 190, sr.; Logan Erb, Wapakoneta, 6-0, 220, sr.; De’Veon Smith, Warren Howland, 5-11, 215, sr.; Josh March, Madison, 5-10, 190, jr.; Pat Porter, Chagrin Falls Kenston, 6-0, 200, sr. Kicker — Michael McGowan, Tol. St. Francis, 5-10, 150, jr.

DEFENSE: Linemen — Walter Richardson, Cin. Winton Woods, 6-1, 212, sr.; Brady Vanover, Kings Mills Kings, 5-10, 215, soph.; Claybourne Miller, Maple Hts., sr., 6-4, 220; Aaron Pipkins, Maple Hts., sr., 6-2, 260. Linebackers — Gary Ransom, Zanesville, 6-1, 225, sr.; Derek Batt, Bowling Green, 6-0, 205, sr.; Dante DeLorenzo, Canfield, 6-0, 195, sr. Backs — Cale Tabler, Wapakoneta, 5-10, 165, sr.; Ken Pozega, Warren Howland, 6-0, 170, jr.; Wesley Russell, Cols. Centennial, 6-2, 176, sr.; Nick Sivillo, Aurora, 5-10, 165, sr.; Zack Ferster, Olmsted Falls, 5-9, 165, sr. Punter — Jacob Macik, Wilmington, 6-0, 212, sr.

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