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High school football: Avon lands five on Division II All-Ohio list, including four first-teamers

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    Avon quarterback Ryan Maloy scrambles out of the pocket with Avon Lake's Christian Cabot in hot pursuit during a game in September. Maloy was one of four Eagles players to land on the all-Ohio first team in Division II.

    ROGER SOMMER / CHRONICLE FILE

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Avon’s special senior class had one more encore for the program.

The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association honored five Eagles, including four seniors, Tuesday when it released its All-Ohio teams for Divisions II and III. Ryan Maloy, Michael Bergen and Jack Roesch landed on the first team in Division II.

The Avon trio is part of a senior class that compiled a 45-6 record and reached the Division II state semifinals in back-to-back seasons. The team has won at least 10 games each of the last four years and has at least shared the last three Southwestern Conference titles, winning two of them outright.

“Obviously anytime I look at individual awards in football, I still think it’s a reflection of the success of your team” Avon coach Mike Elder said. “If we were 0-10 or 2-8, I don’t think we would have had five kids on the All-Ohio team. As much as those kids are all very deserving, I’m sure they’d be the first to tell you they wouldn’t have gotten those honors without their teammates.”

Maloy once again filled the stat sheet as a dual-threat quarterback, completing 160 of 278 passes for 2,049 yards, 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also ran for 1,059 yards on 138 carries with 15 touchdowns and one lost fumble.

In his three years as the starter, the Eagles went 35-4 and won six playoff games. The team’s only losses under Maloy’s direction were to Avon Lake and Archbishop Hoban — with the Shoremen the only team to beat Avon in the regular season during that span.

“I’m definitely honored and blessed,” Maloy said. “I feel honored because it’s been a lot of grinding it out for the past few years. There’s been a lot of hard work and dedication going into football.”

Roesch, who committed to play football at Air Force earlier in November, had another stellar year as one of the Eagles’ top defensive linemen. He piled up 52 tackles — 11 for loss — with eight sacks, two fumble recoveries, two passes defensed and 21 quarterback hurries.

“I’m just excited that it all panned out the way it did,” Roesch said. “I know our team was really looking to get back to the final four after that disappointment last year. I think we really came together as a team to accomplish that. Getting All-Ohio is just a little extra gravy.”

Bergen was an anchor on an offensive line that helped produce 4,226 rushing yards and two 1,000-yard rushers — Maloy and the team’s leading rusher Nick Perusek, who ran for 1,274 yards and 14 touchdowns. Mark Steinmetz also had a strong season with 887 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Steinmetz, also a senior, made the second team as a linebacker while Perusek, a junior, received third-team honors.

“I couldn’t have done it without the rest of the offensive line, my quarterback and my running back,” Bergen said. “My teammates were a big part of it.”

Three other teams had players make the All-Ohio team in Division II. Avon Lake had a pair of second teamers in running back Konner Riggs and defensive back Luke Fedders, both seniors. Senior offensive lineman Ryan Beckman and junior kicker Harry Herbert were special mentions.

Amherst had two selections — senior running back Khennedy Scagliozzo to the second team and senior linebacker Nathan Soto on the third team. Midview’s Isiah Johnson, a senior wide receiver, received third-team honors.

Lorain County had no Division III schools. The OPSA will release its Division I All-Ohio team and Mr. Football Award today.

Contact Chris Sweeney at (440) 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com. Follow him @CSweeneyCT on Twitter.
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