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Blower named top district player

November 16, 2012
From Staff Reports , Morning Journal News

COLUMBUS - Crestview, the highest-scoring team in Columbiana County history, scored top honors on the Associated Press 2012 Northeast Inland All-District football team released Thursday.

Senior running back Nick Blower is the Division V Offensive Player of the year, while junior quarterback Collin Gilbert, junior offensive lineman Josh McDade and senior linebacker Kaleb Baker join him on the first team.

The Rebels scored a school-record 628 points on the way to a school-best 11-1 season and a fifth straight Inter-Tri County League upper tier title.

Blower became the second 2,000-yard rusher in county history, finishing the season with 2,041 yards and 25 touchdowns on 181 carries - an average of 11.3 yards per carry.

He also had seven catches for 122 yards (17.4) and returned six kickoffs for 218 yards (36.3).

Gilbert gave the Rebels another big threat as he ran for 1,096 yards and 18 touchdowns and passed for 1,006 yards and 13 touchdowns.

McDade was the top offensive lineman for the Rebels and a big reason why they averaged 52.3 points and 463 total yards a game.

Also on the Division V first team are Columbiana senior linebacker Brandon Hacker, Columbiana senior defensive back Britton Steiginga, Southern Local senior quarterback Luke Griffith, Southern Local junior receiver Jared Shilot, Southern Local senior kicker Steven Treadway, United defensive back Garrett Beech, South Range senior receiver Rob Seman, South Range senior punter Cole Krumpak and Springfield defensive lineman Derek Gbur.

Hacker and Steiginga were the leaders for a Columbiana defense that was one of the area's best.

Hacker had 70 tackles with nine for losses in nine games and Steiginga collected 73 tackles and four interceptions in seven games.

Southern Local averaged 30.9 points a game with record-setting Griffith, Shilot and Treadway leading the way.

Griffith passed for a school-record 2,170 yards and 18 touchdowns, while Shilot had 52 receptions for a school-record 920 yards (17.7) and eight touchdowns.

Treadway kicked four field goals, including a school-record 52-yarder, and was 35-of-39 on extra-point attempts.

Beech was United's second-leading tackler with 80 and made a team-high three interceptions.

Seman was South Range's top weapon with 36 catches for 828 yards (23.0) and 11 touchdowns.

Krumpak averaged 42.0 yards on 24 punts with 12 inside the 20-yard line.

Gbur sparked Springfield with 62 tackles, including six sacks.

In Division VI, Wellsville senior defensive lineman Seth Martin, Leetonia junior defensive lineman Zack Van Giesen and Leetonia senior defensive back Brandon Dattilio were named to the first team.

Martin guided the Wellsville defense with 83 tackles, including six for losses.

Van Giesen collected 69 tackles, including eight sacks and 19 tackles for losses.

The versatile Dattilio made 51 tackles and three interceptions.

Northeastern Buckeye Conference champion West Branch got two players on the Division III first team - senior running back Brenden Wells and senior offensive lineman Connor Sharp.

Sharp paved the way up front for Wells, who ran for 1,432 yards and 10 touchdowns on 226 carries (6.3) in eight games.

Named to the Division III second team were Salem junior linebacker Logan Taylor and West Branch senior linebacker Bo Utley.

Receiving honorable mention were Salem's Jake Carner and West Branch's Zach Ruggles and Mason Hughes in Division III; Crestview's Dylan Douglass, Dimitri Gregory and Matt Hardenbrook, Columbiana's Jared Hill and Mike Buzzard, United's Mike Martin, Lisbon's Brandon Barnes and Zak Leko, East Palestine's Derek Smith and Nick Monteleone, Southern Local's Mike McKenzie and J.. Napierkowski, South Range's Ross Stoffer, Springfield's Gabe Crowe in Division V: and Leetonia's Josh Van Giesen, Wellsville's Marcus Moxley and Sebring's Dylan Mick in Division VI.

 
 

 

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