THE PLAINS, Ohio — A total of 17 from Meigs County were named All-District for their work on the gridiron this season.
Making the playoffs for the first time in school history the Southern Tornadoes earned three offensive and three defensive Division VII first team selections with two special mentions. Fourth year Southern head coach Kyle Wickline was named Division VII co-coach of the year, sharing the honor with Phil Faires of Trimble.
On the offensive side of the ball Tyler Barton led the Purple and Gold with 1,413 yards and 17 touchdowns this regular season, earning a first team selection at running back for the senior. Barton is joined by senior end Hunter Johnson, who finished the year with 378 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns. SHS junior signal caller Tristen Wolfe was named first team at quarterback, as he gained 267 yards on the ground with six scores, while throwing for 762 yards and 11 scores in the regular season.
The Tornado defense was represented on first team by senior defensive back Zac Beegle, junior linebacker Paul Ramthun and junior punter Ryan Billingsley. Beegle picked off seven passes in the regular season, while having 28.5 tackles and one sack. At linebacker Ramthun had 54 tackles, six for a loss, with three sacks and two interceptions, while scoring three offensive touchdowns this regular season. Billingsley punted 19 times in the regular season for an average of 40 yards per punt, while scoring three offensive touchdowns and recording three sacks on defense.
Southern senior lineman Brandon Grueser and senior kicker Trenton Deem were named special mention for the Purple and Gold.
The Meigs Marauders finished the year 7-3 and landed three offensive first team selections, one defensive first team selection and two special mention selections in Division IV.
Junior Ty Phelps was named first team end with 571 yards and six touchdowns on 28 receptions this season. Kaileb Sheets and Michael Davis were first team all purpose selections for the Maroon and Gold. Sheets had 991 passing yards with 11 touchdowns, 417 rushing yards with three scores and 279 receiving yards with three scores.Davis finished the season with 1,824 all-purpose yards and 17 total touchdowns.
The lone Marauder defender on the first team was senior linebacker Devon Cundiff, who finished with 77.5 tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss, one sack and five forced fumbles.
Senior end Damon Jones and senior center Blain Perry were named special mention for MHS.
The Eastern Eagles finished 2-8 this season and landed one first team defender and one special mention selection in Division VII.
Senior defensive lineman Roger Bunce earned first team honors and marked 108 tackles this season with one sack to lead the Green and White. Sophomore lineman Ross Keller earned special mention honors.