The Ohio Valley Publishing area had 17 players chosen to the 2021 Ohio Prep Sports Writers Association Southeast Ohio all-district football teams, as voted on by a panel of media members within this region of the Buckeye State.
All six programs — Gallia Academy, Meigs, River Valley, Eastern, South Gallia and Southern — had at least one representative apiece within their respective divisional breakdowns, with the locals coming away with honors in Division IV, Division V and Division VII.
Gallia Academy (4-4) and Eastern (4-5) were the lone playoff qualifiers from the 2-county area, and they respectively led the way with five and four selections.
Meigs (3-6) and Southern (4-5) were next with three picks each, while River Valley (2-6) and South Gallia (1-7) landed a single selection apiece.
The Blue Devils were the lone area team represented in the Division IV bracket, and three of their five selections were of a first team nature.
Junior Isaac Clary and sophomore Kenyon Franklin were named to the first team offense as a lineman and wide receiver, respectively. Sophomore Cole Hines was also chosen to the first team defense as a linebacker.
Juniors Brody Fellure and Mason Skidmore were also special mention selections for GAHS in Division IV.
The Eagles had both an offensive and a defensive first team choice, with seniors Bryce Newland and Jayden Evans respectively being named to the Division VII squad as a running back and a linebacker.
Senior Brayden Smith and junior Landon Randolph were also chosen to the special mention list in D-7 on behalf of EHS.
Southern sophomore Josiah Smith was a first team quarterback selection in Division VII, while seniors Logan Hensler and Lincoln Rose were special mention honorees.
South Gallia senior Devin Siders was also a special mention choice in Division VII.
The Marauders had a pair of first team offensive honorees in Division V with quarterback Coulter Cleland and lineman Andrew Dodson, a pair of seniors. Senior Morgan Roberts was also a special mention selection in D-5 for MHS.
The lone River Valley player chosen in Division V list was junior Michael Conkle, who was a first team honoree as a defensive back.
Clary, Hines, Cleland, Conkle and Evans were repeat first team selections from a year ago. Rose was also a special mention honoree in Division VII back in 2020.
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