Vikings top D5 and D6 All-Ohio

Published 1:53 am Thursday, December 2, 2010


Tribune Sports Editor

Evan Herrell and Grant Foster led the Symmes Valley Vikings on the field all season. On Wednesday they led them off the field as well.

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Herrell and Foster were both named to the Associated Press Division VI All-Ohio first teams as six Vikings were honored along with eight other area players on the Divisions V and VI teams.

The Vikings Jacob Patterson, Garrett Foster, Hunter Boggs and Cody Myers were named All-Ohio special mention in Division VI along with Green seniors Chad Lewis and Tyler Hughes.

In Division V, the Coal Grove Hornets and Chesapeake Panthers had three players each named to the All-Ohio Division V team.

Coal Grove landed running back Boo Woods, fullback Bubba Wood and wingback and defensive back Jake Murphy.

Linebacker Trey West, lineman Cody Mann and quarterback and defensive back Austin McMaster were All-Ohio for the Panthers.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Herrell was the district Offensive Player of the Year as he ran 81 times for 1,122 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Vikings’ senior also caught six passes for 275 yards and five scores.

Grant Foster was the district Defensive Player of the Year. The 6-foot, 200-pound senior racked up 130 tackles to go with three sacks, an interception and five forced fumbled.

Garrett Foster, a 6-foot, 215 pound senior, was one of the team’s top blockers. Hunter Boggs didn’t have the offensive numbers, but the 6-3, 2005-pound senior was the key blocker in the backfield and played solid on defense.

Patterson — a 5-11, 180-pound senior — had 116 tackles, one pick, three sacks and two forced fumbles. The 5-8, 165-pound Myers — the lone junior in the group — was 35 of 70 passing for 799 yards and eight touchdowns. He also ran 55 times for 330 yards and five TDs.

For Green, the 5-10, 205-pound Lewis was a four-year starter who was a key blocker at fullback and one of the top players on defense.

Hughes — a 6-foot, 170-pound senior — was an all-around standout for the Bobcats running and catching on offense while playing linebacker on defense.

Chesapeake won the Ohio Valley Conference title led by the 5-10, 195-pound Mann who had 54 tackles as a defensive lineman and anchored the offensive line.

The 5-10, 185-pound West had 65 tackles at linebacker and averaged 36 yards as a punter. He played fullback.

McMaster, a junior, was a two-way standout as well at quarterback and safety. The 6-5, 170-pound McMaster was 3 of 52 passing for 238 yards and six scores. He ran 57 times for 232 yards and five TDs.

Coal Grove qualified for the playoffs behind the running tandem of the 5-9, 150-pound Woods and 6-foot, 230-pound Wood. Woods ran 129 times for 1,037 yards and 15 touchdowns while Wood carried 112 times for 733 yards and 16 TDs.

The 6-1, 170-pound Murphy ran 27 times for 136 yards, caught eight passes for 259 yards and two scores, and was one of the Hornets’ top defensive backs.