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Young heads area All-Ohio selections

Ironton Fighting Tigers' senior fullback and linebacker Desmond Young (32) runs through an attempted tackle during a game last season. Young led 20 area players named to the Associated Press All-Ohio team as he was selected first team defense in Division V. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos.com)

Ironton Fighting Tigers’ senior fullback and linebacker Desmond Young (32) runs through an attempted tackle during a game last season. Young led 20 area players named to the Associated Press All-Ohio team as he was selected first team defense in Division V. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos.com)

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

It’s been quite a postseason for Ironton’s Desmond Young.

The Fighting Tigers’ 6-foot-1, 230-pound senior linebacker was named the Associated Press Division V Southeast District Defensive Player of the Year, then made a visit to the University of Louisville and returned home to be named to the AP All-Ohio first team defense.

The two-time All-Ohio player led 20 area players honored by the AP.

Named to the All-Ohio Special Mention list were Ironton 6-foot-5 senior tight end Lucas Campbell, 6-6, 300-pound junior lineman Tyler Webb, 6-3, 300-pound senior lineman Hayden Robinson and 6-1, 200-pound senior running back Andrew Barker.

Named to the Division V team from Rock Hill were 5-9, 190-pound senior running back Chance Blankenship, 5-10, 205-pound senior Danny Long and 6-2, 205-pound junior receiver Trystan Matney.

South Point 5-11, 205-pound senior linebacker Reed Murnahan also earned Special Mention honors.

Chesapeake Panthers’ 6-5, 220-pound senior linebacker Brad Meadows topped the area Division VI selections with a spot on the second team.

The Panthers had four players named Special Mention: 5-9, 155-pound junior quarterback Casey McComas, 6-foot, 205-pound senior lineman Brendan Meadows, 6-1, 215 senior lineman Jacob Johnson and 6-3, 135-pound senior placekicker Wesley Stephens.

The Coal Grove Hornets had three players on the Special Mention list in Division VI led by 6-2, 210-pound senior linebacker Tanner Dolen. Also on the team were 5-5, 160-pound junior running back Jacob Clark and 5-10, 185-pound junior running back Tanner Henry.

The Symmes Valley Vikings also landed a player on a first team defense with 6-foot, 2195-pound senior Tyler Dement honored in Division VII.

The Vikings had two players named Special Mention as 6-5, 240-pound senior lineman Dakota Watson and 5-11, 205-pound defensive end Cameron Meadows were both named to the AP team.

Young also played fullback on offense and led the team with 805 yards on 151 carries for a 5.3 yards per carry average. He scored 15 touchdowns.

Meadows led Chesapeake with 113 tackles including four tackles for a loss and he had three interceptions.

Dement racked up 137 tackles with 10 stops for a loss and he had four quarterback sacks.