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Locals named all-district

10 local players football players receive honor

November 14, 2012
Salem News

COLUMBUS - The local high school football season has come to a close, but the award season continues.

Ten local players were honored with spots Monday on the 2012 Associated Press Ohio All-Eastern District football teams.

Six of the 10 honored players were in Division III with the other four being in Division IV.

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Edison’s Chris Graziani runs the ball against Oak Glen Aug. 23 at Harding Stadium in Steubenville. Also pictured are Edison’s Josh?Pasek (14) and Dylan?Glasure (54) and Oak Glen’s Cole Holloway, Preston?Murray (76) and Richie Davis (77). Photo by Aaron Petchal)

Edison led the way with four players being selected on to the all-district teams, while East Liverpool and Beaver Local each had three players receive the honor.

In Division III, East Liverpool senior running back Stefan Yoho was named Second Team All-Eastern District. Yoho finished the season with 918 yards and 14 touchdowns on 193 carries. Yoho finished the season with a total of 16 touchdowns. He scored one touchdown on a punt return, and he added another one on a fumble return.

Defensively, senior linebacker Tyler McComas and senior defensive back Payton Newlun were also both named Second Team All-Eastern District.

McComas ended the season with 84 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

Second-year East Liverpool head coach Rick Prescott said McComas was, "the best defensive player on the team."

Newlun finished the 2012 campaign with 45 tackles.

"Teams went away from him," Prescott said.

East Liverpool ended the season at 4-6. The Potters ended the season on a three-game winning streak by defeating Oak Glen, Cleveland East Tech and Weir. East Liverpool went 4-1 at home this season. East Liverpool's other win came against Toledo Woodward.

Beaver Local handed East Liverpool its lone home loss of the season. The Beavers blanked the Potters, 21-0, in Week 1 at Patterson Field.

The Beavers finished the season at 2-8 under the guidance of first year head coach Jeremy McElroy. Beaver Local's other win came at home against Struthers. The win was Beaver Local's first and only win against an opponent from the All-American Conference while the Beavers were the members of the conference.

Beaver Local placed two players on the second team.

Defensively, senior linebacker Dan Lattanzio and senior defensive back Phillip Beohm were both named Second Team All-Eastern District.

Lattanzio tallied 82 tackles to go along with a forded fumble, and he also returned a fumble for a touchdown. Offensively, Lattanzio netted 564 yards and four touchdowns on 128 carries as a running back.

Beohm contributed 63 tackles, three interceptions and a forced fumble. Beohm also put up solid numbers offensively for the Beavers.

Senior wide receiver/defensive back Justin Osbourne was named Special Mention All-Eastern District. Offensively, Osbourne finished the season with 20 receptions for 287 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Osbourne recorded 45 tackles.

In Division IV, four Edison players were named to the second team. Three of the four players were from skill positions, while one was a lineman.

Senior Dylan Glasure led the way up front this season for the Wildcats. Glasure was named Second Team All-Eastern District as an offensive lineman.

Senior running back Chris Graziani and juniors Nolan Marcus and Richie Springer were also named Second Team All-Eastern District. Marcus was the team's dual-threat quarterback. Springer was a wide receiver.

Graziani netted 829 yards and 11 touchdowns on 141 carries to lead the way on the ground for the Wildcats. He ran for a 99-yard touchdown in Edison's season-opening loss to Oak Glen at Harding Stadium in Steubenville.

Marcus finished the season 91 of 206 for 1,345 yards to go along with 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Marcus also ran for 633 yards and 10 touchdowns on 132 rushes.

Springer hauled in 25 catches for 509 yards and six touchdowns.

Edison ended the season at 2-8. Edison defeated Weir and Martins Ferry.

Mike McKenzie announced his resignation as the Wildcats' head football coach shortly after his team's season-ending loss at Jefferson County and Buckeye 8 rival Indian Creek.



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