Weirick, Henderson earn top awards
Quarterback Jimmy Weirick of Pickerington North and defensive back Xavier Henderson of Pickerington Central earned major awards on the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association all-Ohio football team announced Wednesday.
Weirick, a senior quarterback who passed for 2,680 yards and 34 touchdowns and ran for 1,083 yards and 12 TDs in leading North to a regional title game, was selected offensive player of the year, based on recommendations from a statewide media panel. The three-year starter eclipsed all of the program’s passing marks.
Henderson, a close friend of Weirick’s, shared the defensive player of the year award with senior lineman Tyreke Smith of Cleveland Heights. Henderson, a Michigan State commit, is a dynamic player at safety and at various skill positions; he made four interceptions and 77 tackles while scoring six touchdowns in leading Central (13-1) to the state title game Friday against Mentor.
Dave Miller of Kettering Fairmont was chosen coach of the year.
Area first-team choices on offense were receivers Daevon Anderson of Hilliard Bradley and Ty Wiley of Pickerington North, tight end Trenton Gillison of Pickerington Central, offensive linemen Joe Boggs of Reynoldsburg and Jacob Slade of Olentangy, and punter Ben Krimm of Upper Arlington.
Honored with Henderson on defense were linemen Zach Harrison of Olentangy Orange and Elijah Ratliff of Reynoldsburg, linebacker Griffin Hoak of Dublin Coffman and defensive back Tyler “Red” Potts of Pickerington North.
Anderson had 65 receptions for 1,242 yards and 13 touchdowns and Wiley 61 receptions for 1,228 yards and 17 TDs. Gillison, a Michigan State commit, has 17 receptions for 191 yards and is a dominant blocker. Boggs is a Ball State commit, and Slade is headed to Michigan State. Krimm averaged 41.3 yards per punt.
Harrison, the top-rated junior in the nation by some services, made 18.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. A Marshall recruit, Ratliff had 90 tackles, 14 for loss. Hoak, a Youngstown State commit, had 97 tackles, 7.5 for loss. Potts, a Ball State commit and lockdown cornerback, returned three of his four interceptions for touchdowns and added 37 tackles and 10 pass breakups.