Weir­ick, Hen­der­son earn top awards

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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.

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