To the victors go the spoils.
A total of 25 people from the Ohio Valley Publishing area — 24 players and one coach — were selected to the 2012 All-Southeast District football teams in divisions 2-6, as voted on by the Associated Press sports writers within the southeastern Ohio region.
Gallia Academy — which won the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League title outright and also served as the OVP area’s only playoff qualifier in Ohio — led the local programs with nine selections, including a pair of special postseason honorees.
Eastern was next with five choices, followed by Southern with four picks and Meigs with three selections. River Valley and South Gallia both had a two selections apiece to round out the local field.
The Blue Devils (9-3) led the entire Division III field with nine total selections, which included six first-team choices and two special mention picks. Fourth-year GAHS coach Mike Eddy — who guided Gallia Academy to its first SEOAL championship since 2004 and also the Blue Devils’ first postseason appearance since 2006 — was also the unanimous choice for D-3 coach of the year honors.
Junior Ty Warnimont also brought home some major hardware for the Blue Devils, as the linebacker was named the defensive player of the year in Division III. Athens sophomore quarterback Joey Burrow was named the offensive player of the year as well.
Joining Warnimont on the first team were seniors Cody Russell, Austin Gragg and Caleb Campbell, as well as junior Wade Jarrell and sophomore Dylan Saunders. Gragg and Russell were respective first-team selections at defensive line and defensive back, while Campbell and Jarrell were respectively chosen at offensive line and quarterback. Saunders was also a first-team choice as a place-kicker.
Senior Nick Clagg and junior Brian Williams were also chosen to the special mention squad in Division III.
Both the Marauders (3-7) and Raiders (2-8) had at least two choices in Division IV, but only Meigs had a first-team selection. Senior Dillon Boyer accumulated over 1,000 yards of total offense at both the quarterback and runningback spots, making the dual-threat a first-team all-purpose choice.
MHS also had special mention honorees in senior Chris Jones and sophomore Ty Phelps. RVHS had two special mention selections in D-4 as well with seniors Kyle Brown and Chris Clemente.
Patrick Lewis of Ironton and Trent Williamson of Westfall shared offensive player of the year honors in D-4, while Aaron Stephens of Ironton was named the top defender. Tyler Gullion of Piketon and Mark Vass of Ironton also shared coach of the year honors in Division IV.
The Eagles (6-4) had three players named to the first team in Division VI, led by senior Joey Scowden at the quarterback position. Senior Alex Amos was chosen to the defense as a defensive back, while junior Wyatt Westfall was selected to the offensive line.
EHS seniors Max Carnahan and Ethan Nottingham were both named to the special mention squad in D-6 as well.
The Tornadoes (4-6) had two first-team representatives in Division VI, as juniors Tyler Barton and Trenton Deem were respectively chosen to the offensive side of the ball at runningback and wide receiver. Junior Casey Pickens and freshman Tyler O’Conner were also honored as special mention choices in D-6.
The Rebels (2-8) — which led the OVP area with six choices last fall — had two special mention selections in juniors Ethan Spurlock and Jacob White. SGHS was the lone Ohio playoff qualifier in the OVP area in 2011.
Trimble claimed a clean sweep of the major D-6 awards, as Konner Standley was named the offensive player of the year and Jacob Koons was named the defensive player of the year. Phil Faires also won coach of the year honors for the Tomcats.
Eddie Miller III of Wheelersburg was named the offensive player of the year in Division V, while J.J. Hettinger of Lucasville Valley won defensive player of the year accolades. The D-5 coach of the year award was split between Darren Crabtree of Valley, Nathan Dugan of Oak Hill and Wade Bartholomew of Huntington Ross.
Due to a lack of teams, Division II had no players of the year or coaches of the year. Meigs County finished the year with a combined 13-17 mark between its three schools, while Gallia County went 13-19 overall as a collective group.
The OVP area had 11 first-team and 21 total selections at the AP district level last fall. There were 12 first-team and 25 total choices this season.