By FRED MAIN and BILL DAVIS
News Staff Editors
COLUMBUS — Centerburg head football coach Jim Stoyle has been awarded the highest honor for his 2013 achievements — being named Division VI All-Ohio Coach of the Year.
Four of his team members were also honored in D-VI, as well as players from Fredericktown and East Knox.
Meantime, seven Danville Blue Devils were named All-Ohio in Division VII, including a rare distinction for First Team quarterback Ridge Durbin.
In his fourth year at the helm, Stoyle coached Centerburg to a 10-0 record and its first playoff bid in years. A loss to Monroe Central in the regional quarterfinals did nothing to squelch the magic of the Trojans’ season: A father, with his son as the starting quarterback, leading a team of hard-working players through a brand-new conference to an unblemished record.
“This award came because I’ve got good players. It’s nice to be recognized by people, but for me, it’s all about the players and we’ve got a lot of good players on this team,” said coach Jim Stoyle. “It’s my name that will be put on it, but really this award is about 37 players and the assistant coaches we have. They are the reason I’m getting recognized.”
That son, Tyler, a senior, was named Division VI Third Team All-Ohio. Stoyle had 2,261 passing yards and 537 rushing yards in 11 games, completing 165 of 239 passes with 25 touchdowns and five interceptions for a 192.9 pass rating. He was earlier named All-Area Offensive Player of the Year by the Mount Vernon News.
Teammates Jake Stewart, Sanford Holden and Jeremy Sesma were named All-Ohio Special Mention.
“All the guys are very deserving of this,” said coach Stoyle. “Obviously, Tyler getting third is very deserving. When we talked about this, I congratulated him and told him he would get his picture on the wall. He wants it to be one with his offensive linemen.”
Also earning D-VI Special Mention is East Knox’s Dylan Wears, who rushed for 1,570 yards in 2013, and Fredericktown’s Tyler Ruhl and Givin Hinkle.
The Danville Blue Devils dominated Division VII voting, placing three players on the All-Ohio First Team. Quarterback Ridge Durbin, who replaced last year’s D-VI All-Ohio Offensive Player of the Year Bryce Staats, had a comparable year with 2,798 yards passing and 36 touchdowns in 12 games, completing 190 of 323 passes. He also had 863 yards on the ground. Durbin is the only sophomore named to the D-VII First Team, and is one of only three sophomores on any First Team at any level.
Teammate Conway Baldridge, who earned All-Area Defensive Player of the Year, was also named All-Ohio First Team. Baldridge led central Ohio with 16.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss while playing the season on an injured leg.
Austin Morehouse, with his six interceptions to lead the Blue Devils, was also named All-Ohio First Team in Division VII.
Special Mention honors went to Greg Briggs, Nick Hawk, Andy Payne and Austin Gonzales.
The three first-teamers are the most the Devils have ever had, and the seven that made all-state were also a best for the school.
“I’m happy for the kids, but I wish we were still playing,” said Danville coach Ed Honabarger. “The kids worked hard to gain these honors. A couple of underclassmen set the bar high with this.
“Ridge did not miss a beat. He broke Bryce (Staats) record for yards passing and touchdowns. He was pretty productive.
“Conway set the school record for sacks in a season and for his career (31 1/2). To do that without an ACL, is pretty impressive. … and Austin had a great year as a junior. He played a lot of offense last year, but to do this in his first year as a starter defensively is impressive.”
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