COLUMBUS — The Division IV and V football All-Ohio teams, selected by members of the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association, were announced Monday, and Highland and Utica each earned places on Division IV teams.
Highland’s top selections were some of its more unsung players, the ones who worked the trenches and provided the blocking and run- and pass-stopping which made the Scots this year’s Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference champions.
Highland senior defensive lineman Joey Scaffidi led his team’s honorees with his selection to the First Team. Scaffidi, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound senior, was a major force on a Scots’ defense that held opposing teams to single digits in six of 11 games and won the Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference championship. He had eight solo and 20 assisted tackles on the season, but excelled in getting into the backfield with 5.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss. Each of the latter numbers was second on the team.
Highland offensive lineman Chase Carpenter earned Second Team accolades. The 6-3, 190-pound senior’s blocking helped the Scots’ vaunted running game to another great season, with four runners over 650 yards each. Highland also scored over 40 points seven times and over 30 points nine times.
Two more Scots earned Special Mention, Brody Matthews and Tate Tobin, and the Redskins had three honorees, Mack Marston, Robby Lowe and Garrett Meyers.
The Division II and III teams will be announced today. The Division I All-Ohio team and the Ohio Mr. Football Award will be announced Wednesday.