MANSFIELD — Senior running back Wyatt Gregory’s huge season for the Mount Vernon football team has paid its first individual dividends, as he was named the Ohio Cardinal Conference Offensive Player of the Year in voting released on Friday.
Gregory was a huge part of the Yellow Jacket offense, rushing for 2,041 yards on 278 carries, an average of 7.3 yards per rush. That total was second in the Mount Vernon News area, as were his 126 points. His efforts helped Mount Vernon to a 6-4 season record, a three-win improvement over 2018 and the team’s best since a similar mark in 2013. Gregory was an Honorable Mention selection in 2018.
Three other Jackets earned selection to the OCC First Team, seniors Ryan Tiell and Austin Kerr and junior Easton Groom. Tiell, a First Teamer last season, paced Mount Vernon with 56 tackles. He also played offense, scoring 18 points.
Kerr, also a 2018 First Teamer, was a big man on the offensive and defensive fronts for the Jackets, opening holes for Gregory and getting one sack on defense.
Another member of both lines, Groom, was a 2018 Honorable Mention who had a pair of sacks this season.
Senior Will Small and juniors Robbie Snyder and Ethan Laslo each were selected to the Second Team. Small, a Second-Team choice in 2018, was second on the team with 51.5 tackles and one sack, and was especially good as a punter, hitting for a 39.5-yard average.
Snyder was another of the big blockers up front for Mount Vernon, while Laslo made 43.5 tackles on defense.
Three seniors closed their careers with Honorable Mention selections, Noah Humphrey, Triston Bowens and Trey Davidson.
Angelo Gross, a senior from Mansfield Senior, was named Defensive Player of the Year, and West Holmes junior Nate Ginsburg was chosen Special Teams Player of the Year. Wooster’s Doug Haas earned Coach of the Year.