Quarterback JT Keith prepares to fire the ball downfield. Keith has been named to the Division III first team All-Ohio. (Journal-Tribune photo by Sam Dillon)
Keith named to first team as quarterback
One of the best Jonathan Alder High School football seasons in nearly a decade has earned several Pioneers All-Ohio accolades for Division III.
The Pioneers (12-1) went unbeaten during the regular season and claimed the championship of the Central Buckeye Conference’s Kenton Trail Division.
Alder won two state playoff games before finishing as Region 11 runners-up to Columbus Bishop Hartley a couple of weeks ago.
It was the first time JA had reached the regional championship contest in eight years.
Junior quarterback JT Keith, junior wide receiver Jackson Izzard, senior offensive lineman Connor Morgan, senior running back Garret Proxmire and junior place kicker Dylan Moore earned honors from the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association.
The honors were announced today through the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
Keith, who was the Central District’s offensive player of the year, earned first-team All-Ohio accolades.
He threw for 32 touchdown passes and 2,475 yards, while suffering only a trio of interceptions.
Izzard was on the receiving end of many of Keith’s passes.
Izzard, who was named to the state’s second team, finished the season with 66 receptions for 963 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Morgan, who has already committed to continuing his collegiate gridiron career at Cornell University, was the top offensive lineman for an Alder outfit that tallied 4,500 total yards of offense (a 346 yards per-game average).
Morgan was also named to the state’s second team.
Proxmire rushed for 1,866 yards on 300 carries and scored 23 touchdowns. He was named to the D-III third team.
Moore was “Mr. Automatic” when it came to his kicking craft.
He converted on all of his 66 extra point attempts and was four-for-four on field goals during the season.
Moore was named to the state’s special mention list.
Pioneer offensive lineman Connor Morgan (51) keeps a Kenton Ridge defender at bay during a 2019 game. Morgan has been named to the All-Ohio second team for Division III. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)
JA receiver Jackson Izzard (5) wrestles the ball away from a Bishop Hartley defender. Izzard has been named to the Division III All-Ohio second team. (Journal-Tribune photo by Sam Dilllon)
Garret Proxmire of Alder picks up yardage against Bishop Hartley. Proxmire has been named to the third team All-Ohio for Division III. (Journal-Tribune photo by Sam Dillon)
Jonathan Alder kicker Dylan Moore (31) boots this extra point past an onrushing Bishop Hartley opponent. The holder is Cade Keaton (40). Moore was today named to the All-Ohio special mention list in Division III. (Journal-Tribune photo by Sam Dillon)
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