Local gridders earn Central District accolades


Monarch linebacker Luke Harper (55) goes after a ball carrier. Harper is on the Central District’s Division I second team. (Journal-Tribune photo by Chad Williamson)

The Union County area is also the home of second team and special/honorable mention high school football players for the Central District.
The Journal-Tribune profiled district first-team honorees on Thursday.
Second-team accolades went to the following:
-Mike Cogossi: the senior offensive lineman did not give up a sack this year;
-Luke Harper: the senior linebacker finished with 55 tackles (two for losses), two sacks and one interception.

Monarch offensive lineman Mike Cogossi (52) goes in to help with a block. Cogossi has been named to the Central District Division I second team. (Journal-Tribune photo by Chad Williamson)

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-Chase Maynard: the junior linebacker tallied 82 tackles (seven for losses);
-Will Heisler: the junior running back led the team in rushing with 917 yards on 189 carries. He scored 11 touchdowns on the ground;
-Dylan Moore: the senior place kicker went 23-of-24 on extra points and four-for-four on field goals. His longest field goal measured 42 yards.

Jonathan Alder linebacker Chase Maynard (41) brings down a ball carrier. Maynard was named to the Central District Division III second team. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)

Pioneer running back Will Heisler (26) rips through defenders for yardage during the 2020 season. Heisler is a second team all-district running back in Divison III. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)

JA place kicker Dylan Moore (31) boots an extra point. Moore was named to the Division III second team in the Central District. (Journal-Tribune photo by Sam Dillon)

A number of local athletes also earned special or honorable mention. They were as follows:
-Ben Bickerstaff: the junior defensive lineman notched 58 tackles on the season (special mention).
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-Hunter Hardesty: the senior linebacker was the team’s leading tackler with 93. A total of eight of his tackles went for losses. He notched a trio of sacks and picked off a pass (special mention);
-Tyson Mast: the senior wide receiver caught 48 passes for 410 yards and a pair of touchdowns (special mention);
-Denver Peterscheim: the senior defensive lineman had six tackles for losses and 37 total tackles (special mention);
-Andy McGlaughlin: the junior defensive lineman tallied 12 tackles (three for losses) and two sacks (honorable mention);
-Jackson Bennett: the junior defensive back notched 35 tackles and intercepted one pass (honorable mention).
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-Ricky Weigand: the junior place kicker was 32-of-33 on extra points and hit one field goal in two tries;
-Owen Davis: the sophomore linebacker-running back had 54 tackles (seven for losses) and two interceptions. He also rushed for 189 yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground;
-Kolden Wiley: the senior lineman was one of NU’s top offensive blockers;
-Preston Crabtree: the senior defensive back finished with 23 tackles, two of which went for losses;
-Grayson Beeney: the senior punter averaged 35 yards on 16 punts;
-Evan Hoffer: the junior wide receiver-defensive back caught 12 passes for 89 yards and 25 total tackles;
-Dalton Wilson: the sophomore defensive lineman finished with 45 tackles, 13 of which went for losses, and three sacks.
-Brogan Green: the sophomore running back tallied 738 yards on 116 carries and eight touchdowns;
-Braylon Green: the senior linebacker finished with 55 tackles (seven for losses) and returned one interception for a touchdown;
-Ashton Griffith: the senior played tight end on offense and defensive end. He caught six passes for 50 yards. On defense, he recorded 15 tackles, five of which went for losses.
Editor’s note: there were no second teams named for Divisions V and VI, due to the lack of teams in those divisions.
Special and honorable mention lists were combined for D-V and D-VI.

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