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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Football: All-OCC Honors

Congratulations to Orrville junior Chase Hoobler who was named OCC Co-Defensive Player of the Year for 2008 along with Cody Fast of Ashland.

Hoobler had a monster year anchoring the Red Riders new defense, racking up 129 tackles (57 solo), 2 sacks, 2 interceptions and 1 blocked kick. All the more impressive was the fact that Hoobler doubled as a TE for the Red Rider offense and had 16 catches for 248 yds and 2 TD's.

Ashland's Fast led the OCC with 6.5 sacks, but only had 64 total tackles from his defensive tackle position (compared to Chase's 57 SOLO tackles!!). I guess sometimes stats do not paint the entire picture.

Other Riders named All-OCC include.....

First Team
Joe Besancon - Jr.
Sam Miller - Jr.
JT Mosley - Jr.
Jordan Simon - Sr.
Josh Graber - Sr.

Second Team
Daniel Groves - So.
Kam Barnes - Sr.
Angel Kazim - Sr.
Albert Kazim - Sr.
Aaric Milligan - Sr.

Third Team
Dillon Corbett - Jr.
Mason Monheim -Fr.
Dee Miller - Sr.

OCC Player of the year was Courtney Avery and coach of the year was BJ Payne, both from Lexington and both very deserving choices.

Full list of selections is here.

Breakdown of Players by Team
Lexington - 15 (actually 17 if you count Gallik-Spec. Teams POY and Avery-Off. POY)
Orrville - 13 (14 if you count Chase Hoobler)
West Holmes - 11
Wooster - 11
Ashland - 7
Clear Fork - 7
Mansfield Sr. - 5
Madison - 5

The number of All-OCC selections correspond perfectly with the final conference standings. Apparently, the better your season, the more conference selections you get, which makes sense.

Congratulations to all.

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