Today’s best football players are all-around athletes that are forces in all phases of the game.
The Ottawa Herald All-Area football team members were all of that.
Here are the all-area team members:
Daidren Aho, Sr. DB/WR
Aho did everything for the Cyclones. He filled in at quarterback when the starter was injured. His main position on offense was receiver, where had 523 receiving yards. He also rushed for 55 yards. At quarterback, he completed four passes for 91 yards and one touchdown. On defense, he had 79 tackles and four interceptions. He was selected as second-team all-Frontier League on defense and honorable mention as an all-purpose back.
Payton Lee, Sr., TE/LB
Lee was all over the field on defense for the Cyclones. He finished with 54 tackles from his middle linebacker spot. His role on offense was as a blocker at tight end and H back. He also caught a touchdown pass.
Calvin Wilson, Jr., Jr., OL/DL
Wilson was Ottawa’s most effective offensive lineman all season. He was also a force along the defensive line, clogging up the middle of the line. He finished with eight tackles.
Tony Detwilder, Soph., Ath/SS
Detwiler was a main cog for the Vikings in all aspects of the game. On offense, he was a running back, quarterback and receiver. He was a force on kickoff and punt returns, along with making an impact on defense.
Detwiler finished with 1,527 all-purpose yards. He rushed for 664 yards (6.8 yards per carry), passed for 37 yards, had 300 yards receiving, 457 yards returning kickoffs and 46 punt return yards. He led the Vikings in tackles with 66, which included 2.5 tackles for loss, an interception and two fumble recoveries. In the win over West Franklin, he passed for a touchdown, rushed for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass. He had 307 all-purpose yards.
Brady Burson, Jr., QB/OLB
Burson gave the Vikings a nice one-two combo with Detwiler on both sides of the ball. He tied Detwiler for most tackles with 66. He had 13.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, recovered two fumbles, caused a fumble and blocked a field goal. On offense, he rushed for 271 yards, passed for 327 yards and had 39 yards receiving. He scored seven touchdowns (four passing, two rushing and one receiving).
Josh Thompson, Sr., OL/DL
Thompson was a mainstay along the offensive and defensive lines for the Vikings. He was an impactful defensive lineman, compiling 54 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 1.5 quarterback sacks and two caused fumbles.
Chase Farley, Sr., LB/RB
Farley put together a sterling four-year career for the Eagles. Coach Mike Berg said Farley was Wellsville’s top all-around football player and leader. He was the strongest player on the squad. On defense, he had 43 tackles (30 solo), 10.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, recovered a fumble and caused a fumble. On offense, he had 43 carries for 169 yards and five touchdowns. Berg said he was an excellent blocker and led the way for their running attack.
Anthony Signs, Sr., RB/DB
Signs was a physical runner for the Eagles. Berg said he was the most productive offensive player. Signs rushed for 1,057 yards on 132 carries (8 yards per carry) and scored 12 touchdowns in seven games. Berg said Signs was an effective defensive stalwart. He finished with 24 tackles with three tackles for loss. One of his top performances of the season came against Jeff West, when he had 168 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Berg called it an awesome performance against a very good defense.
Luke Richards, Sr., QB/SS
Richards showed his versatility by moving from receiver to quarterback for his senior season. Berg said Richards showed patience and calmness on the field. He passed for 371 yards and four touchdowns, rushed for 125 yards and scored four touchdowns. On defense, he was all over the field. He had 47 tackles (31 solos), four interceptions, one tackle for loss and one fumble recovery. He guided the Eagles to a victory over Anderson County with three interceptions. He was selected the Topeka Capital Player of the Week for his performance.
Trey Gipson, Sr., OL/DL
Gibson was a force along the lines for the Falcons. West Franklin coach Nathan Teichgraeber called him the best and most consistent lineman this season.
Shane Birzer, Sr., QB/LB
Birzer was the leader for the Falcons. He was asked to do a lot all over the field. At quarterback, he finished with 800 yards from scrimmage. On defense, he had 40 tackles.
Cameron Wise, Jr., RB/LB
Wise was a difference maker for the Falcons in the second half of the season after missing the first four games because of an injury. Teichgraeber called Wise the best all-around player for the Falcons. He averaged more than 100 yards from scrimmage. He returned a kickoff for a touchdown against Central Heights. On defense, he had 24 tackles and two sacks.