Moore, Saccoccia earn top honors on Division IV Eastern District list

As one would expect, 12-0 Steubenville Big Red, preparing to play for a fifth straight regional title against Perry Friday night, racked up the accolades when the Division IV Eastern District All-Star team was released on Tuesday.

Big Red has six players named first team all-stars, the defensive player of the year in senior DL Quentin Moore, co-coach of the year in Reno Saccoccia and four players earning special mention honors.

“The award really should go to my coaching staff,” Saccoccia said of being named co-coach of the year. “I hope my coaches know how much I appreciate the work they put in for our program. I don’t have much to do with our offensive, defensive or special teams game plans. That’s all done by my coaches.

“I’ve been blessed as a coach and a person my whole life to work with some outstanding people. I just appreciate the way our coaches work and the way our players listen to their coaches and carry out what they are asked to do.”

Indian Valley’s Matt Lancaster, who guided his team to a perfect regular season, is the other half of the co-coach of the year.

Moore collected 58 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and eight sacks during the regular season. He had the game-clinching fumble recovery in last Friday’s playoff win over Cardinal Mooney and a punt blocked the week before against Salem.

The other Big Red first-teamers start with senior quarterback Javon Davis. He threw for 1,396 yards and 15 touchdowns with just four interceptions during the regular season, completing 111-of-161 passes.

Senior running back Jacob Bernard ran for 960 yards and 15 touchdowns during the regular season on 141 carries despite missing the first two games due to an injury. He added eight catches for 72 yards. So far on Steubenville’s playoff run, Bernard has 311 rushing yards and five more touchdowns.

Senior offense linemen Marion Lawrence and Alijah Demitras both earned first team honors, as well as linebacker John Agresta who compiled 55 tackles, nine tackles for loss and three sacks during the regular season. He recovered two fumbles last week against Mooney and was named player of the game.

“I want to congratulate them for earning these honors,” Saccoccia said. “I also want to let them know how much I appreciate their hard work to constantly improve. I hope they understand the honors they are receiving really represent a team effort. At the same time, I want them to know we really expect them to prepare like an all-district player and perform like one on Friday night against Perry.”

Tyler Ely, Jonathon Blackmon, DeJuan Jones and Gino Pierro received special mention honors. Big Red did not have anyone named on the second-team all-star list.

“I’m disappointed about that,” Saccoccia said of not having any second-teamers. “It’s hard to figure out how we can’t have any players on the second team.”

Division IV

First Team


Quarterbacks: Justin Heacock, New Concord John Glenn, 5-11, 150, sr.; Davis Black, Byesville Meadowbrook, 6-4, 185, jr.; Cade Williams, Gnadenhutten Indian Valley, 6-1, 185, jr.; Javon Davis, Steubenville, 5-9, 175, sr.

Running Backs: Caden Hostetler, Gnadenhutten Indian Valley, 5-9, 145, jr.; Tyler West, Cadiz Harrison Central, 5-10, 170, jr.; Brady Kolb, St. Clairsville, 5-11, 225, jr.; Timmy Ferguson, Byesville Meadowbrook, 5-10, 160, so.; Shane Bonner, New Concord John Glenn, 5-11, 185, sr.; Jacob Bernard, Steubenville, 5-10, 185, sr.; Xavier Grant, Uhrichsville Claymont, 5-10, 185, sr.

Ends: Trent Valentine, Cambridge, 5-10, 160, jr.; Easton Black, Byesville Meadowbrook, 6-2, 160, sr.; Joseph Clifford, New Concord John Glenn, 6-0, 160, jr.

Linemen: Marlon Lawrence, Steubenville, 6-2, 290, sr.; Dylan Fantin, Gnadenhutten Indian Valley, 6-3, 230, sr.; Garrett Dostall, Cambridge, 6-1, 260, sr.; Blake Wilfong, New Concord John Glenn, 6-4, 250, sr.; Javon Lyons, St. Clairsville, 6-2, 280, so.; Ty Robison, Duncan Falls Philo, 6-1, 240, sr.; Alijah Demitras, Steubenville, 6-2, 245, sr.


Linemen: Quentin Moore, Steubenville, 6-2, 225, sr.; Lane Deal, Duncan Falls Philo, 6-2, 210, sr.; Quess Parrish, Uhrichsville Claymont, 5-9, 285, sr.; Geno Drake, St. Clairsville, 5-9, 200, sr.; Koby Plum, East Liverpool, 6-3, 215, so.

Linebackers: Brady Blattner, Byesville Meadowbrook, 5-9, 190, jr.; Nick Meinert, New Concord John Glenn, 5-11, 170, sr.; Koby Berger, Cambridge, 6-0, 210, sr.; John Agresta, Steubenville, 6-1, 200, sr.; Zach Love, Gnadenhutten Indian Valley, 5-9, 160, so; Kyle Storer, St. Clairsville, 6-0, 180, jr.; Ronnie Bowers, Cadiz Harrison Central, 5-10, 215, sr.; Tanner Myers, Gnadnhutten Indian Valley, 6-1, 170, jr.

Backs: Isaac Gill, Duncan Falls Philo, 6-2, 185, sr.; Alex Valentine, Cambridge, 6-0, 170, sr.; Boston Black, Byesville Meadowbrook, 5-10, 135, so.; Jimi Basiletti, Uhrichsville Claymont, 5-9, 142, sr.; DeJuan Caldwell, Cadiz Harrison Central, 6-1, 175, sr.

Punter: Brady Emerson, New Concord John Glenn, 5-9, 155, so.

Offensive Players of the Year: Justin Heacock, New Concord John Glenn; Caden Hostetler, Gnadenhuten Indian Valley.

Defensive Player of the Year: Quentin Moore, Steubenville.

Coaches of the Year: Matt Lancaster, Gnadenhutten Indian Valley; Reno Saccoccia, Steubenville.

Second Team


Quarterbacks: Terin Harris, Uhrichsville Claymont, 6-0, 196, sr.; Luke Call, Lisbon Beaver, 5-9, 180, sr.

Running Backs: Michael Clendenning, Lisbon Beaver, 5-8, 170, sr.; Dakota Bunting, Uhrichsville Claymont, 5-11, 160, sr.; Chase Flanagan, Carrollton, 5-8, 175, sr.

Ends: Casey Smith, New Concord John Glenn, 6-2, 175, sr. ; Torey Calio, Lisbon Beaver, 5-9, 190, sr.; Connor Fritz, Minerva, 6-0, 175, sr.; Craig Bober, St. Clairsville, 6-4, 185, jr. ; Cole Smith, Duncan Falls Philo, 5-9, 165 sr.

Linemen: Tyrek Mitchell, Byesville Meadowbrook, 5-8, 230, so.; Kole Aubihl, Uhrichsville Claymont, 5-10, 215, jr.; Zach Thomas, Lisbon Beaver, 6-5, 285, sr.; Luke Sorge, St. Clairsville, 5-11, 230, sr.; Isiah White, Cadiz Harrison Central, 6-2, 265, jr.; CJ Moore, Byesville Meadowbrook, 5-10, 175, jr.; Jake Cornell, East Liverpool, 5-11, 235, sr.


Linemen: Noah West, Lisbon Beaver, 6-2, 215, sr.; Lyke Clark, Uhrichsville Claymont, 6-3, 235, sr.; Cameron Brown, Uhrichsville Claymont, 5-10, 270, sr..; Brandon Daniels, Carrollton, 5-8, 160, jr.; John Hawley, St. Clairsville, 6-1, 235, sr.

Linebackers: Garrett Givens, Lisbon Beaver, 6-1, 230, jr.; Karson Hartrick, Gnadnhutten Indian Valley, 6-2, 195, jr.; Dom Slentz, Minerva, 5-10, 205, jr.; Keith Stewart, Warsaw River View, 5-11, 188, sr.; Devon Norman, Byesville Meadowbrook, 5-11, 175, jr.; Michael Loy, East Liverpool, 5-11, 160, sr.; Blayke McCloud, East Liverpool, 6-1, 190, sr.; Nick Hoffer, Duncan Falls Philo, 5-7, 170, sr.

Backs: Ben Larson, New Concord John Glenn, 5-11, 175, jr.; Jarrett Swinderman, Gnadenhutten Indian Valley, 5-11, 175, sr.; Parker Crim, Carrollton, 5-11, 165, sr.; Caleb Hostetler, Gnadnhutten Indian Valley, 5-9, 145, jr.; Justin Heatherington, St. Clairsville, 6-1, 155, jr.; Hunter Hague, Duncan Falls, Philo, 5-10, 155 sr.

Punter: Blake Linard, Uhrichsville Claymont, 6-0, 201, sr.

Special Mention

Eric Stillion, New Concord John Glenn; Logan Tuttle, Cambridge; Cooper Kerns, Cambridge; Connor Leppla, Cambridge; Tyler Ely, Steubenville; Jonathon Blackmon, Steubenville; DaJuan Jones, Steubenville; Gino Pierro, Steubenville; Chad Mays, Lisbon Beaver; Jacob Morgan, Lisbon Beaver; Mason McKeown, Gnadenhutten Indian Valley; Braeden Lehigh, Gnadenhutten Indian Valley; Nick Love, Gnadenhutten Indian Valley; Marcus Vermillion, Uhrichsville Claymont; Mason Arnold, Uhrichsville Claymont; Tyler Farrow, Uhrichsville Claymont; Noah Moore, Uhrichsville Claymont; Hunter Brewster, Minerva; A.J. Vasillui, Minerva; Sam Mitchell, Warsaw River View; Harold Tipton, Warsaw River View; R.J. Hammond, Warsaw River View; Teagin Mohn, Carrollton; Bryce Carte, Carrollton; Caden Arbaugh, Cadiz Harrison Central; Lindsey Ball, Cadiz Harrison Central; Wyatt Elias, Cadiz Harrison Central; Caden Dalton, Cadiz Harrison Central; Cale McAfee, Cadiz Harrison Central; Matt Butkus, St. Clairsville; Dustin Carrothers, St. Clairsville; Wes Pauley, McConnelsville Morgan; Griffin Burkhart, McConnelsville Morgan.