Multiple Crusaders led squad to memorable regular season

Steubenville Catholic Central saw four of its players named to the Division VI Eastern District All-Star first team list on Tuesday after a successful season that wrapped up with a playoff appearance.

First on the list for the Crusaders is junior quarterback Justin Hartzell, who finished the regular season with 1,367 pass yards and 17 touchdowns with 10 interceptions, while completing 84-of-174 passes. He added another 747 yards and eight touchdowns on 96 carries.

Junior running back Craig Smith also made the list after rushing for 1,048 yards and 15 touchdowns on 153 regular season carries.

Senior offensive lineman and University of Pennsylvania commit Vince Oliver added to his list of accolades with first-team honors.

On the defensive side, senior defensive lineman Levi Thompson earned first-team honors after recording 81 tackles, 35 solo, 23 tackles for loss, nine sacks and a fumble return for a touchdown during the regular season. He contributed 486 yards and 10 touchdowns on 44 carries as well as 274 yards and five touchdowns on 12 receptions on offense.

“Any one of our guys would tell you it’s great to receive individual honors, but it’s part of a team concept,” Central coach Steve Daley said. “They really bought into that. They rely on each other to elevate each other’s game, and they all work together to help us improve as a team.

“Any time you receive an honor like this, it’s really a reflection of your team itself and your teammates. I think everyone of our guys would echo those thoughts. I do want to congratulate each one of them. They are very deserving on the honors.”

Junior defensive lineman Jacob Stoll earned second-team honors. He recorded 57 tackles (27 solo and 30 assisted), eight for a loss, four sacks and a punt blocked.

Central also had four players earn special mention in Jordan Maul, Gino DiBiase, Kevin Cuervo and Matt Bell.

Division VI

First Team


Quarterbacks: Boone Jones, Sarahsville Shenandoah, 6-2, 180, jr.; Tate Engle, Beverly Fort Frye, 5-10, 160, jr.; Justin Hartzell, Steubenville Catholic Central, 6-3, 180, jr.; Tino Kusic, Bridgeport, 5-10, 170, jr.

Running Backs: Austin Snodgrass, Old Washington Buckeye Trail, 5-8, 170, sr.; Connor Banco, Shadyside, 6-2, 210, jr.; Craig Smith, Steubenville Catholic Central, 5-10, 180, jr.; Nick Miller, Sarahsville Shenandoah, 6-0, 205, sr.; Brady Winters, Sugarcreek Garaway, 5-10, 180, jr.

Ends: Jeremiah Booker, Bridgeport, 5-10, 180, sr.; Chase Stillion, Old Washington Buckeye Trail, 5-10, 180, sr.; Sam Merryman, Shadyside, 6-1, 175, so.

Linemen: Vince Oliver, Steubenville Catholic Central, 6-6, 305, sr.; Dalton Rice Sarahsville Shenandoah, 6-0, 220, jr.; Tyson Miller, Beverly Fort Frye, 5-10, 166, sr.; Xavier Herman, Old Washington Buckeye Trail, 5-9, 221, jr.; Ryan Aleshire, Sugarcreek Garaway, 5-11 265, sr.; Josh Robinson, Shadyside, 5-10, 225, sr.


Linemen: Logan Isner, Beverly Fort Frye, 6-0, 184, sr.; Daniel Russell, Newcomerstown, 6-1, 220, sr.; Levi Thompson, Steubenville Catholic Central, 6-2, 220, sr.; Wyatt Schrader, Shadyside, 6-0, 160, jr.

Linebackers: Chase Chicwak, Sarahsville Shenandoah, 6-0, 180, jr.; Brayden Reynolds, Barnesville, 5-5, 130, sr.; Tyler Bradford, Beverly Fort Frye, 6-1, 208, sr.; Dylan Hanson, Shadyside, 5-10, 195, sr.; Evan Schob, Beverly Fort Frye, 5-9, 210, jr.; Dillon Donaldson, Sugarceek, Garaway, 6-1 207, sr.

Backs: Colton Stuzman, Shadyside, 6-2, 152, sr.; Kendal Sherman, Sarahsville Shenadoah, 5-8, 160, so.; Hunter Graham, Sarahsville Shenandoah, 5-8, 150, sr.

Punter: Christian Bond Sarahsville Shenandoah, 6-0, 205, sr.

Offensive Players of the Year: Austin Snodgrass, Old Washington Buckeye Trail; Connor Banco, Shadyside.

Defensive Player of the Year: Chase Chicwak, Sarahsville Shenandoah.

Coach of the Year: Eric Huck, Beverly Fort Frye.

Second Team


Quarterbacks: Anthony Coggins, Shadyside, 5-11, 140, jr.; Dawson Ley, Sugarcreek Garaway, 6-0 175, so.; Cade Hannahs, Barnesville, 5-8, 140, jr.

Running Backs: Tyler Fisher, Beverly Fort Frye, 5-9, 143, so.; Wyatt Conner, Newcomerstown, 6-1, 170, so.; Alex Krupa, Shadyside, 6-3, 215, sr.; Braydn Strous, Barnesville, 5-11, 150, sr.

Ends: Matt Mullen, Sugarcreek Garaway, 5-9, 165, so.; Jacob Gallaway, Barnesville, 6-2, 170, sr.

Linemen: Kirkland Davis, Old Washington Buckeye Trail, 6-0, 236, sr.; Tanner Brown, Sarahsville Shenandoah, 6-5, 240, jr.; Ethan Roden, Sugarcreek Garaway, 6-3 205, jr.; Andrew Jobe, Shadyside, 6-0, 240, jr.


Linemen: Jesse McLeod, Beverly Fort Frye, 6-4, 185, sr.; Jacob Stoll, Steubenville Catholic Central, 6-3, 270, jr.; Jacob Clift, Barnesville 6-1, 175, sr.

Linebackers: Brenden Huck, Beverly Fort Frye, 5-11, 152, jr.; Kory Stress, Sugarcreek Garaway, 6-2 190, jr.

Backs: Kelly Hendershot, Shadyside, 6-0, 150, so.; Dylan Hershberger, Sugarcreek Garaway, 5-10, 155, so.

Punter: Dakota Craig, Newcomerstown, 6-4, 220, jr.

Special Mention

Austin McPeek, Sarahsville Shenandoah; Cash Presnell, Sarahsville Shenandoah; Clint Wikander, Sarahsville Shenandoah; Isiah Jones, Beverly Fort Frye; Zach Schilling, Beverly Fort Frye; Brady Schilling, Beverly Fort Frye; Zach Grafton, Old Washington Buckeye Trail; Gino CizMadia, Old Washington Buckeye Trail; Matt Stimpert, Old Washington Buckeye Trail; Calvin Ringer, Newcomerstown; Gavin Weaver, Newcomerstown; Cade Stephen, Barnesville; Ayden Hannahs, Barnesville; Jordan Maul, Steubenville Catholic Central; Gino DiBiase, Steubenville Catholic Central; Kevin Cuervo, Steubenville Catholic Central; Matt Bell, Steubenville Catholic Central; Austyn Price, Shadyside; Caleb Davis, Shadyside; Jakob Klug, Shadyside; Richard Francis, Shadyside; Collin Holmes, Shadyside.