With a gift of grab, Rogalski finished his career as the top receiver in Magnolia history and one of the best in the state for the past four seasons. Again, a first team all-state selection, Rogalski also captained the Class A offensive unit after catching 58 passes for 813 yards and six touchdowns. Rogalski was also a special teams threat and returned two punts and one kickoff for scores.
True to the definition of the word utility, Comis did a little bit of everything for Coach Doug Taylor as the Blue Dons made their way to the Class A championship game. Comis, a first team all-stater as a quarterback, showed plenty of progress in his second season behind center, throwing and rushing for more than 1,000 yards. He threw for 19 scores and ran for 12 more.
Called the Maroon Knights' best lineman by his coaches, Siebieda helped pave the way for more 2,000 yards rushing by playing the critical right tackle position in Wheeling Central's vaunted spin offense. A second team all-state selection, Siebieda was one of the Maroon Knights' team captains.
Described as ''an outstanding run and pass blocker and an excellent trap blocker,'' by his coach, Jay Circosta, Guiler was a key cog in another staunch Seminoles offensive front. A special mention all-state honoree, Guiler helped an experienced offensive line pave the way for some up-and-coming ball carriers. Defensively, Guiler was Monroe Central's leading tackler (78.5) and registered four sacks and four forced fumbles.
A repeat first team All-Valley selection, Eggleston was one of the key reasons behind River's resurgence this fall. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Eggleston graded out at 93 percent or better and helped pave the way for the likes of running back Nick Asturi, another first-team pick. Eggleston was a first team All-Eastern District pick and a first team all-PVC selection. He was second-team all-state in 2011.
Martin evolved from a solid lineman to the Blue Dons' best by season's end, according to his coach, Doug Taylor. ''This kid is going to get some looks from major colleges,'' Taylor said. A second team all-state pick, Martin graded out at 86 percent. He spent most of his time on the offense line, only participating in spot defensive situations during the Blue Dons' state title game run. He made 19 tackles, four for losses.
A special mention all-state selection, Banco helped the Tigers to their first undefeated regular season in 35 years and another Division VI playoff berth. He blocked at approximately 90 percent efficiency and helped create holes for Shadyside's talented stable of ballcarriers. Defensively, Banco was in on 42 stops with three sacks.
Badia makes our list after throwing for more than 3,000 yards and leading Small Schools in yards passing and yards passing per game. The third team all-state selection threw for 24 touchdowns as Bellaire made a triumphant return to the postseason for the first time in more than half a decade. Badia also rushed for 321 yards and four touchdowns.
A four-year regular, first for Dave Caldwell and last season for Paul Kanzigg, Jarrett finished his career with more than 6,000 passing yards. Nearly 2,500 of them came this season as Jarrett was named first team All-Eastern District and special mention all-state.
One of the most bruising backs in the Ohio Valley this season, Oparanozie was the heart and soul of Coach B.J. DePew's offense. He set a school record for rushing yards in a season with 1,583, which was one of the top totals in the valley. He scored 16 touchdowns on 232 carries. Oparanozie also caught 16 passes for 143 yards and four more scores.
A second team all-state and firstteam All-Mason-Dixon Conference performer, Hinkle was the engine of Clay-Battelle's powerful offense. He ran for more than 1,600 yards and 20 touchdowns for the Cee-Bees.
Another in a long line of talented players by the name of Keller to grace the Magnolia sideline, Drew Keller was the lynchpin of the Blue Eagles' rushing attack, racking up more than 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was a first team all-state selection.
A third team all-state selection, Patrone was the beneficiary of the sharp arm of teammate Spencer Badia. Patrone caught a Small School-best 66 passes for a shade more than 1,000 yards and 24 touchdowns.
A second team all-state selection, Doak was a favorite target of quarterback Hunter LeMasters, catching 41 passes for 797 yards and 12 touchdowns. All told, Doak amassed 1,885 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns. Doak's big game came against South Harrison when he caught four touchdowns on seven catches for 241 yards.
Burch was a jack-of-all-trades for the Maroon Knights after being called upon to play quarterback with three practices remaining before Central's season opener. The first team all-stater accounted for more than 2,400 yards of offense, rushing for 1,600 yards in leading Central's successful spin series. Burch rushed for 30 touchdowns, threw for nine more and served as the team's holder on field goals and extra points.
Asturi earned third team all-state accolades after becoming the fifth player in River history to rush for at least 1,000 yards. He finished with 1,055 and 18 touchdowns after the Pilots returned to the Division VI playoffs. Asturi finished with 20 touchdowns in. The other two came via receiving (15 catches for 242 yards) and and kick returns (14 for 302 yards).
There were many talented kickers this season at the Small School level, but none had a season like Conroy. The first team all-state pick came up big in the closing seconds a number of times for the Big Reds. Conroy was 9 of 12 on field goals, with a long of 43 yards. He was 34-for-39 on extra points.
The only freshman on this season's all-valley team on either side of the ball, Ritz made a quick impression on Coach Mark Batton, Defensive Coordinator Bob Ripley, and opposing squads. The stats tell the story - 92 tackles (27 solos), seven stops for losses, two caused fumbles, three fumble recoveries and a touchdown.
Bonar was the perfect fit to be a linebacker on a John Durdines-coached team. At 5-11, 180 pounds, Bonar was tough as nails as he helped guide a Bishops' unit that experienced a rebirth during his four years. This past fall, Bonar's defensive resume read - 69 tackles, five interceptions including one returned for a touchdown, 10 tackles for losses and a safety. He was named captain of the state's second-team defense. Bonar was a first team All-Valley utility player last season.
A first team all-Ohio selection, the 6-1, 175-pound Kinemond was one of the driving forces behind Shadyside's run to the school's first undefeated regular season since 1977. Kinemond, also the Tigers quarterback, was in on 49 tackles, with 29 of those solos and three for negative yardage. Kinemond also picked off four passes, had four pass deflections, a safety and a touchdown.
A first team all-state defensive lineman for the second straight season, Nolte was again Wheeling Central's leading tackler with 97, despite most teams choosing not run on his side of the line. He also lead the team in sacks (12) for the second straight year. Nolte collected three fumbles and forced two.
Guio was used on offense more for his blocking, but where the first team all-stater really stood out was on defense. Guio was the Blue Dons' anchor end and helped pull together a unit that reached the Class A championship game. The 6-3, 210-pound Guio made 66 tackles, 15 of those for losses and three sacks.
Blake led Coach Jim Rogers' defense with six sacks. He was also in on 77 tackles and recovered two fumbles as he anchored the Dragons' defensive front.
A third team all-state pick, the 6-3, 220-pound linebacker was one of the main cogs in St. John's turnaround. On defense, he was in on 113 tackles and registered 10 sacks. Ten of those tackles were for losses. He also picked off two passes.
The 5-9, 160-pound Yoders led the Dragons with 94 tackles and had two sacks and three fumble recoveries. Offensively, he carried the ball 120 times for 762 yards and 10 touchdowns.
If Chinelo Oparanozie was the heart and soul of Linsly's offense, Ellis was the same on the defensive side of the ball for the Cadets. Ellis registered a team-high 113 tackles. including five for losses. Ellis also picked off a pass and caused a fumble.
One of the ''quarterbacks'' of Coordinator Bob Ripley's Magnolia's defense, Rohde was in on 125 tackles, including 62 solos. A first team all-stater, Rohde also had 16 tackles for losses, 10 sacks, three caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
LeMasters was s talented two-way player who earned first team all-state status for his work in the defensive backfield. He picked off four passes this season, two of which were returned for touchdowns. He had eight pass breakups, three caused fumbles and was in on 109 tackles for the Silver Knights.
Lafferre excelled on offense, but it was his work on defense that garnered kudos from those in the valley and state alike. A third team all-state selection, Lafferre picked off four passes for Coach Jay Circosta, along with making two fumble recoveries and 37.5 tackles.
A second team linebacker at the state level, Hypes is a first-team utility pick on this list for his penchant for contributing on so many areas. He led the team with 79 tackles and seven PBUs . He also had five tackles for losses and had one pick. In addition, he returned seven punts for 150 yards and two touchdowns.
Madonna's lockdown corner defensively, Bowser always drew the assignment if covering the opposing team's best receiver. All told, Bowser only had five catches made on him. He picked off five passes. He made 44 tackles, including one for losses.
Bellaire was known for its offense, but its defense was staunch, as well. Maffe was one of the stalwarts of the unit, in on 87.5 tackles, 74 of which were solos. The special mention All-Ohio honoree also had eight tackles for losses, three passes broken up and two forced fumbles.
An All-Eastern District selection, Porreca was in on 75 tackles, including 11 stops for losses for Coach Steve Daley. He also picked off a pass and recovered a fumble as the Crusaders earned a Division VI playoff spot.
Shadyside had one of the best defenses around this season and one of the reasons was the 5-8, 165-pound Baker. A second team all-Ohio selection, Baker was in on 57 tackles, including four for losses. Baker registered three pass deflections, one pick, one fumble recovery and one blocked extra-point kick.