Piqua’s Caden Clark (left) matches up with CJ’s Shane Cokes. CJ defeated visiting Piqua 42-22 in a Week 1 high school football game on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Chosen as coaches of the year were Xenia’s Trace Smitherman (D-II), Bellbrook’s Jeff Jenkins (D-III), Steve Poff of Madison (D-V) and Spencer Wells of Fort Loramie (D-VII).
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A media panel of Southwest District reps, one of nine districts throughout the state, announced the teams on Thursday. Players are nominated by coaches and voted on by each district’s media panel.
Fenwick’s Jack Fessler cuts through the Clinton-Massie defense during last Friday night’s game at Krusling Field in Middletown. C-M held on for a 21-18 victory. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ANGIE MOHRHAUS
First-team members are forwarded for All-Ohio football honors. The All-Ohio teams will be chosen by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association and released by the Ohio High School Athletic Association during the state championship week.
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Smitherman led Xenia to a 7-3 record and a double-overtime win at Trotwood-Madison in his second season as the Buccaneers’ coach.
The Southwestern Buckeye League produced two coaches of the year in Jenkins and Poff. Jenkins guided Bellbrook (SWBL Southwestern) to its third 10-0 regular-season and into the D-III, Region 11 playoffs. Madison (SWBL Buckeye) also went 10-0. Madison, now 12-0, will play Wheelersburg (11-1) in a D-V, Region 20 final at Hilliard Darby at 7 p.m. Saturday.
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Previously the QB coach at Wapakoneta, Wells is in his first season at Loramie after succeeding Whit Parks. Loramie went 9-1 in the regular season, losing only to defending D-VII state champ Minster in the opener and winning the Cross County Conference championship in its second season of CCC affiliation.
Xenia H.S. football coach Trace Smitherman at Trotwood in Week 9 of the 2018 high school football season. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Loramie (11-1) will play Convoy Crestview (11-1) in a D-VII, Region 28 final at Lima Senior Stadium on Saturday.
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The Southwest District’s Mr. Football nomination is Cincinnati Winton Woods junior running back Miyan Williams. He had 2,600 yards rushing and 33 touchdowns. The defending D-II state runner-up, Winton Woods (11-1) will play Anderson (9-3) in a D-II, Region 8 final on Friday.
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