Wildcats' Strain, Rockets' Williams lead area AP Inland All-District honorees

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Mogadore senior running back Gary Strain and Streetsboro senior defensive back Dorian Williams each earned Northeast Inland District Player of the Year honors in their respective divisions, while a total of 28 area stars were named first-team all-district on Thursday.

Strain led the Wildcats to a perfect regular season, rushing for 1,261 yards on 148 carries (8.5 yards per carry). He also caught 14 passes for 333 yards and accounted for 23 touchdowns to earn all-district honors in Division VI.

Williams piled up 72 tackles and two sacks, and intercepted six passes while helping the Rockets earn their first playoff berth since 1992. Williams also rushed for 1,981 yards and 23 touchdowns for Division IV Streetsboro.

Mogadore and Portage Trail Conference Metro Division champion Kent Roosevelt each placed five players on the first team, followed by Aurora and Ravenna with four players each.

Earning first-team honors for the Rough Riders in Division II were senior wide receiver Trei Thomas, senior lineman Stan Zalewski, senior quarterback Tra'Von Chapman, senior defensive lineman Austin Mastrione and junior linebacker Matt Sommers.

Thomas set single-season school records with 991 yards and 17 touchdowns, finishing the regular season with 58 receptions. He was the favorite target of Chapman, the PTC Metro Division Offensive Player of the Year and University of Pittsburgh recruit, who threw for 2,469 yards and 30 touchdowns and added 690 yards and 10 TDs on the ground.

Zalewski anchored the Rough Riders line, which paved the way for an offense that churned out over 400 yards per game.

Sommers was chosen PTC Metro Division Defensive Player of the Year after amassing 136 tackles, three sacks and one interception on the season, while teammate Mastrione had 70 tackles, five sacks and four forced fumbles.

The Wildcats, who remain alive in the postseason, also placed senior offensive lineman Joe Callihan, senior defensive lineman Scot Hower, junior linebacker Bryce Huth and senior defensive back Jake Cramer on the all-district first team, while Matt Adorni was named Northeast Inland District Division VI Coach of the Year.

Callihan, a two-time First Team All-PTC County Division selection, is the "quarterback of the offensive line" according to Adorni. Hower compiled 67 tackles and 5.5 sacks, Huth contributed 94 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions, while Cramer had 65 tackles and a pair of picks.

Ravens junior offensive lineman Brandon Craig, senior defensive lineman Eric Stone, senior linebacker Andy Rodriguez and senior defensive back Kyle Kornbau are Division III first team all-district honorees.

Craig helped Ravenna, which qualified for the playoffs and advanced to the regional semifinals, rush for 192 yards per game this season. Despite suffering a broken bone in his hand in the season opener, Spellman had 49 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Rodriguez was the Ravens' leading tackler with 113 and added 2.5 sacks, while Kornbau contributed 47 tackles and four interceptions.

Aurora, which remains alive in the Division II playoffs, is represented by senior offensive lineman Patrick Dougherty, senior running back Zach Quinn, senior defensive lineman Brett Rodgers and senior linebacker Zach Smierciak -- who was chosen Northeast Inland District Defensive Player of the Year.

The Rockets were also represented on the all-district first team by senior offensive lineman Sam Creque, who paved the way for Williams' banner season; and senior linebacker Brandon Gency, who racked up 68 tackles and four sacks.

Southeast and Woodridge each placed two players on the Northeast Inland All-District squad in Division III.

Pirates senior running back Brandon Olson and senior defensive lineman Eric Stone were honored. Olson rushed for 1,081 yards in 157 carries and caught 42 passes for 466 yards, while Stone -- the PTC County Division Defensive Player of the Year -- had nine sacks, eight tackles for loss and three blocked punts.

Senior wide receiver Nelson Perry and senior kicker Hunter Niswander received the nod for the Bulldogs. Perry caught 41 passes for 873 yards and nine touchdowns, while Niswander's strong leg earned him a scholarship from Northwestern.

Other first-team honorees from the area were East Canton seniors Sean Woodall (DL) and Travis VanVoorhis (DB) in Division VI, along with Norton junior Johnny Glas (OL) in Division III.

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