6 Riders Earn All-Ohio Honors; Perry POY

By: 
JAKE DOWLING
Sports Editor

Six St. Marys Roughriders were named to the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Division IV All-Ohio football teams, which was announced Monday evening.

Sean Perry was named the Defensive Player of the Year as a defensive back and defensive lineman Blake Kanorr was named as a first-team selection.

Prior to Saturday's Division IV state semifinal against Wyoming, Perry racked up a team-high 160 tackles, snatched two interceptions and recovered two fumbles in his second full season as a starter in the Roughriders secondary. Kanorr — the Western Buckeye League and Northwest District Lineman of the Year, tallied 138 tackles, led the WBL in tackles for all defensive linemen, recorded one interceptions and recovered three fumbles.

Center Mitch Seewer was named to the second-team offense and linebacker Eddie Fowler was named to the second-team defense. 

Cornerback Carter Ballweg and his school record 10 interceptions made the all-Ohio team as a third-team selection.

Lineman Ian Young was named special mention all-state.

Fowler filled the shoes of last year's all-Ohio outside linebacker Jackson Harris with a selection of his own. Fowler collected the second-most tackles on the team with 157 and had one interception in his lone season as a full-time starter at edge rusher/outside linebacker.

Ballweg broke St. Marys' single season school record in interceptions with 10 and had three of those 10 interceptions returned for a touchdown. Ballweg also had 54 tackles in his lone season as a starter on defense. In a regional semifinal against Van Wert, Ballweg broke Craig Huwer's 1971 record of nine interceptions in a season.

The six Roughriders selections in 2018 were as many as last season's all-ohio team. St. Marys finished a 12-2 campaign on Saturday that saw the Roughriders become the first team in program history since the 1989-1993 teams to win three straight Western Buckeye League titles and became the first St. Marys team since the 2004 state runner-up squad to win a regional championship.