GALION — The Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference, consisting of Clear Fork, Pleasant, North Union, Buckeye Valley, River Valley, Ontario, Harding and Galion High Schools, released its 2018 football all-conference teams. Unlike some conferences, the MOAC divides their student-athletes into offensive and defensive first and second teams ,while also compiling a list of honorable mention players.
First Team: ISAIAH ALSIP and ELIAS MIDDLETON, GALION; Patrick Blubaugh and Carter Miley, Pleasant; Michael Chillemi, Jared Schaefer, Hunter Tollison, Trevon Trammel and James Watts, Clear Fork; Colton Clark and Trevor Moran, North Union; Zach Garber, Buckeye Valley; Owen Hatfield, Ontario
Second Team: Beau Ewing, Filipe Scharff, Jack McKean and Grant Owens, Buckeye Valley; Dalton Rowland, North Union; JOHN ABOUHASSAN and KALIB GRIFFIN, GALION; Owen Hall, Ontario; Seth Peddicord, Pleasant; Caden Flynn, Clear Fork; DeAndre Ayers, Harding; Germar Howard, River Valley
Middleton finished fifth in the league in rushing from his quarterback position, picking up 1,005 yards on 215 carries which was good for 14 touchdowns. Middleton also sat atop the conference standings in passing, completing 109 of 199 (54.8 percent) attempts for 1,688 yards while throwing 17 touchdowns to just eight interceptions.
Alsip, Middleton’s primary target in 2018, was the only player in the conference to crack 500 yards and did so in a big way, catching 56 passes for 1,012 yards en route to 11 touchdowns. Alsip’s numbers averaged out to 18.1 yards per catch and a remarkable 101.2 yards per game.
Abouhassan did a stellar job on the “O-line” protecting Middleton and aiding in the running game and also finished with nine sacks on the defensive side of the ball while Griffin finished eighth in the league in receiving with 25 catches for 386 yards and three touchdowns. In addition to his offensive performance on the season, Griffin returned 12 punts for 301 yards and a touchdown while also fielding 13 kick returns for 340 yards and a touchdown.
First Team: Kwuave Booker, Harding; Michael Chillemi, Jared Schaefer, Jay Swainhart and Trevon Trammel, Clear Fork; Colton Clark and Anthony Padovano, North Union; Alex Enders, Bryce Lowry and Brayden Stark, Pleasant; Mitchell Miracle, River Valley
Second Team: KALIB GRIFFIN, GALION; Holden Atherton, Julian Ladd and Ethan Warner, Pleasant; Mitchell Pittman and Noah Creed, Ontario; Hunter Tollinson and Caden Flynn, Clear Fork; Rance Wycoff and Lathan McGraw, Buckeye Valley; Trea Davis, River Valley; Trevyn Feasel, North Union; Noah Thompson, Harding
Griffin and Alsip both did a solid job in the Tigers’ secondary in 2018, recording five interceptions apiece.
AJ Blubaugh, Clear Fork; Paul Staley, Buckeye Valley; GAVIN PENNINGTON, GALION; Mitchell Myers, Harding; Lane Russell, Pleasant; Garret Niss, Ontario; Ethan Hoffer, North Union; Andy Holmes, River Valley
Pennington finished second in the tackles department in the MOAC, finishing the season with 136 total tackles, nine of which went for a loss.