COLUMBUS, OH – Following a successful season that included a trip to the playoffs and an unbeaten Western Buckeye League championship run, 6 St. Marys Roughriders were named to the Division 4 All-Ohio teams on Monday afternoon by the OPSWA.
First team selections went to offensive lineman Garrett Lauth and defensive lineman Reed Aller.
Lauth, a 6’2, 310 pound senior offensive lineman and multi-year starter on the front line for coach Doug Frye helped lead a Roughrider rushing attack that finished as the best in the WBL with a 323.9 per game average. In addition to his All-Ohio honors, Lauth was voted this season as the conference lineman of the year and a first team Northwest District pick.
Defensive lineman Reed Aller, a 6’1/245 pound senior and returning letter winner for the Riders ended the season with 55 tackles and was named as the WBL and Northwest District’s lineman of the year before being named 1st team All-Ohio this afternoon and was a key member of a defense that surrendered just 14 points to opponents during the last month of the regular season on their way to posting a trio of shutouts.
3rd team mentions went to runningback Sean Perry and linebacker Jackson Harris, a pair of dynamic players that helped the Riders to back to back playoff appearances.
Perry, a 5’10/170 pound junior was a 1st team Western Buckeye League pick and led the St. Marys rushing attack this season as he finished with 1,210 yards and 9 touchdowns. Catching the ball the elusive Perry finished second on the team in receiving with 87 yards and a touchdown. Nearly never leaving the field, Perry finished with 114 tackles and 3 interceptions in addition to nearly 500 return yards on special teams and an 87 yard return for touchdown as well.
Jackson Harris finished his career at St. Marys with back to back 100+ tackling seasons, including a team high 137 this season. The 6’3/195 pound senior was an integral part of a Riders defensive unit that ended the season surrendering 18.6 per contest in their 12 games this season and was also a 1st team selection at linebacker in the WBL.
Honorable Mention All-Ohio honors were given out to a pair of Riders as kicker Gabe Vandever and defensive lineman Austin Giesige picked up the nods.
Vandever, the 5’10/155 pound junior record setting kicker finished the year as one of the top scorers in the Western Buckeye League and broke a handful of school records on the way. During the course of the season Vandever connected on a school record 50 straight extra point attempts and 71 consecutive overall dating back to his sophomore season before his streak was snapped. Not only did he eclipse the schools career total for extra points but Vandever is also the St. Marys leader in all-time field goal makes heading into his senior season next August when the Riders return to the field.
Austin Giesige, a 6’1/215 pound senior finished his final high school season with 77 tackles. Giesige who started and earned all-league accolades at linebacker as a junior was moved to the defensive line this season where he utilized his speed on the front line to help keep opponents at bay and flourished at the new role as he helped keep opponents to just 3.9 yards per rushing attempt on the year.