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All-area football players leave mark on offense

By GREG MAST, Herald Sports Editor | 12/26/2013

The Ottawa Herald’s 2013 all-area football team members consisted of impact football players.

The team members are:

The Ottawa Herald’s 2013 all-area football team members consisted of impact football players.

The team members are:

Tanner Erhart, senior, Central Heights, TE

Erhart was a big target for the Central Heights quarterbacks. The 6-foot-5 receiver caught 28 passes for 303 yards. He scored five touchdowns and five two-point conversions. He was an all-league selection.

Jordan Horstick, senior, Central Heights, QB

Horstick used his athletic ability to be a force on every offensive snap. He was 74 of 136 passing for 803 yards and 10 touchdowns. He rushed for 260 yards on 56 attempts. He led Central Heights to the playoffs.

He is an all-league selection.

Jacob Pryor, sophomore,

Central Heights, RB

Pryor was the main rusher for the Vikings this season. He finished with 967 yards on 184 carries. He scored 12 rushing touchdowns and caught one touchdown pass.

Andre Lewis, junior,

Ottawa, WR

Lewis was a threat at quarterback, tailback, receiver and kick returner for the Cyclones. He started the season at quarterback, then moved to tailback before settling in at receiver.

He scored in a variety of ways. He returned a punt and kickoff for a touchdown. He had five interceptions and returned two of those for scores. He rushed for 386 yards and scored a touchdown. He had 12 receptions for 118 yards.

He had 36 total tackles and a forced fumble and recovered a fumble.

He is a two-time all-league and all-area selection.

Alex Lynch, senior,

Ottawa, RB

Lynch helped lead Ottawa to its first state playoff game in 10 years. He rushed for 223 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Eudora. He had 269 yards and three touchdowns in the playoff-clinching win over Santa Fe Trail.

He had 761 yards rushing and six touchdowns in eight games. He caught two passes for 12 yards. On defense, he had 28 tackles.

He was an all-league selection.

Shamus Kearney,

senior, Wellsville QB

Kearney’s move to quarterback this season gave the Eagles a big boost offensively. He was 51 of 101 passing for 824 yards. He also rushed for 304 yards and scored five touchdowns. On defense, he finished with 26 tackles and four interceptions.

Carter Mann, senior, Wellsville, WR

Mann made his presence felt all over the field. He caught passes and could make big plays after the the catch. He was a blocker in the run game. He was a two-time all-league punter and used his athletic talent to lead the defense at his safety position.

He had 18 receptions for 289 yards and three touchdowns. He also had more than 100 yards of punt return yards. On defense, he had 28 tackles and an interception.

He is a two-time all-area and all-league performer.  

Brett Osbern, senior, Wellsville, RB

Osbern was an explosive football player. He rushed for 1,246 yards and scored 15 touchdowns. He averaged 31 yards on kickoff returns. Several of his scores were on plays of 50 yards or more. On defense, he had 27 tackles.

He was an all-league selection.

Trevor Shalkoski,

junior, Wellsville, OL

Shalkoski was a big reason why the Eagles averaged 228 yards on the ground this season and more than 300 yards during the run to the district title.

“He is a very strong player and also has great quickness,” Wellsville coach Brad Burkdoll said.

On defense, he had 23 tackles.

He is an all-league selection.

Josh Napper, senior,

West Franklin, RB

Napper was a weapon for the Falcons. He finished with 1,707 all-purpose yards. He rushed for 1,164 yards and caught 14 passes for 301 yards. He had 235 return yards.

“Josh was our biggest offensive weapon,” West Franklin coach Seth Homolka said. “He is a great kid and a great football player.”

On defense, he had 59 tackles and two interceptions.

He was an all-league selection.

Emerson Reece, senior, West Franklin, QB

Reece came back from a knee injury and was a presence all over the field. The senior quarterback guided the offense and was a leader on defense.

“He was great both running and passing, and I think his stats speak for that,” Homolka said.

He rushed for nearly 500 yards and passed for nearly 800 yards. On defense, he had 87 tackles with five for loss. He also had five interceptions.

He was an all-league selection.

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