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Defensive players tackle their ways to the top

By GREG MAST, Herald Sports Editor | 12/27/2013

The 2013 Ottawa Herald all-area defensive football team consisted of top tacklers from the area teams. Many were some of the best all-around athletes in the school.

The team members are:

The 2013 Ottawa Herald all-area defensive football team consisted of top tacklers from the area teams. Many were some of the best all-around athletes in the school.

The team members are:

Gavin Holler, junior,

Central Heights, DB

Gavin Holler anticipated the play very well. He led Central Heights with seven interceptions.

“He was our best cover defensive back with very good ball skills,” Kent Schulte, Central Heights coach, said.

Coby Robertson, senior, Central Heights, LB

Robertson made a living in the opponents’ offensive backfield. He led the Vikings with 10 tackles for losses. He finished with 56 tackles and three interceptions.

“He played his best against our best competition,” Schulte said.

Chance Schooler, junior, Central Heights, DL

Schooler was a beast on defense for the Vikings. He played defensive line and linebacker. He finished with 59 tackles and six quarterback sacks.

“Chance is our best all-round defensive player,” Schulte said. “He played primarily in the line but also saw time at linebacker, which is where he will play exclusively next year.”

Kord Ferguson, senior, Ottawa, DE

Ferguson was the man for Ottawa. He did a bit of everything for the Cyclones, which qualified for the playoffs for the first time in 10 years.

Ferguson used his speed, strength and athletic talent to make life rough on opposing ball carriers. He had 45 tackles, with four for loss. He had 2.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.

On offense, he rushed for 183 yards and scored four touchdowns. He caught 12 passes for 97 yards and three touchdowns and a two-point conversion. He caught the game-winning pass against De Soto in overtime. He also threw a 31-yard touchdown pass.

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

Cory Peoples, senior, Ottawa, DL

Peoples was a versatile player for the Cyclones. He started as a defensive end after moving from linebacker a year ago. Then he was moved to the interior of the defensive line. He was hard to block.

He had 58 tackles with two for loss. He finished with two quarterback sacks and a forced fumble.

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

Cole Reed, junior, Ottawa, LB

Reed was an active player for the Cyclones. He led Ottawa in tackles with 82. He had two fumble recoveries.

On offense, he was the most consistent offensive lineman as the Cyclones began to run the ball well late in the season.

Dalton Weidl, senior, Ottawa, DL

Weidl also was a nice two-way player on the line for Ottawa. He was hard to block on defense and made a big impact with his blocking on the offensive line, where he was the guard and center.

He had 57 tackles and one quarterback sack.

Luke Meyer, senior, Wellsville, LB

Meyer was in the middle of nearly every defensive play this season. His athletic ability made him tough to block. He made life rough on offenses.

He finished with 96 tackles with 7.5 for loss. He also forced three fumbles. On offense, he rushed for more than 500 yards and scored four touchdowns.

“I feel like he was the best defensive player in the Pioneer League,” Wellsville coach Brad Burkdoll said.

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

Cole Silsby, junior, Wellsville, DB

Silsby was a presence all over the field for the Eagles. He had 26 tackles and one for loss. On offense, he caught 14 passes for 217 yards. He had 180 kick return yards.

Bryce Smith, sophomore, Wellsville, DL

Smith turned in a solid sophomore season and will be one of the top players returning next year. He was a force along the defensive line for the Eagles.

He had 64 tackles with 14 tackles for loss. He garnered three quarterback sacks.

He was an all-league selection.

Clay Altic, junior, West Franklin, LB

Altic was an active linebacker for the Falcons. He was in the middle of the action. He finished with 64 tackles with 7.5 tackles for loss. He was a blocker at fullback on offense.

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