Liberty-Benton’s Marshall Rose, who did a lot of everything and did it on both sides of the ball in some of the Eagles’ biggest games, was named Blanchard Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year and L-B’s Tim Nichols earned coach of the year honors in the 2019 all-BVC football selections released last week.
Leipsic swept two of the top individual awards in balloting by BVC coaches, with Ryley Spangler named the league’s Offensive Lineman of the
Year and Juan Pena the BVC Defensive Player of the Year. Arlington’s Tyson Speyer was the BVC Defensive Lineman of the Year.
improved his record to 119-33 in his 13 seasons as L-B’s head coach. The Eagles fell to 1-1 with a Week 2 loss to Archbold, then rattled off eight straight BVC wins to claim
their fourth league title in seven years and their first outright crown since 2013.
L-B (9-2) also earned a spot in the Division V playoffs, but fell to unbeaten
and No. 4-ranked Eastwood 28-17 in Saturday’s Region 18 quarterfinal.
Rose was a first-team all-BVC pick as an athlete and for good reason.
The 5-foot-8, 165-pound senior rushed for 732 yards and 14 touchdowns, caught three TD passes and returned a kickoff for a score. As an outside
linebacker, he also registered nine tackles for loss and 60 total stops in earning second-team all-BVC honors on defense.
returning strength this season was on the offensive and defensive lines, anchored by Spangler and Pena. Spangler, a 6-4, 248-pound senior tackle who last year was BVC co-Lineman of the Year and an all-Ohio selection, headed up an offensive front for an offense that averaged 246.7 yards a game on the ground and 367.7 yards a game overall. Pena (5-10, 192, sr.) spearheaded the defensive front, finishing the regular season with 31 solo tackles and 86 total stops.
Leipsic’s Caleb Lammers (77 tackles, 12 tackles for loss) was also a first-team all-league pick at linebacker.
Speyer, a 6-4, 223-pound senior defensive end, had 33 solo tackles and 81 total tackles. Speyer and Pena tied for the BVC lead in tackles for loss with 31.
Liberty-Benton was well-represented in both the offensive and defensive backfields. Michael Erdeljac, who followed an injury-plagued junior year by completing 135 of 202 passes — a BVC best 66.8 percent — for 2,074 yards and 18 TDs, was the first-team all-league quarterback. Senior Marcellus Eckford, a versatile athlete who intercepted three passes, returned kicks and caught 34 passes for 695 yards and six TDs, was first-team all-league defensive back.
L-B also had a pair of first-team all-league linemen — junior Steven Kintner (58 tackles, 18 tackles for loss) on defense and Devin Montalbine, a 6-0, 209-pound freshman on offense.
McComb, which led the league in scoring (42.2 ppg) and total offense (419.8 ypg) had a pair of first-team all-BVC offensive linemen in 6-0, 245-pound senior Kyle Wasson and 6-3, 275-pound sophomore Eli Franks. Franks (30 tackles for loss) also earned first- and Wasson (89 tackles, 29 tackles for loss) second-team honors on the defensive line.
McComb’s Aaron Davis doubled up as well. Davis, who had five interceptions, was a first-team pick at defensive back and grabbed second-team honors at quarterback after throwing for 1,647 yards and 17 TDs, with just four interceptions in 142 passing attempts.
Also doubling up was Pandora-Gilboa’s Bryce Basinger, a first team pick at receiver and defensive back. The junior end led the league with 58 receptions for 1,134 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also had three interceptions and 64 tackles on defense.
P-G’s Isaac Stall, who led the BVC with 188 total tackles, was a first-team pick at linebacker.
The first-team all-BVC running backs were Leipsic’s Cole Williamson (829 yards, 13 TDs) and Arlington’s Connor Foust (959 yards, 15 TDs). Arlington’s Noah Thibaut (845 yards, 10 TDs) and Cory-Rawson’s Deontae’ Davis, whose 1,253 yards led the league, were the second-team running backs.
Riverdale’s Luke Morris, who led the BVC in receptions (67) and was second in receiving yards (1,018) and Arcadia’s Hayden Rader, who caught 35 passes for 681 yards and six TDs, rushed for 673 yards and 14 scores and led the BVC in scoring (126 points) were the other first-team all-BVC receivers.
Arlington senior Jaret Vermillion and juniors William Flick and Caden Lafferty earned first-team spots for the Red Devils, Flick on the offensive line, Lafferty (100 tackles, 2 ints.) at linebacker and Vermillion at defensive back.
Arcadia’s Justen Stoner, who converted 33 of 36 PAT kicks and 4 of 7 field goals, and Van Buren’s Blake Jones, who averaged 39.5 yards on 33 kicks, were the all-BVC selections at place kicker and punter, respectively. Jones also landed a first-spot on the defensive side of the ball after the junior linebacker came through with 118 solo tackles, 181 total stops and 23 tackles for loss.
In voting for first-team all-BVC athlete, L-B’s Rose edged out North Baltimore’s Levi Gazarek, who rushed for 1,105 yards and nine scores, threw for 1,110 yards and 13 TDs, converted 14 of 19 PAT kicks and a field goal, and scored 72 points.
2019 All-BVC Football
First Team Offense
LINEMEN — Ryley Spangler, Sr., Leipsic; Kyle Wasson Sr., McComb; William Flick, Jr., Arlington; Eli Franks, Soph., McComb; Devin Montalbine, Fr., Liberty-Benton. RUNNING BACKS — Cole Williamson, Sr., Leipsic; Connor Foust, Jr., Arlington. WIDE RECEIVERS — Bryce Basinger, Jr., Pandora-Gilboa; Hayden Rader, Sr., Arcadia; Luke Morris, Jr., Riverdale. ATHLETE — Marshall Rose, Sr., Liberty-Benton. QUARTERBACK — Michael Erdeljac, Sr., Liberty-Benton. KICKER — Justen Stoner, Sr., Arcadia. PUNTER — Blake Jones, Jr., Van Buren.
First Team Defense
LINEMEN — Tyson Speyer, Sr., Arlington; Eli Franks, Soph., McComb; Juan Pena, Sr., Leipsic; Steven Kintner, Jr., Liberty-Benton. LINEBACKERS — Isaac Stall, Sr., Pandora-Gilboa; Caleb Lammers, Sr., Leipsic; Blake Jones, Jr., Van Buren; Caden Lafferty, Jr., Arlington. DEFENSIVE BACKS — Jaret Vermillion, Sr., Arlington; Aaron Davis, Sr., McComb; Bryce Basinger, Jr., Pandora-Gilboa; Marcellus Eckford, Sr., Liberty-Benton.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Marshall Rose, Liberty-Benton.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Juan Pena, Leipsic.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Ryley Spangler, Leipsic.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Tyson Speyer, Arlington.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Tim Nichols, Liberty-Benton.
Second Team Offense
LINEMEN — Evan Schroeder, Sr., Leipsic; Kaleb Snodgrass, Sr., Van Buren; Jack Bateson, Jr., Arlington; Connor Clagg, Jr., Liberty-Benton; Zach Himes, Sr., Riverdale. RUNNING BACKS — Deontae’ Davis, Sr., Cory-Rawson; Noah Thibaut, Jr., Arlington. WIDE RECEIVERS — Marcellus Eckford, Sr., Liberty-Benton; Jared Kloepfer, Jr., Vanlue; Jarrod Dillon, Jr., McComb. ATHLETE — Levi Gazarek, Sr., North Baltimore. QUARTERBACK — Aaron Davis, Sr., McComb. KICKER — Cason Doolittle, Fr., Liberty-Benton. PUNTER — Tommy Stauffer, Sr., Cory-Rawson.
Second Team Defense
LINEMEN — Kaleb Snodgrass, Sr., Van Buren; William Flick, Jr., Arlington; Grant Steingass, Sr., Leipsic; Kyle Wasson, Sr., McComb. LINEBACKERS — Marshall Rose, Sr., Liberty-Benton; Jacob Dillon, Sr., McComb; Cole Busch, Jr., Liberty-Benton; Sam Burkholder, Jr., Pandora-Gilboa. DEFENSIVE BACKS — Lorenzo Walther, Jr., Leipsic; Ty Webb, Sr., Arlington; Zach Weinandy, Jr., North Baltimore; Kaden Ebert, Jr., Liberty-Benton.
Third Team Offense
LINEMEN –Isaac Stall, Sr., Pandora-Gilboa; Dylan Swisher, Soph., McComb; Lorenzo Martinez, Jr., Leipsic; Chris Cortez, Soph., Arlington; Blake Jones, Jr., Van Buren; David Roberts, Sr., Arcadia. RUNNING BACKS — Caleb Rader, Soph., Arcadia; Jacob Dillon, Sr., McComb. WIDE RECEIVERS — Tyler Sickmiller, Jr., Leipsic; Brycen Abbott, Jr., Liberty-Benton; Walker Macke, Sr., Pandora-Gilboa. ATHLETE — Tristan Martinez, Sr., Arcadia. QUARTERBACK — Silas Schmenk, Jr., Pandora-Gilboa.
Third Team Defense
LINEMEN — Jarrod Dillon, Jr., McComb; Ashton Price, Soph., Liberty-Benton; Gavin Biery, Jr., Pandora-Gilboa; Brock Davis, Sr., Riverdale. LINEBACKERS — Adrian Carrillo, Soph., Leipsic; Jack Bateson, Jr., Arlington; Max Morris, Sr., Riverdale; Drew Stewart, Sr., Cory-Rawson. DEFENSIVE BACKS — Fabian Pena, Soph., Leipsic; Deontae’ Davis, Sr., Cory-Rawson; Gannon Bahn, Sr., Van Buren; Caleb Rader, Soph., Arcadia.
ARCADIA — Josh Cassell, Ethan Smarr, Kaiden Scott, Logan Crawford.
ARLINGTON — Carter Essinger, Jason Launder, Bryce Gast, Ethan Frazier.
CORY-RAWSON — Amos Garmatter, Louis Cira, Grant Bacon, Eric Davis.
LEIPSIC — Drew Liffick, Hunter Spangler, Anthony Roman, Gabe Jimenez.
LIBERTY-BENTON — Cody Collert, Kyle Dunbar, Dylan Schimmoeller, Nathaniel DiRe.
McCOMB — Noah Weaver, Kaden Shrick, Ka’von Bailey, Nathaniel Miller.
NORTH BALTIMORE — Logan Gunter, Braydon Holloway, Clayton Heineman, Cory Noblit.
PANDORA-GILBOA — Austin Miller, Thomas Hovest, Cole Wentz, Charles Ritchey.
RIVERDALE — Max Morris, Gavin Haudenshild, Sam Stauffer, Lane Morris.
VAN BUREN — Steven Franks, Cody Snyder, Makade Miarer, Koby Fultz.
VANLUE — Xavier Temple, Julius Kloepfer, Jaren Kloepfer, J.R. Snook.