Elyria Catholic quarterback Cody Schuster definitely wanted to make his senior football season one to remember.
Being named first-team
All-Ohio in Division IV certainly qualifies.
"This is a really great honor for me," Schuster said. "I couldn`t have done it without some great teammates. Our linemen gave me some great protection. We made some great plays and our skill position players did what they had to do."
Schuster, who was a special mention pick last year, passed for more than 2,500 yards this season and added almost 600 yards rushing. He accounted for 27 touchdowns, 22 passing and five rushing, as he led the Panthers to an 8-3 record and a spot in the state playoffs.
Two of his favorite receiving targets were his twin brother Jacob and Richie Baker. Baker was named to this year`s special mention list.
While Schuster says he`s uncertain about his future plans, he said he doesn`t want to hang up the cleats just yet.
"I`ve been looking at some Division III schools," said Schuster, who`s considering a career in sports management. "If something bigger comes up, I`ll consider that. I`m keeping my options open at the present time."
Elyria Catholic coach Ben Malbasa was thrilled to hear Schuster made all-state.
"This is awesome news for a great young man and his family," Malbasa said.
"They`re an incredible family and I know that they`re excited for Cody."
Malbasa said there were some things that set Schuster apart from others.
"Cody is a unique individual," Malbasa said. "He`s got physical and mental toughness to go along with his statistics. But a real reason that he has received several honors is that he can take a hit and get up and run the next play without thinking about the previous play. He`s shown this time after time. He has earned a lot of respect for this, not only from his peers, but also from others who have seen him play.
"Cody may be an all-state quarterback but in many ways this is a team honor. That includes his twin, Jacob, and Richie Baker. Richie probably is the best receiver that I have seen as a coach for about 10 years. I`m extremely proud of our whole team. They`re what make this award possible.
"Cody also benefited from having Dave McFarland as his coach for his first three years of high school football. Dave was a quarterback for the Panthers and got Cody ready to do it all as his senior season began."
Wellington senior punter Cory Kidd was named to the Division IV second team, while Shane Robinson and Kyle Shaw of Keystone, Kull McClurg and Michael Gray of Wellington, Antwaun Carlton and William Payne of Clearview and David Zgodzinski of Brookside all made special mention.
Two area players - Kyle Gregory of Avon and Jack LaForce of Vermilion - were named to Division III special mention list.
The 2007 Associated Press Division III All-Ohio high school football team, based on the recommendations of a state media panel:
OFFENSE: Ends - Teddy Robb, Canal Fulton NW, 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, senior; Matt Rinehart, Dover, 5-9, 165, sr.; Drew Clanin, Circleville, 5-9, 165, sr.; Daniel Haddix, Urbana, 6-0, 190, sr.; Nate Caudill, Clyde, 6-1, 170, sr.; Bryant McKnight, New Philadelphia, 5-11, 180, sr.; Corey Manns, Kenton, 6-1, 185, sr.; Chris Fields, Paines. Harvey, 6-0, 180, jr. Linemen - Tim German, Newark Licking Valley, 6-7, 285, sr.; Matt Catron, Tipp City Tippecanoe, 6-2, 223, sr.; Nate Klatt, Canal Fulton NW, 6-4, 280, jr.; Shane Bishop, Rayland Buckeye Local, 6-2, 220, sr.; Jarad Branski, Clyde, 6-2, 215, jr.; Chad Hounshell, Mentor Lake Cath., 6-6, 300, sr. Quarterbacks - Steve McNeely, Beloit W. Branch, 6-1, 200, sr.; McConnell Smith, Hunting Valley Univ. School, 6-0, 205, sr.; Bo Cordell, Cin. Indian Hill, 6-0, 190, jr.; Alex Gillett, Clyde, 6-2, 185, jr. Backs - Isaiah Pead, Cols. Eastmoor Acad., 5-11, 195, sr.; Jared Ferguson, Monroe, 6-2, 215, sr.; Nate Ganyard, Niles McKinley, 6-1, 215, sr.; Brandon Stephenson, Lima Shawnee, 5-8, 180, jr.; Ramar Clements, Warrensville Hts., 5-7, 170, jr. Kickers - Seth White, Cols. Bexley, 5-9, 183, sr.; Seth Harding, Salem, 6-1, 195, sr.; Jerry Phillips, Clyde, 6-1, 205, sr.; Joe Vucic, Cle. Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, 6-1, 165, jr.
DEFENSE: Linemen - Kyle Smedi, Cortland Lakeview, 6-1, 190, sr.; Joe Gaglione, Mentor Lake Cath., 6-4, 225, sr.; Mike Miller, Monroe, 6-2, 215, sr.; Derek Wolfe, Lisbon Beaver Local, 6-4, 285, sr.; Tyler Rhoades, Lima Shawnee, 5-9, 195, sr.; Anthony Nixon, Canal Winchester, 6-1, 221, sr.; Andrew Illig, Cuya. Falls Walsh Jesuit, 6-2, 275, sr.; Nick Wagner, Napoleon, 6-2, 220, sr.; Jake Stoller, Hunting Valley Univ. School, 6-3, 255, sr. Linebackers - Will Studlien, Sunbury Big Walnut, 6-3, 225, jr.; Kirk Wetherell, Cambridge, 6-0, 210, sr.; Nathan Williams, WCH Miami Trace, 6-4, 240, sr.; Storm Klein, Newark Licking Valley, 6-3, 220, jr.; Teddy Jennings, Dayton Chaminade-Julienne, 6-6, 215, sr.; Roy Davis, Ravenna, 6-3, 200, sr.; Justin Mast, Millersburg W. Holmes, 6-0, 220, sr.; Jacob Andrews, Clyde, 6-1, 200, sr.; Dave Plungas, Mentor Lake Cath., 6-3, 220, sr. Backs - Tony Stover, Canal Fulton NW, 6-3, 200, sr.; Ethan Wetzel, Sunbury Big Walnut, 6-2, 200, sr.; Keith Morgan, Bellefontaine, 6-1, 195, sr.; Alex Ferrara, Cuya. Falls Walsh Jesuit, 5-9, 175, sr. Punter - Allen Strouble, Alliance Marlington, 5-11, 160, jr.; Ryan Fleck, Napoleon, 6-5, 186, sr.
Offensive players of the year: Isaiah Pead, Cols. Eastmoor Acad.; Alex Gillett, Clyde.
Defensive players of the year: Will Studlien, Sunbury Big Walnut; Tony Stover, Canal Fulton NW.
Coaches of the year: Phil Mauro, Canal Winchester; Vic Whiting, Canal Fulton NW; Eric Mitchell, Warrensville Hts.; Ron Lewis, Rocky River.
OFFENSE: Ends - Nick Kekeiakes, Cin. Indian Hill, 6-1, 170, sr.; Andy Park, Bryan, 6-2, 187, sr.; Paul McKelvey, Hunting Valley Univ. School, 6-2, 190, sr.; Denario Gray, Warrensville Hts., 5-10, 170, jr. Linemen - Jake Brandt, Cols. Bexley, 6-6, 254, jr.; Roland Sommer, Cin. Indian Hill, 6-2, 220, jr.; Brett Richter, Monroe,
5-11, 305, sr.; Bill Dugan, Poland Seminary, 6-5, 300, sr.; Joe Pachuta, New Concord John Glenn, 6-7, 285, sr.; Josh Jackson, Uhrichsville Claymont, 6-1, 265, jr.; Rayshaun Pope, Warrensville Hts., 6-3, 275, sr.; Kevin Orris, Rocky River, 6-2, 255, sr. Quarterbacks - Cory Becher, Granville, 6-2, 175, jr.; Corey Lisowski, Dover, 6-2, 180, jr.; Kory Hartinger, Circleville, 6-2, 165, sr.; Zach Free, Washington CH, 6-0, 190, sr.; Andy Breidigam, Rocky River, 6-2, 185, sr. Backs - Zac Lemmon, Granville, 6-1, 195, sr.; Sean Egler, Bellefontaine, 5-10, 185, sr.; Carter Paul, Philo, 6-0, 200, sr.; Cody Griffin, Circleville, 5-9, 175, sr.; Koby Frye, St. Marys Memorial, 5-10, 175, sr.; Anthony Urbania, Cle. Benedictine, 6-0, 208, jr.; Jake Simon, Parma Hts. Holy Name,
5-11, 215, sr.; Jon Gipson, Rocky River, 5-9, 185, sr. Kicker - Jordan Beighle, Tipp City Tippecanoe, 5-7, 157, sr.
DEFENSE: Linemen - Justin Sprague, Day. Chaminade-Julienne, 6-3, 245, sr.; Ross Lockwood, Cin. Indian Hill, 6-1, 200, sr.; Matt Betz, Alliance Marlington, 6-1, 250, sr.; Jake Hochendoner, Poland Seminary, 6-2, 230, sr.; Chris Moore, Warrensville Hts.,
6-0, 230, sr.; Dale English, Parma Hts. Holy Name, 6-1, 255, sr. Linebackers - Christian Gomes, Urbana, 6-2, 190, sr.; Dustin Colbert, Tipp City Tippecanoe, 6-2, 200, sr.; Michael Conim, Eaton, 5-10, 185, sr.; Mike McKinney, Canton S., 6-0, 200, jr.; Matt Niese, Napoleon, 6-1, 195, sr.; Eric Hufford, Tiffin Columbian, 6-2, 226, sr.; Vince Calvillo, Cle. Benedictine, 6-0, 214, sr.; Zach Youseff, Rocky River, 5-10, 195, jr. Backs - Isaac Free, Washington CH, 6-0, 185, sr.; Marty Sweeney, Cle. Benedictine, 6-1, 184, jr.; Sean Belanger, Rocky River, 6-2, 215, sr. Punter - Lance Steiner, Spring. Greenon, 5-9, 175, jr.
AREA Special Mention
Kyle Gregory, Avon; Jack LaForce, Vermilion.
OFFENSE: Ends - Nate Jackson, Hamilton Badin, 5-foot-10, 181 pounds, senior; Zach Gust, Belmont Union Local, 5-7, 165, sr.; Rob Hoaglund, Canton Cent. Cath., 6-2, 175, sr.; Chase Munoz, Fostoria, 5-7, 165, sr.; Jack Gose, Williamsport Westfall, 6-4, 187, sr.; Elliott Mealer, Wauseon, 6-6, 300, sr. Linemen - Christian Anderson, Marion Pleasant, 6-1, 225, sr.; Evan Johnson, Kettering Alter, 6-4, 253, sr.; Brandon Ericsson, Youngs. Mooney, 6-1, 261, sr.; Mitchell Fehrman, Coshocton,
6-4, 255, sr.; Josh Conrad, New Lexington, 6-1, 240, sr.; Kent Corthell, Delta, 6-3, 292, sr.; Kyle Drdek, Brooklyn, 5-10, 225, sr. Quarterbacks - Dan McCarthy, Youngs. Mooney, 6-3, 205, sr.; Cody Schuster, Elyria Cath., 6-2, 200, sr.; Trevor Walls, Waverly, 6-6, 215, sr.; Shane Porter, Portsmouth, 6-1, 205, sr. Backs - Taylor Harris, Sparta Highland, 5-11, 185, sr.; Steve Spillman, Zoarville Tusc. Valley, 6-1, 190, sr.; Derrick Vicars, Genoa Area, 6-2, 195, sr.; Jeremy Foster, Pemberville Eastwood, 5-11, 194, sr.; Brandon Beachum, Youngs. Mooney, 6-1, 223, sr. Kicker - Mario DeLaRosa, Coldwater, 5-8, 138, jr.
DEFENSE: Linemen - Hank Keighley, Kettering Alter, 6-4, 215, sr.; Zane Bailey, Williamsport Westfall, 6-1, 188, sr.; Tyler Kunk, Coldwater, 5-10, 186, sr.; Taylor Hill, Youngs. Mooney, 6-3, 215, sr. Linebackers - Jake Lawrence, Marion Pleasant, 6-1, 205, jr.; Michael Zordich, Youngs. Mooney, 6-2, 237, sr.; Nick Viola, Cle. VASJ, 5-10, 195, sr.; Carl Perkins, Belmont Union Local, 5-10, 175, sr.; Tyler Wilson, Milton-Union, 5-10, 200, sr. Backs - Stevie Davis, Steubenville, 5-7, 165, sr.; Noah Hill, Milan Edison, 6-3, 215, sr.; Alek Knowles, Plain City Jonathan Alder, 6-2, 185, sr.; Tim Marlowe, Youngs. Mooney, 5-11, 170, sr.; Beau Weed, S. Point, 6-2, 160, sr. Punter - Jason Beidelschies, Upper Sandusky, 6-3, 170, sr.
Offensive player of the year: Dan McCarthy, Youngs. Mooney.
Defensive player of the year: Michael Zordich, Youngs. Mooney.
Coaches of the year: Lowell Klinefelter, Canton Cent. Cath.; Darren Waters, Pataskala Licking Hts.
OFFENSE: Ends - Judd Ellinger, Amanda-Clearcreek, 6-2, 225, sr.; Von Wise, Finneytown, 6-4, 205, sr.; Ryan Schade, Brooklyn,
5-10, 180, sr. Linemen - Andy Johnson, Howard E. Knox, 6-2, 245, sr.; Frank Busse, Milton-Union, 6-3, 225, sr.; Larry Black, Wyoming, 6-3, 290, sr.; Andrew Destephano, Akr. SVSM, 6-1, 235, sr.; Nate Diekman, Genoa Area, 6-4, 315, sr.; Antonio Tate, Cle. VASJ, 6-2, 265, jr. Quarterbacks - Zach Toerner, Hamilton Badin, 6-4, 202, jr.; Joey Rhoads, Canton Cent. Cath., 5-10, 175, sr.; Anthony Vincent, St. Clairsville, 6-0, 160, sr.; Pat Kane, Zoarville Tusc. Valley, 6-1, 185, sr.; Cornelius English, Pomeroy Meigs, 5-7, 185, sr.; Micah Hyde, Fostoria, 6-0, 165, jr.; Vinny Hokavar, Perry, 6-3, 195, jr.; Bill Sutton, Brooklyn, 6-3, 185, sr. Backs - Everett Horne, Cin. N. College Hill, 5-10, 175, jr.; Chris Hardy, Day. Oakwood, 6-2, 215, sr.; Trevor Luckenbill, Milton-Union, 5-10, 190, sr.; John Pettigrew, CVCA, 5-9, 180, jr.; Tony Harlamert, Coldwater, 6-0, 176, jr.; Jon McDaniel, Bucyrus, 5-10, 220, sr.; Toney Foster, Cle. VASJ, 5-9, 165, soph. Kicker - Nick Van Meter, Marion Pleasant, 5-9, 160, sr.
DEFENSE: Linemen - Wayne Lanum, Sparta Highland, 6-4, 200, sr.; Greg Miller, Clinton-Massie, 6-0, 245, sr.; Zack Byrkett, Milton-Union, 6-3, 230, sr.; Mike Shaeffer, Akr. SVSM, 6-1, 215, sr.; Wade Ishmael, Oak Harbor, 6-0, 232, sr. Linebackers - Justin Creager, Blanchester, 5-10, 175, sr.; Marcello Natale, Canton Cent. Cath., 6-1, 205, sr.; Jared Kusar, CVCA, 5-8, 165, sr.; Tyler Rogers, Williamsport Westfall, 5-10, 200, sr.; Ramone Conley, Waverly, 5-11, 195, sr.; John Kreinbrink, Ottawa-Glandorf, 5-10, 210, sr.; Jordan Valente, Brooklyn, 6-1, 220, sr. Backs - Tony Boyle, Kettering Alter, 5-10, 175, sr.; Kevin Saunders, Akr. SVSM, 5-11, 200, sr.; Max Colaner, Canton Cent. Cath., 5-9, 170, sr.; Caleb Stewart, Ontario, 6-1, 175, sr. Punter - Cory Kidd, Wellington, 6-0, 175, sr.
AREA Special Mention
Shane Robinson, Keystone; Antwaun Carlton, Clearview; Richie Baker, Elyria Cath.; Kull McClurg, Wellington; David Zgodzinski, Brookside; Michael Gray, Wellington; William Payne, Clearview; Kyle Shaw, Keystone.