CLARION, Pa. – Ohio Dominican's football team had eight players named to the Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Super Region 1 team on Wednesday, including first team selections in juniors Cory Contini (Dover, Ohio) and Tristan Kehres (Shelby, Ohio).
Earning second team recognition were seniors Grant Russell (Newark, Ohio) and Zack Williams (Hilliard, Ohio). A quartet of Panthers picked up third team honors in seniors Cameron Kohl (Hilliard, Ohio), Andrew Lorenz (Dublin, Ohio) and Tre McIntyre (North Lewisburg, Ohio), along with freshman Logen Neidhardt (Hicksville, Ohio).
Contini also picked up First Team All-D2CCA Super Region One honors and was named the G-MAC Offensive Back of the Year and First Team All-Great Midwest this fall. He finished the season with 72 catches for 1,186 yards and 14 touchdowns, ranking sixth in Division II in receiving yards per game (118.6) and touchdowns while ranking 13th nationally in catches per game (7.2). The G-MAC Player of the Week after hauling in five passes for 142 yards and four touchdowns against Kentucky Wesleyan, Contini followed that effort with a huge game against Findlay, catching six passes for 180 yards and three scores against the Oilers. He had nine games with at least 89 yards receiving and eclipsed the century mark in six games, catching a touchdown in each of the final seven games as well.
In his first year as a starter, Kehres anchored the defensive line, leading all G-MAC defensive tackles in total stops with 64, to go along with 5.0 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks. He racked up 15 tackles in the win at Walsh and also made 12 stops with 2.5 tackles for loss against Kentucky Wesleyan. The First Team All-Great Midwest selection had at least five tackles in seven games this year.
Russell earns another accolade after picking up Honorable Mention All-American accolades from D2Football.com last week. The G-MAC Player of the Year and Harlon Hill Trophy Candidate led Division II in completion percentage (72.5 percent) and passing efficiency (190.6), which was the seventh-best rating in Division II single-season history. He ranked fifth in Division II with 318.2 yards passing per game, second with 10.4 yards per pass attempt, seventh with 327.8 yards of total offense per game and 10th with 30 passing touchdowns. He had six 300-yard passing games and earned a pair of G-MAC Player of the Week awards following the games at Penn (273 passing yards, two scores) and Findlay (339 passing yards, six touchdowns.) He also had six total touchdowns against Kentucky Wesleyan, tossing for 352 yards, and against playoff qualifiers Ashland and Cal, combined to throw for 748 yards and five touchdowns.
Lorenz and Williams led one of the top offensive lines in the nation, with each also picking up First Team All-Great Midwest and Second Team All-D2CCA Super Region One honors. They helped the offense pace the nation in passing efficiency (190.9) and completion percentage (72.0) while committing the fewest turnovers in the country (seven). The offense ranked second in third down conversions nationally (52.9 percent), third in passing (343.6 yards per game), fourth in total offense (510.5 yards per game) and 15th in scoring offense (39.5 points per game). Williams made 44 starts in his career and Lorenz made 35 starts in his career.
Kohl was named First Team All-Great Midwest and was a nominee for the Cliff Harris Award as the best small college defensive player. He started all 10 games and made 91 tackles (7.5 tackles for loss) with three sacks. Kohl had 10 or more tackles in six games, including 16 stops at Walsh and 13 tackles (2.5 TFL) and a sack at Ashland. He also had 12 tackles with two sacks and broke up a pass at Alderson Broaddus as well. He finished his career with 262 tackles (22.0 TFL) and five sacks, ranking fourth in school history in total tackles.
McIntyre picked up First Team All-Great Midwest honors, making 76 tackles (3.0 TFL) and an interception with four pass break ups. He had 13 tackles (eight solo) in the win against Findlay and made 11 tackles against both Lake Erie and Walsh. His interception came in the win at Alderson Broaddus and he also had eight tackles against both Cal and Malone. McIntyre finished his career with 178 tackles and five interceptions.
Neidhardt had a superlative rookie season, being named the G-MAC Special Teams Player of the Year and earning a pair of G-MAC Player of the Week honors. He averaged 40.8 yards on 42 punts this season, placing 11 inside the 20, with a long punt of 58 yards. He averaged 46.0 yards per punt on seven kicks at Penn, placing two inside the 20, and had three punts inside the 20 at Malone. Neidhardt averaged at least 40 yards per punt in five games this fall.
Ohio Dominican finished the season with a 7-3 record this fall, claiming the G-MAC title with an unblemished conference mark. The Panthers have a 58-20 record since 2011 (.744), winning a pair of conference titles and making two NCAA postseason appearances in that stretch.
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