It may be a small consolation after No. 3 ranked Genoa lost to No. 2 Bryan, 43-36, in a first round Division IV playoff game, but two Comets received the Northern Buckeye Conference’s top honors.
Senior running back David Nutter led the area with 1,514 yards rushing on 168 attempts, good for nine yards per carry, and scored 20 rushing touchdowns to lead the 10 teams in The Press distribution area. He is the NBC Offensive Player of the Year.
The six foot, 227 pound Nutter did more than run the ball, he also kicked a field goal and four extra points, and on defense he had 58 tackles, including 11 tackles for a loss and five sacks. He also led the Comet’s defense by causing five fumbles.
Nutter is the younger brother of Kyle Nutter, an All-Ohio running back who had 230 carries for 2,058 yards (8.9 average) and 34 touchdowns in 2012, Kyle has moved on to the University of Cincinnati.
University of Wisconsin-bound 6-5, 308 pound senior defensive tackle Michael Deiter is the NBC Defensive POY, recording 68 tackles, 11 TFL, 6½ sacks, and he caused two fumbles. Deiter and Nutter led Genoa to a perfect 10-0 regular season and an NBC title.
Deiter anchors a D-line that includes ends Quentin Spiess, Cole Beck, Nick Wolfe and Jake Wojciechowski, and tackles Blake Traver and Tyler Rozek. He also headed up the offensive line.
“Michael Deiter is the clear-cut performer (on the line),” Genoa coach Tim Spiess said. “He should be named the D-IV Lineman of the Year (in Ohio). He is the best I have ever coached. He has exceeded expectations. We’ve played him at guard, tackle and even tight end. Before his football career is completed, he’ll get to perform on some great stages.”
In the Toledo Area Athletic Conference, Gibsonburg 6-2, 195 pound senior lineman Jacob Auld is the Defensive POY after getting 99 tackles, 40 solos, 36 assists, 22 TFL, and one sack. Auld also had one defensive score, caused and recovered one fumble, had one pass break-up and one interception, and hurried the quarterback twice.
Auld was a threat on offense, too, rushing seven times for 50 yards, good for 7.1 per carry, plus he was the team’s punter, booting 1,367 yards in kicks on 42 attempts (32.5 per kick).
However, Northwood senior Jacob Davenport is the TAAC Special Teams POY after returning two kickoffs for touchdowns. On offense, he carried the football 52 times for 528 yards and 10 touchdowns, caught 13 passes for 286 yards and three TDs, and scored 90 points.
On defense at his corner back position, Davenport had 32 tackles, including 27 initial hits and five assists to go with four interceptions, two tackles for a loss, and he knocked down five passes.
Those are the guys who are among the leaders in this season’s statistical leader board, but they are not at the No. 1 position, except for Nutter.
The Three Rivers Athletic Conference has not released its all-league team yet, likely because Central Catholic is still in the playoffs, but Clay receiver Kyle Row finished way ahead of the rest of the area’s receiving corps, catching 58 passes for 1,200 yards, good for 20.7 per catch. Row and quarterback Josh Pennington, who threw for 1,889 yards and 18 TDs, set new school records at their positions.
Lake quarterback Jared Rettig returned to the throne in passing, completing 138 of 210 passes (65.7 percent) for 2,342 yards and 31 TDs. Rettig also ran for 125 yards.
Northwood running back Dominik Bermejo is the top scorer, finding the end zone 25 times and scoring six extra points on his way to totaling 156 points. Bermejo and Davenport helped lead the Rangers to another TAAC title (7-0) and an 8-2 regular season finish.
On defense, Genoa senior defensive back Alex Hayes, who had 34 tackles, led the area with eight interceptions — a number never seen before in the annual Press stat leader board.
Six feet tall, 192 pound senior Logan Davies led the area with 146 tackles. Davies had 58 solo tackles, 12½ tackles for a loss, seven QB harassments, and 2½ sacks.
Lake senior defensive menacing linebacker Tim Walsh had 29 tackles for a loss, including QB sacks. Walsh finished with 125 tackles, and was a force on offense, too — rushing for 382 yards on 46 attempts (8.3 per carry) and three TDs and catching 20 passes for 215 yards (10.8) and one TD.