State-ranked and Northern Lakes League champion Perrysburg had four players on the Sentinel-Tribune’s All-Wood County first-team offense.
Quarterback Gus Dimmerling, and lineman Luke Adams, Chaz Westfall and Cale Bonner were Perrysburg’s selections to the team, selected by the Sentinel sports staff.
Lake, Eastwood and Northwood each had two players on the team.
Quarterback Jared Rettig and wide receiver/place-kicker Adam Duncan were Lake’s honorees, running back Devin Snowden and lineman Jacob Rahe were selected from Eastwood, and running back Dominik Bermejo and Myles Habel were Northwood’s honorees.
Receivers Ryan Emans of Bowling Green and Cole Gorski of Otsego completed the first team.
Emans and Bonner are repeat first-team picks from last season. Rettig and Bermejo moved up from the honorable-mention list.
Dimmerling, Adams, Westfall and Bonner helped the Yellow Jackets finish 9-3 overall and win the NLL championship with a 7-0 record.
Perrysburg, ranked sixth in the final regular-season poll, advanced to the second round of the state playoffs.
Dimmerling, was a threat with his arms and his legs.
Dimmerling rushed 164 times for 1,207 yards and 15 touchdowns, and completed 118-of-205 passes for 1,688 yards. The second-team All-Ohio selection threw for 14 TDs and had just three interceptions.
“You think back going into the season, we weren’t even sure who our starting quarterback was going to be,” Perrysburg coach Matt Kregel said. “He got better every week.
“Every week we found something new that Gus did well and that’s a lot of the reason we made the run that we did towards the end. Gus was really the guy who made the offense go for us.”
Adams had a solid first varsity season after suffering a broken collarbone last season and not playing as a sophomore.
“He had a one-year run at being a really good high school football player,” Kregel said. “He ended up as one of the best offensive lineman in the area. He got better every week and by the end of the season he was as good as any lineman in Northwest Ohio. He turned out to be a great football player.”
Westfall, who already is 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, was impressive, even he was only a sophomore.
“He is going to be a really big kid someday,” Kregel said. “Chaz was, we’d like to say a surprise. We knew he was going to be a good player, but by the end of the season he was a great player on both sides of the ball for us.”
Bonner also blocked consistently well.
“He was a first-team All-Ohio caliber player,” Kregel said. “He has a once in every 20 years kind of ability with is strength and ability to move. He understands the game of football better than any lineman we’ve ever had.
“I can’t tell you of a time when he ever made a mental mistake. When you look at him, you don’t sense the nasty streak that he has. He can be a mean kid when it comes to putting your hand in the dirt and getting after it. When someone lines up over him, it’s all business.”
Rettig and Duncan helped the Flyers finish 8-3 overall and 5-2 in the Northern Buckeye Conference.
The Flyers, who cracked the state Top 20 at one point during the season, also advanced to the state playoffs.
Rettig’s passing and running helped fuel Lake’s offense.
He completed 138-of-212 passes for 2,347 yards and 31 touchdowns. He threw just six interceptions. He also ran 66 times for 172 yards and one score.
“He’s got great statistics, but more importantly he is a great team player and leader,” Lake coach Mark Emans said. “He ran our offense and more importantly the kids followed him. He is very, very team oriented and very humble.
“Sometimes your greatest athletes aren’t very humble, but he is just a real humble kid. He’s just a great kid to coach.”
Duncan was one of Rettig’s favorite targets, catching 51 passes for 958 yards and 11 TDs.
“He used his speed and had a lot of yards after the catch,” Emans said. “He caught a lot of balls, but his yards after catch were outstanding. He has great breakaway speed, but he also has very good quickness.”
Duncan also kicked 52 extra- points and two field goals.
“He’s just an outstanding kicker,” Kregel said. “His progress from when we started at the beginning of the year to the end of the year, from his extra points to his field goals, was just a night and day difference from a year ago.”
Snowden rushed 150 times for 1,154 yards and 16 TDs.
“The thing about him is, he’s not the biggest guy (5-10, 146), but the big difference I saw this year was now he can hit guys and carry some guys,” Eastwood coach Jerry Rutherford said. “Even though he’s not very big, he was able to drive guys, which I thought helped him. Plus on top of it, because of his speed and quickness, he can make people miss. Once he gets outside, he can go.’’
Rahe was one of the leaders of Eastwood’s offensive line.
“Because of how smart he is, that was an advantage for him,” Rutherford said. “He knew the offense pretty well. He did what he needed to do. He’s worked hard for us for the last three years. He was definitely deserving of being an all-league guy.”
Emans had 43 catches for 801 yards and seven TDs.
“I’ve never been around anybody who is any more dedicated to being as good as he can be,” BG head coach Scott Seeliger said. “He’s really goal-driven and when he is on the field he expects to do well.
“Watching film, last year he would make catches and that was it. This year, he was able to make yards after the catch, and he did a really good job of breaking tackles and making a good play into a great play.”
Gorski caught 53 passes for 912 yards and 11 TDs.
“He was a good leader in practice and in games,” Otsego coach Matt Dzierwa said. “He played hard all the time on both sides of the ball. He caught the ball very well for us and once he caught it he was hard to stop because he was very fast and a very determined runner.
“With the kind of work ethic that he has, he is kind of a role model for the younger guys in terms of how he practices and how hard he plays.”
Bermejo had 140 carries for 1,380 yards, and scored 15 TDs.
“He’s a kid who operates well under pressure. He doesn’t seem to be phased by the gravity of any situation,” Northwood coach Ken James said. “He’s pretty relaxed, and he never gets in situations where he tightens up and gets nervous. He’s got really good speed, but he’s not going to scare anybody by getting off the bus because he’s not very big
“But he runs like a kid who weighs 185. He’s a really physical runner, very hard for the first guy to bring him down. It’s very difficult for people to knock him backwards. He typically falls forward. Every time the kid steps on the field he’s a threat to make a big play. He’s a guy you want to make sure he is on the bus when you make a road trip.”
Habel was one of the leaders of Northwood’s offensive line.
“He did a great job for us as our center,” James said. “He’s big and physical and can move, and he’s smart. He’s got really good feet and uses his hands well. He’s a mismatch inside.”