TOLEDO — Wood County players from Perrysburg, Eastwood, Rossford, Elmwood and Northwood received National Football Foundation scholarships or NFF scholar-athlete awards during the 61st Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner held Monday, March 20 at the Glass City Center.
Perrysburg led Wood County schools with five scholar-athlete awardees. Perrysburg wide receiver Jack Borer is an NFF scholar-athlete honoree after earning first team All-Northern Lakes League, first team all-district and second team all-state honors.
Borer volunteers at the Cherry Street Mission and has been a four-year football camp volunteer. His GPA stands at 3.38 and he’s the son of Dan and Sherri Borer.
Perrysburg’s Brock Falkenstein started on every play from his center position. His work on the “O” line won him first team All-NLL and first team all-district recognition.
Falkenstein was a member of the National Honors Society and student council and has worked at the Perrysburg youth football camps. He has a 3.89 GPA and his parents are Rhonda and Bob Falkenstein.
Perrysburg quarterback T.J. Takats’ leadership and skills earned him first team All-NLL and first team all-district honors.
Takats volunteers at his church and is a four-year volunteer at the Perrysburg youth football camps. He has a 3.48 GPA and his parents are Tom and Mimi Takats.
Perrysburg’s Connor Walendzak, who will play football for the University of Toledo, rarely came off the field for the Yellow Jackets, playing running back and linebacker.
As a RB, he earned first team All-NLL and first team all-district plaudits and was named the district Offensive Player of the Year. As a linebacker, he was first team All-NLL.
Walendzak is in the National Honor Society and has been on student council for two years. He also helps at the Perrysburg youth football camp.
Waldenzak’s GPA is 4.0 and his parents are Donald and Christie Walendzak.
Perrysburg’s Grant Zimmerly was a stalwart on the offensive line for the Jackets as his play at tackle earned him first team All-NLL, first team all-district and second team all-state.
Zimmerly is a four-year volunteer at the Perrysburg youth football camps and has a 3.48 GPA. His parents are Craig Zimmerly and Kara Trombley.
Eastwood running back and defensive back Case Boos is an NFF scholar-athlete awardee after earning first team All-Northern Buckeye Conference, first team all-district and first team all-state accolades. On the defensive side of the ball, he was named first team All-NBC.
Boos was the captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams at Eastwood and coaches youth flag football as well. He has a 3.95 GPA and is the son of Loren and Cori Boos.
Eastwood running back Bryce DeFalco earned first team All-NBC and first team all-district honors. He’s a member of the National Honor Society, a youth flag football coach and a tutor at Eastwood Elementary School.
Bryce’s GPA is 3.7 and he’s the son of Danielle and Mike DeFalco.
Rossford’s Jake Morrison was a two-way performer for the Bulldogs as a wide receiver and cornerback. His offensive efforts earned him first team All-NBC, first team all-district and third team all-state recognition.
He is also an academic All-Ohio award winner. On defense, his skills earned him honorable mention plaudits. He’s a Parker’s Purpose volunteer and helps out with the Rossford football and basketball camps.
Morrison has a 3.7 GPA and is the son of Brad and Nicole Morrison.
In addition, Rossford’s Nathan Finley was the winner of a $1,500 scholarship for being named the Mercy Unsung Hero Award of the Week during the 2022 season.
Elmwood’s Zachery May is an NFF student-athlete honoree after playing on both sides of the line for the Royals as a center and defensive end. He was named second team All-NBC, first team all-district and honorable mention all-state.
May is in the National Honor Society and also plays baseball and basketball. He works for the Elmwood youth baseball and basketball camps. He is No. 1 in his class with a 4.0 GPA and he’s the son of Dustin and Heidi May.
Elmwood’s Mason Oliver was the workhorse of the Royals’ offense from his position of running back. This past season, he earned first team All-NBC, first team all-district, and District Player of the Year honors.
Oliver did help on defense as well and received first team All-NBC as a defensive back. He works at the Royals’ football, basketball and baseball camps. His GPA is 3.65 and his parents are Jarrett and Olivia Oliver.
Elmwood’s Hayden Wickard ran the show for the Royals as their quarterback, earning second team All-NBC, first team all-district and second team all-state honors.
He’s a National Honors Society member and a three-year letter winner in basketball and baseball. He coaches flag football and whiffle ball.
Wickard’s GPA is 3.65 and his parents are Nolan and Amanda Wickard.
Northwood’s Jarrel Dixon played on both sides of the ball as an inside linebacker and offensive tackle. He was a three-year starter at both positions.
Dixon was a captain and won Toledo Area Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors plus garnering first team All-TAAC and honorable mention all-district plaudits.
Dixon works for summer youth camps and is a member of the Leadership Council for Football. His GPA is 3.79 and his parents are Blanca Rodriguez and Charles Dixon.
Perrysburg’s Michael Seney (3.92 GPA, who will attend the University of Findlay, is the winner of a National Football Foundation’s Wistert Scholarship Award, named for All-American University of Michigan football and baseball standout Francis Michael “Whitey” Wistert (1912-85).
Seney received the Dave White Chevrolet Scholarship award of $2,500. Michael is the son of Joshua Seney and Tina McManus and will major in AYA Integrated Social Studies at Findlay.