Cadets land 11 district honorees
BEVERLY — Tate Engle has been Fort Frye High’s starting quarterback since he was a freshman.
Now a junior, the 5-foot-10, 160-pound signal caller has been instrumental in helping the Eric Huck-coached Cadets make the Ohio Division VI playoffs three straight years.
During that time, the Fort had posted a phenomenal 32-4 overall record (10-1 in 2015, 12-1 in 2016, and 10-2 in 2017). The Cadets have only been defeated once in regular-season play in the last three years.
Recently, Engle was honored as a D6 East District first-team selection on offense. This past fall, he passed for nearly 1,300 yards (74-of-138) and 12 touchdowns.
“I’m kind of a passing guy,” said the right-handed-throwing Engle before the 2017 season kicked off. “I like to pass more.”
But Engle is very smart, and can run if he has to to get that first down yardage. But with running backs like Tyler Fisher, Evan Schob, and Tyler Bradford behind him, he naturally would prefer handing off to them.
Engle also plays in the Cadet defensive secondary and had three interceptions during the fall campaign.
An all-around athlete, Engle is also a standout baseball player, and is currently playing hoops for the Fort.
Joining Engle on the first district team was senior teammate and right guard Tyson Miller. Only 5-10, 166, he more than holds his own in the offensive trenches.
“I like both pass protection and running plays,” Miller said, “but I would prefer to do a running play, because I get to pull and hit people on a sweep.”
On first-team defense, Fort senior lineman Logan Isner, and linebackers’ Bradford and Schob all were district honorees.
Sophomore Tyler Fisher, who led the Cadets in rushing with 981 yards and 12 TDs, was named to the district second team on offense, while senior end Jesse McLeod and junior LB Brenden Huck made the second team on defense.
Fort sophomore Brady Schilling, who lead the Mid-Ohio Valley with six picks, and senior center/kicker Zach Schilling each was a special mention on the D6 team.
Fort Frye head coach Eric Huck was honored as a district Coach of the Year. He just finished his 10th year at the Cadet helm.
Playoff-bound Shenandoah High, which finished runner-up to Fort Frye in the Pioneer Valley Conference (PVC), was well-represented on the D6 district squad.
Zeps’ QB Boone Jones, RB Nick Miller, and lineman Dalton Rice each was a first-teamer on offense. Defensively, linebacker Chase Chicwak, DBs’ Kendal Sherman and Hunter Graham, and punter Christian Bond all made the first team.
The 6-foot, 180-pound Chicwak was honored as a district Defensive Player of the Year.
Shenandoah linebacker Tanner Brown made the second team, while Austin McPeek, Cash Presnell, Clint Wikander, and Isiah Jones all earned special mention.
In Division VII, Frontier lineman Wade Smitley was first team offense, while Cougar linebacker Eric Tidd and punter Briar West each was first-team defense in the district.
Frontier’s Kaylb McQueary was special mention.
Also making first-team on offense were Caldwell RB Drew Ivey and Redskin lineman Brenden Saling. Jeremy Ditch and Mason Wiley each was a special mention.
Monroe Central was represented by quarterback Ryan LaFollette (first team) and RB Joey Wise (first team) on offense.
On defense, Seminole lineman Alex Webb and Cooper Rush each was a second-teamer. Zach Jones was special mention.
Longtime head football coach Jay Circosta, who guided Monroe Central to a 6-4 mark, was honored as a D7 Coach of the Year.