Colten Arnold of Jackson and Cynceir McNeal of McKinley earned first-team All-Ohio football honors in Division I, which was released Thursday.
The All-Ohio teams are sponsored by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association and chosen by a panel of sports writers and broadcasters from across the state. The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the Division VI and VII teams Monday. the Division IV and V teams Tuesday, and the Division II and III teams Wednesday.
While Arnold and McNeal were the lone Stark County players on the first team, four other county players made second or third team.
Arnold, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound senior, was a two-way starter up front for Jackson, helping the Polar Bears make the playoffs. He earned all-state as a defensive lineman where he was dominant on the interior, making 70.5 tackles (33 primary), adding 11.5 sacks and 10 QB pressures. He was the Northeast Inland District Defensive Player of the Year in Division I.
A three-year starter on the offensive line, Arnold blocked for a 1,000-yard running back each season. Jackson ran for 2,337 yards and 30 touchdowns this season.
McNeal, a 6-4, 220-pound senior, made the first team as a wide receiver. Despite playing on a run-based team, McNeal came up with big plays, catching 31 passes for 571 yards and eight TDs in nine games before an ankle injury ended his season. He caught four passes for 190 yards and two TDs in a win against GlenOak that clinched McKinley a share of the Federal League title.
McKinley offensive lineman Garrett McCole and defensive lineman Kylier Jenkins made the second team along with Jackson running back Jason Davide
The 6-1, 275-pound McCole helped the Bulldogs run for 2,112 yards and 27 TDs as an offensive lineman. The senior co-captain also made 33 tackles as a defensive tackle, including three for loss.
The 6-3, 214-pound Jenkins enjoyed a breakout senior season, leading the team with 12 sacks and 17 tackles for loss. He had 47 tackles on the year, including 34 solos.
Davide, a 5-11, 180-pound senior, rushed for a Federal League-high 1,562 yards at 5.6 a carry. He also scored a league-best 26 touchdowns.
The county's lone third-team All-Ohio selection is GlenOak running back Avantae Burt. The 5-9, 159-pound junior co-captain totaled 1,571 total yards and 14 TDs. He averaged 8.3 yards a carry, in rushing for 1,224 yards and added 29 catches for 347 yards. He also averaged 20.4 yards a kickoff return and started on defense.
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