Canal Winchester High School held a ceremony Feb. 6 to recognize six football players who will play at the collegiate level.
Linebacker Ian Jones (University of Dayton) will play for a Football Championship Subdivision program.
Those who will play for Division II college programs are defensive back Patrick Bookman (Alderson-Broaddus College), nose tackle DeOntaye Cosby (Malone University), running back John Franklin (California University of Pennsylvania), offensive lineman Zach Morehead (California University of Pennsylvania) and running back Jaquan Ransome (Tiffin University).
Last season the Indians finished 9-3 overall and won the MSL-Buckeye Division (7-0).
After upsetting second-seeded Zanesville 21-16 in the first round of the Division II, Region 7 playoffs, the Indians lost to third-seeded Marion-Franklin 44-14.
Franklin, who rushed for 890 yards and 10 touchdowns, was honorable mention all-district and second-team all-league.
Ransome, who rushed for 1,076 yards and 17 touchdowns on 156 carries, was second-team all-district and first-team all-league.
Cosby, who had 132 tackles, 26 tackles for a loss, 13 sacks, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one broken-up pass, was the Division II Central District Defensive Player of the Year and the MSL-Buckeye Lineman of the Year.
Jones, who 108 tackles and nine tackles for a loss, was special mention all-district and first-team all-league.
Bookman, who had 42 tackles, was honorable mention all-league.
Morehead was second-team all-league.
“These seniors have been great leaders and role models for the underclassmen, here at Canal Winchester,” coach Shawn Hinkle said. “These young men allowed us to go undefeated in our last MSL season, and they helped this program win its first Division II playoff victory in school history. They have been an absolute pleasure to work with and watch grow into fine young men. Their athleticism cannot be questioned, but more importantly, their work ethic and dedication to the game will serve them very well at the next level.”
-- Aaron Blankenship