By CRAIG DUNN Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
LOGAN — Running back Isaac Schmeltzer of the Logan Chieftains, who averaged 163 yards and 21 points per conference game, has been named the 2013 Southeastern Ohio Athletic League football Player of the Year.
First-year Logan coach Billy Burke was named Coach of the Year after the Purple & White swept all four of their conference foes to claim the league championship for the first time since 2009.
The All-SEOAL team, voted upon recently by league coaches, was announced today.
In all, the Chiefs are represented on the 2013 All-SEOAL team by Burke and nine players, seven of whom were named to the 23-player team and two others tabbed as honorable mention.
All are seniors with one exception.
Seniors Gabe Smith and Charles Paulsen were tabbed honorable mention.
Schmeltzer rushed for 652 yards on 63 carries (10.3 yards per carry) and scored 14 touchdowns (13 rushing, one receiving) for 84 total points in league play. He rushed for a Logan Chieftain Stadium record 275 yards and scored seven touchdowns against Warren, and had 223 ground yards and five TDs against Portsmouth. He also returned five kickoffs for an average of 35 yards.
Burke’s Chieftains successfully made early-season personnel adjustments as the result of injuries and jelled in time for league play, where the Purple & White went 4-0 and outscored their opponents 166-99, an average margin of victory of nearly 17 points.
DeLong made contributions as a linebacker, defensive back, wide receiver and kick returner. He was involved in 28 total tackles (a team-high 11 solos) in SEOAL play and averaged a whopping 42 yards per kickoff return (including an 85-yard touchdown) in the league.
Emerson, a two-way lineman for the Chieftains — playing guard on offense and tackle on defense — and made 17 tackles while contributing 2.5 sacks against conference foes.
Kost, pressed into duty as the team’s starting quarterback early in the season, wound up rushing for 379 yards on 64 carries (5.9 YPC) and three touchdowns and was 18-of-30 (60 percent) passing for 296 yards and five touchdowns against SEOAL teams. He was also named All-SEOAL last season as a linebacker.
McBride averaged nearly 100 rushing yards per game despite only carrying the ball 28 times in league play for 385 yards (13.8 yards per carry) and a pair of touchdowns, including a 99-yarder against Portsmouth. He tied for the team lead in tackles (39 total, including 10 solo) in league games.
Scarberry was the Chiefs’ other tackling leader with identical numbers (39 total, 10 solo) in league tackles and also contributed 2.5 tackles for loss.
Wesselhoeft, named All-SEOAL for a second-straight season, had 27 total tackles and contributed four sacks and two tackles for loss in conference play.
Like Wesselhoeft, Smith and Paulsen were defensive linemen as well for the league champions. Smith was involved in 15 tackles (five solo) and led the team in league play with a team-high 4.5 quarterback sacks while Paulsen had 13 tackles (three solo) and two sacks.
Jackson had six representatives on the all-league team, with Gallipolis and Warren both getting four and Portsmouth two. Each team was permitted two automatic honorable mention selections.