The final whistle on their seasons has sounded, the cleats are hung up, but the awards are still coming in for some of this area's best high school football players.
Wednesday, the All-Ohio teams were released for Divisions VI and VII, with three local standouts being recognized.
Leading the group was Calvert defensive lineman Marcus Somers, who was named to the Division VII second team. Also in Division VII, Mohawk's Eric Maskey was named to the third team as a punter. In Division VI, Carey offensive lineman Jacob Goble was given a special mention.
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Calvert’s Marcus Somers tackles a Fremont St. Joe ball carrier during a game this season.
Somers was a cornerstone of a Calvert team that advanced to the second round of the state playoffs in each of the last three years.
"It's nice for him to be honored," Calvert coach Todd Fox said of his four-year starter. "Marcus has been a huge part of our team for four years, he's held that position ever since he came up as a freshman. On and off the field he's a great leader. He's a leader by example. We hope he's helped pave the way for those come after him to be that kind of person both on and off the field."
In his senior season, Somers registered 123 tackles with 15 sacks and 17 tackles for a loss.
"He was phenomenal," said Fox. "I challenge any defensive lineman - it's not like our defense was on the field every play, he had some great defensive players along side of him too - to dominate a game defensively like he did.
"Just his overall drive and determination to be so successful," Fox said when asked what made Somers so dangerous. "He was relentless with what he wanted to do. He held himself to a high standard and worked hard every day to bring himself to a higher level."
Calvert started the season 1-4, but closed out the regular season with five straight wins, claiming a share of the Midland Athletic League title and making a third straight trip to the playoffs.
Fox credits Somers' leadership as being a key to his team's turnaround.
"Our senior group we had, there were only six of them," Fox said. "They were only quiet leaders; they led by example. One thing I can say about Marcus, I noticed at Game 6, he wasn't being as quiet anymore. He's was going up the sideline, picking guys up, pushing guys a long."
Maskey was recognized as a punter, but was much more than that for Erik Baker's Warriors. Evidence of that is what Baker hears from college coaches talking to him about Maskey.
"It's funny talking to the college coaches about him. Every one comes with a different take of what (Maskey's) about," Baker said. "Coaches from Tiffin talk about him as a defender, Ohio Northern University talked about him as a H-back. Findlay was talking about using him at an end position. He's very versatile."
The stats are proof of what he can do in all aspects of the game, but Baker said his contributions can't be measured by what a stat sheet says.
"He contributed in so many ways that don't show up on paper," Baker said. "He had 20 touchdowns as a fullback, defensively he was our leading tackler. He averaged just a hair under 40 yards a punt, but had multiple 60 yard punts. He was very good at downing punts inside the 10. For a good portion of the year, we were trying to find ourselves defensively. He did a great job of flipping the field for field position and we were able to get ourselves right. There was literally no phase of the game he didn't have an impact on."
At Carey, Goble was a cornerstone of an offensive line that paved the way for 3,177 rushing yards his junior year, and 2,849 yards this past fall.
"Jacob's been a three-year starter on offense and we're really going to miss him next year. He's been a pretty good offensive lineman for us," said Carey coach Todd Worst. "When it came time to run the ball, we usually went left and everyone knew it. It usually worked out pretty well for us and Jacob was a big reason for that."
In Goble's three years as a starter, Carey compiled a 23-8 record. The Blue Devils made a playoff trip in 2011, and shared the MAL title this past season with Calvert.
"I'm pretty proud of the way the guys played," Worst said. "We lost one league game, wasn't our best game by any means. We came back from it and were able to come back the rest of the season. There were a couple tough games at the end of the year for us in Hopewell and Seneca East. The guys did a better job.
"As a group, we had a good group of seniors. Jacob was one of the guys that wasn't going to quit. Even back as a sophomore, he made plays he was never expected to be making. They did a good job leading the kids and having a good voice in the locker room."