Long tops list of five All-Ohio Fliers
They weren’t Clyde’s only seniors, but five Fliers finished the football season Tuesday with Division III All-Ohio honors.
That list was announced Tuesday by a statewide media panel. Selection was based on regular-season statistics.
The teams were selected by members of the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association, most of whom were voters for the former Associated Press All-Ohio teams. The Associated Press no longer coordinates postseason honors for high school sports.
Conner Long led the way for Clyde by landing on the first team as a defensive back.
Linebacker Josh Jenne finished as a second-team pick, while Logan Riehl, Brendon Wampler and Jaylan Johnson all gained honorable mention selections.
“Those five will definitely be sorely missed and hard to replace,” Clyde coach Ryan Carter said.
They helped lead Clyde (9-3) to its fifth playoff trip in a row, reaching the regional semifinals this year.
It was the second first-team selection in a row for Long. He had just one interception, but finished third in the Sandusky Bay Conference Lake Division with 85 tackles.
“His numbers didn’t really reflect the year he had. He was a two-time first-team all-stater for us. Teams just didn’t throw the ball his way,” Carter said.
“I was very happy he was able to get all-state again without the glaring numbers,” he said. “With his track record … and being a four-year starter for us, it just meant everything to us defensively. Him and Josh both.”
Jenne led the SBC Lake Division with 107 tackles, and added four sacks. His effort helped the Fliers lead the SBC Lake Division in yards allowed at 221 per game.
“He got better each year from his freshman year to his senior year,” Carter said. “I think he played his best football his senior year, and progressively got better as a senior, as well.
“He just did good things at a very high level,” he said.
The three honorable mention All-Ohioans also did good things for the Fliers.
“All three had great years,” Carter said.
Johnson led the SBC Lake Division with 12 sacks and ended with 42 tackles, a fumble recovery and a touchdown on defense. He was also a threat on offense, catching 29 passes for 289 yards and three scores.
“Jaylan Johnson really emerged this year as a threat on both sides of the ball,” Carter said. “He flat out has Division I capabilities. He’s a threat that we don’t have very often at Clyde High School.”
Wampler was a three-year starter at offensive guard for Clyde, anchoring the line.
“He really played this last year banged up, and that limited him. But he was never a kid to sit things out. He gutted it out,” Carter said. “He didn’t have tremendous size but he was a leader for us.”
Riehl, like Johnson, lent a hand on both sides of the ball. He caught 48 passes for 684 yards and six touchdowns on offense, and added 43 tackles, a sack and interception as a defensive back.
“Logan had a great year, number-wise. He was able to play at a very high level in some of our biggest games,” Carter said. “Just a great player who was able to play both sides of the ball for us.”