COLUMBUS — Black River’s John Guilford did it again.
For the second straight season, the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder earned first-team All-Ohio honors in football when the Division IV team was announced Tuesday.
Guilford, a senior who is being recruited by Division II Ashland University, finished the season with 27 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and four forced fumbles as the Pirates (9-3) advanced to the Region 13 semifinals.
“I feel honored, but relieved at the same time because of all the pressure that was put on me to do it again,” Guilford said. “I feel very good about it.”
Guilford, who also played tight end for Black River, had a knack for making big plays, be they sacks, tackles behind the line of scrimmage or blocked punts.
“I just stay fundamental and beat the man across from me,” he said. “I don’t have a big mindset going into each play, other than to get whoever has the ball.”
Two other Black River players were also honored.
Sophomore Andrew Vaughn, who rushed for 1,901 yards and had 25 catches for 456 more, was a third-team selection on offense.
The 5-10, 170-pounder scored 184 points on 25 rushing touchdowns, four receiving TDs and five two-point conversions.
Austin Jones, a 5-10, 180-pound senior linebacker, picked up special mention honors.
Kenton quarterback Maty Mauk, one of the leading candidate’s for the state’s Mr. Football award, was the offensive player of the year in D-IV, while Columbus Bishop Hartley’s Ja’Wuan Woodley was honored on defense.
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