COLUMBUS — Highland quarterback Bruce Kinsey was named to The Associated Press Division II All-Ohio first team Monday, but he would trade it “in a second, in a heartbeat” to be playing for a state championship Friday.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior, who led the Hornets (13-1) to their first state semifinal appearance, where they lost 41-13 to Glenville, was one of six Hornets honored.
Tom Lombardo was among four people who shared D-II Coach of the Year honors, while 6-4, 280-pound senior offensive lineman Myles Houska earned second-team honors and senior receiver Cory Moncol made the third team.
Running back Alex Harris and linebacker James Friedl, both seniors, earned special mention.
In D-I, Wadsworth running back Martice Jackson, linebacker Nick Winkler and safety Ryan Looser, all seniors, earned second-team accolades.
Brunswick linebacker Elijah Galloway and punter Zach Parker, both seniors, received special mention, as did Medina junior offensive lineman Zeke Martin.
“I haven’t been able to watch the Glenville game yet and probably won’t be able to until the turn of the year,” Kinsey said. “That’s just how it is.
“I went to the (Highland) basketball game Saturday and a bunch of adults came up and congratulated me on our great season, but I probably won’t be able to realize it until I’m older myself.”
Kinsey, the reigning Gazette MVP, rushed for 891 yards and 18 touchdowns and passed for 1,581 yards and 16 scores during the regular season, on which postseason all-state honors are based.
“It’s definitely an honor,” he said of making the first team. “I strived for it, but I did not by any means earn it on my own. I didn’t do it by myself. All the guys, they’re the true reason I was able to attain that goal.”
Lombardo led the Hornets to a perfect regular season, a Suburban League championship and the best postseason showing in school history.
“He’s a great coach,” Kinsey said. “He made the team what it was because of how much he pushed us. He expected perfection and we strived for it.”
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