July 23, 2016

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All-Ohio football: Black River’s Vaughn is on second team

Black River running back Andrew Vaughn was a narrow runner-up to Fairless quarterback Hunter Wells for Northeast Inland District Division V Offensive Player of the Year last month.

Surprisingly, that wasn’t enough for the senior to be named first-team All-Ohio when those teams were announced Tuesday by The Associated Press.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Vaughn earned a second-team nod to go with third-team status as a sophomore and special mention accolades as a junior. He is the first Black River player to be a three-time All-Ohioan.

Senior tackle Gabe Eaton (6-1, 255) was named to the third team after helping the Pirates crush the Medina County record for rushing yards (396.1) and total offense per game (452.3).

Vaughn rushed for 2,203 yards and 26 touchdowns in the regular season and had 240 yards from scrimmage and 30 points in a playoff loss to Fairless. He is among the state’s top 25 all-time rushers, but St. Clairsville’s Jaylon Brown, Liberty Center’s Anthony Righi and Columbus Bishop Hartley’s Sam Mackowiak were the first-team running backs.

Making Vaughn’s omission off the first team more curious, St. Clairsville lost in the first round and Liberty Center failed to make the playoffs, and neither Brown nor Righi were district players of the year.

Contact Albert Grindle at (330) 721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.

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Albert Grindle is a sportswriter for the Gazette. He can be reached at 330-721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.