Edgewood's Katon earns first-team all-Ohio nod

Edgewood's Alec Katon punts during a September game at Jefferson.

The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association All-Ohio football teams continue to come out.

Three Conneaut Spartans earned a spot on one of Division V’s three all-Ohio teams and an Edgewood Warrior became the first football player from Ashtabula County to receive first-team all-Ohio honors since 2017.

Edgewood’s Alec Katon was selected to the Division IV OPSWA All-Ohio First-Team Defense as a punter.

“Even when we had that great senior class last year, I always said he was one of the top 10 athletes in the school,” Edgewood coach Jon Butchko said. “He’s one of those heady athletes, he can understand concepts as quickly as you can teach them to him and he’s a fiery competitor. He'll drive you nuts all week, but he's always a fiery competitor on game day.”

Katon averaged 36.6 yards per punt and had three go inside the 20. Butchko said Katon's punting was instrumental in Edgewood’s 28-26 win against Lakeside in Week 10, the Warriors first win over the Dragons since 2010.

Katon shined on both offense and defense, too. He earned first-team all-county honors as a defensive back and ranked in the county’s top 10 in receiving yards.

“He made plays wherever we put him,” Butchko said. “To make it as a punter, you could say anything about his numbers, but he hit some good ones. He hit some absolute back breakers.”

DIVISION V

Rylan Davison led the Spartans with a second-team all-Ohio offense bid in the all-purpose position. The county offensive player of the year, Davison passed for 849 yards and 11 touchdowns, and added another 902 yards and 16 scores on the ground.

Seth Fedor was selected to the third-team offense as a running back. He collected 1,180 rushing yards on 93 attempts — 12.7 yards per carry — and crossed the goal line 23 times.

Dale, a third-team defensive line selection, recorded 60 tackles, 15 for loss, eight sacks, eight pressures and one fumble recovery.

The trio of seniors helped lead the Spartans to a 9-1 season, their best record of the century.

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