14 Named to All-Ohio Team, Conley Named Coach of the Year

Billy Eakins
Billy Eakins

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's football team had 14 players were named to the 2013 All-Ohio Division II Team, while Bill Conley was named the Coach of the Year, announced today by OhioCollegeFootball.com.

Senior Justin Bell (Columbus, Ohio) was named the Co-Defensive Player of the Year, while this is the second time that Conley has picked up the award from OhioCollegeFootball.com in the past three years.

Joining Bell on the first team was senior Jake Brandt (Bexley, Ohio) and sophomores Cody Culbertson (Galloway, Ohio), Billy Eakins (Pickerington, Ohio), Di'Andre Harrison (Columbus, Ohio), Sydney Omameh (Columbus, Ohio), Warren Shields (Richwood, Ohio), Dez Stewart (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Brent Wahle (Pataskala, Ohio).

On the second team was senior Mark Nichols (Pataskala, Ohio), juniors Perrin Cunningham (Cincinnati, Ohio), Abe Johnson (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Mark Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore Brandon Schoen (Olentangy, Ohio).

Bell has been named to four All-American teams this postseason and capped his career with a school-record 294 career tackles and a school-record seven fumbles forced. He tied a school-record with nine career interceptions and is tied for second with six fumble recoveries. Bell's career 14.2 punt return average is also a school-record.

Bell was named the GLIAC Defensive Back of the Year and is a two-time First Team All-GLIAC selection. He was also selected to the Daktronics Super Region Four First Team.

Brandt was named to the Second Team All-American squad by Daktronics in December. He started 43 consecutive games at right tackle during his career, helping the Panthers re-write the school's offensive record books. A First Team All-GLIAC pick, Brandt blocked for the first three 1,000 yard rushers in school history in Mike Noffsinger, Nichols and Schoen and was part of an offensive line that allowed just 10 sacks over the past two seasons. ODU ranks second in the nation in sacks allowed with five this year.

Culbertson, a second team all-region pick, emerged as a force on defense this season as the First Team All-GLIAC pick was third on the team with 73 tackles, including five sacks, and 11.5 tackles for loss. Culbertson also had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown against Georgetown, and broke up four passes. He was named GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Grand Valley State.

Eakins, a Second Team All-GLIAC selection, ranked fifth on the team with 69 tackles this fall and paced the Panthers with three interceptions. He had two critical interceptions, with one coming in the end zone against Grand Valley and the other at the goal line against Walsh. He also broke up five passes and has six career interceptions for ODU.

Harrison missed two games but still totaled 41 tackles and a school single-season record eight sacks this year. He also tallied 12.0 tackles for loss, forced three fumbles, and blocked a punt for a safety against Hillsdale which helped him pick up conference player of the week honors as well. Harrison was also a First Team All-GLIAC selection and second team all-region.

Omameh, a Second Team All-GLIAC honoree, set a school single-season record with 13.0 tackles for loss to go along with 6.5 sacks and 35 total tackles. He also blocked three kicks and forced a pair of fumbles as well. Omameh had 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss in the win at Tiffin and had at least one tackle for loss in seven of ODU's game this fall. He had a career-high seven tackles (3.0 for loss) at Malone.

Shields was a BSN All-American and First Team All-GLIAC pick. Shields finished second on the Panthers with 99 tackles, including 57 solo stops. He also recorded 11.0 tackles for loss and five sacks while breaking up three passes. Shields had 10 or more tackles in five games and had 2.5 tackles for loss in the wins against Hillsdale and Findlay.

Stewart, a First Team All-GLIAC selection, led ODU with 842 receiving yards, averaging 16.4 yards per catch. He had two of the best games in school history this year, setting a program record with 187 yards at Georgetown and also tallying 174 yards and two touchdowns against Lake Erie. He had long catches of 62, 58 and 53 yards this season and recorded five touchdowns, and he has the fourth-most receiving yards in school single-season history.

Wahle, an AP All-American, authored the best season of any GLIAC kicker in history, setting a conference record by booting 19 field goals in GLIAC play while hitting 21 total field goals. He drilled five kicks of 45 yards or longer and also set a school-record with a 51-yard field goal. He's made 31 field goals in his career, which is already a school-record, and he also holds the school-record for most points scored with 195.

Wahle was a First Team All-GLIAC selection in both football and soccer and earned a pair of GLIAC Player of the Week honors in both sports. In football, he was named to the Daktronics Super Region Four Team, while in soccer he earned NSCAA Midwest Region First Team honors and Daktronics Midwest Region First Team accolades.

Nichols, a First Team All-GLIAC pick, led the team with 1,155 rushing yards this season, including 11 touchdowns, and averaged nearly six yards per carry. He had six 100-yard games, including a monster 275-yard, three-TD performance in the win over Findlay on CBS Sports Network. Nichols also ran for three touchdowns in the win against Malone and was a huge threat in the return game, bringing back a kick 95 yards for a score at Ashland. He exits his career as the second leading rusher in school history.

Cunningham has been the starting left guard for each of the past two seasons and was honored on the All-GLIAC second team. The Panthers finished the season by averaging 477.2 yards per game and averaged 37.9 points per contest as well, ranking among the conference and national bests in both categories.

Johnson, a Second Team All-GLIAC nod, was one of ODU's team captains and led the team with 60 receptions and seven touchdowns while ranking second with 657 yards. Johnson has a pair of 127-yard games this season (Hillsdale, Lake Erie) and scored twice in the win over the Chargers as well. Johnson had a 93-yard kick return for a score against Grand Valley and ranks seventh in ODU history in receptions (110) and yards (1,161).

Miller is a two-time Honorable Mention All-GLIAC pick and finished the year with 2,648 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and just seven interceptions while completing 67.5 percent of his passes. He was named the GLIAC Player of the Week after throwing for 370 yards and four touchdowns against Lake Erie and he threw for three touchdowns against Georgetown, Hillsdale and Grand Valley.

Schoen, a Second Team All-GLIAC honoree, became the first player in school history to post multiple 1,000 yard seasons after finishing with 1,105 yards in his second season at ODU. Schoen had six 100-yard games this fall, including efforts of 152 yards at Tiffin and 151 at Malone. He had a school-record long 85-yard touchdown run at Northern Michigan.

Conley was named the AFCA Region Three Coach of the Year and was also a named a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award. The GLIAC Coach of the Year as well, he guided Ohio Dominican to a 10-1 record this season as the Panthers won their first GLIAC title since joining the conference in 2010. ODU finished the regular season with an unblemished record and authored what was the longest winning streak in Division II at 15 consecutive games before falling 34-27 in the second round of the Division II playoffs to West Texas A&M.

The Panthers had 20 student-athletes earn All-GLIAC recognition, which was the highest total in the conference. Additionally, five student-athletes earned all-region honors, and two more pick up Academic All-American accolades as well.

Conley just completed his fourth season directing the Panthers and has an overall record of 27-16, including a 25-8 mark in the past three years.

Contact: Scott Miles

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