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  Prep Gridders Earn Post-Season Honors  
  December 3, 2020 Edition  
     Eight members of this year’s Boardman Spartans football team under the direction of Head Coach Joe Ignazio earned post season laurels.
      Boardman’s bellweather junior Terrence Thomas was tapped for All Northeastern Ohio AllInland District honors as a defensive back. He was named to the All Mahoning County team, as well as first team All American Conference at wide receiver.
      “Terrence already has offers from Kentucky and Youngstown State,” Ignazio said, adding “he was all over the field for us, and stepped in, in late summer, when our starting quarterback, Jason Triveri, broke his ankle.”
      Thomas played at quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back and was a big part of the Spartans return game.
      On the season, Thomas went 21/61 passing for 380 yards, five touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. He grabbed 15 passes for 165 yards and three touchdowns, and carried the ball 69 times for 655 yards and six more scores. In addition, he had 13 kickoff returns for 380 yards and a pair of TDs; and three punt returns for 72 yards and another TD. He logged 13 tackles on the defensive side of the ledger.
      Junior Sean O’Horo led Boardman on the defensive side of the ball at defensive back and on the corner slot, posting a team-high 64 tackles on the season. His totals included a 12 takedowns for minus yards, a pair of pass break-ups and an interception.
      O’Horo earned first team All American Conference at defensive back; and was named first team All Mahoning County, as well as honorable mention All-Inland. He was also a contributor on the offensive side of the ball, rushing for 662 yards on 121 carries, posting four touchdowns; and he also caught eight passes for 63 yards.
      “Sean is a workhorse. He is as tough as they come and was our leading rusher and tackler who played his best ball toward the end of the year,” Ignazio said.
      Earning first team All Mahoning County honors and second team All American Conference laurels was junior wide receiver Cam Thompson, who led Boardman receivers with 16 grabs for 411 yards and five touchdowns.
      Coach Ignazio noted that Thompson “really connected” with Triveri when the signal caller returned to the line-up in mid-season.
      Another Boardman junior, Anthony Hightower was named first team defense All Mahoning County and second team defensive back in the All American Conference, and also earned honorable mention All-Inland. Hightower finished the season with four interceptions, five pass break-ups and 42 tackles.
      Spartan senior Jake Powell was named first team All American Conference as a defensive lineman, while Boardman’s Joe Sferra was named second team All American Conference as an offensive lineman.
      Powell finished with 44 tackles on the year and played big in Boardman’s playoff game against Painesville Riverside with 10 tackles and a big fumble recovery.
      Also earning post-season mention were Boardman’s offensive lineman Nick Winsen and safety Stephen Conti, tapped honorable mention All-AAC.
      Cardinal Mooney
      In Div. 5, three members of Cardinal Mooney’s football team earned All Mahoning County honors---Tailback Zy’ere Rogers, wide receiver A.J. Pecchia and offensive lineman Kerri Hewlett.
      Rogers finished the season with 1,189 yards rushing on 134 carries. He notched 8 TDs on the campaign.
      Tapped for All Mahoning County defensive laurels were Will Skretta and Mike Pastella.
      Skretta finished the season with 76 tackles, including 16 for a loss; and had seven quarterback sacks.
      Pastella, heading for Elon after he graduates from Mooney, posted 93 tackles from his linebacker position this season.
     
 
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