January 29, 2013
PDT Sports Writer
A trio of area football players have been selected to participate in the 2013 Ohio High School Football Coaches Association North-South Classic.
Valley defensive lineman JJ Hettinger, Ironton running back Patrick Lewis and Oak Hill wide receiver Luke Hammond will all be a part of the Divisions IV, V and VI South team while Oak Hill head coach Nathan Dugan was tapped to be an assistant coach on the same squad.
Hettinger ended his senior season as the Division V Southeast District Defensive Player of the Year and was a Division V First Team All-Ohioan, helping the Indians to their second-straight 12-1 season that included an SOC II title and a Division V, Region 19 Finals appearance.
Lewis helped the Fighting Tigers to a Division IV, Region 15 Semifinal berth and an overall record of 7-4. He was a Division IV Second Team All-Ohioan on offense and was Co-Offensive Player of the Year in the district.
From 2-8 to 9-3, Hammond and Dugan were a part of the Oaks resurgence to the SOC I crown and a Region 19 Semifinals appearance. Hammond was a First Team All-Southeast District pick and also Special Mention All-Ohio. Dugan was a Division V Southeast District Co-Coach of the Year in his first year at the helm.
The game will take place Apr. 27 at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium. Kickoff has yet to be announced.
Cody Leist can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 294, or firstname.lastname@example.org.