The West Holmes Knights had a season worthy of being called “A Return to Glory” this past year, where they fashioned an 8-2 record in the regular season and earned a spot in the OHSAA state playoffs.
The season ended with a heart-wrenching, last-minute loss to Kenston, a team that found itself in the state finals, meaning the Knights had taken a team that went to the state finals to the wire.
All season long West Holmes head coach Zach Gardner talked about how diligently his team had prepared for the season. He spoke glowingly of the effort and work ethic of this team and praised them for the way they put the program back on the map of OHSAA football.
The Knights reaped the rewards of their incredible effort this season on Tuesday, Nov. 27 by placing no less than 10 players on the Div. III All-Ohio team.
Earning First Team honors were senior quarterback Bridger Cline, standout wide receiver Shane Jones and two-time First Team All-Ohioan Josh Baldridge. Stout senior lineman Keaton Macaulay earned a well-deserved nod to the Second Team.
Finding their way on to the All-Ohio Special Mention list were linemen Ike Gilt and Ryan O’Donnell, linebacker Carrick Miller, wide receiver Grady Hay, kicker Mark Biltz, and running back Cale Ogi.
Their accomplishments and honors mark a rapid turnaround for a team that just two years ago had gone winless.