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Irby named SBC's Outstanding Performer, Pirates dominate first-team

Riding a 14-game winning streak as two-time defending champions, the Perkins football team again cleaned house on the All-Sandusky bay Conference teams. Staff
Nov 12, 2013

The unbeaten Pirates, who finished No. 5 in the final Division III Associated Press poll, landed nine spots on the first teams on offense and defense, the conference announced.

In no surprise, senior Dale Irby was named the Outstanding Performer, and is the third Perkins player to win the award in the past five seasons, joining Nico Caponi (2009) and Aaron Mawhirter (2012).

Irby has done it all for the Pirates. In the regular season, he carried the ball just 91 times, but picked up 1,188 yards (13.1 average) and 15 touchdowns. He caught 14 passes for 300 yards (21.4 average) and 7 TDs and returned 20 punts and kicks for 384 yards and 2 TDs.

As a defender, Irby had just one pass completed off him this season as a defensive back. He intercepted five passes, three of which were returned for touchdowns, made 43 tackles and added nine pass defelections.

Perkins (11-0) will face Clyde (10-1) in a rematch of a Week 6 win in the second round of the Div. III playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bellevue.

Other first team selections for the Pirates on offense included tight end Kyle Lewis, center Josh Rohrbacher, guard Dylan Hermes and tackle Jacob Yaratch. Both Lewis and Yaratch were unanimous selections.    

Defensively, Lewis was also a unanimous choice at defensive end for Perkins, and was joined on the first team by linebacker John Workman, defensive back David Doster as well as Irby.

Other first team selections on offense included Huron quarterback Cody Thompson, who was also the first team punter. Thompson will lead the Tigers (8-3) into a Division V second round game vs. Loudonville at 7 p.m. Saturday in Medina.

The Fliers also had three first team offensive selections, as guard Konner Garcia and receiver Derek Gray were both unanimous selections, and Damien Coburn grabbed one of the three running back spots.

Austin Utter from Edison was also first team at running back, and earned a first team spot at linebacker on defense. St. Mary Central Catholic’s Denarius Harris was a unanimous nod for first team receiver, and Oak Harbor tackle T.J. Lawrence rounded out the first team offense.

Clyde and Huron dominated the rest of the first team defense.

For the Fliers, Xavier Corbin (DL), Clayton Farrar (DL), Kade Long (LB) and Collin Rieman (DB) were all first team, with Long a unanimous choice.

For the Tigers, Danzell Harris (DL), Zach Souter (LB) and Nick Mix (DB) were also first team selections.

The second team offensive unit consisted of: Clyde’s Tim Hoppe (QB); Oak Harbor’s Ben Genzman (RB); Perkins; Workman (RB); Huron’s Andrew Dowell (RB); Oak Harbor’s Cliff Biggert (TE); Clyde’s Blake Miller (WR), Huron’s Matt Dewey (WR), Domenic Mayle (C) and Karl Bates (G); Oak Harbor’s Vince Szabo (G); Edison’s Luke Frankboner (OT) and Clyde’s Chad Smetzler (OT).

The second team defense included Perkins’ Oswin Hermes (DL), Connor Mapus (LB) and Chase Green (LB); Oak Harbor’s Aaron Hopkins (DL), Cobi Brough (LB) and Cole Weirich (DB); Margaretta’s Drake Reed (DL) and Dylan Bailey (DB); Port Clinton’s Tristan Mallory (DL); SMCC’s Lucas Will (LB); Edison’s Brandon Cushler (LB); Huron’s Spencer Maddox (DB) and Clyde’s Austin Baker (K).



congrats to the men who made 1st team all SBC, but tell me how Trevor Fitzthum was not 2nd team QB, what a bunch of polotics, he set 2 SMCC passing records, he is the #1 rated QB in the area with his stats and 3rd rated QB in lorain area, he threw for 2035 yards and 28 TDs rushing and passing, and 400 rushing and he hit 55% of his passes, and who you think threw the ball to Harris who is 1st team WR. Hoppe only threw for 1156 and was the 7th rated QB in area. Team records mean nothing in all SBC picks, its the best players at their positions. This is really sad, I feel bad for the kid who not once missed a practice and works hard all the time. Now to see if he gets 1st team all district at div VII if not what a joke!


anyone know if Irby has any scholarship offers?


are the offers for RB or DB

Put America 1st

His offers are for an Athlete (WR/DB/Returner) but with his lank and height schools would love him as a corner first.

BHEEZY there you go...DalKirby Irby Jr SBC POY and will also be District POY in my opinion. I think people get way to caught up on the FANDY POW award which is a fun local award that is voted on fan's participation (how many family and friends can vote for me).


gotta love open enrollment