SIDNEY — A plethora of Sidney football players were named to all-Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division teams, which were announced earlier this week. Seven players were named first team, while three were named to second team.
Seniors Caleb Harris, Josiah Hudgins, Christian Retterer, Ratez Roberts and Dylan Vanderpool and junior Darren Taborn were named first team while juniors Ryan Cagle, Bryon Jones and Lathan Jones were named second team.
Harris was a two-way starter and hardly missed a snap all season. He rushed for 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns and also caught 13 passes for 148 yards. He started at defensive back and had 63 tackles and three forced fumbles.
Hudgins started at defensive back and wide receiver. He had 14 catches for 163 yards and four touchdowns and had 29 tackles and one interception. Hudgins also led the team with 15 kickoff returns for 291 yards
Retterer (a linebacker) had 69 tackles, four fumble recoveries and one interception. Roberts started at receiver and led the team with 29 receptions for 363 yards and three touchdowns.
Vanderpool was a multiple-year starter on the offensive line and had 16 tackles this season while playing on the defensive line.
Taborn was a two-way starter. As a receiver, he caught 18 passes for 273 yards with three touchdowns. As a defensive back, he was among four players tied for first in the GWOC with five interceptions. He also had 27 tackles and 10 kickoff returns for 266 yards, including one touchdown.
Cagle, a linebacker, was second the team with 78 tackles. He also had one sack and one fumble recovery.
Lathan Jones led Sidney with 444 receiving yards on 24 receptions and scored four touchdowns. Bryon Jones, a sophomore, is an offensive lineman.
The Yellow Jackets finished 5-5, which marked the first time since 1995-96 they’ve finished .500 or better in consecutive seasons. They were 10-2 in 2017.
It was the last season of play for Sidney in the GWOC. The school and nine other American League teams are leaving to reform the Miami Valley League, which will begin play next school year.
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