By Josh Brown
MIAMI COUNTY — Two playoff teams — one of them a first-round winner — and another that missed out on a trip to the postseason by the slimmest of margins.
Wednesday, the Miami East Vikings, Bethel Bees and Milton-Union Bulldogs saw a combined total of seven players earn spots on the Division V and VI All-Ohio football teams, with the Vikings’ Arron Adams and Gunnar Gearhart, the Bees’ Hunter Shelley, Ian Anderson and Nate Rimkus and the Bulldogs’ Keaton Lucous and Krue Thwaits all being honored.
Adams — a 5-foot-11, 145-pound senior that did a bit of everything for the Vikings — was one of only two defensive backs named All-Ohio first team in Division VI. Gearhart, a 6-foot, 246-pound senior, was one of a pair of defensive lineman to earn All-Ohio third team honors.
Adams led the Vikings in all-purpose yardage with 1,764, running the ball 156 times for 1,069 yards and 14 touchdowns and adding 284 receiving yards with another score. He also had 64 tackles, 24 solo and one for loss, caused two fumbles, recovered one and had four interceptions on defense.
Gearhart had 65 tackles, 15 solo and eight for loss including three sacks, forced two fumbles and recovered one.
The Vikings went 7-3 during the regular season, with all three losses coming to playoff teams, and finished behind undefeated Covington for second place in the Cross County Conference. They also made their fifth straight trip to the playoffs, falling to regional finalist Mechanicsburg in the opening round.
Offensive lineman Hunter Shelley, a 6-foot, 240-pound junior, was named second team All-Ohio, while 6-2, 185-pound senior Ian Anderson earned a spot on the third team as a linebacker. Nate Rimkus also earned special mention.
Bethel finished the season 7-3 — the team’s first winning record since 2010. The Bees also missed out on a trip to the postseason by less than one full computer point, finishing ninth in the standings behind 6-4 West Liberty-Salem.
In Division V, Milton-Union’s Keaton Lucous and Krue Thwaits — who were both first team All-Southwest District — earned special mention All-Ohio.
Lucous, a senior defensive lineman, and Thwaits, a senior running back and member of the Bulldogs’ secondary on defense, both helped lead Milton-Union back to the playoffs — and a first-round home game — for the second straight season.
Thwaits was the Bulldogs’ leading rusher with 909 yards and 12 touchdowns on 156 carries, as well as recording three sacks and a fumble recovery on defense. Lucous had another three sacks and two forced fumbles on defense in addition to helping clear the way for the Milton-Union offense all season long.
The Bulldogs went 7-3 in the regular season, finishing as the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division runners-up to Carlisle. They weren’t done, though, routing Aiken 55-18 in the first round of the playoffs — the team’s first postseason win since 2012 — before falling to top-seeded Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy in the regional semifinal.
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