By Josh Brown
MIAMI COUNTY — Covington’s Brandon Magee and Tippecanoe coach Joel Derge brought home top honors Thursday as the Southwest District released its All-District football teams for the 2015 season.
* Division VII
Brandon Magee was named the Division VII All-Southwest District Defensive Player of the Year. The Covington senior lineman led a defense that gave up an average of only 14.7 points per game, helping the Buccaneers to an 8-3 record, a share of the Cross County Conference championship and an 11th consecutive playoff appearance.
Magee was joined on the all-district first team by fellow Bucc Jared Williams.
Troy Christian had five players named first team — Luke Dillahunt, Seth Douglas, JC Calvert, Chase Hayden and Jacob Brown. Hayden Hartman earned honorable mention. Troy Christian finished the season with a 5-4 record, missing the playoffs after winning a first-round game last season.
Lehman’s Stephen Monnin and Owen Smith were both named to the first team as the Cavaliers defeated Covington in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight season. Lehman then lost in the second round to Fort Recovery and finished the season with a 7-5 record.
Bradford’s Bailey Powell was named to the all-district first team as the Railroaders went 4-6 after not fielding a varsity team a season ago.
* Division III
First-year Tippecanoe coach Joel Derge was named the Division III All-Southwest District Coach of the Year after his Red Devils went 10-2 this season — a season that included an outright Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division championship in the team’s final season before leaving for the Greater Western Ohio Conference, as well as its fourth victory in a playoff game in the past three seasons.
Three Devils — Jakob Prall, Riley Hadden and Brandon Gotthardt — were named to the all-district first team, three more — Logan Ferrell, Jack Peura and Cade Rogers — were named to the second team and Dylan Shomper earned honorable mention.
* Division II
After his record-setting season for the Troy Trojans, quarterback Hayden Kotwica was named to the All-Southwest District second team. Kotwica tied or broke the Troy High School records for passing yards and passing touchdowns in a single game and passing yards in a season as the Trojans struggled through a 2-8 season.
Four Trojans — Travis Hall, Jared Bair, Will Brumfield and Drake McDonagh — earned honorable mention.
* Division V
After both posting a winning record and returning to the playoffs for the first time in three years, the Milton-Union Bulldogs had four players earn All-Southwest District honors.
Austin Menker was named to the first team, Jacob Hill and Kaleb Rue were both named to the second team and Joey Swafford earned honorable mention as the Bulldogs went 6-5 this year and hosted a first-round postseason game.
* Division VI
The Miami East Vikings went 8-3 this season, earned a playoff spot for the fourth straight year and won a share of the Cross County Conference title, only the fourth league championship in the program’s history. And along the way, the Vikings had six plays earn All-Southwest District honors.
Three of them — Ben Ferguson, Kurt Brower and Caden Hellyer — were named to the all-district first team. Braxton Donaldson earned a spot on the second team and Logan May and Michael Werling both earned honorable mention.
For the Bethel Bees, who posted a .500 record at 5-5 for the first time since 2012, junior running back Josh Wills was the lone honoree, earning a spot on the all-district first team.
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