By Dan Woodlock
Times-Junction Sports Editor
The Willard Flashes football team had seven players receive recognition on the 2014 All-Northern Ohio League Team.League champion Norwalk, which finished the season 11-1 and a perfect 10-0 in NOL play, led the way with a league-high 18 All-League honorees, including a league-best nine First Team NOL recipients. Bellevue had 16 players named amongst the First, Second and Honorable Mention squads, while Columbian had 12 players awarded (all amongst the First and Second Teams). Shelby and Sandusky received nine and eight All-NOL awards, respectively, followed by Willard's seven and Ontario with five. All seven WHS recipients were named to the Honorable Mention team, including seniors Dylan Caudill and Nate Nedolast. Caudill led six different Willard runners with over 100 yards on the season, as he tallied 195 yards and a touchdown, while adding 61 yards on four receptions. He also booted a pair of extra-points for the Flashes. Nedolast had a stellar season defensively at linebacker for the Flashes and also contributed 173 rushing yards (which tied for second on the team). Four members of the Flashes' junior class were also recognized, including Derek Provenzale, Bernie Ramos, Wyatt Rogers and Adam Studer. Provenzale provided an offensive spark for Willard out of the backfield over the second half of the season, as he finished with 130 yards rushing (averaging 5.2 yards per carry) and added a conversion run. He also caught three passes for 45 yards. Ramos played at a size disadvantage every week at nose tackle, but still found a way to disrupt opposing offenses as a play-maker from the WHS defensive front. Rogers filled a number of roles for the Flashes, including punter, were he averaged 35 yards on 44 punts. He scored a team-high three touchdowns, tallying 144 yards rushing, with two scores and catching a team-high 10 passes for 60 yards and another score. He also led the team with 295 kickoff return yards, 23 punt return yards and he added one of the team's six interceptions, returning it for 11 yards. Studer battled early-season injuries but came back to help the Flashes' running game improve from his tackle position. He also contributed on the defensive line for WHS. Sophomore Nick Cofer was also named Honorable Mention NOL. He put together a solid defensive season for the Flashes and made one of his largest contributions as a teammate, as he was willing to shift from running back to the offensive line to help fill a void due to injuries. The entire All-NOL squad went as follows: First Team--QB: Brennan Armstrong (SH); RB: Cliff Miller (TC), Breck Turner (N); WR: Quinton Brimmer (B), Seth Staley (N); TE: Derek Dryfuse (TC); OL: Grant Moyer (B), Ian O'Donnell (TC), Elliott Rhodes (N), Bronson Krull (O); C: Jake Strayer (B); K: Sampson Slack (N); Flex: Alec Foos (B); P: Slack (N); DL: Moyer (B), Dryfuse (TC), Lucas Troxel (N), Krull (O); DB: Brimmer (B), Trevor O'Connor (TC), Matt Davidson (N); Staley (N); LB: Joey Marin (B), Brandon Rhoades (TC), Jared Cook (N), Jalen Gowdy (SA) Second Team--QB: Marcus McClain (N), Alex Vredenburgh (O); RB: Bryce Ray (B), Ben Fuller (SA); WR: Cody Kimmet (TC), Cody Stine (SH); TE: Seth Linder (B); OL: Frazier Daniel (TC), Austin Thallman (TC), Zack Heald (N), Jamez Young (SA), Zeke Johnson (SH); C: Nevin Lance (TC), Casey Horowitz (N); K: Evan McGory (SA); Flex: Tanner Orr (SH); P: Nick Rupp (O); DL: Chase Gore (B), Joey Moore (TC), Rhodes (N), Heald (N), Devin Williams (SH); DB: A.J. Perry (B), Vredenburgh (O), Jaleele Brown (SA), Orr (S); LB: Nick Diso (B), Isaac Theis (TC), Trevor Wright (N), Fuller (SA) Honorable Mention--(B) Gore, Triston Snezek, Marin, Linger; (N) Cook, Slack, Alex Harness; (O) Griffin Niss; (SA) Young, Justin Grady; (SH) Williams, Dylan Schaffer, Colten Harvey; (W) Caudill, Cofer, Nedolast, Provenzale, Ramos, Rogers and Studer.