BROOKFIELD, Ill. – Junior wide receiver Cory Contini (Dover, Ohio) was tabbed as a Second Team All-American by the Don Hansen Football Gazette and a trio of Ohio Dominican football players were named Honorable Mention All-Americans, the organization announced today.
Senior quarterback Grant Russell (Newark, Ohio) and senior left tackles Zack Williams (Hilliard, Ohio) were joined by junior defensive tackle Tristan Kehres (Shelby, Ohio) on the honorable mention list.
In January, Contini and Kehres were named to the Don Hansen First Team All-Super Region 1 list. These are the first All-American accolades, as well as for Kehres. Russell was named to the D2Football.com All-American team as an honorable mention pick.
Contini was named the G-MAC Offensive Back of the Year and First Team All-Great Midwest this fall. He finished the season with 72 catches for 1,186 yards and 14 touchdowns, ranking sixth in Division II in receiving yards per game (118.6) and touchdowns while ranking 13th nationally in catches per game (7.2). The G-MAC Player of the Week after hauling in five passes for 142 yards and four touchdowns against Kentucky Wesleyan, Contini followed that effort with a huge game against Findlay, catching six passes for 180 yards and three scores against the Oilers. He had nine games with at least 89 yards receiving and eclipsed the century mark in six games, catching a touchdown in each of the final seven games as well.
Russell, the G-MAC Player of the Year and Harlon Hill Trophy Candidate, led Division II in completion percentage (72.5 percent) and passing efficiency (190.6), which was the seventh-best rating in Division II single-season history. He ranked fifth in Division II with 318.2 yards passing per game, second with 10.4 yards per pass attempt, seventh with 327.8 yards of total offense per game and 10th with 30 passing touchdowns. He had six 300-yard passing games and earned a pair of G-MAC Player of the Week awards following the games at Penn (273 passing yards, two scores) and Findlay (339 passing yards, six touchdowns.) He also had six total touchdowns against Kentucky Wesleyan, tossing for 352 yards, and against playoff qualifiers Ashland and Cal, combined to throw for 748 yards and five touchdowns.
Williams also picked up First Team All-Great Midwest and Second Team All-D2CCA Super Region One honors. He helped the offense pace the nation in passing efficiency (190.9) and completion percentage (72.0) while committing the fewest turnovers in the country (seven). The offense ranked second in third down conversions nationally (52.9 percent), third in passing (343.6 yards per game), fourth in total offense (510.5 yards per game) and 15th in scoring offense (39.5 points per game). Williams made 44 starts in his career.
In his first year as a starter, Kehres anchored the defensive line, leading all G-MAC defensive tackles in total stops with 64, to go along with 5.0 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks. He racked up 15 tackles in the win at Walsh and also made 12 stops with 2.5 tackles for loss against Kentucky Wesleyan. The First Team All-Great Midwest selection had at least five tackles in seven games this year.
Ohio Dominican finished the season with a 7-3 record this fall, claiming the G-MAC title with an unblemished conference mark. The Panthers have a 58-20 record since 2011 (.744), winning a pair of conference titles and making two NCAA postseason appearances in that stretch.
Contact: Scott Miles