Cincinnati Country Day linebacker, Zach Higginbotham was named the Division VI Southwest District Defensive Player of the Year by the AP. The senior recorded double digit tackles in the Indians last nine games and had over 350 total tackles in his career. Higginbotham has seen his honors build after being named a 3rd Team All-Ohio selection as a junior in 2011.
Here is a look at the 2012 Division VI All-Southwest District Team:
OFFENSE: Ends - Billy Derringer, Lewisburg Tri-County North, 5-11, 175, sr.; Duncan Mercer - S. Charleston Southeastern Local, 6-5, 205, sr. Linemen - David Ahrns, Fort Loramie, 5-11, 249, so.; Aaron Evans, Dayton Jefferson Twp., 6-0, 255, sr.; Joshua Hoelscher, Bradford, 5-10, 170, sr.; Jaalen Daniels, Gamble Montessori, 6-0, 285, sr.; Ryan Patrick, Lewisburg Tri-County North, 5-10, 160, sr. Quarterback - PJ Banion - S. Charleston Southeastern Local, 6-4, 185, sr. Backs - James Canan, Bradford, 5-11, 170, sr.; Delaunte Thornton, Fort Loramie, 5-9, 193, jr.; T'Monte Watson, Dayton Jefferson Twp., 5-10, 165, jr.Kicker - Trey Cooper, S. Charleston Southeastern Local, 5-7, 140, sr.
DEFENSE: Linemen - Gus Schwieterman, Tipp City Bethel, sr. 6-5, 220; Garrett Eilerman, Fort Loramie, 5-11, 177, jr.; Brandon Ingram, Cin. College Prep Academy, 6-3, 220, sr.; Lamont Ragland, Dayton Jefferson Twp., 6-1, 242, so. Linebackers - Zach Higginbotham, Cin. Country Day, 5-11, 215, sr.; Justin Liming, Cedarville, 5-10, 185, jr.; Lukas Hafer, Bradford, 5-8, 170, sr.; Zach Brandewie, Fort Loramie, 6-1, 194, jr. Backs - Aaron Abernathy, Cin. Gamble Montessori, 5-7, 160, so.; DeShawn Douglas, Dayton Jefferson Twp., 5-7, 144, sr.; C.J Kellum, Hamilton New Miami, 5-9, 165, sr. Punter - Jacob Hice, Lockland, 6-4, 200, sr.
Offensive player of the year: James Canan, Bradford
Defensive player of the year: Zach Higginbotham, Cin. Country Day
Coach of the year: Curtis Enis, Bradford
OFFENSE: Ends - Dallas Cassel, Bradford, 5-11, 180, sr.; Craig Fullenkamp, Fort Loramie, 5-10, 134, jr. Linemen - Austin Rust, Mississinawa Valley, 5-11, 180, sr.; David Arhns, Fort Loramie, 5-11, 250, so.; Nick Cummons, Sidney Lehman Catholic, 6-0, 185, sr.; Bryan Miller, Cin. Christian, 6-0, 170, jr. Quarterback - Austin Hutchins, Lewisburg Tri-County North, 6-2, 175, jr. Backs - Orlando Johnson, Cin. College Prep Academy, 5-9, 180, sr.; James Macpherson, Lewisburg Tri-County North, 6-1, 185, sr.; Cody Brown, Hamilton New Miami, 5-10, 175, sr. Kicker – Trey Summers, Lewisburg Tri-County North, 5-10, 150, so.
DEFENSE: Linemen - Reed Buxton, Springfield Catholic Central, 6-0, 200, sr.; Almartino Dargan, Dayton Jefferson Twp., 5-7, 185, jr.; Se’Von Jackson, Lockland, DL, 5-11, 200, sr.; Jed Carter, DeGraff Riverside, 6-1, 207, sr. Linebackers - Dante' Bland, Dayton Jefferson Twp., 6-2, 270, jr.; Colton Brown, S. Charleston Southeastern Local, 6-0, 190, sr.; Mason Garber, Arcanum, 6-2, 183, jr.Mitch Grimone, Springfield Catholic Central, 5-10, 180, sr. Backs - JR Menifee, Cin. Country Day, 5-9, 165, jr.; Billy Derringer, Lewisburg Tri-County North, 5-11, 170, sr.; Kaleb Earick, Ansonia, 6-0, 160, sr. Punter - Seth Guillozet, Fort Loramie, 6-0, 171, sr.
Chevez Floyd, Gamble Montessori; Javontae Lipscomp, Gamble Montessori; Brandon Wysong, Bradford.
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