Five Football Panthers Selected to All-Region Team
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five Ohio Dominican football players were selected to the Daktronics All-Super Region Four team, highlighted by first team selections in seniors Jake Brandt (Bexley, Ohio) and Justin Bell (Columbus, Ohio).
Earning second team recognition were sophomores Cody Culbertson (Galloway, Ohio), Di'Andre Harrison (Columbus, Ohio) and Brent Wahle (Pataskala, Ohio).
Brandt started 43 consecutive games at right tackle during his career, helping the Panthers re-write the school's offensive record books. A First Team All-GLIAC pick, he blocked for the first three 1,000 yard rushers in school history in Mike Noffsinger, Mark Nichols and Brandon Schoen and was part of an offensive line that allowed just 10 sacks over the past two seasons. ODU ranks second in the nation in sacks allowed with five this year.
Bell was named the GLIAC Defensive Back of the Year and is a two-time First Team All-GLIAC selection. A Preseason All-American, Bell finished the year with 101 tackles, which was tops on the team, to go along with two interceptions and two forced fumbles. Also a threat in the return game, Bell averaged 14.4 yards per punt return and tied a GLIAC record with a 91-yard return for a touchdown against Grand Valley State.
By virtue of their selection on the first team, both Bell and Brandt are eligible for All-American consideration.
Culbertson emerged as a force on defense this season as the First Team All-GLIAC pick was third on the team with 73 tackles, including five sacks, and 11.5 tackles for loss. Culbertson also had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown against Georgetown, and broke up four passes. He was named GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Grand Valley State.
Harrison missed two games but still totaled 41 tackles and a school single-season record eight sacks this year. He also tallied 12.0 tackles for loss, forced three fumbles, and blocked a punt for a safety against Hillsdale which helped him pick up conference player of the week honors as well. Harrison was also a First Team All-GLIAC selection.
Wahle authored the best season of any GLIAC kicker, setting a conference record by booting 19 field goals in GLIAC play while hitting 21 total. He drilled five kicks of 45 yards or longer and set a school-record with a 51-yard field goal. Wahle was a First Team All-GLIAC selection in both football and soccer and earned a pair of GLIAC Player of the Week honors in both sports. He entered the postseason leading all Division II kickers in field goals made.
Ohio Dominican wrapped up its 2013 season with a 10-1 record overall, winning the GLIAC title outright and qualifying for its first postseason berth since joining Division II in 2010.