BLUFFTON, Ohio - Senior Isaac Zickafoose (Middlebury, Ind./Northridge) headlined the 2018 All-Heartland Conference football team that was announced on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The HCAC Defensive Player of the Year was one of nine Beavers to be recognized when the post-season hardware was handed out. Bluffton had five players land on the Second Team and three more earned Honorable Mention recognition.
The second HCAC Defensive Player of the Year award for Zickafoose also marked the fourth time in five years that a Beaver has taken home the top HCAC honor on the defensive side of the ball. Zickafoose, a four-time First Team All-Heartland Conference selection, used his four TFL’s and two sacks in Saturday’s 34-7 win over Defiance to take over the top spot on Bluffton’s career lists with 60.5 TFL’s and 35.5 sacks! He also stands at the top of Bluffton career charts with 308 TFL yards, 228 sack yards, 85 fumble recovery yards and 15 quarterback hurries. The 2016 All-Region honoree wrapped up his record-setting career with five forced fumbles (tied for 5th all-time) and 193 tackles (11th all-time).
For the second straight season, senior Ollie Moorer (Warrensville Heights) has been named Second Team All-Heartland Conference. Moorer was second to Zickafoose with 7.5 TFL’s for 37 yards and 4.5 sacks for 32 yards. After leading the Beavers in tackles for the second straight season, junior Dylan Shaffer (Shelby) notched his second consecutive All-HCAC Second Team honor. Senior Doniven Clark (Toledo/Bowsher) saved his best for last, picking off seven passes this season which tied him for third in NCAA Division III and third all-time at Bluffton en route to Second Team All-HCAC honors. Adam Duncan earned his first Heartland Conference recognition when he was named Second Team All-HCAC. The do-everything junior caught 32 balls for a team-high 481 yards, including five touchdowns. Duncan led the Beavers with 73 points thanks to six touchdowns (one rushing), 22-of-25 on PAT’s and five field goals. He added 14 kickoffs for 706 yards (50.4 average) and boomed 52 punts for 1,922 yards (37.0 average). Duncan placed 12 punts inside the 20 and went over 50 yards five times, including a long of 61 yards.
Senior Ian O’Donnell (Tiffin/Columbian) earned his second All-HCAC post-season honor after missing 2017 with a season-ending injury. He was named Second Team All-Heartland Conference after taking home first team honors as a sophomore. Tight end Kais Chiles (Wapakoneta) was named Honorable Mention All-Heartland Conference following his sophomore campaign. Chiles was third on the Beavers with 17 catches for 113 yards.
In conjunction with the All-HCAC selections, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference also announced the All-HCAC Sportsmanship Team for the fall of 2018. Senior Ethan Williams (Van Wert) was selected to the All-Sportsmanship Team from Bluffton. This award has been developed as part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative. Members of the All-HCAC Sportsmanship team are selected by the coaches and their teammates as individuals who demonstrate the ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field/court of competition.
Lima Senior luncheons set
The Spartan Basketball Lunches with Coach Quincey Simpson will begin at noon Nov. 30, at The Met in downtown Lima.
The lunches will be held each Friday at the same time and place throughout the basketball season. It is a time for supporters to hear from Coach Simpson and to ask him questions.
For additional information, contact the Athletic Office at 419-996-3050.