Football: Four Special Awards For Raiders Headline All-OAC Teams

D'Angelo Fulford, Justin Hill, Cole Parrish and Chris Kappas
D'Angelo Fulford, Justin Hill, Cole Parrish and Chris Kappas

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union won four special awards to headline the All-Ohio Athletic Conference football teams picked by the conference's 10 head coaches.

Senior center Cole Parrish (Creedmoor, N.C./South Granville) got the Ken Wable Award as top offensive lineman, sophomores in quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) and wide receiver Justin Hill (Circleville/Circleville) each picked up the Bob Packard Offensive Back Award and Ed Sherman Wide Receiver Award respectively while offensive coordinator Chris Kappas was OAC Assistant Coach of the Year.

The quartet led an offense that leads the nation in scoring and 12th in total offense.

Parrish, a team captain, is the anchor on the offensive line that helped lead an offense that averages over 500 yards and 53.5 points per game. The Ken Wable Award is named after the former Mount Union coach who was on the sidelines for the Raiders from 1962-85 and led the team to its first OAC title in 1985. It is the 18th time a Mount Union lineman has the award (also known as the Gregory Award from 1956-2007).

Fulford is nation's highest rated quarterback with a 250.0 rating and threw 42 touchdowns to just one interception in the regular season. Named for former Baldwin Wallace head coach Bob Packard it is the 20th time a Mount Union quarterback or running back has won the award.

Hill led the OAC in touchdown receptions with 14 during the regular season. The award is named after former Muskingum head coach Ed Sherman and it is the 11th time a Mount Union player has won the award and first time since Cecil Shorts in 2009. 

Kappas is in his first year as offensive coordinator has been at the helm of an offense that leads the nation in scoring, team pass efficiency and completion percentage. He is in his fifth season on his second stint on the Raiders staff and spent the last three seasons as the defensive coordinator where his unit was ranked in the top 10 in the nation in total defense in two of those seasons and he was the 2015 national defensive coordinator of the year.

Along with Parrish, Fulford and Hill, Mount Union had All-OAC first team selections in senior offensive lineman Matt Fitchet (Conneaut / Edgewood), senior kicker Alex Louthan (Loganville, Ga. / Grayson), senior defensive linemen Michael Vidal (Miami, Fla. / Ronald Reagan Doral) and Elijah Berry (Dublin / Scioto), senior linebacker Charlie Dear (Massillon / Jackson), senior defensive back Brian Groves (Stow / Stow), junior safety Austin White (Wadsworth / Wadsworth), sophomore defensive back Gabe Brown (Plant City, Fla. / Durant) and senior special teams player Jared Ruth (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike).

All-OAC second team picks include senior Braeden Friss (Avon / Avon), junior Jawanza Evans-Morris (Coral Springs, Fla. / Taravella) sophomore offensive lineman Brendan Klaus (Brighton, Mich. / Brighton), senior defensive lineman Adam Mihoci (Murrysville, Pa. / Franklin Regional), junior linebacker Danny Robinson (Massillon / Massilon Washington) and junior defensive back Louis Berry (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy).

Juniors in wide receiver Luke Herrington (Wintersville / Steubenville) and safety Trevor Cox (Hilliard / Hilliard Darby) both earned All-OAC honorable mention honors.

Mount Union won its 28th OAC title in 2017 and the Raiders are 11-0 overall and host Case Western Reserve in the second round of the NCAA Playoffs Saturday.