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Friday, November 16, 2012All-District Football: Seven FHS players named in D-I
Running back Vance Settlemire, receiver Jimmy Orwick, lineman Bryce Burnside and kicker Grant McKinniss were first-team offensive picks and quarterback Paul Cosiano was a second-team choice in selections conducted by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
Linebacker Devin Dennard and defensive backs Austin Niswander and Joseph Davidson were first-team picks on defense.
Settlemire, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior, set 11 school rushing records in leading Findlay to an 8-2 season. Settlemire rushed for an FHS game record 347 yards in a win over Toledo St. Francis, then set a new mark with 376 yards against Oregon Clay. He twice tied the school record for touchdowns in a game (6).
Settlemire also established records for yards (1,934) and TDs (33) in a season and in a career (3,260 yards, 53 TDs).
Burnside was one of the main men opening holes for Settlemire. The 6-2, 202-pound senior was a two-year starter at tackle for the Trojans, who became the first team in FHS history to average over 50 points a game.
Orwick, who has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Notre Dame, led Findlay's receivers with 33 catches for 677 yards and six touchdowns.
McKinniss is just a freshman, but he gave the Trojans a big-time leg-up in the kicking game. McKinniss boomed 56 percent of his kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks and hit three field goals, including a 49-yarder that was a yard shy of tying the longest in school history.
Cosiano completed 89 of 145 passes (61 percent) for 1,656 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 291 yards and six TDs. A two-year starter, Cosiano had 3,688 yards and 37 TD passes in helping Findlay go 17-4 the past two seasons with one playoff appearance.
A rare four-year football letterman, Dennard led the Trojans in tackles (73) for the third straight season. Findlay's career leader in tackles, Dennard had 13 tackles for losses as a senior, caused four fumbles and blocked two kicks.
Niswander (6-2, 182, sr.) and Davidson (6-7, 202, sr.) earned first-team all-district honors in the secondary. But both were multi-talented assets for Findlay.
Niswander, a University of Toledo recruit, had 30 tackles, broke up 11 passes and recovered two fumbles. He also had 206 yards receiving, 100 rushing and stepped in at quarterback on occasion.
Davidson returned two of his five interceptions for touchdowns, broke up 16 other passes, had 32 tackles and caught 19 passes for 392 yards and six TDs.
Davidson also averaged 37.2 yards as a punter, a skill he will continue to do next fall for Bowling Green State University.
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