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Law makes Big Nine first team — on defense

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Belle Vernon's Devin Hannan on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.
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Belle Vernon Area senior Marcel McCaskill was named to the Big Nine Conference First Team Offense.
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Ringgold's Nico Law made the Big Nine All-Conference First Team on defense and second team on offense.

The big surprise is not that Ringgold’s Nico Law made the Big Nine All-Conference First Team in his senior season.

What’s surprising, is Law made it as a defensive back.

Law, who threw for 1,574 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed for 811 yards and 11 TDs, made the conference’s second team offense, as voted on by the conference coaches on an all-opponent basis.

The first team quarterback is Laurel Highlands’s Jimmy Pierce.

Law is one of four Rams on the first team. He is joined by senior Jake Gerard (WR), senior Aaron Szakal (DL) and senior Jordan Briscoe (LB).

Gerard caught 12 passes for 175 yards and 4 TDs.

Belle Vernon Area had five players on the first team: senior Devin Hannan (OL/DL), senior Marcel McCaskill (all-purpose), junior Derek Verkleeren (K), senior Jeremy Indof (LB) and junior Phil Taylor (DB). Hannan was the lone area player to get two-way first team status.

McCaskill caught 15 passes for 249 yards and 4 TDs and rushed for 89 yards. Verkleeren scored 4 TDs while kicking 33 extra-points and one field goal.

Elizabeth Forward had one player make the first team, senior Devin McDonough (DL).

Conference champion Thomas Jefferson led the first team with 10 selections.

Second team

The second team includes Ringgold’s Law (QB), junior Daylen Penn (OL), freshman Brenden Small (all-purpose), junior Chacar Berry (RB/LB) and Gerard (DB).

BVA’s second team selections are Taylor (WR), sophomore Ben Cole (LB), junior Luke Durigon (DB) and sophomore Tim Labuda (P). Taylor grabbed a team-leading 22 passes for 277 yards and 4 TDs.

Making the second team from EF were McDonough (OL) and senior Jake Meyers (RB). Meyers rushed for 1,345 at 13 TDs).

Honorable mention

Honorable mention went to Ringgold’s Eric Higgs (Sr.), Robert Duda (Sr.) and Dalton Holt (Soph.), and Brandon Thomas (Sr.) on defense; BVA’s Nick Sweitzer (Jr.) and Verkleeren (Jr.) on offense and Sweitzer on defense; and EF’s Anthony Brinson (Soph.) on offense and Brinson on defense.

Ringgold had 12 players make the team while BVA had nine and EF three.

The all-conference team will be honored a December brunch at The Willow Room in Rostraver Township.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or [email protected].

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