Upon completing their senior seasons at Beachwood, Bison football players Corey Jones and Noah Mitchell received all-conference, all-district and all-state accolades.
Now they can add all-star honors to their resumes.
Jones and Mitchell were selected to play in the 2013 Ohio North-South All-Star Classic, the nation’s longest continuous running high school all-star game. The game will be played on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.
“If you go back, I’m not sure any Beachwood player ever has played in this game before, so this is quite an accomplishment,” said former Beachwood head coach Ryan Williams. “Those two guys deserve it. It’s great for the program and for them to get the recognition and to play on such a big stage.”
Jones, a 5-foot-11, 180-pounder, played quarterback and outside linebacker for the Bison in 2012. He’ll play defensive back in the all-star game.
“That probably won’t matter too much,” Williams said. “The rules say you have to play all man-on-man coverage, so as a corner he’d cover a wide receiver and as a safety he’d cover a slot or tight end. They’ll probably use him wherever they need him most.”
As a senior, Jones rushed for 827 yards and 12 touchdowns and passed for another 625 yards and six scores.
Beachwood’s team MVP also earned first team All-Chagrin Valley Conference, first team All-Northeast Lakes District and honorable mention all-Ohio.
He was second team all-conference, first team all-district and an honorable mention all-state selection as a junior defensive back.
“On offense, he was our leader,” Williams said. “In the big games this year, those are the games he played the best. Kirtland, West Geauga, he was spectacular in those games. When your quarterback plays well, everyone else just follows.
“Defensively, not many quarterbacks play outside linebacker but he could care less. We said we’re going to play him at linebacker and at quarterback. He did anything he could do to help the team. He brought a lot of speed, he’s a hard hitter, played the run and the pass; he did a great job.”
All Mitchell did was set a new school record with 23 career sacks, including 18 in 2012.
The 6-foot, 210-pound defensive lineman recorded 83 total tackles (20 solo), 22 tackles for loss and forced a pair of fumbles.
“For him, (his strength) was leverage,” Williams said. “He was able to get beneath everybody he went up against. Most high school players can’t play as low as he does and do what he was able to do. It’s that and his determination and grit, wanting to do it. That allowed him to get all the sacks he did.”
Mitchell also was named first team all-CVC and first team all-district and was an honorable mention All-Ohioan.
The three year starter is a two-time first team all-conference and all-district performer and was second team all-conference in 2010.