Trotwood-Madison senior linebacker Kobe Vinegar was named the 2016 TriStateFootball.com Dayton Defensive Player of the Year as TSF paid tribute to finest from Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Dayton and Southeast Indiana areas high school gridiron at the Year in Review Show on Monday night at the Holy Grail, downtown Cincinnati.
The relentless Vinegar was named DIII First Team All-Ohio and GWOC American South Defensive Player of the Year for the 12-3 state runner-up Rams. The Trotwood-Madison defense gave up only 10.7 points per contest including just 8.6 per game during the regular season. He tallied 138 total tackles (79 solo), three-and-a-half sacks, forced four fumbles, recovered three fumbles and returned two of those for touchdowns. He will continue his career at West Virginia Wesleyan.
Other finalists included five seniors – Mikeyion Hunter (Trotwood-Madison), Jack Knipper (Beavercreek), Chris Meyers (Miamisburg), David Rueth (Alter), Matt Wilcox (Wayne) and junior Alex Reigelsperger (Wayne).
TriStateFootball.com was founded in 2005 and started its postseason player awards for Dayton in 2009. Here is the list of winners of this award all-time:
2016 Kobe Vinegar (Trotwood-Madison)
2015 Tobias Gilliam (Wayne)
2014 Kei Beckham (Trotwood-Madison)
2013 Vayante Copeland (Thurgood Marshall)
2012 Mike McCray (Trotwood-Madison)
2011 Mike McCray (Trotwood-Madison)
2010 Trey DePriest (Springfield)
2009 Cody Byers (Alter)