Week 2 Top Performers 2020 High School Football Season
A much better week of weather for Week 2 of the high school football season and what a game we had for our TV game of the week-Hoover vs. McKinley. A battle of two of the top quarterbacks in Northeast Ohio lived up to the hype. You can watch that game now on our vimeo page or on our home page. Week 2 also saw a COVID19 scare as Wadsworth had to postpone their game against Stow due to a player having COVID19. The good news is Wadsworth is playing their week 3 game and it appears no serious health fallouts occurred in the area. I know we are all crossing our fingers that during the playoffs we won't have a COVID19 outbreak and will be able to finish the season. It's shaping up to be a great one in Stark and Tuscarawas counties. Now let's get to my players of the week in our coverage area for Week 2 of the high school football season!
Elijah Wesley QB (McKinley Bulldogs) Our TV game of the week featured two of the top quarterbacks in Northeast Ohio and the battle between Ashby vs. Wesley lived up to the hype! It was Wesley though that came out on top and he showed why he is an early favorite for Stark County Player of the Year. Wesley had 168 yards on the ground on 10 carries and a touchdown. He also showed great decision making on RPO reads and accounted for 217 yards passing and three touchdowns. Wesley is emerging as one of the better quarterbacks to come through the rich history of McKinley football.
Xavier Black WR (McKinley Bulldogs) Wesley's favorite target among a plethora of talented Bulldogs was Black who caught two of Wesley's touchdown passes and had a number of big plays with 4 receptions and 105 yards receiving.
Aaron Kovalchik Player of the Week for Hoover (for all your legal needs call Aaron at 330-453-2772)
Drew Robinson RB (Hoover Vikings) Ashby vs. Wesley was the marque headline of the game but it was the workhouse Robinson for Hoover that provided the ground game that opened up the passing game for the Ashby and the Vikings. Robinson had 24 carries for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was also a force in the passing game with 7 receptions for 71 yards.
Cam Blair QB (Sandy Valley) The Cardinals moved to 2-0 behind the outstanding effort of one of the most prolific quarterbacks in Sandy Valley history. Blair accounted for 7 touchdowns for the Cardinals in their 52-28 win over Indian Valley. It was sweet revenge for Blair and Sandy Valley who hadn't beaten Indian Valley in 3 years.
Josh Lemon RB (Perry Panthers) The annual Battle of 13th street was all Panthers this year behind the strong rushing attack of Lemon who ran the ball 14 times for 153 yards and 3 touchdowns in Perry's 28-0 victory. The Panthers have shown through 2 games that they will be a force in Stark County football and may have one of the better one-two punches in the Federal League with Vinas at QB and Lemon at RB.
Logan Brady RB (Lake Blue Steaks) Filling in for the injured Dreden Owens it was Logan Brady who was the workhorse for the Blue Streaks carrying the ball 13 times for 99 yards and 2 touchdowns in their 14-13 win over Jackson.
Nicholas Maricocchi LB (Lake Blue Streaks) In a defensive battle between Lake and Jackson it was Maricocchi who was the deciding factor for the Blue Streak's defense. Maricocchi was in on 19 tackles in including 4 for a loss and 2 sacks on Jackson QB Hunter Geissinger.
Tyler Jackson QB (Louisville Leopards) The Leopards got their first win of the season and the first for new head coach Troy Davis in their 17-14 win over GlenOak. It was Jackson who led the way for the Leopards going 15-24 for 206 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Trevor VanHorn QB (Green Bulldogs) The Green Bulldogs were happy to be back on the football field after the Summit County health board rescinded their October 1st advisement to start football. The Bulldogs took out their frustration on Tallmadge in a 27-0 victory. It was VanHorn that led the way for Green and was locked in throughout the game going 21-29 for 258 yards and four touchdown passes.
Jordan Mick QB (Northwest Indians) If there's someone who might challenge Elijah Wesley for Stark County player of the year it's Mick who has put up video game numbers through 2 games (and 2 wins) for the Northwest Indians. Mick went 13-18 passing for 313 yards for 5 touchdowns including one on the ground. Through two games Mick is 29-41 for 714 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Anthony Grossnickle WR (Northwest Indians) A favorite target of Mick who helped propel the Indians to 2-0 with their 41-25 win over CVCA Grossnickle had 6 catches for 159 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Jayvian Crable QB (Massillon Tigers) Filling in for the injured Zach Catrone Crable showed Tigers fans why they have reason to be excited for the sophomore quarterback who led the Tigers to their historic 900th win. Crable went 11-18 for 123 yards and touchdown along with 78 yards rushing on the ground in Massillon's 35-0 win over Columbus Sycamore.
Franko Rome RB (Buckeye Trail Warriors) Our TV game in T-county saw Rome run roughshod over TCC in Buckeye Trail's 22-7 victory. Rome had 28 carries for 181 yards and two touchdowns and only got better as the game progressed.
Garrett Newsome QB (Garaway Pirates) Another outstanding game for Newsome who led the Pirates to a 2-0 start with a 48-6 win over Claymont. Newsome passed for 3 touchdowns and ran for 2 more as Garaway gets set to take on Indian Valley next week in our Big Time Sports TV game of the week.
Aaron Kovalchik Player of the Week for Fairless (for all your legal needs call Aaron at 330-453-2772)
Coltin Colucci LB (Fairless Falcons) The Falcons have started the season 2-0 and look to go 3-0 next week against Manchester (the first time for the program since 2013) and they have done so behind the excellent defensive play of Colucci who through two games has 19 tackles, 4 for a loss, along with a sack.