Week 4 Top Performers 2020 High School Football Season
Week 4 is in the books! It's finally starting to feel like fall in Ohio with the drop in temperature and the anticipation of the changing of the leaves. I don't know about all of you though but to me it really didn't feel like fall until we had the announcement that Ohio State football was back! Now we can look forward to Saturday's in October and November with the Buckeyes. We had some great matchups in Week 4 of our coverage area and a lot of outstanding performances. I really believe we have a number of teams in Stark county that can compete for a state title and Tuscarawas county also is having a great year. With out further ado let's get to the top performers of Week 4 of the high school football season!
Josh Lemon RB (Perry Panthers) Our Big Time Sports TV Game of the week was the top matchup in Stark County and may have decided the Federal League championship race and the Stark County player of the year race as well! Josh Lemon was the best player on the field on Saturday night leading the Panthers to a 35-23 win over McKinley with 30 rushing attempts for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns. This was a statement game for Lemon and the Panthers and proved why the team is a legitimate contender for a state championship.
Devonte Armstrong DB (Perry Panthers) The physicality and speed of the Panthers defense impressed many coaches from around the area on Saturday night and it was Armstrong that really stood out. He picked off McKinley QB Elijah Wesley twice and was a force on the defensive side of the football.
Xavier Black WR (McKinley Bulldogs) Even in a losing effort Black was an X factor for the Bulldogs and a favorite target of Elijah Wesley with 8 catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. McKinley is a dangerous team and will use the loss to get better ahead of their week 6 showdown with the Massillon Tigers.
Trent Chavers RB (Canton South) Head coach Greg Reed is a favorite of my podcast co-host Joe Dunn. The former Akron Zip has the Wildcats sitting at 4-0 and his talented RB Chavers is making the case why he should be in the discussion for Stark County player of the year. He had another exceptional game against Alliance with 25 carries for 133 yards and 2 touchdowns. Watch out for the Wildcats and Chavers!
Aaron Kovalchik Fairless Player of the Week (Call Aaron for all of your legal needs at 330-453-2772)
Ethan Brindley QB (Fairless Falcons) Fairless improved to 3-1 on the season after an impressive 38-0 win over a sneaky good Triway team. It was the Falcons QB who proved how dangers this team can be on offense leading the charge with 4 total touchdowns (3 on the ground with 185 rushing yards and one through the air).
Dreden Owens RB (Lake Blue Streaks) It was the return of one of the most dangerous and explosive running backs in the area as Owens lead the Streaks with 3 rushing touchdowns on 10 carries to go along with 80 yards in their 35-0 win over GlenOak. If Owens can stay healthy he is one of the best running backs in Northeast Ohio and makes this Lake team a dangerous opponent in the playoffs.
Nicholas Maricocchi LB (Lake Blue Streaks) Maricocchi continues to be a standout leader and player for this Blue Streaks team recording 14 tackles and being a force all around the field for the Blue Streaks defense.
Trevor VanHorn QB (Green Bulldogs) As I type this I think about the missed opportunity of having the Green Bulldogs matchup with their rivals across town the Lake Blue Streaks in Week 6 and anticipating what a great matchup that would have been! Unfortunately the Bulldogs got a late start to the season and missed out on Federal League action but they are making a statement each week behind their talented quarterback. VanHorn had 4 total touchdowns in Green's impressive 28-0 win over Zanesville and showed his versatility as a QB by rushing for 63 yards to go along with 1 rushing touchdown. The Bulldogs moved to 3-0 on the season.
Aaron Kovalchik Hoover Player of the Week (Call Aaron for all of your legal needs at 330-453-2772)
Drew Robinson RB (Hoover Vikings) Another team to watch out for in the playoffs are the Hoover Vikings who had a big 45-21 win over Louisville on Friday night. Quarterback Connor Ashby threw for over 200 yards and had a couple of touchdowns but it was Robinson who led the way for Hoover with 29 carries for 207 yards and 3 touchdowns-wearing down the Leopards defense.
Hunter Geissinger QB (Jackson Polar Bears) An efficient day for the Polar Bears QB leading his team to a 35-3 win over CCC (a hidden rivalry game between the two schools) going 9 for 13 for 152 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Polar Bears are now on a 2 game win streak heading into our Big Time Sports TV game against Perry.
Brenden Craig RB (Jackson Polar Bears) Craig continues to be an emerging superstar for this Polar Bears team. The young man moved from slot WR to RB and has proved the decision was a correct one with 20 carries for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns against CCC.
Adam Moser RB (Malvern Hornets) The Hornets are 4-0 on the season after a 39-28 win over Newcomerstown and Moser led the way for Malvern with 3 touchdown runs on 13 carries for 110 yards. The Malvern offense continues to be an explosive unit and Moser is one of the reasons why.
Derk Hutchinson QB (Malvern Hornets) The senior QB continues to impress and lead the Hornets both in the air and on the ground. It was on the ground where Hutchinson proved most dangerous with 18 carries for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Nolan Hooker RB (Marlington Dukes) Going into the season everyone in Marlington was talking about their talented running back and he has lived up to the hype! The Dukes 45-35 win over Salem saw Hooker rush for 260 yards on 35 carries with 2 touchdowns. The Dukes have one of the most explosive offenses in the EBC along with their Week 6 opponent-the West Branch Warriors.
Martavien Johnson DB (Massillon Tigers) While the Massillon offense is always going to attract attention with two D1 commits at WR it's the Tiger's defense that continues to impress. In a game that saw fireworks on and off the field it was Johnson who made the big plays for the Tigers with 2 key interceptions in the game to help improve the Tigers to 3-1 on the season.
Jordan Mick QB (Northwest Indians) The Indians can make the case that they have the best offense in Stark County and it's Stark County player of the year candidate Mick who continues to put up impressive numbers for the Indians. A 49-7 win over rival Manchester saw Mick contribute 4 touchdowns (2 in the air and 2 on the ground) for close to 300 total yards of offense.
Demetrius Evans WR (Sandy Valley Cardinals) Evans proved on Friday night why he is the greatest receiver in Sandy Valley history in the Cardinals 55-13 win over Claymont setting the record for most career receiving yards (2,082) and the single game receiving yard record (251). A favorite target of QB Cam Blair the Cardinals explosive offense will be tested when they go up against undefeated Garaway on Friday night.
Toby Grossi QB (Tuscarawas Central Catholic Saints) Grossi ran for three touchdowns in the Saints 41-14 win over East Canton to go along with 145 rushing yards.
Gabe Tingle QB (Ridgewood Generals) Tingle was our Manor Restaurant player of the game in the Generals 34-7 win over Indian Valley accounting for 3 touchdowns for Ridgewood.
Garret Newsome QB (Garaway Pirates) Newsome was 9 for 11 for 103 yards and 3 touchdowns and also added 98 yards rushing on the ground with 1 touchdown as the Pirates defeated Tusky Valley 48-21.
Caden O'Neill QB (New Philadelphia Quakers) O'Neil was spectacular in the Quakers eye opening 31-0 shutout win over Steubenville. His first score of the game was a 34-yard pass to Caden Richmond, his next score was a 64-yard run for a touchdown.
Stark County Player of the Year Race
1.) Josh Lemon (Perry Panthers 2.) Jordan Mick (Northwest Indians) 3.) Elijah Wesley (McKinley Bulldogs) 4.) Cam Blair (Sandy Valley Cardinals) 5.) Connor Ashby (Hoover Vikings) 6.) Trent Chavers (Canton South Wildcats)