Week 5 Top Performers 2020 High School Football Season
Week 5 is in the books and I have to see we witnessed one of the better games of the season we have done on Friday night between Jackson & Perry. A great defensive battle and the intensity on display really represented what makes Stark County football so special. Josh Lemon had another outstanding game and I think cemented the fact that he is the Stark County Player of the year. It was a beautiful fall evening in the PT and there's something about hearing that train in the background that makes me feel that fall has arrived and brings back memories of growing up and going to games as a kid. We are headed into Week 6 which is rivalry week and I'm looking forward to some great games! Of course there is Massillon/McKinley and Dover/New Philadelphia but I'm also looking forward to Hoover/Jackson and Lake/Green. Before getting into the top performers of Week 5 wanted to share with you some "rumors" I've been hearing-1st that a prominent coach in Stark County will retire immediately after the season is over leaving a nice opportunity for someone to take over a successful program. The 2nd rumor I am hearing is that the Federal League will extend an offer to an 8th school for membership and it may not be who you think it is. Now, on to the Top Performers of Week 5 of the high school football season in our coverage area.
Josh Lemon RB (Perry Panthers) I said that Josh Lemon might have cemented Stark County player of the year honors on Friday night and the stats back it up. 29 carries for 231 yards and 2 touchdowns including an impressive 85-yard run in the 2nd half to seal the win for the Panther and move them to 5-0 on the season. Perry might be the best team in Stark County (although Massillon will have something to say about that) but there is no question who is the best RB in the county.
Johnny Kulich WR (Jackson Polar Bears) I said on the broadcast that Kulich's performance on both offense and defense reminded me of another former Polar Bear who was outstanding against Perry-Dillon Dingler who is now in the MLB with the Detroit Tigers. Kulich did everything on Friday night to try and get his team the win but he was most impressive on offense where he had 12 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown.
Raekwon Venson RB (Massillon Tigers) A showdown between two of the top football programs in the state of Ohio on Friday night saw the Tigers come out victorious over Ignatius 21-14. It was Venson who got the job done on the ground for the Tigers with 29 carries for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Massillon defense continues to impress though and can make the case they are a top 5 defense in the state of Ohio.
Brandon Foster RB (McKinley Bulldogs) A big night for Foster as the Bulldogs cruised to an easy 26-0 victory over GlenOak in preparation for their Week 6 showdown against Massillon. Foster had 10 carries for 113 yards and 1 touchdown.
Mani Powell LB (McKinley Bulldogs) One of the Pups most ferocious players on defense Powell had 7 tackles including 3 tackles for a loss to go along with 2 sacks. A player all Massillon offensive players have to be concerned about heading into "the game" on Saturday.
Trent Chavers RB (Canton South Wildcats) The Wildcats keep moving up the ranks as one of the top teams in Stark County going 5-0 on the season with a 30-14 win over Marlington and Chavers keeps moving up the ranks for consideration for Stark County Player of the Year. Against the Dukes Chavers was explosive once again with 22 carries for 133 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Dan Kennedy/Creed Patterson RB (Louisville Leopards) The one-two punch of Kennedy and Patterson (sounds like a presidential ticket) produced 223 yards of rushing and 2 touchdowns to lead the Leopards to a 34-20 win over Canton Central Catholic. The Leopards will take on an undefeated Wooster team this Friday.
Brennan Betz QB (East Canton Hornets) An outstanding and efficient day for the Hornets QB going 23 for 29 for 180 yards and 2 TD's in their 28-22 win over Buckeye Trail. Betz is only a freshman and this was his best game of the season and he should be a name you hear about in Hornets nations for the next 3 years.
Chase Vacco RB (East Canton Hornets) Helping Betz out on the offensive side of the football was Vacco who had 14 carries for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns. The junior RB will help lead the Hornets next week and try to pull off the upset against undefeated Malvern.
Anthony Grossnickle WR (Northwest Indians) It wasn't pretty but the Indians moved to 5-0 on the season with a tough 17-12 win over Fairless on Friday. Grossnickle had the play of the game for Northwest with his TD reception to go along with 5 catches for 89 yards.
Aaron Kovalchik Fairless Player of the Week (for all your legal needs call the Kovalchik Law Office at 330-453-2772)
Seth Short/Reise Lanier DE/DB (Fairless Falcons) The Falcons defense came to play on Friday night and held an offense that was averaging 40 points a game to 17 points and almost got a win. The Shadow provided bulletin board material for the Falcons on the BTS Podcast saying that Northwest would win "by 21 points." That didn't happen on Friday night and both Short and Lanier got interceptions off Jordan Mick to give the Falcons a chance to win it.
Trevor VanHorn QB (Green Bulldogs) The Bulldogs continue to be one of the hottest teams in the Federal League going to 4-0 on the season and their outstanding QB has to be considered one of the better players in the Federal League. Against Brush Vanhorn wen 9 for 18 for 128 yards and 3 touchdowns to add to his impressive totals for the year. Next up for the Bulldogs is rival Lake on Friday night.
Trey Martin WR (Green Bulldogs) Martin continues to be a favorite target of VanHorn and averaged 24 yards a catch on Friday night including 2 touchdown receptions. A danger threat when you get him in the open field Martin will be a headache for Lake defenders in what should be a classic rivalry game on Friday.
Aaron Kovalchik Hoover Player of the Week (for all your legal needs call the Kovalchik Law Office at 330-453-2772)
Drew Robinson RB (Hoover Vikings) If there was an award for best newcomer on the scene for Stark County football it would be Robinson's to win. A first year runningback Robinson led the Vikings to a hard fought win over the Blue Streaks 17-14 with 41 carries for 219 yards and a touchdown. Hoover heads into rivalry week against Jackson where they hope to avenge last year's loss to the Bears.
Nicholas Maricocchi LB (Lake Blue Streaks) Another outstanding performance from Marichochi who is one of the better defensive players in Stark County. The Blue Streaks had a chance to come away with the win and it was Maricocchi who led the way on defense with 19 tackles.Derk Hutchison QB (Malvern Hornets) It was our Big Time Sports TV Game of the Week and our player of the game was Hutchison who makes this list for a 2nd week in a row, helping the Hornets stay unbeaten with a 28-0 win over TCC. Hutchison wen 10 for 15 for 143 yards passing including 2 touchdowns and also contributed 147 rushing yards and a touchdown. One of the more dynamic players in the area for a team that often gets overlooked.
Dylan Phillips DB (Malvern Hornets) The freshman DB had 2 interceptions for the Hornets defense in their 28-0 win over TCC. Next up for Malvern is upset minded East Canton looking to give the Hornets their first loss of the season.
Demetrious Evans WR (Sandy Valley Cardinals) Even in a losing effort against Garaway and after an unfortunate week that saw their field catch fire, Evans showed why he is the best WR to come through the program. He had 6 catches for 58 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Cardinals look to bounce back this week against Tusky Valley.
Stark County Player of the Year Race
1.) Josh Lemon RB Perry Panthers 2.) Jordan Mick QB Northwest Indians 3.) Elijah Wesley QB McKinley Bulldogs 4.) Trent Chavers RB Canton South Wildcats 5.) Demetrious Evans WR Sandy Valley Cardinals