October 5, 2009

Parris' Primetime Perfomers: Week 6

Not every player in the state has a bunch of stars next to his name or an offer list that reads like a who's who of college football.

In reality, the vast majority of talented players across Ohio are unheralded and may only be considered stars by family and friends within the community.

In this week's edition of Parris' Primetime Performers, we highlight some outstanding week six performances by players who aren't major college prospects and don't play for state-ranked high school teams.

Outside of Glenville, the teams in the Cleveland Senate League wallow in quiet anonymity. But John Marshall is putting together a fine season and ran their record to 5-1 with a 36-13 win over Akron Kenmore. The catalyst was quarterback/defensive back Tamaine Chappell, who put together a virtuoso performance. Chappell completed 10-of-13 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns. On defense, the junior picked off three Kenmore passes.

Junior quarterback Sheldon Akin of Columbus Beechcroft might not be an unknown commodity, but he doesn't get the attention he is due. Akin had another fine game in Beechcroft's 40-0 win over Mifflin. He tossed for 214 yards and four touchdowns as Beechcroft moved to 4-2 and 3-0 in the Columbus City League

Heath moved into the thick of the Division IV, Region 15 playoff race with a 68-0 whitewash of Whitehall-Yearling. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was tailback Charles Gresham, who carried 21 times for 207 yards and five touchdowns, including a 72-yarder. Gresham added a 51-yard touchdown reception for good measure.

Eastlake North climbed back to .500 with a big 54-32 win over Chardon, the second consecutive game and third time this season in which the Rangers have scored 54 or more points. Leading the potent North offense is quarterback George Gresko. He threw for 342 yards and five touchdowns despite completing just 12 passes.

Boardman's defense rose to the occasion Friday night, bottling up Mr. Football Erick Howard (20 car. 78 yds) en route to a 16-7 win. Howard had entered with back-to-back 200+ yard outings. Senior defensive end Kevin Johnson was the star, recording two interceptions and recovering a fumble. Nick Buonavolonta also had a big game, returning an interception 60-yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and adding 167 rushing yards and a score.

Cleveland Heights pulled the biggest upset in Northeast Ohio in week six when they stunned previously unbeaten Maple Heights, 35-34. The difference maker was quarteback Emory Polley, who accounted for all five of the Tigers' touchdowns. Polley threw four touchdown passes - three over 50 yards -and added a rushing touchdown in the upset victory.

McDonald is putting together another fine season behind standout tailback Nick Cupan. In a 35-0 victory over Jackson-Milton, Cupan rushed for 114 yards and four touchdowns and also caught three passes for 106 as the Blue Devils ran their record to a perfect 6-0.

Waynesfield-Goshen made short work of Western Brown with a 35-13 victory. Running back Jordy Scanlon keyed the victory with his 282 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

Northwood got a big performance from running back Zach Bermejo in a 52-34 win over West Unity Hilltop. Bermejo scored five touchdowns (4 rushing, 1 receiving) and eclipsed over 250 yards from scrimmage. His receiving touchdown went for 75 yards.

Tontogany Otsego was happy once Elmwood quarterback Reid Rothenbuhler left town Friday. In a 45-7 win, Rothenbuhler accouted for nearly 400 total yards (246 passing, 151 rushing) and threw three touchdown passes.

Probably the most shocking final score in week six was Woodridge defeating previously unbeaten Mogadore, 52-7. Mogadore, ranked third in D-VI in last week's poll, had entered the game having allowed just 21 points in their previous four games combined. The key to Woodridge's success was the play of senior quarterback Anthony Westren, who carved up the Mogadore secondary. He finished 20-of-31 passing for 318 yards and four touchdowns as Woodridge moved its record to 5-1.

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