Veteran quarterbacks continue to play effectively in conference openers


West Branch Wide Reception Post Group

West Branch freshman coach Tim Cooper has focused on developing quality depth in every position group and the pass-heavy Warriors seem to have it at wide receiver . In the 57-7 win over Eastern Buckeye Conference opponent Minerva, 11 different players caught passes, with senior Michael Kanagy leading with five receptions followed by second Joey Jackson with four. Jackson’s classmates Boston Mulinix, Cooper Anderson, Garin Harlan, Camden Lane and Maddox Coleman, and freshman Jeremiah Thomas added at least one take.

Ramhir Hawkins, Junior Alliance Receiver

Ramhir Hawkins of Alliance scores on a long pass as Donnie Oesch of Salem chases in an Eastern Buckeye Conference game at Sebo Stadium on Friday, September 23, 2022.

Standing just 5-foot-6 and weighing 145 pounds, junior Ramhir Hawkins made plenty of big plays for the Alliance Aviators in their first six games, including the 41-30 win over Eastern Buckeye Conference rivals Salem. Hawkins excelled on both offense and special teams in the win, catching a 45-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and returning a 75-yard kickoff for a touchdown in the third quarter.

West Branch senior quarterback Dru DeShields

His playing time was limited against Minerva, but West Branch quarterback Dru DeShields was extremely efficient in throwing the ball in his team’s 57-7 victory. DeShields passed 17 of 19 (89%) for 316 yards and five touchdowns. During the season, the senior threw 25 touchdown passes without an interception.

Alliance junior outside linebacker Jackson Eddy

Jackson Eddy (18) of Alliance and Mar'Qwayil Greer bring down Logan Brady of Lake during first half action at Lake High School on Friday, August 20, 2021.

The only returning starting linebacker for last year’s team, Eddy helped an Alliance defense stifle a high-powered Salem attack in the first half of a 41-30 run. Eddy, who finished with two of his team’s nine tackles for loss and two of his team’s quarterback six sacks, helped the Aviators hold the Quakers to under-9 rushing yards and nine points during the first half, helping Alliance seize the momentum and ultimately win at Sebo Stadium.

Alliance junior quarterback Brendan Zurbrugg

Alliance's Brendan Zurbrugg runs outside the pocket near the goal line against the Salem Quakers in an Eastern Buckeye Conference game at Sebo Stadium on Friday, September 23, 2022.

Guiding an offense that scored touchdowns on its first four possessions in the first half, Alliance junior quarterback Brendan Zurbrugg was once again effective in throwing the ball while making plays. Zurbrugg passed 12 of 14 for 203 yards, with three touchdowns in the first half, helping the Aviators take a 27-9 halftime lead. He threw sparingly in the second half, going 14-for-17 (82%) for 227 yards and three scores.

Louisville senior running back Charlie Roberts

Injecting some production into Louisville’s run game against Perry, senior Charlie Roberts rushed for 115 yards and scored a pair of first-quarter touchdowns, including a 51-yard one. His second six-pointer, which came at 2:30 of the first quarter, gave the Leopards a seven-point lead, but the Panthers responded by scoring 33 unanswered points and claiming a 40-14 victory.

Minerva junior running back Devon Patterson

In a season where Minerva native and first-year head coach Tim Speakman is trying to establish an offensive identity, junior running back Devon Patterson breathed some life into the running game in a 57 loss. -7 at West Branch. Minus injured second Joel Gropp, who had a big ground game at Sandy Valley, Patterson, who is 6-1 and weighs 195 pounds, rushed for 87 yards on 10 carries and scored his team’s only touchdown during the Eastern Buckeye Conference game at Clinton Heacock Stadium.

Marlington junior linebacker Carter Difloure

Marlington's Carter Difloure, left, and Grant Young, right, knock Northwest's Kyler Miraglia down during the first half at Northwest High School on Friday, August 26, 2022.

Junior Carter Difloure, who has emerged as a reliable linebacker in Marlington’s new 3-3 defense, was a disruptive defensive force in his team’s Eastern Buckeye Conference opener against a heavily loaded Carrollton. Difloure was credited with a team-high eight tackles and added a tackle for loss, which helped, but the Warriors still rushed over 300 yards and recorded a 36-14 victory.

Saint Thomas Aquinas running back Isaiah Bragg

Wins and points were valuable for St. Thomas Aquinas, but running back Isaiah Bragg improved the running game against Rootstown in a 56-8 loss. Often called his number, Bragg rushed 23 times for 83 yards and also scored a touchdown and a subsequent 2-point conversion for the Knights, now 0-6 overall and 0-1 in the Portage Trail Athletic Conference.

Junior wide alliance K’Vaughn Davis

Stepping up offensively at the start of a Buckeye Eastern Conference road game in a 2021 playoff squad, Alliance junior wide K’Vaughn Davis helped lift the offense, catching a pair touchdown passes in the first quarter to help his team take an early lead, which is never the case. abandoned. Davis, who scored on pass receptions covering 64 and 7 yards, finished with four catches for 87 yards in the Alliance’s 41-30 win.


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