North Canton Hoover’s Howard named Mr. Football

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North Canton Hover junior RB Erick Howard was named Mr. Football on Tuesday. (Photo by Os Figuero)

North Canton Hoover’s Erick Howard was named Ohio’s 2008 Mr. Football winner Tuesday night. Howard, who rushed for 2,387 yards and 31 TDs in leading the Vikings to their first appearance in the Division I state semifinals, is just the second junior to win the award since its inception in 1987. Euclid’s Robert Smith is the other.


North Canton Hoover’s Erick Howard was named Ohio’s 2008 Mr. Football winner Tuesday night.

Howard, who rushed for 2,387 yards and 31 TDs in leading the Vikings to their first appearance in the Division I state semifinals, is just the second junior to win the award since its inception in 1987. Euclid’s Robert Smith – of Ohio State and Minnesota Vikings fame – won the award in 1988 and 1989.

During the regular season Howard carried 285 times for 1,795 yards and scored 25 touchdowns. He had 2,322 all-purpose yards and 28 total TDs.

As a linebacker, Howard registered three sacks, two interceptions, caused two fumbles and had six tackles for minus yardage.

In one of the closest races ever, Howard beat out Cincinnati Elder’s Mark Miller, Columbus DeSales’ Josh Kusan and Newark Licking Valley’s Storm Klein.

Other finalists were Pickerington Central’s Zach Boren, Fostoria’s Micah Hyde, Eric Page of Holland Springfield and Dover’s Corey Lisowski.

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