It was a must-win for Boardman who held Erick Howard, Ohio’s 2008 Mr. Football, to just 76 rushing and one touchdown on the night in the Spartans 16-7 victory over the Vikings. Boardman hadn’t beaten their Federal League foe in eight tries going into the game. Junior Nick Buonavolonta led all rushers with 171 yards and a touchdown and he also had a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown as time expired.
Boardman Captains: Dan Fernback – LB – Sr., Chase Hammond – WR – Sr., J.T. Moore – DE/OT – Sr. and Anthony O’Nesti – LB – Sr.
Hoover Captains: Brett Tulodzieski – QB – Sr., Erick Howard – RB/LB – Sr., Mark Wiley – OL/DL – Sr. and A.J. Sarbaugh – TE/DE – Sr.
Erick Howard – Ohio’s 2008 Mr. Football
It was Homecoming weekend at Boardman…and the 2009 Homecoming Queen is…
Erick Howard needed 228 yards coming into the game to become Stark County’s all-time leading rusher.
Nick Buonavolonta (18) – RB/DB – Jr – 171 yards rushing and one rushing touchdown.
Kevin Johnson – DE – Sr. – Recorded two interceptions and had a fumble recovery.
Erick Howard had just 76 yards rushing on 20 carries for the game with one rushing TD.
Joey Housos – WR/DB – Jr.
Tyler Blangero – DB – Sr. – picks of a Brett Tulodzieski pass on this play.
Ryan Phillis – LB/OT – Sr.
Ken Jones – WR – Sr.
Robby Boyd – QB/LB – Sr.
Trevor Ragen – PK – Sr. – hits a 25-yard FG on this play to put Boardman up with 2:11 remaining in the second quarter.
Erick Howard picks off this Robby Boyd pass on the goal line right before halftime.
Devin Campbell – RB – Soph.
Nick Buonavolonta runs to pay dirt from 11 yards out on this play…
…to put Boardman up 10-0 with 11:52 remaining in the fourth period.
Erick Howard finally breaks in the clear for 22 yards on this play…
…and then sprinted for 24 yards and a touchdown on this play…
…to cut the Spartan lead to 10-7 with with 4:04 remaining in the game.
Dimitri Stanley – RB/DB – Sr.
Nick Buonavolonta picked off a Tulodzieski pass on the last play of the game and raced 52 yards …
…getting an escort from J.T. Moore into the end zone as time ran out to give Boardman their 16-7 margin of victory (no X-pt. was attempted).
Tyler Walls – RB – Jr. – broke a bone in his leg in the opening game of the season against the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals.
Ohio State recruit J.T. Moore with his older brother Darryl.
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