It’s a crazy collection of talent and it will be on hand this weekend at the state football finals. The following are 10 players you want to make sure to see if your headed to Stark County. Most of these guys will be headed to the end zone this weekend. They’ve already combined for 261 TDs.
10 Players to Watch at State: Taking snaps, running wild and tackling machines…these guys will bring it Friday and Saturday in Stark County.
1. Eric Schweiterman, Norwalk St. Paul:
Expected to post insane numbers this season, the reigning D-VI state
offensive player of the year and star QB/S was lost for five games with
a broken thumb on his throwing hand on the third day of contact. Since
returning from the injury in Week 6, Schweiterman has thrown for 1,283
yards and 18 TDs against just four INTs. Schweiterman, a four-year
starter on defense, returned to his safety spot in Week 9.
season Schweiterman had his hand in 32 TDs, while passing for 1,778
yards and rushing for 985. He also kicked 53 PATs and six field goals.
In the spring he was a member of the Flyers state placing 400 relay team.
Despite no offers to date, expect Schweiterman to land on a college roster.
Said SP head coach John Livengood. “He’s a special player. And we feel he is a Division I or D-II football player.”
2. Wes Ulm, Delphos St. John’s:
For the second year in a row the senior QB has thrown for 1,000 yards
(1,1149 to be exact) and rushed for 1,000 yards (1,035) He’s also
accounted for 26 TDs.
“He’s a three-year starter at QB and the
things you expect a three-year starter to do at QB he does them plus
some,” DSJ head coach Todd Shulte said. “He does a tremendous job of
running the option. He’s a great young man, but you strap a football
helmet onto him and he has a totally different demeanor out there on
the field. He plays the quarterback spot like a mix between a fullback
and tailback. He’s not going to step out of bounds on the sideline.”
3. Braylon Heard, Youngstown Mooney:
The senior RB is headed to West Virginia and his postseason numbers
have solidified that the Mountaineers got a good one. Last week Heard
rushed for 303 yards and three TDs, including one that went 94 yards,
in a shocking 45-7 win over Steubenville. On the season Heard has
rushed for 1,795 yards and 22 TDs on 185 carries. He’s also caught two
passes for two TDs.
“Braylon is a special athlete,” Mooney head
coach P.J. Fecko said. “He’s somebody that is a real competitor. His
speed is better at game time and he is tremendously quick in changing
direction. Defensively he’s come up with some big pays for us also.”
DeSales head coach Ryan Wiggins: “Braylon Heard is as good of a back as
we’ve seen all season and probably will at any point. He’s a great back
and one of the best I’ve ever seen.”
4. Allen Jones, Ursuline:
Jones is going to tally carries in his third straight state title game
and hopes to celebrate a banner season with a second straight state
title. Last weekend the senior RB became Ursuline’s all-time leading
rusher with over 4,300 yards. He also has 60 career TDs. This season
Jones has carried the ball 262 times for 2,224 yards and 29 TDs in 13
games (171 yards per game)
“Allen has just been a very steady
football player for us ever since his sophomore year,” Ursuline head
coach Dan Reardon said. “We’ve had a lot of great football players come
through here and for him to hold those records is really a testament to
the kind of kid he is. He’s just been a workhorse for us.”
Jones didn’t run track last year and instead concentrated on lifting. He gained 18 pounds.
think his combination of speed and power exceeds anyone we have seen so
far,” Coldwater head coach John Reed said. “He’s just not a little guy
that runs fast – he’s a big guy that runs fast.”
5. Keith Wenning, Coldwater:
Two years ago in the Cavs shocking 28-27 upset win over Youngstown
Mooney in the D-IV state final, Wenning was 2-for-2 for 115 yards and a
TD as the back-up QB executed two trick plays perfectly from his
starting wide receiver spot. This year Wenning is the one taking the
snaps. And he’s been highly successful.
Wenning has set Coldwater single-season records for TD passes (37) and yards (3,222). A Ball State recruit, Wenning has also rushed for a team-high 959 yards and 11 TDs.
a very intelligent young man,” Reed said. “He’s an outstanding
basketball player and he’s an outstanding baseball player who might get
drafted by the Major Leagues as a third baseman. He has all the skills
and he throws the (football) in a special way. When you watch
quarterbacks who can throw the ball and be effective regardless of the
circumstances, the ball spins faster than you see a normal kid throw
it. When Keith throws it, that’s how it is. He can put the ball in
places most young men can’t.”
Said Reardon: “He’s just a complete quarterback.”
6. Dominique Brown, Winton Woods:
The senior QB and Cincinnati recruit leads an offense averaging 48
points per game in the postseason. Last week he rushed for 249 yards
and seven TDs in a 69-35 win over Columbus Marion-Franklin. On the
season Brown has rushed for 1,813 yards and 28 TDs and thrown for 965
yards and six TDs.
“The kid is outstanding,” Winton Woods head
coach Troy Everhart said. “He’s going to be a great one for (UC head
coach Brian) Kelly.”
7. Nolan Plate, Alter:
The senior LB leads the Alter defense in tackles (118), TFL (16) and
interceptions (5). As a unit Alter is allowing 6.7 points and 139 total
yards per game. In the playoffs the Knights have allowed 13 points –
8. Shaq Washington, Maple Heights:
There may not be a hotter player in the state right now than Washington
and that is saying something. In a regional final win over Toledo
DeSales, he completed 7-of-11 passes for 177 yards and two TDs and ran
for another 172 yards and two more TDs on 16 carries. Last week he
carried the ball 30 times for 193 yards and a TD in a state semifinal
win over Mentor Lake Catholic.
On the season Washington has
delivered by completing 133-of-198 passes for 2,210 yards and 22 TDs.
He’s also rushed for 1,633 yards and 20 TDs.
“Shaq is a special
player,” Maple Heights head coach Todd Filtz said. “And I don’t think
there’s anybody I’d rather have their hands on the ball than Shaq
Said Winton Woods head coach Troy Everhart: “Their
quarterback is a gamer – you can tell. When they need to make a play
they’re going to let him keep it and make it.”
9. Cardale Jones, Glenville:
While Glenville is loaded with tons of senior talent including
Christian Bryant and Latwan Anderson (both offered by Ohio State), the
key to whether or not it wins the state title could be its 6-5, 210
pound junior QB. On the season Jones has completed 106-of-166 passes
for 1,970 yards and 18 TDs against just three INTs. He’s also rushed
for 314 yards and seven TDs. In the state semifinal win over Massillon,
Jones threw for two TDs and ran for another.
Said Glenville head coach Ted Ginn: “He’s grown up a lot since the beginning of the year.”
10. Jake Trubiano, Hilliard Davidson:
The senior QB gets it done for the Wildcats. Trubiano’s passing numbers
aren’t impressive – just 11-of-28 for 132 yards and two TDs and two
INTs this season – but he is Davidson’s leading rusher and scorer
(1,067 yards and 15 TDs on 176 carries).