Morning Huddle: Boyd flawless in all-star football game


JJ’s Morning Huddle: A daily dose of News, Notes & Nuggets from around the state

• Trumbull and Mahoning football squads square off
• Stow’s new coach has “cred”

• Zanesville lands wrestling and basketball coaches

• Piqua’s breaking ground today on stadium

• Dunbar grad named top 10 point guards in country

Trumbull vs. Mahoning football: Two all-star squads of seniors from Trumbull and Mahoning counties squared off last night in the 26th Annual Jack Arvin Football Classic. Boardman High quarterback Rob Boyd was named player of the game for his performance (10 of 18) in the 34-26 victory at Warren Harding High’s Mollenkopf Stadium. Two Ursuline High running backs, Allen Jones and Aaron Edwards, stole the show combining for 236 yards on 27 carries. “It’s a well-built program and they get kids coming out of there who go big time,” says Boyd. The funny part is the lack of kickers on the squads. “We tried field goals and extra points in practice, and it wasn’t a pretty sight,” says Trumbull team coach Randy Clark.

Deconstructing Stow: Stow’s new football coach, Mark Nori, has experience leading pro and college teams. “Football’s football,” he says. Hired to replace Marty Tinkler as head of the Bulldogs, Nori’s stints in the game’s upper levels gives him some cred: “Trust and knowledge are the two biggest things it gives me,” he says. He’ll need that credibility to turn around a struggling program. The team’s only had two winning seasons in the past decade.

New faces at Zanesville: The Blue Devils have picked new coaches for the varsity wrestling program and the girls varsity basketball team. A standout at Muskingum University, Jessica McKenzie will take over the Lady Devils program. The wrestling program will be led by Jeff Lawless – an assistant for the past two years at Gahanna Lincoln. “I know it’s going to take some time and recruiting, but I can see us having success in the future,” Lawless says.

No grass for you: Piqua’s breaking ground on their new football field today. The grass will be dug up and replaced with synthetic turf making the team the eighth program in the Greater Western Ohio Conference to ditch the real stuff. “We wouldn’t mind hosting a couple Division I playoff games at all,” says Indians Athletic Director Dave Palmer. Maybe that would help them recoup some of the $600,000 it’s costing them to resurface the field.

Point Guards R Us: Dunbar High School grad and current Cleveland State University basketball standout Norris Cole was named one of the top 10 college point guards in the country. With that honor he got an invite to the Nike-sponsored Deron Williams Skills Academy in Chicago from June 24-27. The camp invites the nation’s top 20 high school and top 10 college point guards.

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