ThisWeek News releases its list of Central Ohio’s elitle football players. The Super 25 is exactly that. See who made the list…
It takes only a glance at the stat sheet to see the biggest example
of the unselfishness that Ja’Wuan Woodley of the Hartley High School
football team has tried to display this season.
Through 12 games, the 5-foot-11, 230-pound senior had only 33 more
carries than fellow running back Marcellus Calhoun despite having been
the Hawks’ go-to player on offense the last two seasons.
That hasn’t hurt Woodley’s stats, however, as he had 1,709 yards and
23 touchdowns on 214 carries while Calhoun had 1,435 yards and 23
The Hawks were 12-0 and ranked first in the final Division IV state
poll before playing Ottawa-Glandorf in the Region 14 final Nov. 16.
Combine his offensive numbers with his ability to lead the defense at
inside linebacker in Hartley’s 3-5 scheme and Woodley is the first
Hawks player to be named ThisWeek’s Super 25 captain.
“People have been starting to game plan against me, and I think I’ve
been doing pretty well,” Woodley said. “I’m just trying to lead my team
and I’m not really too worried about getting the stats.”
A Toledo recruit, Woodley was the state and district Defensive Player
of the Year last season. This year he is the district Offensive Player
of the Year. Through 12 games, he had eight receptions for 119 yards and
one touchdown, six two-point conversions, two interceptions and was
among the Hawks’ leading tacklers.
On Sept. 28 in a 28-14 win over Watterson in the first meeting
between the schools since 1996, he rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown,
completed a pass for 71 yards and had an interception.
Last season, Woodley rushed for 1,403 yards and had 17 touchdowns and made the Super 25 as the Hawks went 12-1.
“He’s a tough, physical football player,” Hawks coach Brad Burchfield
said. “He’s like a quarterback on the field on defense. He can pick up
on things and is a really smart player. He’s so powerful. I don’t know
how other coaches get their kids fired up to tackle him because he’s
just such a monster.”
•Emmanuel Beal, DL, Reynoldsburg
•Jalen Bell, WR, Westerville South
•Jake Butt, TE/DL, Pickerington North
•Taco Charlton, TE/LB, Pickerington Central
•DeOntaye Cosby, OL/DL, Canal Winchester
•Caleb Day, WR/DB, Hilliard Darby
•Evan DeMars, QB, Dublin Scioto
•Jared Drake, QB/LB, Westerville Central
•Maurice Hale, QB, Beechcroft
•Andrew Horstman, QB, Olentangy
•Godwin Igwebuike, RB/DB, Pickerington North
•E.J. Jennings, RB, Hilliard Davidson
•Cameron Kohl, LB, Hilliard Darby
•Darron Lee, DB/QB, New Albany
•Jacob Matuska, LB, Hartley
•Miles McCollum, DL, Dublin Coffman
•Nick Renzetti , QB, Westerville South
•Mitchell Rowell, LB, Gahanna
•Austin Schmidt, OL, Olentangy
•Tim Shadoan, WR/DB, Dublin Scioto
•Alan Watson, RB, New Albany
•Robert Wheelwright, WR, Walnut Ridge
•Darien Williams, WR/DB, Marion-Franklin
•Donovan Wilson, RB, Dublin Jerome
•Ja’Wuan Woodley, RB/LB, Hartley