You voted, you decided…who had Ohio’s best performance this Year? According to the 140,000-plus votes it was Westerville South QB Nick Renzetti. A senior, Renzetti won the 2012 Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Ohio Football Player of the Year Award after netting 66,471 votes. He received his hardware recently…
You voted, you decided…who had Ohio’s best performance this Year? According to the 140,000-plus votes it was Westerville South QB Nick Renzetti. A senior, Renzetti won the 2012 Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Ohio Football Player of the Year Award after netting 66,471 votes in the three week long competition. Over 200,000 votes were cast in the weekly competitions. During a recent home baskwetball game, Renzetti was presented with his award.
WESTERVILLE, OHIO – Staff Sgt. Joseph Desrochers (far left) and Sgt. 1st Class Michael Mullen (second from right), recruiters with the Ohio Army National Guard’s Alpha Co., Recruiting & Retention Battalion, present Westerville South High School Senior Quarterback Nick Renzetti (second from left) with the JJHuddle/Ohio National Guard 2012 Football Player of the Year trophy, Jan. 13, 2013. Also participating in the presentation is Westerville South’s Assistant Principle Andy Jados (right).
National Guard JJH Ohio Player of the Year
Nick Renzetti, Westerville South, Sr., QB
The senior QB earned Week 4 POW honors after connecting with Torrodd
Carter for a school-record 99-yard TD pass as part of a 365-yard effort
in a 28-7 win over Worthington Kilbourne. In a Week 8 win over
Westerville Central, Renzetti had a huge game when he completed 17-of-32
passes for 412 yards and six TDs. In the regular season, Renzetti
completed 186-of-325 passes for 3,022 yards and 33 TDs. He led the Wildcats to the D-I playoffs.
The 2012 Top 3:
1. Nick Renzetti, Westerville South: 66,471 votes
2. Kale Huss, Mansfield Madison: 60,036 votes
3. Justin Crager, Sciotoville East: 13,430 votes
ONG JJH Ohio Player of the Week Winners
*Week 1: Justin Crager, Sciotoville East
The senior QB earned co-POW honors in Week 1 after carrying his team to victory – literally. Crager ran the ball 38 times for 355 yards and five TDs and converted three 2-point conversions to score all his team’s points in a 36-28 win over host South Gallia. During the season Crager also produced games of 384 yards (rushing) and four TDs (vs Green), 328 yards and three TDs (vs Grove City Christian), 309 yards and three TDs (vs Portsmouth Notre Dame), 297 yards and four TDs (vs McDermott Northwest) and 235 yards and three TDs (vs Green). Crager surpassed 1,000-yards after the third game and finished the season with 2,268 yards and 25 TDs on 281 carries. He lost one fumble. Crager also scored seven 2-point conversions and had 108 tackles on defense.
*Week 1: Ryan Jordan, Dixie
The senior RB earned co-POW honors in Week 1 after setting school records for rushing yards (306) and TDs (six) in a 48-0 win over Twin Valley South. The kicker? Jordan did all his work in the first half. This season, Jordan helped lead Dixie to its first playoff berth in history. The Greyhounds (7-3) also finished with just the program’s second winning season since 1983. Jordan, a first team All-Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division RB, finished the regular season with 1,422 yards and 23 TDs on 145 carries. He also had two receiving TDs, two INTs and 30 tackles. Heading into the playoffs, Jordan’s career numbers were 2,858 yards and 40 TDs on 356 carries.
*Week 2: Heath Harding, Dayton Christian
The senior RB/DB earned POW honors in Week 2 after scoring seven TDs in a 72-40 win over Preble Shawnee. Harding carried the ball five times for 263 yards and five TDs. He also scored on a 46-yard interception return and an 85-yard kickoff return. Harding finished the regular season with program records in single-season rushing yards (2,097) and career rushing yards (5,000).
*Week 3: James Canan, Bradford
The senior RB earned Week 3 POY honors after turning in one of Ohio’s Top 10 all-time single-game rushing performances in a 61-41 win over National Trail. Canan ran the ball 33 times for 455 yards (No. 10 all-time according to the OHSAA) and seven TDs (one shy of tieing state record). Canan finished the regular season with 2,254 yards, 30 TDs and one fumble on 194 carries. He averaged 11.6 yards per carry en route to helping Bradford make the playoffs for the first time since 1982 and record its first winning season since 1997.
*Week 4: Nick Renzetti, Westerville South
The senior QB earned Week 4 POW honors after connecting with Torrodd Carter for a school-record 99-yard TD pass as part of a 365-yard effort in a 28-7 win over Worthington Kilbourne. In a Week 8 win over Westerville Central, Renzetti had a huge game when he completed 17-of-32 passes for 412 yards and six TDs. In the regular season, Renzetti completed 186-of-325 passes for 3,022 yards and 33 TDs.
*Week 5: Kale Huss, Mansfield Madison
The senior RB earned Week 5 POW honors after running for a school-record 312 yards and four TDs on 32 carries in a 49-42 win over Wooster. He broke the previous record of 271 set by Ed Chelski in 1962. That was then. Since Week 5, Huss has established new records for rushing yards in a game twice (ended on 384) and rushing yards in a single-season (1,802). Heading into a Week 10 showdown with archrival Mansfield Senior, Huss needed just three yards to break the old single-season record set by Nate Whitcomb 20 years ago. Huss ended the night with 297 yards on 36 carries as the Rams beat the Tygers 34-0. Huss is also the team’s leading tackler (114).
*Week 6: Jaylon Brown, St. Clairsville
The junior RB earned Week 6 POW honors after scoring six TDs in the Red Devils 58-14 win over Bellaire. Brown ran for 224 yards and five TDs on 19 carries and caught three passes for 101 yards and another TD. Brown helped St. Clairsville to a 10-0 record and a D-IV playoff berth by rushing for 1,210 yards and 24 TDs. He also has three receiving TDs.
*Week 7: Tyler Thompson, Johnstown-Monroe
The senior QB/DB earned Week 7 POW honors after rushing for 219 yards and four TDs, throwing for a TD and intercepting a pass in a 49-8 win over Utica. Thompson led the Johnnies to the playoffs and an 8-2 record by running for 986 yards and 13 TDs. He threw for two TDs and lost just one fumble in 124 carries. As a DB he had three INTs.
*Week 8: Donyelle Simpson, Heath
The senior RB earned Week 8 POW honors after running for 347 yards and four TDs on 28 carries in a 42-24 win over Bexley. He also threw a TD pass. Two weeks later, Simpson carried the ball 26 times for 239 yards and three TDs in a 48-34 loss to Licking Valley. In that game he also completed 2-of-3 passes for 88 yards and a TD. Simpson finished the season with 1,981 yards and 19 TDs.
*Week 9: Vance Settlemire, Findlay
The senior RB earned Week 9 POW honors after tying or setting three school records in a 62-34 win over Toledo St. John’s. Vance set the Trojans’ single-game (376) and single-season (1,682) rushing records and tied the school record for rushing TDs in a game (six). It’s the third time this season Vance scored six TDs in a game. Vance, who carried the ball 25 times against TSJ, also had 28 yards receiving to give him 404 total yards. The old Findlay single-season rushing record of 1,584 was set by Shaun Ball in 1997. In Week 10, Settlemire ran for five TDs and 209 yards in a 48-13 win over Fremont Ross to give him 1,934 yards and 34 TDs for the year.
*Week 10: Jared Rettig, Millbury Lake
The sophomore QB earned POW honors in Week 10 after accounting for 660 yards and eight TDs in a 63-42 win over Woodmore. Rettig completed 31-of-48 passes for 543 yards and six TDs and ran for 106 yards and two TDs. In seven full games this season (he missed the majority of three due to injury), Rettig threw for 2,823 yards and 32 TDs. In a Week 6 win over Elmwood, Rettig threw for 606 yards and seven TDs. The 606 yards is the fourth most in a game in state history.