Happy New Year! This week we celebrate the close of 2015 with the release of the seventh annual JJHuddle All-Ohio Football Team. This team covers all-divisions and can basically be summed up by this: If you had to create an all-star team from Ohio to play in a national tournament, who would you want suiting up for the Buckeye State? Our roster and reserves (First, second, third team and honorable mention selections) will be released later today and tomorrow…As for now…the following individuals are our overall Ohio HS Football State Player and Coach of the Year. Congrats to all.
State Football Player of the Year
Jeremy Larkin, sr., RB, LaSalle (Northwestern)
Northwestern commit became the GCL’s all-time leading rusher (5,079 yards) this season and was Mr. Football runner-up after running for 1,891 yards and 28 TDs en route to leading the Lancers to their second straight D-II state title. As a junior, Larkin ran for 2,584 yards and 38 TDs. He is a two-time GCL South Player of the Year and has scored 93 careers TDs (rushing, receiving and returns).
PREVIOUS JJHUDDLE OHIO HS FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
2014 JJH Player of the Year: Joe Burrow, Athens, QB (Ohio State)
2013 JJH Player of the Year: Marshon Lattimore, Glenville, ATH (Ohio State)
2012 JJH Player of the Year: Mitch Trubisky, Mentor, QB (North Carolina)
2011 JJH Player of the Year: Maty Mauk, Kenton, QB (Missouri)
2010 JJH Player of the Year: Braxton Miller, Wayne, QB (Ohio State)
2009 JJH Player of the Year: Braylen Heard, Cardinal Mooney, RB (Nebraska)
2008 JJH Player of the Year: Erick Howard, North Canton Hoover, RB
2007 JJH Player of the Year: Danny McCarthy, Cardinal Mooney, DB (Notre Dame)
2006 JJH Player of the Year: Brandon Saine, Piqua, RB (Ohio State)
2005 JJH Player of the Year: Ross Homan, Coldwater, LB (Ohio State)
2004 JJH Player of the Year: Tyrell Sutton, Akron Hoban, RB (Northwestern)
2003 JJH Player of the Year: Ted Ginn Jr., Glenville, ATH (Ohio State)
2015 JJHuddle All-Ohio Coach of the Year
State Football Coach of the Year
Tiger LaVerde, Kirtland
The Hornets had their 56-game regular season win streak snapped in Week 2 but rallied to make the program’s fifth straight state final and win the school’s third state title, all under LaVerde who has been there since 2006. The Hornets rallied from a 13-0 halftime deficit to beat Marion Local 22-20 in the D-VI state final. That ended the four-time defending state champion Flyers’ state record 24-game postseason win streak. Kirtland is 72-3 in its last 75 games (since start of 2011). As for LaVerde? He’s 127-15 at Kirtland and 147-25 overall. LaVerde has led Kirtland to nine playoffs appearances in his 10 seasons at the school.