Week 4 Game Balls: Area high school football top performers – cleveland.com

High school football: Chardon at Riverside, September 9, 2022
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Game balls go out to the following players for their Week 4 performances of the high school football season.
Check them out and vote for who you think is the player of the week:
Amin Abdul, Avon: The Eagles reclaimed the Silver Rail Trophy on Friday night at rival Avon Lake with a 42-21 victory in which their defensive line remained a constant force. Abdul, a senior defensive tackle who also can play at an end, led that effort with at least 3.5 sacks, two more tackles for loss and a forced fumble on one of those sacks. Avon’s defense gave up two touchdowns in the area top 10 showdown. Of Avon Lake’s 135 yards rushing, 91 came from junior running back Wade Nelson, who gained 81 of those on one play.
Xavier Balson, North Olmsted: The Eagles ended Buckeye’s unbeaten start with a 40-28 road win in which Balson got rolling early with a 52-yard TD run. The dual-threat senior quarterback ran for two TDs and threw for another. He finished with 284 yards passing and 50 yards rushing.
Zach Barnhart, North Ridgeville: The Rangers are 4-0 for the first time since 2009, and the freshman rushed for 128 yards and two TDs on 24 carries in their 34-3 win at Amherst.
Gavin Beasley, North Olmsted: The Eagles grounded the Bucks’ unbeaten start with Beasley, a senior defensive tackle, registering 6.5 sacks.
Johnny Bebie, Rocky River: Bebie’s 225 yards and three TDs on 16 carries got the Pirates off the schneid with their first win, 38-6 at Lakewood.
Marvin Bell, St. Edward: Bell rushed for 186 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter Saturday of St. Edward’s 17-14 win against Cincinnati Elder. Bell carried the football a game-high 23 times, too.
Vincent Berardi, Columbia: A senior linebacker, Berardi’s eight tackles with two TFL paced the Raiders’ 37-14 win Friday against Black River. He also had 87 yards on seven receptions.
Marco Cirigliano, Columbia: The junior rushed for four TDs and 128 yards on 32 carries in the Raiders’ win.
Matt Ciryak, Highland: If fantasy football became a thing for high school sports, consider the Hornets for your defense/special teams pick. Ciryak’s 62-yard punt return for a TD sparked Highland to a 27-7 win at Tallmadge. Ciryak helped the defense with two interceptions and several tackles, holding down Tallmadge’s high-powered offense.
Blaise Collins, Harvey: Collins rushed for 142 yards and two scores on 14 carries in Harvey’s 56-14 win against Crestwood.
Rocco Conti, Olmsted Falls: A senior running back, Conti rushed for 116 yards and two TDs on just nine carries in the Bulldogs’ 47-10 win against Midview.
Cody Coontz, Rootstown: The senior ran wild again, rushing for 261 yards and five TDs on 23 carries in the Rovers’ 48-6 win against Pymatuning Valley. Coontz has 1,005 yards rushing and 14 TDs on the season.
Sam DeTillio, Avon: The senior quarterback had a hand in four TDs during the Eagles’ win at Avon Lake for the Silver Rail Trophy. DeTillio threw for 306 yards and two first-half TDs on 17-of-28 passing. He scored two more times running the football in the second half, including the go-ahead TD, with 46 more yards on 12 carries.
Robert Dixie, Woodridge: His 180 yards on 22 carries paced the Woodridge offense, while Taysear Williams’ 76 yards and three TDs lifted the Bulldogs to a 28-14 win at Coventry.
Luke Dobbins, Norton: A junior, Dobbins rushed for 212 yards and two TDs on 17 carries in the Panthers’ 35-25 win against Streetsboro.
Levi Ellis, Elyria Catholic: The Panthers’ power running game thrived with Ellis, who rushed for 260 yards and three TDs on 23 carries in their 28-14 win at Holy Name. Defensively, Ellis finished with 17 tackles and blocked a field goal.
Darreon Fair, Cleveland Heights: Fair worked quickly, rushing for three TDs and 108 yards on just five carries in Cleveland Heights’ 54-0 win against Firestone. He also threw two TD passes with 83 yards. Additionally, Fair caught a 2-point conversion pass. He has 18 TDs through four games.
Collin Fairbanks, Riverside: A senior defensive tackle, Fairbanks played a huge role in Riverside’s 21-7 win against Chardon to end the Hilltoppers’ 31-game winning streak. The Beavers outgained the defending Division III state champions by a 305-to-255 margin of yardage, and 98 of those yards for Chardon came on one play. Fairbanks led the charge on the defensive line with 10 tackles, including two TFL.
Heath Fetchik, Chardon: In the loss to Riverside, Fetchik led the Hilltoppers with 14 tackles and 1.5 TFL. A senior middle linebacker, he has been Chardon’s leading tackler in three of its first four games.
Kyle Figuray, Wadsworth: A junior, Figuray rushed for 76 yards and two TDs on only 11 carries in a 56-0 win at Brecksville-Broadview Heights.
Aidan Fitzgerald, Lake Catholic: The Cougars won their second straight game, topping Erie (Pa.) on their home campus Saturday in Mentor with a 42-6 victory in which Fitzgerald thrived in the passing game. The senior finished with 143 yards and a TD on seven receptions.
Wyatt Gedeon, St. Edward: Gedeon’s hit on a Cincinnati Elder receiver forced a fumble that sparked St. Edward’s win. The Coastal Carolina commit led the Eagles’ defense with four sacks.
Matt Geier, Aurora: The senior quarterback ran for 188 yards and four TDs on 14 carries in a 63-28 win at Copley. Geier also completed 5 of 7 passes for 79 yards and another score.
Tommy Gogolin, Kirtland: Gogolin ran for 141 yards and a score on 12 carries in the Hornets’ 42-0 win at West Geauga. He added another TD in the passing game, finishing with 162 yards from scrimmage.
Albert Green, Cleveland Heights: A junior linebacker, Green had five solo tackles with three assists and a tackle for loss against Firestone. The Tigers held their foes to 134 yards in the 54-0 win.
Ethan Hardnick, Bedford: A junior quarterback, Hardnick totaled 205 yards and three TDs in Bedford’s 36-12 win at Lorain. Hardnick ran for 75 yards and two TDs.
Connor Hitchcock, Cloverleaf: His 181 yards and opening TD on 18 carries paced the Colts’ 42-17 win against Ravenna.
Isaiah Johnson, Elyria: In the Pioneers’ 34-32 loss to Berea-Midpark, Johnson finished with 13 total tackles. They included two sacks and four more TFL.
Jake Kavcic, Gilmour: The junior quarterback threw for 191 yards and three TDs in the Lancers’ 28-24 win against Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin. He also rushed for 41 yards.
D’Anthony Kelker, St. Vincent-St. Mary: Kelker ran for 110 yards and a score on just eight carries in a 34-13 win against Buchtel.
Michael Kilbane, St. Edward: Kilbane, a Northwestern recruit, made a living in the Cincinnati Elder backfield by taking down ball carriers and sacking the quarterback, which he did three times. He also recovered a fumble, forced by teammate Wyatt Gedeon, in the first quarter.
Dawon King, Maple Heights: King threw for 218 yards and two TDs on 9-of-12 passing in the Mustangs’ 38-0 win at Shaw.
Rowan Klein, Revere: A sophomore, Klein rushed for 101 yards and two TDs on 11 carries in the Minutemen’s 21-7 win against Cuyahoga Falls.
Robby Klockner, Green: Klockner put together another prolific passing attack, completing 43 of 66 passes for 358 yards and three TDs in 29-28 win against Massillon Jackson.
Bryan Kortovich, Villa Angela-St. Joseph: In the Vikings’ big 54-27 win Saturday against Wheeling Park (W.Va.), the sophomore receiver scored four times with 151 yards on seven receptions.
Ethan Lorenzana, Clearview: The junior rushed for 206 yards and four TDs Friday in Clearview’s 32-14 romp at Brookside.
Mikey Maloney, Riverside: The Beavers beat Chardon to end the Hilltoppers’ 31-game winning streak. Maloney, their junior quarterback, proved instrumental in doing that with three TDs. He threw for 131 yards and two TDs on 11-of-18 passing with another 73 yards rushing and a score on 13 carries.
Patrick Martin, St. Ignatius: Martin, a senior defensive tackle, joined end Will Robinson and Co. to lead the Wildcats’ 38-0 shutout Saturday of Euclid. The front earned praise from coach Chuck Kyle, whose defense stopped the Panthers for minus-19 yards in the run game. According to St. Ignatius’ athletic department, that is the Wildcats’ most dominant defensive performance since their 33-6 win in 2020 against Bishop Sycamore from Columbus.
Aidan McLaughlin, Brookside: In a loss to Clearview, McLaughlin totaled 12 tackles with two TFL, two quarterback pressures and one forced fumble at defensive end.
Miles Miller, Berkshire: A junior, Miller rushed for 309 yards and five TDs on 36 carries in the Badgers’ 49-36 win against Grand Valley. He threw for another TD with 58 yards passing.
Will Ostrowski, Westlake: A senior, Ostrowski scored three times in three different ways Saturday at Byers Field to help power Westlake’s 49-7 win at Parma. He scored in the passing game, helping sophomore quarterback Sam Bruchierri to 244 yards passing, ran back a fumble recovery and scored on a kickoff return. Ostrowski finished with 201 total yards, including 115 yards on eight receptions. Defensively, he added five tackles at safety to complement senior linebacker Arrington Taylor and junior lineman Andrew Palka, both of whom had nine tackles.
Joey Palinkas, Nordonia: Palinkas threw for 358 yards and two TDs on 21-of-27 passing Friday in the Knights’ 37-14 win against North Royalton.
Sean Patrick, Kenston: With 2:06 left, Patrick scored the winning TD on a pass from senior Niko Georgiou in a 31-28 win against Eastlake North. Patrick, a junior, scored twice. He rushed for 165 yards on 19 carries and had 118 yards on five receptions.
Ryan Pattison, University School: The Preppers took down Shaker Heights, 28-14, behind Pattison’s 218 yards rushing and two TDs. He scored on runs of 80 and 73 yards.
Devin Poole, Maple Heights: A sophomore, Poole led the Mustangs’ shutout at Shaw with six solo tackles and four assists. He also had a tackle for loss with half a sack.
Amani Powell, Villa Angela-St. Joseph: A junior, Powell scored two TDs and rushed for 232 yards on 23 carries to help beat Wheeling Park. He ran for one score and had another one in the passing game on a 53-yard reception.
Colin Quinlan, Willoughby South: A senior quarterback, Quinlan used his arm and legs to power the Rebels’ 29-8 win against Madison. Quinlan rushed for 80 yards and a score on 11 carries, plus 171 yards and a TD on 15-of-26 passing.
Deonte Rucker, Glenville: A senior quarterback, Rucker had only one incomplete pass in the Tarblooders’ 55-0 win against John Marshall. He threw for 124 yards and three TDs on 6-of-7 passing.
Troy Shick, Berea-Midpark: A junior quarterback, Shick threw for 166 yards and three TD passes in the Titans’ 34-32 win at Elyria. He also ran for a score and found Josh Medina on a big play to preserve the win.
Jack Smith, Stow: In the Bulldogs’ 55-21 loss at Medina, Smith turned 11 receptions into 153 yards.
Kyle Snider, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy: Snider’s fifth TD won it for CVCA in overtime, 42-36, as he finished with 251 yards on 36 carries.
Lamar Sperling, Archbishop Hoban: Sperling continued his torrid pace, rushing for 179 yards and four TDs on 14 carries in a 49-13 win at Cincinnati Withrow.
Kylan Steuball, Villa Angela-St. Joseph: The Vikings’ big 6-foot-3, 210-pound sophomore quarterback engineered their win vs. Wheeling Park by throwing for 265 yards and five TDs on 12-of-14 passing.
Ziaire Stevens, Akron East: A sophomore, Stevens ran for 322 yards and two TDs in the Dragons’ 40-13 victory at Brush that marked their first win of the season.
Danny Stoddard, Medina: The junior quarterback threw for 386 yards and five TDs on 28-of-41 passing in Medina’s 55-21 win against Stow. Top target Austin Knowles caught two TD passes and had 124 yards on eight receptions. Carlos Corchado, Jack Wojiack and Brennen Schramm all had at least 80 yards receiving, too.
Weston Strader, Firelands: In a 52-13 win against Wellington, Strader rushed for 159 yards and three TDs on 23 carries.
Max Thompson, Solon: A junior defensive back, Thompson’s two interceptions helped the Comets to a 10-0 win against Strongsville. Solon held the Mustangs, who rushed for more than 300 yards the previous week to no more than 60 yards.
Dominic Trivisonno, Aurora: With four tackles and an interception on defense, Trivisonno also connected on all nine of his extra points in the Greenmen’s win at Copley.
Shane Warden, Valley Forge: Warden rushed for 102 yards and a score on 16 carries in the Patriots’ 42-14 win against Bay.
Grant Washington, St. Ignatius: The Wildcats’ sophomore ran for 121 yards on five carries and scored his first varsity TD Saturday against Euclid.
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