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October 12, 2010
Parris' Primetime Performers: Week 7
In a week filled with upsets, there were some marquee performances by players whose teams were able to play spoiler.
We highlight the best individual efforts that took place in some of the upsets along with other sublime perfomances from across Ohio in week seven.
One of the biggest shockers in the state was Elyria Catholic getting thumped by Padua. The previously unbeaten Panthers entered as the second-ranked team in D-III, but got gashed primarily by Padua running back Xavier Means. He rushed for 180 yards and three touchdowns in the Bruins' 41-23 win.
Remember the name Jalin Marshall. The sophomore quarterback for unbeaten Middletown has a glowing future and he showed off his all-around skill set in a 69-44 romp over Mason. Campbell carried 18 times for 240 yards and four touchdowns and completed 9 of 11 passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
In a losing effort in the same game, Mason running back David Fulcher was scintillating. He rushed for 206 yards and scored five touchdowns.
St. Ignatius needed a victory in the worst way against Erie (PA) Cathedral in an attempt to keep their 23-year playoff streak alive. The Wildcats got it in a 48-19 triumph and used defense and special teams as the spark. Safety Tyler Kette led the way, scoring touchdowns on a 35-yard interception return and 37-yard punt return.
Huge numbers aren't necessarily indicative of a primetime performances. Stepping up when needed is equally impressive. Such was the case for Lake Catholic quarterback Bryan Blondeaux, who was Mr. Efficient in the Panthers' 38-0 win over NDCL. Despite losing star running back Richie Sanders early with an injury, Blondeaux kept the Lake Catholic offense purring by completing 6-of-9 passes for 227 yards with four of his six completions resulting in touchdowns.
Kirtland has emerged as one of the top teams in the state in Division V. They scored another lopsided victory in week seven, shutting out Cardinal 42-0. Quarterback Paul Guhde was magnificent, throwing for 227 yards and four touchdowns and adding 92 rushing yards and a score.
Madison scored a whopping 62 points on always-tough Chardon behind the workmanlike effort of running back Josh March. He carried 24 times for 324 yards and scored six rushing touchdowns.
March's huge night wasn't even the best rushing output of the weekend. London running back Jake Burns rushed for 400 yards and six touchdowns on only 20 carries in a 53-15 win over Miami Trace. Burns scored on three runs covering 72 yards or more.
How about an entire side of the ball as primetime performers? Why not. Two units deserves special kudos after magnificent week seven showings.
The first goes to Massillon's defense, which was all over the place in upsetting Division V's top team Steubenville. The Tigers allowed just seven points, but more impressively forced six turnovers, including one interception returned for a touchdown.
The second set of kudos goes to the Columbus Bishop Watterson defense, which allowed a grand total of -13 yards in a 62-0 win over Lorain.