Four-star tailback Warren Ball finished his regular season in fine fashion, rushing 23 times for 73 yards and two touchdowns against a Benedictine defense geared to slow him down.
"Senior Night was very special to us, and I'm so happy for our fans that we have one more home game in the playoffs," Ball stated after the win. "It's hard to believe my career is winding down, and things have gone by so fast. I've tried to enjoy everything to the fullest, and I've enjoyed every minute of playing here."
"I've tried to do everything I could for my team on a weekly basis, and all I ever care about is winning," he added. "I always want to improve as a player every day, but I'm most proud of being a great teammate and helping us win a lot of games."
Ball, 6-foot-2, 210-pounds, is never satisfied as a player, and the Ohio State commit is always looking to improve his game.
"I think my best attribute is my being able to run the football effectively," he said of his talents. "I'm a player that the vision to find the holes, with the ability to use my strength to fight for every yard out there. I'm always looking to be a better all-around player, and that means blocking, catching the football, and running the ball."
Ohio State will be the next stop in his football career, and Ball has never wavered in his Buckeye commitment throughout the past year.
"Ohio State is going through some tough times, but my dream has always been to play for the Buckeyes," he exclaimed. "Ever since I can remember I've wanted to play for Ohio State, and I still feel that way today. I'm just as excited to be an Ohio State commit today as I was the day I made my decision."
"I have never second-guessed my decision to be a Buckeye at all, not even for a second," he stressed. "The recent troubles they've been through will only make us stronger and better. It never changed for me, even with Coach (Jim) Tressel resigning and the NCAA troubles. It is a great school, and it's bigger than one coach or one player. I'm trying to help recruit others to join us at Ohio State, guys like Adolphus Washington, Dwayne Stanford, Jordan Diggs, and a few others. We are going to have a great class in the end, and we will be players that love Ohio State and will look to continue the great tradition of excellence."
Ball and his DeSales teammates finsihed the regular season at 7-3. They will open the playoffs next week at home against Caledonia River Valley.