Torrence Brothers Fall Short In Game One

Canton South's Devon and DeVoe Torrence are as good of a tandem of brothers as you'll find on the football field. Their season got off to a disappointing start last night, and Bill Greene has a recap of the action.

Since Ohio State is showing interest in Canton South's Devon and DeVoe Torrence, I've decided to follow the two brothers' exploits on the field this season. I'll be attending every Canron South game and filing reports on these two stars each week.

The opening night of high school football saw the Wildcats travel to Dover to face the Tornadoes and their senior stars Perci Garner and Dan Ifft.

In the first half Dover's two stars lived up to their billing, with Garner throwing for nearly 200 yards and three touchdowns. Ifft caught two of the touchdown tosses while racking up over 100 yards.

Dover raced to an early 21-7 lead before DeVoe Torrence put the Wildcats back in the game by racing 80 yards for a touchdown. On the play several Dover defenders appeared to have tackling angles at DeVoe, but nobody came close. A missed extra point left the Wildcats behind by 8 and the miss would haunt them.

Late in the fourth quarter Devon Torrence caught a 15 yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Matt Trissel to bring the Wildcats to a 21-19 deficit. The ensuing two point conversion was missed and the Wildcats lost by that score.

Offensively, Devon was limited to two catches for 25 yards and a touchdown. Playing wide receiver, after two seasons at tailback, seemed to make Devon a much smaller part of the offense. Dover double teamed and shaded him all night causing the Wildcat quarterback to look elsewhere to throw the football.

Defensively, Devon played mostly safety as South asked him to cover the deep middle of the field. He covered and tackled well, especially in the second half. He also fumbled a punt with about a minute left in the game, ending a Wildcat comeback effort. All in all it was a decent performance but I've seen him play much better.

Younger brother DeVoe, a junior, played the best game of his young career. DeVoe rushed 7 times for 95 yards and caught 4 passes for another 50 yards. His blocking out of the backfield was extremely good as well.

Defensively, DeVoe was the best player on the field. He effectively pressured Garner when he blitzed from his middle linebacker spot and covered the short middle of the field when he dropped back into coverage. I don't think I've ever seen a middle linebacker have such an impact against a team using five wide receivers and never running the football, but DeVoe was a wrecking ball on defense.

I normally would write about their comments after a game, but tonight's loss was very upsetting to both of them, and I decided to not ask for any quotes.

Ohio State has already offered a scholarship to Devon and he hopes to make his decision public in a few months.
DeVoe has the attention of the Buckeye staff and his performance tonight can only add to his resume.

Former Buckeye star wide receiver Bobby Olive attended tonight's game and came away very impressed with both players. He commented that "both players are certain Division I college prospects with the potential to be stars at the next level."

Next week the Wildcats will face Canfield in their home opener.

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