Several players had excellent games for Canton South, including three underclassmen that flashed potential Division-I talent.
Senior quarterback Matt Trissel is a three-year starter and played the best game of his career in the win. Trissel completed 17 of 27 passes for 253 yards and threw two touchdown passes. Trissel, a three-sport star, can play college football as a quarterback, but he also has the ability to play basketball or baseball at that level.
Senior linebacker Mike McKinney, also a three-year starter, was outstanding once again for the Wildcats. McKinney pressured the quarterback all night long and eliminated the Dover running game from his middle linebacker spot. McKinney might be a tad undersized, but he has been a playmaker his entire career and will play college football somewhere.
Senior Jordan Ryba is playing high school football for the first time and had a debut players only dream about. Ryba caught two touchdown passes, of 27 and 34 yards, and had an interception in his first high school game. Even with no experience, Ryba is a player that could still draw college attention with good measurables, 6-foot-1 and 180-pounds, with 4.55 speed.
Junior wide receiver Jerald Robinson is in his second year as a starter and has attracted the attention of several Big-10 schools, including Ohio State. Buckeye assistant coach Jim Bollman has visited the school and inquired about Robinson. Robinson, 6-foot-2 and 180-pounds, battled a sprained ankle all night, but still caught a 49 yard bomb and had a key interception from his safety position.
Junior tailback Justin Keith, 6-foot-1 and 210-pounds, had an impressive debut as a varsity player. Keith rushed 20 times for 121 yards and scored a touchdown. Keith showed great vision and was a workhorse, often gaining yards after being hit behind the line. As all great backs do, Keith got stronger as the game wore on and was at his best in the fourth quarter. Keith has a chance to be a Division-I tailback if he continues to develop.
Possibly the best college prospect on the field was sophomore wide receiver James Lucas, 6-foot-1 and 205-pounds. Lucas caught four passes for 74 yards and nearly made a spectacular leaping grab for a touchdown, but was ruled out of bounds. Lucas has a great combination of size and speed and appears to have all the tools to be a Big-10 wide receiver some day. It will be interesting to see Lucas, and the other Canton South underclassmen, progress throughout the 2008 season.