Dunn Loses Battle, Wins War

Canton (Ohio) GlenOak sophomore tailback Brionte Dunn might have lost the statistical battle with North Canton Hoover's Erick Howard last Friday, but Dunn's team came away with a surprising 13-9 win in a driving rainstorm. Bill Greene was on hand to catch all the action and filed this report.

Canton (Ohio) GlenOak sophomore tailback Brionte Dunn has had a great sophomore season and has helped his team take control of the Federal League.

Dunn and his Eagles beat North Canton Hoover, and reigning Mr. Football Erick Howard, last Friday night 13-9. The game, played in a driving rainstorm, featured two of the best tailbacks in the state, although defenses dominated the action.

Howard rushed for 183 yards and clearly won the statistical battle with Dunn, who was held to less than 30 yards rushing, but Dunn was thrilled to be on the winning side of the scoreboard.

"This win means so much to our program and now we have a great shot at winning our league," Dunn told BuckeyeSports.com after the game. "Everyone wanted to win this game for our seniors, and everyone stepped up and raised their game to another level. This is the best moment I've ever had on a football field. We wanted to win this game so badly and now we need to win next week to make sure we're the league champions. "

Although many people billed this as a battle between the two great tailbacks, Dunn did not allow himself to get caught up in a personal duel with Howard.

"That didn't mean anything to me at all because I just wanted to win the game," Dunn said. "I just try to do my best and I just went out there and tried to do what the coaches ask me to do. Their defense was the best I've ever seen in the past two years, and they were tough to gain any yards against. Erick [Howard] is just so good and so strong, that I never allowed myself to think I had to out-shine him. He's the best player I've ever played against and I hope I'm that good some day."

Dunn, 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, is in his first year at GlenOak after transferring from Alliance, a move he has never regretted.

"This league is better than the one I played in last year, but football is football," he said. "My teammates have treated me so good even though I was the new kid around here. Coach [Garcia] preaches that we are a family around here and all the players respect each other. I love playing for these guys and I couldn't be happier at GlenOak."

Even though he has not completed his sophomore season of high school, Dunn has already caught the eyes of college recruiters. For the season Dunn has rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and has scored 10 touchdowns.

"It's really too early to look at recruiting right now," Dunn said. "Ohio State invited me down for the USC game and that was unbelievable. It was so loud and so great to be there that I was just blown away by the whole experience. I was down to Ohio State during my freshman year to meet Jim Tressel and that was really special too. I like Ohio State a lot, but I like a lot of schools right now. I especially like Ohio State, USC and Florida, and a lot of other schools. Florida is the national champs and I like their style of play. I consider myself wide open for recruiting and I hope a lot of schools recruit me. I have over a 3.0 grade point average and I'm taking college prep courses. I probably won't look too hard at recruiting until the end of my junior year."

Dunn attended the Scout combine in Pittsburgh and acquitted himself quite well despite being the youngest player in attendance. He is a prospect we will keep a close eye on over the next few years.

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