Marion-Franklin was led by do-everything senior Verlon Reed. Reed was the most dominant player on the field and starred at both quarterback and defensive back, and also punted for a 40-yard average.
"We knew we could win this game and we never doubted we would beat them," Reed told BuckeyeSports.com. "They were the No. 1-ranked team in the state, and we had to come to their place, but we just took it to them all night long. We had a great week of practice and we just stayed together as a team, and never stopped believing in each other."
Reed has had a sparkling senior season in leading his team into the playoffs, and he was elated with the victory.
"This is the greatest feeling I've ever had in sports in my life," he said. "We had heard that were going to beat us by like 30 or 40 points, so we used that as motivation. I tried to keep everybody pumped up all game long, because that's my job as the leader of this team. This is a great moment for us, but we need to get back to work ... and put this win behind us."
Reed threw for more than 200 yards, demonstrating a strong and accurate arm, and showed great quickness in evading the Louisville pass rush. He also was superb at defensive back, and looked to be the type of shut-down cornerback college teams are looking for.
"Yes sir, I love playing every play and I never want to leave the field," Reed said of his performance. "I run extra sprints after practice every day. I know I'm going to play every snap, so I condition myself mentally and physically to not let myself get tired on the field. This game today is how I play every week. It's not like this was the best I've ever played, or anything like that. Really, this is a mediocre performance by me, but I just wanted to get a victory for my team, not put up great statistics."
Reed, 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, was timed at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash at a camp at Akron. He is drawing recruiting interest from colleges across the Midwest.
"Right now, I have offers from Kent State, Bowling Green, Toledo and Syracuse," he said. "I'm hoping some more offers will come along this winter. I've been talking to a lot of other schools like Cincinnati and Ohio State. Cincinnati is calling pretty often lately. I like the system they run and I think I could be effective there."
Ohio State has maintained steady contact with Reed and he has been invited to attend every Buckeye home game.
"Ohio State has been in contact a lot more in the past few weeks," Reed said. "I'm being recruited by Paul Haynes and we have a good relationship. I call him once in a while and we talk about the situation at Ohio State. I'm going to be there next week for their final home game against Iowa. I'm going to take my official visits in December and I'm hoping Ohio State invites me to come on a visit there. I'm just keeping my options open right now. I was at the USC game at Ohio State and loved every minute of it. The atmosphere was unbelievable and I would love to be a part of that some day. Ohio State said they have a problem with the scholarship numbers right now, so I need to stay patient. They're recruiting me as an athlete, but most of the other schools are recruiting me as a quarterback. I'm just hoping for that Ohio State offer."