First, I would like to thank the event organizers, DSA Prep Sports and director Tom Gamble for putting on such a fine event. It was top shelf all the way! I'm already excited about the seventh annual event next year with or without water. Here are the kids that stood out on day two of this dynamite event:
QB Jason Bierly connected on 10 of 21 passes for 148 yards and one touchdown while throwing one interception. He completed 7 of those passes for 139 yards to WR Brandon Harris. Harris's play was stellar as he ran precise routes and ran away from the defense when in the open. Offensively, Harris was the story for the Big Blue accounting for 77% of the team's total offense! Defensively, the Big Blue got after it. Losing only 14-6, cover corner Brandon Underwood and his crew were up to the challenge. Junior DB Adam Myers-White had eight unassisted tackles leading the way for the Big Blue. LB Donald Massey, DL Jeff Price, and LB Joe Ritzie also contributed heavily to the defensive effort of the Big Blue.
Junior QB Anthony Kummer rushed 26 times for 134 yards and a TD as the Lancer offense racked up 225 yards rushing behind the blocking of linemen Ryan Stancheck, Rodney Pompey, and junior Ben Miller. Junior TB Josh Hoffman ran 6 times for 55 yards and the other Lancer TD. LaSalle's defense did more damage then the offense, which is kinda weird for a Tom Grippa coached team. DB Jeff Brennan, LB Troy Meyers, LB Amazu Orji, and DE Nick Dooros can all be credited for leading the defensive unit that held Hamilton to only 6!
Junior Ryan Noe returned to 2002 form with 20 carries for 124 yards. QB Tyler Pritchard rushed for 79 yards on 11 carries while completing 11 of 17 passes for 121 yards. All this behind a rebuilt offensive line led by G Ken Melick. Noe also caught 3 balls for 36 yards, second on the offense to WR Adam Campbell's 4 catches for 55 yards. Lebanon amassed 425 yards total offense! Unofficially, this was the weekend highest offensive output. Defensively, LB David Addison and DL Byron Noble led the way.
On this day QB Erick Fitzpatrick put on a show. His 96 yards passing and 68 yards rushing accounted for 4 (2 in the air 2 on the ground) of Colerain's 6 TD's. Junior RB Daniel Magness accounted for the other TD's amassing 75 yards on 3 carries. WR Michael Russell caught 2 balls for 87 yards. DL Nick Davis, DB Tyler Moody, junior DB Justin Moore, LB Steve Hennegan, junior LB LeDominique Williams, and junior LB Andre Revels led the Cardinal defensive unit. This hard-hitting group brought punch and tenacity to the party and nearly pitched a shutout. If not for a first quarter fumble inside the ten, Boone County would have never smelled pay dirt!
One player whose absence had a great enough effect to make this piece was QB Ben McGrath. Moeller is not the same team without McGrath and it showed. Offensively, they could get nothing going scoring only six points and netting only 147 yards of total offense. Defensively, LB Ryan Lukens was all over the field. His 7 unassisted and 8 assisted tackles was an unofficial weekend high (15 tackles). DB D.J. Hlovchiec and, LB's Beau Goodhart and Dannel Shepard also flew around and got after it defensively.
QB Kurt Shoemaker was the reason Anderson won the game. His poise and confidence spreads amongst his teammates and it shows. Shoemaker ran the ball 23 times for 78 yards and connected on 16 of 26 passes for 211 yards with one interception. Junior RB Nate Fields carried the ball 18 times for another 59 yards as Anderson totaled 384 yards of total offense (unofficially the second largest total of the weekend). Big OL Rob Schirmann anchored the offensive line responsible for this offensive success. On the receiving end of Shoemaker passes were WR Matt Mullenax, 6 balls for 46 yards, WR Chris White 4 balls for 62 yards, and RB Nate Fields 2 balls for 54 yards. Defensively, the Redskins were very very physical. Led by safeties Brandon Wamsley and Sean Munninghoff, the Anderson defense smacked the Crusaders around. DL David Hensley, LB's Nate Mitchell and Josh Weiss, and DB Michael Wellage round out the other fine performances turned in for this fine defense.
Didn't have all the stats for this one, but QB Robby Schoenhoft looked good after halftime. St X was tested by Cov. Catholic, but the big offensive line, RB Elliot Walker, and WR Scott Linz were too much for them. Defensively, LB Brad Scheidt, DB Chad Linz, DB Jeffrey Cargile, and LB/DL Greg Ebner held it down to secure the victory for the Bombers.