There were plenty of big plays in week eight of high school football in Ohio. Read the nominees and vote. Voting will end Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
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(Games are listed alphabetically by player)
(Photo by Lamar Sperling of Archbishop Hoban by Jeff Harwell)
Rocco Alfieri, Kirtland
In the fourth quarter against Lakeside, the running back took a stint, broke several tackles and even dodged an official en route to paying the dirt.
Jacob Asbeck, West Lakota
With the Firebirds leading Fairfield 38-31 in double overtime, the junior safety reached the quarterback for a game-ending backpack and kept Lakota West undefeated.
Xavier Balson and Collin Willard, North Olmsted
In the first minute of the fourth quarter against Elyria Catholic, Balson made a pass that only Willard could get in the end zone. The wide receiver came up, caught the ball, then tapped his toes for the touchdown.
Ashton Martin and Dylan Barger, Bellevue
In their game against Columbian Tiffin, made a perfect pass off the defender’s header that Barger went up and hung for a touchdown as he backtracked.
Jermaine Mathews. Jr., Winton Woods
The Ohio State University commitment was up to its old tricks on Friday night, as it intercepted a pass against Milford and brought it 92 yards home for a touchdown. It was the third pick 6 of the senior season.
Davian Pritchard, Austintown-Fitch
With the Falcons leading 42-35 in fourth overtime against Wadsworth, Pritchard came forward past a wide receiver in the end zone and intercepted a pass to end the game.
Bryce Schondelmyer and Anthony Brown, Springfield
In the third quarter against Springfield, Brown sprinted to the right sideline, where Schondelmyer saw him and delivered a perfect pass. The University of Kentucky commitment did the rest by turning on the afterburners for an 80-yard touchdown.
Ben Schoster and Ben Collins, Elder
In the second quarter against Roncalli (Indiana), Schoster avoids trouble, rolls to his right and then looks all the way to the left where he hit Collins in the end zone for a touchdown. (The game is at 1:39 in the video)
Lamar Sperling, Archbishop Hoban
The senior running back has scored three times in Akron’s holy war, with all three worthy of this list. But on his last run of the night, he missed several defenders at the line of scrimmage – including one who dove on him – then threw another defender at 20 en route to a 35-yard score.
Tommy Stines, Archbishop Moeller
Late in the fourth quarter against St. Ignatius, the Crusaders were forced into an 18-10 lead. Stines followed the punt as it rebounded and blocked it from entering the end zone. Moeller brought him down at the 1 yard line and forced an interception on the drive.