When you put up crazy stats week-in week-out, people notice. Buckeye Nation has definitely noticed the talent of Ohio State commit Joe Burrow this season. For what seems like the 100th time this year, the future Buckeye quarterback walked away with our Land-Grant Holy Land Elite '15 MVP of the Week award last week.
Leading his Athens High squad to a 34-31 come from behind win over Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary last weekend, Joe completed 32 of 44 attempts for 322 yards, and four touchdowns. Locking up 82% of your votes, Burrow's play on the field was good enough for him to keep his future teammates Jerome Baker, Denzel Ward, Torrance Gibson, and Jamel Dean at bay.
With eyes set on a state title, a few of the class of 2015 commits were back in action over the weekend. Who did enough to secure the MVP of the Week? The poll is open. Make sure to vote:
On Thursday evening, Burrow and Athens (14-1) had numerous chances to put away a very tough Toledo Central Catholic ball club, but came up short in the final minute of regulation in the Division III State Championship game. In the heartbreaking 56-52 loss, Burrow completed 26 of his 44 passing attempts for 446 yards and six touchdowns while also showing his athleticism on the ground, rushing for 57 yards, including a 49-yard run in the first quarter to set up a Bulldog score.
In the Division IV Championship on Saturday, Baker showed why so many college programs recruited him during the process. Leading Cleveland Benedictine to a 21-14 win over Kettering Archbishop Alter, Jerome finished with 14 total tackles on defense. Also starring as a wildcat quarterback on offense, the four-star prospect rushed the ball 12 times for 83 yards and two key touchdowns to help lock up the title for the Bengals, who finish the season 14-1.
Barely leaving the field in the Division II title game, Ward was one of the only bright spots for Nordonia (14-1) all day long against a very tough and well coached Cincinnati La Salle team. On offense, Denzel hauled in six receptions for 103 yards. Playing cornerback, the two-way standout finished with five total tackles, in the controlling 55-20 La Salle Championship victory on Saturday.
While some of his classmates were playing for a title, Gibson was trying to help his American Heritage (FL) squad get one step closer to having a chance to once again play for a ring. Torrance didn't have his best game through the air on Friday, completing just 2 of his 10 passing attempts for 15 yards for the game. Using his outstanding speed, he did rush for 72 yards and two scores, but a fumble by Gibson, which was scooped up and returned for a touchdown played a huge part in Bishop Moore getting back into the game.
After Bishop Moore took the turnover by Gibson 45 yards to pay dirt, they recovered a onside kick and rushed down the field to tie the game at 17 with a field goal. Like most leaders do, Torrance came up when it counted. In the final minutes of the game, Gibson drove American Heritage to enemy territory. With four seconds left American Heritage kicker Oren Milstein knocked in a 38-yard field goal to give the Patriots a 20-17 victory. With the win, Gibson and American Heritage (11-3) will have the opportunity to repeat as Class 5A champs, as they take on fellow Florida power Godby (12-2) on Friday afternoon.