Last week, it was '17 RB Todd Sibley who received Land-Grant Holy Land MVP of the week honors as he made his mark against Zanesville, Sibley eclipsed 180 yards and scored two times en route to receiving the nomination. This week, Sibley strapped up the pads and played on his future field in a state championship contest. Would he be able to defend his MVP status this week?
Trying to dethrone Sibley for the honors will be four other Buckeye commits -- the same as last week -- who gave all they had this past weekend in hopes of capturing a state championship for their respective high school.
Let's take a look at the five nominees:
Chrisman and his La Salle (OH) squad from Cincinnati rolled into Ohio Stadium on Friday night with just one more obstacle to overcome as they were looking to repeat as state champions. The Lancers took on Massillon Perry (OH) and took care of business as they routed the Panthers by a final count of 42-0.
In the game, Chrisman did not have to punt, because their offense was so dominant. However, Chrisman is also the kicker for the Lancers and he drilled all six of his PAT attempts in the memorable victory. According to Mike Dyer of Cincinnati.com, the future Buckeye finished his high school career making 65 consecutive extra points. Seems good.
In his first year at Archbishop Hoban (OH) after formerly being a Tiger at Massillon Washington, Clark was able to participate in a state championship tilt on Thursday night. The Knights took on Toledo Central Catholic (OH) and Clark --and another future Buckeye -- came out victorious with 33-20 win over the Fighting Irish.
Clark played his part by tossing two touchdowns on the night. One was a 53-yard score to Jonah Morris, a former Michigan State commit, in the first quarter. The other was a 33-yard connection in the second quarter to give the Knights a seven point advantage. Clark, while not asked to throw that much, did surpass the 100-yard mark through the air as well.
Earlier this week, Davis was announced as the Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year after having a sensational senior season at Lake Taylor (VA). But Davis didn't want that to be the only good news for the week. Davis was looking to go out as a state champion and before getting to the big game, Courtland (VA) was a team that his Titans had to take down. In the end, they did just that as they came out on top 47-33. Davis and Lake Taylor now will have their opportunity to finish things the way they could only hope for -- state champions -- next weekend against Salem (VA).
While he is coming to Columbus as a defensive back, Davis got it done on both sides of the ball in this victory. In the second quarter, Davis was on the receiving end of a touchdown throw from Lake Taylor quarterback Tyrek Hughey to push the lead to 21 points. In the third, as Courtland was attempting a comeback, Davis made his mark defensively as he intercepted a pass. According to Matthew Hatfield of Rivals.com, it was Davis' eighth interception on the season.
With Sibley being teammates at Archbishop Hoban (OH) with Clark, we already know he was able to hoist a trophy on Thursday night. The only question is, did he do enough in the win to repeat as the Land-Grant Holy Land commit of the week?
Sibley, a 5'11, 205-pounder, got things going in the defeat of Toledo Central Catholic when he scampered for the first points of the night on a 55-yard touchdown run. Sibley also put up the final points on the board before halftime as he found the endzone on a 22-yard run. While his Knights went into the break up 14, Sibley himself had over 100 yards on the ground to go along with the two scores before the third quarter even began. Despite a relatively quiet second half without reaching crossing the goal line again, Sibley did finish with 162 yards on the ground.
It was state championship time for Trinity Christian Academy (FL) and Buckeye commit Shaun Wade. They had to take down American Heritage (FL) to reach their hopes of a three-peat. Sure enough, in a game that was close in the first half, the Eagles pulled away with a 30-3 win.
Wade failed the reach the endzone in the game but he still placed his foot print on the win. In the fourth quarter, the five-star prospect intercepted a pass and took in the distance. However, it was a holding call on the return that negated the big play by Wade. On the bright side, he did set up the offensive with good field position and they took advantage of it with a 25-yard TD run, the final points in the game.