Thursday was the big night for the Akron duo of Parris Campbell and Dante Booker. Not only did each of them post solid showings in the biggest game of the year thus far, the two helped the Fighting Irish to a state title, making it a back-to-back accomplishment for St. Vincent St. Mary. Trotwood-Madison's defense came to play, limiting Campbell to 61 rushing yards on 19 carries, but he did flash his big play ability on a 27 yard scamper. On the other side, Booker helped lead the shut out by recording 1.5 tackles for loss, but his most impressive play was when he was lined up at tight end where he caught a 44 yard pass. Booker's athleticism is off the charts and when he puts his whole game together, it should be extremely impressive at the next level. Here's some video highlights of the game.
Also playing in a state championship game was Moeller's own Sam Hubbard. The Crusaders capped their season with a thrilling 55-52 victory over Mentor. To say Hubbard played a huge part on the win would be an understatement. The kid did just about everything on the defensive side of the ball, and even special teams. Not only did he come up with an interception and a fumble recovery, Hubbard blocked a PAT attempt and was in on numerous tackles throughout the game. Though Hubbard will start at linebacker when he arrives on campus next year, his athletic ability, like Booker's, will pay huge dividends and open up plenty of opportunities for playing time down the road.
Moeller TD comes following fumble recovery by Ohio State pledge Sam Hubbard— Dave Berk (@DMBerk) December 7, 2013
As you can tell, it was a huge weekend for Buckeye commits and it was more of the same for Noah Brown's squad as Pope John was also vying for a state championship on Saturday. Though the team came up short, Brown was the lone bright spot, providing everything he could get the game going in the right direction. Down 21-0 early, Brown ran in a one yard touchdown and then followed it up with a 75 yard reception touchdown, leaving the defense in the dust. His contributions didn't stop there as on defense Brown also stepped in front of a pass to earn an interception.
TOUCHDOWN, Pope John, Noah Brown with a 1 yard plunge. PAT is good. Green Knights 21, Pope John 7. 11:11 left in 2nd. Q.— Varsity Aces (@VarsityAces) December 7, 2013
Ohio State commit Noah Brown 75 yard TD. Pope John cuts deficit to 55-14 with 10:58 left. #njfootball— Brian Fitzsimmons (@FitzWriter) December 7, 2013
- Four Buckeye commits this year were part of state championship football teams and in addition, two others made appearances in their state's championship game.