ST. LOUIS • Ezekiel Elliott fought back the tears the best he could.
The John Burroughs standout senior running back had done everything he could in the Missouri Class 3 championship game on Friday afternoon, and it still wasn’t enough to prevent a heartbreaking 35-22 loss to Maryville at the Edward Jones Dome.
“You put in so many hours with your boys, your brothers, all season for the past four years, and you aren’t able to accomplish what you wanted to,” Elliott said. “So it hurts a lot. But you have to be strong. I have to be strong for my boys back in the locker room. I can’t be moping around. I have to show them that it’s not over, it’s not over. I believe in them. I believe they can come back next year. They are going to win a state championship.”
The Ohio State recruit broke the championship game record for all-purpose yards with 419, eclipsing the 365 former University of Missouri running back Derrick Washington racked up in Raymore-Peculiar’s 42-32 win against Kirkwood in the Class 5 title game in 2006.
The 6-foot senior rushed 18 times for 218 yards and two touchdowns, including a 79-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a 1-yard scoring surge late in the third that cut the deficit to 28-22. He caught five passes for 72 yards and returned four kicks for another 129 yards, including a 84-yard return for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Mentor, Ohio - Perhaps no Ohio football team and quarterback played at a more frenetic pace and in more frantic games than Mentor and senior Mitch Trubisky this fall. The Cardinals seemed to score points by the dozen and considered a three-touchdown deficit a gimme putt.
Surrounded by youth while calmly leading the charge, Trubisky took Mentor further than it perhaps should have gone in a way few others have played the game.
Trubisky's record-setting season and, at times, astounding play was recognized Wednesday when he was named Ohio's Mr. Football by the Associated Press, an annual award given to the top high school player regardless of division.
Trubisky received the news while out to dinner at a Mentor steakhouse with his family and coaches.
“It's incredible right now,'' Trubisky said in a phone interview. "I'm pacing back and forth and I really can't believe it. It's a very prestigious honor. I'm incredibly proud. I'm out to dinner with the people I love and I could not have done it without them.''
CHICAGO (November 29, 2012) — In its 28th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced James Quick of Trinity High School as its 2012-13 Gatorade Kentucky Football Player of the Year. Quick is the second Gatorade Kentucky Football Player of the Year to be chosen from Trinity High School.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Quick as Kentucky’s best high school football player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award announced in December, Quick joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.), Wes Welker (1999-00, Heritage Hall HS, Okla.), Terrell Suggs (1999-00, Hamilton HS, Ariz.), Anquan Boldin (1998-99, Pahokee HS, Fla.) and Jerome Bettis (1989-90, Mackenzie HS, Mich.).
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior wide receiver has led the Shamrocks to a 12-1 record and a berth in the Class 6A state final against Pleasure Ridge Park, scheduled for Dec. 1. Quick caught 82 passes for 1,333 yards and 14 touchdowns through 13 games and broke the state record for career receptions, with 277. A two-time First Team All-State selection, he has been chosen to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Detroit Cass Tech (Mich.) four-star offensive lineman David Dawson knows three he will head to.
Detroit Cass Tech offensive lineman David Dawson, a four-star guard formerly committed to Michigan, has set three of his official visits.