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Offensive Champion: Jayden Ballard, WR, 2021
Jayden Ballard has the speed for days and he put that on center stage Friday night against a cross-town rival. He caught two touchdowns pass, both of which went for 50 yards or more where Ballard could showcase his wheels.
However, Ballard is not just a burner that is capable of playing receiver – he's an all-around great receiver. Even though he had two kong touchdowns he still managed to haul in 10 passes which were a game-high – all in the first half.
This week, Ballard and his talented Massillon team will take on the defending state champions Hoban High school. Hoban beat Massillon last season which ended the Tigers' season and gave Hoban the title.
Without a doubt, this is a Massillon team that will fly around in an attempt tho beat Hoban, but if they want to win Ballard will need a good game.
Defensive Champion: Mitchell Melton, OLB, 2020
As he has for much of this season, 2020 three-star outside linebacker commit Mitchell Melton made a living in his opponent's backfield. Melton sacked 2021 five-star quarterback Caleb Williams four and half times on Friday night and also finished with two tackles for loss.
Earlier this season Melton and his Good Council squad went five overtimes with Gonzaga, but that was not the case this time around. With Melton leading the way, Good Council's defense held a talented Gonzaga offense to just 14 points in the rematch to come away with a lopsided 44-14 victory.
With his display of pass-rushing ability and how Buckeyes feel about their remaining targets, Melton may get looks at defensive end at Ohio State. But for the moment, Melton will continue terrorizing high school teams from an outside linebacker position.
Next up for Melton is the conference championship against a very good St. John's team.
|JULIAN FLEMING||WR||SOUTHERN COLUMBIA||MOUNT CARMEL||3 REC, 36 YARDS, AND 2 TOUCHDOWNS|
|PARIS JOHNSON JR.||OT||PRINCETON||SEASON COMPLETED FINISHED 6-5|
|CLARK PHILLIPS III||CB||LA HABRA||EDISON||WIN, 35-27||90 YARD KICKOFF RETURN FOR A TOUCHDOWN|
|JAXON SMITH-NJIGBA||WR||ROCKWALL||HARKER HEIGHTS||WIN, 46-7||4 REC, 119 YARDS, AND 2 TOUCHDOWNS|
|GEE SCOTT JR.||WR||EASTSIDE CATHOLIC||SQUALICUM||WIN, 55-14|
|LUKE WYPLER||OL||ST. JOSEPH REGIONAL||PARAMUS CATHOLIC|
|MOOKIE COOPER||WR||PATTONVILLE||RULED INELIGIBLE BY THE STATE OF MISSOURI|
|LATHAN RANSOM||S||SALPOINTE||PINNACLE||WIN, 48-10||2 REC, 90 YARDS, AND 2 TOUCHDOWNS|
|CODY SIMON||LB||ST. PETERS PREP||NOTRE DAME||WIN, 43-35|
|KOURT WILLIAMS||LB/S||ST. JOHN BOSCO||CALABASAS||WIN, 63-7|
|JACOLBE COWAN||DL||PROVIDENCE DAY||METROLINA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY||WIN, 28-13|
|DARRION HENRY||DL||PRINCETON||SEASON COMPLETED FINISHED 6-5|
|JACK MILLER||QB||CHAPARRAL||CHANDLER||LOSS, 14-56|
|LEJOND CAVAZOS||CB||IMG ACADEMY||SEASON COMPLETED FINISHED 9-1|
|RYAN WATTS||CB||LITTLE ELM||SEASON COMPLETED FINISHED 3-7|
|CAMERON MARTINEZ||ATH||MUSKEGON||EAST GRAND RAPIDS||4 TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS (3 RUSHING, 1 PASSING)|
|GRANT TOUTANT||OL||DE LA SALLE COLLEGIATE||HAD SURGERY ON A TORN LABRUM. OUT FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON|
|JOSH FRYAR||OL||BEECH GROVE||SEASON COMPLETED FINISHED 3-7|
|JOE ROYER||TE||ELDER||ST. XAVIER||WIN, 28-24||4 REC, 112 YARDS, AND 2 TOUCHDOWNS|
|MITCHELL MELTON||OLB||OUR LADY GOOD COUNSEL||GONZAGA||WIN, 44-14||4.5 SACKS, 2 TFL, AND 2 PBU|
|TY HAMILTON||DL||PICKERINGTON CENTRAL||OLENTANGY ORANGE||WIN, 44-0|
|JAKOB JAMES||OL||ELDER||ST. XAVIER||WIN, 28-24||LED AN OFFENSE THAT HAD 442 TOTAL YARDS (156 RUSHING, 286 PASSING)|
|TREY LEROUX||OL||NORWALK||SANDUSKY||LOSS, 15-31|
|JAKE SEIBERT||K||LA SALLE||WALNUT RIDGE||WIN, 35-7||5/5 XPS, FIVE POINTS|
|JACK SAWYER||DE||PICKERINGTON NORTH||SEASON COMPLETED FINISHED 6-5|
|KYLE MCCORD||QB||ST. JOSEPH'S PREP||NORTHEAST|
|BEN CHRISTMAN||OL||REVERE||SEASON COMPLETED FINISHED 5-5|
|MARVIN HARRISON JR.||WR||ST. JOSEPH'S PREP||NORTHEAST|
|JAYDEN BALLARD||WR||MASSILLON WASHINGTON||MASSILLON PERRY||WIN, 35-7||TEN RECEPTIONS, 186 YARDS, AND TWO TOUCHDOWNS|