Thursday, September 15, 2011
Stock rising for Perry and Olentangy defense
By David Auguste
It's time for the All-State Stock Watch, as we look at All-State football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the past week. A player could have performed well in a game, gotten a big-time scholarship offer, broken his leg or just had an off game.
UP — Maty Mauk, Kenton
Mauk just loves facing the Van Wert defense. Last year he torched the Cougars secondary for 504 yards and five TDs in a 70-34 win. He was sensational again Friday night, passing for more than 450 yards and accounting for eight scores in the Wildcats’ 66-13 triumph at Van Wert. Mauk added 102 yards on the ground on just 10 carries. The Missouri commit continues to accumulate video game numbers as he closes in on the national record for career TD passes and yards.
DOWN — T.C. Klusman, Elder, OL
Klusman anchors a Panthers’ line that is among the state’s best, but he and the O-line had its issues against Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) Friday night. Elder was limited to 181 total offensive yards and the line failed to provide QB Ben Gramke enough time to make an impact through the air. Klusman and Elder don’t get much of a reprieve this week as they travel to Lakewood to face No. 1 St. Edward.
UP — Joshua Perry, Olentangy (Lewis), DB/LB
Perry has a knack for making big plays all over the gridiron. The Ohio State-bound star had one of those games last week in the Braves’ 41-13 defeat of Big Walnut. Perry recorded a pair of sacks on defense, returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and ran for another score. That’s the kind of play that should help the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder crack Luke Fickell’s lineup soon after touching down in Columbus.