Halftime is when elite teams make adjustments so that things run smoothly in the second half. It’s no different for us at ESPNHS. Nearing the midpoint of the football season, we’re calling an audible on the All-State Stock Watch. We’re breaking things down to two categories: Doin’ Work and Falling Back. Doin’ Work will highlight an All-State player and a team featuring an All-State player that is performing at an elite level, while Falling Back will examine a team we identified as a contender at one time in our local rankings but hasn’t lived up to expectations.
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Bri'Onte Dunn, GlenOak, RB
Behind Dunn’s tough running, the Golden Eagles have rebounded from last year’s disappointing 4-6 campaign to start the year 6-0 and hold down the No. 10 spot in the POWERADE Ohio Football Rankings. Dunn has averaged around 30 carries and 200 yards a contest this season despite suffering a hip injury a few weeks ago. He shook off the pain to rush for 71 yards during a pivotal stretch of the fourth quarter in GlenOak's win against Canton McKinley last week.
WR Frank Epitropoulos and Upper Arlington
The Golden Bears' 33-0 drubbing of Hiliard Darby accomplished two things: It moved UA into a three-way tie with Darby and Dublin Coffman atop the Ohio Capital Central League and clinched the program’s 600th victory. Senior FB Francis Wilamosky paced the ground game with 146 yards and two first-half TDs on just seven carries, while OSU recruit and ESPNHS All-State pick Frank Epitropoulos caught four balls for 86 yards and two scores. The Bears’ defense shut down the usually potent Darby offense, holding them under 200 yards of offense.
The Tarblooders slim playoff hopes may have been extinguished after suffering a 24-6 loss to St. Ignatius last Friday. Glenville has been unable to find stability at the quarterback position and the offense has been the main culprit in the team's surprising 2-3 record. Also, head coach Ted Ginn Sr. has missed the team’s last two contests while attending to what he described as “personal" issues.
David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.