CLEVELAND, Ohio – OHSAA and the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association announced the finalists for the 36th Ohio Mr. Football Award. Cleveland Heights’ Darreon Fair and Archbishop Hoban’s Lamar Sperling were named finalists for the state’s most prestigious award. Medina’s Drew Allar, last season’s winner, was the first zone winner since Wadsworth’s Joey Baughman in 2017.
The winner of the 2022 edition will be announced on December 1 in Guangzhou before the start of the OHSAA State Football Championships. OPSWA All-Ohio teams will begin releasing on Monday, December 5.
OPSWA District Presidents and Officers have selected seven outstanding student-athletes as finalists for the 2022 Ohio Mr. Football Award. The voting process is nearly identical to that used to determine the Heisman Trophy winner in college football. .
Voting is currently underway for the 218 registered members of OPSWA and will close at noon on Monday, November 28.
Ohio’s Mr. Football was featured by the Associated Press from 1987 to 2016. Since 2017, it has been presented by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association.
Darreon Fair, Cleveland Heights, 5-11, 175, sr., QB
The Northeast Lakes District Division I Offensive Player of the Year scored 40 total touchdowns and led the Tigers to a 9-1 record. He rushed for 1,318 yards and 29 touchdowns on 116 attempts and threw for 644 yards and 11 touchdowns on 41 of 75 passes.
CJ Hester, Wyoming, 5-11, 190, SR, RB/DB
The Southwest District’s three-time Division IV Offensive Player of the Year rushed the ball 228 times for 2,081 yards (9.1 yards per rush) and 33 touchdowns in the regular season as the Cowboys finished undefeated and No. 2 in the latest AP poll. He currently has 2,967 yards and 46 touchdowns on 331 carries for a top-seeded D-IV state semifinalist. Among the school records he set this year were the most rushing yards in a game (351), the most rushing touchdowns in a game (7), and the most points scored in a game ( 42). The West Michigan rookie rushed for 6,951 yards in his career and has 110 total touchdowns.
Diore Hubbard, Gahanna Lincoln, 5-11, 185, jr., RB.
In 14 games, the Central District Division I Offensive Player of the Year rushed for 2,306 yards on 309 carries (7.5 average), received 287 yards on 22 receptions and had 29 touchdowns for a semi. of the highest ranked state.
Jordan Marshall, archbishop of Cincinnati Moeller, 5-11,200, jr., RB
He carried the ball 161 times for 1,290 yards (7.9 average) and 20 touchdowns and caught 16 passes for 278 yards and four touchdowns in the regular season. Currently has 1,796 yards and 27 touchdowns on 217 carries for a top-seeded Division I semifinalist. Named GCL South Player of the Year and Southwest District Division I Offensive Player of the Year.
Lamar Sperling, Archbishop Hoban, 5-10, 190, father, RB
The Northeast Interior District Division II Offensive Player of the Year has recorded 339 carries, 3,348 rushing yards and 51 rushing touchdowns in 14 games. The Buffalo rookie rushed for 2,934 yards and 41 touchdowns in 16 games last year.
Connor Walendzak, Perrysburg, 5-11, 195, father, RB
The Toledo rookie and Northwest District Division I Offensive Player of the Year rushed 166 times for 1,320 yards and 18 touchdowns in the regular season. He also finished with 102 tackles (14.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles. He was named Northern Lakes League Player of the Year and All-Conference First Team at running back and linebacker. He was also a member of the All-Ohio first team in 2020 and second team in 2021.
Mason Wolfe, Millersburg West Holmes, 6-3, 190, sr., QB
The Eastern District Division IV Offensive Player of the Year completed 137 of 195 passes (70.3 percent completion) for 2,511 yards, 34 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He added three more rushing touchdowns for the Knights, who finished the regular season 10-0 and ranked No. 3 in the Division IV state poll. He led an offense that averaged 51 points per game.
Information on OPSWA is available at: https://www.ohsaa.org/news/OPSWA
Ohio Mr. Football Winners (including college pick):
1987: Buster Howe, RB-DB-KP, Zanesville, Ohio State
1988: Robert Smith, RB, Euclid, Ohio State
1989: Robert Smith, RB, Euclid, Ohio State
1990: Bobby Hoying, QB, St. Henry, Ohio State
1991: Derek Kidwell, QB-DE, Fostoria, Bowling Green
1992: Marc Edwards, RB-LB, Norwood, Notre Dame
1993: Curtis Enis, RB-LB, Mississinawa Valley, Penn State
1994: Charles Woodson, DB-RB, Fremont Ross, Michigan
1995: Andy Katzenmoyer, LB, South Westerville, Ohio State
1996: Derek Combs, RB-DB-KR, Grove City, Ohio State
1997: Tony Fisher, RB, Euclid, Notre-Dame
1998: Ryan Brewer, RB, Troy, SC
1999: Bam Childress, DB-WR-KR, Bedford St. Peter Chanel, Ohio State
2000: Jeff Backes, RB-DB, Upper Arlington, Northwest
2001: Maurice Clarett, RB, Warren G. Harding, Ohio State
2002: Ben Mauk, QB, Kenton, Wake Forest/Cincinnati
2003: Ray Williams, RB, Cleveland Benedictine, West Virginia
2004: Tyrell Sutton, RB, Archbishop Hoban, Northwestern
2005: Delone Carter, RB, Copley, Syracuse
2006: Brandon Saine, RB, Piqua, Ohio State
2007: Bart Tanski, QB, Mentor, Bowling Green
2008: Erick Howard, RB, North Canton Hoover, Akron
2009: Erick Howard, RB, North Canton Hoover, Akron
2010: Akise Teague, RB-DB-KR, Youngstown Ursuline, Cincinnati
2011: Maty Mauk, QB, Kenton, MO/Eastern Kentucky
2012: Mitch Trubisky, QB, Mentor, North Carolina
2013: Dante Booker Jr., LB, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, Ohio State
2014: Joe Burrow, QB, Athens, Ohio State, Louisiana State
2015: Keishaun Sims, RB-DB, Massillon Perry, Ashland University
2016: Michael Warren, RB, Toledo Central Catholic, University of Cincinnati
2017: Joey Baughman, QB, Wadsworth, Elon University
2018: Cade Stover, SS-RB, Lexington, Ohio State University2019: Evan Prater, QB, Cincinnati Wyoming, University of Cincinnati
2020: Corey Kiner, RB, Cincinnati Roger Bacon, Louisiana State
2021: Drew Allar, QB, Medina, Penn State
. Lamar Sperling Archbishop Hoban Darreon Fair Cleveland Heights named Ohio Football finalists