Here is a look back at the top five plays from week one of high school football.
5. Poland’s Ross Gould 30-yard run. Poland was well on its way to a win over Marlington, but the offense was stagnant in the 2nd half. Up 28-14 in the 4th quarter, the Bulldogs handed the ball off to Ross Gould, who broke a tackle at the line, bounced to the outside, shook another tackler at the sideline, and continued on for a 30-yard gain. Poland defeated Marlington 35-14.
4. Lisbon’s flea-flicker. Lisbon was down to Leetonia 12-6 late in the 4th quarter. The Blue Devils dug deep in their play book to catch the Bears off guard. Out came the flea-flicker, with Josh Liberati throwing down field to Jagr Groubert. Groubert made a leaping catch with the defender right on him. That set up the game-winning touchdown, as Lisbon once again won the Spaghetti Bowl, 13-12.
3. Ursuline’s Durkin to Phillips go-ahead TD. Ursuline was up against the ropes late against Walsh Jesuit. Down four points late in the fourth quarter, the Irish were facing 4th down. That’s when Michigan State recruit Chris Durkin fired a perfect pass to Ben Phillips, who caught it with three defenders around him. Still, Phillips needed to power a yard or two more to cross the goal line, and he did. Ursuline won 27-24.
2. Howland’s Jaquore Marrs 95-yard touchdown run. Howland fans are used to seeing number 4 run wild on Friday nights, as DeVeon Smith racked up the most yards in Trumbull County history over the past four seasons. But Smith moved on to Michigan, leaving Jaquore Marrs as the new number 4 in the backfield. Marrs did not disappoint in his debut, busting off a 95-yard touchdown run in the 2nd quarter against Akron Kenmore.
1. South Range goes for the win. Talk about guts. Down three with just nine seconds to go in the game, facing fourth and goal from the three, South Range bypassed the field goal and tie to go for the touchdown and win. Billy Goodall took the sweep off the right side and found the corner, trotting into the end zone with just five seconds left in the game. The Raiders would beat the Eagles 34-30.