VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – There are some talented running backs in the Valley this year. But no one is putting up bigger numbers, than a kid from one of the smallest schools in our area.
Our Big 22 showcase takes us to Mathews High School in Vienna.
Mathews has never had a player make the Big 22, but that may come to an end this season. Mustangs’ Senior Bryan Leipply is running wild. He leads the entire area in rushing with well over
12-hundred yards in his first six games. Leipply carried it 16 times on Friday night for 237 yards, marking his fourth straight 200-yard game.
“When I get the ball, it’s just fun,” Leipply said. I’ve never been the fastest kid or the most agile. I’ve just been just straight up old-school football. I love old-school football. It should be played like that. That’s the way I love to play it,” he said.
Head Coach Mike Palumbo loves his stule as a player. “He’s a bruiser. He’s not gonna look to juke or try to get around anybody. He’s going through ya. He’s just a nice, hard, physical runner. A hard-nosed runner. With all the teams running these spread offenses, and kinda finesse teams, he’s kinda bringing that old dimension back of old school football where we’re coming at ya,” Palumbo said.
Other players that caught the attention of Sports Team 27 last Friday night:
Keevon Harris scored four times for LaBrae, and racked up 186 yards in the process.
Hubbard snapped a 2-game losing streak, thanks in large part to George Hill. He ran for 274 yards, and 3 touchdowns against Niles.
And over in Western Pennsylvania…Junior Running Back Braxton Chapman is making his mark for Farrell. He shares time in the backfield and still managed 217 yards rushing for the undefeated Steelers.