POLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Just two weeks are left in the high school football regular season, and just two teams that remain undefeated…Salem and Poland. In fact, the Bulldogs are rolling, winning by an average of 22 points per game. That success is due, in large part, to the contributions of a Big 22 Contender.
Poland has been running the ball with great success and Dylan Garver has led the way. The senior tailback racked up over 200 yards rushing last Friday night, and scored 3 touchdowns in Poland’s 35-0 win over Lakeview. That’s the second time this season that he’s has run for over 200 yards in a game. Garver is on a record-setting pace at Poland with 12 hundred yards rushing through the first eight weeks.
“I always try to obviously run as fast as I can,” Garver said. “I always try to be physical. God didn’t bless me with the biggest form. But, I’m always gonna stick my head in the pile. I’m always gonna be physical as I can. So, I’m gonna try my hardest no matter what.”
Poland Head Coach Mark Brungard heaped plenty of praise on Garver.
“A very instinctive young man,” Brungard said. “Very tough. Loves the physical part of the game. He’s just played long enough that I think he anticipates when plays are there to be made. When to be a little more conservative. He’s just always in the right spot. He’s playing strong safety or when he’s carrying the ball. he’s a savvy savvy football player.”
Several other standouts also caught the attention of Sports Team 27:
Salem Junior tailback Cooper Bezeredi ran for 288 yards against Alliance, and scored five touchdowns on Friday.
Brookfield Senior Augustus NeCastro carried it 34 times, for 194 yards in the Warriors big win over LaBrae.
And you can add Jake Ward’s name to the list of Big 22 Contenders. The Columbiana senior wideout had 10 receptionsfor 210 yards, and 3 touchdowns Friday night. It was all part of the Clippers’ overtime win over previously undefeated Lisbon.