Boardman’s Graziani headlines Big 22 contenders

Boardman Spartans football

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Just one week remains in the high school football regular season.  Boardman finds itself right in the thick of the race towards postseason play.  That Spartan success is due, in large part, to a Big 22 contender.

Mario Graziani provided the Spartans their biggest play of the night late in the fourth quarter with just over five minutes left against arch-rival Austintown Fitch.  He ripped off this impressive 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown…helping his team snap a three game losing skid to the Falcons.  On the season, Graziani has rushed for 782 yards and five total touchdowns.

“We really came together as one and really our offense all relies on a bunch of our seniors.  Without them, I couldn’t do anything on offense or defense really. But they really got the job done on the line of scrimmage.

Boardman Head Coach Joe Ignazio reflected on what Graziani means to the Spartans.

“He doesn’t quit,” said Ignazio. “He doesn’t like to lose, he doesn’t settle for anything less than everybody’s best and you know through his hard work and efforts and our guys see that on the field, you better fall in line with him and his effort or else he’s not happy with you.”

Here’s a few of the other standouts that caught the attention of Sports Team 27 in Week nine.

Sharon’s Andrew Tomko rushed for 216 yards and three touchdowns, and also tossed his school-record 20th touchdown pass of the season in a shutout win over Slippery Rock.

Meanwhile, it was a huge night for Jackson-Milton Senior Quarterback Mike Assion.  He tossed for 203 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran one in for a score in a route of Lowellville.

And, last but not least, Crestview’s Zach Hicks racked up 115 yards on the ground and score a pair of touchdowns…to help the Rebels rally past Springfield.

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