Wadsworth quar­ter­back wins award

The Columbus Dispatch - - Sports Report College Football Broadcasting Mls - By Eric Frantz

“Wow” was the re­sponse many ut­tered this sea­son when watch­ing Wadsworth quar­ter­back Joey Baugh­man.

It was also what he said Wed­nes­day when in­formed he is Ohio’s 31st Mr. Foot­ball Award win­ner.

Pre­vi­ously be­stowed by The As­so­ci­ated Press, the Ohio Mr. Foot­ball Award is now be­ing pre­sented by the Ohio Prep Sportswrit­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

In Au­gust, Baugh­man was an un­likely can­di­date for the state’s top in­di­vid­ual, but he blos­somed into a fa­vorite by lead­ing Wadsworth to its first un­de­feated sea­son since 1996. Wadsworth won the Sub­ur­ban League and av­er­aged 50.8 points dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son.

“In the pre­sea­son, our goals were to win the Sub­ur­ban League, go un­de­feated and host a first-round play­off game,” Baugh­man said. “There was talk of go­ing 15-0 or what­not, but those were our big three goals.”

Baugh­man was a big rea­son the Griz­zlies achieved each. He fin­ished with 3,079 yards pass­ing and 1,523 yards rush­ing. Baugh­man threw for 36 touch­downs and ran for 20.

“I didn’t think about Mr. Foot­ball un­til the play­offs started,” Baugh­man said. “That’s when (head) coach (Justin) Todd showed me my num­bers and men­tioned it. After that first play­off game, I knew it was a pos­si­bil­ity.”

Baugh­man, a Univer­sity of Vir­ginia re­cruit in wrestling, is a two-time Di­vi­sion I state run­ner-up.

Baugh­man, who en­ters his fi­nal wrestling sea­son 112-17, picked Vir­ginia over Ohio State, North Carolina, Ore­gon State and Ap­palachian State.

Fin­ish­ing sec­ond in vot­ing for Mr. Foot­ball was Trot­wood-Madi­son se­nior run­ning back Ra’Vion Har­grove.

The other fi­nal­ists were se­nior run­ning back Daniel Ban­gura (Har­vest Prep), se­nior quar­ter­back Lukas Isaly (Han­ni­bal River), ju­nior re­ceiver Tan­ner Holden (Wheel­ers­burg), se­nior quar­ter­back Ja’Vez Alexan­der (San­dusky), se­nior de­fen­sive end Tyreke Smith (Cleve­land Heights), se­nior run­ning back Isa­iah Bowser (Sid­ney) and se­nior quar­ter­back Jimmy Weir­ick (Pick­er­ing­ton North).

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