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High School football leaders around the statePosted Wednesday, September 1, 2010, at 9:14 PM
The high school football season is just two games old and yet there have already been some eye-popping games from some athletes from around the state.
The state's leading passer, at least amongst players who have had their statistics reported to www.varvee.com, which is the site that the IHSAA is using to host the state's leaders in sports this season.
If you head north to Valparaiso and Class 2A Wheeler High School, which is coming off an 11-1 season and a loss in the sectional final, you'll find senior quarterback, Sam O'Shea.
His squad is 2-0 for good reason this year as he has thrown for better than 700 yards already in just two games while completing nearly 70 percent of his passes. In a 32-29 win over Highland, O'Shea threw for 405 yards on 21-of-32 passing with a pair of touchdowns while also rushing for 115 yards and a score. The next weekend in a blowout win over Kankakee Valley, he rang up 349 yards on 13-of-19 passing with seven touchdowns.
Northview's Trent Lancaster has the second highest yardage total to O'Shea with 537 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions thus far. He's also completed 65 percent of his passes this year.
Not surprisingly, Wheeler and Northview have also got the top two receiving targets when broken up according to yardage.
Wheeler's Robert Hurd has caught 15 passes for 421 yards, which is an average of 421 yards with four scores. The Knights boast Zac Niehaus, who has caught 12 passes for 334 yards and six touchdowns this season, an average of 167 yards receiving per game.
As far as rushing the football is concerned, Columbus North's Kobi Cook currently has the state lead in yardage with 596 yards on 63 carries, which works out to 9.46 yards per carry. Fairfield's Darin Hochstetler has 437 yards, which is second in the state, however, he's only toted the ball 24 times, which is a remarkable 18.2 yards per carry and an average of 218 yards per game. Cook, who is a senior, carried 27 times for 254 yards in a 49-0 win over Seymour to open the season and then added a 342 yard effort in a 42-21 win over Columbus East.
On defense, Owen Valley's Gryfen Brinson has intercepted three passes in two games, which ties him with Erik Shirley of Indianapolis Northwest.
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