One of Ohio's more exciting juniors is Kent Roosevelt quarterback TraVon Chapman, and he was ultra…
Chapman Shines In Playoff Win
Junior quarterback TraVon Chapman, 6-foot-2, 200-pounds, put on quite a show last Friday night in leading his Kent Roosevelt teammates to a 30-21 playoff win over Warren Howland. Chapman threw for 368 yards and two touchdowns in the game. "I just tried to play like I've been playing all year, and treat this game like any other one," Chapman said after the win. "Our team played hard and we overcame some injuries to some of our best players, but we just kept making plays. No matter who was in the game for us." Chapman, who threw for over 2,200 yards this season, also paid tribute to senior Ryan Anderson, and credited his teammate for his leadership. Anderson, one of the top prospects in Ohio for 2012, was forced to give up football after being diagnosed with cancer prior to the start of the season. "Ryan is my mentor, and he's my big brother," Chapman stated emotionally. "He is a blessing to every member of our team, and he wanted this win as much as any of us did. He never stops encouraging us, and whenever I get down and start hanging my head, Ryan is always there to lift me up. When Howland started coming back tonight, he was right there telling me I had to get it done. He is the hero of this team, not me." As the quarterback, and also the son of Kent State assistant coach Thad Jemison, Chapman is aware of his role as a leader, and it's one he takes seriously. "I definitely know I have to be the leader, and I'm ready for that challenge," he explained. "Stepping in as the new guy (after transferring from Pickerington Central) made me wait a few weeks and get to know everyone before taking the role of a leader. I think we handled it well as a team, and you can see how close we are as a team." When Howland scored early in the fourth quarter to cut the Roosevelt lead to 23-21, Chapman responded by driving his team the length of the field for the game-clinching score. "I knew I had to stay positive, and be a leader," he stressed. "After Ryan and I talked on the sideline, I knew I had to find a way to eat up some clock and get us a touchdown, and that's what we did." Chapman was reluctant to discuss his recruitment, preferring to talk about his team's big win, but he did admit there is interest from several college programs. "I don't really look at recruiting all that much, and I need to focus on our team and my job," he said. "I've been invited to games by schools like Ohio State, Michigan, and some other ones. I haven't been able to go see anyone because I play every Friday and we have film on Saturday." "Those are my two favorite teams right now, and I will take a look at this stuff after the season is over," he added. "I was at Ohio State's camp last summer and really liked it, and I plan on going to more camps next summer." Next Friday, Kent Roosevelt will take on Walsh Jesuit in second round playoff action.
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