Massillon Washington-Solon Notebook

MASSILLON, OHIO -- ventured to Massillon on Friday night to get a glimpse of Ohio State pledge Devoe Torrence and highly touted junior J.T. Turner, but Solon and their attacking defense stole the show.

After combining for nearly 300 yards rushing in week one those of us expecting a repeat performance from Washington running backs Devoe Torrence and K.J. Herring were left with an empty feeling.

All the talk surrounding the game between Massillon Washington and Solon on Friday night at Paul Brown Stadium was mostly people trying to figure out how bad the Tigers would beat the Solon Comets.

Someone should have left Solon in on the secret as they used an atttacking defense to dominate the vaunted Tigers offense.

Torrence was held to 25 yards on 16 carries, while Herring didn't fair any better with 19 yards on 9 carries. Overall, the Tigers barely managed to gain 100 yards of total offense as the Comets moved to 2-0 on the young season with a 10-3 upset win.

Devoe Torrence had a less than stellar performance and he did not seem his self. Torrence dropped a few passes, one sealing the win for the Comets as the ball popped out of Torrence's hands and into the waiting arms of a Solon defender. Solon was able to run out the clock after that play.

J.T. Turner has been hyped by Ohio Recruiting Analyst Bill Greene as a player we should watch and he was right as Turner was the best player on field Friday night. The 6-3 lockdown corner was all over the field. He turned in the biggest play of the night for the Tigers as he returned a kick-off for 87 yards before being caught from behind at the 3-yard line. The Tigers failed to score on the drive. He will likely project as a safety at the next level.

All-State kicker Steve Schott showed a powerful leg nailing a 44-yard field goal.

Solon running back Jim Geitz at 5-9, 185 pounds, may never be on a D-I roster, but he is one tough high school running back. He broke multiple tackles on almost every carry and he took the Comets and put them on his back when it counted.

Steven Grier is a linebacker that we knew very little about entering this game, but it only took a series or two before he caught our attention. The 6-1, 219 pound, senior linebacker plays the game almost like 2007 prospect and current Indiana Hoosier Tyler Replogle.

Sophomore Daryl Baldwin is one you want to keep an eye on with a 6-6, 245 pound, frame at defensive end. Baldwin is raw right now, but given some time to develop and we will continue to hear his name. Recommended Stories


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