~Perhaps the most revered football player in ZHS history, Buster is also known as winner of Ohio’s first Mr. Football award given by The Associated Press. That came following a 1987 senior season that saw the all-around threat rush for 1,795 yards and score 34 touchdowns.
~Running the old single-wing offense to take advantage of his myriad of skills – in the first game against Columbus East, he scored seven touchdowns — Buster also threw for 431 yards during the season. On defense, he had eight interceptions. As a kicker, he booted three field goals, 38 extra points and had a 40.9-yard punting average.
PREVIOUS OHIO MR FOOTBALL WINNERS
2011—Maty Mauk, Kenton, QB, 6-2, 185, sr. Set national career passing records for yards (18,006), attempts (2001), completions (1,287) and touchdowns (209). During regular season led team to a 10-0 record, and also to state championship game. As a senior, completed 274 of 401 passes for 3,744 yards and 48 touchdowns with eight interceptions, plus ran for 1,l204 yards. He and 2002 winner Benny Mauk become the first brothers to win the award. Has committed to Missouri.
2010_Akise Teague, Youngstown Ursuline, RB, 5-8, 176, sr. Carried 164 times for 1,756 yards (10.7 ypc) and 26 touchdowns for the season. Also caught 25 passes for 545 yards (21.8 ypc) and five TDs. Returned 10 kicks for 328 yards and one TD, and 13 punts for 283 yards (21.8 ypr). As a DB, intercepted five passes and returned three for TDs while totaling 47 tackles, 3.5 for minus yardage. Accounted for 3,132 all-purpose yards and 35 TDs for state’s No. 1 team in Division V. Accounted for 212 points on 217 touches for the season, averaging 14.4 yards every time he touched the ball. Had 418 all-purpose yards in one game and scored six times. Ran for 112 yards and three TDs on nine carries in 2009 state championship game. Ursuline won previous two Division V state championships and was No. 1 all season heading into win at 2010 state final. University of Cincinnati.
2009_Erick Howard, North Canton Hoover, RB, 5-11, 205, senior. Carried 337 times for 2,056 yards and 27 touchdowns for the season. In the regular season had 299 carries for 1,957 yards, 26 TDs; 102 tackles, 5 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks, caused 4 fumbles, 1 interception. Career: 6,013 yards rushing, 79 TDs, 478 points — all Stark County records. Yardage total is in the top 20 all-time in the state. Only second two-time Mr. Football (Robert Smith, 1988-89). Recently arraigned on charges aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, rape and kidnapping stemming from an alleged home invasion in the summer of 2011.
2008_Erick Howard, North Canton Hoover, RB, 5-10, 210, jr. Carried 285 times for 1,795 yards and 25 touchdowns for No. 8 team in final AP rankings. Also had 2,322 all-purpose yards and totaled 28 touchdowns. Led team to state semifinals for first time in more than 20 years, totaling 2,387 rushing yards and 32 TDs. Only second junior to win the award (also two-time winner, Robert Smith, in 1988).
2007_Bart Tanski, Mentor, QB, 6-2, 190, sr. Led Cardinals to second consecutive Division I state championship game. Completed 161-of-273 passes for 2,385 yards and 20 TDs with 4 interceptions during regular season. Also ran for 8 TDs. Walked on at Bowling Green.
2006_Brandon Saine, Piqua, RB, 6-1, 219, sr. Heading into state championship game, has 281 carries for 2,035 yards and 30 TDs; 19 receptions for 345 yards and five TDs; 400 in return yards and one TD. A two-time defending state champion in the Division I 100 and 400 meters, state record holder in the 100 at 10.31 seconds. Ohio State.
2005_Delone Carter, Copley, RB, 5-10, 200, sr. Rushed for 2,788 yards on 302 carries (9.2 average) with 49 total touchdowns (47 rushing, two receiving) in 12 games (10 regular season, two playoffs). In 2004, carried 324 times for 2,556 yards and 28 touchdowns in 13 games (three in playoffs). Spent first two seasons at Akron Hoban as backup to 2004 Mr. Football Tyrell Sutton. Syracuse.
2004_Tyrell Sutton, Akron Hoban, RB, 5-10, 194, sr. 2004: 354 carries for 3,232 yards (9.1 average), 38 total TDs, 36 rushing, one receiving, one kickoff return, 228 points. Career: 117 TDs, 112 rushing, 1,090 carries for state-record 9,426 yards; 455 receiving yards; 1,038 return yards; state-record 10,919 all-purpose yards. Rushed for 100 or more yards in final 38 games. Northwestern.
2003_Raymond Williams, Cleveland Benedictine, RB, 5-11, 185, sr. Averaged 8.1 yards per carry, totaling 2,099 for regular season along with 27 TDs for state’s No. 1-ranked team in Division III. Totaled more than 6,000 career yards. After Benedictine won a state championship, he was arrested for his role in the death of a teammate and pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Williams was put on probation, a three-year prison sentence and a $100,000 fine were suspended. West Virginia rescinded a scholarship offer after his arrest.
2002_Benny Mauk, Kenton, QB, 6-2, 200, sr.: Completed 434-of-668 passes (64 percent) for 6,528 yards and 76 touchdowns; rushed for 1,385 yards and 18 touchdowns; set national career records for yards passing (17,523) and touchdowns (178); Led Kenton to Division IV title in 2001. Transferred from Wake Forest to Cincinnati, where he led Bearcats to bowl game.
2001_Maurice Clarett, Warren Harding, RB, 6-0, 230 pounds, sr.: carried 139 times for 1,369 yards and 22 touchdowns in the regular season; also had 14 catches for 253 yards and three touchdowns, returned four punts for touchdowns and had another on a kickoff return. Led Ohio State to national championship as a freshman in 2002, then was suspended for lying to NCAA and university investigators looking into improper benefits. Sued NFL for early entry but lost in court. Serving jail time after pleading guilty to having a hidden gun in his sport utility vehicle and holding up two people outside a bar in a separate case.
2000_Jeff Backes, Upper Arlington, RB-DB, 5-10, 180 pounds, sr.: set state record for rushing yards in a season with 3,353, including the Golden Bears’ run to the state title; scored 44 touchdowns on 354 carries, averaging 224 yards a game; also a standout at safety. Northwestern.
1999_Brandon “Bam” Childress, Bedford Chanel, DB-WR-KR, 5-10, 175 pounds, sr.: only seven passes thrown his way in 14 games; one was completed for a 3-yard gain, he intercepted two, returning one for a touchdown, batted down two and two were overthrown; 41 receptions for 754 yards and 11 touchdowns; more than 700 yards on punt returns and 600 yards on kickoff returns. Ohio State. NFL.
1998_Ryan Brewer, Troy, RB, 5-10, 205, sr.: 315 carries for then-state-record 2,856 yards and 40 touchdowns; 14 straight games over 200 yards rushing; more than 7,700 career yards; punted for 44-yard average; kicked four field goals of 30 or more yards; two interceptions as defensive back. South Carolina.
1997_Antoine “Tony” Fisher, Euclid, RB, 6-1, 203, sr.: 186 carries for 2,130 yards and 40 touchdowns, breaking Robert Smith’s school records for season scoring and yardage. Notre Dame. NFL.
1996_Derek Combs, Grove City, RB-CB-KR, 6-1, 185, sr.: rushed for 2,042 yards on 214 carries (9.5 yards per carry) and scored 24 touchdowns; also caught 20 passes for 400 yards. Ohio State. NFL.
1995_Andy Katzenmoyer, Westerville South, LB-RB, 6-4, 235, sr.: 53 solo tackles, 35 assists, 16 for minus yardage, 8 sacks, 6 caused bad pass, 8 passes broken up, 6 fumbles caused; also rushed for 250 yards as blocking back on offense. Ohio State. NFL. Retired due to injury.
1994_Charles Woodson, Fremont Ross, RB-DB, 6-1, 190, sr.: 218 carries, 2,028 yards and 38 touchdowns; 2,596 all-purpose yards and 230 points. Michigan. Won Heisman Trophy. NFL.
1993_Curtis Enis, Union City Mississinawa Valley, RB-LB, 6-3, 232, sr.: 256 carries for then-state-record 2,764 yards (10.8 yards per attempt) and 37 touchdowns rushing; games of 440 yards and seven touchdowns, 371 yards and four touchdowns and 343 yards and four touchdowns. Penn State. NFL. Retired.
1992_Marc Edwards, Norwood, RB-LB, 6-2, 220, sr.: 234 carries for 1,721 yards and 26 touchdowns; 2,114 all-purpose yards; 113 tackles on defense. Notre Dame. NFL. Retired.
1991_Derek Kidwell, Fostoria, QB-DE, 6-4, 225, sr.: 85-for-144 for 1,526 yards and 15 touchdowns with eight interceptions passing; rushed for 379 yards on 60 carries and five touchdowns; had 21 solos, 23 assists, two sacks and four fumbles recovered as defensive end. Bowling Green. Successful high school coach.
1990_Bob Hoying, St. Henry, QB, 6-5, 210, sr.: 105-for-180 (58 percent), 1,736 yards and 20 touchdowns with five interceptions passing; rushed for 201 yards on 39 carries with four touchdowns; as free safety intercepted seven passes. Ohio State. NFL. Retired.
1989_Robert Smith, Euclid, RB, 6-2, 195, sr.: 203 carries for 2,042 yards and 31 touchdowns; career 548 carries for 5,038 yards, 67 touchdowns. Ohio State. NFL. Now a TV college football analyst.
1988_Robert Smith, Euclid, RB, 6-2, 185, jr.: 177 carries for 1,564 yards (8.8 yards per carry); averaged 31 yards on 10 punt returns.
1987_Buster Howe, Zanesville, WB, 5-11, 182, sr.: All-purpose single-wing back, scored 25 points a game; also played defensive back, kicked. Ohio State.
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