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Lamar Sperling is Ohio Mr. Football, becoming Archbishop Hoban's second winner of the award

Sperling has rushed for more than 3,600 yards and 55 touchdowns this season
Photo by Jeff Harwell

Photo by Jeff Harwell

The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association announced Thursday that Archbishop Hoban running back Lamar Sperling won the 2022 Ohio Mr. Football Award in 2022.

Through 15 games this season, Sperling has rushed for 3,632 yards and an OHSAA record 55 touchdowns in helping lead the Knights advance to the Division II state championship game.

The 3,632 yards is a new Hoban single-season record, eclipsing the mark held by Tyrell Sutton in 2004. Sutton won the Mr. Football Award that season and is Hoban’s only other recipient of the state’s highest honor.

Sperling has not been held under 150 yards in a game this season and has run for more than 200 yards nine times in 15 contests. In five playoff games, he has rushed for at least 260 yards in each game for a total of 1,416 yards.. 

The 5-foot-10 running back scored multiple rushing touchdowns in all 15 games for the Knights this season and has scored three or more touchdowns 12 times. He has scored at least four touchdowns in each playoff game and has 24 touchdowns in the five games. 

The OPSWA announced the seven finalists for the award last week, and the 218 members were given the chance to vote for their top three picks, ranking them in order. 

Each first-place selection was awarded three points, each second-place selection was awarded two points, and each third-place selection was awarded one point.

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Sperling received 141 points, followed by Wyoming running back CJ Hester had 101. 

2022 Ohio Mr. Football Finalists:

Darreon Fair, Cleveland Heights, 5-11, 175, sr., QB

The Northeast Lakes District Division I Offensive Player of the Year scored 40 total TDs and led the Tigers to a 9-1 record. He rushed for 1,318 yards and 29 TDs on 116 attempts and threw for 644 yards and 11 TDs on 41-of-75 passing.

CJ Hester, Wyoming, 5-11, 190, SR, RB/DB

Three-time Southwest District Division IV Offensive Player of the Year carried the ball 228 times for 2,081 yards (9.1 yards per carry) and 33 TDs in the regular season as the Cowboys finished undefeated and No. 2 in the final AP Poll. Currently has 2,967 yards and 46 TDs on 331 carries for a top-seeded D-IV state semifinalist. Among the school records he set this year were most rushing yards in a game (351), most rushing TDs in a game (7) and most points scored in a game (42). The Western Michigan recruit has rushed for 6,951 yards in his career and has 110 total TDs.

Diore Hubbard, Gahanna Lincoln, 5-11, 185, jr., RB.

Through 14 games the Central District Division I Offensive Player of the Year has rushed for 2,306 yards on 309 carries (7.5 average), has 287 yards receiving on 22 receptions and has 29 total TDs for a top-seeded Division I state semifinalist.

Jordan Marshall, Moeller, 5-11 200, jr., RB

Carried the ball 161 times for 1,290 yards (7.9 yds per carry) and 20 TDs and caught 16 passes for 278 yards and four TDs in the regular season. Currently has 1,796 yards and 27 TDs on 217 carries for a top-seeded Division I state semifinalist. Named GCL South Player of the Year and Southwest District Division I Offensive Player of the Year. Four-star recruit and one of the country’s Top 10 junior running back prospects according to 247sports.com.

Lamar Sperling, Akron Archbishop Hoban, 5-10, 190, sr., RB

The Northeast Inland District Division II Offensive Player of the Year has logged 339 carries, 3,348 rushing yards and 51 rushing touchdowns in 14 games. The Buffalo recruit ran for 2,934 yards and 41 TDs in 16 games last year.

Connor Walendzak, Perrysburg, 5-11, 195, sr., RB

Toledo recruit and Northwest District Division I Offensive Player of the Year ran 166 times for 1,320 yards and 18 touchdowns in the regular season. Also finished with 102 tackles (14.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles. Was named Northern Lakes League Player of the Year and first team at running back and linebacker. Selected All-Ohio first team running back in 2020 and second team in 2021.

Mason Wolfe, Millersburg West Holmes, 6-3, 190, sr., QB

The East District Division IV Offensive Player of the Year completed 137-of-195 passes (70.3% completion) for 2,511 yards, 34 TDs and only 2 INTs. Added another three rushing TDs for the Knights who finished the regular season 10-0 and ranked No. 3 in Division IV state poll. Directed an offense that averaged 51 ppg.

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