In a night where a steady rain fell throughout the game, Willoughby South had the perfect recipe for success. Kareem Hunt.
Hunt rushed for 211 yards and five touchdowns on 20 carries, leading the Rebels to a 41-0 victory over Madison in the Cleveland Browns High School Game of the Week, presented by PNC Bank. Through seven weeks of the season, Hunt has accumulated over 1,700 rushing yards and nearly 30 touchdowns.
With the victory, South improved to 7-0 and is looking towards the possibility of hosting a first-round playoff game in Division I, Region I, as all facets of its game are coming together.
“It’s exciting to get a shutout, especially against a solid football team like Madison,” South coach Matt Duffy said. “Offensively, we’ve got a quarterback that can throw the ball, we’ve got some guys up front that can block and Kareem will be the first to tell you they deserve all of the credit.”
With the rain falling, the field conditions deteriorated quickly, but it played in to the hands of Hunt and the South offense. Hunt’s first two scores came in the first quarter, and by halftime, he had already rushed for 164 yards and three touchdowns.
“It was a very nice night,” Hunt said. “Those guys work hard every week, so I just follow them. Our mentality is to destroy every team we play and try to finish the season undefeated.”
Hunt’s video game-like statistics make him a leading candidate for the Mr. Football award, which is annually given to the best player in the state of Ohio.
Through the Game of the Week program, Willoughby South will receive $4,000 for its athletic department. Additionally, Coach Duffy and Hunt will be recognized during the Browns vs. Chargers game on October 28.
The Cleveland Browns High School Game of the Week program is presented by PNC Bank, in association with Russell Athletic and The Ohio Army National Guard.