Michael Davis overcame cramps and an offensive onslaught to lead Meigs (Pomeroy, Ohio) to a 79-69 defeat of Fairland (Proctorville) Friday night.
Starting quarterback Cody Bartrum was out with an injury, so Davis played running back, quarterback, wide receiver, and cornerback, scoring nine touchdowns, including eight runs and one touchdown catch, managing 531 all-purpose yards.
Meigs coach Mike Bartrum, a former NFL long snapper and tight end, put Meigs in several Wildcat packages and set Davis loose. The Marauders needed all of the senior’s exploits as Fairland quarterback Chance Short threw for 602 yards and seven touchdown passes.
“I was fortunate to play 13 years in the NFL and I have never been a part of a game like that,” Coach Bartrum said. “The kids gutted it out. Players were cramping all over the place. Michael did not play most of the third quarter because of cramping but sucked it up. He’s a committed kid who wants to play college football.”
Davis started cramping on the first play of the third quarter, so he was told to drink pickle juice and mustard.
“I am not a mustard fan but I would drink anything to be able to play,” Davis said. “It must have worked because once it started to work, I didn’t cramp the rest of the way.”
At 5-10 and 170 pounds, Davis doesn’t have any major offers.
“I’ve had a few offers and I plan to play in college somewhere,” Davis said. “I plan to live in the weight room and be 190 pounds by the time I enter college.”
Davis skipped playing basketball this past season to concentrate on football.
“We would have been proud to have that as a basketball score,” Meigs athletic director Ron Hill said. “Who would have thought that the other team would score 69 points and lose? Michael is your basic small, thin, football player. He’s tough and real quick. They could not put a hat on him. He would go into a pileup and then come out the other end.”
For his efforts, Davis leads the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performances of the Week. The rest of the top performances:
Julia Angelo, volleyball, Palm Harbor (Fla.) University
The sophomore outside hitter had 25 digs and 15 kills in a 3-0 defeat of Riverview (Sarasota) on Sept. 2 and had 13 kills, 21 digs and four blocks in a 3-1 defeat of Seminole on Thursday.
Jake Browning, QB, Folsom, Calif.
Senior threw six touchdown passes and ran for a touchdown in a 49-13 defeat of Clovis North (Fresno) on Friday. His second touchdown pass gave him 147 for his career, setting a new state record for touchdown passes. The old mark was set by Jimmy Clausen of Oaks Christian (Westlake Village).
Samantha Dewey, football-soccer, Triton Central, Fairland, Ind.
Senior tied the game with her extra point and hit the game-winning field goal in a 17-14 defeat of Lutheran (Lutheran) on Friday. The next day, she scored six goals for Triton Central’s girls soccer team in a 11-2 defeat of Monrovia.
Kiante Enis, RB, Winchester, Ind.
Junior ran for 383 yards and six touchdowns on just 16 carries in a 47-0 defeat of Hagerstown on Friday.
Eric Mitchell, DE-RB, Central Tech, Erie, Pa.
Senior had a safety and blocked two punts, returning one for a touchdown and ran for an 82-yard touchdown in a 41-27 defeat of General McLane (Edinboro) on Saturday.
VIDEO: Big run by Eric Mitchell
Quarte Sapp, LB, Milton, Ga.
Senior had 10 tackles, a safety and returned one of his two interceptions for a touchdown in a 27-0 defeat of Norcross on Friday.
VIDEO: Sapp highlights
Tyson Spencer; LB, Flower Mound, Texas
Senior had 23 tackles, forced two fumbles, recovering one and had three tackles for loss with a sack in a 19-17 defeat of Keller on Friday.
Alex Stueve, RB, East, Sioux City, Iowa
Senior ran for 182 yards and a city-record seven touchdowns, including six touchdowns in the first half of a 56-14 defeat of West (Sioux City) on Friday.
Christian Von Ruden, RB, Bethlehem Academy, Fairibault, Minn.
Senior ran for 351 yards and six touchdowns in a 38-20 defeat of United South Central (Wells) on Saturday.