Massillon Perry’s Keishaun Sims wins Ohio’s AP Mr. Football award

Massillon Perry’s Keishaun Sims wins Ohio’s AP Mr. Football award

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Massillon Perry’s Keishaun Sims wins Ohio’s AP Mr. Football award

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Massillon Perry's Keishaun Sims wins Ohio's Mr. Football award

Massillon Perry’s Keishaun Sims wins Ohio’s Mr. Football award

Massillon Perry High School senior running back Keishaun Sims has been named this year’s Mr. Football award winner in Ohio by the Associated Press.

Sims, who plays offense, defense and special teams for the Panthers, has rushed for 3,108 yards and 43 touchdowns this season en route to leading Perry (12-2) to the program’s first-ever state title game appearance when the Panthers play Cincinnati La Salle in the Division II championship game on Friday night.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound tailback/defensive back owns virtually all of the school’s single-season and career rushing records. Sims set the Stark County record for rushing yards in a season in Week 11. The senior’s rushing total this fall currently ranks sixth-best all-time in the state, according to the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s unofficial records.

A first-team all-state selection, Sims was named Division II Co-Offensive Player of the Year with La Salle’s Jeremy Larkin, who finished second in the Mr. Football voting.

In a backup role in 2014, Sims rushed for 1,192 yards and seven scores.

Sims is Stark County’s second player to win the award.

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