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OHSAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS:Marion-Franklin blasts Zanesville, 49-19

Cornell Jones contributed to this story


Columbus Marion-Franklin sophomore quarterback Corry Benson had a nice game in his first appearance playing in the high school playoffs.

Benson threw for four touchdowns and ran for another score in Friday night’s 49-19 win for top-ranked Marion-Franklin over visiting Zanesville in a Division II game.

Zanesville ends the season at 8-3.

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT FEATURE: Austin Traylor, Columbus Walnut Ridge Fighting Scots DE/OLB/TE


This article contains an audio interview with Austin Traylor

Austin Traylor at 6’4, 220-pounds hovers over his teammates on the Walnut Ridge High School football team from Columbus, Ohio.

He is very humble and says very few words. But the multi-talented star is regarded by college recruiters across the country as a four-star prospect with vast potential.

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He has the size, skill, speed and versatility to play any position on the football field. Scots head coach Byron Mattox and defensive coordinator Charles Stewart try not to limit him into one position because he can play everywhere the team needs him to make plays and cause havoc for the opposing team.

Traylor emerged as one of Ohio’s top prospect’s after a breakout junior season.

On defense, he can play end, tackle and outside linebacker.

On offense, he can play wide receiver or tight end. He has on occasion lined up as a running back and sent into motion to make the defense concentrate solely on him, which left other players open down the field. Traylor started the first four games of 2009 at quarterback before Fred Hardgrove took over.

Traylor began playing football at age 7 and says that San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates is his most admired player. Gates is a converted basketball player who was a star at Kent State University.

Byron Mattox, one of several head coaches around the city who were assistants under former Beechcroft football coach Tom Dunlap, said that Traylor reminds him of former Beechcroft defensive end Julian Miller, who currently is a starter at West Virginia.

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Traylor is a 16-year-old senior who will not turn 17 until sometime in September.

In 2009, Austin Traylor averaged 20 yards per catch with six touchdowns. He made first-team All-Central District at tight end when Walnut Ridge, who had an 8-3 record, 6-1 in the Columbus City League South Division won the title and made the Division II playoffs. He also recorded 72 tackles and 13 sacks.

A cousin of former Michigan and NBA star Robert “Tractor” Traylor, Austin is being recruited by several colleges who want his services as a defensive end, outside linebacker and tight end. He is also weighing a basketball scholarship offer from the Wright State University Raiders of the Horizon League. He will  end up in a major football conference if he passes on the basketball scholarship offer.

The Walnut Ridge defense is very young after losing nine starters, but they are very athletic, agile and versatile. Traylor is a leader on defense along with fellow senior Jordan Spotts.

The Scots had a nice number of 70 players out during pre-season camp and the start of two-a-days.

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As for the Walnut Ridge football team, they are 2-0 going into week 3 against Columbus Linden McKinley, which will be the Fighting Scots home opener. Then they play Columbus South before the big showdown with Columbus Marion-Franklin in week 5. All three of these games are at home.

In week 1, Walnut Ridge traveled to Cleveland Heights and won, 28-21. Fred Hardgrove rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown and threw for 120 yards and another score.

Devon Bingham returned a fumble recovery 77 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter which keyed the win.

Week 2 had the Scots in back in Columbus playing City North Division opponent, the East High Tigers. It was no contest as the Scots rolled to an easy 51-0 win. Walnut Ridge forced eight turnovers. Fred Hardgrove completed 8 of 12 passes for 199 yards and 3 touchdowns. RB Shawn Toney led the ground attack with 122 yards on 11 carries and scored a 3-yard touchdown.

ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEW WITH AUSTIN TRAYLOR (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

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Special thanks goes out to Walnut Ridge head coach Byron Mattox and staff for allowing us to come out to practice to talk to Austin Traylor and to take pictures. We greatly appreciate your help!