YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Over the last 16 years, some of the best high school football players in our Valley’s history have earned the title of Big 22.
After weeks of voting, and months of football, here is the WKBN Big 22 Class of 2021.
Watch the video above to see which players from this year’s class will add their names to that legacy.
David Altiere – Western Reserve
The Blue Devils senior ran wild this year with over 17-hundred yards rushing and 19 touchdowns. Altiere will graduate with four school records, and his 338 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns in one game will be tough to beat.
Vinny Ballone – Lowellville
The Rockets junior quarterback threw for over 21-hundred yards, rushed for nearly 900 and accounted for 39 total touchdowns. Ballone is already the Rocket’s all-time leader in passing yards, completions and touchdowns.
Beau Brungard – Springfield
It is the third straight year on the Big 22 for Beau Brungard. The Tigers senior threw for over 17-hundred yards, rushed for over 17-hundred, and piled up 54 total touchdowns. Brungard will continue playing football next year at Youngstown State.
TC Caffey – Hubbard
The Eagles’ tailback led the Valley with a mind-boggling 2,638 yards rushing this season. Caffey averaged over 219 yards per game and scored 37 touchdowns along the way.
Devin Carter – LaBrae
No one has run for more yards in a single season in LaBrae history than Devin Carter. The Vikings senior ranked up 1,658 of them this year and scored 26 touchdowns along the way, two of which came on defense.
Dru DeShields – West Branch
The Warriors junior led the Valley and shattered a school record with 3,659 yards passing this year. DeShields also rushed for over 11-hundred yards, and accounted for a staggering 57 touchdowns this season.
Dylan Dominguez – South Range
The 2021 campaign marked three straight one thousand yard seasons for the Raiders’ senior. Dominguez piled up nearly 17-hundred yards this year with 25 total touchdowns. He also recorded 96 tackles on defense, and will continue playing football next year at Youngstown State.
Tyler Evans – Austintown Fitch
The Falcons senior caught a school record 51 passes, for a school record 986 yards this season. Evans will also graduate as Austintown Fitch’s all-time leader in both categories.
Blaize Exline – Salem
The Quakers senior caught a school record 125 passes this season for a school record 1,424 yards. Exline scored 28 times this year and will graduate with every receiving record in the book.
Dom Foster – Warren Harding
The Raiders’ playmaker passed, rushed, received, and kick-returned his way to over 13-hundred yards and 17 total touchdowns this season. Foster will graduate with 5 school records, and continue his football career at Syracuse next season.
Jack Fulton – Poland
The Bulldogs quarterback is the first player in school history to rush and pass for over 1,000 yards. Fulton piled up over 27 hundred total yards and 29 total touchdowns.
Dalys Jett – Warren Harding
The Raiders junior threw for over 16-hundred yards this season, and broke a school record with 22 touchdown passes. Jett also rushed for over 500 yards, and scored 11 times on the ground.
Jackson Johnson – Salem
It was another banner year for the Big 22 veteran. This season he amassed 2,900 yards passing, 13 hundred yards rushing and 53 total touchdowns. Johnson completed more than 71 percent of his passes this season.
Broc Lowry – Canfield
The Cardinals’ junior quarterback shattered a school record this year dating back to 1976, with over 19 hundred yards passing and 17 touchdowns through the air.
DeMarcus McElroy – Ursuline
The Irish senior racked up over 23 hundred yards rushing this season, and shattered the school record with 43 rushing touchdowns. McElroy accounted for over 156 yards rushing per game and finished his career as State Runner-Up.
Brady Shannon – Ursuline
The Irish senior quarterback owns every single season and career passing record in school history. Shannon threw for over 28-hundred yards this year, rushed for over 800, and accounted for 37 total touchdowns.
Billy Skripac – South Range
The Raiders junior quarterback passed for a school record 23 hundred yards this season. He also rushed for nearly 700 and accounted for 37 total touchdowns
Devin Sherwood – Austintown Fitch
The Falcons senior quarterback lit it up again this year with nearly 25-hundred yards passing alone. He will graduate with 8 school records, as the Falcons’ all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns.
Anthony Stallworth – Farrell
The Steelers senior led all of Mercer County this year with 2,340 yards rushing. Stallworth scored 30 times, and averaged well over 12 yards per carry. He will graduate as Farrell’s all-time leading rusher with over 54 hundred career yards.
Aidan Stephens – LaBrae
The Vikings senior quarterback and Yale commit threw for over 11-hundred yards, rushed for 12-hundred and accounted for a single season school record 36 touchdowns. Stephens is a two-time Big 22 award winner.
Jalen Wagner – Reynolds
The Raiders’ junior is just the second player in school history to rush for over 2 thousand yards in a season. Wagner accounted for 28 touchdowns, 3 interceptions on defense and won back-to-back District Ten titles.
Nick Wilson – West Branch
No one has caught more passes, for more yards, or more touchdowns in school history, than Nick Wilson. He finished with 1,385 yards receiving this year and 22 touchdowns and will graduate with 5 school records.
This year also marks the 14th season for our 5 Blocks of Granite award. Those trophies are handed out to the Valley’s top lineman as voted upon by area head coaches and members of the local sports media.
This year’s winners include Canfield’s Nick Bowen, Ursuline’s Brian Frasco, Hubbard’s Alex Goodrick, Warren JFK’s Eddie Kiernan, and East Liverpool’s Mason Ludwig.
For the third straight season, Springfield quarterback Beau Brugard was named the Big 22 Ohio Player of the Year. Brungard finished his high school career as the Tigers’ all-time leader in passing yards, rushing yards, and career touchdowns.
Farrell senior Anthony Stallworth was named the Big 22 Pennsylvania Player of the Year. Stallworth finished his career with over 54 hundred yards making him the Steeler’s all-time leading rusher.