YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Dru DeShields (West Brach) and Jackson Johnson (Salem) both are juniors who excelled by leading their teams to success this season.

DeShields led his offense, which accumulated an average of 467 total yards and 47 points per game as the Warriors played for the region championship. DeShields finished first in passing yards (3659) as well as passing touchdowns (41) in the area and also ran for over 1,000-yards (1126). Jackson, also a 1,000-yard rusher (1321), threw for 2905 yards and completed 72% of his passes (243-340).

Joey Fell (Champion), Broc Lowry (Canfield) and Johnson had the lowest percentage of interceptions to pass attempts from our area this season as each posted a 0.015%.

Girard featured two quarterbacks who each threw for over 700-yards. Nic Bengala threw for 1017 yards while Triston Valley tossed for 706 stripes.

The statistics below include schools from the All-American Conference, Eastern Buckeye Conference, Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference, Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference, Northeast 8 Conference, Northeastern Athletic Conference and Steel Valley Conference as well as District 10, Beaver Local, East Liverpool, New Castle and Warren JFK. Those that haven’t been reported yet are Leetonia and Mercer.

2021 Individual Passing Leaders
Passing Yards
1.Dru DeShields (West Branch/JR) – 3659
2.Jackson Johnson (Salem/JR) – 2905
3.Poochie Snyder (Canton South/SO) – 2880
4.Brady Shannon (Ursuline/SR) – 2832
5.Connor Evanich (Marlington/SR) – 2496
6.Devin Sherwood (Fitch/SR) – 2484
7.Billy Skripac (South Range/JR) – 2351
8.Logan Woods (Hickory/JR) – 2270
9.Vinny Ballone (Lowellville/JR) – 2114
10.Hunter Hohman (Grove City/SO) – 2086
11.Austin Cline (Beaver Local/SO) – 2032
12.Broc Lowry (Canfield/JR) – 1921
13.Anthony Cusick (Crestview/SR) – 1836
14.Brendan Zurbrugg (Alliance/SO) – 1815
15.D.C. Ferrell (Liberty/FR) – 1800
16.Beau Brungard (Springfield/SR) – 1779
17.Dalys Jett (Harding/JR) – 1670
18.Donovan Pawlowski (Brookfield/JR) – 1600
19.Joey Battista (Valley Christian/SR) – 1582
20.Joey Fell (Champion/JR) – 1566
21.Mikey Rodriques (Sharon/JR) – 1560
22.Grant Hitchcock (Jefferson/JR) – 1423
23.Mark Bunch (Mineral Ridge/SR) – 1402
24.Jack Fulton (Poland/SR) – 1340
25.Chris Hood (New Castle/SR) – 1337
26.Brayden Costea (Minerva/SR) – 1235
27.Austin Colletti (Carrollton/SR) – 1196
28.Aidan Stephens (LaBrae/SR) – 1180
29.Caleb Hadley (Warren JFK/SO) – 1159
30.William Mokel (Slippery Rock/JR) – 1140
31.Brayden McCloskey (Reynolds/JR) – 1096
32.Brody Swigonski (Garfield/SR) – 1086
33.Caullin Summer (Sharpsville/SO) – 1083
34.Rayvion Wilbon-Venable (Kennedy Cath/FR) – 1039
35.Nic Bangala (Girard/JR) – 1017
36.Gavin Murdock (Lakeview, PA/SR) – 1009
37.Jalen Ritzert (Greenville/SR) – 924
38.Trevor Siefke (Lisbon/SO) – 914
39.Dylan Greenwood (Struthers/SR) – 847
40.Jeff Watson (St. John/SO) – 818
41.Trian Holden (Farrell/SR) – 785
42.Isiah Munno (Mathews/SR) – 747
43.Tuff McConahy (Wilmington/SO) – 738
44.Ashton O’Brien (Cardinal Mooney/SO) – 726
45.David Moore (Campbell Memorial/SO) – 710

Passing Touchdowns
1.Dru DeShields (West Branch/JR) – 41
2.Poochie Snyder (Canton South/SO) – 37
3.Jackson Johnson (Salem/JR) – 33
4.Brady Shannon (Ursuline/SR) – 29
5.Logan Woods (Hickory/JR) – 28
5.Vinny Ballone (Lowellville/JR) – 28
6.Billy Skripac (South Range/JR) – 27
8.Hunter Hohman (Grove City/SO) – 23
8.Dalys Jett (Harding/JR) – 23
10.Beau Brungard (Springfield/SR) – 22
10.Connor Evanich (Marlington/SR) – 22
12.D.C. Ferrell (Liberty/FR) – 21
13.Austin Cline (Beaver Local/SO) – 20
13.Anthony Cusick (Crestview/SR) – 20
15.Broc Lowry (Canfield/JR) – 17
16.Joey Battista (Valley Christian/SR) – 16
16.Mark Bunch (Mineral Ridge/SR) – 16
18.Trian Holden (Farrell/SR) – 15
18.William Mokel (Slippery Rock/JR) – 15
18.Devin Sherwood (Fitch/SR) – 15
21.Jack Fulton (Poland/SR) – 14
21.Mikey Rodriques (Sharon/JR) – 14
21.Brendan Zurbrugg (Alliance/SO) – 14
24.Brody Swigonski (Garfield/SR) – 13
25.Joey Fell (Champion/JR) – 12
25.Brayden McCloskey (Reynolds/JR) – 12
25.Trevor Siefke (Lisbon/SO) – 12
25.Caullin Summers (Sharpsville/SO) – 12
29.Dylan Greenwood (Struthers/SR) – 11
29.Caleb Hadley (Warren JFK/SO) – 11
29.Chris Hood (New Castle/SR) – 11
32.Isiah Munno (Mathews/SR) – 10
32.Donovan Pawlowski (Brookfield/JR) – 10
32.Kabron Smith (Farrell/SO) – 10
35.Austin Colletti (Carrollton/SR) – 9
35.Tuff McConahy (Wilmington/SO) – 9
35.Rayvion Wilbon-Venable (Kennedy Catholic/FR) – 9
38.Grant Hitchcock (Jefferson/JR) – 8
38.Jalen Ritzert (Greenville/SR) – 8
40.Valen Krzyston (Wellsville/SR) – 7
40.Matthew Jones (Chaney/FR) – 7
40.Aidan Stephens (LaBrae/SR) – 7
43.Brayden Costea (Minerva/SR) – 6
43.Gavin Murdock (Lakeview, PA/SR) – 6
43.John Perry (Howland/SO) – 6
43.Triston Valley (Girard/JR) – 6

Passing Completion Percentage (minimum of 50 attempts)
1.Poochie Snyder (Canton South/SO) – 72.9%
2.Billy Skripac (South Range/JR) – 71.8%
3.Jackson Johnson (Salem/JR) – 71.5%
4.Kabron Smith (Farrell/SO) – 71.2%
5.Beau Brungard (Springfield/SR) – 70.4%
6.Nic Bengala (Girard/JR) – 69.5%
7.Brendan Zurbrugg (Alliance/SO) – 69.3%
8.Trian Holden (Farrell/SR) – 68.3%
9.Dru DeShields (West Branch/JR) – 67.6%
10.Austin Cline (Beaver Local/SO) – 66.9%
11..Broc Lowry (Canfield/JR) – 64.7%
12.Devin Sherwood (Fitch/SR) – 63.3%
13.Isiah Munno (Mathews/SR) – 63.0%
14.Hunter Hohman (Grove City/SO) – 62.5%
14.Aidan Stephens (LaBrae/SR) – 62.5%
16.Caleb Hadley (Warren JFK/SO) – 61.9%
17.D.C. Ferrell (Liberty/FR) – 61.7%
18.Brady Shannon (Ursuline/SR) – 61.3%
18.John Perry (Howland/SO) – 61.3%
20.Mark Bunch (Mineral Ridge/SR) – 61.2%
21.Triston Valley (Girard/JR) – 60.8%
22.Logan Woods (Hickory/JR) – 60.7%
23.Trevor Siefke (Lisbon/SO) – 59.4%
24.Vinny Ballone (Lowellville/JR) – 58.7%
25.Joey Fell (Champion/JR) – 57.9%