By Cam Huffman
Friday was a statement night for many area teams — some who kept their playoff hopes alive and others who nearly put their postseason invitations in stone.
It wasn’t any different for the individuals, as many of the area’s top prep football stars put on their best shows on the biggest stages.
Here’s a look at our game ball winners for the eighth week of the 2012 season.
Ramon Edwards (Woodrow Wilson) — On Senior Night at Van Meter Stadium, Edwards put on one last show, rushing for 172 yards and a touchdown on just 10 carries. He also caught a 7-yard pass and was big in the return game as the Flying Eagles knocked off traditional Class AAA power Parkersburg 30-22.
John Powell (Independence) — Powell found the end zone three times to help lead the Patriots to a 40-37 upset victory over Liberty. The Independence running back ended the game with 127 yards rushing and caught a 19-yard pass. His 13-yard touchdown run with 8:01 left in the game was the clincher.
Tyler Sagraves (Nicholas County) — The Grizzlies’ quarterback was at his best Friday night in front of the home fans against Lincoln County. He accounted for five Nicholas County touchdowns, three through the air and two on the ground. His stat line at the end of the night included 77 yards passing and 91 yards rushing.
T.J. Smith (Summers County) — Smith was far from an unknown entering Friday’s showdown with Meadow Bridge, but he really made a statement in the Bobcats’ 48-12 victory. He carried the ball 20 times for 234 yards and five touchdowns, including four in the opening half to put the game away.
Houstin Syvertson (Shady Spring) — The Tiger running back had a huge night on the road against Wyoming East, rushing for 127 yards on 21 carries, catching four passes for 49 yards and recovering a fumble.