Four standouts from the 2019 Massillon football team signed letters-of-intent to play at the next level. They include Robbie Page, Preston Hodges and Jarron Hodges, who will attend Walsh University, and Cole Jones, who is headed to the University of Findlay. Joining them are Hannah Frey, who is headed to Capital University to play golf, TJ Harper, who will play golf at The College of Wooster, and Erroll Isaiah II, who will join the bowling team at Walsh University.
Robbie Page was a starting safety on Massillon’s 14-1, state runner-up team in 2019. He was fourth on the team with 58.5 tackle points (49 solos and 19 assists). He also intercepted three passes, broke up eight passes and recovered a fumble. An All-County selection, Page will be remembered as a player who challenged any opposing receiver to catch a pass over the middle.
Preston Hodges was third on the team with 65.0 tackle points (27 solos and 56 assists). He also recorded 14.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 quarterback sacks, four pass interceptions returned for 78 yards and two touchdowns, five pass breakups and a blocked punt. He saw limited duty in the backfield, where he carried the ball eleven times for 78 yards and scored two touchdowns. Hodges received the Touchdown Club Hardnose Award and was awarded Defensive Player of the Year. One of the co-captains, he was named to the All-County, All-District and All-State Teams.
Jarron Hodges was third on the team as a wide receiver, catching 14 passes for 127 yards. Used primarily as a short-to-medium distance receiver, he averaged 9.1 yards per catch. Hodges also received the “lunch bucket” award, given to the player that comes to practice every day ready to work.
Cole Jones led an offensive line that averaged 180 yards rushing per game and surrendered just five quarterback sacks over 15 games. A co-captain, playing both guard and center, Jones was presented the Ducky Schroeder Outstanding Lineman Award. He was also named All-County, All-District and All-State. Cole has been invited to participate in the Ohio North-South Classic, scheduled for April 25, tentatively at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
Hannah Frey is a standout on the Girls Golf Team. Last fall she was named Senior Academic All-Ohio, Honorable Mention Stark County and Honorable Mention All Northeast Ohio District.
TJ Harper is a standout on the Boys Golf Team. Last fall he was named Senior Academic All-Ohio, Honorable Mention Stark County and Honorable Mention All Northeast Ohio District.
Erroll Isiah II is a member of this winter’s Boy’s Bowling Team.
On early signing day last fall, both Aidan Longwell and Luke Murphy committed to Kent State, Aidan for baseball and Luke for football.
Longwell, a 3-year starter, was a standout quarterback who owns career passing marks for yards (7,705), attempts (795), completions (484) and touchdowns (84). A co-captain, he received the Most Valuable Player award. He was also named All-County, All-District and All-State.
Murphy saw action primarily at safety, where he was the leading tackler on the team with 85.5 tackle points (60 solos and 51 assists). He also had five tackles for loss, intercepted two passes returned for 43 yards, broke up six passes and blocked a punt. He was named All-County, All-District and All-State.
Congratulations to all nine of these Tigers.