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    Kirtland’s Mason Rus named Senior Bowl MVP

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    MAYFIELD—Kirtland’s Mason Rus ran for 60 yards and a touchdown to earn the 2022 News-Herald Senior Bowl MVP award at Mayfield on Friday.

    Rus scored a four-yard touchdown in the second quarter that gave the White team a 14-13 lead after falling behind, 13-0. He then caught a pass on fourth-and-eight on the White team’s final drive to set up a game-winning field with 19 seconds remaining in the contest.

    West Geauga’s Joey DiLalla converted the 28-yard field goal to lift the White team to a 23-20 win over the Blue.

    Rus finished the game with 10 carries for 60 yards and one catch for 29. He also recorded six tackles.

    Rus became the first player to win the News-Herald’s Tony Fisher Award, presented to the area’s top overall high school football player, and the Senior Bowl MVP in the same season.

    Kirtland’s Gage Sullivan and Ramon Lescano also played in the game and Rossi Santo served as the White team’s head coach.

    Sullivan caught two passes for 16 yards and ran one time for five. He also recorded a pair of tackles and picked off a pass.

    Lescano caught five passes for 44 yards, ran one time for three yards, and he posted seven tackles.

    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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