One of week two's biggest high school matchups saw the Canfield Cardinals travel to Canton South to take on the Wildcats. Canfield, ranked as the number one team in the state by jjhuddle.com, led 17-14 at the half before two second half touchdowns by DeVoe Torrence propelled the Wildcats to a 27-17 victory.
Immediatly after the game Devon Torrence announced he was going to verbally commit to Ohio State to play football and baseball. The senior star also had a tremendous performance on the field.
Devon played free safety on defense, covering the deep middle of the field and breaking up three passes. He added 7 tackles and eliminated any possiblility of Canfield being able to throw in the middle of the field.
On offense, Devon caught 8 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was a thing of beauty as he caught a 5-yard hitch pass, made a couple defenders miss, then outraced the Canfield defense to the end zone. The Wildcats made a concerted effort to get him the football and he showed why he is the number four prospect in the state accoeding to Ohio High magazine.
DeVoe Torrence followed up his outstanding Week One performance against Dover with an even better showing against Canfield.
DeVoe is ranked as one of the top prospects in the junior class and Ohio High magazine editor Duane Long indicated that his stock is rising as fast as any player in the state.
"DeVoe Torrence is off to a tremendous start," said Long. "He might be the most improved player in the state. I knew he was a good player. He is playing like a great player so far."
From his middle linebacker spot Torrence registered 19 tackles and had 2 quarterback sacks. He was all over the field, an amazing feat considering he never leaves the field for a break.
Offensively DeVoe ran for 87 yards and two touchdowns on only seven carries. He also had a 71 yard rouchdown run called back because of a penalty. He also proved to be an effective lead blocker out of the backfield.
For the second week in a row in a game featuring senior stars, DeVoe Torrence was the best player on the field. Canfield was led by senior do-it-all back Sean Baker, but in the end DeVoe Torrence proved to be the difference in the game.
Devon commented after the game on his decision to attend Ohio State.
"I've known all along that I would be going to Ohio State," Torrence said. "I've been waiting for the right time and after our win over Canfield tonight, I'm ready to announce it to the entire state. I'm going to be a Buckeye.
"It's home. The chance to play for Jim Tressel is that much better. Coach Tressel is someone I'm looking forward to playing for. When I first met him I knew he was a special coach and a special person."
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