Since 2011, Kirtland High School, near Mentor, has won five state football championships. They are undefeated the last two years.
Last Saturday night, Kirtland defeated southern Ohio power, Ironton, for the Division Five OHSAA football state championship.
Of course, Coach Tiger Laverde is the driving force behind the success of the program. They play hard nosed football, with an emphasis on running the football.
One of the leaders the last two years has been junior Mason Sullivan. A starter at free safety his freshman year, Mason lead the running attack the last two years. A north/south runner with good speed, but his toughness and strength make it tough on defenders.
This past season he ran for 1894 yards and scored 31 touchdowns, all rushing TD’s. Told me the other night that he is 6’0 and up to 205. He has good hands out of the backfield. Also has good balance.
Mason’s goal is to play college football, and like most competitors, he wants to play D1 football. He is going to spend the winter getting stronger and working with “speed” coach. Guessin he is a 4.65 now, but his competitive speed is better.
Really believe that Mason is more of a strong safety/outside linebacker type guy. College camps will be important for him this summer. Not only for the exposure, but also to show college coaches his improved speed/quickness. Toughness is a “no-brainer.”
His younger brother, Gage, had his day in the state championship game. The sophomore, listed at 6’3-180, caught 3 balls for 100 yards. Two were “circus catches.” Including a one handed falling out of bounds catch. Gage has excellent vertical skills. This winter he play basketball and continue to get stronger.
Getting bigger/stronger/faster will be important for Gage. He made a couple of plays on his HUDL hi-lites from the free safety position that got my attention. Although he has good hands and adjusts to the ball as a wide receiver, he may be an even better free safety. Early for him.
As a free safety, I liked his range. Liked his ball skills. Really liked the way he supported the run. Good closing speed. Also has the speed to cover the middle.
Both Mason and Gage are very good football players, playing in an excellent football program, under Tiger Laverde. I am looking forward to following their progress. Both are college football prospects.