The 5-10, 190-pound Herrell took over for Rodney Stewart, a Super 25 pick a year ago, and immediately became a go-to player.

A first-team all-district selection in Division I who was a regional qualifier in track last spring in the 400 meters, Herrell finished with more than 1,500 yards rushing with 22 touchdowns.

The Bearcats, who changed quarterbacks early in the season and relied heavily at times on Herrell, won their second consecutive City League-North Division championship. They lost to Worthington Kilbourne 14-6 in a regional semifinal Nov. 1 to finish 9-2.

"(It's great) to have a 1,400-yard rusher," coach Anthony Thornton said. "(Herrell) could have rushed for a lot more than that if we didn't have some of the blowouts we had."