Ready Roundup: Football team benefiting from Hudson's versatility

JARROD ULREY
julrey@thisweeknews.com
Senior receiver and defensive back Tyrese Hudson also has been contributing at running back for the Ready football team, which will play at Harvest Prep on Friday, Sept. 18. The Silver Knights were 1-1 before facing Columbus Academy on Sept. 11.

Adjusting to new situations has felt natural for Ready senior football player Tyrese Hudson this season.

After being one of the Silver Knights' top players at both wide receiver and defensive back last fall, he entered this year in the same roles.

Since that time, Hudson has added running back to his resume for an offense that has started to find its way since a 7-6 opening loss to Liberty Union on Aug. 28.

During a 20-6 victory over Buckeye Valley on Sept. 4, Hudson rushed 18 times for 84 yards to lead a ground attack in which senior quarterback Darius Parham had 73 yards on nine carries and sophomore running back Brian Fitzsimmons added 43 yards on 18 attempts.

"We have a lot of good running plays and with our quarterback and our other running back, we're making plays," Hudson said. "I move all around the formations. Sometimes I'm spaced out and sometimes I'm in the backfield. Last year, I was more of a wide receiver and went motion into the backfield. I'm more comfortable in the slot, but I'll play anywhere because I'm a team player at heart."

Ready, which was 1-1 before facing Columbus Academy on Sept. 11, plays Friday, Sept. 18, at Harvest Prep in a rematch of a game the Warriors won 21-15 in overtime last season.

Harvest Prep had a 38-game MSL winning streak snapped when it lost 20-10 to Academy on Sept. 4. The Warriors played Grandview on Sept. 11.

Last year against Harvest Prep, Hudson connected with Parham, his cousin, for a 30-yard halfback pass that cut the deficit to 15-13, and Parham ran for a two-point conversion that forced overtime.

Hudson, who finished with 14 receptions and 10 pass breakups last season, had an interception against Liberty Union but played only offense against Buckeye Valley.

According to coach Joel Cutler, Hudson is in the same role that Danny Logan played at Upper Arlington in 2015, when Cutler coached there. Logan rushed for 1,202 yards and had 28 receptions as the Golden Bears made the Division I playoffs and went 8-4.

"The chemistry offensively improved (in Week 2) and the execution improved, so we were able to move the ball a little bit better," Cutler said. "In our offense, if we are in a one-back set, (Hudson) will be split out. If we're in two-back, he's in the box. He likes to compete, he loves the game of football and he's fast."

Hudson has college offers from Division II programs Findlay, Lake Erie and West Liberty as well as from Division III perennial powerhouse Mount Union.

"The thing about me is that I'm an all-around athlete and I can play anywhere you put me at," Hudson said. "I feel like (Fitzsimmons and I) complement each other in a good way. He's more up the middle and I'm more outside, but I also have a little power and he has a little speed. There's a lot of talent and potential."

Cross country season underway

The boys and girls cross country teams continue their season Saturday, Sept. 19, with the Central Ohio Invitational at Three Creeks Metro Park.

Most of the girls team's top runners have returned, including junior Addison Whitmer, who was 64th (23 minutes, 27.8 seconds) in last year's Division III district meet.

On Aug. 29 in the nine-team Newark Catholic Invitational, the girls were fifth (153) behind champion Liberty Union (44) in the section 2 race as Whitmer was 20th (25:49.3), junior Allison Bair placed 21st (25:55.92) and freshman Amy Vanegas was 28th (26:50.38).

Junior Amelia Freeman and sophomore Kate Radwanski are other returnees.

Senior Michelle Vanegas and freshman Jackie Smith also are competing.

The boys placed seventh (200) in the eight-team section 2 race at Newark Catholic behind champion Columbus Academy (36).

Junior Austin Burgoon, who was one of the team's top competitors last season, placed 27th (21:48.06), followed by freshmen Jacob Blubaugh (50th, 25:05.55), Joshua Richter (57th, 25:31.19), Alejandro Cabrera (61st, 26:19.11) and Chris Aponte (68th, 27:16.81).

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At a glance

FOOTBALL -- WEEK 4

READY at HARVEST PREP

*When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18

*Last meeting: 2019, Harvest Prep 21-15 (OT)

*Ready (1-1) to date: Lost to Liberty Union 7-6; defeated Buckeye Valley 20-6; played Columbus Academy on Sept. 11

*Harvest Prep (1-1) to date: Def. Buckeye Valley 56-25; lost to Academy 20-10; played Grandview on Sept. 11

*Top Silver Knights: Aiden Aiello (DB/WR), Cael Dent (OL/DL), Brian Fitzsimmons (RB), Tyrese Hudson (WR/DB), Cole Matthews (TE/LB), Jacob Metz (LB), JeJuan McGowan (WR/DB), Darius Parham (QB/DB) and Sage Tilley (DB)

*Top Warriors: Josiah Carroll (DB/QB/K), Jalen Davis (WR/DL), Phillip Gibson-Perry (RB/LB), Rashaun Goines (WR/DB), Jaylen Jennings (RB), Terrence Kee (QB/LB), Patrick Moore Graves (OL/LS), Manny Mullens (TE/DL) and Aden Rogers (QB)

CROSS COUNTRY

*Coach: David Winton, first season

*Top athletes: Boys -- Jacob Blubaugh, Austin Burgoon, Alejandro Cabrera and Joshua Richter; Girls -- Allison Bair, Jackie Smith, Amy Vanegas and Addison Whitmer

*Key losses: Boys -- Hunter McBrayer; Girls -- Lindsey Bair

*2019 CCL standings: Boys -- Watterson (35), Hartley (46), St. Charles (59), DeSales (71), Ready (155); Girls -- Watterson (37), DeSales (38), Hartley (53), Ready (119)

*2019 postseason: Boys -- 12th at district; Girls -- Did not score at district