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Norwalk trio set for Ohio North-South Classic

Mark Hazelwood • Jan 14, 2019 at 10:26 PM

COLUMBUS — After playing a key role in the best football season at Norwalk in four-plus decades, two senior standouts will wear the Truckers helmet one more time this school year.

Rosters were announced on Sunday for the annual Ohio North-South Classic — the longest running all-star high school football game in America — by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association.

Two North-South games are scheduled for Sat., April 27 at Massillon's Paul Brown Stadium. The big-school game (for Divisions I-III) is at 4 p.m., with the small-school game (for Divisions IV-VII) at noon.

Scheduled to play in the big-school game includes Norwalk senior defensive end Tche Leroux and senior running back Trevon Raymore. As an added bonus for those two, the head coach of the North team will be none other than Norwalk head coach Todd Fox.

Both Leroux and Raymore both announced last week they will continue their academic and football careers at Bowling Green State University under new head coach Scott Loeffler.

Leroux had 70 tackles and 10 sacks in the regular season, while also recovering three fumbles — including one for a touchdown. He added six more sacks and 25 tackles in the four playoff games for the Truckers, giving him 95 tackles and 16 sacks.

The 16 sacks set a new program record for a single-season. Leroux was a first-team selection to the All-SBC Lake, All-Northwest District and All-Ohio teams in Div. III.

Meanwhile, Raymore ran 349 times for 2,518 yards and 27 touchdowns as a running back for the Truckers. That included 1,888 yards and 21 TDs in the regular season. He also caught 11 passes for 116 yards and 2 TDs.

Raymore set program records for rush attempts, yards and touchdowns in a single-game when he ran 40 times for 407 yards and 6 TDs in a 52-35 win at Sandusky on Oct. 5. It is one of the top 50 single-game rushing performances in Ohio history.

He also set records for rushing attempts in a season (349) and career (648) — and is one of two players in program history (Breck Turner, 2014) to achieve 2,000 yards rushing in a single season. Raymore is second only to Turner in career yards and touchdowns in program history.

Fox, a 1991 Willard graduate, completed his first year as the head coach at Norwalk in 2018 — helping author the single-biggest turnaround in the 124-year history of the program.

The Truckers went from 3-7 in 2017 to 10-4 last season, reaching the state semifinals for just the second time in program history (1974). Norwalk also won three playoff games in a single season for the first time ever.

Fox previously coached at Div. VII Tiffin Calvert for eight seasons (2010-17), guiding the Senecas to a 56-36 record with seven straight playoff appearances. Fox’s teams won first-round games in six of those seven seasons, including five straight years from 2011-15.

A luncheon to introduce the North-South teams is scheduled for Feb. 7 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton.

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