September 2, 2011

Dunn leads the way in comeback win

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On Thursday night in Massillon, Canton (Ohio) GlenOak running back Bri'onte Dunn once again showed why he is one of the top ranked running backs in the nation for the 2012 class. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound workhorse got stronger and stronger as the game wore on, breaking two touchdown runs in the final eight minutes to turn a 21-10 deficit into a 22-21 win over Massillon Washington. The win avenges a one-point loss that Massillon put on GlenOak a year ago.



"This one feels really good," Dunn said. "It was heartbreaking last year when they beat us but now we won and I'm about to go enjoy my family reunion with my family in the ATL (Atlanta) and have a good time."



For the game, Dunn carried the football 39 times for 249 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw for a touchdown in the first half. The go-ahead score covered 56 yards and put GlenOak ahead for good with just under five minutes left to play.



"It was a 32 and I went to the right side and they keyed on me," Dunn explained. "I took it back (to the left side) and they didn't really re-direct that good so I just took off."



This isn't the first time that Dunn has gashed Massillon as he had a monster performance against the Tigers last season as well.



"Massillon is just Massillon," he said. "They've got history and they talk a lot so we wanted it real bad and we got it."



Dunn will be out of town this weekend attending a family reunion so he won't be taking any college visits until next week when he travels to Happy Valley for the Penn State/Alabama game.



"I want to go see how Penn State is," he said. "It's going to be a good game and they say it gets pretty loud and it should be a good experience."



Despite the visit, Dunn kept it short and sweet when asked to clarify his current status.



"I'm committed to Ohio State," he said.



Analysis:



After grinding things out three, four, five yards at a time over the first three quarters, Dunn showed why he is such a coveted prospect as he finally wore down the Massillon defense in the fourth quarter, springing a pair of touchdown runs.



Dunn's final touchdown run was a thing of beauty, making a defender miss, running another one over, and then out-running the Massillon defense to the end zone. Dunn is the type of back that becomes more and more effective as the game goes on and he just continues to put up numbers against eight and nine man fronts.



Dunn was my pre-season pick to win Mr. Football in the state of Ohio this year and though it's still very early, nothing has changed to make me waver on that prediction.







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