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Mason excels again



Published: Tue, October 18, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The junior tailback repeated as the offensive player of the week.

By BILL SULLIVAN

VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF

YOUNGSTOWN -- If a football coach had to list the most desirable traits he wanted in a player, leadership would rank high. So would honesty, tenacity and quick-thinking.

But, maybe the one feature most in demand would be consistency -- the ability to deliver when counted upon.

Meet Marcus Mason, Youngstown State's model of consistency.

For the second straight game, Mason, a junior tailback, was picked the Hill, Barth and King offensive player of the week.

Mason, a transfer from the University of Illinois, ran 21 times for 129 yards against Western Illinois last Saturday.

He scored a 25-yard touchdown that gave the Penguins (6-1, 3-0 Gateway Conference) a 14-7 lead in the second quarter. Then, with just 51 seconds to play, Mason ripped off a 28-yard touchdown run that cemented a 23-21 YSU win.

Mason (5-foot-9, 197-pounds) has three straight 100-yard rushing games since being moved into the YSU starting lineup.

Two Saturdays ago, in another HB & amp;K player-of-the-week performance, Mason ran for 152 yards on 18 carries and scored twice in a win over Indiana State.

Perry wins two awards

Jason Perry (5-8, 160), a junior cornerback from Warrensville Heights, received two awards for his play in the win over Western Illinois.

Perry returned three punts for 72 yards including a 36-yard effort and he added six tackles (four solo), and broke up a pass.

Perry earned the Hill, Barth & amp; King special teams player of the game award and the Haines Family player of the game recognition.

Cornerback Codera Jackson grabbed the Hill, Barth & amp; King defensive player of the game. Jackson (5-10, 173, junior) is from Rochester, N.Y.

Jackson had four solo tackles and assisted on two more.

In the fourth quarter, he returned an interception 9 yards to the Western Illinois 31. Three plays later, Mason scored the winning touchdown.

Ex-SVC players cited

Two Penguins who competed in the Steel Valley Conference during their high school careers were singled out in the win over the Leathernecks.

Ryan Jewell (6-4, 290), a junior center from Warren Harding, received the Jim Zdelar offensive lineman award and the Jermaine Hopkins defensive lineman of the game went to Brandon Brown (6-1, 252), a senior defensive end from Ursuline.

Behind the blocking of Jewell, the Penguins out-rushed the Leathernecks, 119-48.

Brown had five tackles including four solos, with two tackles for loss and a quarterback sack.

sullivan@vindy.com




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