November 23, 2011

Benson gets it done

Playoff time in Ohio high school football is a time where players can really start to make a name for themselves. One player doing just that right now is Columbus (Ohio) Marion-Franklin athlete Corry Benson. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound prospect is an outstanding quarterback for the Red Devils and on Friday night he led his team to the state semi-finals with a big-time performance in a 48-42 overtime win over Tri-Valley.

"We just knew we had to make adjustments," said Benson. "Coach (Brian) Haffele said he believes me and I believe in myself and my teammates. I told my team 'let's go' and we just put it together."

Benson made numerous big plays throughout the game but it was a crucial scramble for a touchdown on a 4th down situation late in the game that setup overtime.

"Coach told me that if nothing was there to just eat it," he said. "That's what I did; I just made a play for my team."

After a tough loss in last year's playoffs to Big Walnut, Benson said this year's team is much more mentally tough and credits that toughness for how they were able to pull out the come-from-behind win on Friday.

"When we're down we just stay focused," he said. "We don't lose control. When you lose control your head and your mentality, it just comes out of the game and you lose your game. Tonight we just kept our heads."

On the recruiting front, Benson is starting to see interest from some top programs around the Midwest.

"I get mail from Wisconsin, Penn State, Indiana, Cincinnati, and West Virginia," he said. "I like West Virginia, I like their offense."

Kent State signed two players out of Marion-Franklin a year ago and the Flashes have shown some early interest in Benson. The electric playmaker says the interest is mutual.

"I've got letters from Kent State," he said. "I'd love to go up there with Jeremy (McCoy) and (Devante') Strickland and be teammates with those guys again."

Though a highly productive quarterback the last two seasons, Benson ultimately may see a move to corner, running back, or receiver at the next level and is open to all opportunities.

"I'm willing to play any position in college," he said. "I don't need to be looked at as a quarterback, I can just come into college as an athlete."


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