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Touchdown titan

Doug Donnelly

The Monroe News USA TODAY NETWORK

Cole Giesige has a nose for the end zone.

The Whiteford senior enters Week 7 of the high school football season with more touchdowns (16) and points (108) than any other Monroe County Region player.

“He’s a talented guy,” Whiteford head coach Jason Mensing said. “He’s been a big play guy for us all season, really for the last couple of years.”

Giesige has scored 12 touchdowns rushing, has caught four touchdown passes and returned kickoffs of 95 and 85 yards for scores. He’s second in the Region in two-point conversions with six. Teammate Shea Ruddy, the Bobcat quarterback, has eight.

The 95-yard kickoff return came in the season opener for the 5-1 Bobcats, who are ranked No. 3 in Division 8. It set a school record for longest kickoff return.

“Once I caught the ball, I had my teammate Hunter DeBarr in front of me and I saw the Royals just split right down the middle,” Giesige said. “I pushed Hunter out of the way and saw green grass, saw the kicker come at me and I stiff-armed him a little and I got outside. I thought he was going to take out my legs, but I got past him.”

Mensing said Giesige has become a big threat in the Whiteford return game – so much that most opponents have stopped kicking it his way altogether.

“A lot of things have to happen for a kickoff return to be successful,” Mensing said. “ The blocking has to be there; the lanes have to be there. A lot of guys tend to want to go around everyone but powering through the middle is really the best way, then find a lane and hit it. Cole does a great job of hitting that lane and following the blocks.”

Giesige is also moving up the ranks on Whiteford’s career charts. He has scored 36 career touchdowns, fifth on the alltime school list, and has 244 career points, good for sixth.

“We knew when he came up to the varsity as a sophomore, we were going to rely on him for big plays,” Mensing said. “He’s done a nice job.”

Giesige has done a little bit of everything for Whiteford in his career, playing both the running back and receiver spots. He’s also the backup Whiteford quarterback who got a start at that position last year and led his team to a win. This year, he leads the team with 599 rushing yards, good for fifth in the Region. He’s also a starting defensive back. Last year he led the region in interceptions.

Heading into Week 7, Ida’s Owen Sampson looks like he’ll be the first Region player to reach 1,000 yards on the ground. He has 923 yards on region-best 129 carries. Airport sophomore quarterback Cooper Nye has 910 yards passing. New Boston Huron’s Matthew Williams is the top receiver in the region with 371 yards on 25 catches. Bryce Diehl of Erie Mason is right behind him with 353 yards while Jett Isaacs of Milan has 28 receptions.

Dundee’s Carson Irwin and Milan’s Cole McElvany are both having great dual-threat seasons. McElvany has rushed for 643 yards and passed for 599 while Irwin has 386 yards rushing and 827 through the air.

Here’s a look at the region’s stat leaders through six weeks:

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Whiteford's Cole Giesige leads the Region in touchdowns and points and is fifth in rushing heading into this week's games. PHOTO COURTESY OF NATALIE MCCORMACK

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RUSHING

Player Att Yards Avg Owen Sampson, Ida 129 923 7.2 Nik Hammond, Airport 68 724 10.6 Cody Britt, Carlson 94 706 7.5 Cole McElvany, Milan 97 643 6.6 Cole Giesige, Whiteford 76 599 7.9 Brandon Thompson, Summ. 83 523 6.3 Tyler Conrad, Bedford 95 484 5.1 Isaac Smith, NB Huron 51 411 8.1 Blake Birkenhier, SMCC 55 406 7.4 Carson Irwin, Dundee 84 386 4.6 Jimmy Dusa, Dundee 73 365 5.0 Caden Pridemore, Jeff. 75 335 4.5 Joey Godfrey, Flat Rock 76 332 4.4 Aiden McMullen, Mason 60 326 5.4 Luis Trejo, Whiteford 44 322 7.3 Tristin Panza, Monroe 39 312 8.0 Dakota Kohn, Summ. 59 293 5.0 Cole Jondro, SMCC 50 284 5.7 Garett Bergmoser, SMCC 39 278 7.1 Vaughn Brown, Mason 55 269 4.9 Luke Levicki, Ida 49 254 5.2

RECEIVING

Player Rec Yards Avg Matt Williams, Huron 25 371 14.8 Bryce Diehl, Mason 17 353 20.8 Jett Isaacs, Milan 28 331 11.8 Adam Goins, Airport 12 321 26.8 Elek Lapalme, Dundee 21 312 14.9 Tristin Panza, Monroe 15 252 16.8 Colin Nowak, Airport 10 231 23.1 Jaishaun Williams, Carlson 13 203 15.6 Carson DeSeranno, Monroe 10 205 20.5 Seth Minney, Jefferson 23 203 8.8 Gavin Gelso, Jefferson 9 201 22.3 Roman Iott, Summ. 5 200 40.0 Rory Callahan, Huron 11 198 18.0 Jack Andrews, Whiteford 8 176 22.0 Connor Laskey, Bedford 7 175 25.0 Braedon Lavis, Carlson 6 172 28.7 Caden Bellaire, Dundee 16 167 10.4 Nolan Zajac, Airport 9 167 18.6 Owen Sampson, Ida 3 163 54.3 Isaac Smith, Huron 13 163 12.5 Ethan Layton, Dundee 27 154 5.7

PASSING

Player Comp Att Yards Cooper Nye, Airport 49 81 910 Carson Irwin, Dundee 87 113 827 Shea Ruddy, Whiteford 33 57 689 Cole McElvany, Milan 56 90 599 Vaughn Brown, Mason 36 71 572 Ryan Sieler, Monroe 37 60 480 Ryan Gennoe, Jefferson 37 76 472 Eddie Light, Carlson 26 50 433 Brendan Hammer, Airport 25 42 432 Gavin Moczydlowski, Huron 31 50 409 Nathan Miller, Ida 11 41 358 Micah Smith, Huron 20 36 358 Mitch Kemmerling, SMCC 14 25 307 Graham Junge, Flat Rock 13 31 204

SCORING

Player TD 2XP Pts Cole Giesige, Whiteford 16 6 108 Cole McElvany, Milan 12 4 80 Cody Britton, Carlson 13 0 78 Nik Hammond, Airport 11 2 70 Owen Sampson, Ida 11 2 70 Brandon Thompson, Summ. 10 5 70 Matt Williams, Huron 10 0 60 Carson Irwin, Dundee 9 0 54 Aiden McMullen, Mason 7 4 50 Adam Goins, Airport 8 1 50 Brendan Hammer, Bedford 8 0 48

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