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Jerrid Marhefka sets all-division mark

12/2/2012

While heroes are easy to find on the winning team, sometimes it’s the unsung players who really stick out on a squad not taking home the title.

Jerrid Marhefka was definitely one of those characters in St. Clairsville’s 46-36 Division IV state runner-up loss to Clarksville (Ohio) Clinton-Massie.

While Bayle Wolf’s 220-yard, 5-touchdown performance certainly was one for the ages for the Falcons, he might have been upstaged by a wide receiver for the Red Devils who is used to playing second fiddle.

Marhefka is the complement to Boston College commit Dan Monteroso.

But Friday was a little different as Marhefka, who has interest from Ohio University and Marshall, put on a show. All Marhefka did in the loss was set an all-division state record with nine catches for 272 yards and four touchdowns in the back-and-forth contest.

“I knew I was capable of having a game like this,” Marhefka said. “I wanted to break out, so to perform on a stage like this was great.”

Breaking out hardly describes his 30.2 yards-per-catch average or the fact the 6-foot, 170-pound Marhefka kept St. Clairsville in the game almost by himself. Twitter was still abuzz about the game a full 48 hours after it happened.

Not that it mattered much to Marhefka, who stayed humble in his memorable performance.

“I would have much rather had a state championship instead of this personal stuff,” he said. “It means a lot to come back to St. Clairsville and have a little get together with the community. That’s what I’ll remember.”