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Mains celebrates first college play with TD pass

It is something that you only see in the movies, but it was a real-life experience for Drew Mains.

The former Ironton Fighting Tigers all-district quarterback is now a freshman at Wittenberg University, one of the top NCAA Div. III programs in the country.

Two weeks ago, Mains was summoned to play in a junior varsity game against Capital. Not only did Mains enter the close game, but he was told to run a pass play. On his first collegiate snap, Mains threw a 60-yard touchdown pass that helped Wittenberg beat Capital 20-16.

Oddly, it was the only play of the game for Mains, but certainly a memorable one. Not even some of the most famous quarterbacks to ever play the game have began their college career with a TD pass.

Peyton earns weekly honor

JOLIET, Ill. -- Jimmy Peyton has been piling up yardage. Now he's piling on an award.

Peyton, a 6-foot-3, 221-pound sophomore quarterback for the Joliet Junior College Wolves, was named the North Central Community College Conference (N4C) "Player of the Week."

The former Ironton Fighting Tigers All-Ohio quarterback completed 13 of 24 passes for a season-high 284 yards and five touchdowns as the Wolves routed the 14th-ranked Grand Rapids Community College 44-12 last week.

On the season, Peyton has completed 51 of 92 passes for 878 yards and 12 touchdowns. Peyton is averaging 17.2 yards a completion and has thrown only one interception in the Wolves first five games.

"I thought Jimmy kept his composure all game against Grand Rapids," Wolves coach Bob MacDougall said. "He has shown us a lot of improvement. We expect our best players to step up in big-time games and that is exactly what Jimmy did for us."

Peyton currently ranks second in the N4C individual passing and has thrown four more TD passes than any other quarterback.

Arden catching on

Redgie Arden is starting to catch on to his new position.

Two weeks ago, Arden caught three passes for 36 yards as Ohio State routed Indiana 45-17.

Arden has played in the past three Ohio State games. He originally played linebacker and was the scout team "Player of the Week" on three occasions last year.

But the lack of depth at tight end prompted Buckeyes head coach Jim

Tressel to move Arden to tight end and take advantage of his strong blocking skills.

Fry hot commodity

Former Ironton All-Ohio lineman Roman Fry is a hot young talent for the Clemson Tigers.

Fry, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound freshman offensive lineman, was expecting to be redshirted this season. But with injuries to the offensive line, Fry is now listed as the top backup to all five interior offensive line positions.

Fry, who wears No. 72, played for Ironton and was selected to play in the North/South All-Star Classic and the Big 33 All-Star Classic, the game that matches the top players from Ohio against the top 33 players from Pennsylvania.

Hurley newest Buckeye

There's an Ironton golfer on the Ohio State Buckeyes team and I'm not talking about Justin Collins.

Ryan Hurley, the former Ironton Fighting Tigers standout golfer, has earned a spot on the Buckeyes fall roster.

Hurley originally began his career at Louisville before transferring to Ohio State.

Listed as a junior, Hurley played 15 rounds in five tournament as a freshman at Louisville before transferring.

He averaged just over 76 strokes per round and his best collegiate round is a 2-under 70 which he shot at the Beau Chene Collegiate Classic on March 27, 2000.

Hurley was part of three state championship teams at Ironton and earned second team All-Ohio honors in 1997. He earned four varsity letters under coach Bill Washburn.

Ryan is the son of Mike and Alina Hurley of Ironton