Signal caller to say the very least. What doesn't Ben Madden do? Quarterback, linebacker, kicker and team leader to name just a handful.
Ben has led the Fighting Hornets of Kirtland to the D-5 Regional semi-finals in round two of the playoffs with great leadership. A season that began with team superstar Rossi Santo out for the first game with 3 fractured vertebrae, Madden and his teammates stepped up big time to start what would become a record setting season for the Hornets. 10-0 perfect regular season and a 63-7 win in round one over South Range, the team that beat the Hornets last year in round one. Ben had a 208.8 QB rating at the regular season's end with 18 TD passes to only 2 interceptions. He also ran for 9 touchdowns!! Consider his passing stats - 1324 yards - were short changed because he was out of the offense by halftime of a majority of the Hornets' games this season, he could have easily recorded even bigger numbers. He also was atop team tacklers on defense plus he recorded 3 interceptions and handled some of the kicking duties with 2 field goals and 11 PATs. As far as post-season goes so far this season, NOBODY IN OHIO HAS HAS COME CLOSE TO BEN MADDEN'S STATS.
Together with a healthy Rossi Santo, the powerful O and D lines anchored by the Chappel brothers and a hard hitting defense led by Madden and fellow line backer Neil Perko, the Kirtland Hornets very well could be on the verge of something VERY SPECIAL this season. The team just needs to remain seriously focused and up to the task as they know the bar gets raised with each playoff game.
WR/DB Dominic Samf, Madden
and RB/FS Rossi Santo
All around, "Niner", as he's known to his friends and teammates, is a great leader on and off the football field. Also a very talented athlete on the gridiron as well.
"Niner" let's fly during a mid-season
route of Richmond Heights
Ben Madden - Kirtland
"Wicked Sick Numbers!!"
6 of 11 passing 112 yds, 1 TD
15 carries 262 yards 5 TDS vs. South Range in round one