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Bradford running back James Canan carries the ball during a regional quarterfinal playoff football game against Marion Local Nov. 2 in Maria Stein. The Bradford senior is one of 11 finalists for the Ohio National Guard JJ Huddle Ohio High School Football Player of the Year award.
BRADFORD – Bradford senior James Canan is one of 11 finalists for the Ohio National Guard JJ Huddle Ohio High School Football Player of the Year award.
Canan was JJ Huddle’s player of the week during week three of the regular season as he ran 33 times for 455 yards in a 61-41 win against National Trail. His 455 yards were 10th best in a game in Ohio High School Athletic Association history, and his seven touchdowns were one shy of tying the OHSAA record.
The Railroader senior finished the year with 2,254 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns compared to just one fumble on 194 carries. He averaged 11.6 yards per carry. He helped Bradford make the playoffs for the first time since 1982 and led the Railroaders to their first winning season since 1994.
Canan is one of 11 players (there were co-players of the week in week one) from across Ohio up for the player of the year award. The other nominees are Justin Crager from Sciotoville East, Ryan Jordan from Dixie, Heath Harding from Dayton Christian, Nick Renzetti from Westerville South, Kale Huss from Mansfield Madison, Jaylon Brown from St. Clairsville, Tyler Thompson from Johnstown-Monroe, Donyelle Simpson from Heath, Vance Settlemire from Findlay and Jared Rettig from Millbury Lake.
The player of the year is decided by an online vote on www.JJHuddle.com. Online voting ends at noon on Nov. 27.
JJ Huddle and the Ohio National Guard also are recognizing a team of the year. The nominees are Sidney, New Lebanon Dixie, Miamisburg, Hamilton Township, Circlevillle, Norwalk, Bryan, Coldwater, Fenwick and Clinton-Massie. The team of the year also will be decided by an online vote at www.JJHuddle.com.