High school football: Avon QB Niko Pappas proving to be an all-around talent

Shaun Bennett
The Chronicle-Telegram

Delivering a crushing hit, swiping an opponent’s pass out of the air, running into the end zone or throwing to a teammate downfield … it’s clear that senior Niko Pappas is willing and able to do everything needed to help the Avon Eagles win football games.

The quarterback has put up impressive five-game numbers this season, highlighted by a 251-yard, five-touchdown passing performance last week against Berea-Midpark. He has completed 67 of 94 passes (71 percent) for 924 yards and 13 touchdowns with four interceptions. He has also ran 47 times for 245 yards (5.2 yards per carry) and three more TDs.

“This kid is as accurate a passer as I’ve seen, he’s obviously very smart, he’s a leader, he’s athletic, he’s hard to tackle and I think he’s one of the best quarterbacks in this area, no question,” Avon coach Mike Elder said.

Pappas began his varsity career on the other side of the ball as the Eagles’ starting safety during his sophomore year. He was being groomed to take over as the offensive field general even then, a task made difficult after he earned a starting spot in the varsity secondary.

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