Senior running back Jake Sonkin of Orange High School in Pepper Pike is the Cleveland Jewish News-Buffalo Wild Wings Warrensville Heights High School Player of the Week. He earned the honor for the second consecutive year.
Sonkin, 17, earned the honor after running for 135 yards and a touchdown in Orange’s 42-6 victory against Wickliffe High School on Sept. 28.
Orange head coach Adam Bechlem said the 15-yard touchdown against Wickliffe made Sonkin Orange’s all-time leader for touchdowns. Bechlem said Sonkin was a player with “chutzpah,” and that Sonkin was both one of the smallest players he has ever coached, as well as one of the toughest.
“Jake is really gutsy,” Bechlem said. “He’s tough. He’s extremely quick. He uses his quickness to make the first guy miss every time, then gets caught from behind.”
Sonkin, who is a team captain and has started at running back for two straight seasons, said this season has been going well and the way the team has played has made everyone look better.
“I think I’ve executed in the ways my team needed me to, doing my job to the best of my abilities,” Sonkin said. “It’s showing more in how our team has been playing than individually.”
Sonkin said he has not yet decided where he plans to attend college, but said early favorites were The Ohio State University and Miami University (of Ohio).