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Canfield QB still taking in night

October 9, 2013
By MATTHEW PEASLEE - Tribune Chronicle (sports@tribtoday.com) , Underthelights

The number of rushing attempts, total yards and touchdowns really can't compare to the number of texts, tweets and inbox messages for Canfield quarterback Kimu Kim.

"People I haven't talked to in a while were texting me and sending me stuff on Twitter and Facebook and people from out of state we're talking about it," Kim said. "So many people all sent congratulations. It was pretty great and a cool experience even afterward."

During, it was a whirlwind that he'll never forget.

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Kim led the Cardinals to a 70-62 double-overtime win over Niles last Friday. That alone is a new record for total points scored in a Trumbull County football game. In the process, Kim set new Ohio records in rushing attempts (52) and rushing touchdowns (nine). He established new school records with 497 rushing yards, which is good for fifth in the state, and points scored with 56, which ties him for seventh in the state, all-time.

For putting up these astronomical numbers, Kim is the Tribune Chronicle's Player of the Week.

"As the game was going on, I had no idea about any of this," he said. "I was just focused on winning the game."

For good reason. Canfield was riding an 11-game losing streak. The Cardinals hadn't won since Sept. 14, 2012, a 28-20 victory over Beaver Local.

"The first win is the most special," Cardinals coach Mike Pavlansky said. "We're back to 1-1 in the (All-American Conference, American Division) and there's still a lot of games ahead of us to make something of this season."

Canfield hosts Youngstown East (1-5) on Friday.

"Everything else doesn't matter," the senior said. "The records don't matter, what matters is the wins. We're working hard everyday and if we keep doing our best, the wins will come."

Entering the tilt with the Red Dragons, the Cardinals were second in the AAC American Division, averaging 278 rushing yards per game. Now, they passed Hubbard with a 329 average. Canfield put up 583 yards on the ground as a team against Niles.

"That's a testament to our offensive linemen," Pavlansky said. "Those guys have done an unbelievable job all year long to open up our run game."

It's been the bread and butter, considering Kim has just 19 passing attempts on the year.

"It all started with the linemen," Kim said. "They did most of the work - I just caught the holes. All I had to do was run."

He now has 156 rushing attempts in 2013, for a current career total of 1,035 rushing yards with 15 touchdowns. Prior to the record-breaking contest, Kim had 538 yards and six touchdowns.

"Just unbelievable," he said. "I'll remember it for the rest of my life. There's no way you can forget something like that."