1st Team all state for Comet running back

Joey Deaton | Staff Writer

Only two Division I running backs in the state of Ohio are awarded the honor of first team all-state status. One is Euclid running back Ronald Lee, the other is Mason High School senior Matt Sora.

Sora is the first player ever to achieve first team all-state while wearing the green and white of Mason. Sora started all 35 games he played in throughout his varsity high school career.

Over those 35 games, he racked up 518 carries for 3148 yards and 39 touchdowns. In his senior year, Sora rushed the ball for 1327 yards and 17 touchdowns, averaging 6.3 yards per carry over the entire season.

Head coach Brian Castner magnified the fact that Sora was the first to do it in program history.

“In Mason all these years, we have not had a first team all-state football player,” Castner said. “He’s a first. Better yet, we had a first and a second team, with Zaid (Hamdan) being second team. There’s only two running backs: the Euclid kid, and him. It’s a huge honor. It’s well earned, well-deserved, and I can’t say enough about him.”

Sora said he is surprised to hear that he is the first and that it was not an individual effort.

“To be named first team all-state is just a huge honor to me,” Sora said. “Usually it’s something I don’t pay a lot of attention to. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without everyone on my team helping me everyday getting better and the grind of practices. It’s not only me, but it’s just us working together as a team to help me to get this. It’s kind of surprising. I didn’t know I was the first one. I’m very grateful to be the first one to ever do it, and it means a lot to me.”

Castner said Sora exemplified the kind of player he hopes represents his team.

“He is everything that I want, as the head football coach, to represent Mason Football,” Castner said. “And that will go on forever. He is going to be in the (Mason) Hall of Fame. He is going to be a young man that will epitomize what you want in a Mason Football player. The Long Green Line just got a heck of lot brighter, on top of what it already is.”