First week of Ohio high school football season hits the end zone


H.S. Football Week 1 Recap

Saturday signaled the end of the first weekend of the Ohio high school football season and the first four days of action provided plenty of memorable individual and team efforts. As will be the norm this season, we recap some of the state's top performances. Also, check back mid-week for Steve Helwagen's glance at the top upcoming games for this weekend.

Saturday signaled the end of the first weekend of the Ohio high school football season and the first four days of action provided plenty of memorable individual and team efforts. As will be the norm this season, we recap some of the state's top performances. Also, check back mid-week for Steve Helwagen's glance at the top upcoming games for this weekend.

Top Individual Performances

Zach Toerner, Hamilton Badin: Junior QB completed 16-of-22 passes for 262 yards and six TDs. Also ran nine times for 63 yards and two TDs in 62-20 win over Dayton Jefferson.

Isaiah Pead, Columbus Eastmoor: Tailback carried 11 times for 238 yards and s even TDs in 75-6 win over Columbus East.

Eric Stoyanoff, Strongsville: The senior RB rushed for 121 yards on 25 carries with three touchdowns on the ground and another through the air in the Mustangs' 39-0 blanking of Lakewood St. Edward.

Brian Wagner, Springfield Catholic: Four-year starter carried 22 times for 198 yards and three TDs. Also had 12 tackles, including three sacks.

Zack Stoudt and Trey Fairchild, Dublin Coffman: Duo hooked up for three TDs in 56-14 rout of Troy. Stoudt was 17-of-19 for 365 yards and five TDs. Fairchild had 198 yards receiving and four TDs (one rushing).

Cornelius English, Pomeroy Meigs: Senior had over 400 yards of total offense in 40-30 win over Oak Hill. Carried the ball 14 times for 361 yards and five TDs. Also returned a kickoff 90 yards for a TD.

Zach Gust, Union Local: Senior averaged 28.5 yards every time he touched the ball in 35-21 win over Meadowbrook. Had 10 touches for 285 yards and returned both a kickoff (90) and punt (85) for TDs.

Andrew Pearson, West Jefferson: Senior QB rushed for 235 yards and three TDs and threw for 188 yards and two TDs in first varsity start. Also helped team come back from 30-14 halftime deficit to beat Mechanicsburg 41-37.

Blake Knowlton, Waynesfield-Goshen: Senior had nearly 600 yards of total offense in 43-27 win over Vanlue. Carried the ball 23 times for 336 yards and five TDs. Also returned five punts for 169 yards and two kickoffs for 80 yards. Caught a two-point conversion as well.

Jordan Dillon, Zanesville Rosecrans: Carried the ball 15 times for 116 yards, caught five passes for 89 yards, kicked five extra points, made a field goal and scored all four of his team’s offensive TDs in 38-13 win over Tuscarawas Valley.

Chris Crockett, Columbus Academy: Senior running back scored five TDs three different ways: running (three), receiving (one) and kickoff return (one).

Nate Gaynard, Niles McKinley: Running back carried the ball 23 times for 327 yards and five TDs in 35-14 win over Girard.

Brad Gallik, Lexington: Senior running back set school record for single-game rushing yards with 270 and four TDs on 24 carries in a 50-7 win over Ontario. Gallik, who moved back to Lexington from Northmor this season, broke the old record of 234 yards set by Greg Elgin in 1983 against East Knox.

DaJon Booth, Toledo St. John’s: Senior back rushed for 267 yards and three TDs on 26 carries in 40-27 win over Findlay.

Steve McNeely, Beloit West Branch: Senior QB was 19-of-28 for 344 yards and six TDs in 48-0 win over Ravenna Southeast.

Taylor Harris, Sparta Highland: Carried the ball 27 times for 313 yards and four TDs in 26-16 win over Fredericktown.

Kevin Harper, Mentor: Hit a 58-yard field goal in 21-10 loss to Youngstown Cardinal Mooney.

Sean Egler, Bellefontaine: Senior running back had 273 yards and two TDs on 20 carries in 41-14 win over Wapakoneta.

Roger Smith, Dayton Christian: Senior running back tallied 305 yards and four TDs in 41-26 win over Ridgemont.

Recap of last week’s Ohio High featured games:

Elder 21, Lakota West 14

Moeller 24, Mason 7

St. Henry 17, Marion Pleasant 14 

St. Xavier 35, Winton Woods 7

St. Ignatius 37, Boardman 7

Union Local 35, Meadowbrook 21

Oakwood 28, Versailles 16

Harrison Central 21, Claymont 7

Vinton County 31, Unioto 15

Williamsport Westfall 21, Teays Valley 10

Colerain 19, Huber Heights Wayne 7

Dublin Jerome 28, Westerville Central 3

Perrysburg 20, Fremont Ross 14

Dayton Carroll 14, Beavercreek 7

Toledo St. John's 40, Findlay 27

Kings Mills Kings 28, Trenton Edgewood 21

Steubenville 40, Indian Creek 0

Indian Valley 39, Newcomerstown 26

Cin. Princeton 62, Western Hills 7

Cin. Turpin 29, Glen Este 0

Canfield 19, Youngstown East 8

Clayton Northmont 25, Dayton C-J 12

Cin. Loveland 10, Roger Bacon 7

Other Statewide Games of Note

Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 21, Mentor 10: Preseason favorite for D-IV state title opened season with win over last year’s D-I state runner-up. Cardinals are no ordinary D-IV team though, having been ranked No. 25 in preseason USA Today Super 25 poll.

Cleveland Glenville 38, Indianapolis Warren Central 36: Tarblooders debuted with road win at four-time defending Indiana state champions. Shannon Frierson’s TD with 3:18 to go was the difference. Glenville interecepted WC on fourth down with 56 seconds left.

Piqua 37, St. Marys Memorial 20: The defending D-II state champions did just fine without last season’s Mr. Football Brandon Saine (now at Ohio State). In a game delayed Friday and finished Saturday, Piqua rallied from a 3-0 first quarter deficit to notch an impressive victory. Indians QB Justin Hemm ran for three TDs and threw for another.

Massillon Washington 42, Middletown 21: Ohio State recruit DeVoe Torrence rushed for 157 yards and two TDs on 20 carries in his Massillon debut. Torrence, who transferred from Canton South, also had three receptions for 49 yards.

Jonathan Alder 36, Lemon-Monroe 26: Pioneers ran home winning streak to 28 (haven’t lost since 2001) with come-from-behind win over Hornets. Alder, which was D-IV state runner-up last year, trailed 13-0 after the first quarter, 19-14 at halftime and 26-14 after three quarters. Monroe, which returned 10 offensive starters from last year’s playoff team, should make a deep postseason run in D-III.

Fort Loramie 43, Minster 12: A third-year varsity program vying for its first playoff appearance, Fort Loramie took a huge step in right direction with convincing win over Midwest Athletic Member and neighboring Minster. Redskins lost previous two openers with Wildcats a combined 65-6.

Strongsville 39, Lakewood St. Edward 0: The Mustangs announced their presence with a shutout of highly regarded St. Edward. The Eagles were considered by many to be state championship material. Apparently Strongsville is the one who should wear that label.

Anna 7, Lehman Catholic 3: Anna, which missed the playoffs for first time in history last season during first year in MAC, recorded huge victory in season opener over Lehman Catholic who should challenge for D-VI state title. Rockets have made six playoff appearances in seven years as varsity program.

Lima Central Catholic 6, Delphos St. John’s 0: LCC scored on game’s first possession and made it stick in winning key early-season match-up between state small school powers.

Hilliard Darby 21, Hilliard Davidson 10: Defending Division I state champion Davidson won’t have another undefeated run thanks to rival Darby.

Waynesfield-Goshen 43, Vanlue 27: Talk about offense. In addition to Waynesfield’s Knowlton (see top individual performances), Vanlue also had its share of statistical oddities. Vanlue QB Nick Lee completed 37-of56 passes for 408 yards, three TDs and five interceptions. He also ran for a score. Vanlue tight end Josh Kloepfer caught 15 passes for 232 yards and a TD.

Arlington 21, Riverdale 0: Arlington limited Riverdale to 13 yards of total offense in the win. The Falcons had seven yards rushing on 24 carries and threw for six yards. Riverdale had one first down – via penalty. 

Dola Hardin Northern 35, Ada 20: The Polar Bears won this early season match-up of state heavyweights by capitalizing on five Ada turnovers. Senior running back Nathan Bame led DHN with 202 yards and two TDs rushing, while Troy Summa added 100 yards and two scores of his own. Ada QB and Miami recruit Zac Dysert completed 19-of-36 throws for 285 yards and ran for a career-high 153 but threw three interceptions. It was DHN’s seventh straight win in the series.

Newark Catholic 33, Amanda-Clearcreek 14: NC opens season with impressive win over Aces. Defensively Green Wave forced four turnovers and senior running back Mark Nichols tallied 249 yards and four TDs on 27 carries. Win is just NC’s second against A-C in last eight tries.

North Lima South Range 26, Mogadore 21: Raiders ran regular season win streak to 23 with solid road win over D-VI state title hopeful Mogadore.

Kettering Alter 39, Kettering Fairmont 14: Alter, which finished state runner-up in D-III last year, turned a 20-14 lead into a blowout against the rival Firebirds by forcing four fourth quarter turnovers. The Knights, who are in D-IV this season, are 6-2 against D-I Fairmont since 2000.

Dublin Coffman 56, Troy 14: Coffman flexed its muscle with a rout of Troy. The Shamrocks were led by senior QB Zack Stoudt and senior wideout Trey Fairchild (see individuals above). Coffman outscored Troy 36-8 in the second half.

Coldwater 21, Kenton 7: The Cavaliers won this opener pitting former state champions. Defensively Coldwater held Kenton to seven yards rushing and shut out the Wildcats the final three quarters.

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