As we near the halfway point of the high school football season, there are still 106 undefeated teams in Ohio, including 46 in Divisions IV and V combined. Conversely there are 98 winless teams. The good news? No school is eliminated from the playoffs – yet. Below we present our weekly recap of the weekend’s top individual performances and games. We also present links to Ohio High featured games, a statewide scoreboard and the Bucknuts.com Ohio State Recruiting Tracker.
TOP INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES
Zac Dysert and Nate Vermillion, Ada: Senior duo dominated play in 61-36 win over previously unbeaten Fort Loramie. Dysert, a Miami recruit, completed 21-of-33 passes for 474 yards and seven TDs. Vermillion, a receiver/defensive back, caught nine passes for 272 yards and four TDs. He also returned an interception 55 yards for a TD. Before the game, Vermillion was named homecoming king.
Ryan Radcliff, Sherwood Fairview: Senior quarterback completed 31-of-42 passes for 352 yards and seven TDs in 54-0 win over Holgate.
James Keck, Newark: Senior rushed for a school record 302 yards and four TDs in 32-14 win over Shaker Heights.
Mark Nichols, Newark Catholic: Senior rushed for what is believed to be a school record 307 yards and three TDs in 38-28 win over Granville. Nichols carried the ball 47 times.
Darryl Lee, Toledo Woodward: Lee set a state record by returning an interception 109 yards for a TD with 1:35 left in a 14-6 win over Toledo Libbey. The previous record of 108 was set by Gates Mills Hawken’s O.J. McDuffie in 1986.
Josh Kellough, Chillicothe Huntington: Senior quarterback accounted for six TDs in 47-8 win over Unioto. Kellough completed 12-of-14 passes for 206 yards and four TDs and also rushed for two TDs and 129 yards on 11 carries.
Bryan Gaiters, Zanesville: Senior running back had 286 yards and four TDs on just 10 carries in 56-14 rout of previously unbeaten Portsmouth.
Gunner Calhoun, Clinton Massie: Freshman had a fumble recovery for a TD, a safety, an interception, two two-point conversions, a sack and lead the team in tackles in 31-0 win over Hillsboro.
Derrick Vicars, Genoa Area: Senior running back carried the ball 32 times for 215 yards and four TDs in 33-7 win over Elmwood.
Tyler Hardesty, Cambridge: Running back had 296 yards and four TDs on 41 carries in 30-0 win over Indian Valley.
Justin Apple, Kansas Lakota: Senior running back had 219 yards and four TDs on 18 carries in 54-0 win over Millbury Lake.
Taylor Harris, Sparta Highland: Senior running back had 221 yards and four TDs on 18 carries in 48-3 win over Richwood North Union.
Carnell Evans, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary: Senior rushed for 214 yards and five TDs on 15 carries in 33-28 win over Akron Hoban. Also fumbled three times.
RECAP OF LAST WEEK'S OHIO HIGH FEATURED GAMES
Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 49, Warren Harding 0
Springfield Catholic Central 34, Mechanicsburg 7
Dayton Oakwood 21, Germantown Valley View 14
Colerain 35, Mason 14
Sandy Valley 40, Conotton Valley 8
Ironton 20, Jackson 14 (ot)
Milton-Union 28, Franklin 14
Middletown Madison 29, Dayton Northridge 6
Toledo St. John’s 15, Toledo Central Catholic 7
Shenandoah 32, Harrison Central 26
Hilliard Davidson 61, Westland 7
Piketon 34, Zane Trace 27
Union Local 39, Wintersville Indian Creek 15
West Lafayette Ridgewood 13, Sugarcreek Garaway 0
Akron Manchester 49, Wellston 12
OTHER STATEWIDE GAMES OF NOTE
Ada 61, Fort Loramie 36: The Bulldogs handed the visiting Redskins their first loss of the season in convincing fashion. Ada rolled up 517 yards of offense in the first half alone en route to a 48-16 lead at the break.
Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 33, Akron Hoban 28: The Irish beat the Knights for the first time since 1997 to reclaim the Shillelagh Trophy. The Summit County parochial schools played at Akron’s Rubber Bowl in front of an estimated 10,000 people.
Cincinnati LaSalle 28, Cincinnati Elder 19: Lancers pulled the upset by opening up a 21-6 lead and holding on for the victory. LaSalle’s lead was trimmed to 21-19 in the fourth quarter before Ohio State recruit DeVier Posey scored on a 48-yard pass play from Brendan Jones with 4:40 left. LaSalle running back Kendall Owens rushed for 166 yards and three TDs on 24 carries.
Dublin Coffman 26, Mentor Lake Catholic 21: Lake Catholic scored two defensive TDs, but it wasn’t enough as Coffman won on the road.
Cincinnati McNicholas 33, Hamilton Badin 32: McNicholas senior quarterback Steve Rice completed 22-of-48 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns and also had 134 yards and two touchdowns rushing as the Rockets edged the Rams in a Greater Catholic League tilt. Rice threw his final TD – and the game-winner – with two seconds left. Badin junior quarterback Zach Toerner was 16-for-23 passing for 279 yards and four touchdowns and also added 70 yards rushing. Badin freshman wideout Jake Jackson had eight catches for 176 yards and three touchdowns.
Hilliard Darby 39, Cincinnati Anderson 38 (ot): Anderson trailed 31-9 with eight minutes remaining in the game before scoring 22 straight points to tie and force overtime. In the extra period, Anderson scored first and kicked the PAT. Darby responded with a TD of its own and then went for two and got it.
Lakewood St. Edward 28, Mansfield (Mass.) 17: The Eagles won their second straight after opening 0-2. Quarterback Alex Lavisky led St. Ed by completing 11-of-21 passes for 282 yards and four TDs. Mansfield entered the contest with a 60-5-1 record over the last six years.
Cincinnati St. Xavier 47. Louisville (Ky.) Trinity 31: St. Xavier, Ohio’s No. 1 ranked team, downed Kentucky’s top team with a furious second half rally. The Bombers, ranked No. 2 nationally by prepnation.com, were down 24-13 midway through the third quarter before scoring 28 unanswered points en route to the convincing win.
Lore City Buckeye Trail 50, Barnsville 7: The Warriors had several individuals post impressive numbers in this rout. Athlete Bobby Beros had two carries for 67 yards and a TD, two catches for 66 yards and a TD, three PATs, a 27-yard field goal and an interception. Quarterback Brock Davis was 5-of-7 for 119 yards and two TDs and also rushed for 105 yards, two TDs and a two-point conversion on nine carries. Steve Beros added 214 yards on 14 carries.
Brunswick 14, Macedonia Nordonia 12: The Blue Devils opened up a 14-0 lead and made it stick in this battle of unbeatens. Nordonia scored twice in the fourth quarter but failed to score on both point after attempts. The Knights missed a kick and then threw an incompletion when forced to go for two.
Solon 13, Mayfield 10: Solon’s Patrick Jacob drilled an 18-yard field goal with six seconds left to lift the host Comets to the win. Mayfield entered the game undefeated and ranked No. 1 in D-II in the Ohio High/ONN Power Poll.
Mentor 38, Cleveland St. Ignatius 17: Defending D-I state runner-up Mentor won its third straight game, while handing visiting St. Ignatius its first loss in front of 10,500 fans. The Cardinals lost to Youngstown Cardinal Mooney in Week 1. Mentor broke a 10-10 halftime tie with two third quarter TD passes from Bart Tanski to Tyler Shultz.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
DEEE-FENSE: Ayersville held Edgerton to minus-18 yards rushing in 35-0 win…Springfield Catholic Central held Mechanicsburg to three yards in the second half of a 34-7 win…Covington forced eight turnovers in 28-10 win over Casstown Miami East…Finneytown made two goal line stands (eight plays) inside the 10-yardline in the fourth quarter of a 7-3 win over Cincinnati Mariemont…West Jefferson held Liberty Union to minus-five yards rushing in 21-7 Roughrider win…Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans’ defense hasn’t allowed a point in 14 straight quarters.
OFFF-FENSE: Cambridge rushed for 338 yards in 30-0 win over Indian Valley…Kettering Alter rushed for 337 yards in 45-7 win over Cincinnati Roger Bacon…Pickerington Central’s Jamie Wood caught three passes for 110 yards and three TDs in 28-12 win over Westerville North…Through four games, Dayton Chaminade-Julienne quarterback Kurt Hess has posted some solid numbers. The junior is 67-of-105 for 956 yards, 11 TDs and no interceptions…Archbold tallied 444 yards of total offense in 47-20 win over Evergreen. Senior QB Gene Goering threw for three TDs and ran for two more all in the first half.
ELLET ENDS STREAK: Akron Ellet ended Akron Buchtel’s 31-game Akron City Series league winning streak with a 14-12 victory. The defeat was Buchtel’s first in City Series play since a loss to Akron Garfield in 2001. Ellet had not beaten Buchtel since 1995.
STILL GOING: Cincinnati Walnut Hills ran its losing streak to 30 games with a 33-0 loss to Mount Healthy.
FIRST TIME: Canton Timken won its first PAC-7 game since joining the conference in 2005 with a 14-12 win over Fairless at Fawcett Stadium. The Trojans are 2-2 for the first time since 2000.
LUCKY ONE: Hamler Patrick Henry improved to 4-0 with a 21-8 win over Liberty Center despite turning the ball over six times.
LONG TIME COMING: Thanks to a 43-8 win over Galion, Norwalk is 3-1 for the first time since 1976.
WEEK 4 STATEWIDE SCORES
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