The high school football season is halfway over and league title and playoff pictures are starting to take shape. Among the weekend’s big winners were Canton McKinley, Lakewood St. Edward, Dublin Coffman, Columbus Bishop Watterson and Mentor. 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
Marcus Wright, Dayton Dunbar: Senior rushed 42 times for 415 yards and seven TDs in 58-52 overtime win over Columbus Bishop Hartley. Wright scored the game winner in overtime and added a two-point conversion.
Blake Naylor and Shawn Davis, Western Brown: Teammates both eclipsed 200 yards in 49-6 win over East Clinton. Naylor, a senior QB, had 257 yards and four TDs on 14 carries, while Davis, a junior FB, had 202 yards and three TDs on 13 carries.
Josh Kellough, Chillicothe Huntington: Senior QB led Huntsmen to dramatic 32-29 win over Zane Trace by completing 2-yard TD pass to Chris Marsh with four seconds left. For the game, Kellough carried the ball 30 times for 270 yards and two TDs. He also completed 12-of-23 passes for 185 yards and two TDs.
Dylan Wartluft, Waterloo: Completed 15-of-28 passes for 279 yards and two TDs and rushed for 43 yards and three TDs on 20 carries in 56-28 win over Windham.
Zack Gust, Union Local: Senior sprinter scored TDs on a 95-yard kickoff return, 75-yard interception return and 27-yard catch in 39-7 rout of previously unbeaten Martins Ferry.
Corey Brown, Troy: Senior rushed for 279 yards and two TDs on 29 carries in 27-7 win over Springfield North.
Jeremy Scott, Norwood: Sophomore RB carried the ball 26 times for 269 yards and four TDs in 56-27 win over Walnut Hills.
Jared Edwards, Bellbrook: Senior carried the ball 20 times for 222 yards and four TDs in 35-18 win over Franklin.
Cortez Fleming, Westerville South: Junior QB rushed for 230 yards and five TDs on 24 carries in 51-34 win over Newark. Also completed 8-of-10 passes for 175 yards and two TDs.
Ben Buchanan, Westerville Central: Ohio State recruit connected on five field goals in a 29-22 loss to Sunbury Big Walnut. Buchanan’s longest make was from 57 yards. He missed a 60-yarder.
Cody Westbrook, Marietta: Junior QB completed 24-of-33 passes for 410 yards and three TDs in 41-11 win over Athens.
Joey Wheeler, Sarahsville Shenandoah: Rushed for 131 yards and four TDs on 19 carries and caught a pass for 45 yards and another score in 47-22 win over Barnesville.
Corey Lisowski, Dover: Senior QB completed 19-of-23 passes for 290 yards, five TDs and no interceptions in 49-19 drubbing of previously unbeaten Coshocton.
Jared Wackerly, North Canton Hoover: Senior QB threw for 360 yards and four TDs in 38-7 win over Youngstown Boardman.
Spencer Ware, Princeton: Sophomore QB completed 20-of-28 passes for 358 yards and five TDs in 43-19 win over Hamilton.
RECAP OF LAST WEEK'S OHIO HIGH FEATURED GAMES
Bishop Watterson 31, Cleveland Benedictine 14
Delphos St. John’s 14, Versailles 7
Hilliard Davidson 28, Thomas Worthington 6
Covington 21, Twin Valley South 7
Milton-Union 22, Valley View 7
Toledo Whitmer 24, Toledo St. Francis DeSales 17 (ot)
Coldwater 42, St. Henry 0
Columbus DeSales 38, Grove City 7
Frankfort Adena 47, Bainbridge Paint Valley 17
Cincinnati LaSalle 51, Cincinnati Anderson 10
Sidney Lehman Catholic 33, Fort Loramie 20
Chagrin Falls 41, Pepper Pike Orange 13
OTHER STATEWIDE GAMES OF NOTE
Mentor 56, Massillon Washington 52: Teams combined for 1,086 yards in this shootout. Mentor had 588 yards, led by senior QB Bart Tanski who was 24-of-38 for 299 yards and three TDs. Massillon had 498 yards, led by senior RB DeVoe Torrence who rushed for 283 yards and four TDs. Mentor’s Tom Worden also ran for 226 yards and three TDs. Tanski completed an 8-yard TD pass to Steve Orkis with 24 seconds left for the win.
Dublin Coffman 9, Dublin Scioto 7: The Rocks remained unbeaten thanks to a 20-yard field goal by Mitch Haines with 34 seconds left. Haines had missed attempts from 37, 30, 30 and 30 and an extra-point prior in the game. Coffman only punted once and outgained Scioto 335-135 in total offense.
Lakewood St. Edward 10, Cincinnati Elder 7: After 0-2 start Eagles have won three straight, including Saturday’s shocker over Elder. The Panthers turned the ball over four times.
Hilliard Darby 22, Upper Arlington 7: Behind Northwestern recruit Jeremy Ebert, Darby recorded its second win over UA in nine tries. Ebert completed 15-of-20 passes for 165 yards and rushed for 80 yards and a TD on 17 carries.
Brunswick 42, Parma Normandy 34: Brunswick racked up 516 yards of total offense in this Northeast Ohio Conference crossover game of unbeatens. Brunswick QB Sean Bedevelsky completed 22-of-28 passes for 328 yards and three TDs, all to Jordan Gribble. Gribble ended with 12 catches for 228 yards and also added an interception.
Cincinnati St. Xavier 30, Indianapolis (Ind.) Chatard 0: Bombers welcomed back standout senior RB Darius Ashley who carried 13 times for 103 yards and two TDs. Ashley missed three games with an ankle injury.
Dayton Dunbar 58, Bishop Hartley 52 (ot): Dunbar led 40-16 at halftime before Hawks exploded in second half to tie it 52-52 at end of regulation.
Pickerington Central 24, Lancaster 13: Central stopped a four-game losing streak to the Gales by erupting for 21 third quarter points. Lancaster had held the Tigers to 51 total yards in the first half.
Waverly 21, Pickerington North 16: The D-IV Tigers went on the road and beat the D-I Panthers. Waverly QB Trevor Walls completed just 5-of-15 attempts in the game, but he led the Tigers to the winning score by completing three passes on the final drive. The result isn’t quite as shocking as Delphos St. John’s (D-VI) win over Worthington Kilbourne (D-I) last year, but its close.
Steubenville 27, Beaver Local 6: The Big Red won its 35th straight game and 44th straight home game.
Pandora-Gilboa 34, Arcadia 29: Visiting and previously winless Gilboa, handed previously unbeaten Arcadia its first loss. Despite being 0-4 entering the contest, the Rockets had lost some close games, including the first two in overtime (to Columbus Grove and Arlington). Arcadia was coming off a stunning 25-23 win over traditional power Dola Hardin Northern.
Huber Heights Wayne 21, Clayton Northmont 14: Despite having just 90 yards of total offense, Wayne won this Greater Western Ohio Conference crossover game thanks to special teams. The Warriors Erique Geiger returned a kickoff 85 yards for a TD and the Warriors were the beneficiary of a botched punt attempt deep in T-Bolt territory. The kickoff return for a TD was Geiger’s third this season.
Williamsport Westfall 53, Richmond Dale Southeastern 12: The undefeated Mustangs ran just 30 offensive plays in the game yet mustered 53 points. In addition to scoring four offensive TDs, Westfall also scored on punt, interception and fumble returns.
Canton McKinley 30, Canton GlenOak 15: The Bulldogs won their first game and handed GlenOak its first loss behind a superb performance from junior Monterae Williams who rushed for 203 yards and two TDs on 33 carries. McKinley’s 0-4 start was its worst since 1924.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
WORKING OVERTIME: Gahanna-Lincoln prefers to play more football than most. The Lions have been in three overtime games this year, and with Friday’s 20-17 triple-ot win over Dublin Jerome, G-L is now 2-1 in extended contests. The Lions lost 24-21 to Upper Arlington in overtime in Week 2 and beat Olentangy Liberty 27-24 in double-ot in Week 3.
GENERATING A BUZZ: At 4-1, Sidney is off to its best start since going 6-0 to open the 1996 season. In a 38-21 win over Fairborn on Friday, Mark Ahrens rushed for 149 yards and four TDs on 19 carries. The Yellow Jackets have a tough one next week at Clayton Northmont, the five-time defending GWOC North champions.
BLUES BROTHERS: Franklin was black and blue after facing Bellbrook and running backs Jared Edwards and Bobby Hunter. The duo combined for 368 rushing yards and five TDs in the Eagles 35-14 win. Edwards carried 22 times for 222 yards and four TDs, while Hunter carried 14 times for 146 yards and a score.
MILESTONE: Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit coach Gerry Rardin recorded his 200th win with a 44-27 victory over Parma Padua Franciscan. Rardin is 200-92-2 in 28 years at the school. Walsh won the D-II state title in 1999.
DEEE-FENSE: Cincinnati Woodward scored three defensive TDs (two interception returns, fumble recovery) in a 40-7 win over Cincinnati Western Hills.
WEEK 5 STATEWIDE SCORES
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