St. Xavier, Macedonia Nordonia pull out impressive wins; Stoyanoff, Gaiters record some of Week 9’s top individual efforts


Tallmadge RB Tyler Fortner
Talk about going the extra mile. Cincinnati St. Xavier had to go three overtimes before outlasting Cleveland St. Ignatius 17-14 on Saturday. That of course was just a follow-up to Friday’s five-overtime marathon that Macedonia Nordonia won 45-42 over Mayfield. Below we take our weekly look at those performances and some of the state’s other top efforts from Week 9. Oh yeah, one more week before the playoffs start.

Talk about going the extra mile. Cincinnati St. Xavier had to go three overtimes before outlasting Cleveland St. Ignatius 17-14 on Saturday. The win kept the Bombers perfect record in tact. That of course was just a follow-up to Friday’s five-overtime marathon that Macedonia Nordonia won 45-42 over Mayfield.

Individually, Strongsville’s Eric Stoyanoff had a remarkable weekend, rushing for six TDs and 321 yards on just 13 carries. That’s an average of 24.7 yards per carry. Not to be outdone, Zanesville’s Brian Gaiters broke his own school record for rushing yards in a game – which he set last week – with 327 in a win over Ironton.

Below we take our weekly look at those performances and some of the state’s other top efforts from Week 9.

Oh yeah, one more week before the playoffs start.


Eric Stoyanoff, Strongsville:
Senior running back had 321 yards and six TDs on just 13 carries in 63-14 win over Elyria.

Zach Free, Washington Court House:
Senior running back carried 20 times for 295 yards and three TDs in 48-33 win over London. The tally is the second most in school history. Free is just 49 yards shy of breaking the Lions single-season record of 1,531 yards set in 1973.

Brian Gaiters, Zanesville:
Senior running back broke his own school record for yards in a game, which he set last week, with 327 in a 45-22 win over Ironton. Gaiters scored five TDs. In the past two weeks Gaiters has 647 yards and 10 TDs.

Corey Brown, Troy:
Senior RB had 321 yards and four TDs on 45 carries in 36-35 upset of Piqua.

Jeremy Foster, Pemberville Eastwood:
Running back logged 49 carries for 272 yards and two TDs in 24-14 Bloomdale Elmwood.

Tyler Housewright, Ashland:
Senior quarterback had over 300 yards of total offense and accounted for six TDs in 42-21 win over Belleville Clearfork. Housewright completed 20-of-25 passes for 245 yards and three TDs. He also carried the ball 14 times for 122 yards and three TDs.

Josh Slemker, Eaton:
Junior running back had 216 yards and five TDs in 34-19 win over Valley View.

Chad Davis, Chardon:
Senior running back had 207 yards and three TDs on just nine carries in 55-28 win over Lakeside.

Brad Gallik, Lexington:
Senior RB set the school’s single-season rushing and total yardage records in 21-20 win over West Holmes. Gallik rushed for 221 yards on 40 carries, giving him 1,603 yards for the season. He also has 1,649 total yards.

Nate Gaynard, Niles McKinley:
Running back registered 308 yards and four TDs on 23 carries in 49-20 win over Salem.

Brendan Kelly and Brian Wagner, Springfield Catholic Central:
Kelly, a junior quarterback, accounted for five TDs in a 42-13 win over Springfield Northeastern, while Wagner, a senior running back, set the school’s single-season rushing record. Kelly threw four first half TDs (including one to Wagner) and then added a fourth quarter TD run. Wagner ran for 111 yards on 22 carries to give him 1,584 yards on the season.

Tyler Fortner, Tallmadge:
Junior running back ran for 221 yards and five TDs on 23 carries in 49-0 win over Barberton.

Zach Domicone, Beavercreek:
Senior quarterback ran for 227 yards and three TDs (75, 49 and 36 yards) in 28-0 win over Springfield North. Domicone also threw for a TD.


Maria Stein Marion Local 35, Anna 6

Columbus DeSales 35, Cincinnati LaSalle 20

Lemon-Monroe 34, Waynesville 17

Toledo Central Catholic 24, Toledo Whitmer 23 (OT)

Bellbrook 20, Oakwood 13

Pickerington Central 30, Westerville South 6

Wheelersburg 35, Waverly 7

Hilliard Davidson 41, Westerville North 14

Williamsport Westfall 42, Piketon 7

New Concord John Glenn 21, Martins Ferry 14

Cambridge 26, Claymont 0


Cincinnati St. Xavier, 17, Cleveland St. Ignatius 14 (3 OTs):
St. Xavier senior Danny Milligan drilled a 33-yard field goal in the third overtime to give the Bombers the road win. Defensively St. Xavier limited Ignatius to 129 total yards on 53 offensive plays and blocked a 34-yard field goal attempt in the third OT.

Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 37, Youngstown Ursuline 14:
A week after getting a scare from Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, Mooney made sure it didn’t need any late game heroics on Friday. The Cardinals defense, behind a stellar performance from Oklahoma recruit Taylor Hill (sack and three TFL), handcuffed Ursuline. The Irish had one first down in the first half.

Clayton Northmont 38, Trotwood-Madison 8:
Northmont earned a share of its sixth straight Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division title with the convincing win over the visiting Rams. T-Bolt running back Mark Mays did most of the damage rushing for 152 yards and three TDs on 16 carries.

Macedonia Nordonia 45, Mayfield 42 (5 OT):
Nordonia blocked a 36-yard Mayfield field goal in the fifth overtime to preserve the win. The block was Nordonia’s second in the extra stanzas. The teams both went scoreless in the first OT before trading TDs the next three. In the fifth OT a 31-yard field goal by Eric Vukmanic was the difference. Aaron Pankratz paced the Nordonia offense, going 25-of-45 for 275 yards and five touchdowns. Senior Brian Vollmer caught 11 passes for 137 and three TDs. Mayfield’s Ashante Williams rushed 33 times for 200 yards and accounted for three TDS – one rushing, one receiving and one passing.

Steubenville 35, Canton Central Catholic 34:
The Big Red had to rally to keep their win streaks alive. Down 34-21 with 6:42 to go, Steubenville came back behind the arm and leg of 15-year old sophomore QB Dwight Macon. Macon threw a 12-yard TD pass to Steve Davis with 5:32 to go and then hit Jeremy Banks for a 14-yard TD on the game’s final play to tie it. The ensuing Pat gave the Big Red their 49th straight regular season win and 39th straight overall victory. Macon ended the game with 190 yards rushing and 234 yards through the air. CCC was led by Ron Hoagland who had six catches for 191 yards and four TDs. Defensively, Hoagland registered and interception and fumble recovery.

Hamler Patrick Henry 49, Sidney Lehman Catholic 28:
Sophomore quarterback Aaron Craft led the patriots to the convincing win over Lehman. Craft threw for 128 yards and three TDs and rushed for 131 yards and three more scores.

Troy 36, Piqua 35:
Troy pulled the upset in Ohio’s longest running rivalry. Meeting for the 123rd time since 1899, the Trojans bested the Indians when quarterback Tyler Wright hit Ben McGillvary for a two-point conversion with 26 seconds left.

Cincinnati Moeller 31, Lakewood St. Edward 28:
Senior quarterback Ross Oltorik led the Crusaders past the Eagles. Oltorik completed 25-of-32 passes for 384 yards and three TDs and also ran for another as Moeller survived a vicious rally (21-fourth quarter points) by St. Eds. Michael Hartman kicked the game-winning 22-yard field goal for Moeller with 53 seconds left.

Newark Licking Valley 32, Newark Catholic 0:
Led by Ohio State commit Storm Klein, Licking Valley rolled to the win. Klein, a junior running back/linebacker, rushed for 187 yards and four TDs on 23 carries as the Panthers clinched at least a share of the MSL-Ohio Division title before a standing room only crowd.


Ground Game:
Dayton Thurgood Marshall churned out 600 yards rushing during a 44-26 win over West Carrollton. Ryan Jones led the attack with 261 yards on 14 carries. Jones had two TD runs of 93 yards. Ron Foster added 154 yards on nine carries and scored on a 91-yard run.

Akron Firestone finally got its outright football title on Saturday. The Falcons, who have shared four Akron City Series football titles, collected their first outright title on Saturday with a 44-0 win over Kenmore. Firestone started playing football in 1964. With the win, head coach Tim Flossie also clinched a City Series title at his third school, the others being Central-Hower and Buchtel.

Drought Over:
Genoa Area claimed a share of its first Suburban Lakes League title since 1994 with a 58-6 win over Millbury Lake. Derrick Vicars led the winners with four touchdowns and 98 yards rushing.


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