Massillon, St. Xavier and St. Ignatius all won critical rivalry games,
while Springfield North downed Springfield South in overtime in the
schools' final meeting. Individually, Dru Jones capped the greatest statistical season by a running back in Medina County history this past weekend. Below we take a look at those efforts and a few more of note from Week 10.
So the season is over. The regular season at least.
This week the postseason starts for 192 schools. The others are turning in equipment.
Week 10, like its predecessors, offered up plenty of spectacular performances by both individuals and teams.
Massillon, St. Xavier and St. Ignatius all won critical rivalry games, while Springfield North downed Springfield South in overtime in the school’s final meeting. Next year the two teams will where one uniform and walk the same halls.
Individually, Dru Jones capped the greatest statistical season by a running back in Medina County history this past weekend.
Below we take a look at those efforts and a few more of note from Week 10.
TOP INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES
Dru Jones, Wadsworth: Senior running back became first player in Medina County history to rush for over 2,000 yards in one season with 278 in a 31-16 win over previously unbeaten Tallmadge. Jones, who had 33 carries, also had three TDs. The win also secured a share of the Suburban League title for the Grizzlies, marking their first league title in 11 years.
A.J. Zitello, Mineral Ridge: Running back had 323 yards and three TDs on 28 carries in 62-0 win over Lisbon.
Kenny Perkins, Miami Trace: Running back had 218 yards and six TDs on 20 carries in 42-40 upset of rival Washington Court House.
Tyler Housewright, Ashland: Senior quarterback completed 20-of-34 passes for 349 yards and three TDs and ran for 94 yards on 22 carries in a 33-28 come-from-behind win over Lexington.
Caleb Corrill, Batavia: Senior quarterback set school’s single-season records for yards and TDs in 35-19 win over Williamsburg. Corrill passed for 127 yards, giving him 1,908 for the season. He also threw two TDs, increasing his season total to 16.
Marcus Wright, Dunbar: Senior rushed for 277 yards and four TDs on 26 carries in 48-6 win over Meadowdale that clinched the Dayton City League title for the Wolverines.
Blake Naylor, Western Brown: Senior running back set school’s single-season rushing record with 270 yards on 19 carries in 47-8 win over Bethel-Tate. Naylor, who finished the season with 1,506 yards, also scored two TDs.
Sam Smallwood, Miami East: Running back tallied 252 yards and three TDs on 20 carries in 35-0 win over Arcanum that earned Vikings the school’s first playoff berth (D-V, Region 20) and also secured the program’s best record (8-2) since 1984. In Addition, Smallwood set the Miami East single-season rushing record with 1,418 yards.
David Barry, Warrensville Heights: Senior quarterback was 16-of-25 for 265 yards and four TDs in 49-14 win over Bedford.
Eric Beisner, Ansonia: Senior running back had 277 yards and five TDs on 44 carries in 41-21 win over Twin Valley South.
Gene Goering, Archbold: Senior quarterback completed 21-of-29 attempts for 290 yards and two TDs and also rushed for three TDs in 35-13 win over Liberty Center.
Brandon Marcum, Edgewood: Junior quarterback was 8-of-12 for 219 yards and four TDs in 33-6 win over Mt. Healthy.
Johnny Day, Valley View: Sophomore quarterback as 15-of-19 for 158 yards and four TDs in 38-13 win over Brookville that propelled the Spartans into the D-III, Region 12 playoffs at 5-5.
Spencer Ware, Princeton: Sophomore quarterback led Vikings back from 22-3 halftime deficit to beat Middletown 29-28. Ware ran for 97 yards and three TDs on 24 carries and also completed 21-of-40 passes for 282 yards.
Zach Toerner, Hamilton Badin: Junior quarterback was 25-of-35 for 350 yards and four TDs in 35-7 win over Fenwick.
John Strong, Goshen: Senior fullback rushed for 240 yards and three TDs on 16 carries in 56-7 win over West Carrollton.
Aaron Wright, Elmore Woodmore: Running back had 265 yards and three TDs on 21 carries in 48-21 win over Gibsonburg.
Alex Gillett, Clyde: Junior quarterback was 14-of-21 for 316 yards and four TDs in 28-7 win over Oak Harbor.
RECAP OF LAST WEEK'S OHIO HIGH FEATURED GAMES
Norwalk St. Paul 21, Monroeville 6
Cleveland St. Ignatius 19, Cleveland St. Edward 13
Northmont 17, Piqua 7
Milton-Union 18, Bellbrook 14
Circleville 21, Carroll Bloom-Carroll 7
Defiance Tinora 38, Sherwood Fairview 20
Johnston Monroe 28, Johnstown Northridge 0
Rockford Parkway 40, Versailles 12
St. Clairsville 26, Harrison Central 6
Toledo St. John’s 37, Toledo St. Francis 7
Kettering Alter 41, Dayton Chaminade-Julienne 27
Dublin Jerome 27, Westerville South 14
Huber Heights Wayne 21, Troy 7
Cambridge 35, Meadowbrook 7
Southeast Ohio Conference Champions
OTHER STATEWIDE GAMES OF NOTE
Springfield North 6, Springfield South 0 (OT): The host Panthers beat the Wildcats in this rivalry’s last game. Next year the two schools become one. North snapped a seven-game losing streak when Tadarius Montgomery scored on a 15-yard run in OT. South won the series 24-11.
Massillon Washington 23, Canton McKinley 20 (OT): Rivals met for the 116th time in front of 14,642 fans at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium. Massillon overcame a 17-7 deficit and won one a 1-yard run by quarterback Chris Willoughby. McKinley had kicked a field goal on its OT possession. Oddly enough, neither team made the playoffs this year.
Steubenville 19, Cardinal O’Hara (N.Y.) 14: Big Red ran overall win streak to 40 games, while ending O’Hara’s 25-game win streak. O’Hara’s last loss came to Kiski Prep (Pa.) 35-29 on September 29, 2005. The win was also Steubenville’s 50th straight regular season victory.
Ashland 33, Lexington 28: In a meeting of 8-1 teams with the Ohio Cardinal Conference title on the line, Ashland came up big on the road. The visiting Arrows scored 16 fourth quarter points to rally from a 28-17 third quarter deficit and win their second straight OCC title. It’s the first time Ashland has won back-to-back league titles in 35 years.
Cincinnati St. Xavier 28, Cincinnati Moeller 14: Bombers broke open a 14-14 game late in third quarter. After Moeller had tied the game, St. X senior running back Darius Ashley went 89-yards for a TD that gave the Bombers the lead for good. Ashley finished the night with 205 yards on 23 carries. Defensively, St. X had three interceptions in the last 13 minutes. The win secured the Bombers fourth straight GCL South title. The Bombers are 12-0 in GCL South games under fourth-year head coach Steve Specht.
Groveport-Madison 34, Hilliard Darby 17: The Cruisers upset the previously unbeaten Panthers and secured the school’s first playoff berth in 19 years as a result. Defensively, Groveport forced eight turnovers and intercepted Darby quarterback Jeremy Ebert five times. Ebert, a Northwestern recruit, had thrown only two interceptions coming into the game.
Uniontown Lake 42, Dresden Tri-Valley 0: The Blue Streaks rode the heroics of running backs Gene Onabiyi and Tyler Crowl to the impressive win over previously unbeaten Tri-Valley. Onabiyi had 156 yards and two TDs on 20 carries, while Crowl had 142 yards and two TDs on 11 carries. Both backs have over 1,000 yards this season, making them the first Lake duo to do so since 1970. Onabiyi has 1,152 yards, while Crowl has 1,047.
Washington Court House Miami Trace 42, Washington Court House 40: WCH was going for its first outright SCOL title since 1989, but the Panthers upset earned them a share of their fourth SCOL title in five years and forced a three-way tie for the trophy. Clinton-Massie also earned a share. Despite the loss, WCH senior running back Zach Free set a new school single-season rushing record with 1,708 yards. He had 216 yards and three TDs against Miami Trace. The Panthers Kenny Perkins ran for six TDs of his own (see Top Individual Performances).
Youngstown Ursuline 33, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 30 (OT): Junior Darrell Mason scored three TDs – including one with 23 seconds left in regulation to tie it and another in OT to win it – as Ursuline solidified its playoff standing.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Thrice As Nice: Vienna Mathews earned a D-V, Region 17 playoff berth by literally running over Pymatuning Valley 47-19. The Mustangs had three runners finish with over 160 yards. Eric Ocheltree had 197 yards and three TDs on 15 carries, while Brad Hughes added 180 yards and four TDs on 20 carries. Brent Jackson had 161 yards on 18 carries.
First Time For Everything: Bellaire lost to Martins Ferry 30-0 to finish with the first 0-10 record in school history (dating back to 1908). The Big Reds previous worst finish was 1-9 in 1989. Last season Bellaire went 10-0 in the regular season and advanced to the D-IV state semifinals.
Long Time Coming: North Royalton beat Parma Normandy 28-13 to improve to 9-1 and tie the 1946 team for the most single-season wins in school history. The Bears went 9-0 in 1946. North Royalton also secured the school’s first playoff berth with the win. The Bears are at Solon on Saturday in a D-I, Region 1 match up.
Winning Formula: New Miami beat Dayton Christian 20-0 to ensure the school’s first winning season since 1994. The Vikings finish 6-4. Senior running back Jeremiah Hibbert ran for 149 yards and two TDs on 19 carries.
WEEK 10 STATEWIDE SCORES
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