Friday Night Highlights: Week 1’s top players, games and newsmakers


Alter’s Chris Borland has committed to Wisconsin

Football season has arrived! And so has our weekly look back at the state’s top performances, games and newsmakers. In addition to announcing our Offensive and Defensive players of the week, we also take a look at Ohio’s top playmakers, teams and games from last week. The snap count is on one.

Before we announce the Offensive and Defensive players of the week and take a look back at last week’s top players, games and newsmakers, lets take a test.

Whose schedule is this?

H Bishop Ryan Catholic (Ontario, Canada)
@ Canal Winchester Harvest Preparatory
H Kokomo (Indiana) (Kokomo)
@ Defiance Tinora
H Springfield Kenton Ridge
H Olentangy Orange
@ Springfield Catholic Central
Haviland Wayne Trace
@ Oregon Cardinal Stritch

You know whose schedule this is? No clue?

It’s the schedule teams from the Midwest Athletic Conference will face this Friday in Week 2 of the regular season.

In a move the MAC hopes will generate more teams to the playoffs, the conference has implemented a new scheduling rotation this season.

Under the new rules, teams are playing an eight-game conference schedule and bypassing one opponent a year. Kind of like the Big Ten – somewhat. Therefore Coldwater won’t play Fort Recovery. Marion Local won’t play Minster, St. Henry won’t play Parkway.

Instead they’ll play a law firm: Kokomo, Tinora, Stritch and Ryan.

Ultimately that conference game cancellation opens up another non-league date for MAC schools so they can trade more postseason points amongst themselves instead of just punches.

Last season only two MAC teams made the postseason. Both won state titles.

For the rest of the state more MAC teams in the football playoffs is a bad thing. The MAC tends to have success in the postseason.

Overall the conference has won a football title in 15 of the last 19 years.

In the last three years, an astonishing two-thirds of Ohio’s small school football titles have gone to the MAC (six of nine).

Absurd. Amazing. And here we go again.

Last week during the opening weekend, MAC teams went a combined 9-1. Take out Versailles’ 43-21 loss to Dayton Oakwood and MAC teams steamrolled the competition 316-89. That’s an average score of 35-10.

Be glad you’re not on that schedule.

Now onto Week 1 laurels…


JJHuddle Offensive Player of the Week

Derek Roback, Waverly: Junior QB had a night for the ages when he accounted for 605 total yards and eight touchdowns in a 54-53 win over Piketon. Roback completed 28-of-48 passes for 422 yards and six TDs. He also rushed for 98 yards and a TD and returned a punt 85 yards for a TD with less than a minute to go to draw the Tigers within one. His ensuing two-point pass to Kevin Malone was the difference. Oh yeah, he added 17 tackles on defense.

JJHuddle Defensive Player of the Week

Chris Borland, Kettering Alter: Senior LB and Wisconsin recruit had a fumble recovery, an interception and a “flying” tackle (see below) where he dove over the offensive line to make the tackle for loss in a 39-7 win over rival Kettering Fairmont in the “Backyard Battle.” Offensively, Borland added 127 yards rushing and three TDs.


Bo Cordell, Indian Hill:
Senior QB completed 26-of-33 passes for 510 yards and five TDs in 44-6 win over Hamilton Ross.

Jordan Barbina, Belmont Union Local:
Senior QB was 18-of-23 for 370 yards and four TDs in 53-13 win over Meadowbrook. He also rushed 10 times for 51 yards and three more TDs.

Eric Page, Holland Springfield:
Senior QB accounted for seven TDs and 426 yards of total offense in a 58-14 win over Oak Harbor. Page was 8-of-12 passing for 188 yards and two TDs in addition to rushing for 238 yards and five TDs.

Shane Kipp, Ashland:
Senior RB eclipsed a 44-year old school record with 327 yards rushing on 23 attempts in a 51-12 romp over Willard. Kipp’s effort broke the previous mark of 323 set by Roosevelt Robinson in 1964 against Wooster. Kipp scored four TDs.

Troy Bell, Toledo Start:
Senior RB had 256 yards and all three of Start’s touchdowns in 30-21 loss to Lorain Admiral King. Bell carried the ball 25 times.

Nathan Melhorn, Southern:
Senior RB had 297 yards rushing in 31-27 win over East Palestine.

Kyle Snyder, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit:
Senior QB rushed for 249 yards and two TDs and also threw for two more scores in 48-14 route of Newark Licking Valley.

Dustin Howell, North Lewisburg Triad:
Sophomore receiver caught five passes for 271 yards and four TDS in 45-35 win over Fairbanks.

Colton Morris, Bainbridge Paint Valley:
Running back had 305 yards and three TDs on 21 carries in 41-32 win over Columbus West.

Colin Leidinger, Bishop Ready:
Senior FB carried 22 times for 130 yards and five TDs in a 47-0 win over Franklin Heights.

Quinton Howard, Marlington:
Senior returned two interceptions for touchdowns and rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown in 25-20 win over St. Thomas Aquinas.

Nathan Stouffer, Clinton-Massie:
Senior LB had 13 tackles, including nine of which were for loss, in a 49-0 win over Blanchester. Also recovered a fumble.

Tyler Tucci, Malvern:
Senior QB threw for 173 yards and four TDs and ran for 139 yards and two TDs in a 49-13 win over Lowellville.

Nate Woods, Lebanon:
Senior RB had 200 yards and four TDs in 39-13 win over Cincinnati Western Hills.

Levi Albrecht, Centerburg:
In first game as starting QB rushed for 230 yards and four TDs on 19 carries in 28-7 win over DeGraff Riverside.

Bo Grunder, Massillon Washington:
Junior WR/DB had huge game in 45-29 win over Akron Buchtel. Offensively Grunder caught five balls for 112 yards and four TDs. Defensively he added an interception and fumble recovery.

Ryan O’Rourke, Avon:
Senior QB completed 19-of-38 passes for 269 yards and three TDs, including the game-winner with five seconds left in a 27-24 victory over Aurora.


Cincinnati Colerain 13, Cincinnati St. Xavier 8: The Cardinals won their 30th consecutive regular season game and handed defending Division I St. Xavier its first loss since 2006. The Bombers were ranked No. 18 in the USA Today Super 25 poll. Colerain sophomore RB Tyler Williams ran for 66 yards and both Cards scores on seven carries. The two teams, who last met in last year’s regional final (a 29-14 X win), played before an estimated crowd of 15,000 at UC’s Nippert Stadium.

Cleveland Glenville 20, Cleveland St. Ignatius 17:
The Tarblooders beat the Wildcats on a 30-yard field goal as time expired before 10,000 at Parma’s Byers Field. That’s right – a last second field goal. Glenville and Ignatius have met five times now (four times in the playoffs) with the Tarblooders holding a 4-1 advantage in those contests.

Cincinnati Moeller 27, Princeton 17:
Moeller won its 15th straight game against Princeton (dating back to 1992) before an estimated crowd of 6,000 in head coach John Rodenberg’s debut. Senior RB Patrick Blanks led the attack with 100 yards and three TDs on 20 carries.

St. Henry 14, Marion Pleasant 13:
Pleasant moved to 0-5 all-time against St. Henry in this match-up of small school powers. Despite outgaining St. Henry in total yards and doubling-up the Redskins in first downs, the Spartans came away one-point short. St. Henry was playing without its starting quarterback, who sustained a leg injury in last week’s scrimmage.

Newark Catholic 13, Amanda-Clearcreek 12:
The Green Wave and Aces have played some memorable games in the past, but this one will be vivid for a long time. NC, the defending D-VI state champions, rallied from a 9-0 deficit and held on for a 13-12 win. A-C had three cracks at the winning score from the NC 2-yardline in the final minute but came up short. The Green Wave snuffed A-C’s last attempt with two seconds left.

Logan 35, Lancaster 10:
Talk about a longtime coming. The last time Logan beat Lancaster in football was 1945. That’s right…1945. The Golden Gales, beset by injury, were on their third starting quarterback of the season in junior Nathan Carpenter. Carpenter was thrust into action two weeks ago after starter Ryan Cheeks and back-up Nolan Flowers were injured in a scrimmage with Findlay. Ouch.

Pickerington Central 23, Upper Arlington 6:
Central rode five UA turnovers to three TDs and the decisive win among two of Central Ohio’s top programs. Ohio State recruit and Central senior DB Jamie Wood came up big with two interceptions, including one he returned 70 yards for a touchdown.

Coldwater 58, Kenton 19:
Defending D-IV state champions started where they left off. Been a long time since Kenton lost by 39.

Solon 24, Canton McKinley 10:
The Bulldogs fell in new head coach Ron Johnson’s debut. It was just the 24th time McKinley lost its opener.

Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 48, Newark Licking Valley 14:
The Warriors turned one of the state’s most anticipated match-ups into a blowout. Licking Valley, a state finalist last year, was led by Ohio State recruit Storm Klein who had 156 yards rushing but no TDs. Walsh Jesuit, led by QB Kyle Snyder (249 yards rushing), churned out 463 yards on the ground.

Waverly 54, Piketon 53:
Game between Pike County rivals lasted nearly four hours and featured over 100 points and over 1,000 total yards. Waverly junior QB Derek Roback (see offensive player of the week) had over 600 all-purpose yards, while Piketon, led by Keiffer Reed (17 carries for 222 yards), rushed for over 400 yards. Piketon held a 53-38 lead with less than four minutes to go.

Macedonia Nordonia 28, Tallmadge 7:
Nordonia scored three TDs (all set up by turnovers) during a two-minute span in the third quarter to break a scoreless tie. The game had 11 total turnovers, seven of which were committed by Tallmadge.

Cincinnati Anderson 56, Cincinnati Taft 6:
The defending D-II state champions got the season off to a rocking start when junior Kyle Slater returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a TD. Anderson never slowed down.

West Lafayette Ridgewood 31, Shadyside 28:
The Generals pulled out the win when Skylar McQuiston connected on a 35-yard field goal as time expired. Shadyside overcame a 28-14 deficit with two TDs in two minutes late in the game, one following a successful onside kick. Ridgewood drove 52 yards in just over 90 seconds with no timeouts to set up the winning kick and record the win.

Columbus Brookhaven 14, Chillicothe 7:
Despite losing four fumbles, Brookhaven escaped with the win thanks in part to senior RB Andrew Herrell. Herrell rushed 24 times for 256 yards and the game-winning TD with 5:34 remaining.

Wheelersburg 23, Ironton 22:
Down 16-0 in the first half, Ironton rallied to take the lead 22-16 with 3:01 to play on a 4-yard run by Keith Wetzel. Wheelersburg responded with the game winning score with 33 seconds left on a TD reception by receiver Andy Stegman.


Massillon Washington Wins In Hall’s Debut: Sporting plan white helmets, Massillon disposed of Akron Buchtel 45-29 in new head coach Jason Hall’s first game. The Tigers wore plain white helmets thanks to a vote by the captains and a nudge from Hall who is trying to reshape Ohio’s most storied program. Once the Tigers “earn their stripes” they’ll wear the same exact design as the 1971 Massillon team, the school’s last state championship squad.

Cribbs Checks It Out:
Cleveland Browns standout and former Washington (D.C) Dunbar star Joshua Cribbs was on hand to watch his alma mater play North Canton Hoover. The Vikings ruined the occasion with a 41-22 drubbing of their visitors. Hoover was led by junior RB Eric Howard who had 185 yards and three TDs on 22 carries. Howard is a talent.

Westfall Win Streak Snapped:
Asheville Teays Valley snapped Williamsport Westfall’s 25-game regular season win streak with a 35-14 decision.

First Time Is The Charm:
Sunbury Big Walnut’s Eugene Cannaday didn’t take long to make an impact. A first-year football player, Cannaday returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a TD in the Eagles 31-2 route of Westerville Central.

Long Time Coming:
In the 103rd meeting between Zanesville and Newark, the Blue Devils came out on top 30-14. Zanesville was fueled by four Newark turnovers.

Pataskala Licking Heights gave up 25 yards on 46 plays in a 27-0 win over visiting Philo. The Electrics had a total of negative-24 yards rushing on 34 carries.

Three’s Company:
Akron North had three players all rush for over 100 yards in a 68-3 win over Rootstown. Sophomore RB Bobby Brown had 152 yards and two TDs on five carries, while senior RB Donte Covington had 112 yards and two TDs on six carries. Senior QB Davon Coman added 100 yards and two TDs on six carries.


A look at how Ohio State’s homegrown recruits faired this weekend, courtesy of Bucknuts recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic. Click here to see.


How did the teams fair? Well, one No. 1 went down and so did a couple 2s…Who was it? Check here to find out.


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