Friday Night Highlights: Herbstreit Series headlines Week 2 recap


Youngstown Mooney was one of four Ohio teams to win during the Herbstreit Varsity Series

Week 2 has come and gone and so has another No. 1. Here’s our second weekly look back at the state’s top performances, games and news. In addition to announcing our Offensive and Defensive players of the week, we take a look at Ohio’s top playmakers, teams and games from last week. The snap count is on two.

Got an email from “Steve” in Texas on Sunday in response to my In The Arena article “Texas team comes to Ohio with eyes wide open.” Steve asked me following the Lone Star state’s three-game domination of Ohio in the Herbstreit Varsity Series (Klein Forest over Warren Howland 27-6, Cedar Hill over Cincinnati LaSalle 38-14 and Arlington Bowie over Trotwood-Madison 48-0) if Ohioan’s now knew what “Texas High School Football is all about.”

I’d say they have a clue.

Although it can be debated that Trotwood-Madison and LaSalle should have been Herbstreit participants (hard to match up competitive games in advance), there’s no question that the Texas teams dominated their Ohio opponents.

I was at the Howland-Klein Forest game and the Tigers had no answer for KF’s speed or athleticism. The Eagles domination was so evident that at the end of the game, the Howland fans cheered triumphantly when the Tigers scored their only points on the last play. KF did put its first team defense back in for that snap so there was some sense of accomplishment.

Regardless, for the third time in four years, Ohio wrapped the US vs U.S. challenge on the losing end. Ohio teams went 4-7 this year with Cincinnati Colerain, Cincinnati St. Xavier, Youngstown Mooney and Huber Huber Heights Wayne wracking up wins. Last year Ohio went 5-6 after going 4-5 in 2006. In the Series’ first year, 2005, Colerain beat Tyler (Tx.) in a one-game only event.

It’s no shame to have a losing record against the nation’s best…now if we could just work on Texas.


JJHuddle Offensive Player of the Week
James Elchinger, Sherwood Fairview:
Elchinger tied a state record for passing TDs in a game (9) and turned in the third highest single-game yardage mark (625) in history as the Apaches beat Woodmore 83-52. He completed 28-of-39 attempts. Elchinger’s mark now gives Fairview QBs the Top 4 single-game passing marks in history. Ryan Radcliff owns the state record (678 set in 2006) and is also No. 2 (650 yards in 2007), while Fairview’s Kirk Jesse is No. 4 (602 yards in 2005). No other school has a QB over 600 yards.

JJHuddle Defensive Player of the Week
Caleb Downing, Waverly:
The good news? Waverly has its second JJHuddle Player of the Week in as many weeks. The bad news? This one didn’t have a hand in the game winning score. Downing, a senior linebacker, led the Tigers with 26 tackles (20 solo) in a 27-20 loss to Jackson, which snapped Waverly’s 15-game home win streak. Even in defeat, 26 tackles is a ton.


Jordan Barbina, Belmont Union Local: Senior quarterback had another dominating performance in 53-21 win over Shenandoah. Barbina carried the ball 15 times for 166 yards and five TDs and completed 11-of-21 passes for 246 yards and two more TDs. He also caught a pass for 30 yards and had an interception on defense. Barbina has accounted for 14 TDs (eight rushing, six passing) in the first two weeks.

Eric Page, Holland Springfield:
Senior quarterback had 520 total yards and accounted for six TDs in 48-21 win over Toledo Bowsher. Page rushed for 330 yards and five TDs and threw for another 190 and a score.


Colton Speelman, Sugar Grove Berne Union: Running back had a single-game school record 272 rushing yards and four TDs on 21 carries in 28-14 win over Tuscarawas Central Catholic.

Jamaine Cook, Midpark:
Senior running back rushed for 285 yards and five TDs on 21 carries in 39-6 win over Orange.

Evan Bach, Canal Fulton Northwest:
Junior wide receiver scored TDs three different ways in 49-24 win over Akron Firestone. Back had a 58-yard run, a 67-yard punt return and an 88-yard kickoff return for TDs.

Ethan James, North Lewisburg Triad:
Quarterback completed 20-of-42 passes for 401 yards and three TDs in 61-20 win over DeGraff Riverside. He also carried the ball six times for 42 yards and two TDs.

Blayre Davis, Ravenna:
Senior running back carried the ball 29 times for 257 yards and three TDs in 34-7 win over Streetsboro. He also threw a TD pass.

Thomas Berry, North Lewisburg Triad:
Defensive end had six solo, five assists, three tackles for loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles in 61-20 win over DeGraff Riverside.

Jeff Walker, Coventry:
Senior receiver scored all three of Comets TDs, including two on kickoff returns (95 and 85 yards) in 53-20 loss to Tuscarawas Valley. He also had a 35-yard TD grab.

John Hamilton, Nordonia:
Senior running back had 244 rushing yards and two TDs on 30 carries in 24-14 win over Wadsworth.

Fred Swift, Garfield Heights:
Senior running back carried the ball 28 times for 223 yards and four TDs in 32-10 win over Parma.

Brandon Barger, Hilliard Darby:
Senior quarterback rushed for 170 yards and four TDs and completed five-of-10 passes for 87 yards and another TD in 42-28 win over Dublin Jerome.

Seth Willoughby, Watterson:
Senior kicked three fields goals, including a 55-yarder in 15-3 win over Westerville South. Willoughby’s other kicks covered 31 and 40 yards. He also had an interception on defense.

Jay Shulze, Fort Loramie:
Senior quarterback threw for s school record 354 yards on 13-of-23 passing in a 53-24 win over Dayton Christian. He threw three TDs.

Lance Steiner, Springfield Greenon:
Senior running back had solid overall game with 182 yards and two TDs on 21 carries, four extra-points and a 31-yard field goal in 31-0 win over Cedarville.

Sam Smallwood, Miami East:
Senior running back set school’s career rushing record with 129 yards on 13 carries in a 44-0 win over Mississinawa Valley. Smallwood now has 2,827 yards breaking the record of 2,812 set by Tim Roddy (1974-77).

Kyle Lingg, Northridge:
Senior quarterback accounted for six TDs in 55-0 win over Dayton Jefferson. Lingg ran for 197 yards and four TDs on 20 carries and completed 9-of-13 passes for 152 yards and two TDs.


Sherwood Fairview 83, Woodmore 52: This is no misprint. The game is Ohio’s highest-scoring game in nine decades and the fourth-highest scoring game in the state’s history, according to the OHSAA. In addition to Elchinger’s heroics (see Offensive Player of the Week), Ben Wonderly ran for 240 yards two TDs for Fairview. Woodmore’s Michael Fahle ran for two TDs and threw for one. He also ran in three two-point conversions.

Akron Hoban 38, Walsh Jesuit 21:
Hoban stunned Walsh in a match up of Northeast Ohio parochial powers. The Knights were motivated by the memory of their late freshman coach Terry Spoonster. Spoonster died of a heart attack when this senior class was freshmen. The last game Spoonster coached was an 18-12 win over Walsh.

Dover 38, Avon Lake 35:
Tornados surprised some people with big win over the Shoreman. Dover QB Cory Lisowski was star of the game by completing 25-of-39 passes for 339 yards and three TDs. He also ran for a score. Senior Danny Widder kicked a 27-yard field goal with 1 second left for the win.

Germantown Valley View 42, Cincinnati Indian Hill 41:
The Spartans scored on the last play of the game courtesy a 22-yard pass from John Day to Justin Griffiths. Michael Boyd’s extra-point was the difference. Day led Valley View to 21 fourth quarter points. He finished the game 15-of-25 for 285 yards and three TDs. He also rushed for 65 yards and a TD.

Louisville 22, North Canton Hoover 0:
Wow. Leopards held Vikings to 31 yards rushing on 26 carries. Someone has asserted themselves in Division II.

Chillicothe 24, Sunbury Big Walnut 20:
Cavaliers stunned the defending Division III state champion Eagles with an impressive road win. Senior quarterback Caleb Knights ran for two TDs.

Hilliard Davidson 24, Columbus Brookhaven 20:
Davidson quarterback Jake Trubiano scored his second TD and the game-winner with 2:07 to go. Brookhaven stormed back from a 17-0 deficit to take the lead in the fourth quarter before the Wildcats responded.

Columbus DeSales 31, Toledo St. John’s 17:
Despite leading 10-0, St. John’s could not hold off the Stallions who scored 31 straight points. DeSales quarterback Thomas Gentile threw three TD passes and finished with 113 yards on 9-for-17 passing.

Toledo Central Catholic 21, Dublin Scioto 14:
TCC scored on a 42-yard pass play from David Walender to Matt Cochell with 14 seconds left for the win.


Kenmore Breaks Losing Streak: The Cardinals of Akron Kenmore snapped a 22-game losing streak that stretched four seasons with a 33-24 win over Norton. Junior QB Dirshawn Mansfield threw for three TDs and rushed for another.

New Lebanon Dixie Scores 50 Points:
The Greyhounds put 50 points on the board for just the second time in 10 years with a 52-8 route of Cincinnati Deer Park. Dixie last scored 50 points in a 51-21 win over Dayton Northridge in 2004.

Big MAC:
After two weeks of the football season and its non-conference slate the Midwest Athletic Conference is 18-2. There are eight undefeated teams entering league play. The only schools to lose were Versailles in Week 1 (to Dayton Oakwood 43-29) and New Bremen in Week 2 (to Olentangy Orange 38-20). In its 18 wins, the MAC has outscored the opposition 673-180. That’s an average of 37-10 per game.


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, another No. 1 went down. Which one? Click here to find out.


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