The high school football regular season is 25-percent over. What’s that mean? There’s plenty of more action to come. Here’s our third weekly look back at the state’s top performances, games and news. In
addition to announcing our JJHuddle.com 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 three.
The first week of the high school football season, 15,000 people saw Cincinnati St. Xavier play Colerain. Friday, far fewer fans witnessed Yellow Springs tangle with Cedarville. The Greene County villages combined have less then 8,000 people in their school districts. Welcome to the other end of the Ohio high school football spectrum.
Yellow Springs – which does have several state track titles – has 17 healthy players and eight that start both ways. Cedarville has 30 players, which is impressive with 92 boys in the school.
Something else impressive is Cedarville’s 73-year old head coach Jim Villinger.
Villinger retired from coaching in 2001 after guiding the Indians football program for 32 years. During a career that started in 1970, Villinger led the Indians to nine playoff berths, 14 league titles (in the Darby Valley League and Kenton Trace Conference) and an overall record of 247-75-3. In Villinger’s last season (2001), Cedarville went 10-2 and lost to eventual state champion Marion Local in the Region 24 semifinals. The Indians haven’t had a winning season since. Last year they were 1-9.
A month before the season, Cedarville’s most recent head coach – Butch Snyder – took an assistant’s job at a neighboring district. Villinger stepped up with the program he established in a bind.
Despite originally retiring for health reasons in 2001, Villinger got medical clearance and returned to the sideline. Things have changed since his last stay.
Through two games, Cedarville was 0-2 and had been outscored 65-7 in losses to Greenon and Columbus Africentric.
Friday, Villinger got win No. 248. The Indians beat Springs 33-0, fittingly in their home opener and Villinger’s first game back at Everett Hickman Field where he ruled for parts of four decades. His win total ranks among the Top 20 all-time in Ohio history.
One day Villinger should be elected to the Ohio High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
Oh wait, he already was – in 1998.
JJHuddle Offensive Player of the Week
Micah Hyde, Fostoria: Senior QB led a nine-play drive in final 2:03 that was capped with his own 1-yard TD run giving Redmen a 42-35 win over Toledo Whitmer. The win propelled Fostoria to 3-0 for the first time since 1993. Hyde finished the game 20-of-25 for 253 yards and three TDs. He also rushed for 90 yards and two TDs on 21 carries, ran in two two-point conversions and kicked four PATs.
JJHuddle Defensive Player of the Week
Jordan Barbina, Belmont Union Local: Senior QB/DB had another outstanding all-around game in a 28-14 win over St. Clairsville. Defensively, Barbina returned a fumble 36 yards, returned a late interception 55 yards to seal the win, had eight tackles and a pass break up. As a quarterback he completed 17-of-30 passes for 259 yards and three TDs. He also rushed 23 times for 92 yards.
ALSO IN THE RUNNING
Tyson Gulley, Akron Garfield: Junior DB/RB played extremely large in 14-13 upset of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary. Gulley scored both of Garfield’s TDs (on runs of 12 and 51 yards) and added 95 yards rushing, an interception and two fourth quarter fumble recoveries on defense.
Tyler Brooks, Hannibal River: Senior LB had three interceptions and returned two for TDs (31 and 44 yards) in 27-6 win over Woodsfield Monroe Central. Brooks’ two TD returns were part of a 20-point outburst by River in a 73-second span of the fourth quarter that broke open a 7-6 contest.
Wes Hunsucker, Anna: Junior QB completed 11-of-16 passes for 328 yards and six TDs in 68-21 win over Fort Recovery.
OTHER BIG PERFORMANCES
Evan Bach, Canal Fulton Northwest: Junior RB registered 293 yards and four TDs on 22 carries in 37-16 win over Chardon.
Fitzgerald Toussaint, Youngstown Liberty: Michigan recruit and senior RB had 262 yards and four TDs on 15 carries in 40-13 win over Campbell Memorial.
Mason Lindsey, Marion Harding: RB set school single-game rushing record with 302 yards and three TDs on 34 carries in 34-24 win over Mansfield Senior.
Anthony King, Defiance Ayersville: Led Pilots to 31-28 win over Fremont St. Joseph’s by rushing for 313 yards and four TDs on 26 carries. Also had an interception.
David Gerber, Sugarcreek Garaway: QB completed 19-of-30 passes for 345 yards and four TDs in a 55-13 win over Tuscarawas Valley. Gerber also rushed for 85 yards and a TD on 15 carries.
Brandon Rice, Columbus Walnut Ridge: RB put up 293 yards and four TDs on 48 carries in 42-18 win over Galloway Westland.
Ben Cline, Wooster Triway: RB scored 14 of team’s 15 points in huge upset of Applecreek Waynedale. Cline carried the ball 31 times for 210 yards and two TDs. He also scored a two-point conversion.
Corey Lisowski, Dover: QB completed 16-of-23 passes for 403 yards and four TDs in a 48-13 win over Canton Central Catholic. He also rushed for a TD.
Nate Freese, Strongsville: Senior K set a school record with a 52-yard field goal in a 34-6 win over Toledo St. John’s. He also had another field goal and four extra points.
Issac Wildermuth, Upper Arlington: RB racked up 220 yards and three TDs on 23 carries in 41-34 win over Findlay. Offensively the Golden Bears had 453 yards rushing and 526 total yards.
Kyle and Kaleb Lingg, Dayton Northridge: Brothers played a part in every Polar Bear point in a 41-12 win over Dayton Belmont. Kyle, a senior, ran for four TDs and threw for two more, while Kaleb, a junior, kicked five extra-points.
Dale Swords, Portsmouth West: RB had 237 yards and four TDs on 16 carries in a 28-7 win over South Point. Swords also recorded 10 tackles on defense.
Ben Parks, Washington Court House: RB had 265 yards and three TDs on 21 carries in 32-20 loss to Frankfort Adena.
Aaron Shook, Newark Catholic: Senior RB scored five TDs and rushed for 139 yards on 25 carries in a 42-7 win over Lancaster Fisher Catholic.
Aaron Craft, Findlay Liberty-Benton: Junior QB was nearly perfect, completing 19-of-20 passes for 244 yards and four TDs in a 52-0 win over Vanlue. He also ran for a TD.
Corey Hill, Columbiana Crestview: Senior RB had a school record 307 yards rushing and four TDs on 22 carries in a 55-20 win over Oak Glenn (W.Va.).
Curtis Watson, Bellevue: Junior QB threw for 336 yards and four TDs in 36-20 win over Clyde.
Colerain 33, Highlands (Ky.) 18: Colerain improved to 3-0 with a dominating win over Northern Kentucky’s No. 1 team. The Cardinals, led by sophomore running backs Tyler Williams and Trayion Durham, rushed for 520 yards. Williams carried 15 times for 240 yards and two TDs, while Durham had 184 yards and two TDs on 21 carries. Colerain is now 100-9 since 2000.
Columbus DeSales 28, New Albany 7: In the first game of the Chris Spielman Gridiron Classic, the Stallions rode a strong rushing performance (332 yards) to the victory. DeSales had 371 total yards, while New Albany logged just 154 (including 69 on the ground).
Louisville 28, Akron Hoban 3: A week after dismantling Walsh Jesuit, Hoban appeared on track for another statement win. Then the second half kickoff arrived. Down 3-0 after two quarters, Louisville posted 28 unanswered points in the second half to improve to 3-0. Neal Seaman threw for two TDs, while Dave Mathie rushed for two.
Akron Garfield 14, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 13: Garfield blocked an extra-point attempt with 16 seconds left to preserve the win.
Mentor 26, Solon 24: The Cardinals defense rose to the occasion by recording eight sacks, an interception on the next-to-last play and a blocked field goal in the fourth quarter.
West Jefferson 26, Columbus Bishop Ready 18: In the teams’ first meeting since a 22-13 Ready victory in a 1983 regional semifinal, the Broncos scored the home victory. West Jeff QB D.J. Mendenhall threw for two TDs and ran for another.
Johnstown-Monroe 34, Pataskala Licking Heights 15: Winless Johnnies registered their first victory in surprising fashion by handing Heights its first loss. Johnstown gained 273 total yards and led 27-0 early in the fourth quarter.
Springfield Wins First Game: Springfield High School (formerly North and South) won its first game as a unified school with an 18-17 come-from-behind win over Vandalia-Butler. The Wildcats fell behind 17-0 but rallied to pull off the one-point win at home. Freshman QB George Walker led Springfield with 219 yards through the air and 81 on the ground.
Steubenville Runs Win Streak To 53: The Big Red ran their regular season win streak to 53 with a dominant 45-13 win over East Liverpool. Standout QB Dwight Macon led the Big Red going 13-of-20 for 170 yards and four TDs. Steubenville’s first team defense did not allow a first down and held the Potters to negative-41 yards of offense.
Beavercreek is 3-0….Really: The last time that happened was 1970. Seriously. Since then Creek has only had five winning seasons, one of which came last year (6-4). The Beavers went 4-0 in 1970 before losing four straight. After beating Sidney 45-21 Friday, Creek has a great chance to improve to 6-0 with upcoming tilts against Fairborn (1-2), Xenia (1-2) and Fairmont (1-2). Creek closes with a four-game gauntlet against Wayne, Centerville, Springfield and Northmont. Could history repeat itself?
SWBL Shake Up: One look at the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division and you might think its awful cold somewhere really hot. Recent playoff stalwart Lemon-Monroe, with two state semifinal appearances in the last three years, is winless at 0-3. The division’s only lone unbeatens are Dayton Northridge and New Lebanon Dixie who are both 3-0. Last year Northridge and Dixie combined to win seven games.
New London Ends Drought: The Wildcats recorded their first shutout since 1996 with a 48-0 route of Newcomerstown. New London’s last shutout was a 14-0 win over Smithville in 1996.
Deeee-Fense: Columbus Africentric held Canton Timken to minus-87 yards of total offense in a 34-7 victory. Timken scored on a 60-yard fumble return…Canal Winchester held Whitehall to one first down in a 42-0 win.
Crazy Game: Pandora-Gilboa outlasted McComb 55-41 in a Blanchard Valley Conference game that had some big numbers. McComb QB Kevan Westenbarger completed 31-of-44 passes for 449 yards and four TDs. He also had three interceptions returned for TDs by the P-G defense, which sacked him nine times. Two of the return TDs were provided by Troy Stevenson who took both back 35 yards.
A look at how Ohio State’s homegrown recruits faired this weekend, courtesy of Bucknuts recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic. Click here to read.
Check JJHuddle.com tonight for the new updated Power Poll. There will be plenty of moving and shaking.
A LOOK BACK