The high school football season is over the hump and headed downhill. If you’re a team that hasn’t stepped it up yet, time is running out. Here’s our fifth 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.
Believe me, I’ve heard, said and laughed at jokes concerning the Beavercreek High School football team. For years the Beavers were a punch line. Now no one is laughing.
One of the state’s best stories this season, Beavercreek is undefeated and 5-0 for the first time since 1968. On Friday the Beavers dispatched Greene County rival Xenia 35-7.
This week with a win over Kettering Fairmont, Beavercreek can secure its first back-to-back winning seasons since 1990-91. How big is that at Creek? It’s huge.
Last year the Beavers finished 6-4 for their first winning season since going 6-4 in 1991. It was also just Creek’s sixth winning season in the last 38 years. Talk about a drought.
Beavercreek has never made the playoffs, but that could end this season as well. Unlike most other Division I schools in Dayton who are in Region 4 and must fight Cincinnati schools for playoff spots, Creek is in Region 3 and facing off against Columbus schools. Heading into this Friday’s game, Creek currently sits No. 5 in computer points. Its remaining games offer plenty of additional points – and challenges.
After Fairmont, Creek faces Centerville and Wayne back-to-back. Creek will not be favored in those games. After a Week 9 meeting with Springfield, the Beavers close with Northmont. Should Creek finish 8-2 one would think it would have enough points to get into the postseason. At 7-3 they may be left out.
I wouldn’t doubt Creek this season though. The Beavers already beat neighborhood rival Dayton Carroll 26-23 in Week 2 for the first time since 1998 and are navigating uncharted waters without standout Zach Domicone, who quarterbacked the team to an 11-9 record the last two years. Domicone, now at Ohio State, became the first Creek football player to become a Buckeye in nearly 40 years last season.
Also, if it weren’t for Coldwater’s 18-game win streak, Beavercreek would own the Miami Valley’s longest unbeaten streak. Dating back to last year, the Beavers have won nine straight games.
Who’s laughing now?
JJHuddle Offensive Player of the Week
Corey Lisowski, Dover: In a 53-14 win over previously undefeated Coshocton, Lisowski accounted for 573 total yards and eight TDs. He rushed for 160 yards and two TDs on 13 carries and completed 18-of-26 passes for 413 yards and six TDs. Wow.
JJHuddle Defensive Player of the Week
Tyler Dix, Sandusky Perkins: Senior WR/DB had remarkable game in 41-13 win over Oak Harbor. Dix scored five TDs, including two on interception returns (91 and 39 yards). Dix also returned a punt for a TD (54 yards) and hauled in two TD receptions. On the night Dix had 321 total yards, including 133 on eight catches. His 91-yard interception return is a new school record. Dix also kicked four PATs.
ALSO IN THE RUNNING
Ryan Feller, Bellaire: Junior QB broke the school record for yards in a game with 428 in a 40-20 win over Steubenville Catholic Central. The old record of 417 was held by Jose Davis. Feller completed 21-of-31 passes for five TDs.
Tony Harlamert, Coldwater: For the second consecutive week Harlamert, a senior DB/RB, intercepted two passes as the Cavs knocked off an undefeated team. This time Coldwater beat Anna 23-0. Last week the Cavs ended Marion Local’s 30-game win streak 33-14. Harlamert also scored all three Coldwater TDs in the win over Anna and returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score against the Flyers.
Logan Battershell, Hicksville: RB broke Charlie Peffley’s school single-game rushing record with 325 yards and five TDs on 24 carries in 60-13 win over Wayne Trace.
Blayre Davis, Ravenna: Senior RB rushed for a school record seven TDs and 383 yards on 22 carries in a 52-34 win over Southeast.
Storm Klein, Newark Licking Valley: Ohio State recruit rushed for 341 yards and five TDs on 35 carries in a 45-17 win over previously unbeaten Heath.
Keith Moore, Grove City: DB Recorded three interceptions and forced a fumble in a close 14-7 win over Groveport-Madison.
Curtis Watson, Bellevue: Junior QB completed 23-of-33 passes for 425 yards and four TDs in a 48-7 win over Upper Sandusky. He also rushed for two TDs.
Micah Hyde, Fostoria: Senior QB accounted for five TDs in 45-22 win over Galion. Hyde completed 8-of-14 passes for 152 yards and two TDs and rushed for 130 yards and two TDs on 13 carries. He also returned a kickoff 78 yards for a TD, intercepted a pass, completed a pair of 2-point PATS and kicked a PAT. Hyde’s two TD passes tied him with former Mr. Football winner Derek Kidwell as Fostoria’s all-time leader (54 total). He broke Hyde’s career passing yardage mark in the season’s second game.
Fitzgerald Toussaint, Youngstown Liberty: Michigan recruit is a “Big Performances” mainstay. This week Toussaint torched Salem in a 42-7 rout, rushing for 246 yards and four TDs on 13 carries. He played one half.
Erick Howard, North Canton Hoover: Junior RB had 351 total yards, including 336 on the ground, in a 27-7 win over Uniontown Lake. He scored four TDs.
Damien Jarrett, Youngstown Boardman: Senior RB had 260 total yards (including 203 on the ground) and five TDs in a 56-21 win over Massillon Perry.
Gage Lotozo, Thornville Sheridan: FB averaged 20.9 yards per carry in a 42-10 win over Crooksville when he rushed for 209 yards on 10 carries.
John Pettigrew, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy: Senior RB carried the ball 33 times for 316 yards and four TDs in a 35-12 win over Wooster Triway.
Andrew Oravec, Uniontown Lake: Senior DB had 24 tackles, including five for loss, in 27-7 loss to North Canton Hoover.
Justin Turner, Massillon Washington: Michigan recruit rushed for 192 yards and two TDs on 22 carries and returned an interception 46 yards for another TD in 34-0 shutout of Akron Garfield.
Jared Kaderbek, Brunswick: Senior WR set the school’s career receiving yardage record with 192 in a 38-7 win over Parma Normandy. Kaderbek has two TDs.
Josh Kirk, Greenwich South Central: Senior RB scored 32 points in a 54-32 win over Ashland Mapleton. Kirk ran for four TDs and 154 yards on 21 carries and also caught four passes for 80 yards and a TD. He added a 2-point PAT.
Caleb Watkins, Middletown: QB completed 16-of-24 passes for 271 yards and four TDs and rushed for 101 yards and a TD in a 46-24 win over Lakota East.
Steve McFadden, East Clinton: RB ran for six TDs in a 47-24 win over Goshen.
Josh Doles, Brookville: Senior DB/RB had impressive effort with a 3-yard TD run, a 76-yard punt return for a TD and an 85-yard interception return for a TD in a 34-0 win over previously unbeaten New Lebanon Dixie.
Erique Geiger, Huber Heights Wayne: Senior RB had 243 yards and four TDs on 27 carries in 35-16 win over Troy.
Jacob Elchinger, Sherwood Fairview: QB completed 12-of-17 passes for 269 yards and five TDs in a 62-8 win over Holgate.
Cincinnati Elder 52, Lakewood St. Edward 31: Head coach Doug Ramsey won his 100th career game in style with the convincing win in a match up of ranked teams. Led by junior QB Mark Miller, who set a school record with 449 yards passing and six TDs, the Panthers racked up 560 yards of offense. Josh Jones caught four of Miller’s TD passes. The Eagles tallied 450 yards of offense themselves. Ramsey is 100-34 in 12 seasons.
Coldwater 23, Anna 0: All you need to know about this game is that the 50/50 winner walked away with $3,300. This was a big game no doubt. Although St. Henry and Marion Local were thought to challenge Coldwater for MAC supremacy, quite a few Cavalier supporters had the Anna game circled as it’s teams biggest regular season challenge. Mission accomplished.
Logan 35, Ironton 10: The Chieftains remained unbeaten and ran their SEOAL win-streak to 24 games with a convincing win over the visiting Tigers. Patrick Angle led Logan by completing 20-of-25 passes for 309 yards and four TDs. Logan has scored 30 or more points in all five games.
Walsh Jesuit 14, Parma Padua Franciscan 10: Senior RB Armand Dehaney ran for a 1-yard TD in the fourth quarter to give the Warriors the come-from-behind win over the Bruins.
Canal Fulton Northwest 17, Canton South 14: In a match up of ranked teams, the Indians got the victory thanks to Seth Miracle’s 27-yard field goal with 0.6 seconds left.
Mentor 34, Cincinnati Moeller 26: Led by backup QB Sam Mayse, the Cardinals beat Moe in a big Cincy-Cleveland tilt. Mayse, in for starter Anthony Fracci who suffered a concussion against St. Ignatius last week, completed 13-of-20 passes for 175 yards and a TD. Video Highlights.
Louisville (Ky.) Trinity 17, Cincinnati St. Xavier 6: The Bombers dropped their second game of the season after losing starting QB Luke Massa to a broken collarbone. The Shamrocks pulled off the upset in front of 12,500 at Louisville’s Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium thanks in part to a tremendous defensive effort. Trinity recorded three turnovers and seven sacks.
Watterson 28, Cleveland Benedictine 7: The Eagles won their fourth straight and coasted to the non-league win thanks to balance on offense (four different players scored TDs) and stout defense (Benedictine had 145 total yards).
Marion Local 17, St. Henry 10: The Flyers scored 14 fourth quarter points and stuffed the Redskins at the goal line with four seconds left to notch the win.
Dayton Oakwood 35, Eaton 31: The Lumberjacks fought back from a 10-point halftime deficit and scored 28 second half points, the last of which came with 11 seconds to go, to get the win. Oakwood QB Robbie Sherk rushed for 147 yards and two TDs (including the game-winner) on 26 carries. That helped offset a monster effort from Eaton senior RB Josh Slemker who had 257 yards and three TDs on 39 carries.
Cat scratch fever: New London beat Monroeville for the first time since 1995. Spearheading the 20-13 victory was Seth Howard, who threw two TD passes.
Long time coming: South suburban Dayton schools and neighboring districts Centerville and Miamisburg met for the first time since 1967. The Burg probably wishes they wouldn’t have met at all. Centerville won the game 54-0.
DEEE-Fense: Findlay Liberty-Benton held Arcadia to minus-1 yard of total offense in a 69-7 rout. Arcadia rushed for minus-15 yards and threw for 14 yards….Gahanna held Lancaster’s potent rushing attack to 34 yards and had nine sacks in a 26-18 win over the Gales…Northmont held Fairborn to 37 yards, including minus-39 rushing, in a 48-7 rout…Springfield got its second victory thanks to its defense. The Wildcats held Trotwood-Madison to 73 yards, including five on the ground, and four first downs in a 19-18 win.
OFFF-Fense: Youngstown Mooney had two backs combine for 400 yards rushing in a 35-14 win over Mentor Lake Catholic. Braylon heard went for 240 yards (and two TDs) on 14 carries, while Ray Vinopal rushed for 160 yards (and two TDs) on 21 totes….CVCA had 583 total yards (all of it on the ground) in a 35-12 win over Wooster Triway…Akron Hoban rushed for 478 yards and nine TDs in a 63-0 win over Painesville Harvey…Manchester rushed for 439 yards and six TDs in a 57-15 win over Navarre Fairless…Middletown racked up 568 yards in a 46-24 win over Lakota East…Germantown Valley View had 509 yards in a 44-0 win over West Milton Milton-Union…Carlisle put 75 points up in a 75-22 win over Dayton Northridge. QB Jake Gibson threw for five TDs…Tiffin Calvert had 563 yards in a 49-0 win over North Baltimore…Anthony Wayne ran for 430 yards in a 59-17 win over Sylvania Northview…Northwood had 514 yards in a 52-13 win over Toledo Christian…Genoa Area rushed for 428 yards in a 63-12 win over Woodmore.
A look at how Ohio State’s homegrown recruits faired this weekend, courtesy of Bucknuts recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic. Click here to read.
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A LOOK BACK