The hits and huge numbers keep coming. Would you expect anything less? Here’s our sixth 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 high school football regular season is halfway over. For teams in the Miami Valley-based Greater Western Ohio Conference Central Division, though, the excitement is just starting – as is the race for a conference title, postseason berth and sanity.
Heading into last week’s conference openers, longtime stalwarts Centerville and Wayne and up-and-comer Beavercreek could have been tabbed the favorites. Now all three are in last place.
There wasn’t a conference in Ohio that experienced more head-scratching outcomes than the GWOC Central last Friday.
Beavercreek, which entered its contest with Kettering Fairmont undefeated, was 5-0 for the first time since 1968. Now the Beavers are 5-1 thanks to the Firebirds 24-21 win. Oh yeah, Fairmont too is 5-1 now.
Wayne, which entered its game with new Central Division member Clayton Northmont undefeated and ranked No. 7 in last week’s ONN/Ohio High Power Poll, lost standout quarterback Braxton Miller in the third quarter and ultimately the game 17-7. Wayne is 5-1, as is Northmont, which entered Central play this year after winning the last six GWOC North titles.
Both Wayne and Beavercreek’s losses, though, pale in comparison to Centerville, which dropped a 7-0 decision at Springfield, a first-year school consolidated from former North and South highs. Last year, the Elks beat North and South by the combined score of 91-13. Centerville is 4-2, while Springfield is 3-3. According to JJHuddle’s new Fantastic 50, the Elks were a 27-point favorite.
If the playoffs started today, four GWOC Central teams would be in the D-I postseason. Wayne (No. 4), Fairmont (No. 7) and Northmont (No. 8) are all in the top eight in Region 4, while Centerville is No. 10. In Region 3, Beavercreek is No. 7, while Springfield is No. 13.
Technically, the playoffs don’t start for another four weeks.
Technically, in the GWOC Central, they already have.
JJHuddle Offensive Player of the Week
Ben Moody, Cortland Lakeview: Senior RB set three school records in a 42-7 win over Newton Falls. Moody’s records included rushing yards in a game (341), TDs in a game (five) and longest TD run (91 yards). Moody did this all in two quarters.
JJHuddle Defensive Player of the Week
Akron Manchester: That’s right, the entire unit gets the nod. The Panthers defense scored 22 points, including three fumble recoveries for TDs and a safety in a 63-0 rout of Indian Valley. Jake Dies, Neal Devericks and Nick Miller recovered the fumbles for Manchester.
ALSO IN THE RUNNING
James Elchinger, Sherwood Fairview: QB threw for seven TDs and 389 yards (completed 22-of-32 passes) in a 52-21 win over Antwerp.
Drew Ryan, Newark Licking Valley: QB completed 7-of-7 passes for 197 yards and four TDs, ran for a 40-yard TD and returned a punt 98 yards for a TD in a 69-0 win over Whitehall-Yearling.
Andre Wells, Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph: Senior QB accounted for 440 yards and six TDs in a 45-25 win over Elyria Catholic. Wells rushed for 257 yards and five TDs and threw for 183 yards and a TD.
Jordan Barbina, Belmont Union Local: Senior QB accounted for 492 total yards in a 40-13 win over Edison. Barbina completed 19-of-23 passes for 346 yards and three TDs and ran for 146 yards and three TDs on 10 carries. He also kicked three PATs.
Zach Toerner, Hamilton Badin: Senior QB completed 16-of-25 passes for 313 yards and three TDs and ran for 57 yards and three more TDs on 14 carries in a 40-14 win over Purcell-Marian.
Devin Clodfelter, Columbus Independence: RB torched Africentric for 343 yards and four TDs on 30 carries in a 47-24 win.
Jake Conrad, West Lafayette Ridgewood: Junior RB had 330 yards and six TDs on 27 carries in a 39-34 win over Sugarcreek Garaway. He also had an interception.
Ben Cline, Wooster Triway: RB set a school record with 321 rushing yards and six TDs on 15 carries in a 52-7 win over Navarre Fairless.
Fitzgerald Toussaint, Youngstown Liberty: Senior RB and Michigan recruit had 291 yards and five TDs on 13 carries in a 35-0 win over Warren Champion.
Cody Welker, Sandy Valley: Junior QB set school records for yards in a game (401) and TDs (six) in a 47-16 win over Conotton Valley. He completed 13-of-23 passes.
OTHER BIG PERFORMANCES
Corey Lisowski, Dover: Senior QB completed 15-of-20 passes for five TDs and ran for another in a 69-7 win over Cambridge. He did not throw a pass in the second half.
Cortez Fleming, Westerville South: RB rushed for 251 yards and five TDs on 26 carries in a 54-38 win over Dublin Jerome.
Eric Stewart, Columbus West: QB completed 22-of-42 passes for 368 yards and two TDs in a 49-17 loss to Marion-Franklin.
Jake Spencer, Waynesfield-Goshen: Senior RB carried the ball 13 times for 157 yards and four TDs and returned a kickoff 91 yards for another score in a 55-23 win over Yellow Springs. Thus far Spencer has returned four kicks for TDs (three kickoffs and a punt).
Korey Lane, Lima Perry: RB scored five TDs and had 306 yards rushing on 19 carries in a 61-0 win over Marion Catholic.
John Day, Germantown Valley View: Senior QB threw for 298 yards and four TDs on 16-of-29 passing and also ran for a TD in a 35-6 win over Bellbrook.
Hunter Maynard, Teays Valley: Sophomore DL had nine tackles, including five for loss and two sacks in a 35-14 win over Bloom-Carroll.
Maty Mauk and Chase Barnes, Kenton: Mauk, a freshman QB, completed 32-of-48 passes for 421 yards and three TDs and ran for a TD in a 34-12 win over Celina. Barnes caught 13 passes for 234 yards and two TDs.
Logan Battershell, Hicksville: RB scored five TDs for the second straight week and rushed for 164 yards on 36 carries in a 40-15 win over Defiance Ayersville.
Ben Niese, Cory-Rawson: RB helped C-R claim its first win over Dola Hardin Northern since 1992 with 153 yards and five TDs on 19 carries in a 35-32 win.
Aaron Craft, Liberty-Benton: Junior QB completed 17-of-19 passes for 273 yards and two TDs and ran for 986 yards and two TDs on seven carries in a 55-0 win over Leipsic.
Cory Striker, Apple Creek Waynedale: Carried the ball six times for 124 yards and two TDs and also picked off two passes in a 35-14 win over Smithville.
Chris Snook, Medina Highland: Senior RB and West Virginia recruit set school’s career rushing record with 196 yards and a TD on 30 carries in a 37-7 win over Green. He surpassed Elijah Blower’s record of 2,680 yards (1999-2002).
Justin Buenger, Patrick Henry: In less than two quarters of action RB tallied 229 yards and three TDs on nine carries in a 53-13 win over Delta.
Curtis Watson, Bellevue: Junior QB completed 18-of-25 passes for 318 yards and five TDs and ran for another TD in a 62-7 win over Norwalk.
Laymon Carter, Akron Hoban: Senior RB ran for 331 yards and three TDs on 39 carries in a 38-33 win over Parma Heights Holy Name.
Brandyn Peters, Woodridge: WR caught 11 passes for 239 yards and two TDs in a 40-21 loss to Mogadore.
Joe Besancon, Orrville: QB threw four TDs and ran for another in a 51-18 win over Mansfield Senior.
Cam Collum, North Union: Senior RB scored five TDs in a 38-0 win over Mount Gilead. He ran for four and added one on a reception.
Mike Hill, Bethel-Tate: Senior LB had 11 tackles, an interception and returned a fumble for a TD in a 41-6 win over Williamsburg.
Tyler Tucci, Malvern: Senior QB accounted for five TDs (threw for three, ran for two) in 54-0 win over Tuscarawas Central Catholic.
Zach Kreakbaum, Akron Manchester: RB tallied 242 yards and three TDs on 17 carries in a 63-0 win over Indian Valley.
Youngstown Ursuline 33, Warren Harding 7: The Division V Irish continued their torrid streak by dispatching their second D-I opponent in three weeks. The convincing win over Harding followed a 23-13 win over Massillon Washington in Week 4. Sandwiched in between was a 41-0 win over D-II Chardon.
Cincinnati Elder 33, Cincinnati St. Xavier 15: The Panthers proved they’re the team to beat in the GCL South by exploding for a 26-0 halftime lead en route to the convincing win before a sellout crowd of 10,000 at the “Pit.” The victory was Elder’s first over X since 2003 and was also Bombers head coach Steve Specht’s first GCL loss in 13 tires.
Winton Woods 23, Anderson 13: The Warriors made amends for last year’s close 14-12 loss with a stunning 10-point win over the defending D-II state champs. Sophomore QB Dominique Brown rushed for 163 yards and a TD as Winton Woods opened up a 23-0 lead in the fourth quarter.
Steubenville 14, Columbus Watterson 0: The Big Red ran their regular season win streak to 55 games with the shutout road win.
North Canton Hoover 20, Youngstown Boardman 9: The Vikings handed the Spartans their first loss of the season thanks in part to a dominant defense. Hoover intercepted two passes and held Boardman 39 points under its average. The Spartans entered the game averaging 48.2 ppg and 469 yards. They had 202 yards, including just 50 rushing.
Canton McKinley 24, Canton GlenOak 19: The Bulldogs handed the Eagles their first loss of the season by outscoring host GlenOak 21-6 in the second half. Senior RB Montrae Williams scored two TDs of McKinley.
Massillon Tuslaw 18, CVCA 13: The Mustangs rallied from a 13-12 deficit to get the win when QB Shelby Combs scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. Combs finished two TDs and 114 yards rushing and also threw for another score.
600 Wins: Cincinnati Wyoming’s football program reached the 600-career win plateau with a 35-6 win over Deer Park. They are the first school from Cincinnati to log that milestone.
Lions Roar: New Richmond’s defense is stingy. How stingy? The Lions recorded their fifth shutout of the season on Friday with a 48-0 win over Batavia. So far New Richmond has allowed six points all season.
Record Holder: Lexington’s Antonio Pickens set a school record with a 99-yard kickoff return for a TD in Lexington’s 41-21 win over Clear Fork. Pickens also rushed for 180 yards and a TD on 20 carries.
Tiger Tale: With its 21-7 win over Gahanna, Pickerington Central has now allowed 20 points this year. No team has scored more than seven points against Central, which has three shutouts.
Mo-mentum: After serving a three-game suspension for recruiting violations, Trotwood-Madison head coach Maurice Douglass returned to the sidelines and led the Rams to their first win of the season – a shocking 12-7 victory over rival Piqua.
OFFF-Fense: Mechanicsburg tallied 688 yards and had eight different players score a TD in a 60-7 win over Jamestown Greeneview…Akron Hoban rushed for 489 yards on 56 carries in a 38-33 win over Parma Heights Holy Name…Little Miami racked up 595 yards in a 64-27 win over Wilmington. QB Kyle Cook was 12-of-16 for 330 yards and five TDs, while WR Lance Fanthrop had 125 yards and three TDs receiving…New Carlisle Tecumseh put an 82-8 pasting on Dayton Stebbins. The Arrows scored 41 points in the first quarter and had nine different players score TDs…Magnolia Sandy Valley registered 524 yards as they won their first game 47-16 over Conotton Valley…West Carrollton rushed for 397 yards as the Pirates snapped a nine-game losing skid with a 29-12 win over Cincinnati Hughes. WC was 0-for-5 passing with two interceptions…Sidney rushed for 407 yards in a 42-14 win over Fairborn.
DEEE-Fense: Dublin Coffman held Thomas Worthington to 10 yards rushing on 18 attempts in a 49-6 win…Columbus Centennial recorded one first down in a 56-0 loss to Brookhaven…Dayton Northridge intercepted six passes in a 40-22 win over Preble Shawnee…Franklin returned an interception and a fumble for TDs and had eight sacks in a 38-14 win over Middletown Madison…Springfield Catholic Central tallied six first half turnovers en route to a 25-17 win over North Lewisburg Triad.
A look at how Ohio State’s homegrown recruits faired this weekend, courtesy of Bucknuts recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic. Click here to read.
How did the teams fair? Where are they ranked now? Check here to find out.
A LOOK BACK