Only three weeks remain in the regular season. Time to make that move if you want to make the playoffs. Here’s our seventh weekly recap of 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.
According to the Grove City Christian High School website “Sports are a vessel to provide students with the opportunity to shine God’s glory through their actions.”
I ask then, what kind of “glory” comes from beating an opponent 96-20. That’s the beat down GCC laid on first year varsity team Manchester last Friday.
The real school worthy of praise here is Manchester.
I’m sure the Greyhounds knew their first season of varsity football would be tough, but this season is enough to make a coach blow a gasket as well as his whistle – several times.
Manchester should be lauded for becoming the first school in the rural Southern Hills Athletic League to field a varsity football team. They should also be lauded for their perseverance.
Friday’s lopsided loss to GCC wasn’t the Greyhounds first. In fact, they haven’t allowed less then 53 points in a game and haven’t loss by less than 24 points. Two schools put 76 points on Manchester. GCC put up 76 in the first half.
Things will get better for Manchester, but it will take time, patience and some pride.
Although GCC should be scolded for scoring 96 points, Manchester should also be scolded for allowing it to happen.
First year program or not, 96 points should never happen – no matter which sideline you’re on.
JJHuddle Offensive Player of the Week
Mitchell Faine, Ada: Taking over for a four-year starter and legend at Ada isn’t exactly a situation one wants to be in, but Faine has made it work. In his first full year as a starter after backing up current Miami (Oh) QB Trent Dysert, Faine is excelling. Friday in a 62-6 rout of Convoy Crestview, Faine threw for over 400 yards and six TDs. He also rushed for one. On the season Faine has thrown for 21 TDs and rushed for 11. He has offered up just two interceptions.
JJHuddle Defensive Player of the Week
Bobby Spence, Rayland Buckeye Local: Junior DB set a school record with four interceptions in a 23-16 win over Cadiz Harrison Central. Spence’s effort gives him 10 interceptions on the season, which ties the record held by Dave Cornish. His 13 career interceptions are a school record (tied with Cornish and Dan McCain) as well. Spence also added three receptions for 78 yards and two TDs, punted four times for 132 yards, ran the ball the three times for 14 yards and sold hot dogs at halftime. Just kidding about that last one.
ALSO IN THE RUNNING
Corey Lisowski, Dover: Senior QB completed 23-of-25 passes for 386 yards and six TDs and ran for two more – all in the first half – of a 68-0 win over Claymont. Lisowski did not play in the second half.
Joe Balog, Struthers: RB broke the school’s single game rushing record in a 35-27 win over Salem with 379 yards and four TDs on 32 carries.
Eric Page, Holland Springfield: Senior QB had monstrous outing in 55-41 win over previously unbeaten Maumee. Page ran the ball 41 times for 331 yards and four TDs and completed 9-of-16 passes for 174 yards and two TDs.
Jake Spencer, Waynesfield-Goshen: Senior RB had 243 yards and four TDs, including a 95-yard TD run on the first play of the game, in a 39-15 win over Upper Scioto Valley. Spencer also had an interception.
Cody Burris, Dublin Jerome: WR caught seven passes and set school records for receiving yards (210) and TDs (three) in a 28-19 win over Olentangy.
Fitzgerald Toussaint, Youngstown Liberty: Senior RB and Michigan recruit continued torrid stretch with 250 yards, two TDs and a two-point conversion in a 20-16 win over Cortland Lakeview. For the season Toussaint has 1,650 yards and 27 TDs.
Alex Pidcock, Sylvania Southview: Senior QB led Cougars to 51-6 rout of rival Sylvania Northview by completing 7-of-11 passes for 184 yards and three TDs and rushing seven times for 143 yards and two TDs in the first half alone. Pidcock did not play in the second half. That effort combined with last week’s performance in a 60-0 win over Holland Springfield, in which Pidcock did not play in the second half either, gives the senior a stat line that reads: 14-of-18 passing for 370 yards and six TDs and 282 yards rushing and three TDs on 12 carries in the last four quarters he’s played.
C.J. Ruhl, Fredericktown: Scored six TDs (four rushing, one receiving and one on a kickoff return) in a 47-29 win over East Knox.
Colby Busson, Doylestown Chippewa: QB tallied 297 yards and five TDs on 11 carries in a 69-7 win over Rittman. He also threw for a TD.
Darwin Cook, East Cleveland Shaw: Senior WR had huge overall game. He caught three passes for 71 yards and two TDs and ran a fake punt 45 yards for a score. From his DE position, Cook also forced two fumbles, each of which was returned for a TD.
Ryan Halley, Dayton Christian: RB had a career night by rushing for 329 yards and four TDs in a 36-30 double-OT win over Cincinnati Summit Country Day.
OTHER BIG PERFORMANCES
Robbie Sherk, Dayton Oakwood: Senior QB/DB had solid all-around game with 214 yards rushing (three TDs) and 11 tackles (two pass deflections) in a 31-8 win over Waynesville.
Nick Bauer, Kings Mills Kings: Carried the ball 24 times for 224 yards and four TDs in a 41-10 win over previously unbeaten Cincinnati Turpin.
Corey Joe, Olentangy Orange: Junior QB torched Watkins Memorial for 261 yards and three TDs on 23 carries in a 28-14 win. He also completed 5-of-7 passes for 89 yards.
Hunter Maynard, Ashville Teays Valley: Sophomore DT had another big outing with nine tackles, four TFL and an interception in a 28-20 loss to Logan Elm.
Heath Jackson, Ada: WR caught eight passes for 222 yards in a 62-6 win over Convoy Crestview. He added two interceptions on defense.
Matt Trissel, Canton South: Senior QB completed 12-of-19 passes for 292 yards and three TDs and rushed for 64 yards and two TDs on 11 carries in a 42-7 win over Marlington.
Zac Kreakbaum, Akron Manchester: Senior FB rambled for 243 yards and three TDs in a 35-14 win over Tuscarawas Valley.
Josh Hampton, New Miami: Senior RB carried the ball 19 times for 225 yards and four TDs in a 47-27 win over Cincinnati Christian.
Jamire Westbrook, Little Miami: Freshman RB ran for 274 yards and three TDs on 22 carries and also caught a TD in a 34-19 win over Walnut Hills.
Kyle Slater, Cincinnati Anderson: Junior RB ran for 257 yards and five TDs in a 52-12 win over Loveland.
Mike Hanhauser, Perry: Senior RB carried the ball 11 times for 203 yards and five TDs in a 48-21 victory over Kenston.
Jordan Sandidge, Madison: Senior RB scored all four of the Blue Streak’s TDs in a 28-10 win over Chardon. He ran for 107 yards and three TDs on 20 carries and also scored on a 40-yard fumble return.
Tim Wetzel, Mayfield: Junior RB scored TDs three different ways (rushing, receiving and interception) in a 31-0 win over Stow.
Tyler Fortner, Tallmadge: Senior RB carried the ball 31 times for 250 yards and three TDs in a 21-7 win over Wadsworth.
Middletown 42, Colerain 39: Host Middletown broke the Cardinals 61-game Greater Miami Conference win streak (which dated back to 1999) at Barnitz Stadium. The Middies, in head coach Jason Krause’s first year, are the lone remaining unbeaten in the GMC.
Akron SVSM 10, Walsh Jesuit 6: The Irish stopped Walsh at the one-foot line on the last play of the game to record the win. SVSM took the lead with 2:52 to play on Harvie Tuck’s 5-yard TD run.
Lexington 56, Wooster 6: Wow. What a performance for the Minutemen, who shellacked host Wooster, a 5-1 team, at home. QB Courtney Avery led Lex with 254 yards and three TDs on 16-of-17 passing.
Mogadore 38, Streetsboro 35: The Wildcats used a 32-yard field goal by Shayne Stewart with 1:12 left in the game to secure the win. The kick was sweet redemption for Stewart and the Wildcats who lost to Streetsboro on the same field two years ago when Stewart missed a kick from the same distance in the closing seconds.
Canton McKinley 38, Massillon Perry 10: The Bulldogs wont heir fifth straight thanks in part to sophomore QB Kyle Ohradzansky who completed 15-of-26 passes for 202 yards and a career-high three TDs.
Louisville 49, Alliance 0: A stunning result for a game that pitted two undefeated teams ranked in the ONN/Ohio High Division II Power Poll. A crowd of more than 8,000 watched the Leps jump out to a 37-0 halftime lead. After two quarters, Louisville had 203 total yards, while Alliance had negative-20.
North Canton Hoover 45, Austintown-Fitch 42 (2 OTs): The Vikings, despite being down 10 points in the fourth quarter, rallied for the road win. Kicker A.J. Sarbaugh hit a 21-yard field goal with 50 seconds left to force OT and then hit the game-winner from 23 yards out.
Cincinnati LaSalle 10, Cincinnati St. Xavier 7: Yep, not a misprint. The Lancers stunned the Bombers in a GCL South meeting, taking the lead with 6:35 remaining on Joe Andrews’ TD from 2-yards out.
Newark Licking Valley 48, Granville 28: The Panthers won their sixth straight thanks in part to an offense that ran for 458 yards. Senior and Ohio State recruit Storm Klein led the way with 248 yards and four TDs on 31 carries. Granville’s Cory Becher threw for 403 yards and four TDs in the loss. The Blue Aces only ran the ball eight times and had negative-22 yards on the ground.
Brookhaven 13, Beechcroft 6: The Bearcats won their seventh straight in this heated Columbus City League rivalry thanks to a fumble recovery in the end zone by Ed Dunaway. That score, which came with 1:42 left in the third quarter, was the decisive one as Brookhaven rallied from a 6-0 halftime deficit to hand Beechcroft its first loss of the season.
Bucyrus Wynford 41, Bucyrus 7: Wynford routed rival Bucyrus to keep control of the Picking Copper Kettle trophy for the 11th straight year. He Royals now hold a 19-13 edge in the rivalry.
Free For All: The Toledo Central Catholic and Toledo Rogers game was called with 1:44 left in the third quarter, thanks to a fight that broke out between the teams. TCC, which was ahead 17-0, was awarded the win.
Someday: Sunbury Big Walnut rank its win streak against Delaware County rival Delaware Hayes to 12 straight with 36-21 win.
Block Party: New Philadelphia senior Tyler Dummermuth has a knack for blocking kicks. In a 56-0 win over Warsaw River View, Dummermuth blocked his fourth punt of the season and 17th of his career.
Streak Snapped: Cincinnati Turpin had a 22-game regular season win streak snapped with a decisive 41-10 loss to Kings Mills Kings.
Streak Intact: Since joining the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division in 2006, Lemon-Monroe is 15-0 in league games. Friday the Hornets beat Preble Shawnee 41-21.
OFFF-Fense: Norwalk St. Paul put 71 points on Greenwhich South Central in the first half of a 78-6 win…North College Hill churned out 524 total yards in a 48-14 win over Cincinnati Country Day. Senior RB Everett Horne ran for 236 yards, while sophomore QB Dakota Dartis threw for 231…New Lebanon Dixie rallied from a 29-12 halftime deficit to record a 44-37 win over Dayton Northridge…Liberty Center rushed for 520 yards on 72 carries in a 59-7 win over Cardinal Stritch.
DEEE-Fense: Dublin Coffman’s defense is about as good as it gets. The Rocks have allowed 23 points in seven games and haven’t allowed a TD in 22 straight quarters…Portsmouth West allowed Waverly just 20 yards of offense in a 49-0 rout…Kent Roosevelt rode seven turnovers to a 19-12 win over rival Ravennna…Ashland Crestview held New London to 20 yards of offense and one first down in a 33-6 win…Massillon Tuslaw held Canton Timken to negative-44 yards rushing in a 30-6 win.
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