According to our buddy Joe Eitel, 20 teams have clinched a playoff berth. Several more will do so this week. Here’s our eighth 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.
Our buddy Joe Eitel was the bearer of some very good news for 20 Ohio high school football teams Saturday morning.
According to Eitel’s officially “unofficial” football Harbin Rankings, congratulations are in order for Hilliard Davidson, Pickerington Central, Columbus DeSales, Louisville, Fostoria, Lorain Clearview, Marion Pleasant, Martins Ferry, Coldwater, Clinton-Massie, Brookville, Youngstown Ursuline, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Norwalk St. Paul, Bascom Hopewell-Loudon, Mogadore, McDonald, Hannibal River, Carey and Mechanicsburg. Those schools have already punched their ticket to the postseason.
For years now Joe Eitel has been bringing Ohio high school football fans, coaches and players what they want to know just hours after they want to know it. In this wireless world that doesn’t sound like speedy service. When you consider that Eitel plugs in results from every game in Ohio on a Friday night, that speed is above and beyond the call of duty.
Other than JJHuddle.com itself, Eitel’s site is the most popular high school sports website in Ohio. The attention we see it getting here is unrivaled. We’ve even got it two places: on our homepage in the middle column and in the drop down bar under “Football.”
This week – and next – action should be heavy as teams try to figure out their chances or lack thereof. Next Saturday another batch of players and coaches are going to get up with smiles on their faces when Joe delivers a present of notification to them. Others are going to get coal. The next Saturday the same will occur.
Admittedly, it’s not quite Christmas morning. For Ohio high school football fans it’s better.
JJHuddle Offensive Player of the Week
James Elchinger, Sherwood Fairview: Ok, we have our first repeater for this award and also we’re making a rule: if anyone accounts for 10 touchdowns in one game they automatically win the honor that week. There were other choices that could have been made due to historical impacts, but in regards to shear offense, the Fairview senior’s performance far outweighs any. His stat line in the Apaches 73-21 win over Haviland Wayne Trace? Sick. Elchinger completed 14-of-20 passes for 484 yards and six TDs and carried the ball 11 times for 168 yards and four TDs. That’s 652 total yards and 10 TDs.
In Week 2, Elchinger received the JJHuddle.com Offensive POW honor after tieing a state record for passing TDs in a game (9) and turning in the third highest single-game yardage mark (625) in history in an 83-52 win over Woodmore 83-52. He completed 28-of-39 attempts.
This is Elchinger’s first year as a starter after backing up Central Michigan QB Ryan Radcliff the last three years.
JJHuddle Defensive Player of the Week
John Pettigrew, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy: Senior LB had a sack, caused a fumble, which led to a TD, and had two interceptions, one of which he returned for a TD, in a 55-20 win over Timken. Offensively, Pettigrew contributed 202 yards and four TDs on 19 carries.
ALSO IN THE RUNNING
Fitzgerald Toussaint, Youngstown Liberty: Senior RB and Michigan recruit went over 250 yards for the seventh week in a row in a 33-28 win over Hubbard. After generating 16 yards on four carries in the first half, Toussaint erupted for 235 yards in the second half and scored two TDs. He has 1,950 yards in eight games.
Alex Gillett, Clyde: QB accounted for seven TDs in 61-20 win over St. Mary Central Catholic. Gillett completed 4-of-5 passes for 129 yards and two TDs, returned an interception 29 yards for a score and carried the ball nine times for 152 yards and four TDs.
Josh Selway, Leetonia: Senior QB had a stellar night in a 40-34 win over Berlin Center Western Reserve. Selway scored the wining TD with two seconds left to cap a night in which he rushed for 205 yards and three TDs on 38 carries, threw for 124 yards and two TDs and returned an interception 47 yards for a TD.
Evan Bach, Canal Fulton Northwest: Junior RB exploded in the second half of a 42-33 in over West Branch. With his team down 17-10 at halftime, Bach led the comeback, finishing with a school single-game rushing record 329 yards and five TDs on 35 carries.
Zach Melling, Greenville: Senior RB ran for a school record 293 yards and seven TDs on 35 carries in a 53-20 win over Jay County (Ind.). Melling scored on runs of 72, 21, 1, 3, 50, 6 and 1 yards. He also added 143 return yards.
Seth Millar, Waynesville: Junior RB ran for a school record 331 yards and tied anther school record with five TDs in a 68-38 win over Dayton Northridge. He also threw for a score. Millar already owns the school’s career TD mark (41).
Jacob Jugo, Ottawa-Glandorf: Senior RB ser the school single-game rushing record with 302 yards and two TDs on 23 carries in a 35-6 win over Van Wert.
Shawn Davis, Western Brown: Set the school’s single-season rushing record with a 288 yard performance in a 35-21 win over Bethel-Tate that pushed him to 1,634 yards on the season.
Jeremy Scott, Norwood: Junior RB had 374 yards and four TDs on 34 carries in a 34-21 win over Cincinnati Northwest.
Mike Mansnerus, Avon Lake: Junior RB rushed for a school record 369 yards and four TDs on 23 carries in a 36-25 win over Berea. He also threw a 39-yard TD pass. Last week Mansnerus had 306 yards in a win over Midpark.
OTHER BIG PERFORMANCES
Courtney Avery, Lexington: Junior QB set a new school record for passing yards in a season (1,687) with 203 yards on 9-of-10 passing in a 48-15 win over Mansfield Madison. Avery has completed 92-of-122 passes (75-percent) on the season for 19 TDs and one interception. The last two weeks Avery is 25-of-27.
Cory Lisowski, Dover: Senior QB had over 300 yards of total offense in a half in a 69-6 win over Meadowbrook. Lisowski ran for 175 yards and three TDs on five carries and completed 7-of-11 passes for 173 yards and three TDs. He did not play in the second half.
Josh Fisher, Rockford Parkway: Senior RB ran for 210 yards and four TDs in a 38-27 win over Minster. With his four trips to the end zone, Fisher set the school’s career TD mark with 30.
Adam Brown, Cincinnati Elder: Junior RB tied the school’s single-game TD record by rushing for five in a 56-7 win over Covington (Ky.) Catholic.
Alex Pidcock and Shaun Joplin, Sylvania Southview: Pidcock, a senior QB, completed 10-of-12 passes for 219 yards and four TDs and ran for another TD – all in the first half – of a 48-14 win over Bowling Green. On the season Pidcock has completed 63-of-85 passes (74-percent) for 1,441 yards, 18 TDs and no interceptions. Joplin caught all four of Pidcock’s TD passes and finished with 158 yards on seven carries.
Cody Welker, Magnolia Sandy Valley: QB completed 18-of-30 passes for 311 yards and five TDs in a 40-12 win over Newcomerstown. He also rushed for 58 yards and a TD on nine carries.
Jordan Barbina, Belmont Union Local: Senior QB had another solid performance in a 34-21 win over Buckeye Local. Barbina completed 16-of-30 asses for 277 yards and two TDs and ran for 138 yards and two TDs on 23 carries. He also ran for two 2-point conversions and threw for another.
Rossi Santo, Kirtland: Senior RB carried the ball 14 times for 188 yards and five TDs in a 56-6 win over Burton Berkshire. He also caught a TD pass and added an interception.
Kyle Lingg, Dayton Northridge: Senior QB accounted for five TDs in 68-38 loss to Waynesville. Lingg ran for three TDs, threw for one and returned a kickoff 99 yards for the other.
Ben Smith, Maria Stein Marion Local: Senior RB scored four TDs in 33-0 win over Versailles.
Chris Walker, Vandalia-Butler: RB averaged 13.4 yards every time he touched the ball, carrying 18 times for 242 yards, in a 35-21 win over Miamisburg.
Jordan Jacobs, Germantown Valley View: Sophomore returned two punts (90 and 85 yards) for TDs in a 42-14 win over Carlisle.
Neal Seaman, Louisville: Senior QB was nearly perfect in a 49-22 win over Marlington, completing 16-of-17 passes for 225 yards and two TDs. He also rushed for a TD.
Micah Hyde, Fostoria: Senior QB shined in a 42-0 win over Willard, completing 12-of-15 passes for 175 yards and three TDs and rushing for 132 yards on 11 carries. Hyde also returned a punt 88 yards for a TD and kicked four PATs.
Tyler Bates, Smithville: QB tossed five TDs and had a n interception in a 42-7 win over West Salem Northwestern. Bates finished 15-of-22 for 199 yards.
Shawn Ball, Connoton Valley: Freshman QB completed 16-of-23 passes for 313 yards and three TDs and ran for two TDs in a 54-25 win over Strasburg-Franklin.
Maty Mauk, Kenton: Threw for over 300 yards and four TDs and ran 69 yards for another TD in a 35-7 win over Wapakoneta.
Bo Cordell, Indian Hill: Senior QB completed 27-of-37 passes for 425 yards and five TDs and ran for a TD in a 47-20 win over Finneytown.
Justin Elder, Trenton Edgewood: Junior RB had 211 yards and four TDs on 26 carries in a 48-38 win over Oxford Talawanda.
Jeremiah Goins, Winton Woods: Junior RB scored five TDs and had 136 yards on 17 carries in a 48-6 win over Milford.
Jake Rightnowar, Toledo Christian: QB completed 11-of-13 passes for five TDs and 247 yards in a 50-6 win over Danbury Lakeside.
Derrek Eitner, Swanton: WR caught six passes for 190 yards and four TDs in a 51-23 win over Delta.
Steubenville 39, Poland 20: Junior QB Dwight Macon paced the Big Red with 117 yards and two TDs on 17 carries and 200 yards and two TDs on 11-of-12 passing. Steubenville’s regular season win streak now stands at 58.
Youngstown Liberty 33, Hubbard 28: Down 19 points in the fourth quarter Hubbard rallied but couldn’t complete the comeback.
Youngstown Mooney 33, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 7: The Cardinals exploded for a 20-0 lead in the first quarter and cruised to the win. The victory improves Mooney’s record against SVSM to 16-1 all-time.
Patrick Henry 35, Archbold 7: The Patriots won a share of their seventh straight Northwest Ohio Athletic League title with the convincing win in a match up of ranked teams. Patrick Henry held Archbold to 257 yards, including just 66 in the first half, while rolling up 390 of its own.
North Canton Hoover 30, Canton McKinley 20: The Vikings downed the host Bulldogs in front of 13,654 at Fawcett Stadium to move into sole possession of first place in the Federal League. Junior RB Erick Howard rushed for 188 yards and three TDs en route to 270 all-purpose yards on 44 touches.
Coldwater 38, Delphos St. John’s 7: The Cavaliers ran their winning streak to 21 games in a pivotal MAC game highlighted by Coldwater defensive back Zach Siefring’s 102-yard interception return for a TD.
Lakota West 34, Middletown 7: A week after shocking Colerain, Middletown got a little taste of its own medicine. Tied 7-7 at the half, West exploded for 27 unanswered second half points to roll to the road win.
Strongsville 25, Brunswick 20: The Mustangs snapped Brunswick’s 32-game regular season win streak before a home crowd of 4,500.
New Carlisle Tecumseh 26, Tippecanoe 14: In a match up of unbeatens, visiting Tecumseh snapped a six-game losing streak to Tipp and overcame a 14-13 halftime deficit to record the win.
Toledo Central Catholic 31, Toledo St. Francis 6: TCC won the 50th installment of this rivalry and remained in position to capture their fourth straight Toledo City League title. TSF still leads the series overall 28-21-1.
Making History: Kettering Fairmont is closing in on the first playoff berth in school history. The Firebirds are currently third in Division I, Region 4. There’s plenty of football left to be played though. Fairmont’s last two games? Against league leader Clayton Northmont (7-1) and against rival Centerville (5-3). The good news for the Firebirds is both games are home.
Title No. 2: Creston Norwayne is one win shy of gaining at least a share of the second football title in school history. The Bobcats are the lone remaining unbeaten in the Wayne County Athletic League and play Dalton (4-4) and Smithville (5-3) to close the season. Norwayne’s only league title came in 1965. The Bobcats are also in line for the first playoff berth in history. They are currently third in D-V, Region 17.
Sure Shot: Greenville is the home of the legendary Annie Oakley and possibly a playoff football team this fall. The Green Wave have made two previous trips to the playoffs (1992 and 1996) but have long been marred in mediocrity. The program’s greatest recent claim to fame is having produced former Purdue offensive lineman and current New England Patriot Matt Light. Likely, the Green Wave need at least one win in their last two games to get to the postseason. Doing that won’t be easy. Greenville is on the road at Dover (7-1) and at New Richmond (7-1). That’s 662 miles round trip combined in consecutive Fridays.
One Win Away: With a victory in either of its last two games, New Lebanon Dixie will finish with its first winning season since 1983. The Greyhounds (5-3) host Middletown Madison (4-4) this Friday and Carlisle (3-5) in Week 10. Dixie is averaging 44.6 points per game in its wins and 8.3 in its losses.
DEEE-Fense: Anna scored 34 points in the first quarter of a 54-7 win over New Bremen, thanks in part to two fumble returns for TDs. The first came off a blocked punt…Elyria Catholic held Bedford St. Peter Chanel to 31 yards and had four fumble recoveries and an interception in a 43-0 win.
OFFF-Fense: Casstown Miami East scored five different ways in a 62-0 win over New Paris National trail. The Vikings returned an interception, punt and kickoff for a TD and also scored five rushing TDs and one receiving TD…Dayton Thurgood Marshall scored 32 points in the first quarter of a 52-14 win over Dayton Belmont. The Cougars scored for rushing TDs and ran for four two-point conversions in the first eight minutes…Elyria Catholic’s Zach Drews only carried the ball 12 times for 30 yards in a 43-0 win over Bedford St. Peter Chanel, but he scored four TDs…Pemberville Eastwood rolled up 696 total yards, including 543 yards on the ground in a 63-0 win over Millbury Lake…Kansas Lakota racked up over 500 yards of offense in a 48-0 win over Ostego.
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 (upcoming).
A LOOK BACK