It’s true. It’s Week 10. There’s just one regular season game left. Unbelievable. Here’s our ninth 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 happenings from last week.
If you like offense, Friday’s Green Meadows Conference championship game between Sherwood Fairview and Hicksville was for you.
In a match up of contrasting styles, Fairview’s air attack edged Hicksville’s ground game 46-41. This game had everything. Except defense.
Fairview senior quarterback James Elchinger accounted for seven touchdowns (threw for five, ran for two) and 568 yards of total offense. He completed 26-of-38 passes for 460 yards and rushed for 108 yards.
Three Fairview receivers topped 100 yards. Rodney Webb had 169 yards and three TDs on seven catches, while Ben Wonderly caught nine passes for 141 yards and a TD. John Elchinger caught six passes for 103 yards and a TD.
Not to be outdone, Hicksville’s Logan Battershell broke his own school record with 354 rushing yards and four TDs on 35 carries. Battershell also set a school record with 1,879 rushing yards on the season.
Fairview totaled 569 yards of offense, while Hicksville had 495.
JJHuddle Offensive Player of the Week
Alex Gillett, Clyde: Senior QB had over 400 yards of total offense an accounted for seven TDs in 50-20 win over Sandusky Perkins. Gillett completed 10-of-13 passes for 131 yards and two TDs and ran for 282 yards and five TDs on 21 carries. For the season Gillett has rushed for 1,296 yards and thrown for 1,315. He’s accounted for over 40 TDs.
JJHuddle Defensive Player of the Week
Jordan Barbina, Belmont Union Local: Senior QB/DB earns his second nod as the JJ Defensive POW after registering three turnovers in a 27-8 win over Harrison Central. Barbina had two interceptions, including one in the end zone, and a fumble recovery. Offensively, Barbina completed 22-of-35 passes for 316 yards and four TDs and ran for 52 yards on 15 carries. He was also 3-for-3 on PATs.
ALSO IN THE RUNNING
Matt Allen, Troy: Senior RB carried the ball 31 times for 287 yards and five TDs in 49-28 win over rival Piqua.
Brandon Rice, Walnut Ridge: RB torched Columbus South to the tune of 326 yards and seven TDs (16, 41, 8, 20, 25, 10 and 64) on just 16 carries in a 65-0 win.
Everett Horne, North College Hill: Senior RB tied a school record for most TDs in a game with six and rushed for 332 yards on just nine carries in a 62-19 win over Cincinnati Christian.
Brandon Nichols, Belmont Union Local: WR had 13 catches for 194 yards and three TDs in 27-8 win over Harrison Central. Those totals gave Nichols school season records in all three categories (61 catches, 1,038 yards and 11 TDs).
Dalton Caudill, Eaton: RB carried the ball 40 times for 311 yards and three TDs in a 37-28 win over Germantown Valley View. He also returned a kickoff 95-yards for a TD.
Jacob Lugo, Ottawa-Glandorf: A week after setting the school record for rushing yards in a game, Lugo did it again with 317 in 41-0 win over Celina.
Tyler Crowl, Uniontown Lake: RB tied school records for rushing yards in a game (345) and TDs (six) 49-14 win over Austintown-Fitch. He carried the ball 27 times.
Matty Mauk, Kenton: Freshman QB had over 400 yards of offense in impressive 35-7 win over St. Marys Memorial. Mauk completed 26-of-42 passes for 303 yards and three TDs and ran for 95 yards and two TDs on 12 carries.
Cody Welker, Magnolia Sandy Valley: Junior QB completed 14-of-27 passes for 309 yards and four TDs and carried the ball 11 times for 151 yards and three TDs in a 60-14 win over Strasburg-Franklin.
OTHER BIG PERFORMANCES
Robby Sherk, Dayton Oakwood: Senior QB/DB had huge game in 41-35 overtime win over Bellbrook. Sherk ran for 188 yards and four TDs on 26 carries and completed 2-of-4 passes for 60 yards and a TD. He also had eight tackles and a fumble recovery.
David Gerber, Sugarcreek Garaway: QB completed 30-of-43 passes for 419 yards and two TDs in a 34-14 win over Tuscarawas Catholic.
Tyler Dickson, Lexington: Senior WR had eight catches for 186 yards and two scores, setting school records for catches in a season (39), yards in a season (839) and yards in a career (1,369) in a 56-6 win over West Holmes.
Corey Lisowski, Dover: Senior QB completed 24-of-33 passes for 392 yards and three TDs and ran for two more scores in a 49-20 win over Greenville.
Shawn Davis, Western Brown: Senior RB put up 202 yards and four TDs on 26 carries in a 28-14 win over New Richmond.
Casey Hood and Archric Sims, Columbus Harvest Prep: Hood threw for 380 yards (25-of-48) in a 27-21 upset over West Jefferson. Sims (eight catches for 136 yards and two TDs) did most of the receiving. Sims also turned in a great defensive effort, returning a punt 82 yards and an interception 50 in the final minutes of the game.
D.J. Cain, Williamsport Westfall: Senior QB rushed for 177 yards and four TDs on 15 carries and completed 6-of-8 passes for 141 yards in the first half of a 42-12 win over Piketon.
Colton Foreman, Teays Valley: RB had 17 carries for 217 yards and two TDs in 34-24 win over Amanda-Clearcreek.
Micah Hyde, Fostoria: Senior QB completed 16-of-20 passes for 281 yards and two TDs and ran for 49 yards and three TDs on 11 carries in a 53-0 win over Norwalk.
Tyler Brown, Bascom Hopewell-Loudon: Senior QB completed 14-of-16 passes for 270 yards and five TDs in the first half of Chieftains 69-14 win over North Baltimore.
Neal Seaman and Bobby Swigert, Louisville: QB and WR duo, respectively, shined in 18-6 win over Canton South. Seaman completed 26-of-43 passes for 336 yards and a TD, while Swigert caught 11 passes for 144 yards. He also had two interceptions on defense.
Derek Orr, Smithville: WR caught seven passes for 126 yards and four TDs in a 50-17 win over Rittman.
Thad Nofsinger, Apple Creek Waynedale: RB got the ball 28 times and rushed for 296 yards and five TDs in a 53-13 win over Doylestown Chippewa.
John Pettigrew, CVCA: Senior RB had 309 yards and two TDs in 36-0 win over Indian Valley.
Zac Kreakbaum, Akron Manchester: Senior RB ran for five TDs and 136 yards in 60-28 win over Canton Timken.
Brandon Arehart, Wilmington: Junior QB completed 19-of-24 passes for 390 yards and five TDs in a 42-17 win over Walnut Hills.
Toney Foster, Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph: Senior RB carried the ball nine times for 182 yards and five TDs in a 60-12 win over Bedford St. Peter Chanel.
Aaron Craft, Findlay Liberty-Benton: Junior QB completed 22-of-26 passes for 347 yards and three TDs and ran 11 times for 68 yards and a TD in a 46-0 win over previously unbeaten Pandora-Gilboa. He also added an interception on defense. On the season the Tennessee basketball recruit has completed 121-of-144 (84-percent) passes for 1,898 yards and 25 passing TDs and no interceptions. He’s also rushed 59 times for 646 yards and 13 TDs.
Chris Roxbury, Tuscarawas Valley: Had 12 tackles, including four for loss and three sacks in a 21-13 win over Fairless.
Cleveland St. Ignatius 19, Cincinnati St. Xavier 16 (OT): The Wildcats handed the Bombers their first loss at home under head coach Steve Specht and snapped a 26-game win streak at Ballaban Field. St. X, the defending Division I state champion, is now 4-5.
Cincinnati Moeller 33, Lakewood St. Edward 29: Wow…Moe’s Tony Harris returned a kickoff 91 yards in the final 15 seconds for the unlikely win.
Malvern 42, Ridgewood 21: The Hornets snapped the Generals 27-game Inter-Valley Conference win streak with the convincing win. Malvern senior QB Tyler Tucci led the attack, completing 15-of-21 passes for 266 yards and three TDs. He also ran for 95 yards and a TD on 20 carries.
North Canton Hoover 14, Canton GlenOak 10: Erick Howard again led the way for the Vikings with 182 yards and a TD on 32 carries.
Medina Highland 35, Copley 14: West Virginia recruit Chris Snook led the Hornets to their first outright Suburban League title since 2001 by rushing for 111 yards and two TDs. He also caught a 32-yard TD pass.
Colerain 35, Lakota West 13: The Cardinals clinched at least a share of the Greater Miami Conference title for the ninth consecutive year.
Upper Arlington 23, Hilliard Davidson 14: The Golden Bears handed Davidson its first loss and clinched at least a share of its first OCC title since 2005.
Believe It Or Not: Circleville Logan Elm is one win away from an unlikely story. The Braves went 0-10 last season, but enter Friday’s game with Canal Winchester undefeated (9-0). The Indians are also 9-0. Logan Elm is coached by first year head coach Scott Bartholomew who has had success at various schools, including most recently Williamsport Westfall.
Vikings’ Ship: Miami East’s league title ship finally came in thanks to a 20-14 win over Ansonia that clinched at least a share of the Vikings first league title since 1983. Its just Miami East’s third title overall in its 50 years of football. Senior RB Sam Smallwood led the effort with 252 yards and all three TDs on 26 carries.
Record-Setter: Lorain Clearview junior RB Anthony Hitchens set the school record for points in a season when he scored three TDs in a 39-7 win over Oberlin. For the season Hitchens has 1,433 yards and 25 TDs on 148 carries.
Quite a Turnaround: Last season Delphos St. John’s finished 2-8. With a win over Fort Recovery on Friday, the Blue Jays will finish this season 8-2. Not an east thing to do in the MAC.
Winning Ways: Delaware Hayes clinched its first winning season since 1996 with a 31-28 win over New Albany. The Pacers are also in contention for a Division I, Region 3 playoff berth.
Unbeaten No More: Waynesville handed Lemon-Monroe its first loss in SWBL Buckeye Division play since joining the league in 2006. The Hornets were 14-0 in the league and back-to-back defending champions. Now Waynesville can win the title outright with a win over Middletown Madison.
Streak Snapped: Plymouth snapped a 21-game Firelands Conference losing streak with a 50-49 win over Greenwhich South Central. Myles Rinehart had a huge game for the winners with 195 yards rushing and four TDs. He also caught the game-winning two-point conversion.
DEEE-Fense: Mayfield recorded its sixth straight shutout with a 28-0 win over Nordonia…West Liberty-Salem held Jamestown Greeneview to minus-26 yards rushing in a 56-0 win.
OFFF-Fense: Johnstown-Monroe had 635 yards of offense in a 56-21 win over East Knox. Brad Couts rushed for 250 yards and three TDs to lead the attack…Lancaster had 428 yards of offense in the first half alone of its 32-7 win over Groveport-Madison…Genoa Area had 10 different kids score TDs in a 73-7 win over Lake…New Miami rushed for 450 yards in a 41-7 win over Cincinnati Country Day…Northwood rushed for 550 yards and scored 75 points in its 75-14 win over Toledo Christian.
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