D-VI Regional Semifinals: Eight remaining teams all in final ONN/Ohio High Power Poll


Division VI Playoffs

There were several solid showings by Division VI teams Friday in the
regional semifinals. Among the winners were Hannibal River, Malvern, Mechanicsburg and Delphos St. John’s.

There were several solid showings by Division II teams Friday in the
regional semifinals. Among the winners were Hannibal River, Malvern, Mechanicsburg and Delphos St. John’s.

Division VI Region 21

Bascom Hopewell-Loudon 30, Mogadore 0

Norwalk St. Paul 34, McDonald 0

Division VI Region 22

Ada 42, Pandora-Gilboa 14

Delphos St. John’s 21, Carey 14

Division VI Region 23

Hannibal River 45, Glouster Trimble 15

Malvern 53, Shadyside 24

Division VI Region 24

Mechanicsburg 40, Covington 14

Sidney Lehman 42, Springfield Catholic Central 6

Lehman Extracts Rvenge on Springfield Catholic

By Alex Sator

CLAYTON—Zac Schmitz scored three touchdowns and Kaleb Goins added two more as Sidney Lehman Catholic (11-1) dominated Springfield Central Catholic, 42-6, in a Division VI Region 24 semifinal at Northmont’s Good Samaritan Stadium on Friday night.

If you were to disregard their having passively taken a knee to end the first half, then the Cavaliers would have scored touchdowns the first five times they touched the ball.

In so doing, they avenged an embarrassing 48-14 regional final loss to the Irish (8-4, 5-2 Ohio Heritage Conference) last year. They also retaliated for a 24-21 loss to Central Catholic (on a last second field goal) in the first round of the 2006 playoffs.

Make no mistake: they were trying hard to look nonchalant afterwards, but the kids really enjoyed this one.

“We have some serious history with these guys, so it was fun to come out and push them around a little bit,” running back Max Cartright laughed. “But we don’t take any games like they are going to be easy. We prepare the same way every week.

“We treat every team the same because we know that any team can beat us at any time.”

Long after the game was over, Goins was still pumped up.

“We came together tonight and we played well as a team,” the powerful sophomore running back said. “Everything turned out for the best. I thought we came into this game with more energy than we had the last couple of years.

“Obviously they were a better team last year and they didn’t perform as well this year. But hey, it still feels great anyway. It just feels amazing.”

This game was out of control early, but the fans who were attuned to the subtle rhythms of the evening were able to amuse themselves easily – just by swaying to the insistent waltz groove.

1, 2, 3…

Lehman takes the punt and drives 80 yards in two plays.

Schmitz scores on a 75-yard ‘jet’ sweep, right–with Goins, Matt Pulfer and Nick Pulfer leading the charge: 7-0.

1, 2, 3…

Lehman again takes the punt and drives 56 yards in nine plays.

Goins scores off-tackle right from three yards out: 14-0.

1,2, 3…

Lehman again takes the punt and drives 72 yards in 14 plays.

Schmitz scores on another ‘jet’ sweep (left this time) from 2 yards out—with Goins and the brothers Pulfer, again, leading the charge: 21-0.

1, 2, 3..

Lehman takes the punt and drives 64 yards in 5 plays.

Cartwright scores on a 35-yard off-tackle play, right: 28-0.

Finally (at 5:48 of the second quarter) not only did the Irish make their initial first-down of the evening, but they also broke the game’s sing-song waltz rhythm—driving 54 yards in 16 plays—only to turn the ball over to the Cavaliers on downs in the red zone.

And although the Cavaliers would score again on the opening possession of the third quarter, for all intents and purposes this game was over at halftime.

Lehman Catholic had 279 of total offense (234 rushing on 28 carries) in the first half alone.
For the game they had 451 total yards (406 on the ground), and it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to suggest that they could have had as many as they wanted.

Goins was the game’s leading rusher with 137 yards (15 carries, 2 TD).

Schmitz (123 yards on 7 carries, 3 TDs) and Cartwright (115 yards on 15 carries, 1 TD)  filled most of the rest of the stat sheet for the Cavaliers.

Brendan Kelly was 14-for-33 passing for 136 yards (1 interception and 1 TD) for the Irish.

Freshman wide receiver Brian Kelly (Brendan’s little bro) contributed six catches for 65 yards and a touchdown (mostly in the last thirty seconds of a losing cause).

“We were reminding the kids before the game that they (Central Catholic) had ended our season in each of the last two years,” said the Cavaliers’ veteran head coach, Richard Roll. “We weren’t even going to let that happen again this year.

“Our kids came out and played hard and fast. They ran, they blocked, they tackled – and they still made some mistakes – but, they’re getting better. We’ve got a lot of kids that have started for three years and that can be real important for a team.”

This was Springfield Central Catholic’s sixth consecutive appearance in the Region 24 playoffs.

Lehman Catholic moves on to the Region 24 final game against the undefeated Mechanicsburg Indians next Friday night (7:30 pm) at site to be determined.

Mechanicsburg easily defeated the Covington Buccaneers, 42-0, on Friday night in the other Region 24 semifinal action.

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