Friday Night Highlights Week 1: GWOC flexes muscle, McDonald wins 500th game


Northmont’s win over Lakota West helped the GWOC go 5-1 against the GMC. (Photo by Nick Falzerano)

Football season has arrived! And so has our weekly look back at the state’s top performances, games and newsmakers. Who are the JJHuddle Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams players of the week? Who threw for 469 yards? Who snapped a 34-game losing streak? Who won their first game – ever? We know…

Last week I wrapped my conference countdown for the top football affiliations in Ohio. I might need to adjust them already.

Several programs, teams and individuals made statements in Week 1 of the high school football season, but perhaps no conference did more for itself than the Greater Western Ohio Conference. At the other end of that equation is the Greater Miami Conference. The GWOC, which I ranked No. 7 overall, dominated the GMC (No. 3) in Week 1 to the tune of 5-1.

Huber Heights Wayne beat Princeton (21-4), Centerville beat Lakota East (24-6), Clayton Northmont beat Lakota West (7-6), Springfield beat Hamilton (35-28 in ot) and Springboro beat Fairfield (13-10 in ot). Mason prevented the shutout by kicking a field goal with 1:45 left to beat Trotwood-Madison 20-17.

To add insult to injury, the GMC’s flag-bearer – nationally-ranked Colerain – was shut out by Cincinnati St. Xavier 16-0.


JJHuddle Offensive Player of the Week
Dan Pennington, Licking Heights:
Senior RB exploded for seven first half TDs in a 58-13 win over Philo. Pennington scored on runs of 23, 68, 64, 62, 6 and 1 yards. He also scored on a 38-yard screen pass. Pennington ended the night with 244 yards on 12 carries (22.7 yards per carry). He added two catches for 70 yards.

JJHuddle Defensive Player of the Week
Tom Hochstettler, Pandora-Gilboa:
Senior WR/DB made the most of his return by scoring four TDs – including one on a 94-yard punt return and another on a 20-yard interception return – as P-G handled Columbus Grove 31-6. He also had two TDs on offense as a receiver. Last year Hochstettler broke his arm five days before the season opener and didn’t return until Week 11.

JJHuddle Special Teams Player of the Week
Bobby Spence, Rayland Buckeye Local:
The defending D-III Ohio Co-Defensive Player of the Year picked up – and off – right where he left off last season. Spence intercepted two passes (he had 11 last year), caught a TD on offense and carried the ball four times for 42 yards on offense in BL’s 24-21 win over Martins Ferry. He also had two huge plays on special teams, completing a fake punt pass for a 43-yard gain and returning a kickoff 85 yards for what proved to be the winning TD.


Greg Kahlig, Fort Recovery: Senior QB threw for 479 yards and six TDs in a 52-48 loss to Ansonia. Kahlig, who completed 26-of-52 passes, also offered up four interceptions.

Mitchell Faine and Heath Jackson, Ada:
Duo led the Bulldogs to their first win ever at Dola Hardin Northern (49-7) with a dominating aerial attack. Faine, a senior QB, completed 28-of-37 passes for 388 yards and four TDs and also rushed for an additional 90 yards and two TDs. Jackson caught 13 passes for 148 yards and two TDs.

Perry Wheeler, Marietta:
RB carried the ball 33 times for 321 yards and six TDs in a 59-20 win over Morgan.

Austin Fudge, Eaton:
Senior QB completed 9-of-17 passes for 209 yards and five TDs in a 40-14 win over Oxford Talawanda. Fudge also ran for a TD.


Paul Kempe, Youngsotwn Ursuline: QB set school record with 304 yards passing in a win over Columbus St. Charles. Krempe completed 13-of-20 attempts and tossed two TDs. He also rushed for a TD and averaged 43 yards on three punts.

E.J. Tucker, Toledo Rogers: Senior QB threw for 174 yards, rushed for 130 and accounted for three TDs in a 32-28 win over Anthony Wayne.

Brian Griffin, Norwalk Saint Paul:
RB had 275 yards rushing and four TDs on 16 carries in a 47-0 win over Sandusky St. Mary. He scored on runs of 57, 52, 41 and 20 yards.

Preston Brown, Cincinnati Northwest:
Senior RB ran for five TDs and over 100 yards in a 63-21 win over Finneytown.

Kyle Seyfried and Evan Aleshire, Cincinnati Wyoming:
Duo helped Cowboys handle CHCA 39-3. Seyfried, a junior QB, was 15-22 for 351 yards and three TDs, while Aleshire, a senior WR, had five catches for 224 yards and two TDs.

Gabe Henry, Beavercreek:
Senior RB scored five TDs in 60-0 win over Dayton Stebbins.

Wesley Hunsucker and Derrick Billing, Anna:
Hunsucker, a senior QB, rushed for a TD and completed 11-of-17 passes for three more (and 248 yards) in a 38-10 win over Lehman Catholic. Billing had seven catches, including one for a TD, and added an interception.

Adam Charles, Girard:
Although he only completed five of 19 pass attempts, Charles threw for four TDs in a 42-34 win over Salem.

Nick Van Hoose, Graham:
Junior RB had 280 yards and three TDs on 37 carries in a 28-3 win over Tippecanoe.

Shaq Washington, Maple Heights:
Junior QB rushed for 164 yards, threw for 136 and accounted for four TDs in a 28-16 win over Avon Lake.

Luke Wollet, Poland:
RB/DB had big night with 138 yards rushing, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and a TD in a 24-13 win over Hubbard.

Keith Wenning, Coldwater:
Senior QB led the Cavaliers to their eighth straight win over Kenton (29-26) with a clutch game-winning fourth quarter drive and TD pass with 1:26 to go. On the night Wenning completed 22-of-38 passes for 239 yards and three TDs. He also rushed for 65 yards and a two-point conversion. He also added an interception on defense.

Seth Millar, Waynesville:
Senior RB scored five first half touchdowns (three rushing, one reception, one kickoff return) in a 48-26 win over East Clinton.

Levi Fisher, Bryan:
RB carried the ball 23 times for 225 yards and four TDs in a 35-7 win over Van Wert.

Logan Battershell, Hicksville:
Senior RB had 226 yards and three TDs on 26 carries in a 36-6 win over Montpelier.

John Timmons, Kansas Lakota:
Senior QB set Lakota’s career passing yardage record (previously held by Derrick Santos) when he completed 15-of-30 passes for 271 yards and three TDs in a 26-0 win over Northwood.

Josh Holzemer, Toledo St. John’s:
Senior DB had 18 tackles and two interceptions (one returned for a TD) in a 28-9 win over Findlay.

Zach Barlage, Versailles:
LB had an interception, fumble recovery, blocked punt and tipped pass (which was intercepted) in a 33-14 win over Dayton Oakwood.

Jake Conrad, Ridgewood:
RB had 238 yards rushing and three TDs on 23 carries and also passed for 66 yards and a TD in a 42-22 win over Shadyside.

Zach Shaw, Coshocton:
Senior DB returned an interception 79 yards for a TD and had a team-high 16 tackles in a 55-9 win over East Knox.

Te Elias, Cortland Lakeview:
Senior RB celebrated his 18th birthday by rushing for 211 yards and four TDs in a 34-14 win over Struthers.

Cam Brown, Arlington:
Senior RB had 183 yards and four TDs in a 35-14 win over Riverdale. Defensively he added two sacks and an interception.

Mitch Phillips, Colonel Crawford:
Senior RB scored 27 of his team’s 33 points in a 33-12 win over New London. Phillips rushed for 175 yards and four TDs on 22 carries. He also kicked three extra-points.

Charles Gresham, Heath:
Senior RB ran for 244 yards and four TDs on 20 carries in a 41-14 win over Middletown Madison. Gresham scored on runs of 76, 64, 7 and 2 yards and also had a 55-yard punt return for a score.

Colby Busson, Chippewa:
Senior QB completed just one pass against Norton but it was a huge one. Busson hit Andrew Schikler for a 17-yard TD on fourth down in overtime to give the Chipps a 20-17 win over the Panthers. On the ground Busson rushed for 209 yards and a TD on 21 carries. He also kicked two extra-points and had 13 tackles on defense.


Cleveland St. Ignatius 14, Glenville 13: Trailing 13-7 with 2:13 left in the game and facing fourth-and-nine, St. Ignatius QB Mark Myers hooked up with Kory Gillissie for the game-tieing TD. The ensuing extra-point gave the Wildcats their 15th straight win.

Cincinnati St. Xavier 16, Colerain 0:
The Bombers seem to have forgotten last year’s 4-6 stumble. St. X pulled off the upset of nationally-ranked Colerain (No. 13 in USA Today Top 25) by limiting the Cardinals to just 153 yards rushing on 36 carries. Sophomore RB Conor Hundley led the Bombers with 161 yards and two TDs on 18 carries.

Cincinnati Elder 49, East St. Louis 28:
In a match-up of nationally ranked teams, Elder conquered its out-of-state foe with ease.

St. Henry 28, Marion Pleasant 7:
The Redskins clamped down on the Spartans, allowing just 150 total yards, including 12 through the air. St. Henry QB Brad Stahl completed 7-of-15 passes for 151 yards and rushed for 90 yards and two TDs on 11 carries.

Amanda-Clearcreek 14, Newark Catholic 0:
Who needs to pass? Not the Aces. A-C failed to complete a pass against NC, but used 319 yards rushing to get the job done. Senior RB Garren Dilley went for 192 yards and two TDs on 28 carries to help the Aces down the Green Wave.

Brookhaven 23, Marion-Franklin 21:
Sophomore Jonzell Meeks returned a fourth-quarter kickoff 93-yards for a TD to help the Bearcats score the victory. M-F missed a game-winning field goal with seconds left.

Cardinal Mooney 23, Youngstown Boardman 17:
Mooney intercepted five Boardman passes and needed every one of them to hold off the Spartans in the team’s first meeting since 2003.

Cincinnati Moeller 45, Winton Woods 34:
The Crusaders overcame a 21-0 first quarter deficit to score the win.

Toledo Christian 50, Delta 43:
Points were abundant in this game, which was decided by a 47-yard punt return for a TD with two minutes left. TC was led by Nick Rightnowar who completed 23-of-32 passes for 291 yards and four TDs. TC’s David Westmeyer caught five passes for 79 yards, including three TDs. Delta’s Eric Puehler rushed for 221 yards and three TDs on 29 carries.


Streak Snapped: Akron Springfield ended a 34-game losing streak with a 23-13 win over Akron Ellet. The win was second-year head coach Kevin Vaughn’s first varsity victory. Junior Zach Talbert rushed for 120 yards and sophomore Dillon Matthews had 113 yards.

Hilliard Bradley’s football team has never lost a varsity football game. Of course, it’s only played one. The Jaguars beat Columbus West 19-18 in the program’s opener.

Big Winners: Chillicothe Unioto snapped a 22-game losing streak Friday with a 21-12 win over Vinton County. The Shermans had over 300 yards of total offense and got six sacks from their defense.

Finally Over:
Rittman snapped a 27-game losing streak by beating Conotton Valley 27-0.

Welcome Splat:
Trailing 6-0 after one quarter, Piqua put 47-second quarter points on Ponitz High School en route to an 80-14 victory. The Indians scored 27 third quarter points. It was Ponitz’s first game ever. The school, which is a Dayton Public School, was formerly Patterson Co-Op and reopened after being closed for 10 years.

Bulldogs Have Bite:
Athens beat Gallipolis Gallia Academy for the first time since 2002 and for just the third time since 1987. The Bulldogs shut out the Blue Devils 21-0.

Cider Keg Showdown:
Clinton-Massie won the 45th annual Cider Keg Showdown with rival Blanchester by posting the largest margin of victory in the game’s existence. The Falcons won 58-0, besting the previous 49-point margin of victory they established in last year’s 49-0 win. Clinton-Massie had 529 yards of offense.

Belmont Union Local forced six turnovers and held Meadowbrook to 70 total yards (including four through the air) in a 50-0 win…Perrysburg forced seven turnovers in a 28-6 win over Bowsher. Matt Marquette did a lot of the damage for Perry, registering nine tackles, an interception, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble…Genoa Area held Rossford to 60 total yards in a 60-0 win…Arlington held Mt. Blanchard Riverdale to minus-50 yards rushing in a 35-14 win…

Troy Christian had four payers rush for over 80 yards in a 56-11 win over Cincinnati Christian. The Eagles – who didn’t have a player eclipse 100 yards – had 387 yards rushing…Jackson-Milton rushed for 456 yards (including 292 in the second half) in a 33-12 win over Windham…Ada had 556 yards of total offense in its 49-7 win over Dola Hardin Northern…Upper Scioto Valley had 484 yards of total offense in a 52-6 win over Danbury Lakeside…Toledo Whitmer had 456 total yards in a 35-7 win over Tiffin Columbian…

500 Club:
McDonald won the 500th game in program history with a 29-20 win over Holland Springfield.

Over And Out:
Brush snapped a 19-game losing streak and gave second-year coach Bob Atwood his first career victory with a 45-34 win over Eastlake North.

Tied Up:
Warren Harding and East Cleveland Shaw tied 24-24. Harding kicked a field goal with 21 seconds left to tie the game and before overtime could start a lightning delay was issued. After a lengthy wait, the game was eventually called.

Last Second:
Ansonia scored a huge win over Fort Recovery by scoring from 1-yard out on the last lay of the game for a 52-48 win. Dusty Holcomb scored the game-winner as time expired. On the night, the Tigers rushed for 304 yards.

Score Of The Week:
Padua 3, Olmstead Falls 2.


Will be released and updated following Week 3 action. Click kere to see the preseason poll.


This week’s statewide scoreboard.

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