Friday Night Highlights Week 2: Seven TD passes, three interceptions and two punt returns for TDs…


Wayne’s Braxton Miller led the Warriors past Canton McKinley. (Photo by Nick Falzerano)

That’s what the JJHuddle Players of the Week did in Week 2. What else happened? Two 30-plus game losing streaks were snapped, several huge regional crossover games were contested with surprising results and one contest produced over 1,000 yards of total offense. There’s more too as we take our weekly look back at the state’s top performers, teams and newsmakers.

Suddenly the losers are winners. A week after four teams snapped double-digit losing streaks two more did the same this weekend. And these weren’t normal losing streaks. They were severely long ones.

Whitehall-Yearling snapped a 36-game losing skid that dated back to 2005 with a 13-8 win over Columbus Linden McKinley. Channin Porter rushed for 133 yards and scored two TDs for the Rams. Whitehall rallied from an 8-0 deficit and turned momentum with a huge defensive stop in the third quarter when it denied Linden any points after the Panthers had first-and-goal from the Whitehall 2.

New Paris National Trail followed Whitehall’s lead Friday and snapped a 32-game losing streak of its own.

The Blazers downed Bradford 20-18 thanks in part to three short TD runs by John Day.
Ironically, National Trail’s last win was a two-point decision (14-12) over Bradford on Oct. 21, 2005.

Last week Akron Springfield (34), Rittman (27), Chillicothe Unioto (22) and Lyndhurst Brush (19) all snapped losing skids.


JJHuddle Offensive Player of the Week
Reed Florence, South Charleston Southeastern:
Senior QB and four-year starter set new school records for passing yards (458) and TD passes (seven) in a game in a 56-34 win over Fairbanks. Florence, who completed 17-of-29 passes, also rushed for 90 yards and a TD. The Trojans are 2-0 after going 3-7 last year.

JJHuddle Defensive Player of the Week
C.J. Ruhl, Fredericktown:
Senior RB/DB had a huge all-around game in a 48-13 win over Sugar Grove Berne Union. Defensively, Ruhl had three interceptions. On offense he caught seven passes for 106 yards and two TDs and ran six times for 32 yards and another score.

JJHuddle Special Teams Player of the Week
Tres Wilks, Ironton:
Junior RB stepped in for injured starter J.P. Taylor and took full advantage of the opportunity in the Tigers 45-0 win over Russell (Ky.). Wilks returned two punts for TDs (76 and 64 yards) and ran for three more, including a 92-yard score the first time he touched the ball. He also added a two-point conversion. All told Wilks gained 138 yards on just four carries.


Colby Busson, Doylestown Chippewa: Senior QB turned in huge effort in 62-56 loss to Keystone. Busson had 465 total yards, including 91 and a TD on kick returns. He also threw for 196 yards and three TDs and ran for 178 yards and three TDs.

Trent Toothman, Salem:
QB was instrumental in leading the Quakers to their first win in 12 games with a 62-16 rout of United Local. Toothman was 19-23 for 310 yards and three TDs and ran 10 times for 63 yards and three more TDs. He also returned an interception 75 yards for a score.

Bobby Swigart, Louisville:
Senior QB completed 17-of-24 passes for 240 yards and five TDs in a 34-13 win over North Canton Hoover.

Mitchell Faine, Ada:
Senior QB threw for five TDs and ran for two more in a 51-7 win over Spencerville.

George Gresko and Shawn Richter, Eastlake North:
Gresko, a QB, and Richter, a WR, hooked up and helped each other set multiple school records. Gresko threw for a school record 386 yards and six TDs, while Richter set school records for receiving yards (220) and TDs (four) in a game. North beat Akron East 51-14.

Jake Elling, Liberty Center:
RB tied a Northwest Ohio Athletic League record by scoring six TDs in a 55-27 victory over Montpelier. Elling scored on runs of 1, 12, 20, 12, 13 and 5 yards to match the mark tied most recently by former Delta and Mount Union College standout Nate Kmic in 2004. Elling rushed for 197 yards on 25 carries.

Jake Conrad, Ridgewood:
Senior RB set a school single-game record with 397 rushing yards and four TDs (on 24 carries) in a 34-7 win over Steubenville Catholic Central. The game was tied 0-0 at half.


Neil Schwieterman, St. Henry: Senior RB scored four TDs three different ways (two rushing, receiving and interception return) in a 44-14 win over Eaton.

Will McEwan, New Philadelphia:
Senior RB rushed for what is believed to be a school-record 310 yards and three TDs on just 14 carries in a 54-7 blowout win over Beloit West Branch.

Sam Bohon, Thomas Worthington:
QB completed 28-of-55 passes for 368 yards and a TD in a 34-13 loss to Olentangy Liberty.

Marcus Mamarella, Dover:
QB carried the ball 21 times for 190 yards and two TDs and completed 12-of-15 passes for 123 yards and two more TDs in a 44-21 win over Ashland.

Thomas Hinkle, Fredericktown:
Senior QB completed 18-of-23 passes for 285 yards and five TDs (33, 36, 26, 11, 44) in a 48-13 win over Berne Union.

Paul Guhde, Kirtland:
QB completed 13-of-20 passes for 270 yards and four TDs in a 34-6 win over Jefferson. He also ran for a score.

Richard Harris, Port Clinton:
RB/DB produced five TDs and a key two-point conversion in a 35-33 win over Gibsonburg. Harris ran for TDs of 24, 2, 22 and 29 yards and returned an interception 30 yards for a TD.

Scott Cline, Utica:
WR caught 10 passes for 196 yards and two TDs (37, 11) in a loss to Granville.

Demetrius Clark, Columbus Ready:
Standout athlete scored TDs three different ways (83-yard reception, a 60-yard run and a 71-yard punt return) in a 52-21 win over Hebron Lakewood.

Cade McCullough, West Muskingum:
RB/DB rushed for 194 yards and two TDs, had an  interception and recovered a fumble in a 23-6 win over Thornville Sheridan.

Dan Pennington, Licking Heights:
Senior RB ran for 201 yards and scored all four of his TDs in the second half as the Hornets rallied from a 17-3 halftime deficit to defeat Watkins Memorial 30-17.

Tyler Link, Granville:
RB/DB accounted for 322 total yards (192 rushing, 130 receiving) and three TDs in a 45-21 win over Utica.

Brock Mosier, Sherwood Fairview:
QB threw for 388 yards and five TDs and ran for another TD in a 44-27 win over Woodmore.

Tanner Robinson, Beverly Fort Frye:
QB accounted for  four TDs three different ways – rushing (two), passing and punt return – in a 49-7 win over Franklin Furnace Green.

Nick Schuetz, Shadyside:
Despite playing for the first time since junior high, senior WR caught six balls for 192 yards and four TDs in a 49-26 loss to Monroe Central.

Derek Arnold, Nelsonville-York:
Senior RB had 235 yards and a TD on 20 carries and added another score on a 35-yard reception in a 21-7 win over Piketon.

Zak Bertram, Centerville:
Senior QB carried the ball 22 times for 179 yards and three TDs and completed 9-of-10 passes for 202 yards in a 34-14 win over Mason.

LeVeon Bell, Groveport Madison:
Senior RB carried the ball 26 times for 228 yards and scored four total TDs (three rushing, one receiving) in a 55-34 win over Marysville.

Corry Sprouse, Keystone:
Senior RB rushed for 276 yards and four TDs in a 62-56 win over Doylestown Chippewa. After scoring the go ahead TD with 56 seconds left, Sprouse intercepted Chippewa’s QB with 26 seconds to go to seal the win.

Will McEwan, New Philadelphia:
Senior RB went for 303 yards and three TDs on 13 carries in a 54-7 win over Beloit West Branch.


Huber Heights Wayne 27, Canton McKinley 14: The Warriors headed north and took this one at Fawcett Stadium thanks in part to forcing four turnovers (three fumbles and an interception). Junior QB Braxton Miller, the top ranked junior in the state by Ohio High Magazine, three for two TDs and ran for another.

Cincinnati Elder 20, Colerain 7:
On a nationally-televised tilt on ESPN Sunday afternoon, Elder got the big win over the Cardinals. Colerain, playing it’s first game ever at Elder’s vaunted “Pit”, lost its second straight game to a GCL South school. Last week St. Xavier beat the Cards.

Cincinnati St. Xavier 19, Indianapolis Cathedral (Ind.) 10:
The Bombers are back. A week after beating Colerain, St. X dispatched Indiana’s No. 1 big school squad.

Youngstown Mooney 21, Columbus DeSales 14:
In a match-up of D-III powerhouses Mooney snapped DeSales’ 21-game regular season win streak with an impressive victory at Youngstown State’s Stambaugh Stadium. The Cardinals rushed for 330 yards.

Cleveland St. Ignatius 27, Clayton Northmont 20:
The T-Bolts built a 20-0 first half lead only to watch the Wildcats storm back with 27 unanswered points.

Pittsburgh Central Catholic 44, Youngstown Ursuline 22:
The Irish got run over by sophomore sensation Damian Jones-Moore who had 209 yards and four TDs  in the win. It was Ursuline’s first loss since 2007.


Select Company: Baberton won the 500th game in program history with a 34-7 win over Canton Timken at Fawcett Stadium. Only 22 schools in state history can claim 500 wins. Surprisingly, just last week McDonald became No. 21.

Current Streak:
Clarksville Clinton-Massie claimed its fifth straight win in the annual “Battle for the Paddle” game with rival Waynesville. The Falcons, who won 13-9, now lead the overall series with a record of  23-21-2. The teams first met in 1964.

Perfect Timing:
Ashland Crestview beat Loudonville 17-14 in OT thanks in part to the leg of foreign exchange student Nuno Almedia. A native of Puerto Rico, Almedia, who also plays soccer for the Cougars, hit a 32-yard field goal in OT for the win.

Just Barely:
Bucyrus Wynford won its 30th straight regular season game, but it was close. The Royals rallied from a 12-7 fourth quarter deficit with two TDs in the final 6:40 to win 19-12. Senior QB Tyler Brause (Kentucky recruit) accounted for all 19 of Wynford’s points.

Century Club:
Columbus Beechcroft’s Darius McCants returned a fumble 100 yards for a TD in a 28-20 loss to Upper Arlington. Only seven players in state history have done that.

Columbus St. Charles held Eastmoor Academy to 24 yards rushing (on 23 attempts) in a 26-7 win…Olentangy Liberty held Thomas Worthington to minus-4 yards rushing in a 34-13 win…Dayton Thurgood Marshall recovered five fumbles and got a safety in a 20-7 win over Dayton Chaminade Julienne.

Dayton Jefferson and Dayton Ponitz Tech combined to tally 1,041 total yards in the Broncos 52-47 win over the Panthers. Jefferson’s Robert Martin had 205 yards rushing, while receiver Cody Ladimer had four TD catches. Broncos QB Steve Smith three for four TDs, ran for another and also ran for two two-point conversions. Ponitz QB Craig Wallace threw for 243 yards and three TDs in the loss. Jefferson trailed 40-22 at halftime…Keystone outlasted Doylestown Chippewa 62-56 in a game where the team s combined for 928 yards of offense and five TDs of over 50 yards….Granville had 613 yards of offense in a 45-21 win over Utica. The Blue Aces had five TDs of 50 yards or longer, including four in the second half when they rallied from a 14-10 deficit…Devin Clodfelter rushed for 162 yards and Eric Pugh ran for 94 yards and four TDs as Columbus Independence rushed for 363 yards in a win over Columbus Whetstone (1-1)…Bethel-Tate rushed for 489 yards in a 39-6 win over Batavia…Kansas Lakota rushed for 392 yards in a 58-14 win over Elmwood…Sherwood Fairview threw for 446 yards in a 44-27 win over Elmwood…Centerville had 611 yards of offense, including 431 on the ground, in a 34-14 win over Mason…London had 358 yards rushing on just 37 carries (9.8 yards per) in a 41-16 win over Hamilton Township…. Heath rushed for 483 yards in a 50-20 win over Johnstown-Monroe. Junior Nelson Scott and senior Charles Gresham did most of the damage. Scott carried 110 times for 215 yards and three TDs, while Gresham carried it nine times for 179 yards and two TDs…Kettering Fairmont had 493 yards, including 368 on the ground, in a 53-6 win over Miamisburg.

Toledo Christian 62, Holgate 49. Toledo Christian racked up 636 yards of total offense. TC’s Graham Miller carried 22 times for 288 yards and five TDs, while QB Nick Rightnowar completed 13-of-19 passes for 310 yards and four TDs. TC receiver David Westmeyer added four receptions for 156 yards and two TDs. Holgate rallied from a 42-14 halftime deficit to make it interesting.


Will be released and updated next Monday following Week 3 action.


This week’s statewide scoreboard.

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