Friday Night Highlights Week 3: Four fourth quarter TDs and an interception, punt and kickoff return for a TD…


Glenville’s Christian Bryant led the Tarblooders to a win at Wayne. (Photo by Gary Housteau).

That’s what the JJHuddle Players of the Week did in Week 3. What else happened? A QB completed 15-of-15 passes, a kicker booted four field goals – three over 40 yards – and two coaches claimed their 200th wins. There’s more too as we take our weekly look back at the state’s top performers, teams and newsmakers.

Whenever we run into each other, Michael Cooper, a sports writer for the Springfield News Sun, always tells me about his little brother Tyler Cooper, a junior football player at South Charleston Southeastern. Now others are talking about Tyler and the rest of the Trojans as well. And for good reason.

Southeastern is one of the state’s best early season success stories.

A small school in Clark County back-dropped with a rural brush, Southeastern has a pretty solid football tradition. Lately though there haven’t been any chapters to add.

Since going a combined 20-4 and earning back-to-back playoff bids in 2001-02, the Trojans are 11-49 and haven’t won more than three games in a year. This year’s senior class experienced an 0-10 campaign as freshmen.

Through three games this year, though, Southeastern is undefeated and rolling. The Trojans have already scored 115 points, a mark they didn’t reach until Week 8 last year.

Counting the way it closed last season (with a 2-1 record and 105 points), Southeastern is 5-1 and averaging 37 points per game. During that winless season in 2006, the Trojans scored 39 points – total.

Four-year starting QB Reed Florence has flourished this season, having set school records for passing yards (458) and TDs (seven) in a game in a  56-34 Week 2 win over Fairbanks. Cooper, the team’s top-returning receiver and last year’s leading tackler, had five catches for 122 yards and two TDs, while Austin Mercer had 219 yards and three TDs on seven catches against Fairbanks.

In that same game kicker Spencer Saunders kicked a school-record eight PATs.

Through three games Florence has thrown 13 TDs, including the game-winner to Cooper in the latest triumph, a 31-24 win over Madison Plains this past Friday. Mercer leads the team with five TD recpeptions to date.

Defensively Southeastern forced MP into seven turnovers, including six interceptions.

The tide might be turning for good as well for second year head coach Greg Bonifay.

The Trojans have four first-year starters on their offensive line that averages 6-foot-3 and 266 pounds.


JJHuddle Offensive Player of the Week
Corry Sprouse, LaGrange Keystone:
Senior RB helped his team rally from a 26-13 fourth quarter deficit with four TDs in the final 11 minutes – one of which came after a fumble he forced – as Keystone beat Oberlin Firelands 40-26. Sprouse scored six TDs on the night and rushed for 294 yards on 32 carries.

JJHuddle Defensive Player of the Week
Christian Bryant, Glenville:
Senior QB/DB rushed for a TD, threw for a TD, kicked a field goal, kicked six PATs and returned an interception 82-yards for a TD in the Tarblooders 57-28 win at Huber Heights Wayne. He also averaged 41.5 yards per punt.

JJHuddle Special Teams Player of the Week
Will McEwan, New Philadelphia:
Senior RB had 347 all-purpose yards and five TDs, including one on a kickoff return (83) and one on a punt return (75) in a 58-7 win over Marietta. He also scored two TDs on the ground and caught a TD pass. For the season New Philadelphia has scored six special teams TDs.


E.J. Tucker, Toledo Rogers: Senior QB accounted for 311 yards of offense (165 passing, 146 rushing) and five TDs (four rushing, one throwing) in a 57-22 win over Sylvania Northview.

Patrick Angle, Logan:
Senior QB only played a quarter and a half but went off on host Hamilton Township before his exit with 6:45 left in the second quarter. Angle was a perfect 15-of-15 for 252 yards and four TDs. He also rushed for another score.

Marcus Fuller, Ashland:
Junior QB set a school record for passing yards in a game (406) and tied a record for TD passes (five) in a 45-7 rout of Tallmadge. Fuller completed 16-of-29 passes.

Connor Wendt, Genoa Area:
WR/DB had a huge all-around game in a 62-7 romp over Port Clinton. Wendt returned a punt 44 yards for a TD, caught two passes for 171 yards and 2 TDs, carried the ball twice for 39 yards and a TD and added an interception on defense.

Kyle Clinton, Dublin Coffman:
Senior K booted four field goals (46, 40, 45, and 20 yards) and added three extra-points in a 33-0 win over Brookhaven.

Brandon Schankweiler, Wheelersburg:
RB rushed for 200 yards and four TDs on just 12 attempts and returned three kicks for 110 yards and another TD in a 68-14 win over Portsmouth.

Dalton Smith, Barnsville:
DB snared three interceptions in a 20-16 loss to Caldwell.

Tyler Dyla, Glouster Trimble:
Junior RB carried the ball 17 times for 233 yards and two TDs and caught two passes for 82 yards and two TDs in a 52-25 win over Belpre.

Trevon Pendleton, Portsmouth West:
Senior RB ran for 313 yards and three TDs on 20 carries in a 34-14 win over South Point. He also recorded 11 tackles and had a fumble recovery.

Le’Veon Bell, Groveport-Madison:
Senior RB rushed for 338 yards on 36 carries and scored four TDs (54, 2, 65, 98) in a 35-20 win over Dublin Jerome.


Cody Welker, Sandy Valley: Senior QB completed 15-of-28 passes for 286 yards and five TDs in a 34-22 win over Rittman. He also carried the ball 12 times for 91 yards.

Brock Mosier, Sherwood Fairview:
QB threw for 408 yards and a TD (completed 29-of-40 passes) and rushed for 80 yards and two TDS on 14 carries in a 47-37 win over Archbold.

Quinten Rollins, Wilmington:
Senior RB rushed for 178 yards and two TDs and added 112 yards receiving and two more TDs in a 42-20 win over Chillicothe.

Maurice Johnson, Malvern:
Senior RB had 274 yards and four TDs in a 35-28 win over East Canton. He also had a sack on defense.

Chad Phillips, Northeastern:
Senior RB rushed for 249 yards and three TDs on 15 carries in a 39-34 loss to London.

Ben Parks, Washington Court House:
Junior RB carried the ball 16 times for 239 yards and 3 TDs in a 40-14 win over Frankfort Adena. He also added another TD on a 55-yard reception.

Demetrius Clark, Ready:
Junior RB carried the ball 26 times for a career-high 245 yards and three TDs in a 24-21 win over West Jefferson. Clark also had an interception.

Eric Pew, Columbus Independence:
Despite the fact his team lost 48-35 to Lancaster, Pew came up big with four fourth quarter TDs (three rushing and one fumble return).

Eric Stewart, Columbus West:
Senior QB completed 13-of-18 passes for 300 yards and three TDs (69, 20, 46) in a 42-6 win over Fairport Harbor Harding.

Levi Stump, Mt. Vernon:
Sophomore RB carried the ball six times for 197 yards (33 yards per touch) and three TDs in a 41-14 win over Mansfield Madison. He only played the first half after injuring his ankle in the second quarter.

Loren Hulit, Ashland Crestview:
Senior RB had five TDs and 161 yards on 15 carries in a 49-7 win over Lucas.

Thomas Hinkle, Fredericktown:
Senior QB completed 15-of-24  passes for 360 yards and 3 TDs in a 41-13 Colonel Crawford.

Jayshon Jackson, Westerville South:
Junior RB had 268 all-purpose yards, including 196 on the ground (and two TDs) in the Wildcats 17-7 win over Clayton Northmont.

Spencer Lewis, Waynedale:
QB completed 17-of-30 passes for 311 yards and four TDs in a 50-34 loss to Wooster Triway.

Mitchell Faine, Ada:
Senior QB completed 24-of-29 passes for 410 yards and two TDs (also ran for another) in a 56-28 win over Columbus Grove.

Logan Norden, Carey:
Senior RB had 224 yards and two TDs on 25 carries in a 31-0 win over Willard.

Jeremy Carter, Wellsville:
RB carried the ball 15 times for 183 yards and four TDs in a 44-7 win over Lisbon.

Jordan Jacobs, Carlisle:
Senior returned took two kicks to the house (95 and 80 yards) in a 54-17 win over Dayton Oakwood.

Dan Spindler, Streetsboro:
Senior RB rushed for 220 yards and four TDs on 27 carries in a 35-14 win over Crestwood.

Bryce Wilder, Canton McKinley:
Senior RB rushed for 297 yards and a TD in a 24-7 win over Lake.

Mitch Raterman, Fort Loramie:
Senior RB carried the ball 33 times for 225 yards and three TDs in a 30-27 win over Toledo Christian.

Reid Rothenbuhler, Bloomdale Elmwood:
QB completed 26-of-40 passes for 316 yards and two TDs in a 14-6 win over North Baltimore.


Moeller 21, Centerville 19: Moeller rallied from a 10-7 halftime deficit to outlast the host Elks. Centerville missed a 50-yard field goal on the last play of the game, which was an un-timed down following a Moeller personal foul.

North Canton Hoover 41, Lexington 20:
The Vikings rallied from a 20-7 halftime deficit to get the road win. Reigning Mr. Football winner Erick Howard led NCH by rushing for 277 yards and three TDs on 50 carries. He touched the ball on 32 of the Vikings 37 second half plays.

Louisville 12, Akron Hoban 3:
The host Leopards rallied with 12 fourth quarter points to outlast Hoban.

Solon 21, Mentor 17:
The Comets snapped a five-game losing streak to Mentor thanks in part to junior RB Kyle Hammonds who had 97 yards and two TDs, including the game-winner with 5:18 left, on 31 carries.

Mishawaka Penn (Ind.) 17, Toledo Central Catholic 7:
The Irish held their own against Indiana’s top-ranked 5A (big school) team. Prior to this game, Penn had allowed six points.


NOT YET: It’s been 20 years since Symmes Valley has beaten Chesapeake in their annual football rivalry. Following Friday’s game, Chesapeake’s streak lives on – barely. The Panthers won 39-33 in triple OT.

200 CLUB:
Two head coaches reached the 200-win plateau last Friday. Springfield Catholic Central head coach Steve DeWitt got his 200th win with a 20-0 victory over Springfield Northwestern. DeWitt is in his 32nd season as the Irish head coach. Liberty Center head coach Rex Lingruen also notched his 200th win with a 21-20 victory over Evergreen. Lingruen is in his 25th season at LC.

Anna’s Derek Billing returned an interception 100 yards for a TD in the Rockets 56-28 win over Fort Recovery.

Twin Valley South’s Skylar Recker scored three TDs in a 32-19 win over Arcanum, including a 96-yard TD run.

West Carrollton is 3-0 for the first time since 1989 thanks to their first win in their backyard rivalry with Miamisburg since 1998. The Pirates beat the Vikings 21-19.

Elder head coach Doug Ramsey won his 112th game with the Panthers, making his the program’s all-time winningest coach (surpassing Walter “Babe” Bartlett). Elder rallied from a 7-0 deficit to beat Louisville (Ky.) Trinity 26-7.

Undefeated Maumee has scored 164 points through the first three weeks. The Panthers are averaging 55 points per game.

Marion Elgin held River Valley to minus-45 yards rushing in a 49-20 win…Genoa Area registered 14 tackles-for-loss in a 62-7 win over Port Clinton…Graham forced five turnovers in a 48-7 win over Kenton Ridge…Louisville has allowed just 16 points in three games, which have all come against playoff teams from a year ago…West Liberty-Salem recovered two fumbles in the end zone in a 59-0 win over Riverside, which had 36 total yards and three yards rushing for the game…East Clinton held Greeneview to 61 total yards, including nine passing, in a 21-3 win…Canton GlenOak held Green to 60 total yards in a 23-0 win…Anthony Wayne held Ostego to 59 yard in 64-7 win…Columbiana held Struthers to 72 total yards in a 37-0 win.

Northeastern and London combined for 719 rushing yards in the Red Riders 39-34 victory. The winners rushed for 320 yards, while Northeastern churned out 399 in the loss. All told the teams had 830 yards of offense…Wilmington racked up 485 yards (292 rushing, 193 passing) of offense in a 42-20 win over Chillicothe…Washington Court House had 510 total yards in a 40-14 win over Frankfort Adena…Blue Devils pounded out 440 yards on the ground in a 42-18 win over Preble Shawnee…Hopewell-Loudon had 551 total yards in a 41-22 win over Northwood…Pemberville Eastwood averaged 11 yards per rush (35 carries for 396 yards) in a 41-14 win over Oak Harbor.

Score of the Week:
Dayton Dunbar 21, Columbus Whetstone 20. Cincinnati Bengals fans might not want to read this. Whetstone took the lead with 11 seconds to go, but Dunbar’s Jeremy Glenn connected with Roger Williamson for an 80-yard TD strike on the games’ last play to tie it. The ensuing PAT gave Dunbar the win.


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