Groveport-Madison’s LeVeon Bell earns Player of the Week honors after another torrid performance. As for the week’s best team? Let’s head to Dublin for that. Which school? Click here to find out…
Central Ohio is showing off its volleyball strength in the first poll of the season released by the coaches association.
Four teams are ranked in Div. I, including undefeated Dublin Coffman in third, Pickerington North at eight, Olentangy Liberty in 18th and 6-2 Hilliard Davidson in 20th. Bishop Hartley landed the No. 1 ranking in Div. II, followed in the area by Big Walnut in fourth, Logan Elm at 10th and Buckeye Valley in 13th.
There is a solid pack of area trams in Div. III with West Jefferson, sixth, Bishop Ready, seventh, Fredericktown, eighth and Heath, ninth. Bloom-Carroll is 14th and Newark Catholic at 18th.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Le’Veon Bell, Groveport football: Bell has started community transportation in Groveport – dragging the opposition defenders while chalking up big yards. The trend continued in 35-10 Cruiser win over Dublin Jerome as Bell carved up 338 yards and scored four touchdowns on runs of 98, 54, 2 and 65 yards for undefeated Groveport.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Dublin Coffman, football: The Rocks made one of the highlight games of Week 3 in central Ohio a sub note by posting 30 unanswered points on Brookhaven in the first half en route to a 33-0 win to stay undefeated.
Coffman, which has outscored its opponents 140-13, jumped on the Bearcats with Cole Stoudt throwing two 11-yard touchdown passes to Colton Caldwell and kicker Kyle Clinton connecting on four field goals, including two 45-yard kicks, before halftime.
The Rocks have established themselves as one of the top contenders in Div. I, Region III.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Halfback pass to another victory: Amanda-Clearcreek tailback Garren Dilley helped the Aces tame Newark Catholic and Zane Trace with his physical running. But against unbeaten Liberty Union, Dilley helped Amanda-Clearcreek to victory by floating a 13-yard halfback pass to C.J. Mets in a 16-10 Aces’ victory.
Dilley didn’t go away from the bread-and-butter too long, consuming 140 yards on 21 carries.
The A-C defense preserved the victory, in part thanks to two interceptions by Max Corcoran.
After winning just three games last season, the Aces are off to a 3-0 start this season and appear to be back to their traditional winning ways.
Streak over: Circleville ended a 10-game losing streak with a 41-34 upset win over Pickaway County rival Westfall. The Tigers, which committed eight turnovers in a 14-11 loss to Miami Trace and a 21-14 loss to Washington Court House, didn’t commit a turnover and actually benefited from an early takeaway as Eric Burris returned a fumble to put the Tigers ahead in the first period.
Nate Otero scored two touchdowns on the ground and K.C. Hawkins threw for two more.
Knights in the spotlight: Before a packed house at Hilliard Brady, Bishop Ready used a 82-yard touchdown scamper by Demetrius Clark and a defensive stand to hand West Jefferson a 24-21 loss.
Clark used 26 carries to post a career-high 245 yards and scored three touchdowns for the unbeaten Silver Knights.
Backup comes through: Nick Gentile was put in the spotlight for DeSales when starting quarterback Mitch Herbert was injured in the first quarter against New Albany. Gentile made the most out of the spotlight scored on a 48-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to help the Stallions to a 13-6 non-league victory.
Defensive end Chris Rock sealed the win by deflecting and intercepting a pass in the closing two minutes for 2-1 DeSales.
Golden toe: St. Charles’ Jay Schroeder booted a 29-yard field goal with 1:11 left to help the Cardinals past host Beechcroft 15-13. Schroeder, who converted field goals of 27 and 30 yards in the first quarter, redeemed himself after missing a 35-yard attempt with about three minutes remaining.
Elgin rolls over Valley: Marion Elgin, 7-1 overall, is off to a 3-0 start in MOAC volleyball play, coming off a 25-21, 25-23 and 25-19 win over River Valley. Leading the way in the kills department for a Elgin was Kelsi Lauer with 12 and Haleigh Blevins and Elany Covell with 10 apiece.
Ace fest: Logan Elm senior Paige Penrod, a Div. I volleyball prospect, was dealing on her power serves on Saturday, collecting 11 aces in the 20 serves. The Lady Braves, a Div. II regional runner-up last season, are off to a 6-0 start and have not lost a set all season. Aces also apply in golf as Sona Khan of Westerville Central scored a hole-in-one against Worthington Kilbourne. Canal Winchester’s Lauren Arndt aced a hole at Westchester golf course in a match against Licking Valley.
Record setter: Lancaster’s Sam Vail set the school’s career assist record in a 2-0 Gale shutout of Unioto. Vail had an assist on a goal by Patrick Sabol to give Vail 29 assists for his career.
Pickerington North sweeps opposition: The Lady Panthers landed two wins over the weekend, defeating Logan 25-3 and 25-10 and dispatched Marion-Franklin 25-6 and 25-12 to improve to 7-0 on the season. Madison Spence dished out 22 assists against Logan. Alaina Martini distributed 19 assists against Marion-Franklin and Molly Doyle collected 10 kills.
Granville edges county rival: The Granville girls cross country team claimed the top spot in Div. II at the Watkins Memorial McGowan Invitational, edging Johnstown 48-66.
The Lady Blue Aces were paced by Anna Lamb taking first with 19:58 and Megan Gaysunas in 20:05, good enough for third.
Granville at Columbus Academy football, Thursday at 7:30 p.m.: The Blue Aces went to 3-0 with a 48-7 win over Grandview Heights last week, while Academy clobbered Centerburg 61-15 to go to 2-1.
This Mid-State League Ohio Division game will be an important tilt in a wide open league, and also gives central Ohio fans a chance to see a rare game on Thursday night.
Logan Elm at Amanda-Clearcreek football, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: The Braves bring in a 13-game regular-season winning streak and defeated Zane Trace 35-21 last week. Following a 3-7 season last year, Amanda-Clearcreek is off to a perfect start and defeated Liberty Union 16-10 last week.
Logan Elm will have to try to contain an aggressive Amanda-Clearcreek offensive line that helps to fuel the running of Dilley, who has gained 192, 162 and 140 yards in three games this season.
Hilliard Davidson at Delaware Hayes football, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: Davidson had to take a bye week due to losing its Week 2 opponent to the Southwestern levy failure. Delaware is coming off a 31-0 loss to Olentangy Liberty.
It’ll be interesting to see how Davidson handles a rare bye week in high school football. Delaware, a playoff team last season, will get to see where they stack up against one of the better programs in the area before heading to Ohio Capital Conference divisional play.
Eastmoor Academy at Columbus West, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: Academy is coming off a 54-0 blanking of Harvest Prep to improve to 2-1, while West blasted Fairport Academy 42-6 to go to 2-1.
After losing 19-18 in Week 1 to Hilliard Bradley, West gets an opportunity to see where it stacks up against last year’s Div. III state runner-up.
Dublin Coffman, Bishop Hartley volleyball at Pickerington North, Saturday at 9 a.m.: Two off the top teams in Div. I central Ohio volleyball go against defending regional champion Hartley in Division II.