Friday Night Highlights Week 4: Nine TDs, seven interceptions and a game-winning punt return for a TD…


Fairborn beat Beavercreek 13-10 in OT on Friday. (Photo by Nick Falzerano)

That’s what the JJHuddle Players of the Week did in Week 4. What else happened? One team recovered three straight onside kicks, another team went 75 yards in 45 seconds for a win and a RB set a school record with 376 yards on the ground.  There’s more too as we take our weekly look back at the state’s top performers, teams and newsmakers.

Before the season, I received several emails from Fairborn High School football fans telling me to watch out for the Skyhawks. Most of them came from Mark Swope and it turns out he was right.

Swope’s son, Mark Swope, Jr., made the biggest play in a game filled with many on Friday when he intercepted a pass in the end zone in overtime to secure the Skyhawks 13-10 win over unbeaten Beavercreek.

Rarely used as a defender, Swope entered the game to guard Creek’s 6-5 senior receiver Brad Sundstrom. On the Beavers first play in OT, Creek threw a pass to Sundstrom who slipped, enabling Swope to make the dramatic catch. Fairborn’s bench emptied.

The Skyhawks dropped a 21-14 decision to New Carlisle Tecumseh on the opening weekend, but that loss doesn’t look as bad now that the Arrows are rolling. Fairborn has won three straight.

Although they’ve never made the Division I playoffs, the Skyhawks have earned the right to talk about that possibility now. Fairborn is currently No. 11 in Region 4 computer points. How serious of a contender they are will be answered this week when they travel to Clayton Northmont. The T-Bolts beat the Skyhawks 48-7 last year.


JJHuddle Offensive Player of the Week
Heath Jackson, Ada:
The senior WR and Bowling Green recruit had one of the top receiving efforts in state history Friday in a 77-24 win over Toledo Christian. Jackson caught 12 passes for 324 yards and four TDs. The 324 yards is the most by a receiver in a game since 2002 and ranks fifth all-time in Ohio history. Jackson also added two interceptions on defense.

JJHuddle Defensive Player of the Week
Tyson Gulley, Akron Garfield:
Senior RB/DB accounted for five TDs in a 40-12 win over Akron Buchtel. Gulley returned one of his two interceptions 75 yards for a TD, threw a 20-yard TD pass, caught a 30-yard TD pass and rushed for two TDs.

JJHuddle Special Teams Player of the Week
Austin Craig, Rosecrans:
  Sophomore had three of the Bishops’ four interceptions and also returned a punt 53 yards for a touchdown in a 13-0 victory over visiting Portsmouth Notre Dame Saturday. Craig, who caught four passes for 57 yards, added a PAT as well.


Mitchell Faine, Ada: Senior QB completed 21-of-32 passes for 468 yards and six TDs in a 77-24 win over Toledo Christian. He also ran for a TD.

Ray Russ, Willoughby South:
Senior QB completed 17-of-25 passes for 298 yards and six TDs in a 41-40 win overt University School.

Reed Florence, Southeastern:
Senior QB completed 13-of-23 passes for 355 yards and three TDs and ran for 39 yards and three more TDs on 13 carries in a 49-7 win over Greeneview.

Vinnie Williamson, Westfall:
Senior QB had 418 yards of offense in a 50-36 win over Unioto. Williamson rushed for 228 yards and three TDs on 24 carries and threw for 190 yards and two more TDs.

Joe Webb, Mechanicsburg:
Senior RB had 274 yards and five TDs on 19 carries in a 35-6 victory over Northeastern.

Dalton Caudill, Eaton:
Senior RB set the school record with 376 yards and three TDs on 40 carries in a 31-6 win over Brookville.

Keith Wenning, Coldwater:
Senior QB was nearly perfect in a 42-19 win over Marion Local. Wenning completed 22-of-24 passes for 215 yards and three TDs. He also rushed for 84 yards on 14 carries

Drake Kopp, Sugarcreek Garaway:
QB completed 18-of-35 passes for 152 yards and two TDs and ran for 272 yards and three more TDs on 35 carries in a 41-33 win over Sandy Valley.

Kyle Seyfried, Wyoming:
QB completed 24-of-27 passes for 200 yards and two TDs and also ran for 72 yards and two TDs on 14 carries in a 28-21 win over Reading. Seyfried leads the Cincinnati Hills League in passing with 1,052 yards in just four games.

Brandon Shankwieler, Wheelersburg:
RB/DB/KOR accounted for four TDs in a 45-21 win over Cleveland VASJ. Shankwieler returned a kickoff 82 yards for a TD, ran for two TDs and returned an interception for a TD.

Kirk Maxwell, Zane Trace:
QB was 12-of-19 for 178 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 69 yards and two more TDs in a 45-14 win over Adena. He was also named the homecoming king.

Justin Buenger, Patrick Henry:
RB had 215 yards and three TDs on 14 carries and added two more TDs and 85 yards on three receptions in a 41-24 win over Liberty Center.

Cody Welker, Sandy Valley: QB completed 17-of-31 passes for 254 yards an four TDs and also rushed for a TD and 73 yards in a 41-33 loss to Sugarcreek Garaway.


Mark Myers, St. Ignatius: Senior QB completed 12-of-18 passes for 273 yards and five TDs in a 47-7 win over Mentor.

Brett Pasche, Liberty-Benton:
QB ran for 172 yards and three TDs and threw for 171 yards and another TD in a 37-19 win over McComb.

Brandon Mackey, West Holmes:
Senior RB had 262 yards on 24 carries in a 28-22 loss to Mansfield Madison.

Trey Bonny, Lebanon:
Senior RB had 324 total yards in a 40-29 win over Kettering Fairmont. Bonny carried the ball 21 times for 222 yards and three TDs, caught two passes for 39 yard and returned a kickoff 73 yards.

Levi Watts, Crooksville:
RB had 271 yards and four TDs on 32 carries in a 35-6 win over Morgan.

Doc Kilby, Bloom-Carroll:
Junior RB had 185 yards and four TDs on 23 carries in a 33-7 win over Hamilton Township.

Jason Hoar, Utica:
Junior QB threw for 182 yards and three TDs and ran for 147 yards and 2 TDs in a 55-13 win over East Knox.

Alex Utley, CVCA:
Junior RB/LB rushed for 144 yards and four TDs on 21 carries and had 12 tackles in a 35-14 win over Tuscarawas Valley.

Kyle Burkhardt, Toledo Central Catholic:
Kicker drilled field goals of 52 and 45 yards in a 33-0 win over Start.

Alex Winters, Massillon Washington:
Sophomore RB had 217 yards and three TDs  on 18 carries in a 42-21 win over Firestone.

Matt Marquette, Perrysburg:
WR caught four TD passes in a 47-0 win over Rossford. In all, Marquette caught five passes for 106 yards.


Amanda-Clearcreek 37, Logan Elm 6: The Aces improved to 4-0 with the win in a battle of unbeatens. A-C led 21-0 at halftime and scored 16 fourth quarter points to cap it. Senior RB Garren Dilly led the attack with 179 yards and a TD on 24 carries. The loss snapped Logan Elm’s 13-game regular season win streak.

Lancaster 17, Pickerington Central 14:
The Golden Gales snapped Central’s 28-game regular season winning streak with the impressive win in this rivalry game. The Tigers last lost in the regular season was also to Lancaster way back on Sept. 29, 2006. Senior Nathan Carpenter’s field goal with 7:04 left was the difference. The Gales did not attempt a pass the entire night.

Zanesville 14, Chillicothe 7:
A 46-yard FG by Ohio State-bound Drew Basil and two safeties had Chillicothe leading 7-6 late, but the Blue Devils went 75 yards in 45 seconds and scored the win on Richard Simpson’s 35-yard run.

Anderson 28, Columbus DeSales 25:
The Redskins pulled out the road win after running out to a 28-10 halftime lead. That’s the good news. The bad news is Ohio State recruit and offensive lineman Andrew Norwell appears lost for the season with an ankle injury sustained in the first quarter.

Winton Woods 19, Watterson 13 (OT):
The Warriors won on the road by rallying from a 13-6 halftime deficit. Winton Woods outgained the Eagles 378-211 in total yards. The Warriors rushed for 366 yards.


Three In A Row: North Lewisburg Triad kicked and recovered three straight onside kicks in the second quarter of its game with West Liberty-Salem on Friday. It wasn’t enough as the Cards fell 63-20.

How Do You Want It:
Ashland scored TDs five different ways in the first half of a 42-0 win over Wooster. Junior QB Marcus Fuller threw for a TD and ran for another, while the Arrows also added TDs on a punt return, fumble return and blocked punt.

Winning Streak:
Westfall won its 27th straight Scioto Valley Conference game with a 50-36 win over Unioto. The streak is a SVC record.

Quite A Comeback:
Greenwich South Central trailed Ashland Mapleton 19-0 late in the first half before scoring 50 unanswered points in a 50-19 win. The Trojans scored with 0.9 seconds left in the second quarter to trim the deficit to 19-8 and then rolled in the third and fourth quarters.

St. Xavier’s 43 first half points in a 43-13 win over Louisville Trinity are the most points Trinity has allowed – ever – in a first half of football.

Turpin held Cincinnati Northwest scoreless in a 23-0 win. Northwest came into the game averaging 40 points per game…Dublin Coffman has allowed 13 points in four games, including none in a 37-0 shutout of Reynoldsburg on Friday…Newark Catholic has pitched three straight shutouts since allowing 14 points in a Week 1 loss to Amanda-Clearcreek…Genoa Area held Woodmore to minus-4 yards rushing in a 55-0 win.

Logan slapped 524 total yards on Gallipolis Gallia Academy in a 56-7 win…West Liberty-Salem rushed for 393 yards in a 63-20 win over Triad. Zach Woodruff led the way with four TDs and 92 yards on nine carries…Springfield rushed for 410 yards and had 30 first downs in a 47-26 win over Piqua. The 47 points is also the most in Springfield’s brief 14-game existence (was previously Springfield South and North high schools)…Ravenna rushed for 446 yards in a 41-0 win over Norton…North College Hill had 502 total yards in a 59-6 win over Dayton Ponitz…Marion-Franklin and Columbus Independence combined for 610 yards rushing in a 55-22 win by M-F, which had 314 yards…Toledo Whitmer rushed for 410 yards in a 43-20 win over Toledo Rogers…Genoa Area racked up 521 total yards (including 427 on the ground) in a 55-0 win over Woodmore.

Score of the Week:
Delphos St. John’s 70, New Bremen 6: When it rains it pours. DSJ scored TDs on four of its first eight offensive plays and also returned an interception for a TD in the first quarter as the Jays built a 35-0 lead heading into the second stanza.


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