Central Ohio Huddle: Lancaster, Thomas Worthington log statement wins


Central Ohio Huddle

Cincinnati battles with Cleveland usually steal H.S. football headlines across the state, but Central Ohio had two premier
games in Week 4. Unfortunately, DeSales and Watterson posted a goose egg as both dropped games to southern opponents. Regardless, there were plenty of winners in Central Ohio this past week. And here they are…

Cincinnati battles with Cleveland high school football teams usually take the headlines across the state, but central Ohio had two premier games against Cincinnati area teams in Week 4.

Unfortunately, central Ohio posted a goose egg.

DeSales scored 15 unanswered points in the second half, but a 28-10 halftime deficit to visiting Cincinnati Anderson was too much to overcome for the Stallions.

The Stallions drove 92 yards midway through the fourth quarter, capped by quarterback Nick Gentile scoring on a 16-yard bootleg scamper. Gentile then found Evan Killilea for the two-point conversion. DeSales got the pigskin back, but was setback by penalty.

Watterson dropped a 19-13 decision to Cincinnati Winton Woods in overtime as Jeremiah Goins scored on a two-yard run to hand the Eagles their first setback of the season.

The Eagles posted a 13-6 halftime lead on a 25-yard pass from Greg Hock to Marc Elberson and a 34-yard strike from Hock to Matt Schweitzer.


Dan Pennington, Licking Heights football: Pennington, with the help of the Licking Heights offensive line, has been a contender every week for player of the week. It’s hard to ignore six touchdowns.

What is even more sick is gaining 253 yards on just 18 carries.

The hard running of Pennington helped the Hornets open Mid-State League Cardinal Division play with a 70-6 win over host Fisher Catholic as Heights improved to 4-0 on the season.


Thomas Worthington, football: If there were any doubters about the start of Thomas Worthington, the Cardinals dashed those in a 17-9 upset of Upper Arlington. The Cards (3-1) built a 17-0 halftime lead on a three-yard touchdown connection from Sam Bohon to Jordan Cowgill, a one-yard run by Nate Easley and a 35-yard field goal from Jake Szabo.

Thomas Worthington sent UA to 1-3 by stopping a pair of Golden Bear drives in the closing minutes.


All green: Newark Catholic rolled to a 25-15, 25-14 and 26-24 three-game sweep over Granville in a match between unbeaten teams in the Mid-State League Ohio Division.

Erica Rath had 18 kills and six blocks, Abby Litts had six kills and four blocks and Katie Harrington chipped in six blocks for the Green Wave.

Madison County boys soccer:
Evan Burkholder contributed a hat trick, including two goals in the second half, to leas Jonathan Alder past Hilliard Bradley 4-3 in a non-league game. Madison-Plains improved to 5-1 in South Central Ohio League action with a 3-0 blanking of Washington Court House.

Bryan Takayama, Josh Thomas and Joel Doge had the offense for Plains.

Buckeye rolling:
Buckeye Valley rolled to its 10th boys golf victory in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference in a decision over River Valley. Adam Johnson paced the Barons with a 39, earning him medalist honors for the seventh time in those 10 matches.

Gale Force:
Pickerington Central had perhaps looked like the best team in central Ohio through non-league action.

Fairfield County rival Lancaster gave fans perhaps a doubt or two about that, upsetting the visiting Tigers 17-14.

Connor Smith helped to power 2-2 Lancaster with a pair of touchdown scampers and Matt Shinn gained 102 yards on the ground.

Pickerington Central, now 3-1, had a chance to send the game to overtime, but missed a 36-yard field goal as time expired.

Seconds matter:
North Union proved a lot can happen in 14 seconds. Travis Smith caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Evan Jamison, then recovered a Marion Pleasant fumble on the next possession and rumbled 15 yards to pay dirt, leading the host Wildcats past Pleasant 32-24 in a Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference game.

NU is now 4-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play, thanks in part to Clay Hastings gaining 62 yards on nine totes and Jamison completing 6 of 13 passes for 72 yards.

A saving kick:
Zach Miller drilled a 36-yard field goal in the closing seconds, helping Sparta Highland to a 25-23 win over Northmor. Justin Staton consumed 160 yards and two touchdowns in the victory as the Scots improved to 2-2.

Valley keeps streak:
If Heath was going to snap a 19-game losing streak to Licking Valley, this appeared to be the season as Heath was off to a perfect start and Valley had stumbled to a 1-2 start.

Ah, no.

Valley scored two touchdowns in 52 seconds during the third quarter to take the 21-19 Mid-State League Ohio Division win. Chase Redman capped the surge with a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Holding Court:
After a 1-9 season in 2008, Washington Court House is off to a 3-1 start after defeating Madison Plains 7-3 in its South Central Ohio League debut under first-year coach Corey Dye.

Ben Parks capped an 80-yard Blue Lion drive with a 30-yard touchdown score for Court House.


Canal Winchester volleyball at Logan Elm, Thursday at 7:30 p.m.:
The top two contenders for the Mid-State League Buckeye title square off. CW is the defending league champion.

Dublin Coffman (4-0) football at Groveport (4-0), Friday at 7:30 p.m.:
Perhaps the game of the week in central Ohio. The Coffman defense has only yielded 13 points in its first four games, but will be tested against Groveport’s explosive tailback Le’Veon Bell.

Pickerington Central (3-1) vs. Pickerington North (2-2) at Crew Stadium, Friday at 7:30 p.m.:
Central was upset by Lancaster 17-14 last week, so expect a fired up Tiger team to take on their crosstown rivals.

Olentangy Orange (3-1) football at Big Walnut (3-1), Friday at 7:30 p.m.:
This game will help decide the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division title.

Jonathan Alder (1-3) football at London (4-0), Friday at 7:30 p.m.:
London gets its toughest test of the season against an Alder team that sports an unlikely record with its tough schedule.

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