The ball is moving down hill, even though muddy fields around central
Ohio are slowing its progress. The home stretch of high school football
season is here as only four weeks remain of the regular-season. Other sports in the meantime are warming up for the postseason.
The ball is moving down hill, even though muddy fields around central Ohio are slowing its progress. The home stretch of high school football season is here as only four weeks remain of the regular-season. Central Ohio has traditional powers still undefeated – Dublin Coffman at 6-0 and Hilliard Davidson at 5-0, both waiting for its matchup in 10 days. Other traditional powers have returned from a short sleep, such as undefeated Amanda-Clearcreek. There are teams with the undefeated Cinderella slipper on, such as Fredericktown and North Union. Then there are schools like Upper Arlington and Jonathan Alder at 3-3 and Canal Winchester at 4-2 looking for big wins to land enough points to get into the big November dance.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dustin Love, Liberty Union, football: Ran for two touchdowns and threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to quarterback Andy McCord on a fourth-and-2 in the third quarter as the Lions handed Licking Heights its first loss of the season in a 24-7 Mid-State League Cardinal Division contest. Love had 60 yards rushing, scoring on touchdown carries of 13 and eight yards.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Amanda-Clearcreek football: The ’Creek has risen. And, as matter of fact, is overflowing. After going 3-7 last season, the Aces improved to 6-0 on the year and took control of the Mid-State League Buckeye Division by defeating host Canal Winchester 7-0. After a band competition, soccer game and several rounds of rain reduced Canal’s field to mud, the Aces felt right at home with their physical running game with bulldozer Garren Dilley gaining 121 yards and scoring on a 10-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter.
Amanda-Clearcreek has allowed just 16 points on defense all season and pitched its fourth shutout of the year, kept in tact when Max Corcoran knocked away a pass from Justin Whitlatch to Cody Ferguson on fourth-and-9 from the A-C 14 late in the game.
The Aces have a 4.5 point lead in Division IV, Region 15 and appear to be a lock for the top seed in the region. Canal Winchester dropped to 4-2 and 2-1 in the league with the loss.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Quick thinking: DeSales quarterback Nick Gentile decided against handing off the ball on a third-and-one and took care of business, running 56 yards to pay dirt with just under three minutes left to send the Stallions past host St. Charles 10-0 in a Central Catholic League game.
Kyle Nugent hit a 28-yard field goal in the first quarter to give Gentile and the Stallions a foundation to build on.
’Cats on the prowl: Jake Trubiano ran for 153 yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns and Rico Butler gained 124 yards on 13 totes with two scores as Hilliard Davidson improved to 5-0 with a 45-14 over Lancaster, which had made news with wins over Pickerington Central and Gahanna over the previous two weeks.
Eagles fly: Bishop Watterson is gaining steam heading into crunch time after building a 17-0 halftime lead and holding off the Greater Catholic League’s Cincinnati LaSalle 27-21 at home.
Matt Redfield scored on a two-yard run and Greg Hock threw a 63-yard touchdown strike to Connor Geraghty to help Watterson to the lead. After LaSalle trimmed the lead to 17-14, Watterson hit a field goal and scored on a touchdown run by Redfield.
South rebounds: Dublin Jerome took a 7-0 lead on a 53-yard touchdown scamper by Steve Mehrer in the first quarter.
Then, the Wildcats pounced.
Westerville South followed with 34 unanswered points, led by Jonathon Jennings throwing for three touchdowns and 276 yards and Jayshan Jackson scoring a touchdown and consuming 128 yards on the ground. The win improved South to 4-2 and 3-0 in the Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal Division.
Barons snap string: Buckeye Valley handed Cardington its first loss of the season in a 31-13 Mid-Ohio Athletic Contest contest. After Cardington went ahead early, Buckeye Valley (5-1, 5-0) struck hard with Erik Wall connecting with Nic Roberts on a 43-yard touchdown pass, followed in the second quarter by a 40-yard field goal by Alex Marstiller, a 24-yard pass from Joel Myers to Guy Reeb and a two-point touchdown run by Wall.
Cody Hughes scored a third quarter touchdown for the Barons, and rolled up 167 yards rushing on 24 carries.
Stiff defense: FedEx might want to think twice before trying to run packages by ground against the North Union defense.
The Wildcats held Mount Gilead to zero rushing yards as they improved to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in MOAC play with a 56-0 pasting. NU, meanwhile, gained 305 yards on the ground.
Individual honors: A pair of north central Ohio runners clogged through the mud to claim individual titles in cross country over the weekend, including Marion Elgin’s Kayla Mohr in 20:24 at the North Union Invitational. River Valley’s Kierstin Lathrop won the girls race at Lexington with a time of 20:37.
Northmor, Fredericktown win at Centerburg: Northmor won the Centerburg Invitational with 38 points, paced by three finishers in the top 10: Danielle Blum in fourth at 20:46.1, Ashley Peters in sixth at 21:20.79 and Gabby Ditullio taking 10th in 21:53.72.
Fredericktown took the boys race with 69, paced by Issac Potes finishing second in 17:02.90, Delaney McGuire taking seventh in 17:39.38 and Sean Kennedy claiming ninth in 17:41.07.
Lady Vikings edge rival: Teays Valley beat Circleville 38-30 at the Mid-State League Buckeye Division girls tennis tournament to edge the Lady Tigers in the overall standings and take the league championship. Teays Valley won three of five events, including Adrien Leatherwood winning first singles, Jamie Weber taking second singles and the TV first doubles team of Brittany Sisson and Emily Studebaker going 2-0 in the tournament.
Bishop Watterson (5-1) at St. Francis DeSales (4-2) football, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: One of the best rivalries in central Ohio has DeSales coming home after a 10-0 blanking of St. Charles and Watterson coming off a 27-21 win over Cincinnati LaSalle. Watterson is just a six-point overtime loss away from being unbeaten and DeSales has lost its two games by a combined 10 points.
Pickerington Central (5-1, 2-1) at Groveport (5-1, 2-0) football, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: Two of the front runners for the Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division square off. Groveport shelled Newark 76-7 last week and Central beat Gahanna 42-0.
Big Walnut (5-1) at Delaware (4-2) football, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: A Delaware County rivalry game has Big Walnut coming off a 34-6 win over Hilliard Bradley and Delaware coming home after shutting out Watkins Memorial 21-0. An important game for Delaware if it wants to return to the postseason.
St. Charles (4-2) at Zanesville (5-1) football, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: After falling 10-0 to DeSales, the Cardinals can earn some big playoff points with a win over a Zanesville team that fell 26-0 to Logan last week.
Westfall (4-2, 3-0) at Zane Trace (4-2, 3-0) football, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: Westfall, coming off a 34-19 win over Chillicothe Southeastern, brings in a 29-game Scioto Valley Conference win streak to the place it lost its last conference game in 2005. Zane Trace beat Chillicothe Huntington 28-0 last week.