Friday Night Highlights Week 7: Four school and one county record falls…


Steubenville’s Anthony Pierro had a big game in Big Red’s 13-3 wi over Massillon. (Photo by Gary Housteau)

To the JJHuddle Players of the Week in Week 7. What else happened? One player scored 38 points, another rushed for 411 yards and two teammates each went over 200 yards rushing in the same game. There’s more too as we take our weekly look back at the state’s top performers, teams and newsmakers.

If you looked in the Steubenville football program, you wouldn’t find a #7 listed on the roster. If you watched the Big Red play Massillon on Friday, you wouldn’t have missed #7 on the field.

Steubenville junior Anthony Pierro is listed as #9 in the program but he wears #7. What gives? Here goes.

The #7 was “unofficially” retired by Big Red, since it was the number former standout quarterback (and current Cincinnati Bearcat) Zach Collaros wore while leading Steubenville to back-to-back state titles in 2005 and 2006. No Big Red player has worn it since – until now.

Pierro started out as #9 this season, but wanted to wear #7. He personally called Collaros and got the “OK” from the former Big Red star. Now he’s turning into one himself.

Against Massillon, Pierro caught a touchdown pass, thwarted Massillon’s last scoring chance with an interception in the end zone and filled in at quarterback for a couple plays while senior QB Dwight Macon regrouped from a wicked hit.

I can’t speak for Collaros, but Pierro’s play did nothing to harm the legacy of #7. In fact, his play – in that game – added to it.


JJHuddle Offensive Player of the Week
Erick Howard, North Canton Hoover:
Senior and reigning Mr. Football became Stark County’s all-time leading rusher with 222 yards and four TDs in a 31-20 win over Austintown-Fitch. Howard broke the record in the third quarter and finished the night with 5,248 yards. The old record of 5,177 was set by Canton McKinley’s Morgan Williams (2004-06). Howard also became Hoover’s career scoring leader in the game and was crowned Homecoming King at halftime.

JJHuddle Defensive Player of the Week
Zane Dierick, Magnolia Sandy Valley:
The senior DB came up big in a huge 18-6 upset win over Tuscarawas Central Catholic with a school record four interceptions. As a unit, SV’s defense had six turnovers (five interceptions and a fumble).

JJHuddle Special Teams Player of the Week
Dillon Stanfield, Cincinnati McNicholas:
Sophomore returned two punts for TDs in a 45-22 win over Purcell Marian. The first return covered 53 yards and the second went for 66. The two punt returns for TDs is a single-game school record. Stanfield has run back three in all this fall, which is another season record for McNick.


Charles Gresham, Heath: The Heath senior scored six touchdowns, four in the second half, and rushed for a school record 411 yards on 40 carries in a 47-27 win over Columbus Academy. The Bulldogs led 20-14 at the half before Gresham exploded for TD runs of 38, 65, 51 and 67 yards in the second half. He also ran in two 2-point conversions.

Jason Hoar, Utica:
Senior QB accounted for seven TDs and 318 yards of total offense in a 48-20 win over Johnstown-Monroe. Hoar threw for five TDs, ran for another and returned an interception 43 yards for another. The tally was a school record for points (38) in a game.

Marcus Johnston and Dom McCluskey, Coshocton:
The duo is a large reason the Redskins had 741 yards of total offense in a 61-33 win over Maysville. Johnston rushed for 282 yards and four TDs, while McCluskey rambled for 268 yards and three TDs.

Marco Ricchetti, Martins Ferry:
Senior DB returned two interceptions for TDs (including one that covered 102 yards) in a 27-0 win over Indian Creek.


Justin Buenger, Patrick Henry: RB had 206 yards and two TDs and also caught two passes for 70 yards and two TDs in a 28-21 win over Bryan.

Adam Cottrill, Chillicothe Southeastern:
RB/DB carried the ball 18 times for 96 yards and two TDs, caught a 27-yard TD pass, kicked a PAT, ran in a 2-point conversion and had 14 tackles in a 33-6 win over Chillicothe Huntington.

Cortez Nelson, North College Hill:
Senior S returned two interceptions for TDs in a 27-6 win over Clark Montessori.

Bobby Porter, Rocky River:
Senior WR/DB intercepted a school record seventh pass this season in a 28-16 win over Bay. Porter also returned a kickoff 90 yards for a TD and caught a 10-yard TD pass.

Chris Trinetti, Chagrin Falls:
Senior QB threw for three TDs, rushed for a TD and ran for three 2-point conversions in a 66-22 win over Painesville Harvey.

Ryan Gannon, Dublin Jerome:
QB completed 19-of-32 passes for 277 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-24 win over Olentangy.

Nick Rightnowar, Toledo Christian:
QB completed 18-of-26 passes for 235 yards and five TDs in a 35-20 win over Edon.


Cincinnati Moeller 35, Cincinnati Elder 13: The Crusaders are off to their best start since 1993 and look to be Cincy’s best big-school team. Moeller snapped a 16-game home win streak by the Panther’s thanks in part to senior RB Jeff Aubin who carried the ball 32 times for 215 yards and three TDs. Moeller held a 323-95 edge in rushing.

Coldwater 17, St. Henry 0: The Cavaliers beat the rival Redskins for the 13th straight time (dating back to 1996) with a dominating defensive effort. St. Henry tallied just 92 yards of offense on 46 snaps, including one-yard on the ground.

Toledo Central Catholic 10, Toledo St. Francis 0:
Before a crowd of 7,000, TCC extended its win streak to six games over rival St. Francis. TCC is gunning for its fifth straight Toledo City League title.

Albany Alexander 21, Nelsonville-York 0:
Alexander’s Cody Lawson was running Friday night with four decades of frustration on his back. His high school – Alexander High School in Albany – had NEVER beaten the Buckeyes from Nelsonville-York in football, but this year’s 21-0 win was arguably the biggest in school history, and Lawson had a lot to do with it. Lawson scored on three short touchdown runs and blocked a punt to lead the Spartans to the victory.

Columbus DeSales 17, Watterson 10:
The Stallions rallied from a 10-0 deficit to defeat Watterson for a record fourth-straight time. Prior to this win streak by DeSales, Watterson had claimed nine straight wins in the rivalry. DeSales also won its third straight Central Catholic League title with the victory.

Carey 14, Hopewell-Loudon 7:
Blue Devils picked a big win on the road by beating the Chieftains in a huge small-school clash.

Walsh Jesuit 17, Akron SVSM 14:
Jesuit scored 11 points in the final three minutes, including a field goal from Matt Bennett on the game’s final play, to pull off the improbable victory.

Lockland 34, CHCA 29:
Lockland beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy for the first time since 1998.


Record Win Streak Ends: Williamsport Westfall had won a Scioto Valley Conference record 29 straight conference games entering Friday, but Zane Trace quarterback Kirk Maxwell and the Pioneers put a stop to it all. Maxwell rushed 21 times for 130 yards while throwing for another 104 and Ben Jones rushed for three touchdowns as ZT beat Westfall 29-22. The Mustangs record-win streak started following a loss to the Pioneers (on the same field) in Week 4 of 2005.

An uncharacteristic 0-3 start definitely was a surprise in Plain City, but Jonathan Alder has rebounded with four straight victories, the latest coming on a 41-19 decision over previously-undefeated Fort Loramie.

Last Second:
After losing a lead in the fourth quarter, Logan Elm rallied back to take a 26-24 win over host Fairfield Union in a Mid-State League Buckeye game. Caleb Betz kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired to send the Braves to their sixth win of the season and bring the school closer to its second-straight playoff appearance.

Return Game:
Akron Manchester returned two interceptions for TDs and returned a kickoff for a TD in a 42-21 win over Tuscarawas Valley. The game featured eight TDs of over 20 yards.

Frankfort Adena ran the ball 54 times for 382 yards in a 47-23 win over Chillicothe Unioto…Lancaster did not attempt a pass in a 15-7 win over Reynoldsburg…Fairbanks rushed for 418 yards in a 54-7 win over Fostoria St. Wendelin….Springboro outrushed Miamisburg 238-11 in a 47-0 win…Trotwood-Madison and Sidney combined to rush for 515 yards in the Rams 39-15 win…Liberty Center outrushed Ostego 371-9 in a 48-0 win…Northwood had 13 different players log at least one carry in a 49-8 win over Danbury…Wauseon rushed for 401 yards in a 35-0 win over Montpellier.

Pickerington Central did not allow a TD for the third week in a row and held 1,000-yard rusher LeVeon Bell of Groveport-Madison to 28 yards on 12 carries…Licking Heights forced four turnovers and held Grandview Heights to 45 total yards through three quarters in a 39-14 win…Louisville held Carrollton to 50 yards on 44 plays (including minus-six yards rushing) in a 52-0 win…Cincinnati Northwest forced four turnovers and held Oxford Talawanda to three yards passing in a 6-0 win…Hamilton Badin held Roger Bacon to 67 yards rushing on 37 carries in a 33-6 win…Middletown intercepted six passes in its 27-0 win over Lakota East…Brookhaven allowed just 56 total yards in a 69-0 win over Centennial.

Score of the Week:
Steubenville 13, Massillon Washington 3. Want more? Click here to read the game story.


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