Rain, rain go away. Central Ohio was once again drenched by soaking rains which not only
reduced even more football fields into mud, but also sent golfers
trying to qualify for the state tournament into hurry-up mode. Here’s what else happpened this past week in Central Ohio.
Rain, rain go away.
Central Ohio was once again drenched by soaking rains which not only reduced even more football fields into mud, but also sent golfers trying to qualify for the state tournament into hurry-up mode.
Hopefully drier weather returns to the area this week as golfers from across the state make their way to the Capital City to compete for coveted state hardware. League championships will be decided in volleyball, girls soccer and boys soccer, and another impressive slate of gridiron games are ahead, including the much awaited battle between northwest Franklin County powers Hilliard Davidson and Dublin Coffman.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Charles Gresham, Heath, football: The Heath senior had the mud stains on his orange and brown uniform to show how much the Bulldogs rode the talented tailback last week. Gresham scored six touchdowns, four in the second half, of a 47-27 win over Columbus Academy that created a four-way tie atop the Mid-State League Ohio Division. Gresham carried the pigskin 40 times for 404 yards.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
DeSales, football: The Stallions came back from a 10-point deficit to defeat archrival Watterson 17-10 in a Central Catholic League contest. The win was crucial for DeSales, now 5-2, with games upcoming with Cincinnati-area powers Elder and LaSalle remaining on the schedule to try and qualify for the Division III state playoffs.
Nick Gentile, who had 20 carries for 162 yards, picked up 61 yards on an option run to setup a two-yard touchdown run by Adam Griffin to put the Stallions ahead 14-10.
David Harper added a 40-yard field goal with 6:18 remaining for the Stallions.
NEWS, NOTES AND NUGGETS
Adding hardware: Logan Elm had a big week on the links, capturing district championships in boys and girls golf. Blaine Hardin shot 74 and Derek Greenlee had 81 as the Braves edged Ironton 330-331 for the district title. A day later, Emily Robinson shot 86 and Taylor Saxton had 87 as the Lady Braves won a tiebreaker with Minerva on the score of Kayla Fox to add a little more hardware to the trophy case.
Watkins sweeps: Watkins Memorial won both the boys and girls titles at the Johnstown Invitational.
On the girls side, Watkins took the top four places to win with 17 points. Morgan Reichert (first, 20:19), Mara White (second, 20:19), Kara Sparks (third, 20:19) and Michelle McKean (fourth, 20:46) put together the impressive finish.
The Watkins’ boys edged Westerville Central 29-30 for the title, led by Mike Taylor (first, 16:47), Logan Smith (third, 17:15) and Regan Coyle (eighth, 17:53).
Wave wash away Granville: The Newark Catholic volleyball team improved to 16-4 overall and 12-0 in MSL-Ohio play with a 25-11, 25-17 and 25-20 victory. Erica Rath paced the Green Wave 14 kills and four blocks and Abby Litts gathered 11 kills and four blocks.
Lions roar: After winning one game last season, the Washington Court House Blue Lions find themselves in playoff contention following a 45-13 win over Western Brown that moved WCH to 5-2 on the season.
Ben Parks gained 131 yards on 20 carries, running for a 66-yard score and catching a 55-yard touchdown toss from Collin Farmer. Farmer also threw touchdown passes to Nathan Carter and Bryce Bryan.
Alder rolls: 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 Fort Loramie. Graham Johnston completed 7 of 8 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns and had 13 carries for 132 yards and three touchdowns.
Big kick: 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.
Football in Grove City: While many of the stadium lights aren’t burning in southwest Franklin County due to the failure of the South-Western City Schools levy, the Grove City community can hang its hat on Grove City Christian, which improved to 7-0 on the season with a 62-16 win over Cincinnati Christian. Christopher Bowman completed 5 of 8 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Grove City Christian was fourth in the playoff rankings in Division VI heading into the contest.
Purple shutout: Pickerington Central held Le’Veon Bell, who came into the game with 1,001 rushing yards, to just 28 yards on 12 carries as the Tigers defeated Groveport 20-0 in a Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division contest.
After completing a 45-yard pass to Tyler Hammond, Grant Hammond ran 11 yards to pay dirt on the opening drive to put the Tigers ahead to stay. Tyler Hammond added cushion with a 64-yard touchdown grab with one hand and Malcolm Pannell scored on a 67-yard pass off a lateral. Central moved into first in the division with a 3-1 record and 6-1 overall mark.
Pacers upset Walnut: Tino Rivera made a stop on fourth down to halt Big Walnut’s final drive as Delaware posted a 17-10 win in a Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division Game. Delaware, 5-2, 3-0, was led by touchdown scampers by Eric Beale and Vidal Connor.
Division II girls state golf championship, Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Ohio State Gray Golf Course
Division III boys state golf championship, Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Ohio State Scarlet Golf Course
Division II boys state golf championship, Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. at North Star Golf Course, Sunbury.
Some of the best golfers from across the state descend upon central Ohio to take aim at state championships.
Heath (6-1) at Granville (6-1) football, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: A four-way tie in the MSL-Ohio will start to unravel in this Licking County rivalry. Heath is coming off a 47-27 win over Columbus Academy and Granville defeated Whitehall 42-19 last week.
Grove City Christian (7-0) at Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans (6-1) football, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: A golden opportunity for Grove City Christian to improve their playoff positioning.
Dublin Coffman (7-0) at Hilliard Davidson (6-0) football, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: These two schools are 1-2 in Division I, Region III and the Ohio Capital Conference Central Division title is likely on the line. Davidson defeated Worthington Kilbourne 17-14 in overtime last week and Coffman routed Hilliard Darby 30-7.
Brookhaven (5-2) at Beechcroft (5-2) football, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: The best rivalry in the City League is renewed. Brookhaven beat Centennial 69-0 last week and Beechcroft defeated East 55-0.