Friday Night Highlights Week 8: 28 TDs and over 1,500 yards of total offense…


Genoa Area won its 27th straight regular season game and has allowed just 24 total points this season. (Photo by Scott Grau)

That’s what the JJHuddle Players of the Week did in Week 8. What
else happened? One team has only allowed 16 points all season, one player accounted for eight TDs, one team rushed for 713 yards and two teams combined for 145 points in one game. There’s more too as we take our weekly
look back at the state’s top performers, teams and newsmakers.

If the old cliché “defense wins championships” was in fact an absolute, than Cuyahoga Heights would be a shoe-in for the Division V state title.

The Redskins defense has been nearly perfect this season, having allowed just 16 points in eight games. Heights has six shutouts, including last Friday’s impressive 36-0 win over Gates Mills Hawken, which entered the game 6-1 and averaging 37.5 points per game.

The Redskins face 6-2 Beachwood this week before traveling to currently unbeaten Independence in Week 10. Beachwood is averaging 31 points per game, while Independence is averaging 38.

Other teams from around the state that have fielded very stingy defenses this season include:

School (Points Allowed/Shutouts)
Genoa Area (24/5)
Amanda-Clearcreek (26/4)
Norwalk St. Paul (36/4)
Dublin Coffman (37/3)
Oak Hill (42/4)
Clinton-Massie (46/3)

It should come as no surprise that the seven teams listed above are a combined 56-0.


JJHuddle Offensive Players of the Week
Eric Stewart and Jonathan Parks, Columbus West and Devin Clodfelter, Columbus Independence:
Stewart and Parks led their team to a 74-71 win over Clodfelter and the 76ers, but all three individuals had monster games. Stewart completed 11-of-30 passes for 358 yards and seven TDs, while Parks, a RB, had six catches for 175 yards and five TDs. He also ran for two TDs. Clodfelter carried he ball 48 times for 484 yards and five TDs in the losing effort. Overall Independence rushed for 713 yards. For more on the game see below…it’s our “Score of the Week.”

JJHuddle Defensive Player of the Week
Clay Cameron, Dresden Tri-Valley:
In a 34-20 win over rival and one-loss Thornville Sheridan, Cameron came through in a big way with 15 tackles and a 30-yard interception return for a TD with three minutes left to seal the deal. He also ran the ball 23 times for 220 yards and three TDs (one of which covered 97 yards) and completed 8-of-13 passes for 140 yards and a TD.

JJHuddle Special Teams Player of the Week
Alex Utley, CVCA:
Junior RB had over 400 all-purpose yards, including 136 on returns and an 83-yard kickoff return for a TD in a 47-12 win over Canton Timken. Utley also rushed for 264 yards and three TDs.


Heath Jackson, Ada: Senior QB had 358 yards passing and 4 TDs and 155 yards rushing and 4 TDs in a 55-20 win over Allen East.

Tavian Wright, Thurgood Marshall:
RB carried the ball eight times for 239 yards and five TDs in a 66-0 win over Dayton Belmont. Wright averaged 30 yards per carry.

Derek Carmichael, Wooster Triway:
QB torched Tuscarawas Valley by completing 25-of-37 passes for 430 yards and seven TDs in a 55-21 win. Receivers Cole Drake (9 receptions, 145 yards, 2 TDs; 2-2 passing, 56 yards, 1 TD), Brandon Butcher (7 receptions, 127 yards, 3 TD) and Zach Houmard (4 receptions, 136 yards, 2 TDs) also came through big.

Ryan Gannon, Dublin Jerome:
QB completed 27-of-41 passes for 473 yards and five TDs in a 42-21 win over Marysville.

Jake Conrad, Ridgewood:
Senior RB scored six TDs and had 153 yards on 19 carries (in the first half alone) in a 55-6 win over Tuscarawas Central Catholic.


Dakota Dartis, North College Hill: Junior QB was 13-of-14 for 312 yards and a school-record five TDs in a 46-17 win over visiting Summit Country Day.

Kaleb Goings, Lehman Catholic:
RB ran for 258 yards and three TDs in 35-7 win over Delphos Jefferson.

Drew Osborne, Centerburg:
QB completed 14-of-18 passes for 301 yards and three TDs and also rushed for 50 yards and 2 TDs in a 39-12 win over Johnstown-Northridge.

Jakob Stull, Northmor:
Junior RB set a school record with 315 yards rushing (also scored three TDs) in a 26-12 win over Ridgedale.

Trevor Phoenix, Carey:
RB tallied 284 yards and three TDs on 19 carries in a 39-7 win over Seneca East.

Te Elias, Cortland Lakeview:
RB carried the ball 15 times for 230 yards and four TDs in a 34-13 win over Jefferson Area.

Wyatt Garber, Upper Sandusky:
RB toted the ball 31 times for 247 yards and 4 TDs in a 41-34 win over Bellevue in overtime.

Dylan Howard, Milan Edison:
RB had 263 yards and three TDs on 25 carries in a 28-20 win over Margaretta.

Jake Krupko, Marlington:
DB had three interceptions, including two he took to the house, in a 41-0 win over Canton South.

Jon Anderson, Cory-Rawson:
RB carried the ball 15 times for 245 yards and five TDs in a 49-6 win over Vanlue.

Mitch Phillips, Colonel Crawford:
RB had 264 yards and four TDs on 18 carries in a 42-7 win over Buckeye Central.

Robert Partridge, Massillon Washington:
QB completed 17-of-21 passes for 260 yards and five TDs in a 39-21 win over Warren Harding.

D.J. Smith, Lutheran East:
Senior DT had 11 tackles, including two sacks and a 50-yard touchdown on a fumble recovery, in a 12-6 win over Vienna Mathews.

Anthony Shaw, Columbus Linden-McKinley:
LB had two interceptions and a fumble recovery in the Panthers 6-0 overtime victory over Columbus Mifflin.


North Canton Hoover 38, Canton McKinley 34: Looking for an amazing comeback? This is it. Down 34-2 at halftime, NCH rallied with 36-second half points en route to the stunning win. The Vikings were led by reigning Mr. Football Erick Howard who scored three second half TDs to become Stark County’s all-time leading scorer (454 points). Wow.

Cincinnati St. Xavier 3, Lakewood St. Edward 2:
No this wasn’t a soccer game, but X’s field goal in the second quarter was the difference.

Delphos St. John’s 27, Coldwater 20:
In a match-up of state No. 1s with the Midwest Athletic Conference title on the line, the Blue Jays snapped an eight-game losing skid to the Cavs by scoring on a halfback pass with 10 seconds to go.

Ashland 35, Clear Fork 28:
For the second week in a row, the Arrows came back from a half time deficit to win another huge Ohio Cardinal Conference game and gain sole possession of first place in the conference. Ashland scored 21 points in a span of less then three minutes in the third quarter to take the lead. Junior QB Marcus Fuller was 15-of-27 for 172 yards and two TDs. He also ran for a TD. On the season Fuller has completed 135-of-226 passes for 1,822 yards and 16 TDs against five interceptions. He’s also rushed for five TDs.

Nelsonville-York 14, Athens 13:
N-Y’s Derek Arnold scored with 47 seconds left to lift the visiting Buckeyes past the previously undefeated Bulldogs.

Youngstown Mooney 34, Akron SVSM 9:
The Irish had a 9-0 second quarter lead but allowed 34 unanswered points to Mooney, which outrushed SVSM 222-65.

Dublin Coffman 10, Hilliard Davidson 7:
Led by senior QB Colton Caldwell, who was making his second start ever, Coffman survived host Davidson and stayed unbeaten in a meeting of Central Ohio’s top two big-school programs. Caldwell was 8-of-13 passing for 100 yards, and he gained 76 yards on 25 carries.

Toledo Whitmer 14, Toledo Central Catholic 7:
Before a crowd of 8,000 the Panthers set themselves up for a share of their first Toledo City League title since joining the league in 2003 with the dramatic victory. Whitmer held TCC to 121 total yards.


Running Wild: Buckeye Local had three RBs go over 100 yards in its 36-18 win over Union Local. Senior Bobby Spence carried the ball 13 times for 172 yards and scored on a school record 94-yard TD run. Brandon Bartrug added 149 yards and two TDs on 22 carries, while Josten Dear ran for 104 yards and a score on 13 totes. Spence added an interception (his seventh of the season).

Running Wild Too:
Anthony Wayne racked up 540 yards rushing in a 56-21 win over Sylvania Northview. Jordan Schwerer led the way with 222 yards and three TD soon 13 carries, while Alex Bridges added 135 yards and four TDs on nine carries. Matt Green chipped in 128 yards and a TD on 10 carries.

Rolling Along:
Genoa Area won its 27th straight regular season game with a 49-0 win over Millbury Lake. The Comets held Lake to 33 total yards, while rushing for 280 themselves.

Eight Is Not Enough:
Patrick Henry claimed at least a share of its eighth straight Northwest Ohio Athletic League title with a 34-13 win over Archbold.

Long Time Coming:
Bryan secured its first winning season since 2000 with a 21-20 win over Liberty Center to improve to 6-2. The Golden Bears drove 93 yards in the final 1:34 and took the lead on Levi Fisher’s two-point run. It was Bryan’s first win over Liberty Center since 1995.

Milton-Union RBs Adam Martin (198 yards) and Cory Warner (155 yards) ran wild in the Bulldogs 39-14 win over Dayton Oakwood. Both scored three TDs each…Sidney ran for 406 yards in a 35-7 win over Piqua. Jack Foy led the way with 188 yards, while Aaron Burns added 131…Dublin Jerome had three receivers who tallied over 100 yards receiving each in a 42-21 win over Marysville…Carey rushed for 497 yards on 57 carries in a 39-7 win over Seneca East…Dover’s QBs – starter Marcus Mammarella (played first half) and back-up Derek Swinderman (played second half) – combined for 479 yards and seven TDs on 16-of-26 passing in a 63-6 win over Meadowbrook….Ridgewood rushed for 428 yards and had 31 first downs in a 55-6 win over Tuscarawas Central Catholic…Nine different players scored TDs for Pickerington Central in a 67-0 win over Newark…Northwood tallied 478 yards rushing and had eight rushing TDs in a 64-24 win over Ottawa Hills.

Martins Ferry forced six turnovers in a 26-0 win at St. Clairsville, including five interceptions…Youngstown Boardman allowed just 84 yards and two first downs in a 26-0 win over Canton GlenOak…Napoleon held Fremont Ross to two first downs in its 28-14 win…Kettering Alter allowed just 62 total yards in a 27-0 win over Roger Bacon…Westerville South held Westerville Central to 40 yards of total offense in a 47-6 win.

Score of the Week:
Columbus West 74, Columbus Independence 71: In case you missed it, this is NOT a basketball score. The following write-up is from JJHuddle central Ohio Correspondent Brad Morris: There was no three-point line on the field for the Columbus City League Battle between West and Independence, but it must have felt like there was. West’s Eric Stewart threw for seven touchdowns and 358 yards as West defeated Independence 74-71 in a basketball-type score. The game is believed to be the highest scoring in area history, as the last offensive showcase was Lancaster’s 68-65, five overtime win over Hilliard Darby in 2004. Reggie McClain scored on a three-yard run to give West (4-4, 3-2) the lead. Independence (5-3, 3-2) drove to the West six with six seconds left but stopped itself by fumbling the ball. Independence rushed for a mind-boggling 713 yards on 78 carries, which helped to amass 30 first downs. West had just 10 first downs, scoring most of its points on big pass or run plays.


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