Playoff Highlights Week 11: Eight TDs, three returns for scores and ridiculous timing…


Coldwater (MAC) shutout Hamilton Badin (GCL) 41-0 in the D-IV quarterfinals. (Photo by Nick Falzerano)

That’s what the JJHuddle Players of the Week did in Week 11. What else
happened? In the first round of the playoffs, Middletown and Columbus
Marion-Franklin once again solidified why we have clichés. Choose
whichever one you want, but I prefer “ that’s why we play the games.” News, Notes & Nuggets…

In the first round of the playoffs, Middletown and Columbus Marion-Franklin once again solidified why we have clichés. Choose whichever one you want, but I prefer “ that’s why we play the games.”

Middletown’s 45-10 rout of Cincinnati Moeller and Marion-Franklin’s 14-7 win at Louisville are evidence of why every football championship – including the BCS – needs a playoff system. No one gave the Middies or Red Devils a chance entering this past weekend. Now no one doubts them.

Middletown’s domination of Moeller is unexplainable.

I remember talking to Middletown head coach Jason Krause three years ago on the turf at Waynesville High School after his then-Monroe Hornets had just captured another SWBL title and were on their way to the D-III state semifinals.

Suddenly, in his second year at Middletown, the Middies destroy Moe? This after ending Colerain’s 68-game Greater Miami Conference win streak last year…Can you say “Coach of the Year?”

Marion-Franklin’s win over Louisville was just as shocking.

The Leopards were undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the final Division II JJHuddle Power Poll.  M-F was 8-2 with losses to fellow Columbus City League brethren Brookhaven and Walnut Ridge. Regardless, super senior Verlon Reed and M-F have one more game, while Louisville doesn’t.

And neither does Moeller.


JJHuddle Offensive Player of the Week
Trent Toothman, Salem:
Senior QB ran for 138 yards and three TDs (including the game winner in OT) on 26 carries and completed 18-of-32 passes for 253 yards and two more TDs as the Quakers played in and won the first postseason game in school history 38-31 at Granville.

JJHuddle Defensive Player of the Week
DaShawn Hall, Canton GlenOak:
Sophomore DB picked off two passes and returned both for TDs in the Eagles 40-21 win over Wadsworth. Hall scored his team’s final two TDs and his second return covered 102 yards. His first one went 31 yards.

JJHuddle Special Teams Player of the Week
Xavier Kirksey-Ivery, Akron Hoban:
The junior receiver had two huge kickoff returns in the Knights 14-11 win over Parma Padua Franciscan. His first return, which covered 92 yards, set up Hoban’s first TD. His second return, a 95-yard TD run to open the second half, gave Hoban the win. Offensively the Knights mustered just 124 yards and five first downs – yet won.


Maty Mauk, Kenton: Sophomore QB completed 32-of-53 passes for 388 yards and five touchdown passes in a 46-27 win over Germantown Valley View.

Niles Keller, Marion Local:
Junior RB carried the ball 21 times for 240 yards and two TDs in a 24-3 win over Lehman Catholic.

Caleb Watkins, Middletown:
Senior QB led Middies to first playoff win since 1990 with a shocking 45-10 rout of Cincinnati Moeller. Watkins accounted for 358 of Middletown’s 430 yards (182 rushing and 176 passing) and scored three TDs (two rushing, one passing).

Keith Wenning, Coldwater:
Senior QB completed 17-of-23 passes for 285 yards and five TDs and ran the ball five times for 84 yards in a 41-0 win over visiting Hamilton Badin.

Luke Wollet, Poland:
Senior RB/DB accounted for four TDs in the Bulldogs 38-14 win over Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary. Wollet carried the ball 25 times for 111 yards and three TDs and caught four passes for 119 yards and another TD. He also had an interception.

Antwan Gilbert, Trotwood-Madison:
Junior RB – who has 2,275 yards and 29 TDs on the season – rushed for 244 yards and four TDs in a 41-6 rout of Mt. Healthy.

Ben Eisel, Salem:
Mr. Everything…caught six passes for 100 yards and a TD; kicked a game-tying 34-yard field goal as time expired; kicked three extra points; converted two 2-point conversion runs; converted two fake punts, one on a pass and another on a run; and made the game-saving tackle on a pitchout on fourth and goal from the 2 in a 38-31 OT win at Granville.

Bryan Jones, Canal Fulton Northwest:
Senior QB completed 25-of-33 passes for 320 yards and ran for 76 yards and a TD in a 28-20 win over host Rayland Buckeye Local.

DeVonte Ransom and Shaq Washington, Maple Heights:
Duo led the Mustangs to their first postseason win since 2004 by combining for five TDs in a 36-26 win over Toledo Rogers. Ransom, a senior RB, rushed for 170 yards and three TDs on 25 carries, while Washington, a junior QB, ran 25 times for 222 yards and two TDs. He also completed 8-of-9 passes for 95 yards.

Miles Chapman, Hopewell-Loudon:
Senior WR/DB had an interception and fumble recovery on defense and caught 12 passes for 126 yards on offense in a 28-24 win over McDonald.


Zach Eckert, Monroe: Senior K set the school record with a 50-yard field goal in the first quarter of a 12-7 win over Chaminade Julienne. He also added a 26-yard field goal.

Corey Johnson, Tippecanoe:
RB scored four TDs – two on the ground and two on receptions – in a 34-6 win over Sandusky Perkins.

Clay Cameron, Dresden Tri-Valley:
Senior QB ran 30 times for 273 yards and three TDS in a 28-21 loss to Olentangy Orange.

Adam Griffin, Columbus DeSales:
Senior RB carried the ball nine times for 109 yards and two TDs and returned two punts for 103 yards  and a TD (covered 62 yards) in a 45-21 win over Bryan.

Jake Conrad, West Lafayette Ridgewood:
Senior RB went for 189 yards and four TDs in a 36-10 win over Minford.

Marcus Fuller, Ashland:
Junior QB continued torrid campaign by completing 22-of-34 passes for 309 yards and three TDs in a 28-21 win over West Geauga. Fuller did throw one interception but made the tackle on the return. The Ashland D then  forced WG into three-and-out.

Tyler Gierhart, Amanda-Clearcreek: RB ran for 254 yards in a 48-8 win over Albany Alexander.


MAC Goes 5-0: To the shock of probably a few, the Midwest Athletic Conference went undefeated in the first round of the playoffs. St. Henry, Coldwater and Anna all won D-V, Region 20 openers on Friday, while Marion Local (Region 24) and Delphos St. John’s (Region 22) won D-VI openers on Saturday.

The MAC’s record in regional quarterfinals against non-MAC competition is now 35-1. The lone setback is Versailles’ 21-20 defeat to Lima Central Catholic in D-IV in 2005.

No. 1s Go Down:
On Friday, three No. 1 seeds – Louisville (D-II, Region 7), Goshen (D-III, Region 12) and North Union (D-V, Region 20) – lost. On Saturday, four more followed suit, including Toledo Whitmer (D-I, Region 1), Galion (D-IV, Region 14), McDonald (D-VI, Region 21) and Ansonia (D-VI, Region 24).

Still Looking for First Playoff Win:
There were 21 teams that entered the playoffs with at least one previous playoff berth that were looking for their first wins. After the weekend 20 of those schools are still looking for their first postseason win.

Following a winless Friday (0-12), only Carlisle broke through for its first playoff win. The Indians are now 1-4 in the postseason after rallying from a 13-7 deficit to beat host North College Hill 21-13 in D-IV, Region 16.

Carlisle’s reward? A regional semifinal match up with defending state champion Alter.

Making It Count:
Fourteen schools debuted this past weekend in the state playoffs and the squads went 7-7.

Those recording playoff victories in their first playoff games were: Olentangy Orange (D-II, Region 7), Salem (D-III, Region 10), Peninsula Woodridge (D-IV, Region 13), Oak Hill (D-V, Region 19), Jeromesville Hillsdale (D-V, Region 18), Grove City Christian (D-VI, Region 23) and Fort Loramie (D-VI, Region 24).

Cincinnati Wyoming’s Bernie Barre notched the 300th win of his coaching career as the Cowboys outlasted Eaton 34-32.

Wheelersburg and Monroe Central combined for close to 900 yards of total offense in a contest won 52-42 by the Burg. The Pirates out-rushed Monroe Central 386-234 and had three different players – Tyler Lang, Tyler Craigmiles and Brandon Schankweiler – each rack up over 100 yards on the ground…Youngstown Mooney built a 42-0 halftime lead and rushed for 375 yards on 33 carries (11.4 yards per carry) in a 42-14 win over Mogadore Field…Wyoming and Eaton combined for 845 yards of offense in a game that had seen lead changes. Wyoming won 34-32.

Massillon limited reigning Mr. Football Erick Howard to 99 yards on 38 carries in a 17-10 win over North Canton Hoover…Dover held Cadiz Harrison Central to 49 total yards in a 42-0 win…Springfield Shawnee recovered fumbles on Goshen’s first two drives ad scored 14 points off of them – including a 49-yard return for a TD on the game’s opening play – in a 28-7 win…Clinton-Massie held Waynesville to 33 yards rushing in a 43-0 win. The Spartans were averaging 318 yards rushing per game.

Score of the Week: West Liberty-Salem 3, West Jefferson 0.
The Roughriders entered the Red Zone four times against West Liberty and came away with no points. You find me a better defensive effort in Week 11…you can’t do it.



Region 1
Cleveland Glenville 34, North Royalton 9
Cleveland St. Ignatius 17, Youngstown Boardman 0
Mayfield 31, Parma 0
Solon 10, Euclid 7

Region 2
Canton McKinley 34, Toledo Whitmer 13
Twinsburg 21, Brunswick 14
Massillon Washington 17, North Canton Hoover 10
Canton GlenOak 40, Wadsworth 21

Region 3
Dublin Coffman 31, Springfield 12
Hilliard Davidson 28, Lancaster 7
Pickerington Central 14, Pickerington North 12
Westerville South 50, Powell Olentangy Liberty 14

Region 4
Cincinnati Anderson 24, West Chester Lakota W. 21
Cincinnati Elder 35, Huber Heights Wayne 14
Cincinnati St. Xavier 37, Centerville 12
Middletown 45, Cincinnati Moeller 10


Region 13
Chagrin Falls 41, Campbell Memorial 13
Cortland Lakeview 24, Akron Manchester 13
Peninsula Woodridge 49, Martins Ferry 28
Girard 42, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy 7

Region 14
Genoa Area 62, Milan Edison 7
Orrville 28, Bellville Clear Fork 7
Ottawa-Glandorf 28, Wooster Triway 14
Pemberville Eastwood 35, Galion 6

Region 15
Coshocton 55, Zanesville West Muskingum 35
Heath 48, Chillicothe Zane Trace 9
Ironton 36, Sparta Highland 0
Amanda-Clearcreek 42, Albany Alexander 7

Region 16
Clarksville Clinton-Massie 43, Waynesville 0
Kettering Alter 42, Plain City Jonathan Alder 0
Carlisle 21, North College Hill 13
Kenton 46, Germantown Valley View 27


Region 21
Bucyrus Wynford 41, Dalton 21
Norwalk St. Paul 45, Berlin Center Western Reserve 0
Bascom Hopewell-Loudon 28, McDonald 24
Mogadore 28, Warren JFK 7

Region 22
Ada 51, Cory-Rawson 14
Carey 34, Columbus Grove 0
Delphos St. John’s 56, Arlington 0
Leipsic 34, Fremont St. Joseph 16

Region 23
Bridgeport 54, Tuscarawas Central Catholic 28
Grove City Christian 28, Zanesville Rosecrans 0
Malvern 43, Willow Wood Symmes Valley 0
Shadyside 19, Columbiana 14

Region 24
Covington 28, Ansonia 7
Fort Loramie 14, Lockland 0
Maria Stein Marion Local 24, Sidney Lehman 3
South Charleston Southeastern 34, Waynesfield-Goshen 16



Region 5
Ashland 28, Chesterland West Geauga 7
Canfield 31, Aurora 14
Mentor Lake Catholic 34, Ravenna 16
Warren Howland 28, Medina Highland 21

Region 6
Avon Lake 56, Maumee 35
Maple Heights 36, Toledo Rogers 26
Toledo St. Francis 35, North Ridgeville 7
Toledo Central Catholic 35, Rocky River 7

Region 7
Columbus Brookhaven 27, Columbus Walnut Ridge 20, OT
Columbus Marion-Franklin 14, Louisville 7
Lewis Center Olentangy Orange 28, Dresden Tri-Valley 21
Logan 30, Canal Winchester 7

Region 8
Cincinnati Turpin 44, Wilmington 21
Cincinnati Winton Woods 59, Hamilton Ross 7
Trotwood-Madison 41, Cincinnati Mt. Healthy 6
New Carlisle Tecumseh 55. West Carrollton 23


Region 9
Akron Hoban 14, Parma Padua 11
Hubbard 30, Medina Buckeye 14
Poland Seminary 38, Akron SVSM 14
Youngstown Mooney 42, Mogadore Field 14

Region 10
Columbus DeSales 45, Bryan 21
Columbus Watterson 26, Bellefontaine 0
Napoleon 28, Cols. Eastmoor 14
Tipp City Tippecanoe 34, Sandusky Perkins 6

Region 11
Canal Fulton Northwest 28, Rayland Buckeye 20
Dover 42, Cadiz Harrison Cent. 0
Salem 38, Granville 31, OT
Steubenville 34, Alliance Marlington 26

Region 12
Cincinnati Wyoming 34, Eaton 32
Circleville Logan Elm 28, New Richmond 12
Monroe 12, Day. Chaminade-Julienne 7
Springfield Shawnee 28, Goshen 7


Region 17
Columbiana Crestview 20, E. Palestine 14
Cuyahoga Heights. 28, Apple Creek Waynedale 7
Gates Mills Hawken 14, Independence 7
Youngstown Ursuline 28, Garfield Heights. Trinity 0

Region 18
Defiance Tinora 45, Sherwood Fairview 6
Hamler Patrick Henry 41, Northwood 14
Jeromesville Hillsdale 33, Ashland Crestview 23
Lima Central Catholic 49, Hicksville 0

Region 19
Fredericktown 47, Caldwell 7
Oak Hill 42, Coal Grove Dawson-Bryant 14
West Lafayette Ridgewood 36, Minford 10
Wheelersburg 51, Woodsfield Monroe Central 42

Region 20
Anna 20, Cols. Ready 17
Coldwater 41, Hamilton Badin 0
St. Henry 28, Richwood North Union 3
West Liberty-Salem 3, W. Jefferson 0

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