Yep…That’s what the JJHuddle Players of the Week did in Week 12. What else
happened? One team scored more points against a team then it had given up all year, a defending state champion went down and three teams making their postsason debuts are still in it. Here’s what else happened…
While HBO and ESPN have been busy busting tail to produce pieces on the South-Western City School District, which encompasses Grove City, Westland, Central Crossing and Franklin Heights high schools, there’s another story within the district’s borders worthy of coverage too.
There was one football team in Grove City that did play football this season – and they still are. Albeit on a much smaller scale.
Grove City Christian – a far cry from its D-I brethren – is still in the D-VI playoffs.
Although a failed levy forced several students to bolt the S-W City Schools in August, several of the other teams that soaked in S-W City transfers failed to make the playoffs this season despite high expectations. Grove City Christian didn’t.
The Eagles have also proved their worth since arriving.
In the regional quarterfinals last week, GCC avenged a regular season loss to Zanesville Rosecrans by winning the rematch 28-0.
In the regional semifinals this past weekend they got an even sweeter taste of revenge.
In 2006, during its inaugural season of varsity football, GCC lost to Shadyside 69-0. Last Saturday the Eagles beat the Tigers 27-14.
When Shadyside smashed GCC in 2006, the Eagles had 15 players. This year more than 45 dress, including standout senior running back Jessie Barns who has rushed for 1,542 yards and 18 touchdowns.
GCC plays Malvern in the D-VI, Region 23 final Saturday at Zanesville Sulsberger Memorial Stadium. It’s the fourth time the Eagles will have played at Sulsberger Stadium this year and the third straight week.
JJHuddle Offensive Player of the Week
Joey Besancon, Orrville: The senior QB led the Red Riders to a shocking 36-35 win over Genoa Area in D-IV. Besancon completed 16-of-26 passes for 282 yards and three TDs and ran the ball 19 times for 102 yards and another TD against a Genoa defense that had allowed 24 points in the regular season and 31 all year. For good measure, Besancon also kicked a PAT, threw for a 2-point conversion and kicked a 22-yard field goal. His favorite target was Sam Miller who caught eight passes for 175 yards and all three TDs.
JJHuddle Defensive Player of the Week
Latwan Anderson, Glenville: Senior DB had four interceptions, including one he returned 99 yards for a TD, in the Tarblooders 30-13 win over defending D-I state champion Cleveland St. Ignatius. In all, Anderson’s four picks were returned for 196 yards.
“That was the best game of my life,” Anderson told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “All week long everyone was telling me that I’m ranked as one of the best players in the country and that I had to play like it.”
Anderson is ranked the No. 13 senior in Ohio by Ohio High Magazine and has offers from Ohio State, Florida, Miami (Fla.), Georgia, UC and others.
JJHuddle Special Teams Player of the Week
David Harper, Columbus DeSales: The K was a part of two victories this past Saturday. During the day, Harper helped the Stallions win the D-II boys soccer state title by notching the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Bay Village Bay. That night he helped DeSales beat Tipp City Tippecanoe by kicking two field goals, including a career-long 41-yarder.
“I didn’t want to rush the celebration after the soccer game, so I took some pictures and had some hugs,” Harper told the Columbus Dispatch. “But after a few minutes, I started concentrating on football because I’m proud to be a part of this team and, since Day One, it’s been our goal to win state.”
ALSO IN THE RUNNING
Mitch Raterman, Fort Loramie: Senior RB led Redskins to their first regional final with 287 yards and five TDs on 25 carries in a 63-21 pasting of South Charleston Southeastern in D-VI.
Antwan Gilbert, Trotwood-Madison: Junior RB exploded for 262 yards and three TDs on 16 carries in a 43-7 rout of Turpin in D-II. He also returned a kickoff 74 yards.
Chris Trinetti, Chagrin Falls: QB completed 22-of-31 passes for 346 yards and five TDs and ran for 90 yards on 10 carries as the Tigers defeated Cortland Lakeview, 36-14, in D-IV.
Kyle Slater, Anderson: Senior RB went for 250 yards and four TDs on 36 carries in a 41-20 win over Middletown in D-I.
Justin Buenger, Hamler Patrick Henry: RB rushed for 182 yards (and three TDs) in the Patriots 42-19 win over Hillsdale in D-V to become the school’s single-season (over 1,700) and career rushing yards (over 3,500) leader.
Nathan Kahle, Ottawa-Glandorf: Junior QB rushed for 166 yards and four TDs and completed 5-of-8 passes for 109 yards and another TD in a 48-3 win over Pemberville Eastwood in D-IV.
Daniel Tracht, Norwalk St. Paul: WR/DB finished with six catches
for 139 yards and two touchdowns on offense. On defense he forced and
recovered a fumble and scored another TD on a 15-yard interception
return as the Flyers ran past Mogadore 48-7 in D-VI.
Jerrod Ronyak, Mentor Lake Catholic: Senior QB accounted for four touchdowns by completing 11-of-18 passes for 136 yards and a score and running 13 times for 121 yards and three more in a 31-24 win over Canfield in D-III.
Anthony Kelly, Woodridge: Senior RB/DB rushed for 156 yards and two TDs on 35 carries and also returned an interception 97 yards for another TD in a 34-20 win over Girard in D-IV.
Tajuan Green, Brookhaven: QB completed 16-of-28 passes for 216 yards and three TDs in a 21-10 win over Logan in D-II.
Zach Shaw, Coshocton: Junior LB had 18 tackles and an interception in a 15-12 win over Amanda-Clearcreek in D-IV.
Verlon Reed, Marion-Franklin: Senior QB threw for 205 yards and three TDs and rushed for 81 yards and another score in a 36-25 win over Olentangy Orange in D-II.
Reed Florence, South Charleston Southeastern: Senior QB completed 24-of-50 attempts for 415 yards, three interceptions and two TDs in a 63-21 loss to Fort Loramie in D-VI.
Luke George, Hamler Patrick Henry: QB accounted for three TDs, threw for 116 yards, rushed for 121 and intercepted two passes on defense in the Patriots 42-19 win over Hillsdale in D-V.
Marcus Fuller, Ashland: Junior QB led Arrows to a come-from-behind win by leading three scoring drives in the final eight minutes as Ashland rallied to beat Warren Howland 19-14. Fuller completed 20-of-33 passes for 197 yards and two TDs and ran for another TD, which turned out to be the game-winner.
Dwight Macon, Steubenville: Senior QB rushed for 202 yards and scored four TDs, including three in the second half, as Big Red rallied from a 10-6 halftime deficit to post a 34-10 win over Salem in D-III.
Oops: In its 28-21 overtime loss to Dover in D-III, Canal Fulton Northwest faced fourth-and-60 on its final play of the extra stanza. The Indians allowed three sacks and were penalized three times on their final possession.
How Many? The reported crowd at the Division I double-header that featured Cincinnati Elder-Cincinnati St. Xavier and Anderson-Middletown was 20,105. The attendance at Glenville-St. Ignatius was over 11,000.
How Bout Them Cowboys: Cincinnati Wyoming beat Monroe 14-7 in a D-III semifinal to become the first team in school history to win 12 games in one season. The Cowboys were 11-0 during the 1977 state championship season and 11-1 in 1975 when they finished state runner-up. A state semifinal squad in 1998 went 11-2.
Great Finish: Toledo St. Francis didn’t lead in its D-II match-up with Avon Lake until K Pat Dyer drilled a 35-yard field goal as time expired for a 13-10 win.
Score Early and Often: Hamler Patrick Henry continued a recent theme by scoring on its first possession in a 42-19 win over Jeromesville Hillsdale in D-V. It was the 10th time this year in 12 games that the Patriots have scored on their first possession and the 21st time in the last 25 games they’ve accomplished it.
OFFF-ense: Anderson rushed for 399 f its 434 total yards in its 41-20 win over Middletown…Winton Woods rushed for 290 yards in the first half an scored 33 points en route to a 40-7 win over Tecumseh…Girard gained 486 total yards but lost to Woodridge 34-20…Youngstown Mooney had eight players score and opened up a 49-0 halftime lead in a 55-0 win over Hubbard…Ottawa-Glandorf tallied 463 yards, including 354 on the ground, and scored four TDs of 35 yards or longer in a 48-3 win over Pemberville Eastwood.
DEFFF-ense: Watterson and Napoleon failed to combine for 300 yards of offense in Watterson’s 6-3 win. Napoleon mustered just 50 yards and four first downs, while Watterson had 245 yards…Ashland’s turnover ratio is plus-19. The Arrows secured a 19-14 win over Warren Howland with an interception with 17 seconds left…Youngstown Mooney held Hubbard to 105 yards of offense and five first downs in a 55-0 win.
Score of the Week: Fort Loramie 63, South Charleston Southeastern 21. The Redskins, a four-year program making their first playoff appearance, suddenly find themselves in the regional final thanks to a dominating rushing game and rush defense. Loramie ran for 595 yards and nine TDs on 57 carries and limited Southeastern to minus-60 yards rushing of its own.
Cleveland Glenville 30, Cleveland St. Ignatius 13
Solon 13, Mayfield 10, OT
Canton McKinley 48, Canton Glenoak 7
Massillon Washington 10, Twinsburg 7
Dublin Coffman 21, Westerville South 19
Hilliard Davidson 17, Pickerington Central 7
Cincinnati Anderson 41, Middletown 20
Cincinnati Elder 17, Cincinnati St. Xavier 14
Chagrin Falls 36, Cortland Lakeview 14
Peninsula Woodridge 34, Girard 20
Orrville 36, Genoa Area 35
Ottawa-Glandorf 48, Pemberville Eastwood 3
Coshocton 15, Amanda-Clearcreek 12
Ironton 20, Heath 14, OT
Clarksville Clinton-Massie 30, Kenton 22
Kettering Alter 41, Carlisle 0
Bucyrus Wynford 39, Bascom Hopewell-Loudon 30
Ada 14, Carey 7
Delphos St. John’s 34, Leipsic 7
Grove City Christian 27, Shadyside 14
Malvern 31, Bridgeport 9
Ft. Loramie 63, South Charleston Southeastern 21
Maria Stein Marion Local 21, Covington 17
Mentor Lake Catholic 31, Canfield 24
Ashland 19, Warren Howland 14
Toledo St. Francis 13, Avon Lake 10
Maple Heights 27, Toledo Central Catholic 13
Brookhaven 21, Logan 10
Marion-Franklin 36, Olentangy Orange 25
Cincinnati Winton Woods 40, New Carlisle Tecumseh 7
Trotwood-Madison 43, Cincinnati Turpin 7
Poland Seminary 10, Akron Hoban 7
Youngstown Mooney 55, Hubbard 0
DeSales 54, Tipp City Tippecanoe 14
Watterson 6, Napoleon 3
Dover 28, Canal Fulton Northwest 21, OT
Steubenville 34, Salem 10
Springfield Shawnee 21, Logan Elm 14
Cincinnati Wyoming 14, Monroe 7
Cuyahoga Heights 35, Gates Mills Hawken 20
Youngstown Ursuline 48, Columbiana Crestview 14
Defiance Tinora 24, Lima Central Catholic 14
Hamler Patrick Henry 42, Jeromesville Hillsdale 19
Fredericktown 15, Wheelersburg 14
West Lafayette Ridgewood 20, Oak Hill 12
Coldwater 28, Anna 21, OT
St. Henry 42, West Liberty-Salem 14