That’s what the JJHuddle Players of the Week did in Week 13. What else
happened? One team got sweet revenge on its most hated rival, one team tallied over 400 yards of offense and lost and a pair of teams fought through four OTs. Here’s what else
Before the season started, I released rankings for the Top 10 football conferences in the state. My No. 1 affiliation? The Midwest Athletic Conference.
So far this season, the MAC hasn’t done anything to sully its rep. In fact it’s added to it in the postseason.
Five MAC teams made the playoffs and three – Coldwater (D-V), Marion Local (D-VI) and Delphos St. John’s (D-VI) – are still alive. The other two? Anna and St. Henry both lost to Coldwater – in OT – in the regional semifinal and final, respectively.
Overall, in regional quarterfinal, semifinal and final games throughout its history, the MAC is 117-18 against non-conference competition.
This week one more MAC team will fall for sure as DSJ and Marion meet in a state semifinal. Sure would have been cool to see the OHSAA split those two teams up at this level setting up a potential all-MAC state final. Not sure why they didn’t. It’s not like attendance would have been affected.
MAC crowds rival the schools’ trophy cases – both are immense.
As for the MAC’s record in state semifinals against non-league competition, that stands at 21-7. The conference is 19-6 in state finals.
JJHuddle Offensive Player of the Week
Keith Wenning, Coldwater: The senior QB accounted for six TDs (threw for three and ran for three) including the game-winning 1-yard run in the fourth OT as Coldwater survived fellow Midwest Athletic Conference member and archrival St. Henry 47-41 in D-V. Wenning’s three TD throws also moved him into first place on the Cavs single-season list with 33. That places him 29th on the state’s all-time list for single season touchdown passes. All told, Wenning rushed for 195 yards on 32 carries and completed 23-of-35 passes for 202 yards.
JJHuddle Defensive Player of the Week
Tyler Miller, Massillon Washington: The DB stepped up big time in the Tigers 10-7 win over archrival Canton McKinley in D-I. Miller intercepted a McKinley pass in the end zone with 8:37 left in the game and then secured the win with another pick on the Tigers 2-yardline with 33 seconds left. His effort helped lead a Massillon defense that allowed just 219 yards after surrendering 364 (and 35 points) just three weeks earlier in a 35-21 loss to the Bulldogs.
JJHuddle Special Teams Player of the Week
J.J. McKay, Coshocton: The junior DB blocked Ironton’s field goal attempt in overtime as the Redskins captured their first regional football title with a 20-14 win in D-IV.
ALSO IN THE RUNNING
Chris Trinetti, Chagrin Falls: The senior QB accounted for six TDs in the Tigers 58-28 win over Woodridge in D-IV. Trinetti rushed for 130 yards and four TDs and threw for 198 yards and two more TDs.
Jerrod Ronyak, Mentor Lake Catholic: The senior QB completed 15-of-26 passes for 325 yards and a TD and ran for 92 yards and four TDs on 19 carries in a 45-42 win over Ashland in D-II.
Shane Wynn, Glenville: The junior WR caught four passes for 91 yards and three TDs in the Tarblooders narrow 28-27 win over Solon in D-I.
Brad Stahl, St. Henry: Senior QB completed 27-of-44 passes for 315 yards and five TDs in a 47-41 four-OT loss to Coldwater in D-V.
Heath Jackson, Ada: The senior QB led his team to the brink of upsetting defending D-VI state champion Delphos St. John’s before falling 34-31 in OT. Jackson threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more.
Jacob Lindsey, Elder: The defensive standout registered 11 tackles, an interception and forced a fumble in the Panthers 28-21 win over Anderson in D-I.
Marcus Fuller, Ashland: Despite losing 45-42 to Mentor Lake Catholic in D-II, the junior QB registered a strong performance by completing 17-of-26 passes for 325 yards and three TDs. He also ran for 60 yards and a score on 15 carries.
Braylon Heard, Youngstown Mooney: The senior RB rushed for 187 yards and three TDs on 19 carries in a 24-7 win over Poland in D-III.
Mark Miller, Elder: The senior QB completed 18-of-26 passes and threw for four TDs in the Panthers 28-21 win over Anderson in D-I.
Dog gone it: Ada is 24-2 the last two seasons. Both losses have come to Delphos St. John’s in the D-VI Region 22 final.
Still Going: Cincinnati Wyoming is 13-0 for the first time in school history following its 14-7 win over Springfield Shawnee in D-III.
O-Goody: When Ottawa-Glandorf head coach Ken Schriner took over the Titans program in 1996, he inherited a team coming off an 0-10 season. Now, 13 years later, Schriner has led O-G to eight playoff berths and its first state semifinal appearance thanks to a 21-20 win over Orrville in D-IV.
OFFF-ense: Delphos St. John’s rushed for 385 yards in its 34-31 OT win over Ada…Maple Heights had 377 yards of offense and scored five TDs that covered 304 yards (average of 61 yards per play) in its 34-21 win over Toledo St. Francis in D-II.
DEFFF-ense: Grove City Christian forced five turnovers and scored TDs off of three of them in a 20-8 win over Malvern in D-VI…Steubenville limited Dover to 113 total yards –including nine in the first half – in its 28-14 win in D-III…Elder intercepted more Anderson passes (three) than the Redskins completed (two) in its 28-21 win in D-I…Winton Woods held Trotwood-Madison, which was averaging 42 points per game in the postseason, to single-digits in its 28-7 win in D-II…Hilliard Davidson recorded three turnovers against Dublin Coffman and scored TDs as a result of two of them in a 22-7 win in D-I…Patrick Henry held Defiance Tinora to 20 yards of offense in the first en route to building a 21-0 lead and holding on for a 28-21 win in D-V.
Score of the Week: Mentor Lake Catholic 45, Ashland 42: Deadlocked 14-14 at halftime, the two teams exploded for 59 points in the final 24 minutes. There were nine lead changes, including six in the third quarter, as Lake Catholic ended with 544 yards to Ashland’s 416.
Score of the Week II: Youngstown Ursuline 47, Cuyahoga Heights 28: Cuyahoga Heights outgained the defending D-V state champions 304-158 in the first half and outscored them 28-14. In the second half, the Irish rallied with 33 points and held Heights to 46 total yards. Allen Jones led Ursuline with 237 yards on 28 carries and was a big reason the Irish ran for 286 yards in the second half. Jones scored four TDs.
Division 2, Region 5
Mentor Lake Catholic 45, Ashland 42
Division 2, Region 6
Maple Heights 34, Toledo St. Francis 21
Division 2, Region 7
Columbus Marion-Franklin 31, Columbus Brookhaven 24
Division 2, Region 8
Cincinnati Winton Woods 28, Trotwood-Madison 7
Division 3, Region 09
Youngstown Mooney 24, Poland Seminary 7
Division 3, Region 10
Columbus DeSales 24, Columbus Watterson 10
Division 3, Region 11
Steubenville 28, Dover 14
Division 3, Region 12
Cincinnati Wyoming 14, Springfield Shawnee 7
Division 5, Region 17
Youngstown Ursuline 47, Cuyahoga Heights 28
Division 5, Region 18
Hamler Patrick Henry 28, Defiance Tinora 21
Division 5, Region 19
West Lafayette Ridgewood 21, Fredericktown 14
Division 5, Region 20
Coldwater 47, St. Henry 41, 4OT
Division I, Region 1
Cleveland Glenville 28, Solon 27
Division I, Region 2
Massillon Washington 10, Canton McKinley 7
Division I, Region 3
Hilliard Davidson 22, Dublin Coffman 7
Division I, Region 4
Cincinnati Elder 28, Cincinnati Anderson 21
Division IV, Region 13
Chagrin Falls 58, Peninsula Woodridge 28
Division IV, Region 14
Ottawa-Glandorf 21, Orrville 20
Division IV, Region 15
Coshocton 20, Ironton 14, OT
Division IV, Region 16
Kettering Alter 32, Clarksville Clinton-Massie 7
Division VI, Region 21
Norwalk St. Paul 28, Bucyrus Wynford 21
Division VI. Region 22
Delphos St. John’s 34, Ada 31, OT
Division VI, Region 23
Grove City Christian 20, Malvern 8
Division VI, Region 24
Maria Stein Marion Local 27, Ft. Loramie 0