Chagrin Falls is 13-0 for a reason and in its 58-28 domination of Peninsula Woodridge in the Division IV regional finals last weekend, it showed just how dominating it could be. Now, can the Tigers keep it going? Several other Northeast Ohio football teams also vie for state final berths this weekend as well.
Chagrin Falls is 13-0 for a reason and in its 58-28 domination of Peninsula Woodridge in the Division IV regional finals last weekend, it showed just how dominating it could be.
Falls racked up 618 total yards of offense, which is unheard of this late in the postseason. Chagrin Falls tallied three 100-yard rushers for the game. Quarterback Chris Trinetti had 130 yards and four touchdowns, Bobby Winkelman had 104 yards and Chris Geraci, a receiver, had 101 yards rushing.
Trinetti also passed for two scores and had 228 total yards of offense. He has 11 touchdowns in the past two games alone.
Geraci had a rushing touchdown from 49 yards away and had receiving scores of 31 and 35 yards while totaling 172 yards of offense.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jerrod Ronyak, Mentor Lake Catholic Football: Ronyak went up against Ashland’s Marcus Fuller in a battle of two outstanding quarterbacks when the teams matched up for their Division II regional final.
Ronyak came out on the winning end, 45-42 as his completion to Zach Cvelbar late in the game iced the deal.
Ronyak entered the contest with 2,023 passing yards and 525 rushing yards. He did not disappoint as he was 15 of 26 for 325 yards and a passing touchdown while rushing 19 times for 92 big yards and four more scores. He consistently found a way to lead his team, hitting Tommy Michals for seven passes, 142 yards and a touchdown and Cvelbar with five passes for 128 yards.
In the same game, Fuller was 17 of 26 for 325 yards of his own, three touchdowns and one rushing touchdowns.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Maple Heights Football: Maple Heights is now 11-2 and faces Mentor Lake Catholic in the state semifinals Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Bedford Bearcat Stadium after winning the school’s first-ever regional title, 34-21 over Toledo St. Francis DeSales.
Maple Heights got into the postseason as the No. 6 seed and had to upset three-straight Toledo teams.
Maple Heights put up 377 total yards of offense against a DeSales team allowing just eight points per game and 197 yards of offense per game to its opponents.
Shaq Washington, the do-everything quarterback for Maple Heights, ran for scores of 64 and 34 yards and threw touchdown passes of 59 yards to Andre Stubbs and 64 yards to Ian Hill. Stubbs also added an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Jammin’ Jones: As Youngstown Ursuline enters its Division V state semifinal game against West Lafayette Ridgewood, the opposing Generals best be aware of running back Allen Jones. Jones has run roughshod over Ursuline opponents this year with 243 carries for 2,006 yards and 27 scores. He had 18 of his 237 rushing yards in last week’s 47-28 win over Cuyahoga Heights in the second half.
Ursuline has outscored its opponents 123-42 in the playoffs.
Glenville Gamers: Glenville continued its improbable run to the Division I state title game as it downed Solon 28-27 last week. After routing defending state champion St. Ignatius the previous week, Glenville held a 28-7 halftime lead, only to watch it wither away as previously-undefeated Solon came back.
Glenville was led by Cardale Jones, who was 7 of 12 for 201 yards and three scores in the first half. He finished just 8 of 15 for 206 yards though as Solon clamped down in the second half.
Shane Wynn had scoring passes for 4 and 45 yards, respective for the Tarblooders, who are now 12-1.
Chris Jackson had a 2-yard touchdown run for Solon and Chris Humphrey had touchdown runs of 3 and 4 yards.
Kramer Honored: Gilmour Academy volleyball senior Mary Kramer was named Most Valuable Player of the Independent School League this year. Setter Brittany Link was also honored from the 24-3 Lancers.
Orrviolle Upended: Orrville’s fantastic run through the postseason following a 7-3 regular season came to an end, 21-20 to Ottawa-Glandforf in Division IV. Glandorf got a late touchdown and extra point to earn the win.
Orrville quarterback Joey Besancon was 7 of 17 passing for 113 yards with two touchdown passes to Chase Hoobler. Besancon also rushed for 91 yards on 16 carries as Orrville bowed out at 9-4.
Big Play Arrows: Fuller’s performance was awesome but for the postseason he was outstanding, leading the Arrows through the postseason. He had completed 60 of 93 passes for 832 yards, eight touchowns and three interceptions. He also rushed for three scores and hit on 64 percent of his passes. For the year, as a junior, he was 215 of 363 for 3,148 yards, 30 touchdowns passing and nine touchdowns rushing. He only threw eight picks.
Against Lake Catholic, he found Chris Thomas with seven passes for 153 yards and two scores. Chris Dowiatt also had five receptions for 126 yards and a touchdown while Matt Smith tallied a 95-yard kickoff return.
Krazy Kelly: Although his team lost 58-28 to Chagrin Falls, Peninsula Woodridge running back Anthony Kelly still found time to rush for 219 yards and two touchdowns.
So Long Spider: Massillon Perry football coach John “Spider” Miller resigned last week following a 4-6 campaign and a 30-31 record in six years. The Panthers did reach the playoffs in 2006 and were 9-2, losing in the regional quarterfinals to Massillon 41-20.
Rumor has it that Canal Fulton Northwest coach Vic Whiting, he of Delphos St. John’s winning ways in the late 90’s, may be headed to replace Miller as the Northwest school levies have failed enough to make the district cancel all athletics. Northwest lost to Dover in the second round of the Division III playoffs this year.
Massillon Makes Up: After surrendering 35 points and 364 yards of total offense to rival Canton McKinley in a loss in week 10, Massillon made up for that loss with a 10-7 regional final win over the Bulldogs in Division I last week.
Massillon held McKinley to 219 yards of offense and just an 8-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Ohradzansky to Angelo Powell.
In the meantime, Massillon got a 1-yard run by Jake Reiman (who also had 127 rushing yards) and a 21-yard field goal from Jeremy Geier.
Massillon’s Tyler Miller picked off his second McKinley pass with 45 seconds remaining to ice the game.
Cleveland Glenville vs. Massillon Washington, Division I Football State Semifinal at Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium at University of Akron, 7 p.m., Saturday: Glenville has rocked previously-unbeaten Ignatius and Solon on their way to meeting the tradition-rich Tigers. Glenville is 12-1 (lone loss to Ignatius in week 1) while Massillon is 10-3.
Mentor Lake Catholic vs. Maple Heights, Division II Football State Semifinal at Bedford Bearcat Stadium, 7:30 p.m., Tonight: Lake Catholic is a No. 1 seed and Maple Heights a No. 6 seed playing in its first state semifinal. Lake Catholic is 12-1, Heights 11-2.
Youngstown Cardinal Mooney vs. Steubenville, Division III Football State Semifinal at Canton Fawcett Stadium, 7:30 p.m., Tonight: There is tradition abound in this game as 13-0 Mooney faces 12-1 Steubenville. Mooney routed Poland Seminary 24-7 last week and Steubenville handled Dover 28-14.
Chagrin Falls vs. Ottawa-Glandorf, Division IV Football State Semifinal at Fremont Ross Harmon Stadium, 7 p.m., Saturday: Falls is 13-0 and Glandorf is 11-2. Glandorf needed a late touchdown to beat 9-4 Orrville while Chagrin Falls, led by Chris Trinetti, rocked Peninsula Woodridge 58-28.
Youngstown Ursuline vs. West Lafayette Ridgewood, Division V Football State Semifinal at Canton Central Catholic Lowell Klinefelter Stadium, 7:30 p.m., Tonight: Ursuline has played some of the top big-school competition in the state and is 9-3 while Ridgewood is rocking at 13-0 and has a Wing-T rushing attack spearheaded by Jake Conrad, a big-time talent who holds most of the school’s rushing records.