Playoff Highlights Week 14: Seven TDs, a game-clinching interception and a missed field goal?…


Mooney senior Braylon Heard rushed for 303 yards in the D-III semifnals. (Photo by Gary Housteau)

That’s what the JJHuddle Players of the Week
did in Week 14. What else
happened? One team rolled up 645 yards on the ground, another team survived OT – again and a QB set a record for the second straight week. Here’s what else

If you’re heading to the state football championships this weekend in Stark County, bundle up. The weather forecast for Friday is currently calling for a high of 32 with a chance of snow flurries. On Saturday the high is 37 and partly cloudy.

That being said, the football action should generate some heat.

This past weekend there were several solid performances in the state semifinals that left burn marks on fields all over Ohio.

Here’s who did what:


JJHuddle Offensive Player of the Week
Dominique Brown, Winton Woods:
The senior QB rushed for 249 yards and seven TDs on 24 carries in the Warriors 69-35 win over Marion-Franklin in a D-II semifinal.

JJHuddle Defensive Player of the Week
Kenny Klatt, Hilliard Davidson:
After his teammates drove 80 yards for the go-ahead TD with 33 seconds remaining, Klatt intercepted a Cincinnati Elder pass on the Panthers ensuing possession to seal the Wildcats 24-20 win in a D-I semifinal.

JJHuddle Special Teams Player of the Week
Christian Bryant, Glenville and AJ Fox, Youngstown Mooney:
Despite missing a field goal and an extra point, Bryant responded by drilling a 28-yard field goal and two PATs in the Tarblooders 31-17 win over Massillon Washington. As a standout DB/WR, Bryant has earned scholarship offers from Ohio State, Michigan State, Tennessee and others. Fox made all six of his PAT attempts against Steubenville and added a 43-yard field goal and 63-yard punt in the 45-7 victory.


Verlon Reed, Marion-Franklin: The senior QB rushed for 204 yards and three TDs and also passed for 213 yards and two scores in a 69-35 loss to Winton Woods in D-II.

Cardale Jones, Quarterback, Cleveland Glenville:
Glenville’s 6-foot-5, 210-pound quarterback was a one-man wrecking crew as his Tarblooders beat Massillon 31-17 in a Division I state semifinal game. Jones was 9-of-20 passing for 199 yards and two scores with no picks. He also carried the ball 16 times for 150 yards. With just over five minutes left on the clock, he scampered 26 yards for the game’s dagger.

Keith Wenning, Coldwater:
A week after breaking one Coldwater single-season record, the senior QB did it again. Throwing for four TDs in the Cavs 35-24 win over Patrick Henry in D-V, Wenning upped his record tally to 37 TD tosses on the season. He also ended the game in possession of the school’s single-season passing yardage mark with 3,222 yards.

Braylon Heard, Running Back, Youngstown Mooney:
The senior RB exploded for 303 yards and three TD runs, including one that went 94 yards, in a shocking 45-7 dismantling of Steubenville in D-III.

Allen Jones, Running Back, Youngstown Ursuline:
The senior RB broke Ursuline’s career rushing record with 159 yards (and two TDs) on 19 carries in a 48-6 win over West Lafayette Ridgewood in D-V.


Dancing Too: While his former school – Glenville – was busy making the D-I state finals, Maple Heights QB Shaq Washington already knew he’d punched his ticket to Stark County as well. Washington ran for 193 yards and a TD on 30 carries in the Mustangs 21-14 win over Mentor Lake Catholic.
Heck of a Decade:
Elder won’t have a chance to win its third state title this weekend, but the Panthers, who fell 24-20 to Hilliard Davidson in a D-I state semi, has plenty to hang their hats on. Over the past 10 seasons, Elder is 94-31 (.752) with six regional final appearances, three state-title games, four regional championships and the first two football state titles in school history. In 2002, Elder became the first Cincinnati school to win a state title since Princeton in 1987 and be repeating in 2003, the Panthers became the first Cincinnati school to win back-to-back titles since Moeller in 1979 and 1980.

Winton Woods rushed for 645 yards in its 69-35 victory over Marion-Franklin and was led by senior FB Jeremiah Goins who had 264 yards and two TDs on 18 carries.

Kettering Alter has allowed 13 points in four playoff games. Coshocton scored first on the Knights in the D-IV semifinals, but the Knights responded with 31 straight points. The week prior, Clinton-Massie scored first on Alter before the Knights scored the next 32 points.

Score of the Week:
Hilliard Davidson 24, Cincinnati Elder 20: The Wildcats drove 80 yards on their final possession of the game to stun Elder at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium in a D-I semifinal. Davidson, an option team, completed two passes of 20-plus yards on the closing drive, which ended with a 2-yard TD run by Spencer Delande with 33 seconds left.


Division II State Tournament Semifinals

Cincinnati Winton Woods 69, Columbus Marion-Franklin 35
Maple Heights 21, Mentor Lake Catholic 17

Division III State Tournament Semifinals

Columbus DeSales 24, Cincinnati Wyoming 7
Youngstown Mooney 45, Steubenville 7

Division V State Tournament Semifinals

Coldwater 35, Hamler Patrick Henry 24
Youngstown Ursuline 48, W. Lafayette Ridgewood 6


Division I State Tournament Semifinals

Hilliard Davidson 24, Cincinnati Elder 20
Cleveland Glenville 31, Massillon Washington 17

Division IV State Tournament Semifinals

Kettering Alter 31, Coshocton 6
Chagrin Falls 20, Ottawa-Glandorf 14

Division VI State Tournament Semifinals

Delphos St. John’s 13, Marion Local 7 (ot)
Norwalk St. Paul 52, Grove City Christian 7

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