Central Ohio Huddle: Aces open with a win in meeting of district champs

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Central Ohio Huddle

A pair of Franklin County football powers get to play for a state
championship this weekend as Hilliard Davidson will go against
Cleveland Glenville on Saturday night in Canton for the Division I
state title and DeSales tries to do its best Rocky impersonation
against Youngstown Cardinal Mooney in the Division III state title game
on Friday morning in Massillon.


A pair of Franklin County football powers get to play for a state
championship this weekend as Hilliard Davidson will go against
Cleveland Glenville on Saturday night in Canton for the Division I
state title and DeSales tries to do its best Rocky impersonation
against Youngstown Cardinal Mooney in the Division III state title game
on Friday morning in Massillon.

Girls basketball season
opened up over the weekend with a wide slate of games and the boys
basketball and wrestling begins play on Friday.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

Hilliard Davidson, football:
Davidson not only gained an opportunity to play for its second state
title but also landed a big win for central Ohio football as the
Wildcats upset Cincinnati Elder 24-21 in a Division I state semifinal
game.

The Wildcats had to step-up the winning score not
with its famed option-based, clock draining traditional attack but with
the pass. Davidson amassed an 80-yard drive in the last two minutes
with the help of a passing attack as quarterback Jake Trubiano
connected with Tyler Talbott for plays of 23 and 20 yards to set up a
two-yard plunge into the end zone by Spencer Delande with 33 ticks
remaining on the clock.

On Elder’s next play, Davidson linebacker Kenny Klatt intercepted a pass to punch the ’Cats ticket to Canton.

Davidson
used 304 yards rushing to outgain Elder 347-229. The Wildcats were
paced by Trubiano picking up 132 yards on 24 carries and scoring on TD
runs of one and eight yards. Andy Conkle had 75 yards on 11 totes and
Delande added 17 carries for 72 yards.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Chris Rock, DeSales football:
Rock had three sacks and a deflected pass to help the Stallions defeat
Cincinnati Wyoming 24-7 in a Division III state semifinal game. DeSales
posted five sacks for the night and held Wyoming’s spread offense.
Wyoming quarterback Kyle Seyfried was held to 9 of 23 passing and 41
yards rushing on 23 totes.

NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS

Turnovers doom Marion-Franklin:
The Red Devils saw their highly successful season come to an end with a
69-35 Division II state semifinal loss to Cincinnati Winton Woods.
After trading scoring punches with Winton Woods early, Marion-Franklin
turned the ball over three straight times, all leading to touchdowns
for the Cincinnati-area power in the second and third quarters.

Red
Devil quarterback Verlon Reed ran for three touchdowns and gained 204
yards on just 14 carries and passed for 213 yards and two more scores.

Grove City Christian bows out:
The Eagles left a strong building point for the fourth year football
program with a regional championship, but the magic ran out for Grove
City Christian in a 52-7 loss to northeast Ohio power Norwalk St. Paul
in a Division VI state semifinal contest.

Aces open with win:
In a battle of Division III Central District champions from a season
ago, Amanda-Clearcreek turned to 20 points from Jenna Ruble to defeat
host Marion Pleasant 45-32 in a girls basketball game. Haley Mathes
added eight points for the Aces, which used an 11-3 run in the second
quarter to take a 24-12 lead and never looked back.

Perfect weekend for Ridgedale:
Ridgedale is off to a 2-0 start on the season after two wins over the
opening weekend, including a 44-32 win over Colonel Crawford. The
Rockets were paced by Kerissa Johnson with 14 points and Taylor Bradley
adding 10. Ridgewood dominated the third quarter by a 15-6 margin.

Fairfield
Union wins opener: One Wyeth was enough to cause Mid-State League
coaches a nervous period of planning to play Fairfield Union.

Now there are two.

Kaity
Wyeth scored nine of her game-high 17 points in the third quarter to
help power a 17-4 Fairfield Union run, and sister Kyleigh Wyeth added
11 points as the Falcons defeated Granville 50-44.

Utica lands big win:
In a matchup of district runner-ups from a year ago, Abbie Corbett
posted 21 points and dished out four assists to help power a 16-0 run
as Utica landed a come-from-behind 72-68 win over Licking County rival
Heath.

Bridget Davis scored the first five points of
the run for the Redskins on a basket to close the third period and the
first of two three-pointers in the fourth.

Megan White scored 42 points for Heath in the loss, including making all 17 free throws she attempted.

All-Ohio honors:
Dublin Coffman Mark Crabtree won state coach of the year honors in
Division I and Brian Cross won the same honor in Division II at
Olentangy Orange to help highlight All-Ohio football honors for central
Ohio in the top two divisions. Powerful tailback Devin Clodfelter of
Independence was named state offensive player of the year in Division
II.

ON TAP

DeSales (11-3) vs. Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (14-0) football, Friday at 11 a.m. at Massillon:
The Stallions rolled to a 24-7 win last week over Cincinnati Wyoming to
get the chance of playing for their fourth state championship. DeSales
goes up against one of the best teams in the state, regardless of
division. Cardinal Mooney dismantled Steubenville in their state
semifinal game and are averaging 36 points per game on offense, while
DeSales is yielding 15 points per game on defense.

Hilliard Davidson (12-1) vs. Cleveland Glenville (13-1) football, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Canton:
Davidson is aiming for its second state title after defeating
Cincinnati Elder 24-21 last week. The Wildcats will try to get their
running game in high gear against Glenville, who knocked off Massillon
last week.

Zane Trace Tip-Off Classic, Friday and Saturday:
Two central Ohio boys basketball district champions from a season ago
participate in the annual classic on Friday as Bloom-Carroll takes on
Zane Trace at 6:15 p.m. and Logan Elm, who made the Final Four last
year, plays Waverly at 8 p.m. Grandview Heights, a regional runner-up
from a season ago, takes on West Union at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday.

Logan Elm at Amanda-Clearcreek girls basketball, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.:
The Mid-State League Buckeye opener for both teams takes on important
significance as both teams are expected to contend for a league title.
Logan Elm will have to stop the strong post game of the defending
league champion Aces.

Gahanna at Newark boys basketball, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.:
With an infusion of transfer talent to go with a good base, Gahanna is
one of the teams to watch in the Central District this season as the
Lions travel to traditional power Newark for an early season test.

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