Central Ohio Huddle: Power shift in D-I football? Davidson’s win suggests so


Central Ohio Huddle

Coming into this decade, central Ohio had little success against
Division I schools from Cincinnati and Cleveland in the state football

That’s changed.

Coming into this decade, central Ohio had little success against Division I schools from Cincinnati and Cleveland in the state football playoffs.

That’s changed.

Hilliard Davidson capped off the fall sports season in a big way for the region, winning central Ohio’s third big-school division state championship of the decade with a 16-15 win over Cleveland Glenville. The state title was the second for Davidson in four years.

Now Davidson joins the rest of central Ohio schools in focusing on winter sports as wrestling began over the past weekend with several tournaments dotting the area, including at Circleville, Olentangy, Hamilton Township and DeSales. Boys basketball also started off as several area schools traveled to Zane Trace for the school’s annual Tip-Off Classic. Logan Elm and Bloom-Carroll were among schools returning with victories from the classic.


Hilliard Davidson, football: Hilliard Davidson was waiting for one big play.

Jake Trubiano provided it.

The Davidson quarterback busted through the Cleveland Glenville defense for a 73-yard scamper late in the fourth quarter to set up a two-yard touchdown run by Spencer Delande on an option pitch with 1:04 remaining.

Then, following a timeout, Davidson wasn’t going to be satisfied to tie Glenville with an extra point.

Head coach Brian White and the Wildcats went for the win, as they did in 2006 in a state title game against Mentor, and Trubiano ran in a two-point conversion to send Davidson to its second state championship in four years with a 16-15 decision in Canton.

Delande ended the Division I title game with 12 seconds left by intercepting a Glenville Hail Mary attempt to officially start the celebration.

Trubiano had a memorable game for the Wildcats, rolling up 196 yards on 18 carries.


Jenna Ruble, Amanda-Clearcreek girls basketball: Ruble has been a powerful inside force early for the Aces. The A-C junior dropped 25 points on visiting Logan Elm in a 61-51 Mid-State League Buckeye victory for the defending league champions. Amanda-Clearcreek is off to a 2-0 start and has another big league game on Friday against county rival Fairfield Union.


DeSales falls short: The Stallions went against perhaps the school of the decade in the state – Youngstown-power Cardinal Mooney and fell 35-7 in a Division III state championship game. DeSales’ Jake Edsinger scored the only touchdown for the Stallions on a seven-yard tote. Quarterback Nick Gentile gained 107 yards rushing on 26 carries. DeSales settled for its fifth state runner-up finish in school history.

SCOL shines at Circleville wrestling tournament:
A pair of South Central Ohio League schools took top honors at the Circleville Kiwanis Invitational as London won the tournament with 191.5 points and Washington Court House was second with 151.

London took four first-place honors – Aaron Thompson, 119 pounds; Matt Perez, 125; Ronnie Calvin, 135 and Galo Santon 140. Washington Court House also had four first-place finishes – Caleb Huffman, 130; Paul Gryniuk, 171; Spencer Shaw, 189 and Riley Shaw, 215.

Putting in overtime:
If Bloom-Carroll wanted to get some work in during its opening game of the season, the Bulldogs won’t disappointed. Bloom-Carroll and Zane Trace played three overtimes at the Zane Trace Tip-Off Classic as the Bulldogs prevailed 73-69.

A.J. Ireland hit a three-pointer and added an old-fashion three-point play before fouling out with 15 points.

Winning opener:
Westerville Central emerged from Newark with a 59-48 win to open the boys basketball season. The Warhawks held Newark to 30 percent shooting from the field.

Max Van Meter had 13 points and eight rebounds for Central and Jourdan Devoll and Nick Vannett both chipped in 11 points.

Big Burg:
The Centerburg boys basketball team had a successful beginning with a 63-38 win over Northmor. Centerburg was paced by Skyler Simpson dropping 20 points as the Trojans led 31-19 at the break.

Doing the little things:
Free throw shooting down the stretch can often leave coaches wanting a pair of Advils. Not so for River Valley, which made 20 of 26 free throw attempts, concluding several in the closing minutes to take a 54-49 win over Ridgedale.

Mike Simmons paced Valley with 17 points. Nick McCleese scored 13 points in his first varsity game as a freshman and Luke McCoy added 10 points.

Getting down on defense:
The Logan Elm boys basketball team lost two 1,000 career point scorers off of last year’s Final Four team, but showcased its defense to take a 55-37 opening win over Waverly at the Zane Trace Tip-Off Classic. The Braves forced 17 turnovers and held Waverly to 21 points in the first three quarters with their tall, lengthy and aggressive defense. Tyler Pritchard was the team MVP for the Braves with 17 points and Adam Blake chipped in 11.

Big run for Harding:
The Marion Harding girls basketball team is off to a 2-0 start after a 62-36 win over Fremont Ross. Harding dropped a 20-5 run on the visitors in the first quarter and cruised to the win, led by Shawnta Dyer with 18 points and Brenae Harris scoring 11 points. Lakia Baldwin added nine markers.


Washington Court House at Miami Trace boys basketball, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: Washington Court House coach Gary Shaffer is closing in on 600 wins. The Blue Lions fell in their season-opener to Lucasville Valley, but are one of the favorites in the South Central Ohio League.

Teays Valley Viking Duals wrestling, Saturday at 9:30 a.m.:
The Vikings are one of the top teams in Division I of the Central District and began their season with a team title at the Olentangy Invitational, led by seven wrestlers participating in championship matches. West Jefferson and Circleville will be among the teams challenging host Teays Valley.

Bishop Ready at Bishop Watterson girls basketball, Saturday at 2 p.m.:
Ready is a favorite to win a Division III district title and Watterson is one of the better teams in Division I as these Central Catholic League rivals meet.

Chillicothe at Logan Elm boys basketball, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.:
This is the fourth meeting between the two schools since Chillicothe knocked off Logan Elm 49-48 in 2008 en route to a state title. Logan Elm won the regular-season and regional semifinal matchups against Chillicothe last year as the Braves made the Final Four. The Cavaliers and Braves are the favorites to make it back to the Sweet 16 out of the Southeast District.

Brookhaven at Northland boys basketball, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.:
The defending state champion Vikings open up their schedule with a tough Columbus City League rival Brookhaven.

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