Morning Huddle: Penalties on the way for Elyria Catholic football


JJ’s Morning Huddle: A daily dose of News, Notes & Nuggets from around the state

• Wayne QB Braxton Miller back in starting lineup

• Ursuline moves up in national volleyball rankings

• Centerville to play St. Ignatius for first time in 19 years

• Kenton’s Maty Mauk ranked fourth in country in passing last week

Penalties on the way for Elyria Catholic: We don’t know what the repercussions will be, but Elyria Catholic was found to have violated an OHSAA recruiting rule (Bylaw 4-9-3) when a member of the school’s football coaching staff spoke to two eighth-grade students in an attempt to recruit them to the school. A wide range of penalities could be levied against the team, and the ruling might cast a dark cloud over an otherwise great season. At the moment, Elyria Catholic is 3-0 and was ranked No. 5 in the most recent Associated Press Division IV state poll.

Braxton Miller back in the saddle: After sitting out during Week 2 with a sprained ankle, Huber Heights Wayne’s senior quarterback Braxton Miller returned last weekend to lead his team to a win against Seneca (Louisville, Ky.). The Ohio State commit threw for 92 yards, connecting on 10 of 23 passes. Anthone Taylor lead the team in rushing with 25 carries good for 131 yards. Expect Miller to start in tomorrow’s home game against 3-0 Trotwood-Madison.

Volleyball wars: No. 1 Cincinnati Ursuline eked out a win against Cincinnati’s No. 2 team, Mount Notre Dame, Tuesday. The final tally in the back-and-forth battle? 25-21, 24-26, 25-13, 20-25, 15-8. “I was hoping we would use our experience, and it would kind of take over a little bit,” coach Jeni Case told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “We started OK, but we had a lot of unforced errors. We usually don’t do that, and against a good team you can’t let them back in the game.” Ursuline moved up one slot to No. 8 in the country in the most recent MaxPreps’ Xcellent 25 volleyball rankings.

Centerville to play St. Ignatius for first time in 19 years: Cleveland St. Ignatius will travel to Centerville on Saturday for a key matchup. It’ll be the first time the two teams have met since the 1991 state championships game, which St. Ignatius won 24-21. “We have a good team, but we’re a little mysterious,” St. Ignatius coach Chuck Kyle told the Dayton Daily News. They’re a young squad that had to replace nearly their entire starting lineup from last year. Despite a 2-1 record, though, St. Ignatius is still ranked No. 7 in The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer area Top 25. Centerville’s 3-0 and their offensive line has Kyle worried. “That’s a good group,” Kyle says. “You watch the first three games, and, oh my. You preach controlling the line of scrimmage. It’s safe to say they have.”

Kenton’s Maty Mauk ranked fourth in country in passing last week: Kenton quarterback Maty Mauk threw for 481 yards last week. That was good enough for the No. 4 slot in national passing stats for Week 3 on MaxPreps. The rankings, which may not be all inclusive, are topped by Sherman Texas quarterback Thor Long. Long was 20 of 37 for 562 yards with 5 touchdowns against Highland Park (Dallas) in a 43-42 loss. Mauk was 35 of 55 for 481 yards with 7 touchdowns against Lima Shawnee in a 54-14 win. Mauk has throw for more than 450 yards in each of the first three games of the season. If he keeps up that pace, he could throw for more than 4,500 yards this season.

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