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Special Teams players of the week? Who rushed for 484 yards? Who snapped a 29-game losing streak? Who accounted for 466 total yards? We know…here’s the week’s BEST.
Fireworks are usually reserved for the Fourth of July, but Bucyrus and Riverdale unleashed a few prematurely last Friday.
The Redmen and Falcons, who had split their previous two games and scored 78 total points in the previous eight quarters against each other, exploded for 91 combined points and over 1,000 total yards in Bucyrus’s 49-42 win.
Individually, Riverdale’s senior QB – Brady Weber – completed 34 passes for 497 yards and four TDs. He also ran for two TDs.
The victors were led by senior RB Britt Cox who carried the ball 25 times for 249 yards and five TDs. Christian Ross helped out with 115 yards and a TD on 11 carries. Ross also returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a score.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jon Overstreet, Centerville: The first-year and senior QB led an offense that gained 484 yards on the ground in a 31-7 rout of Cleveland St. Ignatius by running for 284 yards and two TDs on 30 carries. He also threw a TD for the Elks, who had 514 total yards of offense.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sam Shafer, Buckeye Central: Senior DB/WR filled his season stat sheet with four interceptions – including three in the fourth quarter – in a 21-10 win over Ontario. Shafer also caught five passes for 75 yards and a TD.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ricky Wilson, Licking Valley: Wilson kicked two field goals, but his biggest was the 35-yarder he drilled with six seconds left as the Panthers beat previously unbeaten Heath 24-21. Wilson also had a 28-yard field goal. The victory kept intact LV’s winning streak over Heath, which dates back to 2003.
Marcus Fuller, Ashland: Senior QB surpassed 5,000 career yards and tied his own school record for the third time with five TD passes in a 51-37 win over previously unbeaten Wooster. Fuller, who also ran for a TD and 87 yards on 19 carries, completed 14-of-23 passes for 316 yards. He now has 51 career passing TDs.
Trent Williamson, Westfall: Sophomore QB accounted for 466 total yards and six TDs in a 46-34 win over Unioto. Williams completed 14-of-22 passes for 304 yards and three TDs and carried the ball 25 times for 162 yards and three more scores.
Derick Rudolph, Eastmoor: RB carried the ball 30 times for 311 yards and three TDs in a 55-36 win over Columbus West.
Justin Nevitt, Bellbrook: Senior RB ran for five TDs and 190 yards on 27 carries in a 35-14 win over Milton-Union. What makes it even more remarkable is that coming into the game Nevitt had rushed for 11 yards on eight carries this season. He got the call against Milton because Belbrook’s top two RBs were injured.
Luke Credit, Waynesville: Junior QB accounted for 384 total yards (including 248 on the ground) and three TDs in a 28-24 loss to undefeated Carlisle.
Jacob Dixon, Ashland: Senior DB picked off three passes in a 51-37 win over previously unbeaten Wooster.
Darius Patton, Poland: Senior WR caught 10 passes for 212 yards 3 TDs in a 33-30 win over Cortland Lakeview.
Jake Schneider, Maumee: Junior QB had 377 total yards, including 194 passing and 179 rushing in a 3-18 win over Sylvania Northview. Schneider threw one TD and ran for another as the Panthers rolled up 506 yards of total offense.
Ross Franklin, Johnstown-Monroe: Junior RB had 243 yards rushing and three TDs on just 15 carries in a 42-14 win over Centerburg. He also opened the game with an 82-yard kickoff return that set up the Johnnies first score.
Tyler O’Connor, Lima Central Catholic: Junior QB completed 12-of-19 passes for 217 yards and two TDs, carried the ball 11 times for 116 yards and two TDs, kicked four PATs and added a 22-yard field goal in a 37-6 win over Columbus Grove.
Richie Sanders, Mentor Lake Catholic: Senior RB carried the ball 27 times for 290 yards and two TDs in a 31-14 win over Walsh Jesuit. He also returned an interception for another TD.
Kaleb Goins, Lehman Catholic: Senior RB/DB had his fourth straight 100-yard game, scored two TDs and added 13 tackles on defense in a 28-7 win over Bloomdale Elmwood.
Pernell Conner, Pemberville Eastwood: RB scored five TDs and ran for 193 yards in a 38-14 win over Otsego.
Alex Utley, CVCA: Senior RB ran for 271 yards and scored four TDs on 24 carries in a 41-30 win over Indian Valley.
Austin Pritchard, Strongsville: Junior QB completed 24-of-26 passes for 320 yards and four TDs in a 42-14 win over Hudson.
Eric Martin, Turpin: Senior QB tossed five TD passes and completed 11-of-27 passes for 228 yards in a 48-21 win over Northwest.
Drew Kummer, LaSalle: Senior QB scored TDs on his only two carries and threw TD passes on three of his four completions in a 48-0 win over Indianapolis Northwest. The Lancers are 4-0 for the first time since 2004, which is also the last time they made the playoffs.
Zach Brumbaugh, Toledo Christian: Senior WR caught 11 passes for 242 yards and 2 TDs in a 48-35 loss at Ada.
Rittman Snaps 29-Game Losing Streak: The Indians had not won a Wayne County Athletic League game since 2005, but that stretch of futility came to a resounding end with a 49-30 win over Apple Creek Waynedale. Rittman was led by Brandon Bauman who threw for three TDs and ran for two more. The Indians also returned a blocked punt for a TD and had four interceptions, including one by Bauman who returned it 91 yards to set up one of his five scores.
Here The Train A Coming: Montpelier snapped a 24-game losing streak with an 18-13 win over Swanton. Senior RB Adam Baumgartner led the Locomotives by running for 176 yards and three TDs.
St. Henry Can’t Figure Out Coldwater: The Redskins have to be wondering what they have to do to beat Coldwater. Friday, St. Henry dropped its 15th straight game to its archrival, losing 7-6 in part to a blocked extra point in the fourth quarter. The last time times these teams played – in last year’s Region 20 final – the Cavs escaped with a 47-41 victory in four OTs. St. Henry hasn’t beaten Coldwater since 1996 but has played in three state finals and won two state titles since then.
Bucyrus Wynford Win Streak Reaches 42: The Royals extended the state’s longest regular season winning streak with a 21-7 win over Lucas. The Royals last regular season loss was to Sycamore Mohawk on Oct. 1, 2006.
Genoa Runs Win Streak To 33: The Comets won their 33rd straight regular season game by blasting Elmore Woodmore 57-0. Genoa racked up 500 yards of offense and had seven different players score TDs.
Xenia Loves Late Game Heroics: The Buccaneers are 0-2 in regulation, but are 2-0 in OT. Xenia beat Beavercreek 36-35 in double-OT this past Friday after beating Bellbrook 27-21 in triple-OT in Week 2. In the Week 2 win, Xenia’s Mark Brumley returned an interception 100 yards for a TD in the closing seconds to force OT. In the win last Friday over Beavercreek, Xenia’s James Sanford recovered a Creek fumble on the Bucs 1-yard line with less than a minute to go in regulation. Sanford also had an interception on Xenia’s 2-yardline in the third quarter.
OFFF-ense: Harvest Prep ran for 594 yards and had 629 total in a 77-0 win over Millersport…Eastmoor rushed for 554 yards and had 635 total yards in a 55-36 win over Columbus West…London rushed for 482 yards and had six different players run for a TD in a 55-0 win over previously unbeaten Greenfield McClain…North Union had three players rush for over 100 yards in a 70-6 win over Northmor.
DEFFF-ense: North Union held Northmor to 41 total yards in a 70-6 win…Fredericktown held Johnstown-Northridge to seven yards on the ground (and 106 total) in a 55-3 win.