Our weekly look back at the
state’s top performances
and newsmakers continues. Who are the JJHuddle
Offensive, Defensive and
Special Teams players of the week? Who rushed for 381 yards and six TDs? Who threw for 580 yards? Who caught 19 passes? What team is 6-0 for the first time ever? We
know…here’s the week’s BEST.
When the calendar hits October and the high school football regular season winds down, talk regarding the Greater Catholic League usually revolves around four schools: Moeller, St. Xavier, Elder and Kettering Alter.
This year that’s not the case. Two other GCL teams – LaSalle and Fenwick – are stealing headlines and deservedly so.
With a 33-7 home victory over Walsh Jesuit on Friday, LaSalle is the lone unbeaten in the GCL South and is 6-0 for the first time in the school’s 50-year history.
Fenwick is also 6-0 after its latest outing – a 55-28 drubbing of previously unbeaten Roger Bacon. Against the Spartans, the Falcons rolled up 617 yards of offense and had three backs go over 100 yards each. Their QB – junior Austin Gearing – also threw for over 100 yards.
Now, though, things get interesting for both the Lancers and Falcons.
LaSalle closes the season with a gauntlet that includes St. Xavier, Moeller, Columbus DeSales and Elder. The Lancers are just 3-13 against that quartet since 2006 and went 0-4 against the same slate last year.
Fenwick still has to face Chaminade Julienne, Alter, Hamilton Badin and Carroll. The Falcons were 5-0 last year before losing to all four of those clubs and McNicholas.
What this means? There’s still a ton of football to be played.
OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Braden Billger and Shawn Feirestein, Celina: Tandem tore up Lima Shawnee in a 43-36 come-from-behind win. Celina trailed 36-21 heading into the fourth quarter. Billger, a sophomore QB, completed 44-of-62 passes for 580 yards and four TDs. His favorite target was Feirestein who hauled in 19 receptions for 266 yards and a TD. Coming into the game, Feirestein had 21 catches for 200 yards and a TD in the first five weeks. With last week’s 50-30 win over Van Wert included, Billger has now completed 78-of-120 passes for 1,053 yards and nine TDs in the last two games.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Zak Echols, Rocky River: Senior WR/DB had two interceptions, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble in a 44-30 win over Midview. On offense he added seven receptions for 192 yards and four TDs.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
George Walker, Springfield: The junior QB/DB/KR delivered when it mattered most in a 28-21 win over Wayne. After the Wildcats blew a 21-0 fourth quarter lead and saw the Warriors tie the contest 21-21, Walker returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards for the winning TD. Walker also scored on a 9-yard run in the third quarter and picked off Wayne QB Braxton Miller (Ohio State recruit) in the end zone with six seconds left to seal the victory.
Elijah Scott, Bexley: Senior RB set a school record with 381 yards and six TDs on 22 carries in a 42-21 win over Herbon Lakewood.
Maty Mauk and Max Morrison, Kenton: Duo came up big in a 60-0 win over Lima Bath. Mauk completed 29-of-42 passes for 390 yards and six TDs and also ran for 144 yards and another score. His favorite target was Morrison who hauled in 17 passes for 249 yards and four TDs.
Zach Bermejo, Northwood: RB set a school record with six TDs in a 43-13 win over Hilltop. Bermejo ran for four TDs, caught a TD pass and returned a kickoff 84 yards for another TD.
Austin Jarbo, Preble Shawnee: Junior QB threw six TD passes and ran for another TD in a 60-24 win over Dayton Northridge.
Mark Noble, Akron Manchester: RB scored a school record six TDs and rushed for 166 yards in a 46-20 win over Tuslaw.
Trent Toothman, Salem: Senior QB threw for 297 yards and two TDs and ran for 107 yards and three TDs in a 43-21 win over previously unbeaten Campbell Memorial.
Marcus Fuller, Ashland: Senior QB ran for four TDs and threw for two more in a 49-20 win over Mansfield Senior. He also completed 21-of-23 passes for 286 yards.
Reese Klenke, Coldwater: Senior WR caught four TD passes, two each from Austin Bruns and Ethan Bettinger, in a 42-0 win over Parkway. Klenke, who now has 13 TD receptions on the season, ended the night with 10 receptions for 227 yards.
Jordie Scanlon, Clinton-Massie: Senior RB had 296 yards and four TDs on 29 carries in a 49-0 win over London.
Danny Reaser, Elyria Catholic: Senior QB completed 24-of-42 passes for 349 yards and five TDs in a 54-31 win over Garfield Heights Trinity.
Zach Kinnick, St. Clairsville: QB completed 23 passes for 370 yards and two TDs, rushed for another 60 yards ad had an interception on defense in a 47-7 win over Indian Creek.
Kaleb Goins., Lehman Catholic: Senior RB tallied 265 yards and three TDs on 21 carries in a 33-14 win over Columbus Ready. He also had 11 tackles on defense.
Craig Wallace, Ponitz: Senior QB threw for three TDs and ran for three more in a 50-26 win over Belmont. Wallace also threw for three 2-point conversions and ran for another. He ended the game with 229 yards passing and 189 yards rushing.
D.J. Gray, West Jefferson: Senior QB averaged 29 yards on his eight completions in a 51-6 win over Fisher Catholic. Gray completed 8-of-10 passes for 234 yards and three TDs. He also ran for two TDs.
Zeke Young, Cedarville: Junior RB scored three different ways in a 45-24 win over Greeneview. Young ran for a TD, caught a TD pass and returned a kickoff 89 yards for another TD.
Nate Clark and Joey McCafferty, Eaton: Clark, a junior RB, carried the ball 42 times for 210 yards and four TDs in a 42-7 win over Monroe. McCafferty registered 16 tackles and also scored two TDs, one each rushing and receiving.
Nick VanHoose, Graham: Senior RB and Indiana recruit accounted for 33 points in a 36-22 win over Greenon. VanHoose ran for four TDs, kicked a 26-yard field goal and connected on three PATs.
Taylor McBride, Beallsville: DL registered 11 tackles, including a sack, and had an interception in a 28-0 loss to Caldwell.
Matt Debick, Gilmour Academy: QB was perfect in a 42-6 win over Gibsonburg. Debick completed all 15 of his pass attempts for 169 yards and four TDs.
Heath Harding, Dayton Christian: Sophomore RB caught two TD passes, ran for a TD and returned a kickoff 89 yards for another TD in a 37-14 win over Lima Perry.
James White, Hamilton Township: RB ran for 146 yards and three TDs and returned an interception 25-yards for another TD in a 30-27 win over Circleville.
Dakota Dartis, North College Hill: Senior QB completed 15-of-23 passes for 315 yards and three TDs in a 27-3 win over Cincinnati Country Day.
Marcus Foster, Troy: Junior RB/DB had a huge overall game in the Trojans 34-7 win over Vandalia-Butler. Foster scored a rushing, TD, caught a TD pass, returned two kickoffs for 66 yards and had an interception.
Eric Devlin, Willard: RB scored four TDs and had 144 yards on 17 carries in a 33-28 win over Norwalk. He also caught eight passes for 135 yards.
Zak Bowman, Fremont St. Joseph: Senior RB carried the ball 30 times for 180 yards and scored all three of his team’s TDs in a 24-14 win over Hopewell-Loudon.
DeVonte Ransom, Maple Heights: Senior RB ran for four TDs and 185 yards on 32 carries in a 49-21 win over Bedford.
George Gresko, Eastlake North: QB completed 16-of-22 passes for 356 yards and two TDs in a 52-38 win over Chardon.
Demond Hymes, Warren Harding: RB scored three TDs and rushed for 235 yards on 27 carries in a 42-14 win over Euclid.
Andrew Hayes, Genoa: Senior DL had 18 tackles including six TFL in a 32-20 win over Eastwood.
Robbie Plagens, Rocky River: QB completed 19-of-23 passes for 348 yards and five TDs in a 44-30 win over Midview.
Jonathan Brick, Westlake: RB carried the ball 40 times for 242 yards and three TDs in a 21-7 win over North Olmstead.
Ridgewood Runs Win Streak To 30, Coach Ties Career Wins Mark: The Generals won their 30th straight home game in Inter-Valley Conference play with a 48-13 win over Magnolia Sandy Valley. Since 2002 Ridgewood is 55-3 in the IVC. Head coach John Slusser (sixth year) also tied Russ Ashkettle on the school’s all-time wins list with 56.
How good is Ohio football? Consider this score: Dayton Dunbar 19, Louisville Male 13. Dunbar won its fourth straight game after an 0-2 start by beating the No. 3 ranked team in Kentucky’s Class 6-A rankings. In Kentucky, Class 6-A equals Division I in Ohio. Male is a “big boy” in Kentucky. Dunbar is in Division III in Ohio. Leo Montgomery ran for two TDs for Dunbar, but the game-winning TD was produced by QB Kris Hall and Keonte Brown who hooked up for a 21-yard fourth quarter score. Dunbar rallied from a 13-7 halftime deficit to get the win.
Making It Count: Clinton-Massie senior QB Jake Richardson completed just two passes but both went for TDs in a 49-0 win over London.
Almost Perfect: Pickerington North QB Zach Olszewski completed 12-of-13 passes for 247 yards and three TDs in a 45-14 win over Reynoldsburg. He also ran for a TD.
Memorable Win: Gates Mills Hawken head coach Cliff Walton won his 200th game as the Hawks beat Richmond heights 60-0.
Bucyrus Wynford Win Streak Reaches 44: The Royals extended the state’s longest regular season winning streak to 44 with a 44-13 win over Riverdale. How poetic. This week Wynford travels to Colonel Crawford (4-2). The Royals last regular season loss was to Sycamore Mohawk on Oct. 1, 2006.
Genoa Runs Win Streak To 35: The Comets won their 35th straight regular season game by beating Pemberville Eastwood 32-20. Genoa is at Gibsonburg (0-6) this week.
OFFF-ense: Centerville outgained rival Kettering Fairmont 537-39 in total yards and had 32 first downs to the Firebirds three in a 45-0 win…Lehman Catholic churned out 506 yards, including 371 on the ground, in a 33-14 win over Columbus Ready…Defiance Tinora has outscored opponents 239-18 this season.
DEFFF-ense: Watterson held Greenville to 37 total yards in a 72-0 win…Eastmoor scored on a fumble return, an interception return and a punt return in an 82-3 win over Columbus South…North Union held River Valley to 13 yards rushing on 31 attempts in a 37-7 win. RV had 80 yards total…Springboro held Sidney to one yard rushing in a 35-14 win…Twinsburg scored on an interception return, a fumble recovery and a punt return in a 56-7 win over Lakewood…Avon Lake forced six turnovers (four interceptions and two fumble recoveries) in a 42-7 win over Midpark.
WEEK 6 SCORES