Supporters of the Hilliard Davidson-Dublin Coffman game gave it a great run, but the winner of this week’s Central Ohio McDonald’s and JJHuddle Game of the Week is the annual Central Ohio clash between parochial powers DeSales and Watterson. Can the Eagles snap a five-game skid to their rivals? See what we think and Vote for Week 9 Now!
The Central Ohio McDonald’s and JJHuddle Game of the Week for Week 8 is: DeSales at Watterson
Here’s how the voting went:
Hilliard Davidson at Dublin Coffman 31.58%
Big Walnut at New Albany 13.68%
DeSales at Watterson 53.68%
Marion Franklin at Eastmoor 1.05%
CENTRAL OHIO MCDONALD’S AND JJHUDDLE GAME OF THE WEEK
DESALES (4-3) VS WATTERSON (5-1)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Crew Stadium
Last Year: DeSales won 17-10 in regular season and 24-10 in Region 10 Final
Series: The Eagles owned the Stallions from 2001-06 (won nine straight), but since then DeSales has won five straight, including two playoff meetings the last two years.
When DeSales has the ball: Since leaving a 13-10 OT loss to New Albany in Week 3 with a high-ankle sprain, junior RB Warren Ball, an Ohio State recruit, hasn’t seen action. While DeSales is pretty tight-lipped on the subject one has to think Ball plays this week if at all possible. If not, the Stallions will continue to lean on a stable of ballcarriers led by Evan Kendrick. Senior QB Nick Gentile continues to be a key for DeSales as well. Gentile has rushed for a team-high 544 yards and six TDs. He’s also thrown for 350 yards and a TD. Scoring has been a problem for the Stallions lately as they’ve been shut out twice in their last three games (by Orchard Lake St. Mary, Mich. and Lakewood St. Edward). Since that week 3 loss to New Albany, DeSales is 2-3 overall. Their schedule is ridiculously brutal.
Watterson’s defense has allowed 36 points all year and has recorded three shutouts, including two in a row. Standout DL Hunter Maynard (Ball State) anchors the defensive unit.
When Watterson has the ball: The Eagles, like the Stallions, are going to run. Senior Matt Redfield (offer from Illinois State) leads the team in rushing, while Ray Cook, Isiah Murray and Daniel Gelpi also log carries. Senior QB Pat Rhomberg can throw it as well (500 yards passing). Watterson is 5-0 when it scores 20 points or more. In three of their last four games, the Eagles have posted scoring outputs of 56, 63 and 72 points.
Michigan recruit Chris Rock anchors the DeSales defense, which has been seasoned by games against New Albany, Mooney and St. Edward.
Who Wins: Watterson 20-13
Check back Friday night for Players of the Game and a recap of the action.
WEEK 9 GAMES
Get a head start and push for the ONE you want. The voting will run from now until next Wednesday at midnight. Here are the choices:
Hilliard Davidson at Upper Arlington
Groveport-Madison at Lancaster
Dublin Scioto at Dublin Jerome
West Jefferson at Licking Heights