Friday Night Highlights Week 8: First winning season since 1983, six interceptions and two national records

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New Lebanon Dixie secured its first winning season since 1983 with a win over Mitlon-Union on Friday. (Photo by Nick Falzerano)

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 secured its first winning season in 27 years?
Who intercepted six passes? Who set two national passing records? We
know…here’s the week’s BEST.


My last high school football game ended with a win over New Lebanon Dixie in Week 10 of the 1993 season. A decade before that, the Greyhounds had their last winning season.

Not anymore.

This past Friday, Dixie beat Milton-Union 30-6 to improve to 6-2 and secure its first winning season in 27 years and five Presidencies. The last time Dixie won six games or more was 1983, when it tied Valley View for the Southwestern Buckeye League title.

The Greyhounds have been close lately, finishing each of the past two seasons 5-5. This year they’ll finish better than that.

Hats off to Dixie for finally getting it done.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jared May, Canton South:
Senior QB set a national high school record with 87 pass attempts and tied another with 46 completions in a 35-18 loss to Marlington. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations 2010 Football Record Book, the previous record for pass attempts in a game was 83 set by Brian Kauffman of Maplewood Hill-Murray (Minn.) in 2001. The record for completions has been done three times prior and most recently in 2005. May threw for 446 yards and two TDs. Last week, in a 50-33 win over West Branch, May threw for 560 yards and seven TDs on 42-of-73 passing. Earlier this year May fell one TD shy of tying the national record for TD passes in a game (10) with nine in a 62-14 win over East Palestine.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
T.J. Wilkins, Bellbrook and Levi Miller, Oakwood:
Bellbrook and Oakwood are archrivals and don’t like each other very much. I know from experience. So it’s only fitting that a player from each team shares this week’s Defensive Player of the Week honor. Wilkins, a senior DB, had three interceptions in a 42-14 win over Brookville. Overall the Eagles forced six turnovers and surrendered just 178 total yards. Not to be outdone, Miller, a junior DB, had three interceptions of his own in the Lumberjacks 51-34 win over Monroe. Bellbrook and Oakwood are both 4-4 and play each other this week at Bellbrook.
 
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Billy McGuire, Middletown Madison:
Senior K booted three field goals, including the last one with 15 seconds left, in a 23-21 victory over Preble Shawnee. McGuire hit FGs from 28 and 33 yards and then hit the game-winner from 41. He also kicked a PAT.

BIG PERFORMERS

Brady Weber, Riverdale: QB completed 14-of-16 passes for 257 yards and seven TDs in a 60-21 win over Crestline.

Eric Pugh, Columbus Independence: RB ran for 283 yards and six TDs in a 68-30 win over Columbus West.

Ross Franklin, Johnstown-Monroe:
RB tallied 293 yards and three TDs on 25 carries in a 45-14 win over Danville.

Matt Carpenter, Oakwood: Senior QB accounted for six TDs in a 51-34 win over Monroe. Carpenter ran for 214 yards and four TDs and threw for two more TDs.

Demond Hymes, Warren Harding: RB ran for 345 yards and two TDs on 33 carries in a 20-6 win over Massillon Washington.

Chris Rhodes, Columbus West: QB completed 27-of-53 passes for 399 yards and four TDs in a 68-30 loss to Columbus Independence.

Ty O’Connor, Lima Central Catholic: Junior QB/DB accounted for 32 first half points in a 45-7 win over Bluffton. O’Connor ran for two TDs, threw for a TD, returned an interception for a TD, kicked a 41-yard FG and booted five PATs.

Jalen Campbell, Springboro:
RB ran for 330 yards and two TDs in a 49-42 win over Miamisburg.

Louis Rodriguez, Rhodes:
DE had 10 TFL, including five sacks, in a 34-0 win over Cleveland Collinwood.

Chase Ullman, Orange:
RB registered 318 yards and four TDs in a 33-14 win over Wickliffe.

Andrew Dee and Taylor Hanes, McComb:
QB and WR combo torched Arlington in a 40-27 win. Dee completed 33-of-51 passes for 374 yards and four TDs, which all went to Hanes. Dee also ran for a TD.

Cardale Jones, Glenville:
Senior QB accounted for five TDs in a 53-0 win over John Adams. Jones ran for three scores and threw for two more.

Austin Bruns and Reese Kelnke, Coldwater:
Bruns, a sophomore QB, completed 20-of-34 passes for 318 yards and four TDs in a 42-21 win over Marion Local. He also ran for 66 yards. Kelnke, a senior WR, caught 12 of Bruns’ passes for 204 yards and three TDs. The Cavaliers trailed 21-7 in the second quarter before scoring 35 unanswered points.

Thomas Konkoly, Oak Hills:
Talk about efficiency, Konkoly had it – kind of – in a 35-24 win over Lakota East. The senior RB carried the ball 36 times for just 88 yards but he scored four TDs, including two in the fourth quarter to cap a comeback from a 24-14 deficit.

Akise Teague, Ursuline:
Senior RB ran for 205 yards and two TDs in a 24-3 win over Steubenville.

Trevor Henderson, Loveland:
Junior WR/DB caught two TD passes and had two interceptions as the Tigers won their second game of the year with a 21-13 decision over Harrison.

Nick Sivillo, Aurora:
Senior RB/DB ran for a TD, returned a punt for a TD and had an interception in a 37-7 win over Perry.

Sam Stretar, Independence:
QB ran for 248 yards and two TDs and threw for 126 yards and another TD in a 25-17 win over Middlefield Cardinal.

Brad Swavel, Ridegdale:
QB threw for 363 yards and three TDs on 25-of-44 passing in a 62-28 loss to Sparta Highland.

Austin Davenport, Columbus Beechcroft:
Senior WR/DB caught four passes for 191 yards and three TDs in a 26-10 win over Brookhaven. He also had a fumble recovery on defense.

Josh Breece, Pandora-Gilboa:
QB completed 11-of-19 passes for 339 yards and four TDs in a 45-14 win over Van Buren.

David Nay, Galion:
Sophomore RB/LB scored TDs three different ways (rushing, kickoff return and fumble return) in a 54-33 win over Fostoria.

Jordan McCune, Bellville Clear Fork:
Senior RB carried the ball 30 times for 235 yards and three TDs in a 48-33 win over Ashland.

Konnor Baker, Ada:
Junior QB completed 19-of-24 passes for 410 yards and five TDs in a 56-0 win over Allen East.

Jake Boyle, Saline Southern:
QB had an incredible stat line with TDs on five of his seven completions in a 49-8 win over Lowellville. All told he completed 7-of-10 passes for 195 yards and the five TDs.

Cordney Strickland, Sandusky:
RB tallied 252 yards and three TDs on 47 carries in a 21-7 win over Marion Harding.

BIG NEWS

Archbold ends Patrick Henry’s 8-year Run…? Led by the senior pass and catch combo of QB Garrett Morton and WR Desmond Sleigh, Archbold snapped Patrick Henry’s 27-game regular season win streak and aligned itself to end the Patriots eight-year hold on the Northwest Ohio Athletic League title. With two more wins, the Blue Streaks will also secure their first league title since 1990. Morton completed 23-of-36 passes for 369 yards and five TDs. Four of those scoring strikes went to Sleigh who caught nine passes for 211 yards.

Hughes Sets Records, Memorial Wins Share Of Rare Title:
Junior RB Ja’Les Hughes set two school records and Campbell Memorial earned a share of its first league title since 1991 with a 31-21 win over Girard. Hughes rushed for 363 yards on 46 carries (both records) and scored three TDs. Memorial’s win secures at least a share of the All-American Blue Division.

Carlisle Snaps 22-Year Losing Streak To Valley View:
When Valley View scored the go-ahead TD on a Jake Jarbo run with 49 seconds left it looked like the Spartans would beat undefeated Carlisle for the 23rd straight time. Not so fast my friend. Indians QB Nick Reynolds hit RB Nick McGill for a game-winning 46-yard TD pass with 13 seconds left. Valley View led 24-7 in the third quarter.

LaSalle On The Verge:
In 49 years of varsity football, LaSalle has never won an outright GCL South championship. In fact, the Lancers have only shared the title once. Matching a feat notched only by its 1995 squad, which shared a championship with Elder, LaSalle won at least a piece of its second GCL title ever with a 31-21 win over Moeller. The Lancers can win their first outright title ever by beating Elder at its fabled “Pit” on the final Friday of the regular season.

108 points, 988 yards:
Cory-Rawson beat Vanlue 76-32 in a game that saw both QBs fire five TD passes. C-R’s Jeremiah Alspach completed 16-of-24 passes for 322 yards and five TDs and also ran for a score. Vanlue’s Dillon Kliesch completed 19-of-52 attempts for 322 yards and five TDs.

Westerville North riding long losing skid:
The Warriors fell to rival Westerville South 56-0 and have now lost 23 games in a row.

Edgewood’s Channel Gets Win No. 150:
Trenton Edgewood head coach Steve Channel notched career win No. 150 in a 34-27 victory over Cincinnati Northwest. The Cougars were led by RB Jeremiah Turner who had 217 yards and four TDs.

Ridgewood’s Slusser Sets Career Mark:
West Lafayette Ridgewood head coach John Slusser became the school’s all-time winningest coach after the Generals beat Sugarcreek Garaway 19-13. Slusser is now 57-9 in his sixth year at the school.

Wyoming’s Main Cowboy Is Back:
Wyoming senior QB Kyle Seyfried, out since suffering a broken left foot in a season-opening win over Edgewood, made his return in a 55-20 win over Finneytown. The 2009 D-III AP Offensive Player of the Year completed 10-of-17 passes for 245 yards and three TDs.

Zanesville Beats Logan – Finally:
The Blue Devils beat the Chieftains for the first time since 1998, which a convincing 39-10 decision.

Steubenville Suffers Second Regular Season Loss:
Last season Big Red was going for its seventh straight undefeated regular season.  A loss to Inkster (Mich.) snapped that string. Now, on the heels of back-to-back losses to Massillon Washington and most recently Ursuline, Steubenville has lost two regular season games for the first time since 2001.

Luther Makes Remarkable Comeback:
Uniontown Lake senior RB Jimmy Luther returned from a torn ACL to play in the Blue Streaks 29-6 win over Massillon Jackson. Luther, who tore his ACL in Week 3, was supposed to have surgery this week but decided instead to put a brace on and give it a go. Luther ran for a game-high 97 yards and two TDs.

Throw The Records Out:
Entering its game with undefeated Twinsburg, Hudson was 1-6. Following the contest, the Explorers were 2-6. Pulling off a remarkable upset, Hudson beat Twinsburg 14-11. Sophomore Ben Gedeon ran for 131 yards on 24 carries and scored the winning TD on a 1-yard run.

You Turned The Ball Over Six Times And Won?
That’s exactly what North College Hill did in a win over Summit Country Day. The Trojans committed six turnovers but still racked up 454 yards of offense and a 25-3 win.

Bucyrus Wynford Win Streak Reaches 46:
The Royals extended the state’s longest regular season winning streak to 46 with a 25-13 win over previously undefeated New Washington Buckeye Central. This week Wynford hosts rival Bucyrus (5-3). The Royals last regular season loss was to Sycamore Mohawk on Oct. 1, 2006.

Genoa Runs Win Streak To 37:
The Comets won their 37th straight regular season game by shutting out Millbury Lake 41-0. Genoa hosts Otsego (2-6) this week.

OFFF-ense:
Springboro and Miamisburg combined for 1,105 total yards in a 49-42 Boro win…Belleville Clearfork ran for 476 yards in a 48-33 win over Ashland…Eastwood racked up 675 yards of offense, including 549 yards on the ground, in a 72-0 win over Elmwood.
 
DEFFF-ense:
Upper Arlington allowed 29 total yards in a 72-0 win over Westland.
 
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