Friday Night Highlights Week 9: 22-year playoff run ends, 30 consecutive completions and 27 TD catches


St. Ignatius has been in the playoffs every year since 1988. (Photo by Stephanie Porter)

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 had four interceptions and four TDs?
Who set a state record? Who tied a state record? Who scored all 42 of his team’s points? We
know…here’s the week’s BEST.

Usually I like to lead off my weekly state recap with ONE nugget. This week there are four I think need to be highlighted:

St. Ignatius playoff streak snapped at 22 straight seasons
There won’t be a 23rd straight playoff berth for St. Ignatius. The Wildcats, who own a state record 10 championships, lost to St. Xavier 19-9 last Saturday and have been “mathematically eliminated” from the playoffs according to Joe Eitel. Ignatius has played in every postseason since 1988. Also, unless the Wildcats defeat archrival St. Edward this week, the program will suffer its first losing season since 1982, the year before legendary and current head coach Chuck Kyle took the reigns.

Keller has Mount Vernon in contention for a league title and playoff berth
Under former Ashland University head football coach Gary Keller, Mount Vernon has completed one of the more amazing turnarounds statewide in recent history.  The last six years (2004-2009), Mount Vernon went 6-54 in football. Following last Friday’s shocking 36-33 win over Big Walnut, Mount Vernon is now 6-3 this year and 4-1 in the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division. The Yellow Jackets travel to undefeated New Albany this week with a league title and playoff berth on the line. Keller, who is in his fourth year at MV, led Ashland to the 1997 Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference championship and the NCAA Division II playoffs. He spent 10 years as AU’s head coach and served as the defensive coordinator before that. In the victory over Big Walnut, MV QB Jordan Montgomery completed 6-of-8 passes for 175 yards and four TDs. Levi Stump caught five of Montgomery’s six completions for 116 yards and three TDs, including the game winner with less than two minutes to play.

Toledo Christian’s Rightnowar shatters state record; Eagles rolling
Toledo Christian is 7-2 and can secure the school’s second playoff berth in history with a win over visiting Ottawa Hills (3-6) this week. There have been several standouts in the Eagles run, but three in particular have been the senior pass and catch trio of QB Nick Rightnowar and WRs David Westmeyer and Zach Brumbaugh.

This past Friday, Rightnowar set a state record for consecutive completions with 30 over a stretch that covered three games. He connected on his last 15 throws against Eden in Week 7, was 12-for-12 in a Week 8 win over Danbury Lakeside and completed his first three passes in a Week 9 win over Northwood. The previous record for consecutive completions was 17 set by St. Xavier’s Luke Massa in 2007. For his career Rightnowar has completed 430-of-691 passes for 6,613 yards and 82 TDs. He’ll end his career among the state’s best in several categories.

Two of Rightnowar’s favorite targets have been Brumbaugh and Westmeyer. Westmeyer has 25 career TD receptions (13 this year) and Brumbaugh has 24 (15 this year).

Lancaster and its OL honor fallen coach
After a 23-month battle against Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Lancaster High School assistant coach Brian Sampson passed away early Friday morning. That night the Gales beat Groveport-Madison 41-14 in a game that was already dedicated to cancer awareness as part of the Spielman Gridiron Classic series. Sampson served as the OL coach and offensive coordinator. Against the Cruisers, the Lancaster OL spearheaded a rushing attack that gained 344 yards on 53 attempts. The Gales also ran for six of their seven TDs.

Taylor Hanes, McComb:
WR tied a state record for TD passes in a season with 27 in a 63-2 victory over Arcadia. Haines caught five passes for 149 yards and three TDs in the win. He’s now tied with Fairview’s Ben Wonderly who also caught 27 (in 2007). The win earned at least a share of the Blanchard Valley Conference title for McComb, which is their 13th overall but first since 2001.

Jacob Gifford and James White, Hamilton Township:
Duo accounted for four interceptions and four TDs in a 55-6 win over Teays Valley. Gifford, a DB, had three interceptions, including one he returned 55 yards for a TD. He also scored on a 26-yard run. White, a DB/KR, returned an interception 98 yards for a TD and also rturned a punt 60 yards for another score.
Brandon Liette, Ansonia:
Senior RB/LB scored all 42 points for the Tigers in a 42-21 win over Tri-County North. Liette ran for 183 yards and five TDs, had 74 yards receiving and a TD, made five tackles and caused a fumble. On special teams he scored two 2-point conversions, kicked two PATs and had 81 yards on kickoff returns.


Akise Teague, Youngstown Ursuline: Senior RB came up huge in the Irish’s huge 44-7 come-from-behind win over archrival Mooney. Ursuline trailed 7-6 in the third quarter. Teague accounted for four TDs, including one he took back 38 yards on an interception return in the second half. Teague ran for 184 yards and two TDs on 16 carries and also added a 39-yard TD reception.

Brandon Schankweiler, Wheelersburg:
RB carried the ball 32 times for four TDs and 335 yards in a 42-20 win over previously unbeaten Lucasville Valley. He also returned a fumble 54 yards for another TD.

Mike Simmons, Caledonia River Valley:
RB set the school record for rushing yards in a game with 335 on 30 carries in a 69-22 win over Ridgedale. He also scored four TDs.

Jalin Marshall, Middletown:
Sophomore QB ran for 308 yards and three TDs on 20 carries in a 49-35 win over Lakota East.

Drew Prendergast, Minerva:
Senior RB ran for 295 yards and six TDs in a 63-34 win over Carrollton. The tally was one short of the school record.

Kaleb Goings, Lehman Catholic:
Senior RB set the school’s career rushing mark with a 200-yard performance against Dayton Christian that pushed him to 4,577 total. Goins scored four TDs in the 53-7 win which gives him 25 on the year. The Lehman single-season record is 27. 

K.C. Hawkins, Circleville:
QB completed 16-of-29 passes for 394 yards and a TD in a 40-28 win over Bloom-Carroll.

Derrick Golliday, Tiffin Columbian:
RB amassed 233 yards and four TDs on just SIX carries in a 48-7 win over Upper Sandusky.

Shaq Minnifield, Beechcroft:
Senior RB ran for 223 yards and two TDs and also caught a TD pass in a 29-12 win over Centennial.

Ross Franklin, Johnstown:
RB rushed for 269 yards and a TD on 25 carries in a 42-20 win over East Knox.
Kasey Spence, Patrick Henry:
Senior QB ran for 137 yards and 4 TDs on 23 carries and also completed 17-of-21 passes for 208 yards in a 38-14 win over Eastwood.

Cole French, Eaton:
Junior QB completed 14-of-20 passes for 224 yards and two TDs, ran for a TD, returned an interception for a TD and converted on eight PATs in a 56-28 win over Valley View.

Jordy Scanlon, Clinton-Massie:
Senior RB rushed for 251 yards and four TDs on 20 carries in a 76-7 win over Madison Plains.

Jordan Holtvogt, Bethel:
RB carried the ball 14 times for 207 yards and four TDs in a 42-16 win over Mississinawa Valley.

Keith Johnson, Dover:
Senior RB rushed for 244 yards and four TDs on 25 carries in a 42-9 win over Coshocton. The mark was the fourth best single-game effort in school history.

Westen Hale, Oak Hill:
RB ran for 245 yards and three TDs on 28 carries in a 28-7 win over New Richmond.

Tyler Beam, Big Walnut:
RB produced 261 yards and a TD on 18 carries in a 36-33 loss to Mount Vernon.

Jordan Mitchell, Whetstone:
RB ran for 235 yards and four TDs on 25 carries in a 39-20 win over Mifflin.

Cole Stoudt, Dublin Coffman:
Senior QB completed 20-of-27 passes for 370 yards and three TDs in a 38-14 win over Worthington Kilbourne.


All-Time Best: Ashland High School senior QB Marcus Fuller set program records for career passing yards (6,823) and TDs (68) this past week in a 42-0 win over Mansfield Madison. Fuller completed 16-of-22 passes for 275 yards and four TDs and did not play in the second half. On the season Fuller has completed 173-of-268 passes for 2,789 yards and 31 TDs. He’s thrown seven interceptions and also has rushed for nine TDs.

Wrecking Ball:
Grove City Christian won’t make a return trip to the postseason and regional final this year, but the Eagles are still making noise. In their most recent win – a 34-6 win over Fayetteville – GCC allowed just 31 yards of total offense and had 16 sacks. Senior Dylan Blythe had five sacks (and an interception), while Jamie Barns, Justin Follis and Casey Stauffer each had three. Senior Kevin Williams led the team with 19 tackles.

Wrecking Ball II:
Coldwater’s defense rose to the occasion in the Cavs 49-0 shutout of New Bremen. Coldwater’s D allowed just 92 total yards, intercepted three passes and scored 14 points (blocked punt for a TD and interception return for a TD).

Westerville North riding long losing skid:
The Warriors fell to Marysville 28-9 and has now lost 24 games in a row.

Bucyrus Wynford Win Streak Reaches 47:
The Royals extended the state’s longest regular season winning streak to 47 with a 35-7 win over Bucyrus. This week Wynford closes out the regular season at Ontario (7-2). The Royals last regular season loss was to Sycamore Mohawk on Oct. 1, 2006.

Genoa Runs Win Streak To 38:
The Comets won their 38th straight regular season game by shutting out Otsego 48-0. Genoa is at Elmwood (5-4) this week.

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” this Friday.

Leipsic beat Cory-Rawson 54-0. It was Leipsic’s sixth straight win by 30 points or more…


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