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 combined for over 1,000-yards of offense? Who set a school record by gaining over 2,000 yards? Who rushed for 366 yards? We
know…here’s the week’s BEST.
With back-to-back losses to Cincinnati St. Xavier and Lakewood St. Edward to end the regular season, Cleveland St. Ignatius had its state-leading string of consecutive playoff berths snapped at an insanely impressive 22 seasons.
Unbeknownst to most, the state’s second longest consecutive playoff streak was in jeopardy in Week 10 as well.
Columbus DeSales was just 4-5 heading into its regular season finale at Cleveland Benedictine and needed a win over the Bengals (then 2-7) to get into the playoffs for the 17th straight season. The Stallions beat Benedictine 35-24 to earn the No. 8 seed in Region 10.
What awaits DeSales in its quarterfinal contest on Saturday is archrival and top-seed Watterson. The Eagles and Stallions are meeting for the third straight season in the playoffs. DeSales won a regional quarterfinal in 2008 and won in the regional final last year. This year, in Week 8, Watterson beat DeSales 31-7.
The Stallions, who finished state runner-up last year, should get a lift from junior RB Warren Ball, an Ohio State recruit who missed most of the regular season. In the win over Benedictine, Ball ran for two TDs as DeSales racked up 282 yards on the ground.
Ohio’s Current Longest Consecutive Playoff Streaks:
1. Columbus DeSales (17 straight seasons)
2. Coldwater (14)
3. Mogadore (12)
4. Alter, Jonathan Alder and Steubenville (10)
GAME OF THE WEEK
London 62, Madison Plains 20: 1,125 total yards and three 200-yard rushers in one game? Yep. London ran for 634 yards and had 773 yards of total offense in its 62-20 win over Madison Plains, while the Eagles gained 352 yards giving both teams a combined 1,125. The Red Raiders had four TD runs of 60 yards or longer, including two by Justin Hoosier who scored three total on runs of 74, 65 and 48 yards. Hoosier ended the game with 227 yards on 10 carries, while teammate Jake Burns had 222 yards and two TDs on 22 carries. Stephen Lemieux led Madison Plains with 260 yards and a TD on 34 carries.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jonathan Barbie, Bradford: The junior RB set two school records in a 48-44 loss to Bethel. Barbee broke his own school record for rushing yards in a game with 353 and five TDs on 33 carries. He also set a school single-season record for rushing yards in a season with 2,086. Barbee led the Railroaders with 29 TDs as well. Bradford, under first year head coach Curtis Enis (former Ohio Mr. Football and Penn State star), finished the season 5-5. The Railroaders were 3-27 the last three years.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
George Walker, Springfield: The junior RB/DB came up big in a 39-21 win over Northmont that clinched the Wildcats first GWOC Central Division title and second straight Region 3 playoff berth. Walker carried the ball 30 times for 260 yards and three TDs, including the game-winner on a 66-yard run in the fourth quarter. He also intercepted two passes on defense and returned one of those 15 yards for a TD. Walker leads the GWOC in interceptions with six. Springfield will host its first playoff game ever against Hilliard Darby (8-2) on Saturday.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Heath Harding, Dayton Christian: Sophomore RB accounted for five TDs in a 40-28 win over Troy Christian. He ran for 143 yards and four TDs and also returned a punt 70 yards for a TD. Harding ended the season with 19 TDs and scored four different ways: receiving, rushing, punt return and kickoff return. Harding returned kicks for TDs against Fort Loramie (92 yards) and Lima Perry (89 yards).
Anthony Franco, Cortland Lakeview: Junior QB completed 14-of-21 passes for 341 yards and four TDs and also rushed for 124 yards and two TDs in a 60-47 win over Warren Champion.
Denzel Smith, Whitehall-Yearling: RB racked up 366 yards and four TDs on 40 carries in a 43-34 loss to Columbus Academy.
Josh Little, Springboro: Junior QB accounted for six TDs in a 49-42 triple OT win over Lebanon. Little helped the Panthers rally from a 21-0 deficit and win the GWOC South Division title by completing 21-of-36 passes for 266 yards and four TDs and running for 34 yards and two more TDs on 17 carries.
Josh Frakes, Hamilton Township: RB carried the ball 40 times for 328 yards and three TDs in a 29-15 win over Fairfield Union.
Alec Torgerson, Cuyahoga Heights: Senior RB carried the ball 45 times for 323 yards and six TDs in a 49-35 win over Independence.
Jordan Mitchell, Whetstone: RB rushed for 297 yards and five TDs on 33 carries in a 53-19 win over Centennial.
Richie Sanders, Mentor Lake Catholic: Senior RB set a school record for TDs in a game by rushing for six in a 59-8 win over Cleveland Central Catholic. Sanders scored all six TDs in the first half to eclipse the old record of five set by Carmen Ilacqua in 1992. Sanders had 158 yards on 20 carries and did not play in the second half.
Chase Ullman, Orange: RB rushed for 262 yards and three TDs in a 55-21 win over Painesville Harvey.
Drew McArtor, Licking Valley: Sophomore RB ran for 256 yards and four TDs in the first half of a 62-14 win over Bexley. He also caught a 32-yard TD pass.
Grant Vujanov, Lodi Cloverleaf: RB had 247 yards and four TDs in a 45-7 in over Medina Highland.
Jamire Westbrook, Kings: Sophomore RB ran for career highs in yards (231) and TDs (four) on 27 carries in a 35-10 win over Turpin.
Sean Tobin, Fisher Catholic: RB ran for 218 yards and three TDs on 27 carries in a 41-6 win over Millersport.
Brandon Ross and Jordan Gaines, Harvest Prep: Pass and catch combo came up big in 42-14 win over Grandview Heights. Ross completed 12-of-20 passes for 255 yards and five TDs, while Gaines caught seven passes for 181 yards ad four TDs.
Jourdan Wickliffe, St. Charles: RB carried the ball 15 times for 223 yards and two TDs in a 39-20 loss to Jonathan Alder.
Ben Parks, Washington Court House: Senior RB ran for 262 yards and four TDs on 41 carries in a historic 26-15 win over Miami Trace. It was WCH’s first win over the Panthers since 1989 (teams didn’t play from 1994-2003) and snapped a 12-game win streak in the series by Miami Trace.
Jayshon Jackson, Westerville South: Senior RB carried the ball 32 times for 271 yards and four TDs in a 39-27 loss to Olentangy Liberty.
Noah Key, Hartley: Senior RB tallied 250 yards and three TDs on 24 carries in a 41-13 win over Ready.
Travis Damron, Warren Champion: Senior RB rushed for 246 yards and three TDs on 27 carries in a 60-47 loss to Cortland Lakeview.
Fred Hargrove, Walnut Ridge: RB scored four TDs, including three in the fourth quarter, and ran for 170 yards on 20 carries in a 41-34 come-from-behind win over Independence.
Brandon Kopis, Fairfield Union: K booted three FGs (25, 42 and 43 yards) in a 29-15 loss to Hamilton Township.
Ross Franklin, Johnstown-Monroe: RB ran for 287 yards and four TDs on 23 carries in a 70-7 win over Johnstown-Northridge.
Dillon Pinkstock, Amanda-Clearcreek: RB carried the ball just seven times but managed 201 yards and three TDs in a 42-7 win over Bloom-Carroll.
Marcus Graham, Trotwood-Madison: Senior QB threw for 244 yards and five TDs in a 56-21 win over Vandalia-Butler that clinched the Rams third straight GWOC North Division title.
Xavier Roberts, Piqua: RB carried the ball 17 times for 245 yards and three TDs in a 55-14 win over Fairborn.
Connor Cook, Walsh Jesuit: Senior QB and Michigan State recruit accounted for five TDs, threw for 267 yards and ran for 50 more in a 55-0 win over Toledo Bowsher.
Patrick Furnas, Avon: Senior LB had three sacks and a fumble recovery in a 50-14 win over Bay Village Bay. He also scored a TD on offense.
Tylor Trautwein, Fremont Ross: RB carried the ball 33 times for 271 yards and two TDs in a 21-7 win over rival Sandusky that clinched the final Greater Buckeye Conference title outright.
Marcus Foster, Troy: RB scored five TDs in a 57-7 win over Sidney.
Ross Wermert, Coldwater: RB/DB accounted for four TDs and scored three different ways in a 40-20 win over Minster. On offense Wermert caught four passes for 74 yards and a TD and ran the ball five times for 13 yards and two TDs. On defense he intercepted two passes and returned one for a TD.
Jordan Scanlon, Cinton-Massie: Senior RB ran for five TDs and 199 yards on 21 carries in a 54-0 win over East Clinton.
Like Father, Like Son: Marion Harding RB Marvin Owens ran for 292 yards and five TDs on 22 carries in a 48-35 win over Lima Senior. Owens finished the season with over 1,000 yards rushing, something his father accomplished for the Presidents in 1978.
10-0 for the first time ever: With a 41-3 win over New Lebanon Dixie, Carlisle celebrated its first 10-0 season in history. The Indians also earned their second straight SWBL Buckeye Division title and notched the school’s first back-to-back playoff bids (Region 16). Senior QB Nick Reynolds completed 8-of-12 passes for 174 yards and four TDs.
10-0 for the second time ever: It’s been a long wait but its finally over in Middletown where the Middies are 10-0 for the second time ever and first since 1934. Middletown also won a share of the Greater Miami Conference title for the first time since 1990 with its 32-21 win over Princeton.
Sheridan’s Culver wins record 200th MVL game: Led by QB C. J. Myers, Thornville Sheridan earned head coach Paul Culver a record 200th Muskingum Valley League victory with a 49-7 win over New Lexington. Myers threw for 237 yards and two TDs and ran for 139 yards and three TDs as part of an offense that racked up 521 total yards. The victory wrapped up the Generals second 10-0 regular season in three years as well.
Alter’s 35-game GCL win streak snapped: Chaminade Julienne had dropped its last five games to archrival Alter and the Eagles entered this year’s game 3-6. So what. CJ finally pulled out a close game and snapped Alter’s 35-game Greater Catholic League winning streak with a 13-6 victory. The Eagles have lost five games this year by a combined 20 points. The six points was Alter’s lowest offensive output since a 13-3 loss to Springfield Shawnee in the 2005 playoffs.
Lancaster Blasts Newark: The host Wildcats scored the first and last TD of the night but Lancaster countered with 64 unanswered points in between for a 64-15 victory in this rivalry game. The Golden Gales rushed for 532 yards and held the Wildcats to minus-nine yards rushing.
Westerville North endures second straight winless season: The Warriors will enter the 2011 season riding a 25-game losing streak. North fell 44-12 to Olentangy in the season finale.
Bucyrus Wynford Win Streak Reaches 48: The Royals extended the state’s longest regular season winning streak to 48 with a 47-14 win over Ontario. The Royals last regular season loss was to Sycamore Mohawk on Oct. 1, 2006.
Genoa Runs Win Streak To 39: The Comets won their 39th straight regular season game with a 50-20 win over Elmwood.
OFFF-ense: Canal Winchester QB Drew Black was 9-for-9 for 275 yards and three TDs and WR Quandale Littlefield caught four passes for 164 yards and two TDs in a 42-20 win over Teays Valley…Hamilton Township ran for 405 yards in a 29-15 win over Fairfield Union…Johnstown-Monroe rushed for 580 yards in a 70-7 win over Johnstown-Northridge…Centerville ran for 461 yards on 47 carries in a 51-7 win over Beavercreek. Senior RB Tristan Boykin led the way with 186 yards and three TDs…Lockland used TDs on kickoff, punt and interception returns to beat Fayetteville 53-16.
DEFFF-ense: Utica and Centerburg combined for seven fumbles in a 47-0 Utica win. The Burg fumbled four times, while Utica coughed it up three times…Springfield had four interceptions and returned two for TDs in a 39-21 win over Northmont…Rocky River scored three TDs on fumble returns in a 48-14 win over Fairview…Marion Pleasant held Northmor to minus-33 yards of total offense and one first down in a 48-0 loss…Clinton-Massie held East Clinton to 37 total yards in a 54-0 win.
WEEK 10 SCORES