Morning Huddle: Battle on the horizon between Glenville and St. Edward


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• Watterson knocks off rival in last minute of game
• Hartley running back Key slices through Amanda-Clearcreek
• Tressel shows up for exciting upset by Medina Bees
• Elder grad/Notre Dame star Kyle Rudolph contemplates next move

Battle on the horizon between Glenville and St. Edward: Expect a big turnout for this weekend’s matchup between Glenville (No. 1 in the state) and St. Edward (No. 3). Both teams are undefeated on the season after Glenville coasted past Warren G. Harding this weekend 41-6, and St. Edward beat Mentor 35-21. Glenville’s anchored by some marquee players who will prove hard to stop. Among them? Shane Wynn who put the Tarblooders on the board in the first two minutes of their game against Harding when he returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown. “I basically ran back and forth and when I saw the wall, I hit it,” said Wynn, who finished with an unofficial 101 yards rushing, 32 yards in receptions and two touchdowns. “I set the tempo and the defense just carried it over.”

Watterson knocks off rival in last minute of game: Trailing 7-6 against bitter rivals Columbus DeSales, Columbus Watterson had one drive to prove they deserved a ticket to the next round of the playoffs. “When we got in the huddle for the last drive, I looked the guys square in the eyes and said, ‘Fellas, this is our season. We’ve got to have it. This is for the rest of our lives,'” Eagles senior quarterback Patrick Rhomberg told the Columbus Dispatch. There were just over 6 minutes left in the game, and Rhomberg helped march his squad 84 yards up the field for a game-winning touchdown. “Isn’t it great having a clutch kid like that on your side,” Eagles coach Dan Bjelac said. “We’ve been in many situations like this through the course of the season, and we’ve grown accustomed to Patrick making plays like that when we need them.” Watterson will take on 5 Seed Elida on Saturday night.

Hartley running back Key slices through Amanda-Clearcreek: Three rather epic touchdown runs by Bishop Hartley senior running back Noah Key helped push Hartley over Amanda-Clearcreek handily. The rumbling back put together rushing scores of 85, 71 and 67 yards to lead the Hawks to a 40-21 Division IV playoff win. “I think a lot of us run track,” Key said. “A lot of us can score fast. I think it just comes down to that. We’ve just got good athletes at Hartley.” The Hawks coach Brad Burchfield agrees, and puts a lot of emphasis on the team’s blockers. “For 50 years I think we’ve had this kind of speed,” he says. “Hartley has had a lot of speed for a long time. You walk through the hallways, and there are a lot of track championships. But (football) is all about the blocking. It’s all about getting bodies into space.”

Tressel shows up for exciting upset by Medina Bees: Ohio State coach Jim Tressel was among the Canton crowd that watched the Medina Bees upset Canton McKinley 31-28 – even after Medina trailed by 21 points in the first half. “It’s extreme disappointment for us and our program,” McKinley coach Ron Johnson said. “The hardest week to play is Week 11 after a big Week 10 win [versus Massillon]. But we’ve got to overcome that.” The No. 8 seed Medina Bees knocked off No. 1 McKinley thanks in large part to their running game and the return of receiver and kicker Justin Letts who was suspended for five games. Letts’ 8-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter tied the game, and he kicked a 31-yard field goal with 10:31 left in the fourth quarter to give Medina its first lead. “We ain’t done yet,” Letts said. “It’s just a huge sigh of relief to get back on the field and play the game I love.” The season’s over for McKinley but if nothing else, the crowd got to see McKinley’s band perform Script Ohio in honor of Tressel’s visit.

Elder grad/Notre Dame star Kyle Rudolph contemplates next move: A hamstring injury has added a bump in the road for Elder grad-turned-tight-end star at Notre Dame Kyle Rudolph. The college junior had to have surgury on his hamstring on Oct. 15 after suffering an avulsion, or a separation of two tendons from the bone. He was on top of his game, too. “Before his injury Rudolph was the No. 1-rated tight end in the country by many scouting services,” writes the Cincinnati Enquirer. “There was talk that Rudolph might leave Notre Dame early, forgoing his senior season to enter the 2011 NFL Draft.”

“I haven’t gotten that far yet,” Rudolph said. “I’m focused on my rehab right now.” It’s unlikely that the injury will hurt his ratings too much so long as he has sufficient time to train for the NFL draft, but there are a few things that might push him to return to Notre Dame: there’s a looming potential lockout in the NFL next year and there doesn’t seem to be an overwhelming need for tight ends. “I’m going to consider both options,” Rudolph said. “From people that I’ve talked to, this injury doesn’t force me to do one thing or another. It’s just a little bump in the road.”

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