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 has 901 yards rushing in four playoff games? What two leagues advanced two teams ot the state finals? Who has picked off nine passes in the last four weeks? We
know…here’s the week’s BEST.
After a slow start to the 2010 regular season, Trotwood-Madison running back Antwan Gilbert has rushed for over 2,000 yards for the second straight year.
Gilbert, who rushed for 2,576 yards in 2009, just went over the 2,000-yard mark with 269 yards and two TDs on 41 carries in a 34-27 come-from-behind win over Uniontown Lake in the D-II state semifinals at Gahanna Lincoln.
In Weeks 1-5 this year, Gilbert mustered just 394 yards as Trotwood opened the season 3-2 with back-to-back losses at Springfield and Wayne in Weeks 4 and 5, respectively. Since Week 6, though, Gilbert has been on fire. During the Rams nine-game win streak, Gilbert has rushed for 1,719 yards.
In the last four playoff games he’s been at his best.
In victories over Harrison, Winton Woods, Kings and Lake, Gilbert has gone for 901 yards and 13 TDs on 113 carries. He’s rushed for 238, 241 and 269 yards the last three weeks.
Gilbert is undecided on college, but has offers from Cincinnati, Louisville, Indiana, North Carolina, Pitt and West Virginia.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Noah Key, Columbus Hartley: Senior RB propelled the Hawks to their first state final since 1986 when he scored the game-winning 2-point conversion in a 29-28 victory over two-time defending state champion Kettering Alter in a D-IV state semifinal at Piqua’s Alexander Stadium. Key finished the evening with 245 yards and three TDs on 25 carries.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Deonte Gibson, Lakewood St. Edward: Senior DE and Pitt recruit partially blocked a punt and forced a fumble in the Eagles 23-13 win over Toledo Whitmer in a D-I state semifinal at Massillon. Gibson’s punt block led to a TD and his forced fumble came with under three minutes to go in the game after Whitmer had scored and recovered an onside kick.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Alex Roebken, Mogadore: Junior K booted two field goals (into the wind) in the Wildcats 28-13 loss to Shadyside in the D-VI state semifinals at Steubenville. Roebken’s kicks covered 37 and 39 yards.
Akise Teague, Youngstown Ursuline: Senior RB ran for 269 yards and five TDs and caught five passes for 54 yards in a 51-36 win over Lima Central Catholic in the D-V state semifinals at Ashland Community Stadium. Teague also intercepted a pass.
Shaq Washington, Maple Heights: Senior QB ran for 151 yards and two TDs and completed 15-of-25 passes for 154 yards and two TDs in a 27-17 win over Mentor Lake Catholic in the D-II state semifinals at Solon.
Anthone Taylor and Braxton Miller, Wayne: Duo torched a previously stout Hilliard Davidson defense in the Warriors 28-14 win in the D-I state semifinals at Welcome Stadium. Taylor, a senior RB, went for 182 yards and a TD on 26 carries, while Miller, a senior QB, completed 12-of-16 passes for 134 yards and two TDs. Miller, an Ohio State recruit, also ran for a score.
Justin Winters, Alter: Senior RB helped the Knights stage a remarkable comeback that fell short in a 29-28 loss to Columbus Hartley in the D-IV state semifinals at Piqua’s Alexander Stadium. After his team fell behind 21-0, Winters scored three straight TDs (two rushing, one receiving) to tie the game. Alter eventually took the lead but fell late.
Corey Smith and Steve Parker, Akron Buchtel: The WR-QB tandem dominated Marlington in a 52-8 win in the D-II state semifinals at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium. Parker completed 7-of-11 passes for 205 yards and three TDs and ran for 129 yards on 19 carries. Smith caught five passes for 170 yards and two TDs.
GWOC, CCL Impresses: Not only is the Midwest Athletic Conference sending two teams to the state finals this week, so is the Dayton-based Greater Western Ohio Conference and the Columbus-based Central Catholic League. GWOC North Division winner Trotwood-Madison is in the D-II final, while GWOC Central Division winner Huber Heights Wayne is in the D-I final. Wayne beat Trotwood 21-7 in Week 4. The CCL is represented by Watterson (D-III) and Hartley (D-IV).
Six for 10: Despite its 29-28 loss to Columbus Hartley in the D-IV state semifinals, Kettering Alter has produced one of the state’s best 10-year runs ever. In the last decade the Knights have made the playoffs 10 time and have advanced to the state semifinals six times. They’ve won two state titles and played in three finals.
2,000 Yards: Although his team lost 27-17 to Maple Heights in the D-II state semifinals, Mentor Lake Catholic’s Richie Sanders was one of the many bright spots for the Cougars this season. Sanders carried the ball 22 times for 114 yards and a TD against the Mustangs. He finished the season with 2,163 yards rushing.
OFFF-ense: Columbus Hartley and Kettering Alter combined to rush for 663 yards in the Hawks 292-8 win in the D-IV state semifinals at Piqua’s Alexander Stadium. Alter had 28 first downs – and lost.
DEFFF-ense: Chagrin Falls held Orrville to 121 total yards and forced five turnovers (including four interceptions) in a 21-3 win in the D-IV state semifinals at Medina’s Ken Dukes Stadium. The Red Riders completed 2-of-20 passes…Coldwater forced five turnovers and had a safety in its 26-6 win over Fredericktown in the D-V state semifinals at DeSales…In the last two weeks, in wins over McComb and Lehman Catholic, Delphos St. John’s has intercepted nine passes and returned four for TDs (two in each game).