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Lost in the shuffle and excitement surrounding the aerial exploits of Kenton quarterback Maty Mauk has been Johnstown-Monroe senior running back Ross Franklin’s own pursuit of several Ohio records. And we were one win away from the two and their teams squaring away in one of the most “historic” state final match-ups in history.
Mauk, who owns several national and state passing records (including career yards and TDs), guided his Wildcats to the Division IV state final by completing 24-of-39 passes for 422 yards and accounting for five TDs (threw for four) in a 36-6 win over Clinton-Massie in the D-IV state semifinals.
Franklin and his Johnstown-Monroe Johnnies lost 59-28 to Norwayne in the other D-IV state semifinal.
Johnstown’s loss brings to a close Franklin’s career, which is one of the best ever by a running back in Ohio.
* Franklin’s 51 total TDs this year ranks No. 2 all-time and is one shy of the state record 52 set by Hubert Bobo of Chauncey-Dover in 1952.
* Franklin’s 49 rushing TDs this year ranks No. 2 all-time and is one shy of the state record 50 set by Maurice Hall (Columbus Brookhaven) in 2000.
* Franklin’s 3,416 rushing yards this year ranks No. 2 all-time and is 23 yards shy of the state record 3,439 set by Bedford Chanel’s Tony Franklin in 2001.
* Franklin is Johnstown’s all-time rushing (5,742 yards) and scoring (73 TDs) career leader.
In his final game, Franklin ran for 320 yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries against Norwayne.
The most impressive thing about him? He fumbled two times all year (339 carries).
Heading into the state semifinals, two teams were playing with heavy hearts.
Last Wednesday night after football practice, Kent Staup, a senior at Delphos St. John’s, left the huddle for the last time. A starting offensive lineman for the Blue Jays, he went home and died due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Less than 24 hours later, Paul McGhee, an Aurora sophomore offensive lineman, passed too. Coming home from an early Thanksgiving Day practice, McGhee perished in a one vehicle wreck. His car struck a tree.
Two players. Two teams. Two days. Too much.
DSJ lost to Marion Local in the D-VI state semifinals on Saturday. Aurora lost to Avon in Friday’s D-II State semifinals.
Prayers and thoughts go out to both families, teams, schools and communities.
MILK AND JJHUDDLE OHIO OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brad Jarzab, Springfield Shawnee: Senior QB rallied his team from a 35-14 deficit with 50 seconds left in the first half to beat Elida 56-42 in a D-III state semifinal at Piqua High School. Jarzab had 348 yards of total offense and five TDs (ran for three, threw for two).
After Elida went up 21 with less than a minute left in the first half, Jarzab drove the Braves 80 yards in 40 seconds on the ensuing drive and tossed a TD pass with 10 seconds remaining in the half for a 35-21 deficit at half. That started the snowball.
On the opening drive of the second half, Jarzab drove the Braves 65 yards on nine plays and scored on a 9-yard TD run. He gave Shawnee the lead for good on a 68-yard fourth quarter TD.
The Braves are only the second Clark County team (Springfield Catholic Central in 1992) and Central Buckeye Conference team (Urbana in 1983) to advance to the state championship.
MUSCLE MILK AND
JJHUDDLE OHIO DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE
Cameron Burrows, Trotwood-Madison: Junior DB returned an interception 80 yards for what proved to be the winning points in a 47-44 victory over Columbus Marion-Franklin in the D-II state semifinals at Northmont High School.
MILK AND JJHUDDLE OHIO SPECIAL TEAMS
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tim Shenk, Cleveland St. Ignatius: Senior kicker and Air Force recruit booted a 51-yard field goal in the Wildcats 17-6 win over Toledo Whitmer in the D-I state semifinals at Mansfield’s Arlin Field. He also kicked two PATs.
RAdam Wallace, Norwayne: Senior QB threw for 257 yards and two TDs and ran for 69 yards and two more TDs in a 59-28 win over Johnstown-Monroe in the D-IV state semifinals.
Reggie McAdams, Elida: Senior QB completed 30-of-46 passes for 395 yards, five TDs and four interceptions in a 56-42 loss to Springfield Shawnee in the D-III state semifinals.
Marcus McWilson, Youngstown Mooney: Junior DB returned an interception 58 yards for the go ahead TD and gave the Cardinals the lead for good in a 24-14 win over Chagrin Falls in the D-III state semifinals.
Adam Paynter, Buckeye Central: Senior WR/LB/K had a great all-around game in Buckeye Central’s 22-21 win over Berlin Center Western Reserve in the D-VI state semifinals. Paynter had four catches for 69 yards and a TD, kicked two PATs, ran for a 2-point conversion and blocked a PAT.
Justin O’Rourke, Avon: Senior QB completed 19-of-29 passes for 278 yards and five TDs (all to different receivers) in a 43-20 win over Aurora in the D-II state semifinals.
Drew Young, Springfield Shawnee: DB/RB intercepted two passes, including one he returned 44 yards for a TD in a 56-42 win over Elida in the D-III state semifinals. Young also ran for a TD on offense.
Seth Aerni, Cleveland St. Ignatius: DB had two interceptions in the Wildcats 17-6 win over Toledo Whitmer in the D-I state semifinals.
OOfff-ense: Four of Kenton’s five TDs in its 36-6 win over Clinton-Massie in the D-IV state semifinals covered 35 yards or more, including two 65-yard pass plays…Elida and Springfield Shawnee combined for 951 yards, 98 points and 45 first downs in Shawnee’s 56-42 win in the D-III state semifinals.
Defff-ense: Kirtland held Wynford to 97 yards of total offense in a 42-0 win in a D-V state semifinal…Springfield Shawnee forced five turnovers, including four in the second half, of its 56-42 win over Elida in the D-III state semifinals…St. Ignatius forced five turnovers in its 17-6 win over Toledo Whitmer in the D-I state semifinals…Berlin Center Western Reserve had four interceptions (two by Tim Cooper) in its 22-21 loss to Buckeye Central in the D-VI state semifinals.
Noteworthy: What you need to know about what happened statewide…
*Columbus Marion-Franklin rallied from a 40-16 halftime deficit but still fell 47-44 to Trotwood-Madison in a D-II state semifinal at Northmont High School. Marion, which turned the ball over five times in the first half, unloaded a 28-7 second-half blitz on Trotwood and outgained the Rams 611-357 in total yards.