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The last time we saw Findlay Liberty-Benton in a high school playoff game prior to the 2011 season, the Eagles suffered a 21-0 shutout to Youngstown Ursuline in the 2008 Division V state final. In that game the Eagles played less than stellar.
Friday, the same can’t be said.
In the playoffs for the first time in three years, L-B posted the state’s most shocking first round win – a 45-35 victory over No. 1 ranked Lima Central Catholic in the Division V Region 18 quarterfinals. We won’t call it an upset.
L-B dominated up front and led by RB Brady Vaught scored one of the program’s biggest wins ever. And that’s saying something.
Vaught rushed for 269 yards and four TDs, including two on runs of 55 and 74 yards in the second quarter. Vaught’s 55-yarder gave L-B a 14-7 lead and marked the first time all season LCC had trailed. His 74-yard run gave the Eagles the lead for good.
Defensively, L-B allowed LCC QB and Michigan State recruit Tyler O’Connor to throw for five TDs and 333 yards, but the eagles picked him off four times as well.
Ahead 42-35 with 5:37 to go and backed up on its own 6-yardline, L-B gave the ball to Vaught who went 44 yards up the gut on first down. The run started a 10-play clock-draining drive that ended in a game-clinching field goal with 50 seconds left.
“We probably scored enough points to win the game, but we never stopped them,” LCC coach Jerry Cooper told thecourier.com. “Their kids were physical and they ran hard. Every time it looked like we had a chance, if we could make a play, they made a play.”
Said Vaught: “Tonight, we showed who we are. Everybody else better look out, because we’re coming.”
L-B plays Hicksville in the regional semifinals. The Aces are coming off a win over a previously undefeated team too. Hicksville beat Hopewell-Loudon 28-7.
TWO POINTS SHY OF A NEW PLAYOFF RECORD
Dover and Thornville Sheridan fell just two points short of setting a new playoff record for most combined points in their D-III Region 11 quarterfinal meeting – and they didn’t even need overtime. Dover won 68-53. The 121 total points trails only the 123 posted by Newark Licking Valley and Valley View in a 2003 D-III regional final. LV won that game 63-60 in triple-OT. Dover senior QB Derik Swinderman completed 28-of-53 passes for 421 yards and 5 TDs. Three different Sheridan RBs went over 100 yards rushing: Nick Alspach, Mitchell Fouch, and Ryan VanWinkle.
MILK AND JJHUDDLE OHIO OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Maty Mauk, Kenton: Mauk broke his brother Ben’s national career passing yardage mark of 17,364 in a 74-22 win over Wellington in a Division IV Region 14 quarterfinal. Mauk finished the night 27-of-29 for 505 yards and a state record tying nine TDs. He also completed his first 19 passes to set another state record for consecutive completions and now has 17,869 passing yards. Mauk also owns national marks for total yards (21,046), passing attempts (1,974), completions (1,272) and touchdown passes (208). Against Wellington, Mauk ran the ball 11 times for 93 yards to give him 598 total yards in the game. The 74 points by Kenton is the fourth most for a team in a playoff game in history.
MUSCLE MILK AND
JJHUDDLE OHIO DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE
Corey Ginn, West Jefferson: Junior DL had 13 tackles, including eight solos, four TFL and 2.5 sacks in a 40-13 win over Adena in a D-V Region 20 quarterfinals. On the season Ginn has 75 tackles, 17 TFL and 7.5 sacks.
MILK AND JJHUDDLE OHIO SPECIAL TEAMS
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Devlin McDaniel, Marion Pleasant: Junior WR/DB scored five TDs – including two on special teams – as the Spartans set a playoff record for most points in a game in a 79-7 win over Cincinnati Summit Country Day in the D-V Region 20 quarterfinals. The old record of 77 points was set in the D-VI state final last year (Delphos St. John’s over Shadyside 77-6). McDaniel returned a fumble on the game’s opening kickoff for a TD, returned a punt 75 yards for a TD and scored on two TD passes – all in the first quarter. Pleasant led 42-0 after the first quarter.
Kyle Nutter, Genoa: Junior RB carried the ball 42 times for a career-high 413 yards and four TDs in a 37-14 win over Huron in a Division IV Region 14 quarterfinal. Nutter had never before rushed for over 300 yards in a game.
Cody Williams and Ryan Love, West Jefferson: Williams completed 23-of-28 passes ad set school records for passing yards (360) and TDs (six) in a 40-13 win over Adena in the D-V Region 20 quarterfinals. Love caught eight passes for 166 yards and a school record four TDs.
Tavon Crisp, Dayton Thurgood Marshall: Senior RB led a Dayton City League team to a playoff win for the first time in three decades with a 35-27 victory over Kettering Alter in a D-III Region 12 quarterfinal. Crisp scored four TDs, ran for 168 yards and notched the game-winning 2-point conversion late in the fourth quarter. The game was the first ever hosted by a Dayton City League school and it was the first ever playoff win in Thurgood Marshall history. The last time a Dayton City League team won a playoff game was 25 years ago when Dayton Dunbar knocked off a Kirk Herbstreit-led Centerville team.
Zach Conkle, Pemberville Eastwood: RB carried the ball 19 times for 359 yards and three TDs in a 31-0 win over Ottawa-Glandorf in a D-IV Region 14 quarterfinal.
Kevin Collins, New Albany: Senior RB/DB ran for two TDs, returned a kickoff 97 yards for a TD and ad an interception in a 51-37 win over Ashland in the D-II Region 7 quarterfinals.
Matt Smith, Johnstown-Monroe: Senior QB carried the ball 19 times for 181 yards and four TDs in a 42-21 win over Indian Valley in the D-IV Region 15 quarterfinals.
Tyler Grassman, Gahanna Lincoln: Senior QB completed 11-of-15 passes for 224 yards and two TDs, ran for 104 yards and another TD on 25 carries, kicked a 40-yard field goal and booted five PATs in a 38-21 win over Westerville Central in the D-I Region 3 quarterfinals.
Roger Lewis, Pickerington Central: For the second straight week, Lewis, an Ohio State recruit, returned a kickoff for a TD. Last week Lewis returned the opening kickoff in a 42-14 win over Reynoldsburg 96-yards for a TD. In a 55-14 win over Dublin Coffman in the D-I Region 3 quarterfinals this past weekend, Lewis returned the opening kickoff of the second half 98-yards for a TD. He also had an 81-yard TD catch.
Ja’Wuan Woodley, Columbus Hartley: Junior RB scored five TDs and ran for 244 yards in a 42-21 win over North Union in a D-IV Region 14 quarterfinal.
Nick Blower, Columbiana Crestview: Junior RB carried the ball 19 times for 261 yards and three TDs in a 44-20 win over Cuyahoga Heights in the D-V Region 17 quarterfinals.
TraVon Champan, Kent Roosevelt: Junior QB completed 28-of-47 passes for 366 yards and three TDs and scored the game-icing TD on a 2-yard run with 3:30 left in a 30-21 win over Howland in a D-II Region 5 quarterfinal.
Mitch Trubisky, Mentor: Junior QB completed 14-of-22 passes for 292 yards and five TDs in a 48-16 win over Cleveland JFK in the D-I Region 1 quarterfinals.
Mark Baniewicz, Mentor Lake Catholic: Junior QB completed just 7-of-11 passes for 202 yards, but five of his completions went for TDs in a 47-21 win over Cleveland Benedictine in the D-III Region 9 quarterfinals.
Brock Jones, Walsh Jesuit: Senior RB carried the ball 26 times for 184 yards and five TDs in a 35-0 win over West Geauga in the D-II Region 5 quarterfinals.
Korey Schultz, Minster: RB scored five TDs, including one on a 70-yard interception return, in a 48-13 win over Springfield Central catholic in the D-VI Region 24 quarterfinals.
Offf-ense: West Jefferson had 505 yards of offense in a 40-13 win over Adena in a D-V Region 20 quarterfinal…Coshocton ran for 304 yards in a 34-13 win over Martins Ferry in a D-IV Region 15 quarterfinal…Springfield Shawnee outrushed Cincinnati Taft 258-3 in a 64-8 win in the D-III Region 12 quarterfinals…Johnstown-Monroe ran for 352 yards in a 42-21 win over Indian valley in the a D-IV Region 15 quarterfinal…Gahanna Lincoln scored on an interception return, a punt return, a TD pass and a field goal in the first quarter of a 38-21 playoff win over Westerville Central in the D-I Region 3 quarterfinals.
Defff-ense: Lucasville Valley’s Blake Yates returned an interception 100 yards for a TD in a 28-14 win over Ridgewood…Hilliard Davidson held Olentangy Orange to 42 yards rushing in a 22-0 win in the D-I Region3 quarterfinals…Big Walnut forced five turnovers and had six sacks in a 14-7 win over Columbus Beechcroft in the D-II Region 7 quarterfinals…New Albany DB Darron Lee returned an interception 100 yards for a TD in a 51-37 win over Ashland in the D-II Region 7 quarterfinals…Whitmer allowed just 86 total yard sin a 20-0 win over Anthony Wayne in a D-I Region 2 quarterfinal.
Noteworthy: What you need to know about what happened statewide…
*Columbus Eastmoor beat Urbana 14-0 in a D-III Region 10 quarterfinal without scoring any offensive points. The Warriors returned a punt for a TD and recovered a fumble in the end zone for their other TD. Overall, Eastmoor’s defense forced three turnovers, had four sacks, allowed 15 yards rushing and scored a TD.
*Kirtland RBs Christian Hauber and Damon Washington combined for seven TDs in a 49-8 win over Columbiana in the D-V Region 17 quarterfinals. Washington ran for 213 yards and three TDs, while Hauber ran for 147 yards and four TDs.
*East Cleveland Shaw won its first playoff game ever with a 22-12 win over defending D-II state champion Maple Heights in a D-II Region 6 quarterfinal. Shaw never trailed.
*Ravenna won its first playoff game ever with a 42-35 win over Ravenna Southeast in a D-II Region 9 quarterfinal. Senior RB D.J. Jones led the way by running for 223 yards and five TDs.
WEEK 11 SCORES