Top Performances and Players of the Week
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Belmont High School, a member of the Dayton City League, has never been to the playoffs. And although it’s too early to pencil the Bison in as breaking that barrier, they have made history already.
With its 33-14 win over Dayton Northridge on Thursday, Belmont improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1968. That’s a span of 43 years.
“We are boldly going where no one has been before,” Belmont head coach John Derr told the Dayton Daily News. “I’ve had good teams, but we’ve never started like this. We are in virgin territory, new water and we are going to see who can swim.”
In 10 years as Belmont’s coach, Derr’s best record is 8-2. He’s also had a 7-3 squad. Finishing below .500 is more the norm though (the Bison have won just 11 games total since 2004), and through no fault of Derr’s. Belmont continually struggles with numbers. This year the Division II school has a roster includes just 23 players: Nine seniors, six juniors, two sophomores and six freshmen.
Things will get tougher this week for the Bison who open City League play against Dunbar.
Regardless of how the season finishes, though, Belmont’s start is one of note.
“We had a commitment to the offseason,” Derr said. “We have a little more serious thought and effort; we are more focused at practice.”
MILK AND JJHUDDLE OHIO OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Maty Mauk, Kenton: Senior QB and Missouri recruit accounted for nine TDs in a 66-13 win over Van Wert. Mauk completed 29-of-38 passes for 481 yards and eight TDs. He also ran for 102 yards and another TD on 10 carries. Mauk’s main target was WR Justin Sawmiller who had 13 catches for 217 yards and five TDs. As an offense, Kenton rolled up 731 yards.
MUSCLE MILK AND
JJHUDDLE OHIO DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE
Adam North, St. Ignatius: DB had three interceptions in the Wildcats 38-24 loss to Mentor. Feels weird to award a player on a defense that yielded 608 yards, but just think what might have happened had North not made three INTs.
MILK AND JJHUDDLE OHIO SPECIAL TEAMS
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Anthony Melchiori, Aurora: Senior K/WR put on a show in the Greenmen’s 52-21 win over Revere. Melchiori (Kent State recruit) kicked a 22-yard FG goal and seven extra points, returned two kickoffs 85 and 87 yards for TDs, caught a 50-yard TD pass and had 256 all-purpose yards. No lie.
Mitch Trubisky, Mentor: Junior QB set a school record for passing yards in a game (469) and accounted for 553 yards of offense in the Cardinals 38-24 win over St. Ignatius. Trubisky completed 28-of-44 passes for 469 yards and three TDs and ran for 84 yards and two TDs as Mentor racked up a school record 608 yards of offense. He also threw four interceptions.
David Nay, Galion: Junior RB ran for 238 yards on 14 carries and tied a school record with five TDs in a 58-0 win over Keystone.
Nick Woodyard, Western Brown: Senior QB completed 31-of-40 passes for 411 yards and five TDs and also ran for another TD in a 36-6 win over Waverly.
Jimmy Gammill, New Albany: Senior K connected on two clutch FGs in the final 1:05 of the Eagles 27-24 win over visiting Columbus DeSales. Gammill hit a 41-yard FG with 1:05 left to tie the game and then hit a 45-yard FG with 7.4 seconds left to give New Albany the win. Gammill also hit three PATs.
Nick Merrick, Claymont: Senior QB completed 22-of-27 passes for 402 yards and a school-record six TDs in a 55-25 win over Carrollton. Merrick’s favorite target was WR Tyler Peterson who had seven catches for 167 yards and three TDs.
Kyle Sess, Sycamore: Senior QB rushed for 300 yards and three TDs on 33 carries in a 33-20 win over Springfield.
De’Veon Smith, Howland: Junior RB carried the ball 33 times for 245 yards and two TDs in a 16-15 win over Warren Harding.
Ross Franklin, Johnstown-Monroe: Senior RB had 200 yards and four TDs on 12 carries in a 46-13 win over Hebron Lakewood.
Tyler Jones, Vandalia Butler: Senior RB had 289 yards and three TDs on 26 carries in a 56-35 win over Springboro.
Chase Longwell, Hilliard Darby: Junior QB accounted for five TDs in a 56-13 win over Newark. Longwell ran for 146 yards and three TDs and completed all four of his passes for 78 yards and two more scores.
Drew McArtor, Licking Valley: Junior RB carried the ball 19 times for 280 yards and four TDs in a 58-7 win over Columbus Ready.
Brionte Dunn, GlenOak: Senior RB and Ohio State recruit carried the ball 34 times for 236 yards and three TDs in a 27-20 win over Euclid.
Jalin Robinette, Bexley: Senior QB ran for 242 yards and two TDs on 19 carries and completed 10-of-15 passes for 108 yards and the game-winning TD (to Alec Robins with 11.9 seconds left) in a 26-21 victory over host Hamilton Township.
Joshua Perry, Olentangy: Senior LB/RB and Ohio recruit stood out in all phases of the game in a 41-13 loss to Big Walnut. Perry ran for a TD, had two sacks and returned a kickoff 99 yards for a TD.
Jacob Finfrock, Milton-Union: Senior RB carried the ball 33 times for 250 yards and two TDs in a 28-27 loss to Tippecanoe.
Donyelle Simpson, Heath: Junior RB had a career-high 244 yards and scored two TDs on 25 carries in a 46-13 win over Utica.
James Walsh and Marcus Davis, Dublin Coffman: Duo terrorized Massillon Perry in a 34-16 win. Walsh completed 23-of-32 passes for 282 yards and three TDs. Davis caught 11 passes for 203 yards and two TDs.
John Barton, Twinsburg: RB ran for 109 yards and three TDs and returned a kickoff 90 yards for another TD in a 35-27 win over Lancaster.
Blake Scipio, Hilliard Bradley: RB run for 150 yards and four TDs on just 10 carries in a 64-0 win over Westland.
Christian Hauber, Kirtland: Senior RB/LB accounted for four TDs in a 42-16 win over Orange. Hauber ran for 148 yards and three TDs on 26 carries and returned a punt 87 yards for another TD.
A.J. Motika, Olentangy Liberty: WR/DB caught eight passes for 102 yards and two TDs and returned an interception 18 yards for another TD in a 38-14 win over Delaware Hayes.
Luke Carothers, Pickerington North: Senior DL recovered two fumbles and had a TFL in a 33-0 win over Columbus Northland.
Cody Kondas, Westerville Central: Senior QB completed just 8-of-21 passes for 170 yards, but half his completions went for TDs (four) in a 28-13 win over Thomas Worthington.
Jamal Johnson, New Philadelphia: Sophomore RB had 212 yards and four TDs on 27 carries in a 49-10 win over Barberton.
St. Xavier snaps Colerain’s 61-game Home Win Streak: Heading into its game with visiting St. Xavier, Colerain hadn’t lost at home in 61 straight games. Now there’s a new streak. St. Xavier became the first visiting team to win at “The Cage” since 1999 with a 17-14 decision. Senior K Nick Roemer drilled a 21-yard field goal with 3:57 remaining to give St. Xavier the lead. Colerain missed a 45-yard FG with 46 seconds left. (We will have complete coverage, including video of the game on JJ this week).
Elder suffers Worst Loss Ever at Home: Ouch. Elder dropped a 56-7 decision to visiting Louisville (KY) Trinity at the famed Pit. It was the Panthers worst home loss ever and their worst loss overall since 1960 (lost 51-0 to Roger Bacon).
Springfield Record-Setters: The Springfield Catholic Central senior tandem of Brian Kelly (QB) and Jake Aldridge (WR) went nuts in a 56-13 win over Springfield Northwestern. Kelly completed a school record 25 passes for a school record 408 yards and five TDs. Aldridge broke school records for receptions (14) and yards( 192).
16-Game Skids End: Ashland Mapleton and Jamestown Greeneview each snapped 16-game losing streaks. Mapleton, led by senior RB Jon Leibolt who had 228 yards and four TDs, beat Rittman 41-0. Greeneview beat Cincinnati Riverside East 49-16 thanks in part to freshman QB Chance Fry who ran for fours TDs, threw for another and blocked a punt.
Not Since 1937: Bedford and Cleveland Benedictine, which both play their home games at Bedford’s Bearcat Stadium, met there for the first time since 1937 on Friday. Benedictine won the game 27-19 thanks in part to RB Bryan Lacey who had 173 yards and three TDs on 21 carries.
Holy Smoke: Sandusky beat host Ashland 49-35 in a game that featured over 1,000 yards of offense. Sandusky QB Lucas Poggali completed 22-of-31 passes for a school record 390 yards and two TDs and rushed for 149 yards and two more TDs on 13 carries as the Blue Streaks racked up 747 total yards. Senior WR Tristen Jefferies caught nine passes for 252 yards and a TD. On defense he intercepted two passes, returning one 26 yards for a score. Sandusky RB Marquis Winston chipped in 179 yards and a TD on 24 carries. Ashland senior QB Zach Bernhard passed for 437 yards and four TDs. Ashland WR Marquise Jones had 14 catches for 191 yards.
Franklin Heights Snaps Losing Streak: The Falcons snapped a 14-game losing streak with a 10-7 OT victory over visiting Central Crossing. Angel Juarez connected on a 36-yard FG in OT for the victory. The teams combined for just 224 yards. The win was FH’s first since a 22-13 win over Olentangy Orange on Oct. 10, 2008. The Falcons did not play football in 2009 due to a levy failure.
Offf-ense: New Philadelphia racked up 529 yards of offense in a 49-10 win over Barberton…Dublin Scioto had 509 yards of offense, including 421 on the ground, in a 34-19 win over Worthington Kilbourne. Junior RB William Houston had 173 yards and three TDs on 26 carries…Centerburg had 514 yards in a 56-32 win over Mechanicsburg…Pemberville Eastwood had 463 yards and three TDs of over 50 yards in a 52-14 win over Oak Harbor.
Defff-ense: Grandview Heights held Whitehall-Yearling to 12 yards rushing on 26 carries in a 24-0 shutout win…Hilliard Darby held Newark to minus-six yards in the first half and minus-two yards rushing in the game (on 29 carries) in a 56-13 win…Reynoldsburg held Logan to 77 yards of total offense in a 30-6 win…West Liberty-Salem held Riverside to 32 total yards in a 52-0 win…Urbana got six TOs but lost 23-17 to Springfield Shawnee in OT.