Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Ohio Team of the Week: Week 1 Finalists…Vote Now!


Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Ohio Football Team of the Week

You vote, you decide…who had Ohio’s best Team performance in Week 1? Find out who the nominees for the Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Ohio Football Team of the Week are here and how to pick the winner. The choices are impressive…

JJHuddle is proud to announce that the Ohio National Guard will
again sponsor the ONG JJHuddle Player and Team of the Week awards in
Football and Basketball during the 2013-2014 school year.

Each week during the football, boys basketball and girls basketball regular seasons, we will hold a fan-generated contest on JJHuddle to tab a weekly Ohio National Guard Ohio Team and Player of the Week. Each weekly winner will receive an award (a banner) from the National Guard. At the end of the year, the weekly winners will be entered into a competition for the Team and Player of the Year.

How it works?
A thread soliciting nominations will be posted in the JJHuddle Football
Forums each week. Fans will then nominate top performances. We
will announce the 10 weekly finalists on JJHuddle every Monday and voting will be conducted in a special JJHuddle forum. Voting will cease at noon on Thursday, after which the winners will be announced.

Winners receive a personalized banner suitable for hanging from the Ohio National Guard.


Ohio National Guard JJH Team of the Week

Week 1 Nominees


Toledo Woodward: The Polar Bears snapped a 53-game losing streak with a 20-14 win over Cardinal Stritch. Woodward scored the go-ahead TD with 1:46 left when Darius Fleming threw a 44-yard TD pass to Bedel Williams. Woodward’s last win was a 30-13 victory over Toledo Waite in Week 6 of 2007. The Polar Bears losing streak ties for third all-time in Ohio.

Westerville North:
Warriors snapped a 45-game losing streak with a 48-21 win over Franklin Heights. It was the program’s first win since beating Westerville Central 21-17 on Sept. 9, 2008. Senior RB Andy Struttmann had a huge game. He ran for three TDs (and 52 yards on seven carries) and returned a fumble 45 yards for another TD.

Miami East:
The Vikings beat Miami County rival Milton-Union for the first time since 2001. Trailing 14-3 at halftime, Miami East rallied for an 18-14 win.

The Buccs went on the road and beat a MAC team – St. Henry to be specific. Why’s that big? Covington has been haunted by the MAC. In the playoffs the Buccs have been dismissed eight times by MAC teams, including seven times since 2000. The last two years, the Buccs are 22-2 (both losses to Coldwater). Revenge – even in Week 1 – is sweet.

Thurgood Marshall:
The D-III Cougars recorded a program-elevating victory with a 32-22 win over D-I Northmont. Marshall, which has had seven RBs go over 1,000 yards the past three years, ran for 396 yards.

The D-III Red Devils went on the road and beat D-I Upper Arlington 26-7. M-F’s defense was dominant. The Red Devils forced four turnovers (two INTs, two fumbles) and held the Golden Bears to 131 total yards. Senior RB Landon Yeartie led M-F with 127 yards and two TDs on 15 carries.

Troy Christian:
The Eagles, led by former Troy head coach Steve Nolan, returned to the field after a year absence and ralied from a 9-0 halftime deficit to beat Bellaire St. John Central 22-11. TC, which has been to the playoffs three times (most recent 2004), failed to field a team last year in any capacity due to numbers. This year the Eagles have one senior (Travis Sloan). TC forced six turnovers (four fumbles, two INTs) and scored 22 unanswered second half points.

Columbus Ready:
The Silver Knights beat Newark Catholic 26-14 in a meeting of D-VI’s top ranked teams. Ready got the job done on the ground, thanks in part to an offensive line that helped the Knights rush for 412 yards. Senior RB Akili Taylor led the charge, running for 293 yards on 35 carries. Ready’s TD drives were 76, 97, 88 and 92 yards. .

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