Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Ohio Team of the Week: Week 9 Finalists…Vote Now!

You vote, you decide…who had Ohio’s best team performance in Week 9? 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.

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 Friday, after which the winners will be announced. You may vote as many times as you like.

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


Ohio National Guard JJH Team of the Week

Week 9 Nominees

Mansfield Senior: The Tygers have been playing football for 114 years, but they’ve never had a team win its first nine games – until now. Mansfield improved to 9-0 with a 44-7 win over Lexington. The victory also clinched at least a share of the team’s second straight Ohio Cardinal Conference title. The last Mansfield team to finish unbeaten was the 1942 squad that went 8-0-2. The program’s only team to finish with a perfect record was in 1931 (8-0).

St. Charles: The Cardinals beat Watterson 20-14 to finish 2-0 in the Central Catholic League Silver Division and capture the program’s first league title since 1962. St. Charles beat Columbus DeSales 36-0 earlier this season to snap a 36-year losing streak to the Stallions. Against Watterson, the Cardinals were playing without leading rusher NiQuille Bell who broke his leg in last week’s 37-15 win over Kings. Senior RB John Quinn ran for a TD and returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score against the Eagles.

Athens: The Bulldogs remained unbeaten and won at least a share of their third straight Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division title with a 61-13 win over Meigs. Why is that important? Since joining the Southeast Ohio Athletic League in 1925, Athens has never won three straight football league titles – until now.

Hartley: The Hawks will take over the No. 1 spot in the Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Division V Power Poll after handing D-II playoff contender Cincinnati Withrow its second loss 42-16. The tigers only other defeat is to Centerville (42-14).

Ada: The Bulldogs beat previously unbeaten Delphos Jefferson 25-20. Ada trailed 20-17 when it intercepted a Jefferson pass at its own 13 with 4:27 to play. The Bulldogs then drove 87 yards in 13 plays and quarterback Matt Wilcox _ who had thrown three first half interceptions – hit Blake Ansley for the game-winning 8-yard TD pass with 45 seconds to go.

Worthington Kilbourne: The Wolves handed undefeated New Albany – the AP’s No. 1 ranked D-II team – a 14-12 loss thanks in part to suffocating defense. Kilbourne held the Eagles to 168 yards. The win clinched at least a share of the OCC-Capital Division and clinched the school’s first playoff berth since 2008. It also secured a home game in Week 11.

Circleville: The Tigers pulled out an improbable 20-14 victory at Liberty Union thanks to big plays in all facets of the game down the stretch. After rallying from a 14-0 hole to tie it on a 2-point conversion pass, the Tigers blocked a potential 29-yard go-ahead field goal by LU with 3:23 to go. Circleville then marched 83 yards – converting a fourth-and-six – and scored the game-winning TD on a David Burroughs to Justin Hill TD pass with 12 seconds left. LU returned the kickoff to the Circleville 39-yardline and on the game’s last play Hill tackled LU running back Jacob Basso at the 1-yardline.

Newark Catholic: The Green Wave was dominating on defense in a 25-8 win over Granville that clinched the program’s record 33rd playoff berth. NC intercepted Granville QB Isaac Maurer seven times and limited the Blue Aces high-octane passing game to 31 yards. Coming into the game Maurer had thrown for 2,684 yards, 37 TDs and just seven INTs.

Fairfield: After going 13-56 the last seven years, including 2-8 last season, the Indians improved to 8-1 and earned the program’s first playoff berth since 2005 with a 31-21 win over Mason.

Loveland: The Tigers remained unbeaten, secured at least a share of the Eastern Cincinnati Conference title and are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2002 following a 42-0 win over Turpin. On the season Loveland has outscored opponents 369-67.


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