The second Saturday of the Ohio High School Football Playoffs is here and so is the end of the season for 24 more teams. Upsets? Yep. Shockers? Yep? Final Scores? Yep…it’s all here.
Saturday Night Real-Time Scores
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What We Learned
1. Marion Local got all it wanted from Covington: Two-time defending state champion Marion Local trailed 14-7 at halftime of its D-VII Region 26 game with Covington and wasn’t assured the win until senior QB and Pitt recruit Adam Bertke tossed a 29-yard TD pass to Troy Homan with 29 seconds left. The Flyers escaped 35-28. Tweeted Marion Local head coach Tim Goodwin: “Wow. Covington played so hard and well. We survive and advance. #gutcheck. #flyerball”. On the final drive the Flyers went 76 yards in the final 2:34 and converted a fourth-and-10 from their own 49-yardline with 1:20 left. Bertke was 7-of-8 for 73 yards on the drive. He finished the game 16-of-27 for 203 yards and three TDs.
2. MAC domination: Marion Local’s win, coupled with Coldwater’s throttling of Chippewa (49-14) in D-V and Delphos St John’s 42-10 win over Tiffin Calvert improves the Midwest Athletic Conference’s all-time record in Regional Semifinals (against non-MAC opponents) to 57-6. Junior QB Brody Hoying threw for two TDs and ran for two more for Coldwater, while senior RB Tyler Jettinghoff ran for 186 yards and five TDs on 20 carries and returned a kickoff 85 yards for a TD for DSJ.
3. The OHC Continues to Impress: Last night Ohio Heritage Conference teams West Liberty-Salem and Mechanicsburg won D-VI regional semifinals. Tonight Triad did the same in D-VII. The Cardinals beat Lehman Catholic in Region 26 to make the OHC 6-0 in the postseason. The most impressive thing about Triad’s win? The Cardinals did it with out sophomore QB Trent McIntyre (out this game) and his senior brother Tre (lost in Week 6).
4. Austin Rettig can run: Arlington beat Hicksville 54-14 in the D-VII Region 24 semis thanks to a monster night from Rettig. The junior RB carried the ball 30 times for 294 yards and seven TDs. Last week, in Arlington’s 14-0 win over Fremont St. Joe, Rettig had a 99-yard TD run. Rettig ran for a BVC-best 1,604 yards and 33 TDs during the regular season.
5. Badin beat CHCA – again: Four times in the last five years, Hamilton Badin has beaten Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy in baseball at the district final level or higher. Saturday the Rams continued their mastery of the Eagles with a 31-17 win in the D-V Region 18 semifinals. CHCA was the No. 1 ranked team in the final D-V AP state poll.
6. Davidson gets revenge: En route to the state semifinals last season, Pickerington North beat Hilliard Davidson 21-0 in the Region 3 final. Saturday, Davidson got payback. The Wildcats beat Pick North 20-7 in a D-I Region 2 quarterfinal. Davidson won the time of possession battle 32:27-15:33 and scored on TD passes of 50 and 80 yards from Nick Iske to Phillipie Motley. Davidson only attempted three passes in the game.
7. Moeller and Colerain will meet: Defending D-I state champion Moeller and No. 1 ranked Colerain (National Guard JJHuddle Power Poll & AP) advanced to set up a meeting in the Region 2 semifinals next weekend. Moeller shut out Elder 24-0, thanks in part to five turnovers and an interception return for a TD by Will Mercurio. Colerain escaped a solid Pickerington Central squad 38-20. The Cardinals trailed 10-0 in the second quarter. Moeller beat Colerain 24-21 in last year’s Region 4 final.
8. Mentor gets another shot at St. Ignatius: Way back in Week 2, St. Ignatius beat Mentor 26-6. Since then the Cardinals have won 10 straight, including a first round playoff win over Brunswick (42-0) and Saturday’s victory over Stow-Munroe Falls (43-0) in the D-I Region 1 quarterfinals. Against Stow, Mentor built a 40-0 halftime lead and had four first half turnovers on defense. St. Ignatius rallied from a 14-0 deficit to beat Hudson 28-17.
9. Wayne is back in the Elite Eight: The Warriors are the first Dayton-area team to make the D-I Elite Eight since Braxton Miller-led Wayne did it in 2010. That year the Warriors finished state runner-up to St. Edward. The Warriors held Dublin Coffman to 54 yards rushing in a 31-10 win in the D-I region 2 quarterfinals. Wayne junior QB D’Mitrik Trice threw for two more TDs giving him 35 (against five INTs) on the season.
10. Wheelersburg is back: The Pirates (25 playoff berths) earned their first trip to the regional finals since 2004 and evened their all-time postseason record at 23-23 with a 45-0 win over Martins Ferry in a D-V Region 17 semifinal. Burg outgained Martins Ferry 514-161 in total yards.
Saturday Night Final Scores: Regional Semifinals
St. Edward 42, Cleveland Heights 7
Austintown-Fitch 40, Westerville Central 24
Mentor 43, Stow 0
St. Ignatius 28, Hudson 17
Hilliard Davidson 20, Pickerington North 7
Wayne 31, Dublin Coffman 10
Moeller 24, Elder 0
Colerain 38, Pickerington Central 20
Akron Manchester 35, Fairless 7
Columbiana Crestview 27, Gates Mills Gilmour Academy 26
Coldwater 49, Chippewa 21
Huron 17, Loudonville 13
Columbus Hartley 14, Liberty Union 7
Wheelersburg 45, Martins Ferry 0
West Jefferson 37, North Union 20
Hamilton Badin 31, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 17
Berlin Center Western Reserve 31, Danville 26
Norwalk St. Paul 24 Wellsville 0
Delphos St. John’s 42 Calvert 10
Arlington 54, Hicksville 14
Glouster Trimble 27, Steubenville Catholic Central 22
Shadyside 30, Caldwell 6
Triad 14, Lehman Catholic 7
Marion Local 35, Covington 28