The third weekend of the Ohio High School Football Playoffs is here and so is the end of the season for 16 more teams. Upsets? Yep. Shockers? Yep? Final Scores? Yep…it’s all here.
Friday Night Real-Time Scores
What We Learned
1. Massie fed the Wolf: Defending D-IV champion Clinton-Massie won its third straight regional title with a 21-14 win over Alter in the D-IV Region 12 final. Senior RB bayle Wolf led Massie with 125 yards and three TDs on 36 carries. Wolf now has 107 career TDs, which ranks No. 6 all-time in state history. His 97 career rushing TDs ranks No. 7.
2. Zanesville reaches first Final Four: Zanesville’s best season in school history continues. The Blue Devils beat New Albany 35-28 in the D-II Region 5 final thanks in part to senior DB Trey Scoles who intercepted a pass with 1:35 to go to seal it. Senior RB Jamal Gladden ran for 154 yards and two TDs for Zanesville.
3. Irish Eye Repeat: Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary beat Hubbard 40-7 in the D-III Region 7 final to move one step closer to defending their state title. Last year the Irish beat Hubbard 54-14 in the regional semifinals. Ohio State recruit and SVSM senior RB Parris Campbell ran for 207 yards and three TDs (35, 77 and 59 yards) on 19 carries.
4. Ready masters NC again: Ready scored on its first five possessions en route to a 48-21 win over Newark Catholic in the D-VI Region 21 final. Ready beat NC 26-14 win Week 1. Senior QB Matt Yoho led the Silver Knights by completing 18-of-21 passes for 224 yards and three TDs. The regional title is Ready’s first since 2007.
5. Trotwood-Madison is back: The Rams won their fourth straight regional title and moved a step closer to their fourth straight state final with a 25-7 win over Tippecanoe in the D-III Region 10 final. The key play? An 84-yard fumble return for a TD that pushed the Rams lead to 18-7 in the fourth quarter.
6. Ryan Loncar is an Ironman: Kirtland senior DB Ryan Loncar started his 56th straight game in the Hornets 45-7 win over Mogadore. Next week he can tie the state record of 57 currently held by Mogadore’s Tomy Lee. Loncar also had his 22nd career INT in the game. The win was the Hornets 64th since 2008 by more than 20 points. Sam Kukura carried 13 times for 201 yards and three TDs for Kirtland.
7. Kenton and Bryan staged a Classic: The D-IV Region 12 final between Kenton and Bryan lived up to its billing – and then some. Kenton scored with 21 seconds left on an 11-yard TD pass from Grant Sherman to Justin Sawmiller to outlast the Golden Bears 46-43. The teams combined for 1,128 yards of offense, 163 total plays and 114 pass attempts. Sherman was 57-of-78 for 486 yards and five TDs. He also ran 15 times for 77 yards and two TDs. Sherman’s 57 completions is a national high school record. The 78 attempts ranks third all-time. Bryan QB Austin Schimmoeller completed 26-of-35 passes for 370 yards and three TDs and also ran 21 times for 145 yards and three TDs. Sawmiller ended with 24 receptions for 165 yards, two TDs, and a 2-point conversion. The 24 catches ranks No. 2 all-time in Ohio history.
8. Mechanicsburg Marches On: Coming off three straight losing seasons, Mechanicsburg is headed to its first state semifinal thanks to a 34-28 double OT win over West Liberty-Salem in the D-VI Region 22 final. The Burg rallied from a 15-point fourth quarter defeicit and stopped WLS on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yardline in the second OT. Mechanicsburg is just the second Ohio Heritage Conference team to reach the state semifinals (Springfield Catholic Central) and the second Champaign County school to do so (Urbana).
9. Marion-Franklin shuts down Athens: Athens was averaging 57.5 points per game entering the D-III Region 9 final with Marion-Franklin. It managed just seven Friday. The Red Devils beat the Bulldogs 38-7 and shut Athens out through the first three quarters.
10. Toledo Central Catholic won’t repeat: Upset of the night? Easy one. Clyde beating defending D-II state champion Toledo Central Catholic 42-41 in the D-III Region 8 final. TCC scored with 3:22 left in the game but missed its PAT for a 41-35 lead. On the ensuing possession, Clyde QB Tim Hoppe hooked up with Derek Gray for a 74-yard TD pass. TCC had a chance but fumbled with 52 seconds left deep in Clyde territory. Following the game, one post on the Clyde Flier Facebook page said “One small step for Clyde and one giant leap for public schools!”
11. Wayne’s World: Wayne Trace won 12 games for the first time in history and advanced to the state semifinals for the first time with a 68-12 win over Ada in the Region 20 final. QB Colby Speice accounted for 10 TDs. He tied a state record with nine TD passes and also ran for one. Speice was 25-of-42 for 534 yards and ran for 72 more.
Friday Night Final Scores: Regional Finals
Division II Regional
State semifinals are Fri., Nov. 29: Region 3 vs. Region 4 … Region 5 vs. Region 6
Glenville 40, Madison 7
Medina Highland 24, Avon 21
Zanesville 35, New Albany 28
Loveland 35, Mt. Healthy 28
Division III Regional Finals
State semifinals are Fri., Nov. 29: Region 7 vs. Region 9 … Region 8 vs. Region 10
Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 40 Hubbard 7
Clyde 42, Toledo Central Catholic 41
Marion-Franklin 38, Athens 7
Trotwood-Madison 25, Tippecanoe 7
Division IV Regional Finals
State semifinals are Fri., Nov. 29: Region 11 vs. Region 13 … Region 12 vs. Region 14
Cardinal Mooney 28 Cleveland Benedictine 21
Kenton 46, Bryan 43
Steubenville 17, Indian Valley 14
Clinton-Massie 21, Alter 14
Division VI Regional Finals
State semifinals are Fri., Nov. 29: Region 19 vs. Region 21 … Region 20 vs. Region 22
Kirtland 45, Mogadore 7
Wayne Trace 68, Ada 14
Ready 48, Newark Catholic 21
Mechanicsburg 34, West Liberty-salem 28 OT