The first night of the Ohio High School Football Playoffs is in the books and so is the season for 64 more teams. Upsets? Yep. Shockers? Yep? Final Scores? Yep…it’s all here.
What We Learned Friday
1. Parker Carmichael continues to sling it: The Triway senior QB, who entered the postseason having accounted for a Wayne County record 64 TDs, added six more in the Titans 35-7 D-IV win over Galion. Carmichael completed 26-of-42 passes for 454 yards and six TDs. He now ranks No. 3 all-time in Ohio High School history for career passing yards (11,611). He trails two guys named Mauk.
2. The MAChine: With Minster’s OT win over Mechanicsburg and Versailles’ win over Miami East in D-VI, the Midwest Athletic Conference improved to 53-1 all-time in regional quarterfinal games (against non-MAC teams). That’s not a misprint. Saturday the MAC has four more teams in action with Coldwater playing in D-V and Marion Local, Fort Recovery and Delphos St. John’s playing in D-VII. Minster and Versailles meet in the regional semis next week.
3. Rebel Yell: Big winners tonight? How about Willoughby South. The Rebels took down Glenville 34-12 in D-II to win their first playoff game since 2005. RB D.J. Green ran for three TDs.
4. No. 2: Several schools picked up the second playoff win in school history including Bedford, Midview and Perrysburg in D-II; Bowling Green in D-III; Zanesville Maysville in D-IV; and Garaway and Grandview Heights in D-VI.
5. LaSalle gets its first playoff win: Seems hard to believe but it’s true. The Lancers had been in playoff four times prior and had gone 0-4. Their 48-28 win over Glen Este in D-II was historic.
6. Other first timers: In addition to LaSalle, five other schools won their program’s first playoff game Friday, including: NDCL and Bay in D-IV; and Spencerville, Tri-County North and Van Buren in D-VI
7. Tipp O’ The Town: Dayton Daily News writer Jeff Gilbert wrote it perfectly “The rematch was a mismatch.” A week after losing at home to Central Buckeye Conference rival Kenton Ridge, Tippecanoe blasted the Cougars 42-8 on their home turf in D-III. The Red Devils, making their 10th straight playoff appearance, got a huge game from junior Jakob Prall who returned both a punt and kickoff for TDs, caught a TD pass and pitched the ball to QB Zack Blair who scored on a rare double-handoff option.
8. Alter vs Massie: Region 14 followers and pretty much everyone in Ohio thinks that Alter and Clinton-Massie are on a collision course for the regional final. How’d they do Friday? Both won 49-7. Touche. The catch? Alter beat Miami Trace. The Panthers just happen to be rivals and SCOL members with Clinton-Massie. The Falcons beat Trace 42-20 in Week 9. Take it for what it’s worth.
9. Massillon suffers worst loss since 1931: Who else was stunned by Perrysburg’s 56-7 dismantling of Massillon? Thought so. Didn’t see that coming. Perrysburg senior QB Gus Dimmerling ran for four TDs and 302 yards and the Yellow Jackets forced five turnovers en route to handing Massillon it’s worst loss since 1931 (lost 68-0 to Steubenville Wells). Wow is right. We should also mention Dimmerling also threw for 112 yards adn caight two passes for 21 yards.
10: Don’t call it a comeback: Toledo Central Catholic trailed Rocky River 28-7 in the second quarter before outscoring the Pirates 63-20 for a 70-48 win in D-II.
11. Sophomore Sensation: Midview sophomore QB Dustin Crum helped the Middies win their first ever home playoff game by throwing for 322 yards and four TDs and rushing for 91 yards and two TDs in a 42-28 win over Walsh Jesuit in D-II.
12. Don’t call it a comeback II: Harrison trailed Lima Senior 36-14 at halftime of a D-II game but rallied to win 37-36 when senior QB Jake Weber scored from 1-yard out on the game’s last play.
13. DB U: Trotwood-Madison lived up to its nickname Friday as the rams returned four interceptions for TDs in a 55-13 win over Western Brown in D-II. Four different players – Kei Beckham, Dalaquan McGuire, Kobe Vinegar and Ta’ron Bentley – were responsible for the pick sixes.
14: No. 100: Dublin Scioto head coach Karl Johnson won career game No. 100 when the Irish beat Teays Valley 38-14 in D-II. QB Nathan Densel led Scioto by completing 17-of-22 passes for 305 yards and four TDs. He also ran for 96 yards on 12 carries.
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Standout Performers: West Liberty-Salem junior QB Brandon Upton threw four TD passes in the Tigers D-VI win over previously unbeaten Cincinnati Country Day; Bowling Green QB Devon Garcia threw three TD passes and ran for a TD in the Bobcats D-III win over Medina Buckeye; Rocky River senior QB Matt Lowery threw for 376 yards and five TDs in a D-II loss to Toledo Central Catholic; Grandview Heights RB Joe Pinney ran for 222 yards and a TD on 21 carries in a D-VI win over Monroe Central; Beechcroft’s David Peoples ran for 305 yards and four TDs on 21 carries in a D-IV win over Bexley; and Fredericktown’s Tyler Ruhl scored four TDs (one on a punt return) and ran for 117 yards in a D-VI win over Belpre.
Heroics: Wauseon blocked a 36-yard field goal attempt by All-Ohio kicker Cody Pickard to secure a 9-7 win over Genoa in D-IV; and Grandview Heights rallied from a 21-7 halftime deficit to beat Monroe Central 31-29 on Leo Readey’s 20-yard FG with 44 seconds left.
Friday Night Scores: Regional Quarterfinals
Avon 42, Medina Highland 21
Bedford 21, Garfield Heights 12
Cincinnati La Salle 48, Cincinnati Glen Este 28
Cincinnati Mt. Healthy 39, New Carlisle Tecumseh 0
Dublin Scioto 38, Ashville Teays Valley 14
Grafton Midview 42, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 28
Harrison 37, Lima Sr. 36
Kings Mills Kings 42, Cincinnati NW 7
Lewis Center Olentangy 35, Ashland 6
Macedonia Nordonia 58, Fremont Ross 26
Madison 42, Brecksville-Broadview Heights 21
Mayfield 49, Maple Heights 12
Perrysburg 56, Massillon Washington 7
Willoughby S. 34, Cleveland Glenville 12
Wooster 35, Columbus Hamilton Twp. 21
Worthington Kilbourne 32, Pataskala Watkins Memorial 9
Akron SVSM 34, Chardon 13
Athens 65, Granville 14
Aurora 42, Chagrin Falls Kenston 24
Bellbrook 18, Bellefontaine 13
Bowling Green 41, Medina Buckeye 7
Clyde 41, Mansfield Madison 33
Columbus DeSales 31, Dover 14
Dresden Tri-Valley 21, New Philadelphia 14
Hubbard 45, Tallmadge 14
Jackson 28, Circleville Logan Elm 17
Norwalk 42, Sandusky Perkins 34
Poland Seminary 41, Louisville 14
Tipp City Tippecanoe 42, Springfield Kenton Ridge 8
Toledo Central Catholic 70, Rocky River 48
Trotwood-Madison 55, Mt. Orab Western Brown 13
Wapakoneta 49, Oxford Talawanda 14
Bay Village Bay 18, Mantua Crestwood 7
Bellevue 40, LaGrange Keystone 32
Chardon NDCL 45, Mogadore Field 27
Cincinnati Wyoming 23, Cleves Taylor 17
Clarksville Clinton-Massie 49, Monroe 7
Cleveland Benedictine 24, Perry 20
Columbus Beechcroft 39, Columbus Bexley 20
Columbus Marion-Franklin 20, Amanda-Clearcreek 15
Kenton 49, Port Clinton 14
Kettering Alter 49, Washington C.H. Miami Trace 7
Steubenville 35, Johnstown-Monroe 22
Wauseon 9, Genoa Area 7
Wooster Triway 42, Galion 7
Youngstown Mooney 28, Peninsula Woodridge 21
Zanesville Maysville 30, Newark Licking Valley 7
Bucyrus Wynford 29, Delphos Jefferson 12
Centerburg 21, W. Lafayette Ridgewood 13
Columbus Grandview Heights 31, Woodsfield Monroe Central 29
Defiance Tinora 47, Haviland Wayne Trace 20
Fredericktown 49, Belpre 6
Kirtland 37, Jeromesville Hillsdale 7
Lewisburg Tri-County N. 38, Cincinnati Summit Country Day 10
Loudonville 28, New Middletown Springfield 14
Lucasville Valley 14, Nelsonville-York 6
Minster 42, Mechanicsburg 41, 2OT
Mogadore 33, McDonald 6
Spencerville 36, Convoy Crestview 7
Sugarcreek Garaway 35, Cleveland VASJ 28
Van Buren 49, Lima Central Catholic 39
Versailles 34, Casstown Miami E. 27
W. Liberty-Salem 29, Cincinnati Country Day 7