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. Kenton can play defense: Triway came into its D-IV meeting with Kenton averaging 52.6 points per game. The Titans managed six points against the Wildcats. Six. Kenton intercepted Triway QB Parker Carmichael, who came into the game having accounted for 72 TDs this season, three times. That’s not bad on Carmichael’s part considering he threw the ball 76 times. Yes…76 times. Carmichael was 53-of-76 for 349 yards and a TD. Kenton’s QB, sophomore Trent Hites, completed 20-of-44 passes for 269 yards, two TDs and five INTs. The teams combined for 10 first half turnovers (five each).
2. Nordonia is No. 1: In a match-up of No. 1 teams in D-II, Nordonia, the National Guard JJH poll champ, beat Perrysburg, the AP Poll No. 1, 56-52. What a game. Nordonia senior WR Alex Alders caught 10 passes for 104 yards and three TDs, but it was his 75-yard kickoff return with two minutes left that made the difference. Nordonia QB David Murray threw for 341 yards and six TDs, while Ohio State commit and DB Denzel Ward scored two TDs and had an INT (his ninth of the season). Perrysburg QB Gus Dimmerling was defiant in defeat. He ran for 199 yards on 34 carries and threw for 189 yards while accounting for seven TDs (four passing, three rushing). The teams combined for 15 TDs.
3. Trotwood’s Beckham is Kei: Senior DB Kei Beckham, a Kentucky recruit, returned an interception for a TD five plays into the Rams D-III game with Bellbrook. Last week Beckham also returned an INT for a TD in a win over Western Brown. On the season, Beckham has eight INTs. He’s returned five for TDs. Five.
4. Ohio’s best Bengals aren’t located in Cincinnati: Benedictine crushed Mooney 56-16 in D-III in a game that resonated statewide. The Bengals scored on three straight offensive plays that covered 65-yards or more in the first half en route to building a 42-9 lead at intermission. Dontez Rash ran for 180 yards and three TDs and DeCavilon Reese ran for 158 yards and two TDs.
5. I will continue to pick against West Liberty-Salem: That’s the way Tigers fans would prefer it I’m sure. For the second week in a row WLS dispatched an undefeated team from the D-VI playoffs. And for the second straight week they proved me wrong. This time it was CCC champion Tri-County North that fell 21-14. The reward? A meeting with Midwest Athletic Conference member Minster. The Wildcats clobbered Versailles 45-19. The problem for WLS in the regional final? Minster is 9-3, not undefeated. Oh yeah, and the OHC, of which WLS is a member, is 0-19 lifetime against the MAC. Two quality teams. Two quality conferences. One big regional final.
6. Travis Moyer can coach: During a successful tenure at Wynford, head coach Travis Moyer led the Royals to a 118-28 record from 1999-2011. He stepped down riding a 58-game regular season win streak. Three years later Moyer reappears at Wapak and leads the Redskins to their best season ever. Yep. Wapak beat Tippecanoe 28-7 in D-III to claim the school’s first 12-win season and advance to the program’s first regional final. To be fair, the cupboard wasn’t bare. Former head coach Doug Frye rebuilt Wapak the last three years and left before the season to go back to St. Marys. Redskins fans new this season could be special. Moyer has helped make it so. Did I mention we’re both Ashland University graduates? Go Eagles.
7. Role Reversal: Centerburg lost to Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference rival Fredericktown 28-21 in Week 7. In the rematch, the Trojans got revenge 27-21. Centerburg QB John Rings ran for 163 yards and two TDs and threw for another TD.
8. LaSalle, Larkin are rolling: The Lancers won the program;s first postseason game last week. They’re not done. LaSalle dismantled Harrison 56-24 in D-II thanks in part to junior RB Jeremy Larkin who set a school record with five rushing TDs and 304 yards and 15 carries. Larkin has already set the program’s single-season rushing mark this year.
9. Loud and Clear: Loudonville is good. Real good. The Redbirds remained unbeaten with a 42-12 win over previously unbeaten Mogadore in D-VI. Senior QB Kolton Edmondson ran for 249 yards and five TDs on 21 carries. The win sets up a titanic 1-2 meeting with defending state champion Kirtland in the regional final next week.
10. Athens Advances: In a rematch of a playoff game Athens won 55-52 in OT last year, the Bulldogs beat Tri-Valley 41-20 this time around. The highly anticipated meeting pitted Athens high-octane offense (averaging 62 points per game) against a TV defense that had allowed 48 points in 11 games. The Scotties almost allowed that much against Athens whose 41 points were its lowest output of the season.
11. Clyde and Toledo Central Catholic II: Last year the Fliers shocked the unbeaten Irish 42-41 in a D-II regional final. Next week TCC gets another crack. The Irish beat Bowling Green 35-19 on one regional semi, while Clyde beat Norwalk 35-24 in the other. Tre’Von Wade ran for 219 yards and a TD on 14 carries for TCC, which ended with 486 yards rushing. Clyde rallied from a 24-21 fourth quarter deficit as senior QB Austin Baker completed 15-of-27 passes for 294 yards and three TDs (also ran for a TD).
12. Norwalk’s historic run is over: The Truckers had a remarkable season come to a close with their 35-24 loss to Clyde in D-II. Norwalk, which finishes 11-1, went 10-0 for the first time ever, won their first NOL title in 38 years and notched their first playoff win since the 1974 Class AA state championship game. Senior RB Breck Turner capped a storied career with 5,676 yards and 79 TDs in 33 games. He ran for 2,795 yards and 32 TDs this season. Against Clyde, Turner carried the ball 28 times for 213 yards and a TD.
13. Kirtland’s defense was dominant: The defending state champion Hornets were stout in a 41-0 shutout win over Garaway in D-VI. The Pirates, who entered the game averaging 39.4 points, were held to five first downs and 86 total yards.
14. Worth the wait for Bay: The Rockets went 1-9 last year. Next week they meet Benedictine in a D-IV regional final. Bay, which won the program’s first playoff game ever last week, scored 20 second half points to rally and beat NDCL 27-24. RB Nick Best carried the ball 34 times for 179 yards and two TDs for the winners.
15. What a Finish: Midview scored on the last play of the game (40-yard TD pass from Dustin Crum to Dimitri Redwood) to force OT and eventually beat Avon 42-36.
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Standout Performers: Minster QB Josh Nixon threw for three TDs and ran for two more in a 45-19 win over Versailles in D-VI; Dublin Scioto K Sam Crosa kicked three FGs in a 23-0 win over Worthington Kilbourne in D-II; Mt. Healthy QB David Montgomery ran for 206 yards and three TDs on 28 carries in a 47-14 win over Kings in D-II; Wauseon QB Zac Robinson threw for 153 yards and a TD and ran for 107 yards and two TDs in a 34-12 win over Bellevue in D-IV; Bedford senior QB Carlin Colston threw for three TDs and ran for another in a 54-24 win over Willoughby South in D-II.
Heroics: Clinton-Massie scored two fourth quarter TDs to run its win streak to 22 straight games and beat McNicholas 28-14 in D-IV; Olentangy ran 28 of the game’s first 32 plays en route to a 31-6 win over Wooster in D-II. The Braves ran 54 first half plays total; Beechcroft controlled the ball for the first 8:14 of its D-IV game with Maysville and drove 79 yards in 15 plays to take a 7-0 lead en route to winning 35-0; Tinora forced four first half turnovers and lead 30-0 after two quarters en route to a 37-0 win over Spencerville in D-VI.
Friday Night Scores: Regional Semifinals
Bedford 54, Willoughby S. 24
Cincinnati La Salle 56, Harrison 24
Cincinnati Mt. Healthy 47, Kings Mills Kings 14
Dublin Scioto 23, Worthington Kilbourne 0
Grafton Midview 42, Avon 36, OT
Lewis Center Olentangy 31, Wooster 6
Mayfield 16, Madison 10
Macedonia Nordonia 56, Perrysburg 52
Akron SVSM 20, Poland Seminary 10
Athens 41, Dresden Tri-Valley 20
Clyde 35, Norwalk 24
Columbus DeSales 24, Jackson 14
Hubbard 23, Aurora 19
Toledo Central Catholic 35, Bowling Green 19
Trotwood-Madison 41, Bellbrook 6
Wapakoneta 28, Tipp City Tippecanoe 7
Bay Village Bay 27, Chardon NDCL 24
Clarksville Clinton-Massie 28, Cincinnati McNicholas 14
Cleveland Benedictine 56, Youngs. Mooney 16
Columbus Beechcroft 35, Zanesville Maysville 0
Kenton 13, Wooster Triway 6
Kettering Alter 42, Cincinnati Wyoming 28
Steubenville 21, Columbus Marion-Franklin 14
Wauseon 34, Bellevue 12
Bucyrus Wynford 25, Van Buren 15
Centerburg 27, Fredericktown 21
Defiance Tinora 37, Spencerville 0
Kirtland 41, Sugarcreek Garaway 0
Loudonville 42, Mogadore 14
Lucasville Valley 27, Columbus Grandview Heights 21
Minster 45, Versailles 19
W. Liberty-Salem 21, Lewisburg Tri-County N. 14