Delphos St. John's and Marion Local have won 8 of the last 13 state titles in D-VI.
Our weekly look back at the
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Offensive, Defensive and
Special Teams players of the week? Who had over 500 yards of offense? Who set a state record? Who tied a state record? Who rushed for 294 yards? We
know...here's the week's BEST.
Even though the Campaign Trail ended nearly seven days ago for most
issues, I’m going to use this time to get on my soap box and politic for
My Platform? It’s this: Delphos St. John’s and
Marion Local should have the opportunity to play in the D-VI state
There’s a lot that has to pan out first –
the main hurdle being both teams have to win their regions and get to
the state semifinals – but should the two make the Final Four, they
should be split and have the opportunity to meet in Stark County.
It can be argued that these two teams are the best in D-VI this season. It can’t be argued that these two programs are the best in D-VI over the last 10-plus years. That’s fact.
Since 1997 Delphos St. John’s and Marion Local have combined to play in 10 of the last 13 state finals. They’ve won eight state titles. DSJ owns five and Marion has three. The Flyers have four total (they won the D-V championship in 2007).
Overall, the Midwest Athletic Conference, which the Blue Jays and Flyers are members of, has a state-best 19 football state titles. Six of the past seven years alone two MAC teams have made state championship games in their respective divisions and the conference has gone 9-4 in state finals since 2003. The MAC is worthy of recognition.
D-VI is also the perfect stage for a MAC vs MAC meeting because 10 of the conference’s 19 titles have come in that classification. Since its inception in 1994, there have been 16 D-VI state finals games. MAC teams have played in 13 of them.
To get to regional finals next weekend, DSJ has to beat Ada (10-1) in a Region 22 semifinal, while Marion Local has to beat fellow MAC member Minster (6-5) in a Region 24 semifinal.
Should both the Blue Jays and Flyers win the next two weeks, Marion should be sent to face the Region 23 winner in Columbus. DSJ should be sent to Mansfield or Ashland to face the Region 21 winner.
And just for the record, DSJ and Marion have met three times in state semifinal games, including last year. We’ve see that before. Now lets see something different – lets see these two play in December. OFFENSIVE
PLAYER OF THE WEEK Shawn Ball, Malvern: The junior QB
accounted for 536 total yards and seven TDs in the Hornets 48-28 win
over host and previously unbeaten Willow Wood Symmes Valley in a D-VI,
Region 23 quarterfinal. Ball carried the ball 29 times for 269 yards
and four TDs and completed 14-of-21 passes for 267 yards and three TDs.
He entered the playoffs with 2,152 yards passing and 1,101 rushing.
He’s now accounted for 42 TDs this season (29 passing, 13 rushing). DEFENSIVE
PLAYER OF THE WEEK Jordan Watson, Sparta Highland: The
senior defensive lineman recovered three fumbles and was part of a unit
that forced six total in a 38-7 win over Portsmouth West in the D-IV,
Region 15 quarterfinals. Two of Watson’s recoveries led to TDs. SPECIAL
TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK Branden Smith, Fredericktown:
Senior K tied a state record for most field goals in a game by booting
five in a 36-7 win over Monroe Central in a D-V, Region 19
quarterfinal. Smith connected on field goals from 24, 39, 43, 22 and 25
yards. He also kicked three PATs to account for 18 points. BIG
Maty Mauk and Dustin Howell, Kenton: What until you read this…This is what Mauk, Kenton’s junior QB, did in a 62-20 win over Carlisle in the D-IV, Region 16 quarterfinals. Mauk averaged 25.5 yards per completion as he connected on 21-of-42 attempts for 537 yards and seven TDs. He also ran for a TD. Mauk has now tossed 60 TDs this season (third all-time for a season) and ranks No. 2 behind just his brother Ben (2002 Mr. Football) on Ohio’s all-time lists for career passing yards (over 12,000) and TDs (142). As for Howell, only two WRs since 2002 have had better days than he did in the Wildcats win. Howell caught eight passes for an astonishing 274 yards and two TDs. His yardage total ranks 13th all-time in state history for a single game. Noah Key, Hartley: Senior RB rushed for 294 yards and three TDs (85, 71 and 67 yards) on 19 carries in a 40-21 win over Amanda-Clearcreek in the D-IV, Region 15 quarterfinals. Jordan Scanlon, Clinton-Massie: Senior RB rushed for 269 yards and three TDs on 44 carries in a 21-20 OT win over Cincinnati Taft in the D-IV, Region 16 quarterfinals. Tyrin Williams, Tallmadge: RB carried the ball 28 times for 257 yards and two TDs in a 41-28 win over Kent Roosevelt in the D-II, Region 5 quarterfinals. Drew McArtor, Newark Licking Valley: Sophomore RB churned out 218 yards and two TDs on 32 carries in a 29-3 win over East Liverpool in a D-III, Region 11 quarterfinal. Jordan McCune, Clear Fork: Senior RB carried the ball 19 times for 222 yards and four TDs in a 49-7 win over Ontario in a D-IV, Region 14 quarterfinal. Gavin Hackett, Dalton: QB ran for 221 yards and a TD on 20 carries in a 34-21 win over Bucyrus Wynford in the D-VI, Region 21 quarterfinals. Brice Fackler, Kenton: Junior DB had three interceptions and more catches than Carlisle receivers in the Wildcats 62-20 win over the Indians in the D-IV, Region 16 quarterfinals. Tyler Nofsinger, Covington: Senior RB racked up 215 yards and three TDs on just 10 carries in a 49-6 win over CCC rival Ansonia in a D-VI, Region 24 quarterfinal. Nofsinger also returned a kickoff 80 yards for a TD. Trey DePriest, Springfield: Senior RB/LB dominated both sides of the ball in a 22-7 win over Hilliard Darby in the D-I, Region 3 quarterfinals. The Alabama recruit ran the ball six times for 72 yards and a TD and had 11 tackles on defense, including five for loss and two sacks. Matt Smith, Fredericktown: RB carried the ball 27 times for 202 yards and three TDs in a 36-7 win over Monroe Central in a D-V, Region 19 quarterfinal. Cole French, Eaton: Junior QB completed 17-of-26 passes for 314 yards and three TDs and also ran for a TD in a 26-7 win over Jackson in the D-III, Region 12 quarterfinals. Corry Benson, Marion-Franklin: Sophomore QB completed 8-of-15 passes for 159 yards and four TDs and also ran for a TD in the Red Devils 49-19 win over Zanesville in the D-II, Region 7 quarterfinals. Andrew Dee, McComb: QB completed 30-of-43 passes for 311 yards and four TDs in a 60-0 win over Fremont St. Joseph in the D-VI, Region 22 quarterfinals. Jeff Smith, Hamilton Badin: Senior QB had over 300 yards of total offense in the Rams 23-0 shutout of North Union in the D-V, Region 20 quarterfinals. Smith completed 15-of-28 passes for 181 yards and two TDs and also carried the ball 17 times for 124 yards and a TD. Smith doubles as a standout DB. Shaq Washington, Maple Heights: Senior QB completed 12-of-13 passes for 225 yards and three TDs and carried the ball 22 times for 115 yards and another TD in a 34-14 win over Toledo Central Catholic in the D-II, Region 6 playoff loss. Jamire Westbrook, Kings: Sophomore RB carried the ball 22 times for 209 yards and three TDs in a 55-30 win over Tecumseh in the D-II, Region 8 quarterfinals. Adam Kaiser, Minster: RB carried the ball 21 times for 142 yards and three TDs as No. 8 seed Minster beat No. 1 seed Springfield Catholic Central 44-21 in the D-VI, Region 24 quarterfinals. Richie Sanders, Mentor Lake Catholic: Senior RB scored four TDs and ran for 165 yards on 25 carries in the Cougars 42-0 win over Kenston in the D-II, Region 5 quarterfinals. Thomas Owens, Winton Woods: Senior QB ran for a season-high 214 yards and scored two TDs on 25 carries in a 40-21 win over Dayton Carroll in the D-II, Region 8 quarterfinals. He also threw for a TD. Kaleb Goins, Lehman Catholic: Senior RB set a new school record for TDs in a season by scoring four in the Cavaliers 42-0 win over Lockland in a D-VI, Region 24 quarterfinal. Goins now has 31 TDs on the season. He ran for 55 yards on 16 carries. Greg Galloway, Ashland: Junior K booted three field goals (35, 30 and 25 yards) and connected on three PATs in the Arrows 36-26 win over Aurora in the D-II, Region 5 quarterfinals. Zac Wilson, Eaton: DB picked off two passes to give him a school record eight on the season in a 26-7 win over Jackson in the D-III, Region 12 quarterfinals. Brad Jarzab, Springfield Shawnee: QB ran for 92 yards and three TDs and also threw for 206 yards BIG
NEWS Wayne brings the pain, shuts out Middletown: In its shocking 21-0 win over previously unbeaten Middletown, Wayne became the first team to shut out the Middies since Colerain did it 42-0 on Oct. 12, 2001. That’s a span of 10 years and 95 games. Middletown, which was averaging 41.3 points per game, had just 110 yards of total offense, including 39 on the ground. Not Since 1974: Centerville beat Cincinnati Moeller for the first time in 36 years with a 27-17 victory in a D-I, Region 4 quarterfinal at Lockland High School. The Elks held the ball for nearly 30 minutes (29:344) and had two backs – QB Jon Overstreet (172) and FB Chris Barr (147) – rush for over 100 yards. First Times Two: Springfield hosted its first playoff game in history and also won its first with a 22-7 victory over Hilliard Darby in the D-I, Region 3 quarterfinals. The Wildcats held Darby to 39 yards rushing on 31 attempts. Junior RB George Walker led the way with 201 yards and two TDs on 21 carries. Springfield, which was formed when South and North were consolidated three years ago, made the Region 3 playoffs last season but lost in the first round. Wayne County Athletic League goes unscathed: The first weekend of playoff football was good to the WCAL, which went 3-0. Dalton (D-VI, Region 21), Norwayne (D-V, Region 17) and Hillsdale (D-V, Region 18) all advanced. Big Kick: Hilliard Davidson kicker J.D. Detmer connected on a 58-yard field goal in a 47-6 win over Northland in the D-I, Region 3 quarterfinals. That kick is tied for fourth longest all-time in state history. McComb’s Hanes sets state record: McComb senior WR Taylor Hanes set a state record for TD catches in a season with his 28th this year in a 60-0 win over Fremont St. Joseph in the D-VI, Region 22 quarterfinals. Hanes ended the game with seven catches for 63 yards and the lone record-setting TD. Klonne gets to 200: McNicholas head coach Steve Klonne recorded his 200th career win as the Rockets shut out Dayton Dunbar 28-0 in a D-III, Region 12 quarterfinal. Mt. Healthy makes history: The Owls won the first playoff game in their program’s history by topping Turpin 26-17 I a D-II, Region quarterfinal. Senior QB Denzel Larkin led the way by rushing for 141 yards and three TDs. Ledgemont gets first postseason win: Playing in the fifth postseason game in program history, Thompson Ledgemont won its first playoff game, beating Monroeville 47-21 in a D-VI, Region 21 quarterfinal. QB Shane Ritts completed 11-of-14 passes for 146 yards and four TDs and RB Dan LaRosa gained 218 yards and scored three TDs on 24 carries as the Redskins racked up 392 yards of total offense. Road Win: Maumee won the first road playoff game in program history and improved to 3-6 all-time in the postseason with a 20-13 victory over host Avon Lake in a D-II, Region 6 postseason game. OFFF-ense: Marion Local out-rushed Fort Loramie 349-3 in a 49-7 D-VI, Region 24 win. Seven different players ran for TDs for the Flyers…Jonathan Alder QB Graham Johnston and RB Austin DeHart combined for 355 yards rushing and five TDs in a 45-23 win over Waynesville I a D-IV, Region 16 quarterfinal…Heath scored 34 first quarter points in a 55-14 win over Albany Alexander in the D-IV, Region 15 quarterfinals…Clear Fork ran for 454 yards in a 49-7 win over Ontario in the D-IV, Region 14 quarterfinals…Springfield Shawnee racked up 532 total yards in a 56-20 win over Washington Court House in the D-III, region 12 quarterfinals. DEFFF-ense: Lehman Catholic held visiting Lockland to 55 total yards in a 42-0 shutout win in the D-VI, Region 24 quarterfinals…Springfield held Hilliard Darby to 39 yards rushing n 31 attempts in a 22-7 win I the D-I, Region 3 quarterfinals.