Muscle Milk & JJHuddle Friday Night Highlights and Players of the Week
Ohio's Top Performances and Players of the Week from Week 1 - we have them. See who the Muscle Milk Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Ohio Players of the Week are and see who else had Big Games. Check out Ohio's most complete statewide recap...
Hurricane Irene wasn’t the only sign of the apocalypse this weekend. There was another in Western Ohio.
Football historians let me ask you this: When was the last time Coldwater, Delphos St. John’s, Marion Local and St. Henry all lost on the same day? Prior to Aug. 26, who knows? But it happened Friday.
On a shocking opening weekend for the Midwest Athletic Conference powers, Coldwater lost to Kenton, Delphos St. John’s lost to Lima Central Catholic, St. Henry lost to Marion Pleasant and Marion Local lost to Lima Shawnee. Kenton, LCC and Marion Pleasant were all ranked in the JJHuddle Preseason Power Polls and Lima Shawnee is much improved. Still, seeing those four schools go 0-4 is of note.
And so too is the blow to the MAC’s playoff chances. That’s a silo full of potential computer points gone.
Overall the MAC went 5-5 opening weekend (Anna, Versailles, Minster, Parkway and Fort Recovery won).
MUSCLE MILK AND JJHUDDLE OHIO OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK D.J. Manning, St. Marys: Senior RB ran for a school record 366 yards on 32 carries and scored four TDs and two 2-point conversions in a 41-21 win over Sidney. Manning, who missed almost all of last season with an injury, became just the second Roughrider back ever to run for over 300 yards and broke the previous record of 314 set by Scott Schlosser in 1988. As a team St. Marys ran for 501 yards on 49 carries. “The line blocked and I just ran,” Manning told the St. Marys Evening Leader. “They did their job and I did mine.”
MUSCLE MILK AND JJHUDDLE OHIO DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK Ethan Brown, Harvest Prep: Junior DE broke open a close game by returning an interception (60 yards) for a TD and a fumble (45 yards) for a TD in the fourth quarter of the Warriors 33-14 win over Newark Catholic. Brown’s scores happened within the span of a minute and increased HP’s lead from 14-0 to 27-0.
MUSCLE MILK AND JJHUDDLE OHIO SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK Aaron Williams, Hamilton Township: Freshman KR brought back two fourth quarter punts for TDs – including the game winner with 1:06 left – in a 27-23 comeback win over Chillicothe. Williams’s returns covered 61 and 78 yards, respectively.
BIG PERFORMERS Dalton Ishmael, North Baltimore: RB produced 343 yards and five TDs on 24 carries in a 42-12 win over Holgate.
R.J. Watters, Columbus Academy: Senior RB accounted for four TDs in the Vikings 49-27 win over Maysville. Watters ran for two TDs, caught an 80-yard pass for another and threw a 29-yard TD pass. Jordan Morris, Eastlake North: RB set a school single-game rushing record with 319 yards and three TDs on 34 carries in a 51-20 win over Lyndhurst Brush. Ton Tupa Jr., Brecksville-Broadview Heights: Junior QB completed 27-of-55 passes for 420 yards and four TDs in a 31-26 win over North Royalton. Demond Jackson, Mt. Healthy: Senior defensive back had three first half interceptions in the Owls 34-7 win over Roger Bacon. All told Mt. Healthy had six takeaways (four INTs and two fumble recoveries) en route to their first win over RB in four years. It was just the second time in 13 tries since 1996 that Mt. Healthy beat the Spartans. Tyler Grassman, Gahanna Lincoln: Senior was the decisive factor in the Lions impressive 31-14 dismantling of Columbus DeSales. Grassman ran for a 1-yard TD, caught a 35-yard TD pass, kicked a 21-yard field goal and booted four PATs. Ross Franklin, Johnstown-Monroe: Senior RB ran for 327 yards and six TDs on 31 carries in a 38-29 win over Granville. Tevin Brown, North College Hill: Junior RB carried the ball 13 times for 198 yards and tied a school record with six rushing TDs in a 63-7 win over Reading. The win was NCH’s 23rd straight in the regular season. Terrell Dorsey, Mansfield Senior: Senior RB posted a career-high 266 yards and four TDs on 31 carries in a 34-20 win over Galion. Josh Schwerer, Anthony Wayne: Sophomore DB accounted for three TOs, including a pair of fumble recoveries, in the Generals 41-22 win over Toledo Rogers. In his first varsity start he also had an interception. Randy Stites, West Carrollton: Senior WR caught five passes for 116 yards and four TDs in a 35-7 win at Dayton Stebbins. He also rushed for 111 yards. Steve Slocum, Perrysburg: Junior QB accounted for five TDs in a 54-14 win over Toledo Bowsher. Slocum threw for two TDs, ran for two TDs and returned an interception for a TD. He was 9-of-12 passing for 193 yards and rushed for a team-high 77 yards on 14 carries. Maty Mauk, Kenton: Senior QB and Missouri recruit completed 25-of-32 passes for 215 yards and ran for 141 yards and two TDs, including the game-winner with 3:07 left, as the Wildcats downed host Coldwater 24-17. Alden Hill, Marlington: Senior RB and Tennessee recruit broke his own school record for single-game yardage with 315 yards and five TDs on 20 carries in a 49-16 win over Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas. Darryl Johnson, Mason: Junior RB carried the ball 29 times for 240 yards and four TDs in a 38-28 win over host Springboro. Bo Hardy, Columbus Ready: Senior QB ran for four TDs and 171 yards in a 54-7 win over Franklin Heights. Gary Brown, Westerville South: Junior WR caught seven passes for 138 yards and three TDs in a 47-18 win over Groveport-Madison. Alex Mickley, Hilliard Davidson: Senior RB carried it 21 times for 116 yards and three TDs in a 28-7 win over Grove City. Caleb Green, Buckeye Valley: RB rushed for 189 yards and three TDs and threw a 30-yard TD pass in the Barons 38-32 triple OT win over Delaware Hayes. It was just BVs second win over Hayes in 10 years. Cody Kondas, Westerville Central: QB completed 10-of-16 passes for 163 yards and two TDs and ran for 74 yards and two TDs on 14 carries in a 27-16 win over Big Walnut. Luke Creditt, Waynesville: Senior QB threw and ran for over 100 yards in a 41-7 win over East Clinton. Creditt threw for 132 yards and a TD and ran for 128 yards and a TD. Justin Carver, Mount Gilead: Senior QB threw for 173 yards and ran for 137 more and two TDs in a 14-6 win over Colonel Crawford. Jabree Lather, Fremont Ross: Sophomore RB ran for 196 yards on 34 carries in a 40-28 win over Sandusky. Matt Eckhardt, Avon: senior WR had seven catches for 140 yards and 3 TDs in a 38-7 win over Avon Lake. Hunter Schneeberger, Dover: Senior RB ran for five TDs in a 58-14 win over Carrollton. Jamal Johnson, New Philadelphia: Sophomore RB carried the ball 42 times for 238 yards and scored a 2-point conversion in a 21-20 win over Wheeling Park (WV). Nick Merrick, Urichsville Claymont: Senior QB threw for three TDs and ran for two more in a 40-18 win over Harrison Central. Merrick was 21-of-34 for 343 yards. Tyler Peterson, Urichsville Claymont: Junior WR caught 12 passes for 213 yards and two TDs in a 40-18 win over Harrison Central. D.J. Jones, Ravenna: Senior RB ran for 289 yards and four TDs on 24 carries in a 47-44 win over Tallmadge. Jontey Hammock, Whitehall-Yearling: WR/DB caught two TD passes and returned an interception for a TD in a 21-7 win over Fisher Catholic. Pat Elflein, Pickerington North: Senior DE and Ohio State recruit had two sacks and two TFL in a 38-3 win over defending D-II state champion Watterson. Daxton Cates, Westerville South: senior RB rushed for 229 yards and two TDs on 17 carries in a 47-18 win over Groveport-Madison. Gary Brown, Westerville South: WR caught seven passes for 138 yards and three TDs in a 47-18 win over Groveport-Madison. David Nelson, Hudson: QB threw four TD passes and completed 10-of-17 attempts for 197 yards in a 35-0 win over Kenston. James Niswander, Woodridge: Junior PK connected on three field goals, including one for 53-yards, in a 16-13 win over CVCA. His 7-yarder with 10 minutes left proved to be the game-winner. Sabrina Gregory, Xenia: The freshman place kicker won the game for the Buccaneers when she connected on a second half PAT in a 14-13 win over visiting Carroll. It was her first career attempt. Jake Schneider, Maumee: Senor QB completed 9-of-20 passes for 179 yards and three TDs and ran for 106 yards and another TD in a 37-14 win over Toledo Waite.
Big Miss: It will be argued for eternity in Huber Heights that the officials “missed” the call on Wayne’s “unsuccessful” 2-point play in the closing seconds of Saturday’s 32-31 loss to Middletown. What can’t be argued is the teams’ futility on extra points. The Warriors and Middies combined to make just 2-of-10 PATs. Both teams were 1-for-5.
Say What? Madison Plains lost six fumbles in its game against Cedarville but still managed to shut out the Indians 27-0. Yeah. You read that right. MP committed six TOs and still won – via shutout. Cedarville committed five TOs itself. There were nine fumbles in the game.
First Time: Pickerington North snapped a three-game losing skid to Watterson and beat the Eagles for the first time ever (38-3) Friday.
First Time II: Westerville Central snapped an eight-game losing skid to Big Walnut and beat the Eagles for the first time since the series started in 2003 with a 27-16 decision.
Rushing Record: Beavercreek ran for a school record 383 yards in a 24-21 win at Fairfield. Senior RB Zach Smith led the way with 179 yards, while QB Justin Weaver added 149. Creek threw one pass.
Offf-ense: Tipp City Bethel ran for 502 yards in a 68-22 win over Dayton Northridge. Brent Rowley led the Bees with six carries for 130 yards and three TDs – all in the first quarter…Watkins Memorial racked up 447 yards of offense in a 51-14 win over Licking Heights…Dayton Christian scored six TDs that covered 24 yards or more in a 53-7 win over Greeneview…Ravenna and Tallmadge combined for 950 yards of offense in a 47-44 Ravenna win.
Defff-ense: Urbana stuffed London on a 2-point conversion from the 1˝-yardline in triple OT to secure a 35-34 win…Dayton Christian held Greeneview to 23 yards of offense in a 53-7 win. Greeneview scored its TD on a blocked punt…Elder forced five second half turnovers in a 33-14 win over host Centerville…Dublin Coffman scored 17 of its 31 points off TOs in a 31-27 win over Olentangy Liberty…Hilliard Davidson held Grove City to 33 yards of offense in a 28-7 win…Bexley converted four second quarter TOs into 27 points en route to a 53-26 win over Columbus Africentric…Moeller held Pickerington Central to 34 yards rushing in a 14-0 win…Harvest Prep forced six TOs in a 33-14 win over Newark Catholic.