Lawrence Barnett, CB, Ft. Wayne Bishop Luers – Barnett's hopes of returning to the field late in the playoffs remained alive as No. 5 Bishop Luers (8-3) pounded No. 2 Fairfield 44-14 Friday night in the second round of the sectional. Barnett had successful surgery on his left ankle Aug. 27, as doctors inserted plates and screws to the ankle that Barnett broke in Luers' season-opening win. Barnett began rehab the second week of October and has an outside chance of returning to the field late in the playoffs. IU Coach Bill Lynch has told Barnett his scholarship remains safe.
Ted Bolser, TE, Cincinnati, Ohio (Indian Hill) - Despite an 8-2 record and a fourth straight conference championship, Indian Hill narrowly missed a spot in the state playoffs. Bolser had caught 55 passes for 755 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Dimitrius Carr, LB, Chicago (Ill.) Mt. Carmel H.S. – - In a match-up of two ranked teams No. 11 Mt. Carmel got 204 yards rushing from Milton Greer to lead them to a 42-21 win over No. 23 Naperville Central in a Class 8A first-round playoff game. Carr's stats were unavailable. Entering the game, Carr had 55 tackles, eight sacks and one interception on the season. Mt. Carmel will face Lincoln-Way East in the second round.
Charles Chapman, OT, Carleton (Mich.) Airport H.S. –Airport (6-3) had its season come to a close with a 23-13 loss to Trenton in the first round of the state playoffs.
Jamonne Chester, WR, Redford (Mich.) Covenant H.S. - Chester's season concluded Oct. 24, as Covenant (4-4) topped Ecorse 42-0 in the regular season finale. Covenant failed to qualify for the state playoffs. Chester went out in fine fashion, though, scoring four touchdowns in his final high school game. Chester, who played all over the field and on both sides of the ball, had 11 catches for 389 yards and five touchdowns this season. On defense he had four interceptions and the one return for a TD.
Javon Cornley, DE, Columbus, Ohio (Northland) - Northland (4-6) lost is season finale, falling to Beechcroft 29-0. Cornley finished the season with 35 tackles and seven sacks.
Mitch Ewald, K, Aurora, Ill. (Waubonsie Valley) - Waubonsie Valley's season came to a close with 35-17 loss to Lincoln Way East (9-1) in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs. Waubonsie Valley fell behind 21-3 early, with the only points coming on a 43-yard field goal by Ewald. Waubonsie Valley ended the season at 6-4.
Jeremy Gainer, LB, Livonia (Mich.) Clarenceville H.S. – Clarenceville had to turn to Gainer for something out of the ordinary in Friday night's first-round 27-13 playoff win over Gabriel Richard. The team's back-up quarterback, Gainer came in for two series in the first half and threw for 49 yards and rushed for 26 to help Clarenceville (9-1) advance to the second round of the playoffs. It's bee a huge turnaround this season for Clarenceville, which was just 1-8 a year ago. On the season, Gainer has 84 tackles and three sacks. Clarenceville will host Almont (8-2) on Friday.
Dusty Kiel, QB, Columbus East - Kiel was his usual efficient self, accounting for 219 yards of total offense and four touchdowns as No. 1 Columbus East (11-0) topped Madison 42-6 to advance to the sectional final. Kiel was 7-of-11 passing for 176 yards and two touchdowns through the air, and added five carries for 43 yards and two more scores on the ground. On the season, Kiel has completed 121-of-182 passes for 2,581 yards, 30 touchdowns and two interceptions, and he's rushed for 898 yards and 13 scores on 104 carries. Columbus East will face Madison (2-8) in the sectional semifinal. East beat Madison 75-14 earlier this season. Columbus East will face East Central in next week's sectional final
Pat McShane, OT, Cuyahoga Falls (Ohio) Walsh Jesuit H.S. – Walsh Jesuit topped Field H.S. 24-21 to win its first round Division III playoff game and improve to 8-3. Jesuit will face Chagrin Falls (8-3) in the regional semifinals.
Adam Replogle, DT, Centerville (Ohio) H.S. - Replogle once again performed double duty at defensive tackle and running back, but wasn't nearly enough as No. 3 Elder (10-1) ended Centerville's season with a 52-27 win in the first round of the playoffs. Replogle had 15 carries for 99 yards, but Centerville's defense was unable to slow an Elder offensive attack that piled up 527 yards and seven touchdowns. Replogle, who missed three games with a broken foot, had 12 rushing touchdowns this season on offense, and on defense he's totaled 13 tackles for loss and six sacks.
Colin Rodkey, OL, Monroeville (Penn.) Gateway H.S. - Brian Williams ran for 194 yards and three touchdowns as Gateway (10-0) crushed Mt. Lebanon 42-0 in the first round of the state playoffs. Gateway is the No. 3 team in the country according to USA Today and is also the top-ranked team in WPIAL Class AAAA according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Kenny Watkins, CB, Birmingham (Mich.) Brother Rice H.S. – Danny Hennegahn scored on a TD run with 17 seconds left to lift Brother Rice to s 28-21 first round playoff win over Rochester Adams. Brother Rice (7-3) faces White Lake Lakes (8-2) in a second round Division II playoff game Friday night.
Duwyce Wilson, WR, Columbus East – Wilson caught a 33-yard pass on Columbus East's first offensive play of the evening and wound up with four catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns to help No. 1 East (11-0) to a 42-6 win over Madison. Wilson caught a 17-yard TD pass from Dusty Kiel to put East up 14-0 at the end of the first quarter and then added a 40-yard TD reception midway through the second quarter as East extended its lead to 28-0. Wilson has 41 receptions for 995 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season.
Edward Wright-Baker, QB, Jeffersonville – Wright-Baker accounted for 338 yards and three touchdowns to lead Jeffersonville (6-5) to a 42-17 win over Floyd Central. With the win, Jeffersonville advances to the sectional finale, where it will face Castle (9-2). Wright-Baker had one of his best games of the year, completing 11-of-15 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown while adding another 93 yards and two scores on the ground. Baker got things started with a 15-yard TD run in the first quarter and later added a 52-yard touchdown pass and a 64-yard TD run. On the season, Wright-Baker has completed 113-of-201 passes for 1611 yards and 12 touchdowns, and he's rushed 126 times for 710 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Nick Zachery, QB/ATH, Sheridan – No. 3 Sheridan (10-1) went to the final minutes before escaping with a 34-28 sectional win over No. 6 Lafayette Central Catholic. Central Catholic appeared to driving for a winning TD late, but the drive stalled at the Sheridan 5-yard line. Zachery carried 34 times for 185 yards and two TDs and also had a 33-yard touchdown pass. On the season, Zachery has 161 carries for 1,446 yards and 26 touchdowns, and he's 16-of-42 passing for 350 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively he has scored on a fumble return and three interception returns.
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