Ohio Game of the Week
Cincinnati La Salle 39, Cincinnati Colerain 36 – Ohio State-bound Drue Chrisman kicked a 41-yard field goal in the final minute to send the host Lancers to victory in a matchup of the only two teams from Ohio ranked in Scout.com’s national top 50.
La Salle, the defending state champs in Division II and Scout’s No. 14-ranked team in the country, showed why they are also the Cincinnati Enquirer’s No. 1-ranked team again in southwest Ohio in their division by taking down the perennial Division I power Cardinals.
“All week long the social media was crazy about this game,” Chrisman told the Enquirer.
Chrisman is set to punt for Urban Meyer when he gets to Columbus, and he averaged 53.5 yards on two punts while also executing squib kickoffs that limited the talented Colerain return game.
Nick Watson threw for 108 yards and a touchdown and ran for 128 yards and another score for the Lancers, while junior Jarell White – who has offers from Illinois as well as Cincinnati – had two scores. Three-star 2016 prospect Dashaunte Jones spearheaded the Colerain offense with 210 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He also threw for 56 yards and tied the game at 36 with a 1-yard touchdown run with 6:14 left.
Monalo Caldwell ran for 157 yards for Colerain, which had entered Scout’s national poll at No. 46 after besting then-No. 38 Cincinnati St. Xavier in Week 2.
Other Notable OHSAA Games
Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 10, Mentor Lake Catholic 7 – The Fighting Irish remained undefeated by hanging onto an early 10-point lead. They started the scoring with a 20-yard field goal by Jamie Martucci then got the eventual winning score less than 1:30 later on a 65-yard touchdown pass from Dom Davis to DeAmonte King.
“Thank goodness our defense came to play,” St. V-M coach Dan Boarman told Cleveland.com.
The previously unbeaten Cougars scored their touchdown on a halfback pass from Hunter Williams to Darrius Alston.
The two teams were ranked among the 25 best in northeast Ohio before the game by Cleveland.com, with St. V-M checking in 12th and Lake Catholic 25th.
Cincinnati St. Xavier 59, Mentor 13 — Junior quarterback Sean Clifford, who has verbally committed to Penn State, led the Bombers to a big win over the Cardinals by throwing for 283 yards and five touchdowns. He completed 17 of 23 passes on the night in a matchup of interregional Division I powerhouses.
Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph 22, Lakewood St. Edward 20 — The Eagles trailed 22-7 entering the fourth quarter but Indiana-bound Cole Gest scored two touchdowns in the final eight minutes to cut the lead to two before a two-point conversion attempt was no good. St. Edward had another chance after recovering an onside kick but could not move into position for a field goal.
Montvale entered the game ranked 15th in Scout’s national poll, while St. Edward was unbeaten after winning the state Division I title last season.
Berea-Midpark 42, North Ridgeville 21 – In another matchup of teams ranked by Cleveland.com, future Michigan State linebacker Joey Bachie got the better of Buckeye-to-be DeMario McCall.
In his season debut after missing two games with an ankle injury, McCall ran for 100 yards and three touchdowns but it wasn’t enough.
Ohio’s Week 3 Standouts
Austin Torrens, QB, New Richmond – The Lions lost 49-25 to Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, but their signal caller had a huge night with four total touchdowns and 450 total yards. He ran for 321.
Clay Guillozet, RB, Greenville – Ran for 245 yards on only 13 carries in a 42-22 victory over Preble Shawnee.
Zach Kahn, RB, Strongsville – Ran for 243 yards in a victory over Lyndhurst Brush.
Michael Johnson, RB, London – Ran for 391 yards and two touchdowns as the Red Raiders beat Columbus Bishop Ready, 34-27. He also caught a 6-yard touchdown.
Devin Dukes, RB, Bishop Ready – Johnson had competition for top runner in the above game as Dukes ran for 309 yards and four touchdowns.
Notable OSU Commitments
Jake Hausmann, TE, Cincinnati Moeller – Caught two touchdown passes as the Crusaders crushed Xenia, 42-12
Kierre Hawkins, TE, Maple Heights – Ran for 49 yards and a touchdown as the Mustangs beat Eastlake North, 34-9.
George Hill, RB, Hubbard – Ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles beat Ashtabula Edgewood, 33-7.
Austin Mack, WR, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers – After suffering a concussion two weeks prior, Mack returned to action and caught a touchdown pass in his team’s win.
Next Week’s Big Games
Cincinnati Elder at Lakewood St. Edward, Sept. 18
Grafton Midview at Avon, Sept. 18
Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral at Cincinnati St. Xavier. Sept. 18
Macedonia Nordonia at Hudson, Sept. 18
Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep at Cincinnati Moeller, Sept. 18
Trotwood-Madison at Centerville, Sept. 18
Youngstown Cardinal-Mooney at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, Sept. 18