Ohio Game of the Week
Lakewood St. Edward 31, Cincinnati Elder 20 – The AP top-ranked Panthers made the trek from southwest Ohio to the northeastern part of the state and had to trudge back home with their first loss of the season. The Eagles built a 31-7 lead before holding on in a game played at Baldwin-Wallace in Berea.
Defensive lineman Michael O’Malley locked things up for the hosts with an interception in the fourth quarter following an Elder rally that included the recovery of an onside kick.
“We kind of kept them off the field for a while,” St. Ed’s coach Tom Lombardo told Cleveland.com. “First drive of the game was like an eight-minute drive and we got three points. That established the tempo.
“At the same time, they didn’t quit. Human nature sets in, you let your guard down, a couple of penalties, an onside kick.”
Indiana commit Cole Gest scored two touchdowns and ran for 107 yards for St. Edward while a pair of Panthers logged more than 100 yards receiving on the night. Robby Oswald caught 14 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown while Nick Hall had 137 yards and two scores on nine grabs.
Other Notable OHSAA Games
Cincinnati La Salle 49, Memphis (Tenn) Christian Brothers 14 – La Salle, Ohio’s defending Division II champion and the No. 13 in Scout.com’s national high school football poll, had no trouble going on the road for the win. Cincinnati commit Jeremy Larkin had 441 yards of total offense – 317 on the ground – and six total touchdowns as the Lancers scored 35 consecutive points to blow open what had been a 7-7 game.
Centerville 36, Trotwood-Madison 33 – Jacob Harrison connected with Tim Krapfel on a 14-yard touchdown pass in the final minute to push the Elks past the Rams in a Greater Western Ohio Conference clash. It was Harrison’s third touchdown pass of the night as he also threw for 286 yards. Trotwood had not one but two 200-yard rushers as Raveion Hargrove carried 20 times for 242 yards and Rondric Bogan added 211 yards on 33 totes.
Cincinnati St. Xavier 31, Indianapolis Cathedral 17 – Sean Clifford threw for 162 yards and a touchdown as the Bombers beat one of Indiana’s traditional powerhouse programs. St. X scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to break a 17-all tie.
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 35, Columbus Bishop Ready 14 – The Eagles were led to victory by Johnny Noyen and Ben Collado. Noyen had 169 yards and three touchdowns on the ground while Collado added 96 yards and a score.
Grafton Midview 55, Avon 35 – Dustin Crum threw eight touchdown passes – including a state-record-tying six to Logan Bolin – as the Middies topped Avon in a game between two of the top 10 teams in northeast Ohio. “They’re two very special players,” Midview coach D.J. Shaw told Cleveland.com. “I can't say enough about those kids. They’re just great high school football players. The fact that they don’t have a Division I scholarship offer is crazy to me.”
Next Week’s Big Games
Cincinnati Moeller vs. Cincinnati St. Xavier, Sept. 25
Centerville at Cincinnati Elder, Sept. 25
Grafton Midview at Berea-Midpark, Sept. 25
Huber Heights Wayne at Miamisburg, Sept. 25
Stow at Macedonai Nordonia, Sept. 25
Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic at Lakewood St. Edward, Sept. 26
Ohio’s Week 4 standouts
Peyton Ramsey, QB, Cincinnati Elder – In a losing effort the future Indiana Hoosier completed 31 of 54 passes for 351 yards. He threw three touchdown passes and a pair of interceptions.
Dakota Allen, QB, Lebanon – Completed 20 of 28 passes for 269 yards and five touchdowns in a 48-14 victory against Greenville.
Tyler Glenn, RB, Liberty Township Lakota East – Ran for 263 yards on 35 carries and scored four touchdowns as the Thunderhawks won 35-28.
Michael Johnson, RB, London – Scored two touchdowns and ran for 374 yards as the Red Raiders beat neighboring Madison Plains, 66-42.
Mason Williams, QB, Mount Vernon – Threw for 442 yards and five touchdowns as his team lost to Columbus Franklin Heights.
Notable OSU Commitments
Jake Hausmann, TE, Cincinnati Moeller – Caught 11 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown as the Crusaders lost to Ramsey, N.J., powerhouse Don Bosco Prep, 31-14.
Jonathon Cooper, DE, Gahanna Lincoln – Notched two sacks in the Lions’ win over Groveport Madison.
DeMario McCall, RB, North Ridgeville – Scored on runs of 57 and 66 yards in a 23-13 victory over Olmsted Falls.
Blake Haubeil, K, Buffalo (N.Y.) Canisius – Made a 61-yard field goal for his team.