Ohio Game of the Week
Coldwater 17, Maria Stein Marion Local 14 — Kyle McKibben kicked a 44-yard field goal with two seconds left to break a tie between a pair of defending state champions.
The Cavaliers, ranked No. 1 in Division V and the winner of the last three D-V state titles, snapped a 43-game winning streak for the Flyers, who were ranked No. 1 in Division VI and have won four consecutive state championships in their division.
Marion Local’s last loss as to the Cavaliers almost exactly three years ago.
“I took a deep breath, relaxed, pictured the ball going through,” McKibben told the Lima News. “I was nervous, but I just did what I normally do, went through mechanics, and put it through.
“Right off the bat, I saw it (go through the uprights) and I just lit up and went off to my teammates. It was a great feeling.”
Coldwater (7-0) held a 14-6 lead entering the fourth quarter but the 6-1 Flyers rallied to tie their Midwestern Athletic Conference foe on a touchdown pass and two-point conversion run by Cole Griesdom.
Other Notable OHSAA Games
Avon 48, North Ridgeville 14 — The Rangers lost the game and star running back DeMario McCall, an Ohio State verbal commit, to a leg injury. He ran for 24 yards on six carries before leaving the game. Ranked 10th in the Cleveland area, the Eagles’ victory included three touchdown passes by Jake Sopko and two touchdowns by running back Gerett Choate.
Cincinnati St. Xavier 24, Cincinnati La Salle 14 — The Bombers rallied from a halftime deficit to end the defending Division II state champions’ winning streak at 14 games. Jeremy Larkin ran for 96 yards and a touchdown for the Lancers, ranked No. 12 in the national top 50. Quarterback Sean Clifford ran for two touchdowns for St. X.
Gahanna Lincoln 28, Lancaster 21 (OT) — The Lions rallied from a 14-7 second-half deficit to force overtime and eventually hand the Golden Gales their first loss of the season. Lancaster was ranked No. 4 in Division I by the Associated Press. Mason Blancett connected with Eli Whiteside for two touchdowns in overtime.
Hilliard Davidson 16, Upper Arlington 7 — The Golden Bears took an early lead but the Wildcats scored 16 unanswered points to improve to 6-1 overall and remain unbeaten in the Ohio Capital Conference Central division. Ryan Royer ran for 253 yards for HDHS.
Troy 21, Trotwood-Madison 20— The Rams were undefeated in Greater Western Ohio Conference North since it was formed in 2008, but that changed when a two-point conversion attempt in the final minute was stuffed. Hayden Kotwica threw for 148 yards and a touchdown while also running for 78 yards and two touchdowns for the victorious Trojans.
Next Week’s Big Games
Beavercreek at Centerville, Oct. 16
Cincinnati Moeller at Cleveland St. Ignatius, Oct. 17
Copley at Aurora, Oct. 16
Mentor at Strongsville, Oct. 16
Olentangy Liberty at Hilliard Davidson, Oct. 16
Toledo St. John’s at Lima Senior, Oct. 16
Ohio’s Week 7 standouts
Jacob Harrison, QB, Centerville — The Elks beat Clayton Northmont 62-41 as Harrison threw for 360 yards and four touchdowns and also ran for 175 yards and a touchdown.
Johnny Mooney, QB, Solon — Threw for 307 yards and five touchdowns passes as the Comets beat Strongsville 38-14 to improve their playoff positioning.
Michael Hoecht, RB, Oakwood — Ran for 274 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Eaton.
Peyton Ramsey, QB, Cincinnati Elder — Threw for 407 yards and six touchdowns as the Panthers lost 49-42 to Cincinnati Moeller. He also ran for 130 yards.
Weston Bridges, RB, Copley — Ran for 208 yards and scored five touchdowns as the Indians beat Medina Highland 41-10.
Notable OSU Commitments
Drue Chrisman, P, Cincinnati La Salle — Missed his only field goal try but averaged 41.3 yards on four punts, including a 54-yarder.
Jake Hausmann, TE, Cincinnati Moeller — Caught three passes for 36 yards as the Crusaders lost to conference foe Elder.
George Hill, RB, Hubbard — Ran for 179 yards in a victory over Jefferson.
Kierre Hawkins, TE, Maple Heights — The two-way standout had five tackles and scored a touchdown as the Mustangs beat East Cleveland Shaw. He also had two sacks.
Todd Sibley, RB, Akron Hoban (junior) — Ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns as the Knights crushed Lake Catholic 49-0.
Danny Clark, QB, Akron Hoban (junior) — Threw for 109 yards and two touchdowns in the romp mentioned above.