Ohio Game of the Week
Westerville Central 17, Hilliard Darby 13 — In a battle of teams that entered the night undefeated, the Warhawks prevailed on Gavin Lyon’s 6-yard touchdown run in the final seconds.
The score not only let Westerville Central improve to 9-0 but also avenged a loss from last season when they were in position to do so.
“We really, really wanted to be the first team in school history to go undefeated, and when they took that away from us last year, it didn’t sit well with us,” Lyon told the Columbus Dispatch. “This game has been so huge for us all year long, especially with us both coming in undefeated. We’re just glad we can keep it going one more week.”
Quarterback Nick Powers ran for 176 yards and a touchdown for Hilliard Darby, but he was stopped on a fourth-and-1 late in the fourth quarter. That resulted in the Warhawks getting the ball at their own 43 to start their game-winning drive.
The loss left the Panthers 12th in the Division I, Region 2 playoff chase while Westerville Central will enter week 10 in the No. 2 spot in Region 1 and has clinched a home game in the first round.
Other Notable OHSAA Games
Cleveland St. Ignatius 34, Cincinnati St. Xavier 20 — The Wildcats dominated the second half in an intersectional matchup. St. Ignatius trailed 13-10 at the half but scored the next 24 points before a last-minute TD by the Bombers. Alex Maruna led the Wildcats defense with 12 tackles while Ben Cray added nine.
Danville 41, Lucas 0 — The Blue Devils turned a matchup of the top-ranked teams in Division VII into a laugher by scoring on their final four possessions of the game against No. 2 Lucas. They led 14-0 at the half. Danville quarterback Ridge “Shakey” Durbin threw for 345 yards and four touchdowns while also running for 143 yards.
Lakewood St. Edward 49, Cincinnati Moeller 17 — The Crusaders jumped out to a 17-0 lead before the Eagles scored 49 unanswered points to claim a victory between the two powerhouse programs. Cole Gest ran for 144 yards and three touchdowns for St. Edward, which also got 201 yards passing and three touchdowns from quarterback Jimmy Keefe.
Miamisburg 35, Springboro 32 — The Vikings had to rally late after blowing a 28-3 lead but managed to clinch at least a tie for the Greater Western Ohio Conference South Division championship. Sophomore Tony Clark scored the game-winning touchdown on an 11-yard run with 46 seconds left. He then picked off a Panther pass on the ensuing possession to clinch the victory. Quarterback Elijah Cunningham threw for 330 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.
Toledo Central Catholic 28, Toledo St. John’s 14 — The Fighting Irish trailed 14-7 at halftime but came back to win and clinch a share of the Three Rivers Athletic Conference championship. Michael Warren ran for 196 yards on 28 carries and scored two touchdowns for the victors.
Next Week’s Big Games
Akron Archbishop Hoban at Cleveland Benedictine, Oct. 31
Centerville at Huber Heights Wayne, Oct. 30
Cleveland St. Ignatius at Lakewood St. Edward, Oct. 31
Gahanna Lincoln at Pickerington North, Oct. 30
Lima Senior at Toledo Central Catholic, Oct. 30
Massillon Washington at Canton McKinley, Oct. 31
Piqua at Troy, Oct. 30
Ohio’s Week 9 standouts
Bryce Butler, ATH, Cincinnati Clark Montessori — Did a little bit of everything in a 48-9 win over Dayton Christian. He ran for 226 yards, caught four passes for 61 yards and completed all seven passes he attempted for another 116 yards. He also intercepted two passes and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.
Cullen Moore, RB, Delaware — Ran 25 times for 231 yards and five touchdowns as Delaware beat Columbus Franklin Heights.
Sean Sullivan, RB, Jonathan Alder — Ran 37 times for 218 yards and a pair of scores as the Pioneers beat River Valley.
Trevor Hartbarger, RB, Sylvania Northview — Ran for 241 yards and two touchdowns as the Wildcats edged Maumee 31-29.
Will Coker, RB, Cincinnati Woodward — Ran for 357 yards and five touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat Cincinnati College Prep 40-30.
Notable OSU Commitments
Jerron Cage, DL, Cincinnati Winton Woods — Had three tackles as the Warriors lost to Cincinnati La Salle 49-14.
Drue Chrisman, P, Cincinnati La Salle — Kicked seven extra points in the Lancers’ victory over Winton Woods.
Kareem Walker, RB, Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic — Ran for 101 yards and a touchdown as his team lost at Cincinnati Elder 35-34 in overtime.
Josh Myers, OL, Miamisburg — Helped pave the way for the Vikings to run for 211 yards in their wild win over Springboro.
Luke Farrell, TE, Massillon Jackson — Had to leave his team’s 49-28 loss to West Geauga after taking a hit to the back on an 11-yard reception on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Jake Hausmann, TE, Cincinnati Moeller — Caught four passes for 55 yards and a touchdown as the Crusaders lost to Lakewood St. Edward.