Week 8 Highlights
Cleveland Benedictine, the state's top-ranked team in Division III, defeated Youngstown Cardinal Mooney. RB Ray Williams had 27 carries for 278 yards and one TD for the Bengals. That one gave him 418 points, two better than the Benedictine career mark of 416 set by 1967 graduate and former Buckeye Larry Zelina.
Cincinnati Elder clinched a second Greater Catholic League South title in a row with a 28-7 win over Cincinnati St. Xavier. Elder‘s Bradley Glatthaar had 146 yards and three TDs on 37 carries.
Cincinnati Wyoming coach Bernie Barre won his 250th game with a 40-13 win over Cincinnati Deer Park. Barre is now 250-83 in 29 years as a head coach. Barre still has a ways to go to catch Hamilton Badin‘s ageless Terry Malone, who leads all Ohio coaches with 353 career wins in his 45th season as a head coach.
Lancaster RB Jon Carpenter ran 30 times for 288 yards and four TDs in a 34-14 win over Hilliard Darby.
Columbus Independence crushed Columbus Africentric 74-0. RB Erik Haw, an OSU verbal, had TD runs on all four of his carries, totaling 187 yards (59, 31, 41, 56 yards), before leaving the game. Haw now has 1,879 yards and 20 TDs in 219 carries this season.
Dublin Coffman QB Jack Rafferty completed 12 of 22 passes for 218 yards and two TDs in a 40-6 rout of Westerville North. Rafferty also ran for 84 yards and a TD in the win. Rafferty has now thrown for 2,282 yards this season.
Westerville South QB Robin Bailey completed 19 of 25 passes for 206 yards and two TDs in a 28-7 win over Hilliard Davidson.
Columbus Beechcroft DB Sirjo Welch, an OSU verbal, caught two TD passes on offense and also had a 61-yard interception return for a score in a 35-0 win over Columbus Mifflin. Welch intercepted four passes on the night.
Columbus Walnut Ridge RB Gary Russell carried 29 times for 133 yards and a TD in a 19-8 win over Columbus Eastmoor Academy. Russell now has 1,538 yards and 19 TDs on 162 carries.
Cincinnati Colerain junior FB Mister Simpson had 30 carries for 223 yards and three TDs in a 44-24 win over Hamilton, which features DB Brandon Underwood, an OSU verbal. Hamilton junior QB completed 17 of 28 passes for 293 yards and a TD.
Sycamore held off a late charge by West Chester Lakota West, featuring OSU verbal OL Steve Rehring, to win 31-28. RB Willie Million carried 22 times for 219 yards and four TDs for Sycamore.
Cleveland Glenville blasted Cleveland JFK 63-8 with QB-DB Ted Ginn Jr. completing 12 of 20 passes for 157 yards and two TDs. He also returned an interception 102 yards for a score and a punt 69 yards for a TD. The Tarblooders played without junior DB Jamario O‘Neal, an OSU verbal, as the OHSAA investigates his transfer from Mansfield Senior to Glenville.
Columbus Bishop Watterson RB Eric Hard keyed his team's 30-24 overtime win over Youngstown Ursuline. Hard had 21 carries for 104 yards and two TDs. He caught a 5-yard TD pass with just over three minutes left to force OT, then scored the game winner on a 10-yard run after Ursuline fumbled on its possession in OT.
Cincinnati Moeller throttled host Columbus DeSales 42-3.
Cleveland St. Ignatius kicker Josiah Kedzior drilled a 33-yard field goal with 14 seconds left to lift the Wildcats, the state's No. 1-ranked Division I team, to a 20-17 win over rival Lakewood St. Edward before 12,000 at Lakewood Stadium. St. Ignatius (8-0) won for the 21st time in 40 meetings with St. Ed's. Kedzior also caught a 39-yard TD pass from Brian Hoyer and set up the winning field goal with a 15-yard grab. Hoyer was 13 of 21 passing for 212 yards and two TDs.
Mentor remained unbeaten with a 35-0 win over Shaker Heights. RB Matt Lieb had 137 yards and a TD. QB Thom Abbott threw for two TDs and rushed for another.
Toledo Rogers defeated Toledo Libbey 29-6 as RB Fred Davis posted a three-touchdown performance. Davis had 84 yards rushing and 75 yards receiving, and QB Brandon Garcia completed 12 passes for 163 yards for Rogers.
Xenia, with OSU verbal OL Ben Person, downed Vandalia Butler 42-14 to improve to 5-3. Xenia piled up 549 yards total offense with Cedric Tolbert rushing for 118 yards, scoring three TDs on the ground and one through the air.
Columbus Eastmoor Academy FB Dionte Johnson, an OSU verbal, had 51 yards, including a 10-yard TD, in his team's 19-8 loss to Columbus Walnut Ridge.
Akron Buchtel RB Antonio Pittman, an OSU verbal, rushed 13 times for 101 yards in his team‘s 45-6 win over Akron North. QB Steve Walker threw three TD passes and returned an interception 40 yards for a score.
Akron Hoban junior RB Tyrell Sutton had 200 yards and two TDs in his team's 31-20 win over Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit.
Warren Harding, the state‘s No. 2-ranked team in Division I, moved to 8-0 with a 45-21 win over Canton McKinley. Harding outgained McKinley 462-170 in total offense. QB Alex Engram was 11 of 14 passing for 189 yards and two TDs. One of the TD passes was a 37-yard pass to Mario Manningham. McKinley dropped to 2-6.
Huber Heights Wayne, with OSU verbal LB Marcus Freeman, blanked Springfield North. The passing combination of Greg Whited to Greg Orton provided most of Wayne's offense. Whited was 10 of 12 for 165 yards. Orton caught 8 balls for 147 yard and 3 TDs. Wayne improved to 7-1.
Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph sophomore WR David Lighty had three TD catches (16, 28, 15 yards) in a 47-13 win over Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary.
Dayton Chaminade-Julienne stunned host Massillon Washington 45-24. Junior RB Javon Ringer ran for 259 yards and three TDs on 24 carries. Ryan Patrick ran 82 yards for a touchdown and caught five passes for 109 yards and another score. QB Anthony Turner was 8-for-8 passing for 172 yards and a TD and ran 11 times for 47 yards and another score. C-J improved to 7-1, while Massillon, playing without several regulars, fell to 4-4.
Garfield Heights RB Tony Howard carried 31 times for 224 yards and four TDs in a 28-12 win over Warrensville Heights.
There were two battles of unbeaten teams across the state. Newark Licking Valley downed Whitehall 26-14, while Versailles remained unscathed by defeating Coldwater 12-10. That game matched the state's top two teams in Division IV with No. 2 Versailles knocking off top-ranked Coldwater.
Another team, Sycamore Mohawk, fell from the ranks of the unbeaten in heartbreaking fashion with a 41-35 triple overtime loss to Bascom Hopewell-Loudon.
Macedonia Nordonia, the state's top-ranked team in Division II, defeated Lyndhurst Brush 42-20.
Marion Pleasant, the top-ranked team in Division V, outscored Sparta Highland 69-43.
With two weeks remaining in the regular season, no fewer than 39 Ohio high school teams remain unbeaten. Here is a list of these teams sorted by division.
* Division I (7 teams) -- Mentor, Warren Harding, Cleveland St. Ignatius, North Canton Hoover, Toledo Whitmer, Westerville South, Cincinnati Colerain.
* Division II (6 teams) -- Macedonia Nordonia, Sylvania Southview, Avon Lake, Pickerington Central, Columbus Brookhaven, Trenton Edgewood.
* Division III (10 teams) -- Cleveland Benedictine, West Geauga, Sunbury Big Walnut, Lisbon Beaver, Dover, Steubenville, Canal Fulton Northwest, Rayland Buckeye, Newark Licking Valley, Germantown Valley View.
* Division IV (5 teams) -- Waynedale, Upper Sandusky, Ironton, Clinton-Massie, Versailles.
* Division V (6 teams) -- Gates Mills Gilmour, North Lima South Range, Columbiana, Smithville Shenandoah, Bainbridge Paint Valley, Marion Pleasant.
* Division VI (5 teams) -- Norwalk St. Paul, Cory-Rawson, Columbus Grove, Covington, North Lewisburg Triad.
Week 9 Games To Watch (all games 7:30 p.m. Friday unless noted)
Austintown-Fitch, with OSU verbal WR Miles Williams, visits Youngstown Boardman.
Columbus Beechcroft travels to Columbus East.
Cleveland Benedictine tackles Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Euclid.
Akron Buchtel meets Akron Firestone at 7 p.m. Friday at Ellet.
Canton McKinley hosts Canton GlenOak.
Carrollton, with OSU verbal TE Chad Hoobler, hosts Canal Fulton Northwest.
Dayton Chaminade-Julienne hosts London (Ont.) Mother Teresa Secondary.
Dublin Coffman visits Gahanna Lincoln.
Cincinnati Elder travels to Indianapolis Cathedral.
Cleveland Glenville travels to Cleveland John Marshall at 7 p.m. Friday.
Hamilton hosts Fairfield.
Massillon Washington hosts Warren Harding at 8 p.m. Friday.
Hubbard, with OSU verbal DB Shaun Lane, visits Girard.
Columbus Independence visits Columbus Marion-Franklin.
West Chester Lakota West visits Liberty Twp. Lakota East Saturday.
Cincinnati Moeller hosts Lakewood St. Edward.
Ironton visits Columbus DeSales.
Cleveland St. Ignatius hosts Cincinnati St. Xavier at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parma's Byers Field.
Youngstown Ursuline visits Youngstown Cardinal Mooney.
Huber Heights Wayne hosts Centerville.
Xenia hosts Springfield North.
OSU Verbals Outside Ohio
Mount Carmel, Pa., with OL Jon Skinner, defeated North Schuykill 34-0. Mount Carmel hosts Shikellamy.
Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln QB Joe Bauserman completed 15 of 20 passes for 206 yards and four Tds in a 40-0 rout of Tallahassee North Florida Christian. Bauserman also rushed for 67 yards and a TD. Lincoln is ranked first in the state and No. 6 in the country by USA Today.