Week 9 Highlights
Cincinnati St. Xavier ventured north to Parma's Byers Field, where it knocked off the state's top-ranked Division I team Cleveland St. Ignatius 20-17. St. X linebacker Brad Scheidt intercepted a pass and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown with 6:42 remaining to give St. X (5-3) a 20-10 lead. Senior Ryan Casey's fourth-quarter field goal broke a 10-10 tie for the Bombers before Scheidt's touchdown, which came on his second interception of the game, sealed the victory. St. Ignatius (8-1) tacked on a late touchdown pass as QB Brian Hoyer hit Tom Fritsch for a 4-yard TD with 2:38 left. But St. Ignatius never got the ball back. St. X sacked Hoyer seven times in pulling off the upset.
The state's top-ranked team in Division II also tasted defeat as Macedonia Nordonia fell to Solon 34-20. Solon's Mike Studer had six receptions for 143 yards and one touchdown and two interceptions.
Lancaster RB Jon Carpenter carried 36 times for 158 yards and three TDs in a 28-21 win over previously unbeaten Pickerington Central, which was ranked No. 4 in Division II.
Cleveland Benedictine, the state's top-ranked team in Division III, improved to 9-0 with a 30-10 win over Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph. The Bengals overcame a 10-7 halftime deficit by dominating the second half. Benedictine QB Joe Laffey connected with Lorenzo Hunter for a 44-yard touchdown, then Jon Huddleston scored on a 56-yard punt return, followed by Chris Lorber's safety. The Vikings collected 13 first downs in the first half, but had no first downs the remainder of the game. Raymond Williams finished with 189 yards rushing and a touchdown in leading the Bengals. VASJ sophomore David Lighty caught a 13-yard TD pass.
Granville QB Kyle Decker completed 22 of 36 passes for 293 yards and four TD passes in his team's 33-31 upset of Newark Licking Valley. The loss snapped Valley's 42-game regular season winning streak.
Bellbrook blanked Germantown Valley View 21-0, handing the Spartans, ranked third in Division III, their first defeat. Valley View accumulated just 93 yards of total offense and were held scoreless for the first time in recent memory. Valley View came into the game averaging 51 points per game this season.
Columbus DeSales bounced back from a 42-3 loss to Cincinnati Moeller by blasting Ironton, ranked No. 2 in Division IV, 40-0. QB Matt Mangini ran for two scores and threw for one for DeSales.
Austintown-Fitch, with OSU verbal WR Miles Williams, pulled out a 34-26 win over Youngstown Boardman.
Columbus Beechcroft, with OSU verbal DB Sirjo Welch, defeated Columbus East 29-0.
Akron Buchtel RB Antonio Pittman, an OSU verbal, had a big night for the Griffins, rushing for a game-high 164 yards in a 58-6 win against Firestone, to remain unbeaten in the City Series. Pittman scored on a 45-yard run as Buchtel led 14-0 after the first quarter. Senior quarterback Steve Walker, a Pittsburgh recruit, scored on a 2-yard run earlier in the quarter and he also threw two touchdown passes.
Canton GlenOak handed Canton McKinley its seventh straight loss, a 31-14 defeat before 5,000 at Fawcett Stadium. Mike Henkel had a 95-yard kickoff return. Senior kicker Jason Giannini hit three field goals, including a 49-yarder that tied his school record. The Eagles recorded a safety on a botched McKinley punt. And junior Brian Hartline opened the scoring by taking a punt back 73 yards for a touchdown. McKinley fell to 2-7.
Carrollton, with OSU verbal TE Chad Hoobler, defeated Canal Fulton Northwest 33-16.
Dublin Coffman QB Jack Rafferty completed 13 of 25 passes for 200 yards and a TD and also rushed 15 times for 87 yards and three scores in a 27-14 win over Gahanna Lincoln.
Cincinnati Elder defeated host Indianapolis Cathedral 21-7. Elder RB Bradley Glatthaar rushed 17 times for 138 yards and one touchdown. QB Rob Florian completed 11 of 17 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for 67 yards.
Cleveland Glenville downed Cleveland John Marshall 27-6. The Tarblooders scored on offense, defense and special teams to improve to 8-1. Freddie Lennix returned a kickoff 57 yards, Myron Howard scored on a 10-yard fumble return and the Glenville ground game produced two scores.
Hamilton RB Adell Givens carried 25 times for 160 yards and one touchdown in a 31-12 win over Fairfield. Hamilton (4-5), with OSU verbal DB Brandon Underwood, has a chance to reach .500 after going 0-10 last year.
Warren Harding methodically pounded out a 31-15 victory over Massillon Washington, which dropped its fourth straight game to fall to 4-5. The Tigers trailed Harding just 17-7 at halftime and showed they belonged on the field with the state's No. 2-ranked Raiders (9-0). Harding QB Alex Engram finished 8-for-12 with three touchdowns and also ran for a game-high 89 yards before suffering an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. RB Delbert Ferguson added 57 yards on 12 carries before going down with a broken leg.
In a playoff-type game that had playoff implications, Hubbard rode the back of a staunch defense and OSU verbal RB Shaun Lane past Girard 33-19. Lane rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns, and the Eagles (7-2) held the Indians' vaunted offense to 173 total yards.
Columbus Independence RB Erik Haw, an OSU verbal, carried 25 times for 280 yards and a touchdown in a 43-14 win over Columbus Marion-Franklin. DeAngelo Smith added an 80-yard kick return and 36-yard interception return for scores for the 76ers (7-2).
Bluffton freshman QB Ricky Matter, the brother of OSU women's basketball standout Caity Matter, completed 29 of 41 passes for 511 yards and four TDs against one interception in a 49-6 win over Lafayette Allen East.
Kenton pulled out a 29-28 win over Lima Shawnee as QB D.J. Underwood hit Tommy Pettit for a 14-yard TD in the final minute. Kenton improved to 6-3.
Liberty Twp. Lakota East stopped West Chester Lakota West 49-28. Lakota East scored 21 straight points to break open a close game at Miami's Yager Stadium. The Thunderhawks have won the last two meetings between the rivals and lead the series 4-2. Jason Daniels scored the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter and added the clinching score in the fourth. Daniels finished with 162 yards. Lakota East FB Tony Johnson scored on TD runs of 2, 2 and 1 yard. Lakota West features OSU verbal OL Steve Rehring.
Senior quarterback Jarrell Williams accounted for six touchdowns, lifting Cincinnati Princeton to a 61-24 victory over Middletown. The victory clinched a tie with Colerain for the Greater Miami Conference championship. Princeton last earned a league title in 1998, also with Colerain. Williams rushed for four touchdowns and passed for two. Williams finished with 265 yards on 25 carries and 276 yards on 22-of-32 passing.
Cincinnati Moeller's defense intercepted Lakewood St. Edward four times and the Crusaders held on to beat the the state's eighth-ranked Division I team 17-14. Free safety David Starvaggi had two interceptions, returning one 47 yards for a touchdown. He also had six tackles. Linebacker Beau Goodhart had 14 tackles and also had an interception. Each team is now 6-3.
Huber Heights Wayne edged Centerville 21-20 for its eighth straight win. QB Brian Early was a mid-game replacement for Wayne starter Matt Whited, and the 8,000 spectators saw immediate results. Early sliced the run-conscious Elks in the second half, completing 14 of 17 passes for 156 yards. None were bigger than a 3-yard slant to Greg Orton with just 16 seconds left to draw even at 20-all. Drew Ebby's extra-point kick was the difference. That capped a clutch 69-yard drive that began with just 1:10 left. Early nailed all six of his passes on the game-winning drive. Ohio State recruit Marcus Freeman had a 14-yard touchdown run and a 9-yard TD catch from Early.
Dayton Jefferson defeated Woodward 24-20. RB Pernell Williams scored the winning TD with two seconds left on a 2-yard run to complete a 207-yard rushing night on 30 carries.
Xenia, with OSU verbal OL Ben Person, defeated Springfield North 32-21. The Bucs had their rushing game in high gear as they rolled for 349 yards on 59 carries. Cedric Tolbert Jr. was their top runner with 140 yards on 14 carries.
With one week remaining in the regular season, no fewer than 29 Ohio high school teams remain unbeaten. Here is a list of these teams sorted by division.
* Division I (6 teams) -- Mentor, Warren Harding, North Canton Hoover, Toledo Whitmer, Westerville South, Cincinnati Colerain.
* Division II (4 teams) -- Sylvania Southview, Avon Lake, Columbus Brookhaven, Trenton Edgewood.
* Division III (8 teams) -- Cleveland Benedictine, West Geauga, Sunbury Big Walnut, Lisbon Beaver, Dover, Steubenville, Canal Fulton Northwest, Rayland Buckeye.
* Division IV (2 teams) -- Clarksville Clinton-Massie, Versailles.
* Division V (6 teams) -- Gates Mills Gilmour, North Lima South Range, Columbiana, Sarahsville Shenandoah, Bainbridge Paint Valley, Marion Pleasant.
* Division VI (3 teams) -- Norwalk St. Paul, Columbus Grove, Covington.
Week 10 Games To Watch (all games 7:30 p.m. Friday unless noted)
Austintown-Fitch hosts Warren Harding.
Columbus Beechcroft hosts Columbus Northland.
Cleveland Benedictine hosts Lakewood St. Edward.
Akron Buchtel visits Akron Garfield.
Canton McKinley hosts Massillon Washington Saturday.
Dayton Chaminade-Julienne hosts Kettering Alter Saturday.
Dublin Coffman hosts Lancaster.
Cincinnati Elder visits Cincinnati Oak Hills.
Cleveland Glenville travels to Cleveland Collinwood.
Hamilton hosts Cincinnati St. Xavier.
Hubbard hosts Brookfield.
Columbus Independence visits Columbus Walnut Ridge.
West Chester Lakota West travels to Cincinnati Anderson.
Cincinnati Moeller tackles Cincinnati Princeton at Lockland.
Toledo Rogers hosts Toledo Waite.
Columbus DeSales meets Cleveland St. Ignatius at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Youngstown Ursuline hosts Youngstown Rayen.
Huber Heights Wayne travels to Kettering Fairmont.
Xenia visits Springfield South.
OSU Verbals Outside Ohio
Mount Carmel, Pa., with OL Jon Skinner, defeated Shikellamy 35-7.Tornado tailback Drew Letcavage ran for 209 yards alone on just 10 carries inside a rain-soaked Silver Bowl. Mount Carmel hosts Danville Friday.
Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln QB Joe Bauserman had a big night, but saw his team -- which ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 6 in the nation by USA Today, fall to defeat at the hands of Madison County 30-23. Bauserman still was able to pass for a season-high 334 yards, while the rushing game added 80 more yards. Madison County was giving up 191 yards per game coming in. Bauserman completed 20 of 42 passes with two touchdowns and he also rushed for one in the game. Lincoln fell to 6-1.