Week 10 Highlights
Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit used a 21-point barrage over the final 16 minutes to erase a 14-point deficit and stun visiting St. Vincent-St. Mary 35-28. Senior Brian Sanders scored the game-winning TD on a 10-yard run with 22 seconds left in regulation.
Akron Ellet RB Randy Kenepp scored four touchdowns and broke the 1,000-yard barrier, as he rushed for 260 yards in leading the host Orangemen to a 50-20 win over Akron Kenmore. Kenepp, who finished the season with 1,131 yards and a 5.9 average, scored on runs of 9 and 15 yards to give Ellet a 14-0 lead. Kenepp added a 42-yard TD reception from quarterback Marc Pullen in the second quarter and a 37-yard run in the third quarter, as the Orangemen (6-4) increased their advantage to 34-13.
Akron Hoban junior RB Tyrell Sutton carried 38 times for 341 yards and all four of his team's TDs in a 27-21 win over Canton Central Catholic. Sutton wrapped up the regular season with 2,355 yards. He bagged his fourth touchdown, from 18 yards, with just over 11 minutes to play to account for the final margin. He also scored from 3, 65 and 42 yards. CCC junior Curtis Shephard, who rushed for 92 yards on 16 carries, scored three TDs.
Warren Harding, the state's No. 1-ranked Division I team, capped a second consecutive unbeaten regular season for the first time since 1972-73 with a 26-14 win over Austintown Fitch, which features OSU verbal WR Miles Williams. Harding played without running backs Delbert Ferguson and Richard Davis. Ferguson is out for the remainder of the season with a broken leg, while Davis rested an ankle injury. Junior Jon Richardson stepped in as the primary running back and played like a well-tested senior. Richardson rushed or 133 yards on 15 carries and scored three touchdowns.
Columbus Walnut Ridge RB Gary Russell outdid Columbus Independence RB Erik Haw, an OSU verbal, but Haw and the 76ers (8-2) got the last laugh in a City League showdown. Haw had 32 carries for 249 yards and three TDs in his team's 35-22 win over Walnut Ridge (8-2). Russell carried 33 times for 270 yards and three scores. Independence won the City League South Division title. D‘Angelo Smith added TD catches of 47 and 21 yards for Independence.
Columbus Beechcroft WR-DB SirJoseph Welch, an OSU verbal, had two catches for 83 yards, including a 49-yard TD, in his team's 40-0 win over Columbus Northland. Beechcroft ended the regular season 8-2.
Columbus Eastmoor Academy, with OSU verbal FB Dionte Johnson, downed Columbus Africentric 54-6 to end up 7-3.
Lakewood St. Edward, with OSU verbal junior OL Alex Boone, took an 18-13 win over previously unbeaten Cleveland Benedictine, the state's No. 1-ranked team in Division III. The St. Ed's win was highlighted by Haruki Nakamura's 96-yard kick return for a touchdown. Benedictine RB Ray Williams carried 28 times for 169 yards, but had just 19 yards in the second half. He finished the regular season with 1,994 yards on 238 attempts.
Akron Buchtel blanked Akron Garfield. 41-0 to win the Akron City Series title for the second year in a row and the sixth time in the last seven years. A crowd of 7,000 attended the game. Buchtel (7-3) won seven games in a row. RB Antonio Pittman, an Ohio State recruit, rushed for a game-high 159 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Senior QB Steve Walker was 8-of-17 for 136 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 65.
In the 111th meeting between Canton McKinley and Massillon Washington, McKinley ended a four-year string of futility with a 40-8 win over the Tigers. Canton McKinley junior Ryan Brinson came up big with 147 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries. He also had an interception and a team-high nine tackles. Brinson recorded his second 1,000-yard rushing season in a row, finishing the 2003 season with 1,158 yards on 168 attempts. McKinley junior Antwon Hight sacked Tiger quarterback Quentin Paulik in the end zone for a safety just 51 seconds into the game. It's been 11 years since the McKinley-Massillon season finale did not preface a playoff appearance by one or both teams. Not since 1931 had both teams come in to annual matchup with losing records.
Kettering Alter's Eric Frey kicked a 27-yard field goal with three seconds left to give Alter a 31-28 win over Dayton Chaminade-Julienne before 8,000 at Welcome Stadium. Alter's 6-foot, 250-pound Nick Hess pounded the ball up the middle. Unofficially, Hess had 154 yards on 20 carries. The teams traded scores in a 29-point third quarter. Javon Ringer led C-J with 177 yards rushing, while Anthony Turner completed five of his seven passes to Ryan Patrick (153 yards, two TDs). The last one tied the game at 28-28 with 5:29 left.
Lancaster RB Jon Carpenter carried 48 times for 248 yards and three TDs in a 28-27 win over Dublin Coffman. The win gave Lancaster (9-1) the OCC Capital title. Coffman QB Jack Rafferty completed 15 of 23 passes for 239 yards and two TDs. He also had 196 yards and a TD rushing on 26 carries for Coffman (8-2).
Cincinnati Elder kicker D.J. Hueneman kicked a 26-yard field goal with 3:37 to play and Elder held on for a 24-21 victory over Cincinnati Oak Hills. Hueneman's field goal was set up by a blocked punt by Michael Brown. Quarterback Rob Florian accounted for all three Panther touchdowns, two through the air and one on the ground.
Cleveland Glenville crushed Cleveland Collinwood 69-0 to end the regular season 9-1. QB Ted Ginn Jr. was 9 of 15 passing for 201 yards and four touchdowns. He also had two rushing scores totaling 49 yards.
Cincinnati St. Xavier's Keith Thomas, filling in at running back, had 232 yards and two TDs in a 28-13 win over Hamilton (4-6), which features OSU verbal DB Brandon Underwood.
Hubbard took a 21-0 victory over Trumbull Athletic Conference-8 rival Brookfield. OSU verbal Shaun Lane led the way for the Eagles (8-2) with 130 yards rushing and an 84-yard touchdown run.
Cincinnati Anderson QB Kurt Shoemaker completed 9 of 16 passes for 161 yards and two TDs in a 42-21 win over West Chester Lakota West (1-9), which features OSU verbal OL Steve Rehring.
Cincinnati Colerain scored the game's final two touchdowns to complete a perfect season with a 35-21 victory over Cincinnati La Salle. The victory was Colerain's 19th straight regular-season win, and completed their sixth undefeated regular season. QB Erick Fitzgerald rushed for 222 yards and two TDs. Fullback Mister Simpson added 21 carries for 102 yards for Colerain.
Cincinnati Moeller rallied from 0-2 start to finish the regular season 7-3 after a 42-13 win over rival Cincinnati Princeton. The 29-point margin was Moeller's biggest win in the storied series since 1982, when the Crusaders ripped Princeton 56-7 en route to their last mythical national championship. Moeller's Blake Carter returned a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown just before halftime, sending Moeller to a 21-7 halftime lead and essentially breaking the game open. Carter, nephew of NFL great receiver Cris Carter and son of former NBA player and coach Butch Carter, also caught seven passes for 96 yards.
Columbus DeSales (6-4) traveled to Parma and shocked Cleveland St. Ignatius, the state's No. 7-ranked Division I team, with a 35-28 win. Justin Moore had a 73-yard TD run and Matt Mangini ran for two scores and threw for one for DeSales. St. Ignatius (8-2) was the state's No. 1 team two weeks ago before losing its final two regular season games. The Wildcats committed five turnovers, including four interceptions by QB Brian Hoyer. Hoyer was 18 of 39 for 322 yards with four TD passes. Mike Massey had TD grabs of 31 and 23 yards for CSI.
Huber Heights Wayne, with OSU verbal LB Marcus Freeman, wrapped up a 9-1 regular season with a 55-19 win over Kettering Fairmont. Wayne RB Thomas Mouser went over 1,000 yards, with 219 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns as the Warriors won the East Division of the GWOC at 6-0. Mouser unofficially has 1,047 yards for the year.
Xenia, with OSU verbal OL Ben Person, defeated Springfield South 35-25. The Bucs finished strong with their third straight win to end the year at 7-3 and 4-2 in the GWOC East, good for third place. Donnie Evege led the X-men with 178 yards rushing on 16 carries and two TDs. Rudy Jones had 105 yards rushing and a TD. Brennan Glass was 24-of-41 passing for 338 yards and three TDs for South.
Toledo St. John's took a thrilling 34-27 win over previously unbeaten Toledo Whitmer. The result left four Toledo City League teams tied at 6-1. But, because of the Toledo City League point system, for the third straight year the title went to St. Francis de Sales, which survived for a 16-13 overtime win over Central Catholic across town at the Glass Bowl. Whitmer TB Edwin "Petey" Hood had 17 carries for 129 yards and 1 TD.
Dayton Jefferson RB Pernell Williams ended his career on a high note with 316 yards rushing and five TDs as the Broncos rolled over Yellow Springs 64-7.
Versailles completed their first 10-0 season since 1998 and won their first Midwest Athletic Conference title with a 35-14 win over Rockford Parkway. Ben Shappie rushed for 107 yards and a TD.
Westerville South completed a 10-0 season and won the OCC Central title with a 17-0 win over Grove City. South freshman QB Rocco Pentello, son of coach Rocky Pentello, returned after missing the last four games with a knee injury. He completed 14 of 22 passes for 138 yards and two TDs.
Upper Arlington QB Mike Maciejowski, headed to Minnesota, completed 25 of 31 passes for 288 yards and two TDs in a 21-12 win over Lewis Center Olentangy.
The regular season ended with no fewer than 26 Ohio high school teams remain unbeaten. Here is a list of these teams sorted by division.
* Division I (5 teams) -- Mentor, Warren Harding, North Canton Hoover, Westerville South, Cincinnati Colerain.
* Division II (4 teams) -- Sylvania Southview, Avon Lake, Columbus Brookhaven, Trenton Edgewood.
* Division III (6 teams) -- West Geauga, Sunbury Big Walnut, Lisbon Beaver, Dover, 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.
OHSAA Playoff Preview
Some 192 teams across Ohio -- 32 in each of six divisions -- have advanced to the 2002 OHSAA high school football playoffs. The field includes all six defending state champions, all of the Associated Press' top-ranked teams and even one school with a losing record.
Three of last year's state champions are returning as top seeds in their respective regions: Cincinnati Elder in Division I, Marion Pleasant in Division V and Mogadore in Division VI. Because of classification changes, Division III boasts the rest of last year's champs: Dayton Chaminade-Julienne (8-2) won in Division II last year, and Kenton (7-3) was in Division IV. Both are now seeded fifth in their regions. Columbus Watterson (8-2), the division's defending champion, hosts Pemberville Eastwood (8-2) on Friday.
Uniontown Lake (4-6) is the only team with a losing record to make the playoffs, the third year in the row that's happened. The eighth-seeded Blue Streaks face unbeaten Columbus Brookhaven (10-0) on Friday in Division II.
The playoffs will culminate with the six state final games, set for Nov. 28-29 in Massillon and Canton.
As things stand, four future Buckeyes have advanced to the playoffs. They are Freeman (Huber Heights Wayne), Haw (Independence), Sirjo Welch (Beechcroft), Boone (St. Ed's) and junior DB Jamario O'Neal (Cleveland Glenville).
Here is a look at the pairings in each of the six divisions in the OHSAA regional quarterfinals.
DIVISION IRegional Quarterfinals All Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, unless noted Region 1 (8) Lakewood (7-3) at (1) Mentor (10-0) (5) Cle. St. Ignatius (8-2) vs. (4) Cle. Glenville (9-1) at Bedford (7) Solon (7-3) at (2) Warren Harding (10-0) (6) Strongsville (7-3) at (3) Lakewood St. Edward (7-3) Region 2 (8) Hudson (9-1) at (1) N. Can. Hoover (10-0) (5) Wadsworth (8-2) at (4) Green (8-1) (7) Tol. St. John's (7-3) at (2) Tol. Whitmer (9-1) (6) Tol. St. Francis (8-2) at (3) Brunswick (9-1) Region 3 (8) Hilliard Davidson (7-3) at (1) Westerville South (10-0) (5) Marion Harding (9-1) at (4) Dublin Coffman (8-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday (7) Grove City (7-3) at (2) Lancaster (9-1) (6) Wooster (8-2) at (3) Dublin Scioto (9-1), 7:30 p.m. Saturday Region 4 (8) Cin. Anderson (9-1) at (1) Cin. Elder (9-1) (5) Clayton Northmont (9-1) at (4) Mason (9-1) (7) Cin. LaSalle (6-4) at (2) Cin. Colerain (10-0) (6) Huber Hts. Wayne (9-1) vs. (3) Cin. Moeller (7-3) at Lockland DIVISION II Regional Quarterfinals All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, unless noted Region 5 (8) Twinsburg (5-5) at (1) Warren Howland (9-1) (5) Copley (7-3) at (4) Parma Padua (7-3), 1 p.m. Saturday (7) Olmsted Falls (6-4) at (2) Macedonia Nordonia (9-1) (6) Maple Heights (9-1) at (3) Chardon (8-2) Region 6 (8) Whitehouse Anthony Wayne (7-3) at (1) Sylvania Southview (10-0) (5) Grafton Midview (7-3) at (4) Defiance (8-2) (7) Ashland (8-2) at (2) Avon Lake (10-0) (6) Tiffin Columbian (8-2) at (3) Maumee (8-2) Region 7 (8) Uniontown Lake (4-6) at (1) Cols. Brookhaven (10-0) (5) Youngstown Chaney (9-1) at (4) Whitehall-Yearling (9-1) (7) Louisville (6-4) at (2) Pickerington Cent. (9-1) (6) Cols. Walnut Ridge (8-2) at (3) Cols. Independance (8-2) Region 8 (8) Vandalia Butler (6-4) at (1) Trenton Edgewood (10-0) (5) Cin. McNicholas (7-3) at (4) Day. Carroll (7-3) (7) Wilmington (8-2) vs. (2) Kings Mills Kings (9-1) at Galbreath Field (6) Cin. Mt. Healthy (8-2) at (3) Jackson (8-2) DIVISION III Regional Quarterfinals All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday Region 9 (8) Ravenna Southeast (8-2) at (1) Cle. Benedictine (9-1) (5) Medina Buckeye (8-2) vs. (4) Hunting Valley University (9-1) at Lyndhurst Brush (7) Chardon NDCL (7-3) at (2) Chesterland West Geauga (10-0) (6) Akr. Hoban (8-2) at (3) Mentor Lake Cath. (8-2) Region 10 (8) Cols. Beechcroft (8-2) at (1) Sunbury Big Walnut (10-0) (5) Kenton (7-3) at (4) Bellevue (9-1) (7) Sandusky Perkins (7-3) at (2) Cols. DeSales (6-4) (6) Pemberville Eastwood (8-2) at (3) Cols. Watterson (8-2) Region 11 (8) New Concord John Glenn (8-2) at (1) Steubenville (10-0) (5) Gallipolis Gallia (9-1) at (4) Lisbon Beaver (10-0) (7) Thornville Sheridan (8-2) at (2) Dover (10-0) (6) Rayland Buckeye (10-0) at (3) Canal Fulton NW (10-0) Region 12 (8) St. Paris Graham (9-1) vs. (1) Kettering Alter (9-1) at Kettering Fairmont (5) Day. Chaminade-Julienne (8-2) at (4) Newark Licking Valley (9-1) (7) Germantown Valley View (9-1) at (2) Bellbrook (9-1) (6) Cin. Wyoming (9-1) at (3) St. Marys Memorial (9-1) DIVISION IV Regional Quarterfinals All Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, unless noted Region 13 (8) Orrville (6-4) at (1) Sullivan Black River (8-2) (5) Akr. Manchester (7-3) at (4) Wooster Triway (7-3) (7) Cuy. Valley Christian (9-1) at (2) Apple Creek Waynedale (9-1) (6) Cle. Villa Angela-St. Joseph (6-4) at (3) Youngs. Cardinal Mooney (8-2) Region 14 (8) Milan Edison (7-3) at (1) Urbana (9-1) (5) Huron (9-1) at (4) Delta (9-1) (7) Lima Bath (7-3) at (2) Upper Sandusky (9-1) (6) Coldwater (9-1) at (3) Wellington (8-2) Region 15 (8) Ironton Rock Hill (7-3) at (1) Ironton (9-1) (5) Williamsport Westfall (9-1) at (4) Bellaire (8-2), TBA (7) Granville (7-3) at (2) Coshocton (9-1) (6) Proctorville Fairland (7-3) at (3) Martins Ferry (8-2) Region 16 (8) Day. Oakwood (7-3) at (1) Clarksville Clinton-Massie (10-0) (5) Plain City Jonathan Alder (7-2) at (4) Cin. Mariemont (7-3) (7) Batavia (7-3) at (2) Versailles (10-0) (6) Spring. Northeastern (7-3) at (3) Reading (8-2) DIVISION V Regional Quarterfinals All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, unless noted Region 17 (8) Lisbon David Anderson (9-1) at (1) Gates Mills Gilmour (10-0), 1 p.m. Saturday (5) Columbiana (9-0) at (4) Dalton (9-1) (7) Smithville (9-1) at (2) Warren JFK (8-2) (6) Independence (9-1) at (3) N. Lima S. Range (10-0) Region 18 (8) Findlay Liberty-Benton (8-2) at (1) Patrick Henry (9-1) (5) Lorain Clearview (7-3) at (4) Defiance Tinora (7-2) (7) Bloomdale Elmwood (7-3) at (2) Sycamore Mohawk (8-1) (6) Bluffton (8-2) at (3) Delphos St. John's (8-2) Region 19 (8) W. Lafayette Ridgewood (8-2) at (1) Amanda-Clearcreek (9-1) (5) Nelsonville-York (7-3) at (4) Woodsfield Monroe Central (9-1) (7) Minford (7-3) at (2) Sarahsville Shenandoah (10-0) (6) Wheelersburg (8-2) at (3) Chesapeake (8-2) Region 20 (8) Middletown Fenwick (7-3) at (1) Marion Pleasant (10-0) (5) Anna (9-1) at (4) at (4) Cols. Academy (8-2) (7) Cin. Hills Christian (8-1) at (2) Bainbridge Paint Valley (10-0) (6) Cin. Jacobs (7-2) at (3) Morral Ridgedale (8-2) DIVISION VI Regional Quarterfinals All Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, unless noted Region 21 (8) E. Can. (6-4) at (1) Mogadore (8-2) (5) Cle. Cuyahoga Hts. (8-2) at (4) Monroeville (8-2) (7) Sandusky St. Mary's (6-4) at (2) Norwalk St. Paul (10-0) (6) New Washington Buckeye Cent. (7-2) at (3) Windham (8-2) Region 22 (8) Hicksville (8-2) at (1) Cols. Grove (10-0) (5) Northwood (8-2) at (4) Edgerton (7-3) (7) Antwerp (7-3) at (2) Rawson Cory-Rawson (9-1) (6) Carey (7-2) at (3) Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (8-2) Region 23 (8) New Metamoras Frontier (7-3) at (1) Newark Cath. (9-1) (5) Willow Wood Symmes Valley (9-1) at (4) Centerburg (7-3) (7) Danville (8-2) at (2) Shadyside (9-1) (6) Glouster Trimble (9-1) at (3) Lancaster Fisher Cath. (8-2), TBA Region 24 (8) Maria Stein Marion Local (7-3) at (1) Covington (10-0) (5) Spring. Cath. Central (8-2) at (4) DeGraff Riverside (9-1) (7) Mechanicsburg (7-3) at (2) Dola Hardin Northern (9-1) (6) Troy Christian (8-2) at (3) N. Lewisburg Triad (9-1)
Badin's Malone Steps Down
Hamilton Badin football coach Terry Malone went out a winner as his team defeated Cincinnati North College 45-3. Malone, who has a 360-117-8 record in 46 years at Hamilton Catholic and Badin High School, is retiring.
"I'm tired of studying tapes, I'm tired of making game plans, I'm tired of making decisions during games," said Malone, who is 70. "I'm just tired of it. Everything's old."
Badin finished the year 3-7, including one forfeited victory because of an ineligible player.
Malone is Ohio's winningest coach and ranks 10th nationally, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. Malone has had just five losing seasons, including three in the past four years. Badin captured its lone state championship in 1990, beating Richfield Revere 16-6 in the Division III title game. The Rams have qualified for the playoffs 16 times.
OSU Verbals Outside Ohio
Mount Carmel, Pa., with OL Jon Skinner, scored 47 first-half points in a 55-14 rout of Danville. It was Mount Carmel's 26th straight victory and a new school record. Selingsgrove is next on the schedule for Mount Carmel, which is a pivotal game that could determine home field advantage in the District 4 AA playoffs.
Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln QB Joe Bauserman and his team rebounded from a rare lost last week by defeating Rickards 45-6. Bauserman was 6 of 15 passing for 120 yards and three TDs with one interception. Powered by scores from seven players, the second-ranked Class4A Trojans (7-1) proved they have recovered from their first regular-season loss in 23 games. Bauserman also caught a 44-yard pass.