Regional Semifinal Highlights
Cincinnati Colerain 30, Cincinnati Moeller 23: Colerain junior RB Mister Simpson had 23 carries for 218 yards and four TDs, while QB Erick Fitzpatrick added 168 yards on 24 carries. Colerain outrushed Moeller 413-30. The game drew 10,378 at UC‘s Nippert Stadium.
Cincinnati Elder 33, Clayton Northmont 7: The Panthers' defense held an offense averaging 37 points a game scoreless until the final 5:21 of the game before a crowd of 17,355 at Miami's Yager Stadium. Elder RB Bradley Glatthaar had 37 carries for 180 yards and five TDs.
Dublin Coffman 40, Hilliard Davidson 21: Coffman QB Jack Rafferty passed for 148 yards and three TDs and also rushed for 224 yards and two scores.
Dublin Scioto 17, Lancaster 12: Scioto RB Eric Yates had 94 yards and a TD. Lancaster 2,000-yard rusher Jon Carpenter was held to 74 yards.
Lakewood St. Edward 21, Warren Harding 13: Top-ranked and unbeaten Harding was ousted as St. Ed RB Ryan Atkins had 144 yards on 21 carries. St. Edward built a 21-0 lead midway through the third quarter. The Eagles opened the scoring early in the second quarter, when Joe Kleinsmith blocked a Raiders' punt and teammate Neil Jereb retrieved the football and scampered 11 yards for the touchdown. They took the second-half kickoff and drove 77 yards in six plays, with quarterback Anthony Gardner getting the touchdown on a 3-yard run over right tackle. Moments later, St. Edward linebacker Robert Norman recovered a Warren Harding fumble at the Raiders' 16. Gardner scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak, then passed to Haruki Nakamura for the two-point conversion. Warren Harding (11-1) went to the hurry-up offense, and got touchdowns on a 52-yard pass from Alex Engram to Pete Sparks, then a 4-yard run by Richard Davis with 7:42 left in the game. OSU verbal junior OL Alex Boone advanced with St. Ed.
Mentor 31, Cle. St. Ignatius 0: The Mentor defense did a number on powerful St. Ignatius, holding the Wildcats to 10 yards rushing and intercepting QB Brian Hoyer five times. It was the first shutout of St. Ignatius since 1987 and Mentor's second of the playoffs. The Cardinals (12-0) have five shutouts this season and have outscored their two playoff opponents, 55-0. A crowd of 12,000 saw the game at Parma's Byers Field, one of St. Ignatius' home stadiums. But the Wildcats lost three of their last four games there to end the year. Hoyer, a Michigan State recruit, completed 16 of 23 passes for 169 yards in the first half. But three of his completions were fumbled. Mentor quarterback Thom Abbott ran for 141 yards and threw three TD passes.
Toledo St. John's 9, Brunswick 7: Nino Antonio's line-drive, 24-yard field goal with 12 seconds left gave Toledo St. John's the win. Quarterback Mickey Cassidy completed three passes for 57 yards in a little over a minute to set up the game-winning kick.
Wadsworth 45, North Canton Hoover 33: Wadsworth QB Clint Cochran, who will attend the University of Toledo, completed 20 of 29 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns. Sam Ceretta completed 24 of 41 throws for 285 yards and three touchdowns for previously unbeaten Hoover. Each was intercepted once and sacked twice. Split end Mike Marshall and running back Paul Macko each caught seven of Cochran's throws. Marshall's catches totaled 198 yards and Macko accounted for 80. The 5-11, 186-pound Macko rushed for 120 yards on 11 carries.
Avon Lake 41, Maumee 7: Jon Schroeder rushed 30 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns for Avon Lake. The night put him over 4,000 yards for his career and 2,000 yards for the season. Tyler Booher of Avon Lake completed 14 of 24 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns.
Kings Mills Kings 38, Jackson 14: Kings senior quarterback Jesse Imes rushed 28 times for 214 yards and three touchdowns, and senior fullback Mike Bauer ran 18 times for 138 yards and a TD.
Trenton Edgewood 28, Dayton Carroll 10: Fullback Josh Glancy scored two touchdowns and junior quarterback Matt Root threw scoring passes to senior Ryan Williams and junior Derek Melton as the Cougars improved to 12-0 in the battle of Mid-Miami League division champions.
Chardon 37, Macedonia Nordonia 7: RB Matt Smith had 128 yards and two TDs on 17 carries for Chardon.
Columbus Brookhaven 33, Whitehall-Yearling 27: RB Calvin Weaver carried 15 times for 228 yards and two TDs (65, 61 yards) for Brookhaven.
Columbus Independence 49, Louisville 26: OSU verbal RB Erik Haw had 152 yards and four TDs (46, 41, 21 and 10 yards) for Independence. He now has 2,806 yards and 28 TDs this season.
Copley 38, Warren Howland 16: QB David Csepe completed 11 of 17 passes for 183 yards and three TDs for Copley.
Defiance 25, Sylvania Southview 13: Defiance knocked off previously unbeaten Southview.
Cleveland Benedictine 43, Hunting Valley University 0: Raymond Williams carried 34 times for 288 yards and four touchdowns.
Canal Fulton NW 28, Thornville Sheridan 26: Northwest remained unbeaten.
Columbus Watterson 9, Columbus DeSales 6, OT: Watterson FB Eric Hard had 21 carries for 103 yards and scored the game-winning 15-yard TD in overtime. A crowd of 8,000 watched the game between arch-rivals at Dublin Coffman.
Germantown Valley View 34, Cin. Wyoming 26: Trey Tudor had four TD runs for Wyoming.
Kenton 36, Columbus Beechcroft 26: Kenton, which won the Division IV state title last year, moved a step closer in D-III. QB D.J. Underwood completed 24 of 44 passes for 370 yards and three TDs with two interceptions. RB Deontae Head had 15 carries for 228 yards and three Tds for Beechcroft, which also features OSU verbal DB Sirjo Welch.
Mentor Lake Catholic 21, Chesterland West Geauga 0: Previously unbeaten West Geauga lost QB Pat McDonald, a 2,000-yard passer, to an early injury and could not recover. MLC QB Mark Petruziello threw a TD pass.
Newark Licking Valley 21, Kettering Alter 19: QB Devin Fulk had 107 yards and a TD and RB Nathan Clark had 105 yards and two TDs for Valley.
Steubenville 28, Lisbon Beaver 21: Steubenville prevails in a battle of two unbeatens.
Versailles 55, Reading 21: Ben Shappie carried for 95 yards and scored three TDs for Versailles. Reading QB Tony Pike was 23 of 53 passing for 291 yards, but threw four interceptions.
Also: Bellaire 20, Ironton 14, OT; Clarksville Clinton-Massie 42, Cin. Mariemont 14; Cle. VASJ 22, Apple Creek Waynedale 17; Coldwater 28, Lima Bath 0; Coshocton 36, Martins Ferry 14; Delta 28, Urbana 20; Sullivan Black River 29, Wooster Triway 14
Gahanna Cols. Academy 76, Marion Pleasant 29: Academy snapped Pleasant's 26-game unbeaten streak. FB Bryan Morosky had a big night with 282 yards rushing, six TDs and was 10 of 11 PAT kicks. He had five catches for 201 yards and four scores.
Warren JFK 34, N. Lima S. Range 14: JFK stopped previously unbeaten South Range.
Also: Amanda-Clearcreek 28, Woodsfield Monroe Cent. 7; Bainbridge Paint Valley 38, Morral Ridgedale 29; Delphos St. John's 35, Bloomdale Elmwood 14; Hamler Patrick Henry 51, Lorain Clearview 24; Lisbon David Anderson 14, Dalton 6; Sarahsville Shenandoah 28, Wheelersburg 14
Columbus Grove 27, Northwood 0; Corey-Rawson 35, Carey 14; Dola Hardin Northern 31, N. Lewisburg Triad 6; Maria Stein Marion Local 42, Spring. Cath. Cent. 6; Monroeville 23, Mogadore 16; Newark Cath. 42, Centerburg 7; Sandusky St. Mary's 49, Windham 24; Shadyside 32, Lancaster Fisher Cath. 14
DIVISION IAll games at 7 p.m. Saturday Region 1 At Parma Byers Field (1) Mentor (12-0) vs. (3) Lakewood St. Edward (9-3) Region 2 At Lorain George Daniel Stadium (5) Wadsworth (10-2) vs. (7) Tol. St. John's (9-3) Region 3 At Upper Arlington Moorehead Memorial Stadium (4) Dublin Coffman (10-2) vs. (3) Dublin Scioto (11-1) Region 4 At University of Cincinnati Nippert Stadium (1) Cin. Elder (11-1) vs. (2) Cin. Colerain (12-0) DIVISION II All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday Region 5 At Lakewood Stadium (5) Copley (9-3) vs. (3) Chardon (10-2) Region 6 At Fremont Ross Harmon Stadium (4) Defiance (10-2) vs. (2) Avon Lake (12-0) Region 7 Dublin Scioto Stadium (1) Cols. Brookhaven (12-0) vs. (3) Cols. Independence (10-2) Region 8 At Cincinnati Princeton Viking Stadium (1) Trenton Edgewood (12-0) vs. (2) Kings Mills Kings (11-1) DIVISION III All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday Region 9 At Euclid DiBiasio Field (1) Cle. Benedictine (11-1) vs. (3) Mentor Lake Cath. (10-2) Region 10 At Dublin Coffman Stadium (5) Kenton (9-3) vs. (3) Cols. Watterson (10-2) Region 11 At Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium (1) Steubenville (12-0) vs. vs. (3) Canal Fulton NW (12-0) Region 12 At Grove City Stadium (4) Newark Licking Valley (11-1) vs. (7) Germantown Valley View (11-1) DIVISION IV All games at 7 p.m. Saturday Region 13 At Brunswick Judy Kirsch Field (1) Sullivan Black River (10-2) vs. (6) Cle. VASJ (8-4) Region 14 At Lima Senior Stadium (4) Delta (11-1) vs. (6) Coldwater (11-1) Region 15 At Zanesville Sulsberger Memorial Stadium (4) Bellaire (10-2) vs. (2) Coshocton (11-1) Region 16 At Dayton Welcome Stadium (1) Clarksville Clinton-Massie (12-0) vs. (2) Versailles (12-0) DIVISION V All games at 7:30 Friday Region 17 At Youngstown Austintown-Fitch Falcon Stadium (8) Lisbon David Anderson (11-1) vs. (2) Warren JFK (10-2) Region 18 At Findlay Donnell Stadium (1) Hamler Patrick Henry (10-1) vs. (3) Delphos St. John's (10-2) Region 19 At Newark White Field (1) Amanda-Clearcreek (11-1) vs. (2) Sarahsville Shenandoah (12-0) Region 20 At Grove City Central Crossing Stadium (4) Gahanna Cols. Academy (10-2) vs. (2) Bainbridge Paint Valley (12-0) DIVISION VI All games at 7 p.m. Saturday Region 21 At Huron Memorial Stadium (4) Monroeville (10-2) vs. (7) Sandusky St. Mary's (8-4) Region 22 At Lima Bath Stadium (1) Columbus Grove (12-0) vs. (2) Cory-Rawson (11-1) Region 23 At Byesville Meadowbrook Colt Stadium (1) Newark Cath. (11-1) vs. (2) Shadyside (11-1) Region 24 At Wapakoneta Harmon Field (8) Maria Stein Marion Local (9-3) vs. (2) Dola Hardin Northern (11-1)
OSU Verbals Outside Ohio
Mount Carmel, Pa., with OL Jon Skinner, crushed Athens 51-0 in a District 4 Class AA semifinal game. The win advances the Red Tornadoes to next week's District 4 title game where they play top-seeded Line Mountain, a 35-0 winner over Hughesville in the other semifinal. Mount Carmel had 323 yards in the first half in building a 43-0 lead.Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln QB Joe Bauserman completed 15 of 31 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns but Lincoln dropped its regular season finale to Godby 35-27. Lincoln (8-2), which lost earlier this season to powerhouse Madison County, opens the Region 1-4A playoffs at home against Gainesville.