Ohio Preps Week 1 Roundup

It was an eventful first weekend for Ohio High school football as some teams and stars had big starts to the season, while others had a rough beginning. Here's a look around the state at this weekend's results and next weekend's slate.

Here is a recap of the first weekend of Ohio high school football, followed by a look at key games over the second weekend:

After a 14-year hiatus, two Cleveland-area schools with a combined 14 state titles hooked up. When the dust cleared, Division I powerhouse Cleveland St. Ignatius had a 43-6 win over defending Division III state champion Cleveland Benedictine. The Wildcats lead the all-time series, 18-14-1. Junior QB Rudy Kirbus, making his first career start, was 12 of his 19 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns for St. Ignatius.

Westlake QB Jon Brown passed for 330 yards and a pair of touchdowns in an 18-7 victory over North Ridgeville.

Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit WR Mike Chambers caught five passes for 182 yards and 2 TDs in Walsh Jesuit's 34-7 victory over Stow. Mark Wooldridge added 120 yards and two touchdowns in the Warriors' win.

Macedonia Nordonia RB Jordan Mabin rushed for 223 yards on 19 carries and 4 touchdowns in a 51-2 win over Brecksville.

Cleveland Collinwood's Cecil Shorts, III, passed for 251 yards and 2 TDs and returned an interception 35-yards for another score as the Railroaders defeated Lakeside 28-14. Collinwood's Jason Johnson caught 4 passes for 120 yards including an 83-yard touchdown and added an 80-yard kickoff return for a score in Collinwood's win.

Andrew Lightfoot rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries as visiting Troy Christian stunned defending Division VI state runner-up Maria Stein Marion Local 19-12. The game began Friday night and was suspended at halftime due to lightning with Marion Local holding a 6-0 lead. But when play resumed Saturday, Troy Christian took over and scored 19 straight points.

Joe Gilford scored on a 64-yard run late in the third quarter to lead Huber Heights Wayne to a 28-14 win over Cincinnati Oak Hills. Gilford had 92 yards on seven carries, while Matt Whited passed for 203 yards for the Warriors.

Springboro's Eddie Welch rushed for 201 yards and three TDs on 20 carries to lead the Panthers, who scored 20 points in five minutes of the third quarter to take charge in a 29-7 win over Kings Mills Kings.

Coldwater blanked Kenton 25-0. Junior RB Ross Homan scored on a 4-yard run for Coldwater, which held Kenton – one of the state's most prolific scoring teams in recent years – scoreless.

Cincinnati Colerain, the top-ranked team in the ONN/JJHuddle.com Division I Power Poll, avenged two years worth of heartbreak at the hands of Cincinnati Elder, dealing the two-time defending Division I state champions a 21-3 defeat in the featured game of the Crosstown Showdown at Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium. Elder had nipped Colerain in two straight regional finals to advance to the final four. An estimated crowd of 20,000 watched Colerain pull off the win. Senior QB Dominick Goodman had 23 carries for 126 yards and three TDs. Colerain won despite a subpar performance by senior RB Mister Simpson. Simpson, a Michigan verbal, suffered a hip pointer and finished with 19 yards on nine carries. This was Elder's first loss to an Ohio team since 2001.

Cincinnati Princeton downed Winton Woods 22-20 on Tommy Toerpe's 27-yard field goal with seven seconds in the opener at the Crosstown Showdown.

Lakewood St. Edward, ranked third in the Division I ONN/JJHuddle.com Power Poll, trekked down to Cincinnati and stopped Cincinnati St. Xavier 23-17 at the Crosstown Showdown. St. Ed rushed for 250 yards behind the blocking of OSU verbal OL Alex Boone. QB Anthony Gardner had 168 of those yards. OSU verbal QB Rob Schoenhoft of St. X was 4 of 11 passing for 87 yards, including a 73-yard TD pass on his team's first play, before leaving the game with a foot injury.

Akron Buchtel notched its first win over Massillon Washington, prevailing 33-20. This was one of many games started on Friday and completed on Saturday. Buchtel clung to a 25-10 lead when the game was suspended. Massillon drew as close as 25-20 before an interception by Johnathan Clinton set up the game-clinching 1-yard TD run by Kristopher King.

Akron Hoban hosted a Akron Garfield in a battle of two of the state's top running backs. Hoban senior Tyrell Sutton, headed to Northwestern, had 263 yards on 31 carries, including a 47-yard TD run in his team's 13-7 win. Garfield junior Chris Wells had 125 yards on 22 carries. A crowd of 7,000 attended the game.

The prep season began with a bang at Dayton's Welcome Stadium Thursday night as Dayton Chaminade-Julienne, the state's top-ranked team in the ONN/JJHuddle.com Power Poll, turned back Clayton Northmont 39-36 in a thriller attended by more than 10,000.

C-J RB Javon Ringer had 300 yards and three TDs. But it was a 14-yard TD pass from Matt Bruggeman to Nick Hess with four seconds left that provided the margin of victory. C-J's Brandon Harrison, a Notre Dame verbal, had a 72-yard TD catch. Northmont QB Tyler Horner finishing with 99 yards rushing as well as 205 yards and three TDs passing.

Springfield South rolled to a 64-40 win over Vandalia Butler. Sophomore running back Jerome Peterson had 200 yards and five touchdowns on 23 carries. Four of his scores came in the second half. Junior quarterback Brennan Glass completed 22 of 33 passes for 384 yards and four TDs, throwing two apiece to Miller and senior Luke Alexander. Alexander had 187 yards on five catches. Miller added 136 yards on eight receptions. Butler QB Josh Cornwell was 20 of 31 for 317 yards and three touchdowns.

Versailles, the top-ranked team in the Division IV ONN/JJHuddle.com Power Poll, shrugged off a slow start to defeat Dayton Oakwood 28-14. The Tigers, 15-0 a year ago, won their 18th straight game. RBs Curtis Wourms (101 yards rushing and a crucial interception as a safety) and Adam Francis (105 yards) led Versailles.

Cincinnati Moeller defeated Lebanon 43-7 on Sunday in a game postponed from the day before due to weather at the Crosstown Showdown. Moeller quarteback Chris Reisert connected on 11 of 18 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

The two teams tied for the top spot in the preseason Division II ONN/JJHuddle.com Power Poll each prevailed as defending state champion Avon Lake defeated Mansfield Senior 42-13, while state runner-up Trenton Edgewood stopped Harrison 35-14. RB Bobby Doyle had 224 yards on 18 carries for Avon Lake. He tallied four TDs for the Shoremen.

Chagrin Falls defeated Chagrin Falls Kenston 38-21 as Brian Robiskie tallied a 42-yard TD catch and a 40-yard interception return for a score.

Cleveland Glenville avenged a 38-6 loss to Mentor a year ago with a 29-6 win. Junior QB Arvell Nelson completed 11 of 27 passes for 261 yards, including TD passes of 63 yards to Raymond Small and a 68-yarder to Daven Jones. Small also intercepted a pass, while LB Freddie Lenix notched two sacks.

Canton GlenOak rolled to a 42-7 win over Akron Central Hower, but the win came at a price. GlenOak lost standout WR Brian Hartline, an OSU verbal, who suffered a broken leg on a punt return. He will be out for the year. His brother, junior QB Mike Hartline, hit Brandon Long with a 24-yard TD pass.

Troy, with OSU verbal DL Todd Denlinger, knocked off visiting Dublin Coffman 19-15. A.J. Bush hit Shane Carter with a 23-yard TD pass to help lift Troy to the win. QB Josh Febus threw for 183 yards and scored on a 1-yard run for Coffman.

Lancaster, with OSU verbal OL Jimmy Cordle, defeated Logan 24-21. RB Ryan Marcus rushed for 122 yards and a score and Paul Sieberling made a 45-yard field goal with 25 seconds left for Lancaster.

Worthington Kilbourne QB Jordan Gafford had a 2-yard TD run in overtime to lift the Wolves to a 21-14 win over Columbus DeSales.

Columbus Watterson sophomore RB Sam Jacobs had 110 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in a 17-14 win over neighborhood rival Upper Arlington before 10,000. It was the first meeting between the schools in 24 years.

Dublin Scioto's Julius McCormick returned one of four Westerville South interceptions 34 yards for a touchdown in his team's 35-24 win. Scioto's Jason Rice had two TD runs, an interception, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt.

Amanda-Clearcreek, the top-ranked team in the Division V ONN/JJHuddle.com Power Poll, cruised to a 35-7 win over Westerville Central. Brice Bailey had two touchdown catches and an interception return for a score for A-C.

Week 2 Games To Watch

Canton GlenOak hosts Mentor, Lancaster hosts Massillon Jackson, Columbus DeSales visits Toledo St. John‘s, Dublin Coffman hosts Findlay, Avon Lake visits East Cleveland Shaw, Lakewood St. Edward meets Lakewood, Centerville hosts Troy, Hamilton hosts Lima Senior, Dayton Chaminade-Julienne visits Dayton Carroll, Cincinnati St. Xavier hosts Indianapolis Cathedral, Cleveland St. Ignatius travels to Youngstown Boardman, Maria Stein Marion Local hosts Coldwater, Springfield South hosts Westerville South, Cleveland Glenville travels to Warren Harding (Saturday, 7 p.m.) and Massillon Washington hosts Cleveland Benedictine (Friday, 8 p.m.).

The big event is the Prep Classic tripleheader Sunday at Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium. The schedule: Louisville St. Xavier-Moeller, noon; Elder-Ft. Thomas (Ky.) Highlands, 2:30 p.m.; Anderson-Colerain, 5 p.m.

OSU Verbals Outside Ohio

OSU has two verbals – DL Ryan Williams and OL Kevin Bemoll – at Mission Viejo, Calif. They open play Sept. 9 against Los Alamitos. OSU's other verbal from out of state (DB Malcolm Jenkins from Piscataway (N.J.) Township) opens play in September.


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