Ohio Preps Rdp.: Week 9

Here is a look back at the week that was in Ohio high school football, followed by a glance at match-ups in Week 10 and a list of the remaining unbeatens in the state of Ohio. Click this free link for more.

Here is a recap of the ninth weekend of Ohio high school football, followed by a look at key games over the 10th weekend (all poll rankings are from the newest ONN/JJHuddle.com Power Poll):

* Cincinnati St. Xavier, ranked No. 2 in Division I, turned back No. 5 Cleveland St. Ignatius 13-10. St. X's John Osborne kicked the winning 25-yard field goal with just 44 seconds left. QB Rob Schoenhoft, an OSU verbal, completed 13 of 30 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown.

"I can see why Ohio State went after that kid," St. Ignatius coach Chuck Kyle said of Schoenhoft in The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. St. Ignatius fell to 7-2.

* Lakewood St. Edward, with OSU verbal OL Alex Boone, improved to 4-5 with a 41-17 pounding of Cincinnati Moeller. Backup QB Brandon Fromhapple threw three TD passes for St. Ed's. Paxton Rose added 190 yards and two TDs. The Eagles had to forfeit four early season wins. They need a final-week win over Cleveland Benedictine and some help to get back into the Division I playoffs after finishing as the state runner-up a year ago.

* Akron Garfield junior RB Chris Wells had 264 yards and five touchdowns on 19 carries in his team's 35-14 win over Akron Ellet. Wells' season totals were 1,497 yards and 17 touchdowns on 168 carries for Garfield (8-1).

* Akron Hoban RB Tyrell Sutton had 160 yards on 37 carries to increase his Ohio all-time career rushing record total in a 13-7 win over rival Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit. Sutton now has 8,585 yards in his career. On the year, he has 2,386 yards on 245 carries. He extended his string of 100-yard games to 35 straight contests. Junior QB Paul McGough completed 11-of-16 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown for Hoban (8-1), ranked sixth in Division III.

* Liberty Twp. Lakota East junior Paul Bowen carried 41 times for 303 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-15 win over district rival West Chester Lakota West. Lakota East, ranked No. 8 in Division I, improved to 9-0. A crowd of 8,000 attended the game. The former Lakota High School split into East and West in 1997, thanks to population growth in the Butler County suburbs. East now leads the series 5-2 and has won the last three meetings.

Junior Josh Chichester had a 10-yard TD grab for Lakota West.

* Cincinnati Colerain, ranked No. 1 in Division I, improved to 9-0 and won a Greater Miami Conference crown with a 56-0 win over Cincinnati Oak Hills. Senior quarterback Dominic Goodman led Colerain by rushing for three touchdowns and throwing for a fourth. Michigan verbal RB Mister Simpson had a pair of TD runs.

* Cincinnati Withrow won its first league title in seven years with a 48-30 win over Cincinnati Hughes. QB Dante Love threw for four touchdowns and rushed for three more in the win that gave Withrow the Southwest Ohio Public League American Division title.

* New Richmond defeated Bethel-Tate 3-0 as Eric McMonigle booted a 48-yard field goal in the third quarter for the game's only score.

* Cincinnati Elder crushed visiting Dayton Chaminade-Julienne 48-14. Junior Nick Zeiser led the Elder offense, carrying the ball 22 times for 101 yards and three touchdowns, and connecting with quarterback Craig Carey for a touchdown on a halfback pass. Carey added 96 yards rushing and 131 passing for the Panthers.

* Middletown turned back Cincinnati Princeton 31-21. Senior Chris Wright completed four of seven passes for 99 yards and a touchdown, and junior Chris Edwards completed four of 10 passes for 80 yards and a score to lead Middletown. OSU verbal Andre Amos had a 68-yard interception return for a touchdown for the Middies.

* Avon Lake, ranked No. 1 in Division II, defeated Westlake 44-31. Bobby Doyle rushed for four touchdowns (1, 3, 1, 1 yards) as the Shoremen improved to 9-0. The Demons lost despite 326 yards passing and three touchdowns from Jon Brown.

* Macedonia Nordonia defeated Lyndhurst Brush 36-27. Jordan Mabin carried 15 times for 109 yards and three touchdowns as the Knights held off the Arcs.

* Cleveland Glenville, ranked No. 4 in Division I with OSU verbal DB Jamario O'Neal, wrapped up a share of its seventh straight Senate League title with a 35-12 win over Cleveland John F. Kennedy. Tim Conner had 128 yards and a touchdown and Curtis Smith scored on a 2-yard run for Glenville, which improved to 8-1.

* Warren Harding outlasted Massillon Washington 15-12 on Mario Manningham's 20-yard TD run in the second overtime. Manningham also caught six passes for 30 yards and a touchdown, and completed one pass in his only attempt.

* Canton GlenOak gained momentum for a possible playoff run with a 26-6 win over previously unbeaten Austintown Fitch. Fitch was averaging over 350 yards per game, but was held to a season-low 122. Kicker Brian McNew scored on a 5-yard fake field goal and also caught seven passes for 101 yards for GlenOak. Junior QB Mike Hartline, who completed passes to seven receivers, finished with 276 total yards, including 236 through the air. He completed 18-of-29 passes, ran for two touchdowns and threw a third.

* Kendell Davis rushed for three touchdowns in the first quarter as Alliance downed Canton Timken 54-0. Davis finished with 124 yards rushing on just nine carries. Alliance sophomore quarterback Charles Babb, who completed 3-of-4 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown, also had touchdown runs of 7 and 9 yards. His 10-yard TD pass went to Bylynn Hatcher.

* Centerville, ranked No. 3 in Division I, defeated Huber Heights Wayne 35-27. Tommy Tamaska had 221 yards and five touchdowns for the Elks (9-0). Wayne's Greg Orton, a Purdue verbal, had 226 yards receiving.

* Troy, with OSU verbal DL Todd Denlinger, defeated Kettering Fairmont 31-12 as Cody Boyd rushed for 174 yards and two touchdowns.

* Oakwood's Nick Lewis ran 29 times for 320 yards and six touchdowns as the Lumberjacks knocked off visiting Eaton 48-35 in high school football.

The 320 yards and six TDs are Oakwood school records. In the last three games, Lewis has run for 871 yards and 14 TDs. For the season, he unofficially has 1,570 yards and 29 TDs.

* Clayton Northmont QB Tyler Horner was 25 of 35 for 365 yards and six TDs in a 41-7 win over Greenville. As a team, Northmont threw for 407 yards. Justin Watkins caught eight passes for 114 yards in leading the T-Bolts (8-1).

* St. Henry, ranked fifth in Division V, defeated Versailles 24-17. Jon Hemmelgarn caught a 15-yard pass from Nate Stahl with 28 seconds left as the Redskins (8-1) scored 17 fourth-quarter points to defeat the Tigers in a big Midwest Athletic Conference game. The win gives St. Henry a good shot at making the Division V playoffs for the first time in five years. Versailles is 6-3 with three losses in their last four games.

* In the weekend's only battle of unbeatens, Huron knocked off Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic 7-0 in overtime. Huron is ranked No. 5 in Division IV.

* Columbus Brookhaven, ranked No. 2 in Division II, defeated Columbus Whetstone 48-9. LB Alex Daniels had an interception for the Bearcats, whose Mike McGee threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns.

* Westerville South sophomore QB Rocco Pentello completed 23 of 29 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for two TDs in a 49-7 win over Marysville. South (8-1) is ranked sixth in Division I.

* Amanda-Clearcreek, ranked No. 1 in Division V, got 135 yards and two TDs from Kent Phillips in a win over Canal Winchester. The Aces clinched a share of the Mid-State League Buckeye Division title.

* Ironton, ranked No. 1 in Division IV, defeated Belfry, Ky., 31-10.

* Steubenville, ranked No. 1 in Division III, beat Canton Central Catholic 26-0.

* Columbus Grove, ranked No. 1 in Division VI, stopped Paulding 58-36.

* Upper Arlington defeated Lancaster, with OSU verbal OL Jimmy Cordle, 34-33 in overtime. Lancaster fell to 7-2.

* Chagrin Falls, buoyed by an interception by WR-DB Brian Robiskie, defeated Aurora 42-31 to obtain at least a share of a Chagrin Valley Conference divisional title.

* Washington C.H. Miami Trace, ranked No. 9 in Division III, improved to 9-0 with a 49-13 win over Hillsboro. Junior QB Miles Schlichter was 12 of 18 passing for 184 yards and three TDs. He also rushed for 103 yards and a TD. On the year, Schlichter has now thrown for 1,443 yards and 16 TDs. He also has 456 yards and three TDs rushing.

Still Unbeaten

Over 700 schools began the season in Ohio high school football. But with three weeks remaining in the regular season, just 40 remain undefeated. Here is a division-by-division look at the remaining unbeatens in Ohio high school football (all teams 9-0 unless noted):

* Division I (4 teams) – Cincinnati St. Xavier, Cincinnati Colerain, Liberty Twp. Lakota East, Centerville.

* Division II (7 teams) – Macedonia Nordonia, Avon Lake, Amherst Steele, Columbus Brookhaven, New Philadelphia, Cincinnati Withrow, Springboro.

* Division III (6 teams) – Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, Hubbard (8-0), Napoleon, Steubenville, Lisbon Beaver, Washington C.H. Miami Trace.

* Division IV (4 teams) – Akron Manchester (8-0), Huron, Coldwater, Ironton, Martins Ferry (8-0).

* Division V (9 teams) – Gates Mills Gilmour Academy, Hamler Patrick Henry, Bluffton, Findlay Liberty-Benton, Amanda-Clearcreek, Johnstown Northridge, Lees Creek East Clinton, West Liberty-Salem, Marion Pleasant.

* Division VI (4 teams) – Columbus Grove, Bascom Hopewell-Loudon, New Matamoras Frontier (8-0), Dola Hardin Northern.

Week 10 Games To Watch

Akron Hoban hosts Warren Harding, Trotwood-Madison visits Troy, Cincinnati Colerain visits Cincinnati LaSalle, Cincinnati St. Xavier hosts Hamilton and Akron Buchtel hosts Akron Garfield. Also, Kettering Alter hosts Dayton Chaminade-Julienne. Alter stopped C-J 31-28 on a late field goal last year.

Cincinnati Elder hosts Cincinnati Oak Hills. Cleveland Glenville meets Cleveland John Marshall. Lancaster hosts Hilliard Darby, Canton GlenOak hosts Massillon Perry, Grove City Central Crossing hosts Westerville South and Cincinnati Moeller visits Cincinnati Princeton.

On Saturday, Lakewood St. Edward hosts Cleveland Benedictine at 2 p.m. St. Ed's spoiled Benedictine's unbeaten season with an 18-13 win last year. Canton McKinley visits Massillon Washington at 2 p.m. McKinley crushed Massillon 40-8 last year to snap a five-game losing streak to the Tigers, although Massillon retains a 59-47-5 edge in the historic series. Cleveland St. Ignatius hosts Washington (D.C.) Friendship-Edison Collegiate Academy at 7 p.m. at Lakewood.

In the final weekend of the regular season, there will be three match-ups of 9-0 teams (all on Friday). In the Southwestern Conference, Amherst Steele visits Avon Lake. In the Blanchard Valley Conference, Dola Hardin Northern travels to Findlay Liberty-Benton. And, in the Northwest Conference, Bluffton visits Columbus Grove.

OSU Verbals Outside Ohio

* Mission Viejo, Calif., with OSU verbals DL Ryan Williams and OL Kevin Bemoll, defeated Trabuco Hills 49-6. Teammate Mark Sanchez, a USC verbal, threw for 216 yards and three TDs. Mission Viejo (7-0) visits El Toro, with the game set at Trabuco Hills.

* Piscataway (N.J.) Township with WR-DB Malcolm Jenkins had a touchdown grab in his team's 36-6 win over Oldbridge. Piscataway (6-0) hosts North Brunswick Friday.

* OSU verbal DE Doug Worthington and his Athol Springs (N.Y.) St. Francis team defeated visiting Youngstown Chaney 28-7 to wrap up their regular season.

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