Ohio Preps: Week 10 Recap, Playoff Preview

The regular season of Ohio high school football came to a thrilling conclusion last weekend, particularly for Lancaster and OSU verbal Jimmy Cordle. The Golden Gales won a five overtime marathon with Hilliard Darby. Click this free link for a recap of Week 10 as well as a list of unbeatens, the playoff pairings and picks on the state champs.

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

* Cincinnati Colerain, ranked No. 1 in Division I and No. 5 nationally by USA Today, wrapped up a perfect regular season with a 35-7 win over Cincinnati LaSalle. QB Dominick Goodman ran 25 times for 123 yards and a TD. Fullback Mister Simpson rushed 12 times for 79 yards and two TDs.

* Cincinnati Moeller downed rival Cincinnati Princeton 37-22. Derico Murray returned an interception 97 yards for a touchdown and three different Moeller passers threw TD passes as Moeller won its 13th straight game over Princenton and improved its record in the series to 36-7.

* Trenton Edgewood QB Matt Root set a school passing record, leading the Cougars to a 29-7 victory over Oxford Talawanda. Root completed 5 of 12 passes for 134 yards to increase his career yardage record to 3,119. Running back John Elder compiled 142 yards and two touchdowns, and Root added 51 yards on the ground.

* West Chester Lakota West downed Cincinnati Anderson 38-21. West senior quarterback Dane Romero had 160 yards rushing on 17 carries with a 69-yard touchdown, and junior running back Dexter Mitchell had 20 carries for 155 yards and one touchdown.

* Fairfield downed Winton Woods 33-19. RB Kenton Sneed carried the ball 39 times for 265 yards and two touchdowns to lead Fairfield.

* Cincinnati St. Xavier QB Rob Schoenhoft, an OSU verbal, completed 6 of 14 passes for 95 yards and two TDs in his team's 42-6 win over Hamilton. Schoenhoft ended the regular season with 1,159 yards passing and 13 TDs against three interceptions. St. X, ranked No. 2 in Division I, ended the regular season 10-0.

* Cincinnati Withrow also ended up 10-0 with a 42-22 win over Cincinnati Taft. QB Dante Love completed 19 of 26 passes for 332 yards and three TDs. He also rushed eight times for 45 yards and two more TDs.

* Cincinnati Elder turned back Cincinnati Oak Hills 49-19. Senior quarterback Craig Carey rushed for 102 yards on 14 carries and three touchdown runs and also got a touchdown pass from receiver Ben Wittwer. Wittwer had six receptions for 143 yards and one touchdown.

* Mason dashed previously unbeaten Liberty Twp. Lakota East's postseason hopes for the second straight year Friday with a 14-7 overtime win. Mason's Kyle Nagengast ran for 129 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown run in overtime, as the Comets clinched their second straight playoff berth.

* Kettering Alter stunned Dayton Chaminade-Julienne 21-14 in overtime to win the Greater Catholic League North Division title. Alter's Danny Fortener had a 1-yard TD run before Joe Braner intercepted a C-J pass to end the game in overtime.

* Clayton Northmont QB Tyler Horner completed 25 of 38 passes for 402 yards and a school-record eight TDs in a 74-15 rout of Springfield North. Northmont finished 9-1, but missed the Division I playoffs.

* Centerville, ranked No. 3 in Division I, improved to 10-0 and won the Greater Western Ohio Conference Eastern Division title with a 35-20 win over Beavercreek. Tommy Tamaska led the offense for the Elks with 137 yards, rushing on 27 carries and three touchdowns. He has 1,760 yards and 34 touchdowns on the season.

* Troy, with OSU verbal DL Todd Denlinger, punched its ticket for the Division I playoffs with a 49-14 win over Trotwood-Madison. Senior running back Cody Body rumbled for 217 yards rushing and scored on runs of 41, 6 and 2 yards. Ben Merkert added TD runs of 75 and 6 yards.

* Springfield South junior QB Brennan Glass went over the 3,000-yard mark in passing for the season in his team's 38-29 win over Xenia. Glass was 22 of 33 passing for 382 yards and five TDs. For the season he was 210 of 355 (59.2 percent) passing for 3,057 yards and 29 TDs. Luke Alexander had six catches for 175 yards and three TDs. For the year he had 56 catches for 1,181 yard and 11 TDs.

* Canton GlenOak slid past Massillon Perry 24-17 to improve to 7-3 and punch its ticket for the Division I playoffs. Junior QB Mike Hartline completed 17 of 23 passes for 237 yards and two TDs against three interceptions.

* Canton McKinley defeated rival Massillon Washington 20-7 before 14,903 at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in the 112th meeting of Ohio's two winningest programs. McKinley defeated Massillon for the second straight year, although the Tigers maintain a 59-48-5 edge in the all-time series.

Senior tailback-safety Ryan Brinson led the way with his fourth game this season of more than 200 yards. He carved out 203 yards to become the school's single-season rushing leader with 1,685 yards. He scored all three McKinley touchdowns and intercepted a pass. McKinley ended up 7-3 on the year and qualified for the Division I playoffs.

* In another storied rivalry, New Philadelphia defeated Dover 21-20 in overtime before 10,000 at Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium. The win gave New Philly, ranked No. 4 in Division II, a narrow 46-45-9 edge in the all-time series between these two rivals. The Quakers also finished the year 10-0 and won the East Central Ohio League title.

New Philly's Alex Meiser scored on a 1-yard TD run and Arthur Zurcher hit the PAT kick for a 21-14 win in overtime. Dover then scored on QB Daniel Ifft's 4-yard TD run. But Dover attempted a fake off a PAT kick to try and get the win, but the ball carrier was tackled at the 2.

* Akron Buchtel turned back Akron Garfield 42-21 before 5,500 at the Rubber Bowl. Buchtel running back Bryan Williams rushed for a season-high 259 yards and three touchdowns and now has 1,596 yards for the season. Garfield junior RB Chris Wells had 205 yards and two TDs. One of Wells' TDs was a 92-yarder. He also had a 41-yard TD catch.

* Warren Harding finished the regular season 8-2 with a 49-35 win over Akron Hoban. Hoban senior Tyrell Sutton, a Northwestern verbal and favorite for the Mr. Football award, had 406 yards rushing and four TDs on 34 carries. Harding sophomore running back Dan Herron rushed for 279 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries. Mario Manningham, a Michigan recruit, caught only two first-half passes for 48 yards, but both went for touchdowns. He ended up with five catches for 81 yards and ran for 55 yards and a touchdown.

Sutton now has 8,991 yards in his career. On the year, he has 2,800 yards and 32 TDs on 281 carries. He extended his string of 100-yard games to 36 straight contests.

* Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit's Mike Chambers had a TD catch and a 45-yard interception return for a score in his team's 21-6 win over Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary.

* In a battle of unbeatens for the Blanchard Valley Conference championship, Findlay Liberty-Benton blanked Dola Hardin Northern 35-0. Michael Bush had two TD runs and QB Shawn Martien hit Brook Crawford with a pair of TD passes in the win for Liberty-Benton, which won its first league title since 1978.

* Another battle of unbeatens in the Northwest Conference saw Bluffton stop Columbys Grove 26-7. QB Jarod Davies was 17 of 23 for 194 yards and two touchdowns for Bluffton. Columbus Grove's Blaine Maag went over 6,000 yards in his career, but was held to just 82 yards and one TD on 26 carries in the game. Columbus Grove, the defending Division VI state champions, saw its 24-game winning streak snapped.

* Coldwater moved into the top spot in the Division IV poll, improved to 10-0 and won the Midwest Athletic Conference crown with a 14-7 win over Delphos St. John's. Coldwater coach John Reed won his 100th game for the Cavaliers. Ross Homan had two of sacks on defense to go with 101 yards rushing and 74-yard TD catch on offense for Coldwater.

* Lancaster, with OSU verbal OL Jimmy Cordle, cemented its Division I playoff berth and an 8-2 record with a 69-68 five-overtime win over Hilliard Darby. Cory Cook had three TD runs and Ryan Marcus had the 2-yard game winner in the fifth OT. Joel Scipio had 247 yards and scored three of his seven TDs in the overtime periods for Darby.

* Westerville South, ranked sixth in Division I, defeated Grove City Central Crossing 28-0. Sophomore QB Rocco Pentello completed 18 of 29 passes for 335 yards and three TDs.

* Columbus Brookhaven, ranked No. 2 in Division II, improved to 10-0 and won the City League North title with a 35-0 win over Columbus Mifflin. QB Mike McGee threw for two TDs and LB Alex Daniels returned an interception 72 yards for a TD.

* Columbus DeSales downed previously unbeaten Ironton 17-14. DeSales rallied from down 11 and took the lead on Matt Mangini's 36-yard TD pass to Heath Killilea with 6:08 left. Ironton dropped from No. 1 to No. 4 in this week's Division IV poll.

* Amanda-Clearcreek, ranked No. 1 in Division V, stopped Columbus Hamilton Twp. 35-6. Kent Phillips ran 19 times for 155 yards and three TDs as the Aces improved to 10-0 and won the Mid-State League Buckeye Division title.

* Washington C.H. Miami Trace, ranked fifth in Division III, wrapped up the South Central Ohio League title with a 42-6 win over Washington C.H. Junior QB Miles Schlichter was 9 of 14 passing for 206 yards and two TDs. For the year, he threw for 1,649 yards with 18 TDs and three interceptions. Teammate Dominique Smith had 120 yards and three TD runs for the Panthers.

* Middletown WR Andre Amos, an OSU verbal, had four catches for 85 yards and also notched an interception in his team's 34-0 win over Mason County, Ky. For the year, Amos had 32 catches for 502 yards and five TDs. He also had five interceptions for the year.

* Cleveland Glenville, ranked No. 4 in Division I, ended up 9-1 and won a Senate League title after its 55-7 win over Cleveland John Marshall. Glenville, which features OSU verbal DL Jamario O'Neal, got three rushing TDs from Tim Conner and Freddie Lenix returned a fumble 17 yards for a score.

* In a battle of unbeatens in the Southwestern Conference, Avon Lake trounced Amherst Steele 31-7 before a crowd of 6,500. Bobby Doyle had 186 yards and four TDs for Avon Lake, which is ranked No. 1 in Division II. Avon Lake's 25-game winning streak is the state's longest active streak and the Shoremen captured their eighth straight league title.

* Lakewood St. Edward, with OSU verbal OL Alex Boone, needed a Week 10 win over Cleveland Benedictine to get to 5-5 and qualify for the Division I playoffs. That is precisely what happened as St. Ed, which had to forfeit four of the nine games it won this year, defeated Benedictine 38-24. Senior DBs Joe Kleinsmith and Jacob Reichard each had interception returns for scores, while RB Paxton Rose had 225 yards and two TDs on 30 carries. Benedictine's Jahmal Brown had 123 yards and two TD runs.

Still Unbeaten

Over 700 schools began the season in Ohio high school football. But with three weeks remaining in the regular season, just 25 remain undefeated. Here is a division-by-division look at the remaining unbeatens in Ohio high school football (all teams 10-0 unless noted):

* Division I (3 teams) – Cincinnati St. Xavier, Cincinnati Colerain, Centerville.

* Division II (4 teams) – Avon Lake, Columbus Brookhaven, New Philadelphia, Cincinnati Withrow.

* Division III (4 teams) – Hubbard (9-0), Steubenville, Lisbon Beaver, Washington C.H. Miami Trace.

* Division IV (4 teams) – Akron Manchester (9-0), Huron, Coldwater, Martins Ferry (9-0).

* Division V (8 teams) – Gates Mills Gilmour Academy, Hamler Patrick Henry, Bluffton, Findlay Liberty-Benton, Amanda-Clearcreek, Johnstown Northridge, West Liberty-Salem, Marion Pleasant.

* Division VI (2 teams) – Bascom Hopewell-Loudon, New Matamoras Frontier (9-0).

OHSAA Playoffs

Below are the pairings for the OHSAA playoffs (seeds within each division in parentheses). The opening rounds are played at the home field of the higher seed. Neutral sites will then be used for the next four rounds. The state championships are set for Dec. 3-4 in Canton and Massillon.

Division I

All Games at 7 p.m. Saturday

* Region 1 --
(8) Lakewood St. Edward (5-5) at (1) Warren G. Harding (8-2) ; (5) Cleve. Glenville (9-1) at (4) Youngstown Austintown Fitch (9-1); (7) Shaker Hts. (8-2) at (2) Solon (9-1); (6) Strongsville (8-2) at (3) Cleve. St. Ignatius (8-2) at Parma Byers Field.

* Region 2 -- (8) Canton GlenOak (7-3) at (1) Tol. St. Francis (8-2) at Toledo Waite Mollenkopf Stadium; (5) Canton McKinley (7-3) at (4) Green (8-2); (7) Brunswick (7-3) at (2) Hudson (8-2); (6) Tol. Whitmer (7-3) at (3) Massillon Jackson (7-3).

* Region 3 -- (8) Dublin Coffman (7-3) at (1) Dublin Scioto (8-2); (5) Wooster (9-1) at (4) Worthington Kilbourne (8-2); (7) Troy (7-3) at (2) Westerville South (9-1); (6) Hilliard Davidson (9-1) at (3) Lancaster (8-2).

* Region 4 -- (8) Cin. LaSalle (6-4) at (1) Cin. St. Xavier (10-0); (5) West Chester Lakota West (8-2) at (4) Cin. Moeller (8-2) at Cincinnati Princeton Mancuso Field; (7) Mason (8-2) at (2) Centerville (10-0); (6) Cin. Elder (7-3) at (3) Cin. Colerain (10-0).

* Overview -- Five of OSU's seven verbals from Ohio will be in action in this division with Schoenhoft (St. X), Denlinger (Troy), Cordle (Lancaster), Boone (St. Ed's) and O'Neal (Glenville). OSU verbal Brian Hartline's GlenOak team is also in, but he is out for the year with a leg injury … St. Ed had to forfeit four games, including an earlier 45-12 win at Harding. That result adds intrigue to their first round match-up … Dublin Scioto knocked district rival Coffman out of the playoffs in the Regional finals last year, then beat Coffman 23-21 this year. They meet in the opening round this time at Scioto …All three of the division's unbeatens are in Region 4 (Southwest Ohio). Colerain gets a rematch with two-time defending champion Elder, whom it beat 21-3 to open the season. Then, if the seeds hold, Colerain could face unbeatens Centerville and St. X in successive weeks to get out to the state final four … None of the eight teams in Region 2 have a record better than 8-2, but Region 4 is so tough that Clayton Northmont (9-1) couldn't get in … St. Ignatius will be gunning for a record 10th state title, coming out of tough Region 1.

* Steve's Pick -- The Colerain machine over Lakewood St. Edward in the finals.

Division II

All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday

* Region 5 --
(8) Parma Normandy (8-2) at (1) Tallmadge (9-1); (5) Willoughby South (8-2) at (4) Maple Hts. (9-1); (7) Garfield Hts. (9-1) at (2) Macedonia Nordonia (9-1); (6) Akron Garfield (8-2) at (3) Copley (8-2)

* Region 6 -- (8) Oregon Clay (8-2) at (1) Avon Lake (10-0); (5) Sylvania Southview (9-1) at (4) Amherst Steele (9-1); (7) Tiffin Columbian (8-2) at (2) Tol. Central Cath. (8-2) at Tol. Start Spartan Stadium; (6) Powell Olentangy Liberty (8-2) at (3) Maumee (8-2).

* Region 7 -- (8) Louisville (8-2) at New Philadelphia (10-0); (5) Uniontown Lake (8-2) at (4) Carrollton (9-1); (7) Canfield (7-3) at (2) Cols. Brookhaven (10-0); (6) Cols. Marion-Franklin (9-1) at (3) Pickerington Central (9-1).

* Region 8 -- (8) Jackson (8-2) at (1) Cin. Withrow (10-0); (5) Cin. Glen Este (9-1) at (4) Kings Mills Kings (8-2) at Cincinnati Galbreath Stadium; (7) Cin. Mount Healthy (8-2) at (2) Dayton Carroll (9-1); (6) Norwood (9-1) at (3) Springboro (9-1).

* Overview -- In Region 5, Maple Heights' lone loss was to Lakewood St. Edward … Also look out for Akron Garfield and top junior RB Chris Wells there … Defending champion Avon Lake, with 25 straight wins, is the class of Region 6 … Unbeatens New Philadelphia and Columbus Brookhaven could be on a collision course in Region 7, while Pickerington Central – under coach Jay Sharrett – has made the playoffs in each of its first two years of existence.

* Steve's Pick -- Avon Lake repeats by defeating Columbus Brookhaven in the finals.

Division III

All Games at 7 p.m. Saturday

* Region 9 --
(8) Akron Buchtel (8-2) at (1) Akron Hoban (8-2); (5) Hunting Valley University School (8-2) at (4) Cleve. Benedictine (7-3) at Bedford Bearcat Stadium; (7) Hubbard (9-0) at (2) Mentor Lake Cath. (8-2) at Mentor High School; (6) Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (9-1) at (3) Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (7-3).

* Region 10 -- (8) Pemberville Eastwood (9-1) at (1) Napoleon (9-1); (5) Cols. St. Francis DeSales (6-4) at (4) Lima Shawnee (9-1); (7) Cols. Eastmoor Academy (9-1) at (2) Bellevue (9-1); (6) Clyde (8-2) at (3) Cols. Watterson (8-2).

* Region 11 -- (8) Beloit West Branch (6-3-1) at (1) Steubenville (10-0); (5) Cambridge (8-1) at (4) Thornville Sheridan (9-1); (7) Alliance (8-2) at (2) Lisbon Beaver (10-0); (6) McArthur Vinton County (8-2) at (3) Canal Fulton Northwest (9-1).

* Region 12 -- (8) Circleville Logan Elm (8-2) at (1) Cin. Indian Hill (9-1) at Kettering Fairmont Foreman Field; (5) St. Marys Memorial (9-1) at (4) Bellbrook (7-2); (7) Circleville (8-2) at (2) Kettering Alter (8-2); (6) Washington Court House Miami Trace (10-0) at (3) Dayton Chaminade-Julienne (7-3) at site TBD.

* Overview -- In Region 9, look out for defending champion Cleveland Benedictine, which has five state titles … Mr. Football favorite Tyrell Sutton and Akron Hoban could meet Benedictine in the second round … In Region 12, Circleville's two losses were to unbeatens Amanda-Clearcreek and Miami Trace. Circleville could get a second round rematch with Trace, provided the Tigers get by Kettering Alter and Trace downs Dayton Chaminade-Julienne, which lost two of its last three games without injured star RB Javon Ringer.

* Steve's Pick -- Sutton will power Akron Hoban to the state title with a win over Steubenville.

Division IV All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday * Region 13 -- (8) Youngstown Ursuline (6-4) at (1) Akron Manchester (9-0); (5) Orrville (7-3) at (4) Youngstown Liberty (9-1); (7) Massillon Tuslaw (8-2) at (2) Chagrin Falls (8-2); (6) Garrettsville Garfield (9-1) at (3) Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (7-2) at YSU Stambaugh Stadium.

* Region 14 -- (8) Upper Sandusky (8-2) at (1) Huron (10-0); (5) Rossford (7-3) at (4) Tontogany Otsego (9-1); (7) Avon (8-2) at (2) Coldwater (10-0); (6) Delta (8-2) at (3) Urbana (9-1).

* Region 15 -- (8) Williamsport Westfall (7-3) at (1) Ironton (9-1); (5) Portsmouth (7-3) at (4) New Albany (9-1); (7) Zanesville West Muskingum (6-4) at (2) Martins Ferry (9-0); (6) Wellston (7-3) at (3) Bellaire (7-3) at Steubenville Harding Stadium.

* Region 16 -- (8) Cin. Finneytown (5-5) at (1) Plain City Jonathan Alder (8-1); (5) Dayton Oakwood (7-3) at (4) Reading (6-4); (7) Versailles (7-3) at (2) Clarksville Clinton-Massie (8-2); (6) Carlisle (6-3) at (3) Springfield Kenton Ridge (9-1).

* Overview -- In Region 13, watch out for Cardinal Mooney, which has four state titles … Ursuline, in as the eighth seed there with star RB Alex Allen, could also be dangerous … In Region 15, Ironton has two state titles under coach Bob Lutz but hasn't won one since 1989 … In Region 16, the darkhorse could be defending champion Versailles. The Tigers, who have six state titles, made it in as the seven seed.

* Steve's Pick -- Coldwater ran the table in the MAC, so why can't they do it in the playoffs? Give me Coldwater over New Albany and former Watterson coaching legend Mike Golden.

Division V

All Games at 7 p.m. Saturday except as noted

* Region 17 --
(8) Warren John F. Kennedy (8-2) at (1) Gates Mills Gilmour Academy (10-0) at 1 p.m.; (5) Smithville (9-1) at (4) Columbiana Crestview (8-1); (7) Dalton (8-2) at (2) Mineral Ridge (9-1); (6) North Lima South Range (9-1) at (3) Rootstown (9-1).

* Region 18 -- (8) Defiance Tinora (6-4) at (1) Patrick Henry (10-0); (5) Findlay Liberty-Benton (10-0) at (4) Ashland Crestview (9-1); (7) Sycamore Mohawk (7-3) at (2) Bluffton (10-0); (6) Sherwood Fairview (8-2) at (3) Liberty Center (9-1).

* Region 19 -- (8) Nelsonville-York (7-3) at (1) Amanda-Clearcreek (10-0); (5) Chesapeake (8-2) at (4) West Lafayette Ridgewood (9-1); (7) Steubenville Cath. Central (6-4) at (2) Wheelersburg (9-1); (6) Crooksville (8-2) at (3) Johnstown Northridge (10-0).

* Region 20 -- (8) St. Henry (9-1) at (1) Marion Pleasant (10-0); (5) Anna (9-1) at (4) Cols. Hartley (7-2); (7) Middletown Fenwick (8-2) at (2) West Liberty-Salem (10-0); (6) Chillicothe Zane Trace (9-1) at (3) Lees Creek East Clinton (9-1).

* Overview -- Defending champion Columbus Academy is the only defending champ not to return … In Region 19, Amanda-Clearcreek views itself as the uncrowned champions after last year's controversial state title game loss to Academy. But Wheelersburg could be a tough out in that Regional final. The Pirates dropped their opener to rival Ironton, then won nine straight … Maybe the best first-round match-up in the state comes in Region 20, where top seed Marion Pleasant and No. 8 seed St. Henry collide. The teams have a combined seven state titles. St. Henry's only loss was to Coldwater in the MAC … There will be a lot of heartbreak in this division with half the 16-team field still dreaming of a perfect 15-0 season. Eight of the state's 25 remaining unbeatens are here. Three of them could collide in Region 18.

* Steve's Pick -- This is the hardest one to pick with so many good to great teams. But I'll go with the chalk: Amanda-Clearcreek over Hamler Patrick Henry in the finals.

Division VI

All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday

* Region 21 --
(8) Richmond Hts. (7-3) at (1) Monroeville (9-1); (5) Leetonia (8-2) at (4) Malvern (7-3); (7) Mogadore (6-4) at (2) Norwalk St. Paul (8-2); (6) Cleve. Cuyahoga Hts. (8-2) at (3) Sandusky St. Mary (8-2).

* Region 22 -- (8) Northwood (5-5) at (1) Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (10-0); (5) McComb (7-3) at (4) Attica Seneca East (8-2); (7) Defiance Ayersville (6-4) at (2) Cols. Grove (9-1); (6) Pandora-Gilboa (6-4) at (3) Hicksville (9-1).

* Region 23 -- (8) Danville (8-2) at (1) New Matamoras Frontier (9-0); (5) Lancaster Fisher Cath. (7-3) at (4) Glouster Trimble (9-1); (7) Zanesville Rosecrans (8-2) at (2) Willow Wood Symmes Valley (8-1); (6) Marion Cath. (8-2) at (3) Newark Cath. (8-2).

* Region 24 -- (8) Union City Mississinawa Valley (5-5) at (1) Mechanicsburg (9-1); (5) Troy Christian (7-3) at (4) New Bremen (7-3); (7) Cin. Country Day (6-4) at (2) Dola Hardin Northern (9-1); (6) Springfield Cath. Central (6-4) at (3) DeGraff Riverside (8-2).

* Overview -- Defending champion Columbus Grove (Region 22) had won 24 straight before a Week 10 loss to Bluffton … In Region 23, look out for Newark Catholic, which has seven state titles. The Green Wave's two losses were to Amanda-Clearcreek and Lancaster Fisher Catholic. They could get a Regional final rematch with Fisher … In Region 24, a pair of 9-1 teams had their only losses to unbeaten Division V teams with Mechanicsburg (lost to West Liberty-Salem) and Dola Hardin Northern (lost to Findlay Liberty-Benton).

* Steve's Pick -- You'd say Columbus Grove, but they may be banged up. Give me Newark Catholic for No. 8, over Bascom Hopewell-Loudon.

OSU Verbals Outside Ohio

* Mission Viejo, Calif., with OSU verbals DL Ryan Williams and OL Kevin Bemoll, defeated El Toro 62-0. USC verbal Mark Sanchez threw for 237 yards and a score. Mission Viejo (8-0) hosts San Clemente Friday.

* Piscataway (N.J.) Township with WR-DB Malcolm Jenkins had a touchdown grab in his team's 48-0 win over North Brunswick. Piscataway (7-0) meets Sayreville Friday.

* OSU verbal DE Doug Worthington and his Athol Springs (N.Y.) St. Francis team advanced in the playoffs with a 40-17 win over Canisius. Worthington had a TD catch in the win.


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