Brunswick 28, Toledo Whitmer 7 – RB Joe Francescangeli rushed for three touchdowns and carried 26 times for 162 yards. The Blue Devils were dominant in the trenches on both sides of the ball, outgaining Whitmer 354 yards to 103.
Canton McKinley 17, Canton GlenOak 7 – A crowd of 14,000 at Fawcett Stadium saw the Bulldogs win their seventh straight game and make it back to the state final eight. RB Ryan Brinson rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns for McKinley. GlenOak junior QB Mike Hartline was 19-for-34 for 243 yards and a TD, and rushed for 31 yards. He did throw an interception, but it was much different performance than the five-interception game he had in a 10-0 loss to McKinley back in Week 4. GlenOak ended up 8-4.
Cincinnati Colerain 35, Centerville 0 – In a battle of unbeatens before 16,127 at Miami's Yager Stadium, Colerain looked invincible. FB Mister Simpson carried 20 times for 194 yards and three touchdowns, after missing last week's 38-3 playoff opening win over Elder because of a tight hamstring. Quarterback Dominick Goodman rushed 17 times for 98 yards. Colerain held a 401-122 edge in total yards, 344 of that rushing. Colerain is ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 5 nationally by USA Today. The Cardinals have outscored opponents 577-79 this season.
Cincinnati Moeller 10, Cincinnati St. Xavier 7 – Moeller reached the state final eight for the first time since 1997 and avenged a regular season loss to St. X. Mike Carter made a 25-yard field goal and Chris Reisert had a 6-yard TD run for Moeller. St. X QB Rob Schoenhoft, an OSU verbal, was held to a season-low 47 yards on 5-of-19 passing. Moeller intercepted Schoenhoft three times. St. X ended up 11-1. Schoenhoft, who played in nine of St. X's 11 games, completed 77 of 158 passes (48.7 percent) for 1,206 yards and 13 TDs against six interceptions.
Cleveland Glenville 32, Lakewood St. Edward 7 – Glenville marched on to the third round for the first time in this match-up that pitted a pair of OSU verbals in DB Jamario O'Neal (Glenville) and OL Alex Boone (St. Ed). DE Curtis Smith recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score, while Freddie Lenix returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown and Alex Williamson had a 57-yard pick for a score. St. Ed ended up 10-2 on the field, but officially 6-6 after having to forfeit four games.
Cleveland St. Ignatius 34, Solon 7 – Continued the quest for an unprecedented 10th state championship. QB Rudy Kirbus completed 8 of 13 passes for 150 yards and four TDs, two of them going to Chris Rigo.
Hilliard Davidson 41, Westerville South 9 – TB Christen Haywood rushed for 233 yards and five TDs on 29 carries for Davidson.
Worthington Kilbourne 17, Dublin Scioto 13 – Kilbourne's Jordan Gafford scored all 17 of his team's points with TD runs of 57 and 20 yards, a 26-yard field goal and two PAT kicks.
Avon Lake 30, Amherst Steele 7 -- The top-ranked Shoremen, the defending state champs, extended the state's longest winning streak to 27 straight, once again beating their Southwestern Conference rival.
Brookhaven 38, Pickerington Central 0 – FB-LB Alex Daniels had a 1-yard TD run, while junior TE Jeff Cumberland caught two TD passes as well.
Copley 41, Macedonia Nordonia 38, 3OT – Copley junior tailback Delone Carter rushed for 271 yards on 47 carries and scored four touchdowns. Three of his scores came in the overtime sessions, including the game-winner on a 2-yard run on the night's final play. In the third overtime, the Copley defense came up with a stand and forced the Knights to settle for a 21-yard field goal by Cory Ramos. For Nordonia, tailback Jordan Mabin was hampered by an ankle injury and was held to 90 yards on 16 carries. He also scored two touchdowns. Knights quarterback Jeff Pankratz completed 18-of-28 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns.
Dayton Carroll 21, Springboro 20 -- An estimated crowd of 7,000 at Welcome Stadium saw Carroll duplicate its win over Springboro from the regular season. With 13 seconds to go, a 40-yard field-goal attempt by Springboro's Zach Johnson was wide right. It was the 10th straight win for the Patriots. Lyle Garrison led Carroll with 134 yards rushing on 24 carries.
Uniontown Lake 24, Louisville 0 – Lake CB Ben Chlebina intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown to put the game away in the fourth quarter. He also recovered a fumble that finally ignited Lake's offense to its first TD earlier in the fourth. And he broke up two passes, had a hand in a nice fourth-down stop and was in on a number of other plays.
Other Scores -- Cincinnati Glen Este 32, Jackson 13; Tallmadge 42, Maple Hts. 12; Tiffin Columbian 30, Maumee 6.
Cleveland Benedictine 42, Akron Hoban 28 -- The defending champions rolled on, while it was the end of the line for Hoban's record-setting running back Tyrell Sutton. Sutton, Ohio's all-time leading rusher bound for Northwestern, had 46 carries for 267 yards and a touchdown. Sutton ended his season with 3,248 yards and 38 touchdowns. His career total of 9,447 yards is an Ohio record. Benedictine DB Joe Cigas intercepted two passes and scored on a Sutton fumble in the fourth quarter.
"I loved it,'' said Sutton, whose team ended up 10-2. "I loved playing for Hoban. I loved playing with these guys."
Columbus DeSales 42, Pemberville Eastwood 7 – Justin Moore rushed for 102 yards and scored three TDs for DeSales.
Columbus Watterson 28, Bellevue 6 – Sam Jacobs had 80 yards and two TDs for Watterson. Bellevue's Greg Keys had 129 yards on 23 carries.
Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 31, Mentor Lake Catholic 28 -- QB Doug Snider hit WR Mike Chambers with a 16-yard TD pass with 18 seconds to lead Walsh Jesuit to the win. The triumph also avenged a 34-13 home loss to Lake Catholic on Oct. 24 Snider threw for four TDs for Walsh Jesuit.
Dayton Chaminade-Julienne 48, Kettering Alter 24 – C-J won before a crowd of nearly 4,500 at Welcome Stadium. Quarterback Matt Bruggeman heated up the shivering C-J fans, throwing for 317 yards on 18 of 32 passes. WR John Bonner grabbed seven passes for 146 yards, while Brandon Harrison caught five passes for 111 yards. Harrison, a Notre Dame verbal, also rushed for 129 yards in 12 carries, caught three touchdown passes and ran for a 77-yard score.
Other Scores -- Canal Fulton NW 31, Alliance 14; St. Marys Memorial 28, Cin. Indian Hill 13; Thornville Sheridan 22, Steubenville 18.
Coldwater 41, Delta 35, OT – Top-ranked Coldwater survived as QB Steve Borger threw a 5-yard TD pass to Ross Homan. Borger was 15 for 22 passing for 205 yards and 3 TDs. Homan also had a 7-yard TD run.
Versailles 28, Spring. Kenton Ridge 0 – The defending champions jumped ahead 14-0 in the second quarter on two quick TDs by Curtis Wourms – a 14-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tony McNeilan and then a 34-yard interception return.
Youngs. Liberty 6, Youngs. Ursuline 0 – Brian Jones had the game's only TD on a 3-yard run.
Other Scores -- Huron 20, Tontogany Otsego 14, OT; Martins Ferry 37, Bellaire 7; New Albany 10, Ironton 0; Plain City Jonathan Alder 35, Reading 7; Youngstown Mooney 42, Chagrin Falls 13.
Amanda-Clearcreek 16, W. Lafayette Ridgewood 0 – Carlos Del Angel kicked three field goals for A-C.
St. Henry 35, Cols. Hartley 7 -- Running back Jon Hemmelgarn rushed for 240 yards on 34 carries, 7 yards per pop, and five touchdowns.
Between, Coldwater, Versailles, St. Henry and New Bremen, the Midwest Athletic Conference has four teams in the regional finals and is 8-0 in the postseason.
Other Scores -- Hamler Patrick Henry 45, Findlay Liberty-Benton 32; Lees Creek E. Clinton 21, W. Liberty-Salem 10; Liberty Center 27, Bluffton 0; N. Lima S. Range 24, Dalton 9; Smithville 32, Gates Mills Gilmour 3; Wheelersburg 34, Johnstown Northridge 18.
Dola Hardin Northern 27, Spring. Cath. Cent. 13 – Northern rallied from down 13-0. Damien Plaugher ran back a 39-yard punt for a score. The Polar Bears drew even at 13-all as time expired in the first half when quarterback Justin Crossman hooked up with Micheal Ridgeway for a 6-yard touchdown pass.
Hicksville 26, Columbus Grove 19 – The defending champions were ousted.
New Bremen 34, Mechanicsburg 25 – New Bremen scored on a 32-yard run by Troy Lammers, a 43-yard jaunt by Chris Grant and a 60-yard pass from quarterback Alex Leugers to Scott Steineman to forge a 20-7 halftime lead. Then, the first play of the fourth quarter, New Bremen quarterback Alex Leugers connected with halfback Troy Lammers on a 61-yard TD pass.
Other Scores -- Danville 7, Lancaster Fisher Cath. 6; McComb 14, Bascom Hopewell-Loudon 13; Monroeville 10, Leetonia 7; Norwalk St. Paul 48, Cle. Cuyahoga Hts. 7; Willow Wood Symmes Valley 16, Newark Cath. 3.
Regional Finals Pairings
DIVISION IAll Games at 7 p.m. Saturday Region 1 At Lakewood Stadium (5) Cle. Glenville (11-1) vs. (3) Cle. St. Ignatius (10-2) – St. Ignatius squeaked by 24-21 in the opening round last year. Region 2 At Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium (5) Can. McKinley (9-3) vs. (7) Brunswick (9-3) Region 3 At Upper Arlington Moorhead Memorial Stadium (4) Worthington Kilbourne (10-2) vs. (6) Hilliard Davidson (11-1) Region 4 At Miami University Yaeger Stadium (4) Cin. Moeller (10-2) vs. (3) Cin. Colerain (12-0) – Colerain dropped the last two regional finals to two-time state champion Cincinnati Elder. DIVISION II All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday Region 5 At Ravenna Stadium/Gilcrest Field (1) Tallmadge (11-1) vs. (3) Copley (10-2) – Copley won 25-16 in Week 5. Region 6 At Fremont Ross Harmon Stadium (1) Avon Lake (12-0) vs. (7) Tiffin Columbian (10-2) Region 7 At Mansfield Senior Arlin Field (5) Uniontown Lake (10-2) vs. (2) Cols. Brookhaven (12-0) – Brookhaven defeated Lake 21-14 in a playoff opener last year. Region 8 At Cin. Princeton Mancuso Field/Viking Stadium (5) Cin. Glen Este (11-1) vs. (2) Dayton Carroll (11-1) DIVISION III All Games at 7 p.m. Saturday Region 9 At Bedford Stewart Field/Bearcat Stadium (4) Cle. Benedictine (9-3) vs. (3) Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (9-3) – Walsh Jesuit won 34-10 in Week 8. Region 10 At Dublin Coffman Field (5) Cols. DeSales (8-4) vs. (3) Cols. Watterson (10-2) – Watterson has won six straight against its crosstown rival. Watterson won 17-0 in Week 7 this year and also turned back rival DeSales 9-6 in overtime in a regional semifinal last year. Region 11 At Newcomerstown Lee Stadium (4) Thornville Sheridan (11-1) vs. (3) Canal Fulton Northwest (11-1) – Northwest defeated Sheridan 28-26 in a regional semifinal last year. Region 12 At Troy Memorial Stadium (5) St. Marys Memorial (11-1) vs. (3) Dayton Chaminade-Julienne (9-3) DIVISION IV All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday Region 13 At Youngs. Austintown-Fitch Falcon Stadium (4) Youngs. Liberty (11-1) vs. (3) Youngs. Mooney (9-2) Region 14 At Fostoria Memorial Stadium (1) Huron (12-0) vs. (2) Coldwater (12-0) Region 15 At Zanesville Sulsberger Memorial Stadium (4) New Albany (11-1) vs. (2) Martins Ferry (11-0) Region 16 At Dayton Welcome Stadium (1) Plain City Jonathan Alder (10-1) vs. (7) Versailles (9-3) DIVISION V All Games at 7 p.m. Saturday Region 17 At Canton Cent. Cath. Stadium (5) Smithville (11-1) vs. (6) N. Lima S. Range (11-1) Region 18 At Lima Senior Stadium (1) Hamler Patrick Henry (12-0) vs. (3) Liberty Center (11-1) – Patrick Henry won 24-12 in Week 4. Region 19 At Jackson Alumni Stadium (1) Amanda-Clearcreek (12-0) vs. (2) Wheelersburg (11-1) Region 20 At Sidney Memorial Stadium (8) St. Henry (11-1) vs. (3) Lees Creek E. Clinton (11-1) DIVISION VI All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday Region 21 At Elyria Ely Stadium (1) Monroeville (11-1) vs. (2) Norwalk St. Paul (10-2) – Monroeville won 19-6 in Week 5. Region 22 At Findlay Donnell Stadium (5) McComb (9-3) vs. (3) Hicksville (11-1) Region 23 At Lancaster Fulton Field (8) Danville (10-2) vs. (2) Willow Wood Symmes Valley (10-1) Region 24 At Wapakoneta Harmon Field (4) New Bremen (9-3) vs. (2) Dola Hardin Northern (11-1)
OSU Verbals Outside Ohio
* Mission Viejo, Calif., with OG Kevin Bemoll and DE Ryan Williams finished its regular season with a 42-10 victory over Dana Hills. It marked the fourth straight undefeated season for the Diablos. QB Mark Sanchez, headed to USC, completed 12 of 18 passes for 181 yards and three TDs.
* Piscataway, N.J., with DB Malcolm Jenkins, rolled to a 41-0 playoff win over Union. Jenkins had a 52-yard punt return for a score.
* Athol Springs (N.Y.) St. Francis, with DE Doug Worthington, has wrapped up its season with a 9-2 mark.