Ohio Preps Rdp.: Regional Finals Recap

We look back at the Ohio high school football regional finals and ahead to the state semifinals this weekend. One team that advanced is undefeated Columbus Brookhaven, with LB Alex Daniels, in Division II.

Here is a look back at the regional finals in Ohio high school football and a look ahead at this weekend's state semifinals:

DIVISION I

Can. McKinley 35, Brunswick 14 -- The Bulldogs rallied from a 14-7 deficit to win their eighth straight game and advanced to the state semifinals for the first time since winning a second straight state title. Ryan Brinson led the way with 236 yards and three TDs on 25 carries. Senior fullback Theo Goodright added a career-high 136 yards and a TD on 13 carries.

Cincinnati Colerain 34, Cincinnati Moeller 6 – Colerain rolled to the state semis for the first time since 2000 before a crowd of 21,541 at Miami's Yager Stadium behind the play of QB Dominick Goodman (29 carries, 168 yards, two TDs) and Michigan-bound FB Mister Simpson (14 carries, 60 yards, TD).

Cleveland Glenville 22, Cleveland St. Ignatius 14 – The Tarblooders avenged a 24-21 loss to St. Ignatius in last year's playoffs and became the first Cleveland Senate League team to reach the state semis. The game was played before a crowd of 11,000 at Lakewood Stadium. St. Ignatius (10-3) was denied in its bid to win a record 10th state title.

Glenville RB Tim Conner rushed for 114 yards and three second-half touchdowns on 23 carries as Glenville rallied from a 7-0 halftime deficit and 14-6 in the third quarter. Glenville, with OSU verbal DB Jamario O'Neal, put the icing on the victory cake with an interception by all-district senior linebacker Freddie Lenix, a sack by all-district senior end Curtis Smith and a game-ending interception by junior two-way back Ray Fisher.

Worthington Kilbourne 35, Hilliard Davidson 34 – Kilbourne's Jordan Gafford ran for a touchdown and threw two TD passes and Kilbourne stopped a Davidson two-point conversion run in the final minute to pull out the dramatic win.

DIVISION II

Avon Lake 14, Tiffin Columbian 0 – The win was the 28th in a row for the defending champs. TB Bobby Doyle both of his team's touchdowns, rushing for 166 yards on 29 carries.

Cols. Brookhaven 35, Uniontown Lake 14 – LB Alex Daniels and the Bearcats advanced to the state semifinals. QB Mike McGee threw two TD passes, one to junior Jeff Cumberland. Antoine Roberts had TD runs of 62 and 74 yards as well for Brookhaven.

Day. Carroll 35, Cin. Glen Este 14 -- Carroll's two-pronged backfield of Lyle Garrison and Jordan Wright catapulted the Patriots into the Division II final four. Playing before 7,500 fans at Princeton's Mancuso Field, Garrison rushed for a career-high 220 yards on 23 carries while sidekick Wright plowed for 129 yards in 20 carries. Each scored two touchdowns.

Tallmadge 10, Copley 7 – Copley's Delone Carter had 242 yards on 30 carries but Tallmadage junior Kyle Harrison had a 21-yard TD catch and also recovered a Copley fumble in the win. Tallmadge avenged a 25-16 loss in Week 5 to Copley.

DIVISION III

Canal Fulton NW 14, Thornville Sheridan 0

Cle. Benedictine 21, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 0 – The defending champs avenged a 34-10 regular season loss to Walsh Jesuit. John Dunn returned an interception 60 yards for a score, on of four picks by Benedictine. Jahmal Brown had a 26-yard TD run and Chris Austin scored on a 46-yard scamper for Benedictine.

Cols. Watterson 27, Cols. DeSales 6 -- Watterson won its seventh straight game over rival DeSales, marking the second year in a row Watterson has won regular season and playoff games over DeSales. Jason Ferrell had two interceptions and Robbie Rosner had two TD passes in the game played before 8,000 at Dublin Coffman.

St. Marys Memorial 21, Day. Chaminade-Julienne 13 – Bo Frye scored on a 12-yard pass from Corey Vossler and also on a 1-yard run for St. Marys Memorial.

DIVISION IV

Coldwater 19, Huron 6 – In a battle of unbeatens, Coldwater's win gave the Cavaliers their first regional title since 2001. Quarterback Steve Borger found Craig Wellman down the sideline for a 49-yard strike on the Cavs' second play. The teams then pitched a defensive battle in the first half, ended only by Trevor Stromblad's 30-yard field goal two seconds before halftime, which made it 10-0. Coldwater's Ross Homan (70 yards on 19 carries) also had a 77-yard TD run called back on a motion penalty. The Cavs' struck in the third quarter for the 19-0 lead. Brian Brunswick and Joe Wermert combined for a safety with 4:01 left. After the free kick, Coldwater worked time off the clock on an 8-play drive. Pleiman capped it with his 10-yard TD pass from Borger, who rolled out right then threw across the field to a wide-open Pleiman.

Martins Ferry 35, New Albany 7 –RB Chas Yoder had 157 yards and two TDs on 26 carries for Martins Ferry.

Versailles 35, Plain City Jonathan Alder 28 – The defending champions got into the playoffs as the region's seventh seed, but they won their 13th regional title in 19 years for legendary coach Al Hetrick. Adam Francis, Curtis Wourms and Michael Taylor each had TD runs for Versailles.

Youngs. Mooney 14, Youngs. Liberty 6

DIVISION V

Amanda-Clearcreek 27, Wheelersburg 25 – The top-ranked Aces withstood three long Pirates TD passes from Tom Kaskey to Brian Cunningham (51, 60 and 30 yards) and held on for the win. Nate Saum had TD runs of 19 and 10 yards for the unbeaten Aces. Wheelersburg's 11-game winning streak was snapped.

Hamler Patrick Henry 41, Liberty Center 27 -- Patrick Henry also won 24-12 in Week 4.

Smithville 41, N. Lima S. Range 14

St. Henry 41, Lees Creek East Clinton 27 -- St. Henry made it in as an eighth seed, but has made it to the state final four for the eighth time. Jon Hemmelgarn rushed for 120 yards and three TDs on 15 carries. In three postseason games, he now has 543 yards and 11 TDs.

DIVISION VI

Danville 25, Willow Wood Symmes Valley 12

Dola Hardin Northern 22, New Bremen 7

Hicksville 30, McComb 20

Norwalk St. Paul 30, Monroeville 15 -- Monroeville won 19-6 in Week 5.

State Semifinals

DIVISION I

All Games at 7 p.m. Saturday

(5) Cle. Glenville (12-1) vs. (5) Can. McKinley (10-3) at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium

(4) Worthington Kilbourne (11-2) vs. (3) Cin. Colerain (13-0) at Dayton Welcome Stadium

DIVISION II

All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday

(1) Tallmadge (12-1) vs. (1) Avon Lake (13-0) at Parma Byers Field

(2) Cols. Brookhaven (13-0) vs. (2) Dayton Carroll (12-1) at Dublin Coffman Field

DIVISION III

All Games at 7 p.m. Saturday

(4) Cle. Benedictine (10-3) vs. (3) Canal Fulton Northwest (12-1) Canton Central Catholic Stadium

(5) St. Marys Memorial (12-1) vs. (3) Cols. Watterson (11-2) at Upper Arlington Moorehead Stadium

DIVISION IV

All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday

(3) Youngs. Mooney (10-2) vs. (2) Martins Ferry (12-0) at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium

(2) Coldwater (13-0) vs. (7) Versailles (10-3) at Dayton Welcome Stadium -- Coldwater beat Versailles, the defending D-IV state champs, 10-7 in Week Eight at Coldwater.

DIVISION V

All Games at 7 p.m. Saturday

(8) St. Henry (12-1) vs. (1) Hamler Patrick Henry (13-0) at Lima Bath Stadium

(1) Amanda-Clearcreek (13-0) vs.(5) Smithville (12-1) at Dublin Coffman Field

DIVISION VI

All Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday

(2) Norwalk St. Paul (11-2) vs. (3) Hicksville (12-1) at Tiffin National Field at Frost-Kalnow Stadium

(8) Danville (11-2) vs. (2) Dola Hardin Northern (12-1) at Lewis Center Olentangy Braves Field

OSU Verbals Outside Ohio

* Mission Viejo, Calif., with OG Kevin Bemoll and DE Ryan Williams, opened the playoffs with a 63-10 win Los Osos. Next up is Newhall Hart, which knocked MVHS (11-0) out of the playoffs last year. The game is set for 7:30 p.m. Pacific time Friday at Hart. MVHS has outscored its opponents 537-96 with three shutouts.

* Piscataway, N.J., with DB Malcolm Jenkins, rolled to a 27-0 playoff win over Linden. Jenkins had a 42-yard punt return and a 74-yard reception for a score. Piscataway (10-0) enjoyed its sixth shutout of the year and will play Phillipsburg for the North Jersey Section 2 Group 4 championship over the weekend of Dec. 3-4 at either Rutgers Stadium or Giants Stadium.

* Athol Springs (N.Y.) St. Francis, with DE Doug Worthington, has wrapped up its season with a 9-2 mark.


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