Ohio Preps Rdp.: Week 1 Recap

We go back to what was an eventful first weekend of Ohio high school football. Defending Division I state champion Cincinnati Colerain was upset by Cincinnati St. Xavier 7-0. And Coldwater, led by OSU verbal Ross Homan, cruised to a 40-6 win over Kenton. Click this free link for all of the details.

We look back at the key games from Week 1 of the Ohio high school football season. Plus, we look ahead at some notable match-ups for Week 2. (Note: All rankings are from the ONN/JJHuddle.com Power Poll.)

Week 1 Highlights

* There was no bigger game than at the Crosstown Showdown at Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium as Cincinnati St. Xavier upset defending Division I state champion and No. 3-ranked Cincinnati Colerain 7-0 in a defensive struggle. St. X got a 7-yard run from Chris Cionni in the second quarter and just slammed the door shut on Colerain, which was held to 123 yards total offense (all rushing). Colerain features OSU verbal OL Connor Smith.

* Cincinnati LaSalle QB Tyler Sheehan threw for 152 yards and four TDs in his team's 35-7 win over Sycamore. But the Lancers may have lost Sheehan for a month or longer when he injured a collarbone on a run with two minutes left in the game.

* Cincinnati Moeller, ranked No. 5 in Division I, saw QB Pat Redwine run for a touchdown, throw for a score and also catch a TD pass on a halfback throwback in a 38-6 rout of Cincinnati Withrow.

* Cincinnati Princeton opened with a 7-0 win over Cincinnati McNicholas. QB Darius Edwards threw a 25-yard touchdown to sophomore running back Dorian West with 1:12 left in the first quarter for the game's only score. Princeton, which features OL Aaron Brown, had big red zone defensive stops at the end of each half. The loss spoiled longtime Moeller coach Steve Klonne's return as a head coach at McNick.

* Cincinnati Indian Hill QB Mike Scherpenberg completed 14 of 23 passes for 337 yards and four touchdowns in a 46-21 win over Hamilton Ross.

* Springboro QB Clay Coomer rushed for a pair of touchdowns and threw for two more in a 33-13 win over Kings Mills Kings. OSU-bound TE Jake Ballard caught two passes for 47 yards.

* Mason rallied from a 16-7 halftime deficit to take a 33-22 win over West Chester Lakota West. Mason's Ryan Britenriker rushed for three touchdowns in the second half. Lakota West's Josh Chichester, an OSU verbal, had eight catches for 156 yards and a touchdown.

* Wilmington RB Dennis Nance rushed for 358 yards and 4 TDs in a 42-28 win over West Carrollton. But West Carrollton RB Matt Evans struck for 419 yards and 2 TDs.

* Former Hamilton coach Ed Mignery led Xenia against his former team and Xenia rolled to a 48-0 win. Senior QB Josh Cousins threw for 197 yards and two TDs and rushed for 151 yards and three more scores. Xenia racked up 586 yards rushing.

* Springfield South overcame a rough off-season and defeated Dayton Dunbar 43-13 in its opener. South endured a controversial coaching change and saw star OL Lee Tilley transfer to Columbus Franklin Heights days before the opener. But QB Brennen Glass passed for 221 yards and two touchdowns in three quarters of work.

* Alliance junior quarterback Charles Babb threw for 194 yards and ran for 112 to lead Alliance to a 31-14 win over Crestwood. Alliance opened the scoring when Babb hit Louisville verbal Troy Pascley for an 80-yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter.

* Hudson took a 28-7 win over Canton GlenOak. Senior running back Steve Faul caught a touchdown pass and ran for a TD to lift the Explorers over the visiting Golden Eagles. GlenOak quarterback Mike Hartline finished the game with 15 completions for 207 yards.

* Orrville quarterback Kyle Simmons ran for a 5-yard touchdown run with 1:53 left in the fourth quarter to force overtime, where the Red Raiders downed Canal Fulton Northwest 30-27. Simmons was 17 of 31 passing for 251 yards and two touchdowns. Scott Weber led the Indians rushing attack with 108 yards on 19 carries. Weber also had an 91-yard touchdown reception from quarterback C.J. Law.

* Canton South junior RB Devon Torrence had 82 yards rushing and two TD runs in a 21-0 win over Tusky Valley.

* Glenville, ranked No. 1 in Division I, overcame the recent absence of ailing head coach Ted Ginn Sr. and routed Mentor 32-0. Ginn, who recently underwent surgery, returned and was in the press box for the Tarblooders' opener. QB Arvell Nelson was 17 of 29 passing for 206 yards and three TDs. Royce Adams had an interception and a 60-yard punt return for Glenville. Ray Small had a 14-yard TD grab. Bruce Frieson rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.

* Mentor Lake Catholic QB Rick Stanzi completed 10 of 19 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for 58 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-0 rout of Euclid.

* Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, ranked No. 2 in Division IV as the defending champion, downed Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 22-10. Nate Burne had a pair of TD runs for Mooney.

* Clayton Northmont QB Clay Belton, a 6-6, 212-pound junior, threw for 372 yards and four TDs in a 28-14 win over Dayton Chaminade-Julienne before a crowd of 9,500. Justin Watkins had nine catches for168 yards and three scores for Northmont, which also features OSU verbal CB Kurt Coleman.

* Copley RB Delone Carter had 136 yards and four TDs in a 28-7 win over Uniontown Lake.

* Columbus DeSales, ranked No. 1 in Division III, demolished host Toledo St. Francis 42-7. DeSales rolled up 437 yards rushing. Chris Thomas led the Stallions with 238 yards on 36 rushes, including touchdown runs of 1 and 10 yards.

* Westerville South buried Dublin Scioto 48-17. RB Elijah Griffin had 255 yards and five TDs (1, 1, 35, 48 and 91 yards) on 24 carries for South.

* Ron Jordan scored two touchdowns and Houston Brown ran 19 times for 114 yards and a touchdown as Westerville Central avenged two previous losses to Amanda-Clearcreek with a 21-14 win.

* Worthington Kilbourne, ranked eighth in Division I, fell to visiting Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Riverdale 26-7. RB Gaston Miller led Riverdale, a defending Tennessee state championship team, with 194 yards and two touchdowns. Jordan Gafford scored on a 3-yard run for Kilbourne.

* Piqua TB Brandon Saine rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-14 win over Grove City.

* Hilliard Davidson RB Christen Haywood ran 27 times for 301 yards and scored on a 53-yard run in a 37-14 rout of Middletown.

* Massillon Washington made new coach Tom Stacy's debut a winning one with a 34-0 rout of Dover. Brian Gamble had 164 yards and a TD for the Tigers.

* Canton McKinley defeated Toledo Start 49-20 as RB Morgan Williams gained 178 yards and scored four touchdowns on just 12 carries. He had a 90-yard run for the Bulldogs, who are ranked No. 6 in Division I.

* Tallmadge RB Jamel Miller had 207 yards and one TD in a 23-0 win over Macedonia Nordonia.

* Lakewood St. Edward, ranked No. 7 in Division I, clipped defending Pennsylvania big-school state champion Pittsburgh Central Catholic 14-6. QB Brandon Frohnapple had a pair of TD passes and RB Frank Edmonds rushed for 196 yards in a game played in Monroeville, Pa.

* Cleveland Benedictine, defending Division III state champions and ranked No. 2, held a 24-3 lead on host Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway. But Gateway rallied behind 317 yards passing and three TDs from QB Aaron Smith to snag a 37-31 win.

* Cleveland St. Ignatius, ranked No. 2 in Division I, rushed for 294 yards and attempted just three passes in a 58-6 rout of visiting Washington (D.C.) Friendship Edison. Senior quarterback Rudy Kirbus was 3-for-3 for 66 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown strike to senior wideout Robby Parris.

* Akron Hoban sophomore RB Steve Yoak had 126 yards and one TD on 20 carries in a 21-7 win over Akron Garfield. Garfield RB Chris Wells, an OSU verbal, carried 31 times for 105 yards and suffered a leg injury in the loss.

* Pickerington Central junior QB Chazz Anderson threw for 202 yards and a TD and also rushed for a score in his team's 28-7 win over Reynoldsburg.

* Columbus Brookhaven QB Mike McGee completed 8 of 15 passes for 217 yards and five TDs – including strikes of 29 and 63 yards to Jeff Cumberland – in a 48-7 rout of Chillicothe.

* Dublin Coffman's John Popper and Zak Kristian each rushed for 109 yards and one TD in a 42-14 win over Troy.

* Washington C.H. Miami Trace QB Miles Schlichter threw for 140 yards and a TD and also had TD runs of 20 and 47 yards in a 28-7 win over Circleville.

* Columbus Watterson, ranked No. 6 in Division II, gutted out a 9-3 win over Upper Arlington before 9,341 at Columbus Crew Stadium. RB Mike Kundla had 142 yards on 26 carries for Watterson, which went against its former coach in first-year UA mentor Mike Golden.

* Lima Senior QB Matt Beggin led his team on a late nine-play, 86-yard scoring march and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 4-yard run with 38 seconds left in a 28-24 win over Celina.

* Coldwater, ranked No. 1 in Division IV, downed Kenton 40-6. QB Steve Borger was 12 of 17 passing for 175 yards and two TDs. OSU verbal Ross Homan had a TD catch, a TD run and also returned an interception 31 yards for a score for Coldwater.

* Delphos St. John's, ranked No. 1 in Division VI, got 160 yards rushing and three TDs from Andrew DeWitt in a 31-0 victory over Bellevue.

* Versailles, ranked No. 1 in Division V, defeated Dayton Oakwood 42-0.

Week 2 Games To Watch

Ohio News Network will continue its Big Game series by televising Friday's game featuring Toledo St. John's at Columbus DeSales on tape delay at 10 p.m.

More key games on Friday include: Centerville at Cincinnati Princeton, Strongsville at Euclid, West Chester Lakota West at Cincinnati Winton Woods, Mason at Hilliard Davidson, Columbus Watterson at Pickerington North, Maria Stein Marion Local at Coldwater, Clayton Northmont at Cincinnati LaSalle, Springboro at Cincinnati Sycamore, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit at Maple Heights and Delphos St. John's at St. Henry.

On Saturday, a big match-up of top city programs will pit Cleveland Glenville against Columbus Brookhaven at 1 p.m. Parma's Byers Field. Cleveland St. Ignatius will then meet Youngstown Boardman at 7 p.m. at the same site.

Also Saturday: Akron Garfield at Canton GlenOak, Akron Buchtel at Warren Harding, Mentor Lake Catholic at Cleveland Benedictine, Newark Catholic at Amanda-Clearcreek and Youngstown Cardinal Mooney at Athol Springs (N.Y.) St. Francis.

Another big event Saturday is the Prep Classic quadrupleheader at Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium. The schedule: Cincinnati Hughes-Cincinnati Taft, 10:30 a.m.; Covington (Ky.) Catholic-Cincinnati Moeller, 1 p.m.; Massillon Washington-Cincinnati Elder, 4 p.m.; Ft. Thomas (Ky.) Highlands-Cincinnati Colerain, 7:30 p.m.

OSU Verbal Outside Ohio

Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County QB Antonio Henton returns to action after an off week. Peach County travels to Montgomery (Ala.) Carver Friday.


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