Ohio Preps Rdp.: Week 8 Recap

Coldwater, Ohio, RB-LB Ross Homan, an Ohio State verbal, excelled on both sides of the football as his team turned back Versailles 31-21 in a match-up of the state's top-ranked teams in Division IV and V, respectively.

We look back at the key games from Week 8 of the Ohio high school football season. Plus, we look ahead at some notable match-ups for Week 9. We also have a list of those schools still unbeaten through Week 8. (Note: All rankings are from the new ONN/JJHuddle.com Power Poll released Monday.)

Week 8 Highlights

* Cincinnati Glen Este moved to 7-1 with a 42-14 win over Cincinnati Winton Woods. RB Donnie Talbott, a junior, rushed 17 times for 109 yards and three touchdowns and also caught four passes for 38 yards and another TD. Winton Woods junior RB Hosea Simpson carried 13 times for 90 yards. He now has 1,290 yards and 18 TDs on the year.

* Cincinnati LaSalle stopped Indianapolis East Central 28-12. Mike Reed carried the ball two times, each time for a touchdown, and caught five passes for 96 yards for LaSalle.

* Cincinnati Colerain crushed Milford 76-0. Eight different players scored touchdowns for Colerain, which improved to 7-1. The Cardinals are ranked third in Division I. But they stood at ninth in this week's Division I Region 4 standings, meaning they need two wins and some help to have a chance at qualifying for the playoffs and defending their big-school state championship.

* Cincinnati Moeller downed Columbus DeSales 44-27. RB Martez Williams rushed for 180 yards and four touchdowns for the Crusaders. Freshman Ryan Sunderman had three field goals, including a 44-yarder.

* West Chester Lakota West stopped Cincinnati Princeton 35-6. Senior fullback Matt Fehr had a career-high 36 carries for 195 yards and three touchdowns. OSU verbal WR Josh Chichester had four catches for 36 yards, including a 6-yard TD grab. For the year, Chichester now has 33 catches for 680 yards and seven TDs.

* In a battle of unbeatens, Huber Heights Wayne blanked Centerville 38-0, avenging a loss to the Elks from a year ago. Centerville was ranked sixth in Division I but fell out of the rankings with a loss. Wayne was unranked but moved in at No. 10 this week in Division I. QB Alex Earley completed 21 of 31 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns, adding 50 yards rushing. A crowd of 8,000 attended the game.

* Another match-up of unbeatens was in the Midwest Athletic Conference, where Coldwater stopped host Versailles 31-21. Coldwater was ranked No. 1 in Division IV, while Versailles dropped from first in Division V to third with the loss. About 4,500 spectators packed Hole Field, where the winning 50/50 raffle ticket was a whopping $5,400.

Coldwater QB Steve Borger was 12 of 17 passing for 240 yards and four TDs. OSU verbal RB-LB Ross Homan rushed for 121 yards on 19 carries on offense and was credited with more than 20 tackles on defense. Tigers QB Tony McNeilan completed 17 of 29 passes for 284 yards and an interception. Stephen Winner hauled in 8 passes for 176 yards, including a 67-yard TD and an incredible one-hander.

* Clayton Northmont improved to 7-1 with a narrow 27-25 win over Piqua. Junior QB Clay Belton was 19 of 26 passing for 326 yards and four TDs. Belton is now 106 of 190 passing for 1,552 yards with 16 TDs and eight INTs on the year. OSU verbal CB Kurt Coleman recovered a late onside kick for Northmont. Piqua junior Brandon Saine had 214 yards and three TDs on 26 carries.

* Springboro, ranked fourth in Division II, defeated Fairborn 48-14. Tim Detwiller ran for 104 yards, Matt Klein 102 and QB Clay Coomer was 11-of-12 passing for 241 yards. OSU verbal TE Jake Ballard plays for Springboro.

* Dayton Chaminade-Julienne downed Dayton Meadowdale 38-14. QB Matt Bruggeman was 9-of-14 passing for 160 yards and three TDs as the Eagles won their third straight game. Junior Carlton Peake had both Meadowdale scores, including a 95-yard run.

* Youngstown Cardinal Mooney downed Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 7-0 as Robert Walker blocked an Irish punt and Calvin Littlejohn returned it 38 yards for the game's only touchdown.

* Canton McKinley, ranked fourth in Division I, defeated Massillon Jackson 38-10 before a crowd of 8,000. McKinley junior Morgan Williams finished with 183 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries (161 yards in the first half), while WR Joe Morgan caught two passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. Morgan had a 57-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter called back because of a penalty.

* Hudson defeated Twinsburg 31-19 as Steve Faul scored twice and rushed for 148 yards to lead visiting Hudson.

* Macedonia Nordonia junior RB Jordan Mabin had 200 yards and four TDs on 22 carries in a 35-14 win over Stow-Munroe Falls.

* Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit defeated defending Division III state champion Cleveland Benedictine 14-13 in a game that could be pivotal in Region 9 playoff standings. Senior quarterback Eric Hinkel threw a 9-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and ran 1 yard for a touchdown in the second quarter to help Walsh Jesuit build a 14-0 lead.

* Massillon Washington, ranked sixth in Division I, avenged a 15-12 loss to Warren Harding a year ago with a 13-0 win. Junior RB Brian Gamble had 24 carries for 119 yards and an 8-yard TD run. He also returned a punt blocked by teammate Andrew Dailey 2 yards for a score for the Tigers.

* Cleveland Glenville, ranked No. 1 in Division I, blanked Cleveland Rhodes 48-0. QB Arvell Nelson completed 12 consecutive passes, finishing 14-of-15 for 193 yards and four touchdowns. For the year, Nelson has thrown for 1,483 yards and 21 TDs. Raymond Small caught two of the TD passes en route to gaining 86 yards on five receptions. He also scored on a 51-yard punt return.

* Euclid QB Howard Drake racked up five touchdowns -- three rushing and two passing – in a 51-14 win over Lorain Admiral King.

* Tallmadge, ranked third in Division II, stopped Wadsworth 47-23. Jamel Miller gained 189 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown. Quarterback Allen Price ran for 137 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown. He threw two TD passes.

* Avon Lake, ranked No. 1 in Division II, blanked Middleburg Heights Midpark 31-0. Quarterback Brian Pettys threw three touchdown passes, two of which were snared by Scott Nealon. Chris Nealon caught the other one.

* Amherst Steele RB Alex Knipp ran for a touchdown, caught a TD pass and threw for a touchdown in the Comets' 44-0 rout of Berea. Knipp, a senior, gained 67 yards on 12 carries. He caught two passes for 20 yards. His TD pass was a 48-yard strike to Desmond Burton.

* Canton GlenOak's Kevin Pratt rushed for three touchdowns as the Golden Eagles defeated Youngstown Boardman. GlenOak quarterback Mike Hartline ran for a touchdown and also had a touchdown pass to Brian McNew. Hartline was 13 of 18 passing for 161 yards with no interceptions. McNew led GlenOak in receiving with 6 catches for 90 yards.

* Worthington Kilbourne downed Westerville South 21-17 as QB Jordan Gafford ripped off a 53-yard TD run. South junior QB Rocco Pentello completed 11 of 22 passes for 151 yards and a TD.

* Columbus Brookhaven moved to 7-1 with a 69-20 rout of Columbus Northland. Marvin Jones fueled a 49-point first half with a 50-yard punt return TD. QB Mike McGee ran for a score and threw for three, including a 20-yarder to Jeff Cumberland.

* Hilliard Davidson, ranked eighth in Division I, stopped Dublin Coffman 21-0. RB Bo Delande had 106 yards and a TD on 20 carries. RB Christen Haywood, seeing his first action in four weeks after a knee injury, added 70 yards on 12 carries.

* Columbus Watterson's Mike Kundla ran 22 times for 87 yards and caught a TD pass in a 21-6 win over Youngstown Ursuline. Watterson is ranked seventh in Division II.

* Pataskala Watkins Memorial's Corey Weber had 28 carries for 201 yards and four TDs in a 62-27 win over Columbus Franklin Heights.

* Akron Garfield RB Chris Wells had TD runs of 45, 21, 32 and 43 yards in a 56-14 rout of Akron East.

* Lakewood St. Edward, ranked fifth in Division I, gutted out a 10-7 win over Cleveland St. Ignatius in The Holy War before over 10,000 at Lakewood Stadium. St. Ed closed the all-time series to 22-20. Junior RB Frank Edmonds provided the game-winning 32-yard TD run with 9:04 left. He ended up with 120 yards rushing. St. Ignatius QB Rudy Kirbus was 10 of 22 passing for 141 yards and a 5-yard TD pass to TE John Ryan. For the year, Kirbus has completed 102 of 162 passes for 1,673 yards and 18 TDs.

* Parma Padua knocked off previous unbeaten Mentor Lake Catholic 22-21. QB Frank Blasinsky completed 11 of 26 passes for 182 yards and two TDs for Padua. MLC fell from No. 1 to No. 9 in Division III with the loss.

* Steubenville, the new No. 1 in Division III, downed East Liverpool 33-7.

* Dola Hardin Northern, No. 1 in Division VI, stopped Rawson Cory-Rawson 34-3.

* Cincinnati St. Xavier, ranked second in Division I, defeated Athol Springs (N.Y.) St. Francis 39-7.

They're Still Unbeaten

Forty Ohio high school teams remain undefeated. All of these teams are 8-0 unless noted; Region number in parentheses.

* Division I (8 teams) -- Solon (1), Cleveland Glenville (1), Lakewood St. Edward (1, 7-0), Toledo St. John's (2), Massillon Washington (2), Canton McKinley (2), Hilliard Davidson (3), Cincinnati St. Xavier (4).

* Division II (8 teams) -- Tallmadge (5), Maple Heights (5), Willoughby South (5), Avon Lake (6), Louisville (7), Canfield (7), Springboro (8), Cincinnati Mount Healthy (8).

* Division III (6 teams) -- Youngstown Liberty (9), Steubenville (11), Medina Buckeye (11), Newark Licking Valley (11), Cincinnati Indian Hill (12), New Albany (12).

* Division IV (3 teams) -- Ottawa-Glandorf (14), Coldwater (14), Bellaire (15).

* Division V (11 teams) -- West Salem Northwestern (17), North Lima South Range (17), Smithville (17), Hamler Patrick Henry (18), Bucyrus Wynford (18), Findlay Liberty-Benton (18), Convoy Crestview (18), Haviland Wayne Trace (18), Howard East Knox (19), Cincinnati Harmony Community School (20), Cincinnati Hills Christian (20), Anna (20).

* Division VI (4 teams) -- Columbiana (21), Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (22), Mechanicsburg (24), Dola Hardin Northern (24).

Week 9 Games To Watch

Ohio News Network will continue its weekly Big Game series. This Friday, ONN will show Steubenville against Canton Central Catholic at 10 p.m. on tape delay.

Games of note Friday: Canton GlenOak at Austintown Fitch, Springfield South at Springfield North, Pittsburgh Brashear at Warren Harding, Versailles at St. Henry (St. Henry won 24-17), Huber Heights Wayne at Clayton Northmont, Youngstown Ursuline at Youngstown Mooney, Toledo St. John's at Toledo St. Francis, Cleveland Glenville at Cleveland Lincoln West, Cincinnati Colerain at Middletown, Westerville South at Marysville, Columbus Whetstone at Columbus Brookhaven, Cincinnati Oak Hills at West Chester Lakota West, Westerville North at Hilliard Davidson, Kettering Fairmont at Centerville, Lyndhurst Brush at Macedonia Nordonia, Fort Recovery at Coldwater, Springboro at Greenville, Pittsburgh Brentwood at Bellaire,Youngstown Ursuline at Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, Berea at Avon Lake, Eastlake North at Massillon Washington and Canton McKinley at North Canton Hoover.

Games of note Saturday: Cincinnati St. Xavier vs. Cleveland St. Ignatius at 1:30 p.m. at Parma's Byers Field (St. X won 13-10 last year), Lakewood St. Edward vs. Cincinnati Moeller at Lockland (St. Ed won 41-17 last year), Akron Garfield at Akron North and Cleveland Benedictine at Cincinnati Elder.

OSU Verbal Outside Ohio

Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County improved to 5-3 with a 42-14 win over Perry. QB Antonio Henton, an OSU verbal, completed 7 of 9 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns Friday, and added 37 yards and another score rushing. Peach County hosts Tri-County Friday.

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