Ohio Preps Rdp.: Week 9 Recap

Cincinnati Colerain, led by OSU verbals Connor Smith and Tyler Moeller, continued its roll through the Greater Miami Conference with a win over Middletown. We look at the key games from Week 9, plus we have the key match-ups for Week 10.

We look back at the key games from Week 9 of the Ohio high school football season. Plus, we look ahead at some notable match-ups for Week 10. We also have a list of those schools still unbeaten through Week 9. (Note: All rankings are from the new ONN/JJHuddle.com Power Poll released Monday.)

Week 9 Highlights

* Lakewood St. Edward, ranked fifth in Division I, defeated Cincinnati Moeller 28-12 at Lockland. Frank Edmonds, Brandon Frohnapple and Nate Oliver all had TD runs for St. Ed.

* Cincinnati Colerain, ranked third in Division I, crushed Middletown 68-14. Junior fullback Trammell Williams rushed 22 times for a season-high 279 yards and four touchdowns for Colerain. The Cardinals, with OSU verbals OL Connor Smith and LB Tyler Moeller, lost their season opener 7-0 to Cincinnati St. Xavier, but the Cardinals' triple-option attack has averaged 53.5 points a game since then. Backup running back Dwayne Curry, a junior, rushed 13 times for 148 yards and three touchdowns for Colerain. Most of Curry's work came late in the game. Colerain extended its Greater Miami Conference winning streak to 43 games, dating to October 1999. The win and some other results allowed Colerain to move into seventh place in the Division I Region 4 standings and gives the Cardinals a chance to defend its Division I state title.

* Mason junior QB Matt Koman threw five touchdown passes in the first half to break a 40-year-old school record as Mason rolled to a 39-20 victory over Harrison. Koman finished 9-for-9 for 153 yards.

* Cincinnati LaSalle downed Cincinnati Purcell Marian 38-3. Senior Tyler Sheehan was 7-of-12 passing for 186 yards and two touchdowns and had 55 yards and one touchdown rushing for La Salle. Sophomore Kendall Owens rushed five time times for 100 yards, including 57 on a scoring run.

* West Chester Lakota West defeated Cincinnati Oak Hills 54-13. C.C. Brooks ran 21 times for 159 yards and three touchdowns, one a 38-yarder, for Lakota West. WR Josh Chichester, an OSU verbal, had one catch for 18 yards. He now has 34 catches for 698 yards and seven TDs.

* Cincinnati Winton Woods downed Loveland 34-14. Julian Johnson ran eight times for 149 yards and three touchdowns, with two of the TDs and 119 of the yards coming in the first quarter. Junior RB Hosea Simpson added 110 yards and a touchdown for the Warriors. Simpson now has 1,400 yards and 19 TDs on the year.

* Cleveland Benedictine defeated Cincinnati Elder 34-28. Jahmal Brown had TD runs of 3 and 76 yards for Benedictine, which resurrected its chances of reaching the playoffs and defending its Division III state championship. Elder, which fell to 3-6, is assured of its first losing season since 1986.

* Cincinnati St. Xavier, ranked No. 2 in Division I, blanked Cleveland St. Ignatius 22-0 at Parma's Byers Field. Sophomore running back Darius Ashley rushed for 136 yards and scored two touchdowns for St. X, which won its fourth straight game over St. Ignatius since a loss to the Wildcats in the 2001 state title game. The shutout was the fifth of the season for the 9-0 Bombers. It marked the first time since 1991 that the Wildcats were shut out in a regular-season game. St. Ignatius dropped to 5-4 on the year and does not play a Week 10. The Wildcats are in a precarious perch at seventh in the Division I Region 1 rankings and may see their 18-year playoff run come to an end.

* Medina Buckeye, ranked sixth in Division III, defeated Brookside 42-7. Junior Dustin Supan gained 325 yards on 21 carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 30, 74 and 43 yards. He now has 1,124 yards on the season.

* Toledo St. Francis stopped previously unbeaten Toledo St. John's 17-13. St. Francis was led by tailback Cody Enos (42 carries, 147 yards) and fullback Brian Bingle (15 carries, 65 yards).

* Cleveland Glenville, ranked No. 1 in Division I, blanked Cleveland Lincoln-West 56-0 Bruce Frieson ran for three touchdowns and quarterback Arvell Nelson threw three touchdown passes. Nelson has now thrown for 24 TDs this year.

* Amherst Steele senior Alex Knipp ran for three touchdowns and caught a pass in the end zone in a 55-7 win over Midpark.

* Avon Lake, ranked No. 1 in Division II, defeated Berea 49-0. Senior running back Maxx Schmidt scored five of the Shoremen's seven touchdowns. Avon Lake's defense limited visiting Berea to 70 yards.

* Solon RB Brandon Shimits broke free for three long touchdown runs in the first half, finishing with 139 yards on four carries in a 31-0 win over Cuyahoga Falls. Solon is ranked seventh in Division I.

* Huber Heights Wayne, ranked ninth in Division I, defeated Clayton Northmont 45-15 before 9,000. Wayne trailed 9-7 at halftime before outscoring Northmont 33-6 in the second half. Donnie Evege and Joe Gilford each scored twice. QB Alex Earley was 20 of 32 for 285 yards. He completed one of his three TD tosses to Nick Childers. Claymont junior QB Clay Belton was 18 of 41 passing for 216 yards and a TD. Belton is now 124 of 231 passing for 1,768 yards with 17 TDs on the year. OSU verbal CB Kurt Coleman also plays for Northmont, which fell to 7-2 and needs help to reach the Division I playoffs.

* Springboro, ranked fourth in Division II, clinched the Mid-Miami League North Division football championship with a 29-7 win at Greenville. Tim Detwiller ran for 126 yards on eight carries and scored twice for the 9-0 Panthers. OSU verbal TE Jake Ballard plays for Springboro, but has missed some time late this season with an injury.

* Piqua junior Brandon Saine went for 247 yards and five TDs on 16 carries in a 45-6 win over Sidney.

* Coldwater, ranked No. 1 in Division IV, crushed Fort Recovery 56-0. The Cavs scored on their first four possessions as they improved to 9-0. Justin Bruns had 175 yards rushing on 11 carries and scored two TDs. OSU verbal Ross Homan ran for two scores and caught a 73-yard TD pass from Steve Boerger.

* Massillon Washington, ranked sixth in Division I, downed Eastlake North 49-14. In building a 35-0 halftime lead, Massillon got a pair of touchdown runs by tailback Lanale Robinson (26 and 7 yards) and quarterback Bobby Huth threw two touchdown passes.

* Copley RB Delone Carter led the Indians with six touchdowns in a 42-14 win over Medina Coverleaf. Carter rushed for five scores with 420 yards on 32 attempts and had a touchdown reception. Carter, who has 2,141 yards on 215 carries this year, has 38 touchdowns.

* Canton McKinley clinched its first Federal League title with a 39-10 win over North Canton Hoover. Junior RB Morgan Williams tied a school record with 335 yards rushing for the Bulldogs. Williams carried 27 times and scored four touchdowns, including runs of 67 and 65 yards. He tied Ryan Brinson's one-year-old school record for yards in a game. McKinley, the D-I state runner-up last year, has won all nine of its games this year by 21 points or more.

* Macedonia Nordonia downed Lyndhurst Brush 42-14. Junior tailback Jordan Mabin led the Knights with four touchdowns on 33 carries and 243 yards. Knights quarterback Zack Boedicker threw two touchdown passes.

* Akron Garfield improved to 5-4 with a 24-6 win over Akron North. OSU verbal Chris Wells scored on runs of 62 and 61 yards, giving him 23 rushing TDs for the year. Coming into the game, he had 1,505 yards on 162 carries.

* Mentor Lake Catholic, ranked eighth in Division III, used a 14-0 third-quarter advantage to build a 21-point lead and held on to beat Akron Hoban 35-21. Lake Catholic quarterback Rick Stanzi scored on a 10-yard run and hit 16-of-22 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns. Vince Petruziello also had two returns for scores.

* Findlay, ranked 10th in Division I, scored 21 points in the second half and Luke Wiler intercepted a pass with 1:27 left in a 24-21 win over Sandusky 24-2. Findlay claimed its eighth straight win and clinched a share of the Greater Buckeye Conference championship. Chris Schneider threw for 94 yards and rushed for 42, including touchdown runs of one and nine yards for the Trojans. Jordan Edwards carried the ball 35 times for 199 yards and a TD for Sandusky.

* QB Adam Wagner completed 20 of 30 passes for 255 yards and a touchdown, and Jarquice King ran for 100 yards and two scores as visiting Defiance built a 17-point lead, then held on for a 24-21 win over Celina.

* Fremont Ross defeated Marion Harding 27-3 as Aaron Opelt threw for 217 yards and ran for 95 and a touchdown. Bryan Burel ran 27 times for 124 yards and two scores as the Little Giants racked up 448 total yards.

* Steubenville, ranked No. 1 in Division III, defeated Canton Central Catholic 28-16. Receiver Maurice Bougard took an end-around 79 yards for a touchdown for Steubenville. Then, on the second play of Big Red's next possession, Jeremy Presley ran 66 yards for a TD. Presley ended up with 140 yards and three TDs.

* Austintown Fitch stopped Canton GlenOak 22-14 as J.J. Pankewicz scored a touchdown from 9 yards out with 1:27 left, and Taylor Edwards tacked on the two-point conversion on a run as Fitch defeated GlenOak. Edwards finished with 108 yards on 14 carries, and Pankewicz added 107 yards on 16 carries. Mike Hartline scored on a 1-yard run and had a 78-yard touchdown pass to Brian McNew for GlenOak's points. Hartline led the Golden Eagles with 117 yards on 19 carries, while going 10-of-24 for 171 yards and two interceptions.

* Warren JFK RB Anthony Elzy carried 20 times for 218 yards and four TDs in a 41-14 win over Campbell Memorial.

* Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, ranked third in Division IV, defeated Youngstown Ursuline 19-14. Mooney senior tailback Nate Burney carried 36 times for 171 yards and three touchdowns as the Cardinals clinched the Steel Valley Conference title outright.

* Bellaire, ranked No. 2 in Division IV, defeated Brentwood, Pa., 35-0. QB Nate Davis completed 17 of 29 passes for 206 yards and three TDs against two interceptions. Davis now has an Ohio Valley preps record of 70 TD passes in his three-year career as a starter. He also had a 3-yard TD run.

* Chardon RB Bobby Doyle ran for 327 yards on 19 carries and scored on runs of 3, 20, 50, 70 and 70 yards in a 43-20 victory over Madison.

* Mansfield Senior's Dante Davis rushed for 285 yards on 35 carries and scored five TDs, while Wooster's Ryan Kopina gained 257 yards on 25 attempts with three TDs. Mansfield and Davis got the last laugh, though, as the Tygers won 42-34.

* Ashtabula Sts. John and Paul ended a 13-game losing streak with a 19-12 victory over Southington Chalker.

* Hamler Patrick Henry, ranked No. 1 in Division V, downed Delphos Jefferson 60-0.

* Versailles, ranked No. 2 in Division V, bounced back from a loss to Coldwater with a 23-13 win over St. Henry.

* Dola Hardin Northern, No. 1 in Division VI, beat Pandora-Gilboa 63-6.

* Hilliard Davidson RB Christen Haywood, hobbled by an injury in recent weeks, exploded for 242 yards and three TDs on 31 carries in a 31-24 win over Westerville North. Davidson is ranked eighth in Division I.

* Westerville South junior QB Rocco Pentello rushed for 190 yards and three TDs on 13 carries and also threw a TD pass in a 35-0 win over Marysville.

* Columbus Brookhaven QB Mike McGee completed 10 of 18 passes for 193 yards and three TDs in a 62-0 win over Columbus Whetstone. Jeff Cumberland had TD grabs of 50 and 15 yards in the win.

* Columbus Independence RB Jacob Ramsey had 226 yards and one TD in a 25-12 win over Columbus South.

* In addition to Toledo St. John's, five other unbeaten teams tasted defeat last weekend. In Division III, Ottawa-Glandorf fell to Lima Shawnee 24-13. In Division V, West Salem Northwestern lost to Dalton 21-14, Smithville fell to Hillsdale 19-18, Anna lost to Arcanum 13-7 and Cincinnati Harmony Community School dropped a 24-6 decision to Columbus Bishop Ready.

They're Still Unbeaten

Thirty-five Ohio high school teams remain undefeated.

All of these teams are 9-0 unless noted; Region number in parentheses.

* Division I (7 teams) -- Solon (1), Cleveland Glenville (1), Lakewood St. Edward (1, 8-0), 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 (2 teams) -- Coldwater (14), Bellaire (15).

* Division V (8 teams) -- North Lima South Range (17), Hamler Patrick Henry (18), Bucyrus Wynford (18), Findlay Liberty-Benton (18), Convoy Crestview (18), Haviland Wayne Trace (18), Howard East Knox (19), Cincinnati Hills Christian (20).

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

Week 10 Games To Watch

Ohio News Network will continue its weekly Big Game series. This Friday, ONN will show New Albany at Newark Licking Valley at 10 p.m. on tape delay.

Games of note Friday: Mentor at Euclid, West Chester Lakota West at Liberty Twp. Lakota East, Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep at Warren Harding, Toledo Central Catholic at Toledo St. John's, Hudson at Macedonia Nordonia, Akron Buchtel at Akron Garfield (Buchtel won 42-21 last year), Springboro at Franklin, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit at Akron Hoban, Youngstown Ursuline at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, Columbus DeSales at Ironton, Kettering Alter at Dayton Chaminade-Julienne, Youngstown Mooney at Columbus Watterson, Youngstown Rayen at Steubenville, Cleveland Glenville at Cleveland JFK, Canton GlenOak at Massillon Perry, Grove City Central Crossing at Westerville South, Columbus Brookhaven at Columbus Mifflin, Clayton Northmont at Troy, Washington C.H. at Washington C.H. Miami Trace and Avon Lake at Amherst Steele.

There will be a special doubleheader at Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium Friday as Cincinnati Colerain meets Cincinnati Oak Hills at 6 p.m. and Cincinnati St. Xavier tackles Cincinnati Moeller at 8:45 p.m. Last year, Moeller avenged a 35-31 regular season loss with a 10-7 playoff win over St. X.

On Saturday, Massillon Washington will visit Canton McKinley at 2 p.m. in the 113th rendition of this storied rivalry. McKinley won 20-7 last year, but Massillon still holds the all-time series lead at 59-48-8.

This marks the first time in 41 years that the teams' will each be undefeated for their annual season finale game. In 1964, Massillon (led by coach Earle Bruce) defeated McKinley (coached by Don Nehlen) 20-14. A sellout crowd in excess of 22,000 is expected at Fawcett Stadium. Even better, this could just be the appetizer: They could meet again Nov. 19 in a regional final match-up.

Massillon-McKinley is among three match-ups of unbeaten teams in Week 10. Others include (all Friday games): New Albany at Newark Licking Valley and Dola Hardin Northern at Findlay Liberty Benton. The New Albany-Licking Valley game will decide the Mid-State League Ohio Division title.

For the second year in a row, Dola Hardin Northern will take on Findlay Liberty-Benton in a battle of unbeatens in the final week to decide the Blanchard Valley Conference title. Liberty-Benton won 35-0 last year, but Hardin Northern came back to win the D-VI state title.

Also Saturday: Martins Ferry at Bellaire (Martins Ferry took a pair of wins over Bellaire last year, including 37-7 in the playoffs), Coldwater at Delphos St. John's (Coldwater won 14-7 last year) and Lakewood St. Edward at Cleveland Benedictine (St. Ed won 38-24 last year).

Selection Sunday Details

The OHSAA will announce pairings for the postseason on Sunday. Thirty-two teams will advance to the playoffs in six different divisions. They are divided into four regions per division. The top four ranked teams in each region will host opening round playoff games, set for the weekend of Nov. 4-5.

ONN will televise the pairings at noon Sunday and will also host a Selection Sunday Tailgate Party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Immke Honda off Sawmill Road in Columbus. Teams, fans and families are invited to watch the pairings show from the dealership and also enjoy free food and fun.

Dan DeCrow, JJ Huddle and Jerry Rudzinski will announce the pairings, while ONN's Dave Chudowsky and Emily Moor broadcast live from the celebration.

OSU Verbal Outside Ohio

Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County improved to 6-3 with a 63-0 win over Tri-County. QB Antonio Henton, an OSU verbal, threw for 139 yards and three TDs and also rushed for 55 yards and a score. Peach County visits Northeast Macon Friday to wrap its regular season.

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