Ohio Preps Rdp.: Regional Semis Recap

We look back to the second weekend of the Ohio high school playoffs, where OSU verbal Ross Homan had a pair of touchdown runs in Coldwater's Division IV playoff win. We also look ahead at the key match-ups for this weekend's regional finals games.

Here is a look back at the regional semifinals in Ohio high school football and a look ahead to the regional finals.


* Can. McKinley 35, Elyria 9 – Joe Morgan returned three kickoffs for 89 yards to give McKinley field position. Brian Williams added a 65-yard punt return in the third quarter to set up McKinley's fourth touchdown. The Bulldogs scored on their first three possessions of the first half, driving 57, 41 and 80 yards for TDs. Fullback Mike Kirksey scored twice on short runs, while Morgan caught a 27-yard TD pass from Dan Grimsley. Junior tailback Morgan Williams ran for 199 yards and two TDs on 32 carries, giving him 2,309 yards on the season. A crowd of 8,000 saw the game at Parma's Byers Field.

* Cincinnati St. Xavier 12, Cincinnati Colerain 9, OT -- A crowd estimated at 35,000 at Paul Brown Stadium – the crowd was so large they eventually had to let people in for free – saw a great one as Cincinnati St. Xavier reprised its opening week 7-0 win over defending state champion Cincinnati Colerain.

The teams were deadlocked at 6-6 at the end of regulation. In overtime, Colerain's Matthew Schulte gave his team a 9-6 lead on a 23-yard field goal on the Cardinals' first possession. But St. X's Brad Schere hit Darius Ashley for the 20-yard touchdown on the Bombers' first play of overtime for the win.

Ashley led St. X with 25 carries for 85 yards and caught two passes for 37 yards. Scherer ran for 42 yards, and Cionni had 38. Scherer completed five of 10 passes for 63 yards and the one TD.

It was the final game for two OSU verbals from Colerain – OL Connor Smith and LB Tyler Moeller.

* Cleveland Glenville 34, Solon 14 -- A crowd of 16,000 was on hand at Cleveland Browns Stadium as top-ranked Glenville got 105 yards and three TDs from RB Bruce Frieson, who also caught a TD pass. QB Arvell Nelson completed 8 of 14 passes for 191 yards and two TDs with an interception. Solon's Brandon Shimits had 140 yards and a TD on 30 carries.

* Hilliard Davidson 24, Grove City 7 -- Davidson improved to 12-0 behind the one-two punch of RBs Christen Haywood (191 yards, 1 TD) and Bo Delande (100 yards, 1 TD).

* Huber Hts. Wayne 29, Centerville 28 – The first game at PBS was also a barnburner as Wayne battled back from an 18-point deficit with 7:12 left to steal the win. Wayne quarterback Alex Earley threw three touchdown passes in a 4:19 span to key the comeback win. Earley completed 21 of 29 passes for 260 yards.

* Lakewood St. Edward 49, Lyndhurst Brush 0 – RB Frank Edmonds had 181 yards and two TDs on 27 carries. He now has 1,981 yards on the year.

* Massillon Washington 27, Findlay 20 – There was another dramatic finish at Mansfield, where Massillon needed a goal-line stand in the closing seconds to turn back Findlay. Massillon's Lorenzo Grizzard, Emery Saunders, Antonio James and Dirk Dickerhoof teamed to stop Findlay quarterback Chris Schneider on a quarterback sneak from just inside the 1 on the final play to avoid a possible overtime.

Offensively, Brian Gamble had TD runs of 3 and 1 yards and Bobby Huth hit Zach Vanryzin for a 27-yard TD touchdown. A crowd of12,264 attended the game.

* Worthington Kilbourne 28, Gahanna Lincoln 7 – Fullback Ryan Dew ran for two TDs and Kilbourne held Gahanna's 1,500-yard rusher Anton Robinson (33 yards) in check to advance to a regional final rematch with Hilliard Davidson.


* Avon Lake 35, Powell Olentangy Liberty 6 -- Top-ranked Shoremen continued their cruise and have now won 40 of their last 41. QB Brian Pettys completed 14 of 19 passes for 132 yards and two TDs, while Maxx Schmidt had TDs running and receiving.

* Canfield 7, Cols. Watterson 3 -- Unbeaten Canfield wins a defensive struggle with Angelo Babbaro scoring the only TD on a 2-yard run.

* Springboro 38, Washington C.H. Miami Trace 19 -- Springboro's Jake Ballard, an OSU verbal, advanced with the win. Springboro advanced behind RBs Tim Dettwiller (190 yards, two TDs) and Matt Klein (151 yards). Trace QB Miles Schlichter connected on 10-of-21 passes for 191 yards with two interceptions and 13 yards in 12 carries. Schlichter, an All-Ohio quarterback in D-III last year, entered the game with 1,450 yards in the air and over 650 on the ground.

* Tallmadge 42, Copley 20 – Tallmadge's Jamel Miller rushed for 238 yards and four TDs on 21 carries, while QB Allen Price was 6 of 6 passing for 163 yards and two TDs. Miller, headed to Miami (Ohio), now has 1,979 yards on the season. It was the end of the line for Copley's Delone Carter, who had 122 yards and three TDs. Carter, a Syracuse verbal, ended the year with 2,735 yards and 49 TDs.

* Other Scores -- Akr. Hoban 24, Willoughby S. 17 (South tastes first defeat); Day. Carroll 28, W. Carrollton 21; Louisville 28, Dublin Scioto 23; Tol. Cent. Cath. 42, Mansfield Madison 14.


* Steubenville 20, Canal Fulton NW 6 – The top-ranked Big Red moves on. Jeremy Presley had two TD runs and QB Zach Colloras threw for 175 yards and a TD.

* Thornville Sheridan 31, Cin. Indian Hill 26 – Sheridan's Steve McVey ran 30 times for 195 yards and one TD. QB Kyle Culver threw a pair of TD passes and rushed for a score. Indian Hill QB Mike Scherpenberg completed 17 of 39 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns. He finished the year with an area-best 3,282 yards passing and 41 TDs.

* Cols. DeSales 35, New Albany 14 -- DeSales QB Matt Mangini rushed for 192 yards and three TDs on 22 carries.

* Youngs. Liberty 17, Mentor Lake Cath. 14 -- Robert Hightower had a 45-yard TD catch and a 4-yard TD run for Liberty. MLC QB Rick Stanzi had a 1-yard TD run and was 17 of 36 for 207 yards. He ended the year throwing for 2,170 yards and 21 TDs and rushing for 664 yards and 12 scores.

* Other scores -- Akr. Buchtel 48, Aurora 7; Clyde 17, Day. Chaminade-Julienne 14, OT; Newark Licking Valley 17, New Concord John Glenn 6; Spring. Shawnee 13, Kettering Alter 3.


* Bellaire 35, Cols. Hartley 14 – QB Nate Davis rushed for a touchdown and threw for 140 yards and three scores. For the year, Davis has completed 158 of 278 passes for 2,397 yards and 34 TDs against just eight interceptions.

* Coldwater 45, Bellville Clear Fork 0 – Top-ranked Coldwater and OSU verbal Ross Homan advanced in a romp. Homan had nine carries for 36 yards and two TDs, while QB Steve Borger ran for a TD and threw for two.

* Youngs. Mooney 28, Akr. Manchester 9 -- Cardinals quarterback Derrell Johnson ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns and threw for a score after intermission to send defending state champion Mooney into the regional finals.

Nate Burney had 188 rushing with a TD on 23 carries for Mooney, while Johnson had 97 on the ground. Johnson also hit Burney with a 36-yard TD pass.

* Other scores -- Can. Cent. Cath. 21, Akr. SVSM 0; Germantown Valley View 35, Clarksville Clinton-Massie 20; Huron 10, Ottawa-Glandorf 3; Ironton 21, Williamsport Westfall 7; Lemon-Monroe 16, Plain City Jonathan Alder 7.


* Lima Cent. Cath. 19, Anna 14 -- LCC broke into the scoring column on a 73-yard fumble recovery by linebacker Alex Donley. Adam Good added a 7-yard TD run. He finished with 92 yards on 18 carries.

* Other scores -- Bucyrus Wynford 27, Findlay Liberty-Benton 16; Centerburg 41, Howard E. Knox 20 (C'burg avenged 7-0 loss in Week 4); Cin. Hills Christian Academy 34, Arcanum 28; Hamler Patrick Henry 41, Haviland Wayne Trace 6 (Patrick Henry wins battle of unbeatens); Lucasville Valley 28, Cols. Ready 6; N. Lima S. Range 49, Columbiana Crestview 32; W. Salem NW 28, Warren JFK 13.


* Delphos St. John's 28, Maria Stein Marion Local 21 -- DSJ repeated its regular season win over MSML before a crowd of 5,500 at Sidney. DSJ battled back from a 14-0 halftime deficit. QB Nick Johnson had 93 yards rushing for DSJ, while RB Andrew DeWitt added 98 yards and two TDs. DeWitt's 3-yard TD with 1:06 left was the game winning score.

* Dola Hardin Northern 49, Spring. Cath. Cent. 28 – The top-ranked and defending champion Polar Bears stayed unbeaten. QB Cory Brunow threw for 85 yards and two TDs to Nathan Bame, who added 161 yards rushing and scored four TDs. Michael Ridgeway had 30 carries for 168 yards and two touchdowns.

* Other scores -- Bascom Hopewell-Loudon 30, Tol. Ottawa Hills 17; Columbiana 26, Mineral Ridge 24 (Columbiana pulls off second win over Ridge); Newark Cath. 24, Lancaster Fisher Cath. 12 (NC avenges loss to FC in Week 8 and wins the more important one); Norwalk St. Paul 23, Sandusky St. Mary 14; Shadyside 26, Hannibal River 0; Steubenville Cent. Cath. 35, Mogadore 13.

Regional Finals


All games 7 p.m. Saturday, unless otherwise noted

Region 1

At Parma Byers Field

(1) Lakewood St. Edward (11-0) vs. (3) Cle. Glenville (12-0) – Glenville beat LSE 32-7 last year in the regional semifinals. Ohio News Network will show this game on tape delay at 9:45 p.m. Saturday.

Region 2

At Akron Rubber Bowl

(1) Can. McKinley (12-0) vs. (3) Massillon Washington (11-1) – McKinley rolled 38-8 in regular season finale over Massillon. Massillon holds all-time series lead 59-45-5. This marks the fourth time these rivals have been rematched in the playoffs. The three previous times: 1980 (McKinley won first game, Massillon won in playoffs), 1994 (Massillon won first game, McKinley won playoff), 2001 (Massillon won both games).

Region 3

At Upper Arlington Moorhead Memorial Stadium

(1) Hilliard Davidson (12-0) vs. (7) Worthington Kilbourne (9-3) – Regional final rematch from last year, which Kilbourne won 35-34.

Region 4

At Cincinnati Nippert Stadium

(1) Cin. St. Xavier (12-0) vs. (2) Huber Hts. Wayne (11-1), 12:30 p.m.


All games 7:30 p.m. Friday

Region 5

At Bedford Stewart Field at Bearcat Stadium

(1) Tallmadge (12-0) vs. (6) Akr. Hoban (10-2)

Region 6

At Fremont Ross Harmon Field at Paul Stadium

(1) Avon Lake (12-0) vs. (2) Tol. Cent. Cath. (11-1)

Region 7

At Warren Harding Mollenkopf Stadium

(1) Louisville (12-0) vs. (2) Canfield (12-0)

Region 8

At Middletown Barnitz Stadium

(1) Springboro (12-0) vs. (6) Day. Carroll (10-2) – Mid-Miami League rivals collide. Springboro won 23-0 in regular season. But Carroll bounced Springboro from last year's regional semis with a 21-20 win.


All games 7:30 p.m. Friday

Region 9

At Ravenna Stadium, Gilcrest Field

(5) Youngs. Liberty (12-0) vs. (3) Akr. Buchtel (10-2)

Region 10

At Lewis Center Olentangy Braves Field

(1) Clyde (11-1) vs. (2) Spring. Shawnee (11-1)

Region 11

At Canton Fawcett Stadium

(1) Steubenville (12-0) vs. (2) Newark Licking Valley (12-0) -- ONN will show this battle of unbeatens on tape delay at 9:45 p.m. Friday.

Region 12

At Newark White Field

(5) Thornville Sheridan (9-3) vs. (3) Cols. DeSales (8-4)


All games 7 p.m. Saturday

Region 13

At Twinsburg Tiger Stadium

(1) Youngs. Mooney (10-2) vs. (7) Can. Cent. Cath. (9-3) – Mooney cruised over CCC 42-14 in Week 5.

Region 14

At Findlay Donnell Stadium

(4) Huron (11-1) vs. (2) Coldwater (12-0) – Regional final rematch. Coldwater won 19-6 last year.

Region 15

At Ohio University Peden Stadium

(1) Bellaire (12-0) vs. (2) Ironton (10-2)

Region 16

At Cincinnati Princeton Mancuso Field

(1) Germantown Valley View (11-1) vs. (2) Lemon-Monroe (11-1)


All Games 7:30 p.m. Friday

Region 17

At Canton Central Catholic Stadium

(1) N. Lima S. Range (12-0) vs. (7) W. Salem NW (10-2)

Region 18

At Tiffin National Field at Frost-Kalnow Stadium

(1) Hamler Patrick Henry (12-0) vs. (2) Bucyrus Wynford (12-0)

Region 19

At Lancaster Fulton Field

(4) Lucasville Valley (11-1) vs. (6) Centerburg (10-2)

Region 20

At Troy Memorial Stadium

(1) Cin. Hills Christian (12-0) vs. (3) Lima Cent. Cath. (11-1)


All games 7 p.m. Saturday

Region 21

At Carrollton Community Field

(1) Columbiana (11-1) vs. (3) Steubenville Cath. Cent. (9-3)

Region 22

At Tiffin National Field at Frost-Kalnow Stadium

(1) Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (12-0) vs. (3) Norwalk St. Paul (10-2)

Region 23

At Zanesville Sulsberger Memorial Stadium

(5) Newark Cath. (9-3) vs. (3) Shadyside (10-2)

Region 24

At Lima Senior Stadium

(5) Delphos St. John's (10-2) vs. (2) Dola Hardin Northern (11-0)

OSU Verbals Outside Ohio

* Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County moved to 9-3 with a 40-13 GHSA Class AAA playoff win over Northside-Columbus. Quarterback Antonio Henton, an OSU verbal, completed 9 of 14 passes for 220 yards and five TDs in the first half as Peach County built a 33-0 lead. The Trojans next entertain Stephens County, a 21-15 winner against Cartersville.

* Dana Point (Calif.) Dana Hills QB-DB Grant Schwartz carried 10 times for 88 yards and a 16-yard TD run and also completed 18 of 26 passes for 234 yards with a TD and two interceptions in a 21-14 season-ending loss to El Toro. Dana Hills ended up 4-6 on the year.

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