Regional Finals Recap
* Cin. St. Xavier 42, Huber Hts. Wayne 7 – St. X fell behind 7-0 early, but then jumped on Wayne for six touchdowns and never looked back. The Bombers rode sophomore running back Darius Ashley (129 yards rushing, four TDs) and its defense to the win. St. X has allowed only 68 points all year. A crowd of 10,000 attended the game at UC's Nippert Stadium.
* Hilliard Davidson 21, Worthington Kilbourne 14 – Davidson won on Christen Haywood's 4-yard TD run with 1:41 left, avenging a 35-34 loss in last year's regional finals. Haywood had 127 yards and two TDs on 27 carries.
* Lakewood St. Edward 17, Cle. Glenville 7 – St. Ed's knocked off top-ranked and previously undefeated Glenville, avenging a 32-7 loss to Glenville in last year's regional semifinals. Frank Edmonds had 151 rushing yards on 27 carries, while Nate Oliver had 117 yards and a TD on 15 carries. A crowd of 12,000 attended the game at Parma.
* Massillon Washington 21, Can. McKinley 3 – Massillon avenged a 38-8 pasting in the Week 10 regular season finale by ousting previously unbeaten and archrival McKinley from the playoffs. This was the 114th meeting between these two schools and marked the fourth time they had been rematched in the playoffs.
The Tigers mustered just 124 yards in the teams' first meeting, but they had two first-quarter scoring drives that totaled 158 yards as they jumped ahead 14-0. Junior TB Brian Gamble, who had 104 yards on 25 carries, capped the first one with an 8-yard run and then threw a 49-yard halfback option pass to Zack Vanryzin for a touchdown.
McKinley junior Morgan Williams finished with 108 yards rushing, giving him a school-record 2,417 for the year. He surpassed Ryan Brinson's 15-game total of 2,405 last year. McKinley senior Joe Morgan caught two passes for 51 yards. He set a school single-season receiving yards mark of 1,134.
Massillon upped its all-time series lead to 60-49-5. The three previous times the teams were rematched in the playoffs were 1980 (McKinley won first game, Massillon won in playoffs), 1994 (Massillon won first game, McKinley won playoff), 2001 (Massillon won both games). This was Massillon's first win over McKinley since 2002.
* Canfield 7, Louisville 0 -- Quarterback Sean Baker hit Tommy Hudson with a 37-yard pass on a flea flicker for the only touchdown in the game. Canfield fed off six Louisville turnovers.
* Day. Carroll 20, Springboro 7 – Carroll avenged a 23-0 loss to Springboro from the regular season and bounced Springboro from the playoffs for the second year in a row. RB Eric McComas had 101 yards and a TD on 19 carries, while Blake Horvath threw for two scores.
* Tallmadge 19, Hoban 7 -- Bob Grossman kicked field goals of 34 and 25 yards in the and Patrick Pakan had two interceptions in the Blue Devils' win over Hoban.
* Tol. Cent. Cath. 35, Avon Lake 14 -- Wide receiver/safety Dane Sanzenbacher had four catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns on offense and also had two interceptions on defense, returning one 97 yards for a touchdown, as TCC upset top-ranked Avon Lake. The Shoremen, who ended up 12-1, saw starting QB Brian Pettys go down early with a concussion.
* Buchtel 7, Youngs. Liberty 6 – David Lewis scored Buchtel's only TD on a 35-yard pass from Rayshon Dent and the Griffins' defense did the rest. Liberty scored a fourth-quarter touchdown, but a two-point conversion run failed.
* Clyde 7, Spring. Shawnee 0 – Clyde got the game's only touchdown on a 2-yard run from punishing fullback Matt Guhn.
* Cols. DeSales 28, Thornville Sheridan 0 – DeSales' Chris Thomas had 14 carries for 78 yards and two touchdowns. DeSales has outscored its three playoff opponents 122-14.
* Steubenville 33, Newark Licking Valley 7 – Steubenville sophomore Steve Davis intercepted four Licking Valley passes. QB Zack Collaros threw for three TDs, including scoring strikes of 80 and 28 yards to Maurice Bougard.
* Bellaire 34, Ironton 28, 3OT – Bellaire QB Nate Davis ran for three touchdowns and also completed 19 of 32 passes for 279 yards and a score. Ironton rallied from down 21-7 to force overtime on Chad Miller's 61-yard punt return for a score with 1:41 left in regulation. The teams failed to score in the two overtime periods, but Davis' 13-yard TD run in the third overtime proved to be the game winner. Darius Lewis rushed for 175 yards on 33 carries for Ironton.
* Coldwater 28, Huron 0 – Top-ranked Coldwater won over Huron in the regional finals for the second year in a row. QB Steve Borger completed 18-of-25 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns (giving him 26 on the season). OSU verbal Ross Homan had 16 carries for 70 yards and 1 TD.
* Lemon-Monroe 35, Germantown Valley View 21 – L-M sophomore quarterback Tyler Osterman was 9-for-16 passing for 112 yards with a touchdown and also ran for a score.
* Youngs. Mooney 30, Can. Cent. Cath. 12 – Mooney duplicated a regular season win over CCC. Mooney QB Derrick Johnson, who suffered an injury in the earlier meeting, had an 83-yard TD run and teammate Nate Burney had a 44-yard fumble return for a score and TD runs of 1 and 5 yards.
* Centerburg 26, Lucasville Valley 21 – Centerburg's Bryant Potter rushed for 153 yards and two TDs on 19 carries.
* Cin. Hills Christian 39, Lima Cent. Cath. 35 – CHCA QB Doug Browne threw a short pass to Ryan Collado, who turned and raced 85 yards for the game-winning TD with just 27 seconds left.
* Hamler Pat.Henry 56, Bucyrus Wynford 35
* N.Lima S.Range 21, Northwestern 14
* Bascom Hopewell-Loudon 43, Norwalk St. Paul 14
* Delphos St. John's 19, Dola Hardin Northern 7 – DSJ's Andrew DeWitt ran for 237 yards on 34 carries and had touchdowns on runs of 12, 59 and 7 yards. Defending state champion and top-ranked Hardin Northern saw its 17-game winning streak snapped.
* Newark Cath. 28, Shadyside 6 – Newark Catholic eliminated Shadyside from the playoffs for the third time since 2000. Zach McPherson had 149 yards and three TDs on 27 carries.
* Steubenville Cath. Cent. 56, Columbiana 21
State Semifinals Pairings
At Miami University Yager Stadium
(1) Hilliard Davidson (13-0) vs. (1) Cin. St. Xavier (13-0), 7 p.m. Saturday
At Akron Rubber Bowl
(1) Lakewood St. Edward (12-0) vs. (3) Massillon Washington (12-1), 1 p.m. Saturday – The teams met in 2004 with St. Ed taking a 37-7 win. Each team is in search of its first state playoff title. St. Ed has been a state runner-up three times. Massillon has captured numerous state and national poll title in its storied history, but the Tigers' best playoff finishes came in 1980 and '82, when they were runners-up.
Both games 7:30 p.m. Friday
At Twinsburg Tiger Stadium
(1) Tallmadge (13-0) vs. (2) Canfield (13-0)
At Dublin Coffman Rocks Stadium
(2) Tol. Cent. Cath. (12-1) vs. (6) Day. Carroll (11-2)
Both games 7:30 p.m. Friday
At Canton Fawcett Stadium
(4) Akron Buchtel (11-2) vs. (1) Steubenville (13-0) – The teams met in their season opener, won by Steubenville 27-14.
At Findlay Donnell Stadium
(1) Clyde (12-1) vs. (3) Cols. DeSales (9-4)
Both games 7 p.m. Saturday
At Steubenville Harding Stadium
(1) Youngs. Mooney (11-2) vs. (1) Bellaire (13-0)
At Dayton Welcome Stadium
(2) Coldwater (13-0) vs. (2) Lemon-Monroe (12-1)
Both games 7:30 p.m. Friday
At Fremont Ross Harmon Field at Paul Stadium
(1) N. Lima S. Range (13-0) vs. (1) Hamler Patrick Henry (13-0)
At Grove City Greyhound Stadium
(6) Centerburg (11-2) vs. (1) Cin. Hills Christian (13-0)
Both games 7 p.m. Saturday
At Canton Central Catholic Stadium
(3) Steubenville Cath. Cent. (10-3) vs. (5) Newark Cath. (10-3)
At Tiffin National Field at Frost-Kalnow Stadium
(1) Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (13-0) vs. (5) Delphos St. John's (12-2)
OSU Verbals Outside Ohio
* Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County moved to 10-3 with a 56-42 win over Stephens County in the GHSA Class AAA state quarterfinals. The win was the 10th straight for the Trojans (10-3), and marked the third time they've broken the 50-point mark this season. Peach advances to play LaGrange in Saturday's noon semifinals at the Georgia Dome. Trojans quarterback Antonio Henton, an OSU verbal, completed 9 of 20 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown. Henton added a 20-yard TD run in the third quarter. Chris Slaughter, an Auburn verbal, caught five passes for 193 yards and the score.
* Dana Point (Calif.) Dana Hills QB-DB Grant Schwartz's season is complete.