Ohio Preps Rdp.: Week 1 Recap

Toledo Central Catholic wide receiver (and Ohio State verbal) Dane Sanzenbacher had a late touchdown catch to lift his team to a dramatic victory this past weekend. And it was against a team from Michigan, no less. Click this free link for a look at all of the key Ohio high school games from Week 1 and games to watch in Week 2.

Here is a recap of the first weekend of Ohio high school football and a look at some of the key games scheduled for the second weekend (all rankings are from the ONN/Ohio preseason Power Poll).

* Defending Division I state champion Cincinnati St. Xavier, ranked No. 2 in D-I, got the new year off to a good start with a 52-14 win over Huber Heights Wayne. Junior RB Darius Ashley scored four touchdowns -- two rushing, one on a pass, and one on a 92-yard kickoff return. He rushed 15 times for 71 yards and two TDs, and caught a 9-yard TD pass from senior quarterback Ryan Morris.

The game was moved from Saturday up to Thursday because of the threat of a teacher's strike in the Huber Heights distict. Ohio State verbal DB Donnie Evege plays for Wayne. It was a rematch from the regional finals last year, where St. Xavier won 42-7.

* Middletown Fenwick's John Garman kicked the winning 17-yard field goal with 4 seconds left from 17 yards out in a 24-21 win over Cincinnati Roger Bacon.

* Xenia won a 41-28 shootout with Hamilton, spoiling Jim Place's debut as the Big Blue head coach. Junior RB Aston Jackson had 238 yards and five touchdowns on 23 carries for Xenia. Hamilton's Dwayne Conley had six receptions for 174 yards and a touchdown, carried six times for 19 yards and also had a 53-yard punt return for a score.

* Cincinnati Princeton freshman quarterback Spencer Ware ran for two touchdowns as the Vikings downed Cincinnati Western Hills 34-0.

* Cincinnati Colerain, ranked third in Division I, cruised to a 41-14 win over Mason in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown game at Miami University's Yager Stadium. QB Doug Reynolds rushed 15 times for 78 yards and a touchdown, and completed 6-of-7 passes for 71 yards and two TDs. Senior fullback Trammell Williams rushed 17 times for 127 yards and two TDs.

* Also at Miami, West Chester Lakota West eked out a 13-12 win over Cincinnati Moeller. Moeller got within one point on a 1-yard touchdown run by junior Tim Uecker with 36 seconds left. But the PAT attempt was wide left, giving Lakota West the win. West QB Dustin Huff was 8-for-15 for 150 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown pass to junior Bakari Bussey. West DE Solomon Thomas registered eight tackles in the win.

* Cincinnati LaSalle defeated Liberty Twp. Lakota East 34-9 in a Crosstown Showdown game at UC's Nippert Stadium. LaSalle's Vince Harris had two sacks and recovered a fumble defensively, and scored a touchdown on a 3-yard run.

* Cincinnati Elder RB Patrick Williams had 112 yards and a TD on 30 carries in a 13-3 win over Covington (Ky.) Catholic at the Crosstown Showdown.

* Trotwood-Madison, ranked fifth in Division II, rolled to a 61-14 win over Dayton Meadowdale. Junior QB Dominic Britt threw for 275 yards and five touchdowns. Roy Roundtree had four catches for 135 yards and two TDs. Michael Sawyer had three grabs for 77 yards and a score. T-M LB C.J. Peake, who transferred from Meadowdale, scored the Rams' last TD with 3:34 left, picking up a fumble and going 51 yards.

* Centerville, ranked ninth in Division I, downed Fairfield 42-8. RB Taneareus Collins carried six times for 104 yards and an 80-yard TD. He also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, covering 75 and 70 yards.

* Grove City outlasted Piqua 48-41. Eric Benjamin's 1-yard touchdown run with 38.4 seconds left gave the Greyhounds the win. Benjamin, John Tomer and Joel Laborce each had two touchdowns for Grove City.

OSU verbal RB Brandon Saine of Piqua racked up 330 all-purpose yards. He had 14 carries for 127 yards and three touchdowns rushing as well as kickoff returns of 99 (TD) and 85 yards.

* Troy's Trevor Stutz kicked a 27-yard field goal with 10:13 remaining for the winning points in his team's 13-10 win over visiting Dublin Coffman. Troy's defense picked off two passes in the closing minutes to preserve the win.

* Clayton Northmont QB Clay Belton was 20 of 25 passing for 209 yards and three TDs in a win over Dayton Chaminade-Julienne.

* Canton McKinley RB Morgan Williams rushed for 159 yards and four TDs in a 49-21 win over Toledo Start.

* Defending Division III state champion Steubenville, ranked No. 1 in D-III, opened with a 22-6 win over Akron Buchtel. Steubenville RB Tamawi McGhee rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Steubenville had beaten Buchtel twice last year, once in the regular season (27-14) and again in the state semifinals (35-24).

* Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary made coach Ryan Wiggins' debut a winning one with a 43-24 triumph over Shaker Heights. RB Carnell Evans carried 15 times for 133 yards and two TDs, caused and returned a fumble for a score and also intercepted a pass in the win for SVSM.

* OSU verbal WR Dane Sanzenbacher of defending Division II state champion Toledo Central Catholic hauled in a 22-yard TD pass from Tyler Kleeberger with 3:17 left to lift his team to a 21-17 win over Detroit Catholic Central at Start Stadium. Sanzenbacher five catches for 68 yards. TCC won its 14th straight game.

* Toledo St. John's Jesuit sophomore tailback Allen Crews carried the ball 16 times for 151 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown run, in a 24-16 win over Findlay.

* There were big plays everywhere as Solon downed Strongsville 27-13 in the Charity Game doubleheader at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Strongsville junior wideout D.J. Woods had a 90-yard catch and run for a touchdown. But Solon's Charles Matthews returning the ensuing kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown.

* In the other game of the Charity Game twin-bill, Mentor kicker Kevin Harper shrugged off a pair of missed PAT kicks and a missed field goal to hit a 21-yard field goal with 16.4 seconds left in a 15-13 upset of Cleveland Glenville, ranked 10th in Division I. More than 15,000 people attended the two games. Mentor QB Bart Tanski completed 16 of 32 passes for 193 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception.

* Lakewood St. Edward, ranked No. 1 in Division I, rallied from an early 7-0 deficit to take a 24-7 win over rival Cleveland Benedictine. Frank Edmonds led St. Edward with 215 yards rushing on 25 carries, despite missing much of the first half with leg cramps. He scored on a 35-yard run in the second quarter and a 2-yard run in the fourth. OSU verbal DB Nate Oliver scored on a 10-yard run as well. Oliver also had multiple tackles for losses as the Eagles defense held Benedictine to less than 100 yards of total offense.

* Maple Heights QB Anthony Wright threw for 305 yards and five touchdowns as the Mustangs opened their season by routing host Hubbard 54-28. Wright completed 14 of 19 passes and also carried three times for 15 yards. Senior teammate Tyrone Lattimore ran 16 times for 116 yards. Maple Heights senior receiver Charles Brown had two catches for 130 yards, and both were for touchdowns. Junior receiver Deonte Wiggins had six catches for 98 yards and a two TDs.

* Defending Division VI state champion Delphos St. John's pulled off a shocking 28-12 win at Worthington Kilbourne, which has recently been a Division I powerhouse in central Ohio. DSJ outgained Kilbourne 376-162. QB Nick Johnson completed 6 of 12 passes for 128 yards and three TDs and also scored on a touchdown run.

* Salineville Southern RB Nick Puckett rushed for 306 yards and four TDs on 26 carries in a 45-15 win over East Palentine. Nick Puckett broke the school's single-game rushing mark of 272 yards set by his brother, Matt. Ironically, Nick Puckett played one day after his brother's funeral following Matt's death in a tragic car accident.

* Cleveland St. Ignatius used two field goals and a safety to pull out an 8-6 win over Youngstown Boardman. Boardman was denied the win after posting a 1-19 mark the last two seasons.

CSI's Bryan Sylvester tackled Spartan quarterback Joe Bako in the end zone for a safety with just 2:00 remaining in the opening quarter. Nicholas Yako made field goals of 25 and 35 yards for the Wildcats. Boardman scored on 1-yard touchdown scamper by Tyler Amendola, but then missed on the two-point conversion.

* Warren Harding, ranked fifth in Division I, took a 56-6 win over Cleveland JFK. Quarterbacks Luke George and Avery Qualls both played well in alternating series. George completed 3-of-4 passes for 78 yards, with each completion resulting in a touchdown. Qualls completed all three of his passes for 41 yards and one touchdown. RB Dan Herron, who has committed to Ohio State, had 14 yards on nine carries and also scored on a 55-yard screen pass.

* Hilliard Davidson RB Bo Delande rushed 25 times for 130 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-26 win over Middletown.

* Clay Beeler rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown and Chris Givens caught a 25-yard TD pass as Chillicothe knocked off Columbus Brookhaven 14-5.

* Columbus Africentric broke a 27-game losing streak and notched the school's first-ever winn in football with a 46-6 triumph over Dayton Belmont. Bernie Agnew had two touchdown catches and a 72-yard kick return in the win.

* Defending Division IV state champion Coldwater turned back Kenton 28-7.

* Defending Division V state champion Hamler Patrick Henry downed Leipsic 41-6.

* Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, ranked No. 1 in Division IV, stopped Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 20-14. QB Dan McCarthy scored the game-winning touchdown on a 5-yard run. Mark Wooldridge had two TD runs for Walsh, but was stopped by Mooney junior standout Brandon Beachum on a key fourth-and-1 with three minutes left.

* Johnstown's Marcus Hendren carried 20 times for 420 yards and five TDs in a 45-6 win over Granville.

* Macedonia Nordonia, ranked second in Division II, downed Amherst Steele 42-7 as RB Jordan Mabin carried 13 times for 219 yards and three TDs. He also returned a punt 79 yards for a score and intercepted a pass.

* Dalton Smith's 19-yard TD pass to Justin Leasure helped Amanda-Clearcreek defeat Newark Catholic 22-14 in overtime.

* St. Henry rolled past Marion Pleasant 35-7 as QB Doug Griesdorn threw three TD passes, two of them to Ryan Hartke.

Week 2: Games To Watch

Here is a look at games to watch in Week 2:

Fox Sports Net Ohio will televise Akron Buchtel at Austintown Fitch at 7 p.m. Thursday. (That game will likely only be shown in Northeast Ohio.) Also Thursday, Akron Garfield meets Canton GlenOak at Fawcett Stadium.

Columbus Crew Stadium will be the site of a doubleheader as Westerville Central takes on New Albany and Westerville South and Westerville North renew their rivalry (North pulled out a 14-10 win last year).

Ohio News Network will televise Akron Hoban at Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit on tape delay at 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Also Friday: Canfield at Canton South, Winton Woods at West Chester Lakota West, Cincinnati LaSalle at Clayton Northmont (Northmont won 42-7 last year), Xenia at Piqua, Cincinnati Elder at Ft. Thomas (Ky.) Highlands, Findlay at Dublin Coffman, Columbus Brookhaven at Cincinnati Colerain, Toledo Central Catholic at Hilliard Darby, Cincinnati Moeller at Middletown, St. Henry at Delphos St. John's and Indianapolis Cathedral at Cincinnati St. Xavier.

Neighborhood rivals Pataskala Watkins Memorial and Summit Station Licking Heights were set to meet for the first time in roughly 20 years at Heights.

With the teacher's strike, Huber Heights Wayne's game with Fairfield was in peril.

On Saturday: Cleveland Glenville at Warren Harding (Glenville won 34-0 last year), Washington (D.C.) Woodson at Massillon Washington and Lakewood St. Edward at Shaker Heights. The Glenville-Harding game will be shown at 9 p.m. on tape delay on ONN.

OSU Verbals Outside Ohio

* Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's defeated Detroit King 34-18. WR Taurian Washington, an OSU verbal, plays for St. Mary's. Quarterback Justin Siller, fresh off a commitment to Purdue, and tailback Dominique White each had two rushing touchdowns for St. Mary's. St. Mary's visits Grand Ledge Sept. 1.

* Monaca (Pa.) Center Area OL Evan Blankenship opens the season with his team against Sto-Rox at home Friday.

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