Ohio Preps Rdp.: Week 6 Preview

Ohio State verbal Daniel "Boom" Herron of Warren Harding enjoyed one of his biggest games of the year in a win over Youngstown Wilson. Click this free link for a look at the results of some of the key games in Week 5 of Ohio high school football, plus a look ahead to Week 6.

Here is a recap of the fifth weekend of Ohio high school football and a look at some of the key games scheduled for the sixth weekend.

* Cincinnati Elder defeated Cincinnati LaSalle 35-34 in double overtime in one of many games statewide that began on Friday but was finished on Saturday due to inclement weather. Elder took a 35-28 lead in the second OT on junior QB John Groene's 2-yard touchdown pass to junior TE Kyle Rudolph. LaSalle then scored a touchdown, but missed its PAT kick. Rudolph, listed at 6-7, three TD passes and ended up with six catches for 63 yards.

Groene completed 25 of 36 passes for 271 yards and four TDs, with one interception. He also rushed 24 times for 74 yards and a TD, as he made his first start in place of injured regular Derrick Ventre (broken hand). Elder junior wideout Nick Olthaus had nine catches for 130 yards and a TD. La Salle linebacker Ben Martin had 2½ sacks.

* Junior running back Darius Ashley had 35 carries for 203 yards to lead Cincinnati St. Xavier over Covington (Ky.) Catholic 23-3.

* Cincinnati Colerain, ranked No. 1 in Division I, moved to 5-0 with a 21-7 win over previously unbeaten West Chester Lakota West. Ohio State verbal DB Eugene Clifford played in his first game after verbaling to the Buckeyes a day earlier. Doug Reynolds had a TD pass and run for Colerain, which also got a 79-yard TD run from HB Gary Pride. Lakota West scored on Dustin Huff's 58-yard TD pass to Bakari Bussey.

* Trotwood-Madison outlasted Beavercreek 11-10 in overtime. QB Domonick Britt ran for the two-point conversion to give the Rams (4-1) the win. Dre Ellis kicked a 38-yard field goal in the third quarter to give Trotwood a 3-0 lead. Beavercreek tied it with 1:32 remaining on a 30-yard field goal Pat Williams. The Beavers took a 10-3 lead on the first possession in the OT on a 1-yard run by Dee Wallace and a Willams PAT. Trotwood scored on its possession on a 1-yard run by Britt. The Rams went for the win with their two-point try and converted.

* Centerville downed Xenia 42-0 in a game called at halftime due to inclement weather. Centerville had 254 yards rushing on 40 plays. James Cravens ran for three short touchdowns. Will Johnson has 67 yards rushing on five carries and a TD while Taneareus Collins went for 62 yards on six tries and caught a 33-yard TD pass from Grant Mink.

* Huber Heights Wayne took a 24-0 win over previously unbeaten Clayton Northmont, which played without starting QB Clay Belton (out with a broken thumb). Troy Gilmer had a 48-yard TD run for Wayne. OSU verbal Donnie Evege added 60 yards on 11 carries for Wayne, which moved to 3-1.

* Coldwater continued its domination of Midwest Athletic Conference rival St. Henry, posting its 10th straight win over its nearby rival by a final of 14-7. A crowd of 5,000 attended the game and saw St. Henry, ranked No. 1 in Division V last week, fall to 4-1. The win was also the Cavs' 27th straight regular-season win dating to 2003. Tony Harlamert, who had 100 yards on 26 carries, gave Coldwater the lead for good on a 5-yard TD run with 3:59 left in the third quarter.

* West Milton Milton-Union rallied for a 19-14 win over Germantown Valley View. QB Mitchell Evans hit Eric Antonides with a 6-yard scoring pass with 3:57 left as the Bulldogs improved to 5-0. Evans had 211 yards rushing on 27 carries.

* OSU verbal RB Brandon Saine had 148 yards on 25 carries in Piqua's 28-16 win over Miamisburg. Saine had TD runs of 36 and 2 yards and also caught a 20-yard TD pass from Justin Hemm on the final play of the first half. It marked the second week in a row Saine scored on the last play of the first half as he had a 70-yard punt return touchdown the week before. Saine now has 831 yards rushing and a total of 19 TDs (15 rushing, one kick, one punt and two catches) in five games this year.

* Toledo St. John's RB Nick Cherry rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown and St. John's Jesuit rolled up 303 yards on the ground in a 31-12 victory over Scott.

* Toledo Central Catholic, ranked No. 2 and the defending state champion in Division II, needed overtime to get by Toledo Rogers 20-14 and improve to 5-0. Paul Jacoby scored the game-winner for the visiting Irish on a 4-yard run after the Rams were stymied on their possession. OSU verbal WR Dane Sanzenbacher had six catches for 156 yards, including an 80-yard TD for TCC (5-0).

* Mentor knocked off Massillon Washington 19-7 before a crowd of 8,500 at Mentor. QB Bart Tanski threw for 101 yards and a TD and also carried the ball 16 times for 98 yards and a score for Mentor. Brian Gamble had a 3-yard TD run for Massillon, which did not have a play go for more than 13 yards in the loss.

* Alliance cruised to a 31-7 win over Canton South to move to 4-1 on the year. QB Charles Babb accounted for all five Alliance touchdowns – four passing and one rushing. Babb was 13 of 20 for 220 yards. Chris Bivins caught seven passes for 116 yards and two scores, while Jon Andrews notched TDs on both of his receptions for Alliance. Canton South (3-2) tallied on a 52-yard yard TD run by junior Devoe Torrence, but his brother, OSU verbal Devon Torrence, touched the ball only twice and had no receptions in the game.

* Dover remained unbeaten with a 59-7 rout of Coshocton. QB Perci Garner had another big game for Dover, finishing 20 of 25 for 406 yards, six touchdowns and 52 yards rushing to lead Dover to an East Central Ohio League win. Garner had touchdown passes of 28, 21 and 64 yards and had TD runs of 8, 9, and 1 yard. Daniel Ifft, who finished with seven receptions for 108 yards, had two of the three touchdowns.

* With RB Morgan Williams banged up, Canton McKinley turned to backup Will Sheeler had 124 yards and one TD and Williams, playing limited plays, had 106 yards and two TDs in a 28-3 win over Canton GlenOak.

* Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, ranked No. 1 in Division IV, rallied late for a 21-16 win over Mentor Lake Catholic. RB Mike Zordich, a senior, ran in from 31 yards out with 7:01 remaining in the game to give his team a 14-10 edge. Quarterback Dan McCarthy scampered in from 40 yards out on the next possession to push the lead out to 21-10. Zordich, a 6-3, 224-pound junior fullback, finished with 144 yards on 18 carries. He ran for 94 yards in the fourth quarter.

* Warren Harding RB Daniel "Boom" Herron had 158 yards and two TDs on 16 carries and backup Joe Threats added 117 yards and two scores in nine carries in their team's 45-6 win over Youngstown Woodrow Wilson. Herron also made contributions with his hands as he grabbed two catches for 38 yards and a touchdown as Harding improved to 3-2.

* Senior halfback Mark Wooldridge rushed for 322 yards and three touchdowns in the second half to finish with 401 yards on 29 carries in Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit's 42-18 victory over previously unbeaten Parma Padua. The 5-10, 195-pound Wooldridge scored on runs of 90 and 52 yards in the third quarter to put Walsh up 21-7. Wooldridge added a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

* Northwestern-bound David Arnold rushed for 165 yards and scored two touchdowns to help Copley rally from a 17-point first-half deficit in a 27-17 win over Medina Highland. Justin White-Reid put the Indians ahead 21-17 when he scored on a 25-yard run with 3:11 left in the game.

* Macedonia Nordonia rebounded from a loss to Solon by defeating Twinsburg 28-14. Senior RB Jordan Mabin rushed for a school-record 317 yards on 25 carries and scored three touchdowns for Nordonia. The yardage broke the record of 302 set by Deaunte' Ferrell in 1999 and put Mabin over the 1,000-yard mark (1,047) for the season in five games.

* Delphos St. John's blasted Versailles 52-6 in another MAC showdown game. DSJ outgained Versailles 402-197 and had 344 yards rushing. Aaron Etzkorn had three TD runs and QB Nick Johnson had two TD runs and a TD pass in the win.

* Columbus Academy RB Chris Crockett scored five TDs in his team's 69-20 win over Whitehall. Crockett had 145 yards and four TDs on nine carries and also returned a punt 78 yards for a score.

* Newark Licking Valley sophomore RB Storm Klein rushed for 279 yards on 27 carries and scored five TDs in his team's 41-17 win over Bexley.

* Lancaster RB Georgie Carpenter had 105 yards and a TD on 25 carries as the Golden Gales stopped Pickerington Central 24-10 in a battle of unbeaten teams.

* Westerville South rallied from a 14-0 deficit to defeat Newark 33-28 to remain unbeaten. QB Rocco Pentello completed 10 of 18 passes for 170 yards and three TDs and also rushed for 129 yards and two TDs on 16 carries.

* Columbus DeSales QB Jimmy Vahalik threw for 153 yards and three TDs in a 30-25 win over visiting Fort Thomas (Ky.) Highlands.

* Upper Arlington's Rob Blevins atoned for a late shanked punt with an even later interception to help preserve his team's 24-21 win over Hilliard Darby. Darby's Jeremy Ebert had 218 yards and a touchdown on 41 carries and also threw two TD passes.

* Dublin Coffman ended a four-game losing streak to rival Dublin Scioto with a 44-0 win. QB Zak Kristan completed 13 of 16 passes for 244 yards and two TDs, including a 53-yarder to junior Trey Fairchild. Fairchild had six catches for 137 yards.

* Columbus Independence's Luther Nicholas ran 37 times for 368 yards and four TDs in his team's 34-20 win over Columbus Africentric.

* Chillicothe QB Caleb Knight completed 22 of 27 passes for 301 yards and three TDs in a 47-14 win over Ironton.

* Circleville RB Adam Turner had 216 yards and two TDs on 26 carries in a 28-3 win over Circleville Logan Elm.

* Gahanna Lincoln RB Darius Reeves rushed for 250 yards and two TDs on 29 carries in his team's 35-7 win over Dublin Jerome.

* Brunswick saw a 21-0 lead evaporate before rallying for a 35-34 win over Elyria. QB Sean Bedevelsky rushed for 116 yards and threw a pair of TD passes to Ryan Kopacko.

* Columbus Watterson routed nemesis Cleveland Benedictine 40-16. Mason Takacs had four TD passes in the win for Watterson.

* Cleveland Glenville feasted on five turnovers in a 38-0 win over Cleveland Collinwood. QB Jermale Hines had TD passes of 20 and 40 yards to Cordale Scott and also had a 3-yard TD run.

* Maple Heights defeated Garfield Heights 35-7 as RB Tyrone Lattimore had 25 carries for 177 yards, while QB Anthony Wright ran for two scores and threw for one.

* Wadsworth's Dru Jones carried 45 times for 229 yards and one TD in a 10-7 win over Richfield Revere.

* Granville's Zac Lemon had two touchdown runs and a TD catch and also had the game-winning two-point conversion run as his team defeated Newark Catholic 37-36 in overtime.

* Lakewood St. Edward improved to 4-1 by stunning Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna Prep 14-7. C-M Prep, ranked 19th nationally, fell to 3-1. RB Frank Edmonds had 161 yards on 27 carries. His 5-yard TD run with four minutes left was the margin of victory. OSU verbal Nate Oliver had several key carries on the decisive touchdown drive for St. Ed.

* Cleveland St. Ignatius moved to 5-0 with a 28-7 win over Mishawaka (Ind.) Penn at Cleveland St. Ignatius. RB Matt Merletti ran for 212 yards and two TDs in the win for the Wildcats.

New Rankings

Here are the new rankings released Monday for the ONN/Ohio High Power Poll:

Division I -- Cincinnati Colerain (5-0), Cincinnati St. Xavier (4-1), Lakewood St. Edward (4-1), Hilliard Davidson (5-0), Canton McKinley (5-0), Cleveland St. Ignatius (5-0), Lancaster (5-0), Westerville South (5-0), Mentor (4-1), Solon (4-1).

Division II -- Maple Heights (5-0), Toledo Central Catholic (5-0), Dayton Carroll (5-0).

Division III -- Steubenville (5-0), Kettering Alter (5-0), Columbus DeSales (5-0).

Division IV -- Youngstown Mooney (5-0), Coldwater (5-0), West Milton Milton Union (5-0).

Division V -- West Salem Northwestern (5-0), St. Henry (4-1), Smithville (5-0).

Division VI -- Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (5-0), Dola Hardin Northern (5-0), Cuyahoga Heights (4-1).

Week 6: Games To Watch

On Thursday, Fox Sports Net Ohio will televise North Royalton at Elyria live at 7:30 p.m.

Key games on Friday: Cleveland St. Ignatius at Massillon Washington (Massillon snapped CSI's eight-game winning streak in the series with a 29-26 win last year), Cincinnati Moeller at Cincinnati LaSalle (LaSalle won 17-14 last year), Cincinnati St. Xavier at Cincinnati Elder, Austintown Fitch at Canton McKinley (McKinley won 28-7 last year), Warren Harding at Youngstown Ursuline, Grove City at Dublin Coffman, Liberty Twp. Lakota East at Cincinnati Colerain, Cleveland East Tech vs. Cleveland Glenville, Newark at Hilliard Darby, Hamilton at West Chester Lakota West, Clayton Northmont at Sidney, Canton South at Louisville, Steubenville at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, Springfield North at Huber Heights Wayne, Toledo Libbey at Toledo Central Catholic and Trotwood-Madison at Piqua.

Press Box Productions will provide a live audio webcast of the Cambridge at Dover game at 7:30 p.m. Friday. (Check JJHuddle.com for the link.) Those two teams are each 5-0 with Dover ranked fourth and Cambridge fifth in Division III.

On Saturday: Lakewood St. Edward at Athol Springs (N.Y.) St. Francis and Columbus Bishop Watterson at Covington (Ky.) Catholic.

OSU Verbals Outside Ohio

* Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's, with OSU verbal WR Taurian Washington, fell to 4-1 win a 14-7 loss to Birmingham Brother Rice. St. Mary's hosts Novi Detroit Catholic Central Saturday.

* Monaca (Pa.) Center Area, with OSU verbal OL Evan Blankenship, improved to 3-1 with a 24-7 win over Ellwood City. Maurice Carter continued to pile up impressive rushing figures for Center. He carried 17 times for 173 yards and a score in the MAC victory at Ellwood City. Carter, running behind Blankenship and the Center line, has rushed 86 times for 616 yards this season.. Center visits Beaver Area Friday.


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