Ohio Preps Rdp.: Regional Finals Preview

We look back at the Ohio high school football regional semifinals, where Warren Harding (and OSU verbal Boom Herron) advanced with a 7-3 win over Lakewood St. Edward. Plus, we preview this weekend's action in the regional finals -- many of which have been moved to Friday because of OSU-Michigan.

Here are the results from last weekend's regional semifinals and a look ahead at the match-ups for this weekend's regional finals:


Canton McKinley 45, Brunswick 27 – RB Morgan Williams ran for 259 yards and three TDs on 31 carries and also caught a 47-yard TD pass for No. 10 McKinley (11-1). Williams now has 2,113 yards on the season and 4,843 for his career – both are McKinley records. QB Sean Bedevelsky threw for 337 yards and three TDs and also ran 76 yards for a score for Brunswick.

Cin. Colerain 28, Cin. Sycamore 0 – Top-ranked Colerain rolled to 312 yards rushing: QB Doug Reynolds carried 12 times for 133 yards, senior running back Gary Pride had 12 carries for 73 yards and a TD, senior fullback Trammell Williams had 16 carries for 64 yards and a TD and senior running back Je'Sean Godfrey scored a TD. Colerain features Ohio State verbal DB Eugene Clifford.

Cin. St. Xavier 17, Cin. Glen Este 0 – No. 2 St. X used a fake field goal to get a 20-yard TD pass from kicker Danny Milligan to Jon Saelinger. That broke a scoreless tie and started St. X on its way toward the win.

Dublin Coffman 35, Gahanna Lincoln 23 – Trey Fairchild had TD runs of 65 and 7 yards and caught a 25-yard TD pass from Zak Kristan in the win for Coffman.

Hilliard Davidson 17, Upper Arlington 0 – Bo Delande carried 28 times for 176 yards and two TDs for fourth-ranked Davidson (12-0), which dealt UA (10-2) its only two losses this year.

Mentor 29, Cle. Glenville 19 – No. 6 Mentor showed its regular season win over No. 8 Glenville was no fluke. QB Bart Tanski was 16 for 30 for 238 yards and three TDs for Mentor. Brandon James had a key interception and also caught a 35-yard TD pass for Mentor. Glenville's Jermale Hines ran for a score and threw a TD pass.

Tol. Whitmer 14, Massillon Washington 10 – Whitmer TE Kevin Koger caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Donnie Dottei with 8:22 left to give his team the margin of victory. Dottei added 23 carries for 113 yards and a TD.

Warren Harding 7, Lakewood St. Edward 3 – This was a defensive struggle as Harding won despite having just 96 yards total offense to St. Ed's 206. Harding twice held No. 3 St. Ed on downs inside its 20 in the final four minutes. Sidney Glover was the star for Harding with an 8-yard TD run and a fumble forced. OSU verbal RB Boom Herron plays for Harding, while OSU verbal DB Nate Oliver plays for St. Ed. Coming into the game, Herron had 1,254 yards rushing and 16 TDs.


Ashland 14, Tiffin Columbian 9 – Ashland QB Taylor Housewright, who completed 14 of 20 passes for 137 yards for the game, found Anthony Fairhurst on a fade route for a 12-yard TD completion that gave the Arrows a 14-7 advantage with 7:12 left. Ashland then held on a goal-line stand to preserve the win.

Chardon 31, Mayfield 0

Cin. Turpin 24, Trenton Edgewood 17 -- Ryan Martin hit Andy Cruse on a 47-yard pass with 9:21 left in the game to snap a 17-17 tie in the matchup of two Fort Ancient Valley Conference teams.

Cols. Watterson 17, Uniontown Lake 7

Harrison 10, New Carlisle Tecumseh 0 -- Junior running back Cody Adams had 26 carries for 132 yards and scored Harrison's only touchdown.

Macedonia Nordonia 23, Olmsted Falls 14 – Northwestern verbal Jordan Mabin rushed for 273 yards on 24 carries and scored two touchdowns for No. 2 Nordonia.

Pickerington Cent. 49, Pataskala Watkins Memorial 7 – Top-ranked Central rolled as Jordan Jarrell had 206 yards and six TDs on 26 carries.

Piqua 40, Wapakoneta 21 – OSU verbal RB Brandon Saine had 13 carries for 149 yards, including a 54-yard TD run, for Piqua. He now has 1,850 yards with 30 TDs (26 rushing). WR Phil Collier added TDs on a 19-yard catch from Justin Hemm, a 40-yard run and a 37-yard INT return.


Aurora 17, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 7 – QB Wes Miller completed 10 of 17 passes for 177 yards and two TDs for Aurora.

Cols. DeSales 41, Waverly 6 – Ryan Clark had 184 yards and a TD on 14 carries for DeSales, which sacked Waverly QB Trevor Walls four times and intercepted him three times.

Dover 42, Cambridge 9 – No. 6 Dover avenged a 41-35 loss to No. 3 Cambridge in Week 6. Dover quarterback Perci Garner completed 19-of-34 passes for 333 yards and four touchdowns. He also caught a pass for 40 yards from wideout Daniel Ifft to end the first half. Ifft had a sensational night, catching nine passes for 184 yards with two scores, while sophomore Kyle Sattler chose a fine night to score his first two touchdowns of the year.

Kettering Alter 49, Eaton 0 – No. 2 Alter improved to 12-0 with its sixth shutout win of the season, this one before a crowd of 5,000 at Welcome Stadium. The sibling duo of Corey and Chris Roark paved the way. Corey, the fullback, rushed for 108 yards on 10 carries while older brother Chris accounted for 98 yards on 14 carries and three TDs. Alter had three interceptions, including one returned 67 yards for a score by Tony Lima.

Mentor Lake Cath. 31, Hubbard 12 – MLC had 370 yards rushing in this win, led by Randy Greenwood (25 carries, 211 yards, three TDs) and Dave Jaranovic (17 carries, 159 yards, one TD).

New Albany 43, Gallipolis Gallia Academy 2 – RB Jayce Stewart had 125 yards and three TDs on 13 carries on offense and 10 tackles on defense for New Albany.

Steubenville 28, Canton South 6 – Defending state champion and top-ranked Steubenville cruised to its 27th straight win. Tamawi McGhee had 145 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries before leaving the game with an injury in the third. QB Zach Collaros, who has never lost a game as a starting QB, threw for 167 yards on 10-of-15 passing and rushed for 55, accounting for three scores. OSU verbal Devon Torrence had a 74-yard TD catch for South's only score.

Sunbury Big Walnut 34, St. Marys Memorial 20 – Ethan Wetzel threw for two TDs and ran for one for Big Walnut.


Bellaire 37, Williamsport Westfall 26 – QB Nick Rocchio threw for 248 yards and offset four INTs with four TD passes for unbeaten and No. 3-ranked Bellaire. WR Trey Masciarelli had seven catches for 106 yards and two TDs.

Blanchester 41, Clarksville Clinton-Massie 7 -- Blanchester quarterback Austin Knight ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns while also throwing for 97 yards and another score.

New Lexington 35, Martins Ferry 14

Oak Harbor 38, Coldwater 20 – Defending state champion Coldwater jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but after that it was all Oak Harbor. Oak Harbor ground out 404 yards on 63 carries, held Coldwater to 134 yards total offense and dominated time of possession, 31:43 to 16:17. Aaron McCune led Oak Harbor with 189 yards rushing on 17 carries, while Jake Lipstraw had 162 yards on 32 carries out of the wing-T offense. Coldwater's winning streak was snapped at 26 straight.

Orrville 49, Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley 13 – Orrville feasted on five interceptions with Brad Thomas and Isaiah Tyler returning picks for touchdowns. QB Kyle Simmons rushed for a score and threw for two more.

Plain City Jonathan Alder 38, Lemon-Monroe 17 – Luke Bates rushed for 92 yards and two TDs for Jonathan Alder.

W. Milton Milton Union 42, Sparta Highland 13 – Tyler Wilson ran for two TDs and caught a TD pass from QB Mitchell Evans, who also rushed for a score for Milton-Union.

Youngs. Mooney 41, Perry 0 – RB Brandon Beachum ran for two TDs, RB Michael Zordich ran for one and QB Dan McCarthy threw for a score and ran for a 63-yard TD as top-ranked Mooney had 504 yards total offense and moved to 11-0.


Amanda-Clearcreek 36, Gahanna Cols. Academy 9 – A-C avenged bitter loss in 2003 state title game. Ben Ball ran for two TDs and caught a pass for a third.

Defiance Ayersville 39, Sherwood Fairview 33 – Anthony King and Jarred Hageman each scored two touchdowns rushing, while Rob Luderman connected with Chad Long for a pair of TD passes to help the Pilots avenge a 68-41 loss to Fairview in Week 9. Ryan Radcliff threw for four TDs for Fairview.

Findlay Liberty-Benton 17, Bedford Chanel 7 – Michael Busch had a TD run and a 27-yard field goal for Liberty-Benton.

Lima Cent. Cath. 42, Lafayette Allen E. 0

N. Lima S. Range 21, Columbiana Crestview 7

St. Henry 27, Marion Pleasant 0 – Andy Puthoff ran for three TDs for No. 2 St. Henry, which duplicated a 35-7 regular season win over Pleasant.

W. Jefferson 40, Johnstown-Monroe 14 – Joey Inks carried for 194 yards and four TDs for West Jeff (12-0).

Warren JFK 14, Barnesville 8, OT


Bascom Hopewell-Loudon 42, Columbus Grove 20

Columbiana 14, Berlin Center Western Reserve 9

Danville 29, Lancaster Fisher Cath. 12 – Danville's Mason Pew had a 55-yard TD catch, teammate Gatlin Ridgway had an 84-yard run and the Blue Devils forced five turnovers in the win.

Maria Stein Marion Local 49, Spring. Cath. Cent. 20 – Marion Local's Mark Otte rushed for 156 yards and four TDs.

Mechanicsburg 34, Dola Hardin Northern 0

Mogadore 30, Cuyahoga Hts. 27

Norwalk St. Paul 40, McComb 28

Shadyside 71, Beallsville 0

Regional Finals Pairings

Here are the regional finals pairings for the upcoming weekend (Note: Some games originally scheduled for Saturday will be played on Friday so they do not conflict with the Ohio State-Michigan game.):


All games Friday, 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted

Region 1

At Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium

(1) Mentor (11-1) vs. (7) Warren Harding (9-3)

Region 2

At Parma Byers Field

(8) Tol. Whitmer (9-3) vs. (2) Can. McKinley (11-1)

Region 3

At Moorehead Stadium, Upper Arlington

(5) Dublin Coffman (9-3) vs. (2) Hilliard Davidson (12-0) – Coffman won regional semi 40-21 in 2003. Davidson won a Week 8 match-up 13-7.

Region 4

At Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati

(1) Cin. St. Xavier (10-1) vs. (2) Cin. Colerain (12-0) – Match-up of the last two state championship teams should be a classic. St. X won 12-9 in overtime in a regional semifinal last year.


All games Friday, 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted

Region 5

At Bedford Stewart Field at Bearcat Stadium

(7) Chardon (10-2) vs. (1) Macedonia Nordonia (11-1)

Region 6

At Frost-Kalnow Stadium, Tiffin

(1) Ashland (12-0) vs. (7) Piqua (10-2)

Region 7

At Gahanna Lincoln Stadium

(4) Cols. Watterson (9-3) vs. (2) Pickerington Cent. (11-1)

Region 8

At Viking Stadium, Cin. Princeton

(5) Cin. Turpin (11-1) vs. (2) Harrison (9-3)


All games at noon Saturday, unless otherwise noted

Region 9

At Twinsburg Tiger Stadium

(1) Aurora (11-1) vs. (6) Mentor Lake Cath. (8-4)

Region 10

At Hilliard Davidson Sports Complex

(1) Kettering Alter (12-0) vs. (2) Sunbury Big Walnut (10-2)

Region 11

At Fawcett Stadium, Canton

(1) Steubenville (12-0) vs. (3) Dover (11-1)

Region 12

At Dublin Coffman Stadium

(8) New Albany (8-4) vs. (3) Cols. DeSales (9-3) – DeSales won regional semi 35-14 last year. DeSales also won a Week 4 match-up this year by the same score.


All games Friday, 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted

Region 13

At Canton Central Catholic Stadium

(1) Youngs. Mooney (11-0) vs. (2) Orrville (10-2)

Region 14

At Lima Senior Stadium

(1) W. Milton Milton-Union (11-1) vs. (2) Oak Harbor (12-0)

Region 15

At Zanesville Sulsberger Memorial Stadium

(1) Bellaire (12-0) vs. (2) New Lexington (12-0)

Region 16

At Kettering Fairmont Roush Stadium

(1) Plain City Jonathan Alder (11-1) vs. (2) Blanchester (12-0) – Alder won playoff opener 49-14 last year.


All games noon Saturday, unless otherwise noted

Region 17

At Mount Union College Stadium

(5) Warren JFK (12-0) vs. (2) N. Lima S. Range (12-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday

Region 18

At Lima Senior Stadium

(4) Findlay Liberty-Benton (11-1) vs. (6) Defiance Ayersville (11-1)

Region 19

At Lewis Center Olentangy Braves Field

(1) W. Jefferson (12-0) vs. (2) Amanda-Clearcreek (11-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday

Region 20

At Wapakoneta Harmon Field

(1) Lima Cent. Cath. (11-1) vs. (3) St. Henry (11-1)


All games Friday, 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted

Region 21

At Ravenna Stadium

(1) Columbiana (10-2) vs. (3) Mogadore (10-2)

Region 22

At Fremont Ross Paul Stadium

(8) Norwalk St. Paul (8-4) vs. (2) Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (11-1) – Hopewell-Loudon won regional final over St. Paul 43-14 last year.

Region 23

At Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium, New Philadelphia

(4) Shadyside (10-2) vs. (3) Danville (11-1)

Region 24

At Troy Memorial Stadium

(1) Mechanicsburg (11-1) vs. (6) Maria Stein Marion Local (10-2) – Marion Local won playoff opener 17-7 last year.

OSU Verbals Outside Ohio

* Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's, with OSU verbal WR Taurian Washington, ended its year at 8-3 overall. Washington had 26 catches for 412 yards and one TD in his senior year.

* Monaca (Pa.) Center Area, with OSU verbal OL Evan Blankenship, ended up 8-3 after a 42-3 loss to Ford City in the WPIAL quarterfinals Friday.

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