Ohio Preps Rdp.: State Semis Preview

We look back at the regional semifinal weekend in Ohio high school football and ahead to this weekend's state semifinal action. OSU verbal Brandon Saine of Piqua caught a touchdown pass in his team's win over Ashland. They advance to a Division II state semi. Click here for more.

Here is a recap of the regional finals from last weekend and a preview of the state semifinals, set for the coming weekend:

Regional Finals Results

DIVISION I

Can. McKinley 49, Tol. Whitmer 7 – McKinley RB Morgan Williams rushed 24 times for 217 yards and five TDs, surpassing the 5,000-yard mark for his career. Safety Tremaine O'Neal ran an interception back 70 yards for a score.

Cin. Colerain 24, Cin. St. Xavier 7 – A crowd of 17,802 attended this match-up of the last two big-school state champions. Colerain, with Ohio State verbal DB Eugene Clifford, avenged a pair of losses to St. X from last year, including a 12-9 shiner in a regional semi. RB Gary Pride had 188 yards on 17 carries, while junior QB Doug Reynolds threw for 134 yards and a TD. St. X junior Darius Ashley had 123 yards and a TD.

Hilliard Davidson 28, Dublin Coffman 20 – RB Bo Delande rushed for 109 yards and two TDs on 26 carries as Davidson rallied from a 20-7 halftime deficit and duplicated a regular season win over Coffman. QB Zak Kristan threw for 238 yards and a TD for Coffman.

Mentor 34, Warren Harding 24 – QB Bart Tanski completed 14 of 21 passes for 193 yards and three TDs and also rushed for 88 yards on 16 carries. OSU verbal Dan Herron led Harding's ground game with 117 yards on 21 carries for Harding. Following the game, Harding coach Thom McDaniels announced his resignation. He leaves the program after compiling a 63-21 record in seven years — taking the Raiders to the Division I playoffs five of his seven seasons. This year, his Harding team bounced back from a 3-7 showing in 2005 to end up 9-4.

DIVISION II

Cin. Turpin 28, Harrison 14 – Turpin QB Ryan Martin threw for 166 yards and two TDs.

Macedonia Nordonia 27, Chardon 18 – QB Zach Boedicker, son of Nordonia coach Keith Boedicker, threw for 92 yards and a TD and also rushed for 118 yards and a score on 18 carries. RB Jordan Mabin was held to 53 yards and one TD on 15 carries. Mabin, headed to Northwestern, now has 2,300 yards on the year.

Pickerington Central 13, Cols. Watterson 3 – Jordan Jarrell rushed for 151 yards on 31 carries and J.D. Cecil had two short TD runs for Central.

Piqua 27, Ashland 0 – Phil Collier returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown and caught a TD pass as Piqua downed previously unbeaten Ashland. Piqua won despite seeing Ohio State recruit Brandon Saine held to 38 yards on 14 carries. Saine, who did have a 30-yard TD catch, now has 1,888 yards and 31 TDs (26 rushing) on the season.

DIVISION III

Aurora 24, Mentor Lake Cath. 23 – Aurora overcame five turnovers and a 23-12 halftime deficit. MLC missed a 37-yard field goal in the waning seconds. QB Wes Miller ran for two TDs and passed for another for Aurora.

Kettering Alter 28, Sunbury Big Walnut 0 – Alter has three playoff shutouts and seven for the season.

Steubenville 33, Dover 30 – Defending state champion Steubenville extended its winning streak to 28 straight games with this shootout win. RB Tamawi McGhee had 21 carries for 117 yards and one TD for Steubenville. Senior quarterback Zach Collaros came up with an additional 113 rushing yards and two TDs on the ground, was 12-of-18 passing for 164 yards and a TD and also returned an interception 100 yards for a score. Dover QB Perci Garner hit on 27 of 46 attempts for 400 yards and two TDs and also rushed for two scores. WR Dan Ifft had 13 catches for 237 yards and a TD for Dover.

New Albany 10, Cols. DeSales 6 – New Albany avenged losses to DeSales last year in the regional tournament and in Week 4 of this season. Jayce Stewart had 133 yards on 15 carries for New Albany, which held DeSales to 61 yards rushing and forced three turnovers.

DIVISION IV

Bellaire 45, New Lexington 7

Oak Harbor 26, W. Milton Milton-Union 20

Plain City Jonathan Alder 17, Blanchester 0

Youngs. Mooney 50, Orrville 21 – Junior QB Dan McCarthy had 158 yards and two TDs for Mooney. Michael Zordich put on a stiff-arm clinic in rushing for 94 yards and three scores on just 12 carries. Brandon Beachum added 70 yards and two scores on 13 carries.

DIVISION V

Amanda-Clearcreek 21, W. Jefferson 14 – Justin Leasure's 6-yard TD run in the fourth quarter was the difference.

Warren JFK 21, N. Lima S. Range 14 – QB J.J. Townsend ran for a score and threw for one to Desmar Jackson on the final play of the first half for JFK. Also, RB Jared Province had 180 yards and a TD.

Findlay Liberty-Benton 48, Defiance Ayersville 7

St. Henry 53, Lima Cent. Catholic 20

DIVISION VI

Maria Stein Marion Local 14, Mechanicsburg 0 -- Marion tailback Marc Otte rushed for 137 yards in 31 carries.

Mogadore 21, Columbiana 14

Norwalk St. Paul 29, Bascom Hopewell-Loudon 28 -- Hopewell-Loudon won regional final over St. Paul 43-14 last year.

Shadyside 31, Danville 6 – Taylor Jovicic rushed for 213 yards and two TDs for Shadyside.

State Semifinals

DIVISION I

Both games Saturday, 7 p.m.

At Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium

Can. McKinley (12-1) vs. Mentor (12-1) – McKinley in search of fourth title. Mentor reaches first final four.

At Welcome Stadium, Dayton

Cin. Colerain (13-0) vs. Hilliard Davidson (13-0) – Davidson in the final four for the second straight year, while Colerain seeks second title in three years.

DIVISION II

Both games Friday, 7:30 p.m.

At Ashland Community Stadium

Macedonia Nordonia (12-1) vs. Pickertington Cent. (12-1) – None of the D-II final four teams have ever won the title.

At Welcome Stadium, Dayton

Piqua (11-2) vs. Cin. Turpin (12-1)

DIVISION III

Both games Saturday, 7 p.m.

At Canton Fawcett Stadium

Steubenville (13-0) vs. Aurora (12-1)

At Dublin Coffman Stadium

New Albany (9-4) vs. Kettering Alter (13-0) – Is time running out for New Albany, which was an eighth seed in its region?

DIVISION IV

Both games Friday, 7:30 p.m.

At Steubenville Harding Stadium

Bellaire (13-0) vs. Youngs. Mooney (12-0) – Mooney is after its second title in three years and third straight championship game berth.

At Lima Senior Stadium

Plain City Jonathan Alder (12-1) vs. Oak Harbor (13-0)

DIVISION V

Both games Saturday

At Ashland Community Stadium

Amanda-Clearcreek (12-1) vs. Warren JFK (13-0), 7 p.m.

At Lima Senior Stadium

Findlay Liberty-Benton (12-1) vs. St. Henry (12-1), 2 p.m. – Liberty-Benton has won 12 straight since an opening loss to Sycamore Mohawk, while St. Henry searches for its second title in three years and its sixth overall.

DIVISION VI

Both games Friday, 7:30 p.m.

At New Philadelphia Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium

Mogadore (11-2) vs. Shadyside (10-2)

At Tiffin National Field

Norwalk St. Paul (9-4) vs. Maria Stein Marion Local (11-2) – St. Paul slid in as an eighth seed in its region.


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