Ohio HS Football - Week 1

Week one of Ohio High School football was a strange one as nature wreaked havoc across the state. JJ Huddle checks in with his look at the weekend's action.

Be careful what you wish for. Because you just might get it!

This advice fit perfectly last Friday night as the rain that everyone had been praying for finally arrived. Not only did it arrive, but it also made a mess out of the Ohio high school football schedule.

Games were rescheduled and suspended all over the state. Fans are still searching for scores from games that were either played and completed on Friday night or played on Saturday.

I kicked off a great weekend of football starting in Steubenville on Thursday night. Big Red was stunned by a flea flicker on the opening play of the game by Ashtabula Lakeside but then proceeded to thrash the Dragons 55-6.

Piqua and Grove City was my next stop, and I watched the two slug it out as the Dawgs held on for a 17-14 victory. This game had more momentum changes than you could count and when Grove City held Piqua on a fourth and four late in the game, Coach Brian Cross would put this game into his, "Let's take this and go home" bracket.

To finish off the weekend, I attended the Kick-Off Classic in Columbus Crew Stadium. Believe me when I tell you that four games in three days is a load when you are walking the sidelines for all four.

Columbus Bishop Watterson overcame three first half turnovers to lead Dublin Coffman 14-12 at the half. They would not enjoy that lead for very long as the Rocks exploded in the second half for a 33-20 victory. All-Ohio QB Brady Quinn lived up to his hype as he filled the air with great passes all afternoon.

There was no shortage of other great games around the state.

Portsmouth proved there was life after Jo Jo Parker as Jeremiah Bolden rushed for an incredible 352 yards and 7 touchdowns in the first half alone. He lost 2 yards on his only second half carry and finished with 350 yards and 7 touchdowns. Even more amazing is that this was accomplished with only 12 carries.

New Lexington proved they are for real as they dominated Logan 33-6. New Lexington pounced on the Chieftains early and never looked backed. 

In one of the most anticipated games, Coldwater and Kenton locked horns in a battle of wide-open offenses. Underdog Coldwater came away with a 49-35 victory over the Division IV defending state champion Kenton Wildcats. Coldwater QB Kevin Hoyng completed 21 of 37 for 342 yards and five touchdowns. He also ran for 129 yards on 21 carries. Ben Mauk answered with a 22 of 47 for 302 yards performance. He threw four touchdowns and ran for 129 yards on 21 carries, but when all was said and done, it was the Cavaliers coming away with the win.

Mogadore still has not found an answer to the MAC jinx as they fell to visiting Delphos St. John's 41-12 on Saturday afternoon. St. John's sophomore Matt Shumaker led the Blue Jays with 200 yards on 16 carries. He scored three touchdowns.

A showdown between Lakewood St. Edward and Youngstown Ursuline showed why many people have the Eagles as the team to beat in Division I this season. The Eagles, led by Shaun Carney, rode a great defensive effort to a 31-12 victory over the Division IV #1 ranked team Youngstown Ursuline in Lakewood Stadium.

Other big early season games included Dayton's Chaminade-Julienne beating nearby Northmont 27-10 and a barnburner for Marion Local as the two-time defending state champ fell behind Jonathan Alder 27-10 in the second half only to come back and win 34-33 when Alder couldn't convert a two-pointer as time ran out.

More time and space for all scores next week!

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