Will Mahone ran 25 times for 110 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown run, as Austintown Fitch opened the 2011 season with a 28-7 win at Warren G. Harding. The Fitch defense forced three first half turnovers, battling through a 0-0 tie early. Pitt commit Chris Davis recovered one of those turnovers early. Mahone carried four times for the final 36 yards en route to Fitch's opening score.
Chris Davis also returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown. Twin brother Demitrious Davis had a long run of 28 yards, to set up a touchdown run by Tyrese Anderson—one of two touchdown runs on the night for Anderson. Junior lineman Billy Price had four tackles for losses and two sacks.
Also in Ohio this weekend was The Charity Game at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Saturday night. Defending state champion Lakewood St. Edward held off Cleveland Glenville 17-14 in overtime. In a game that saw a total of 12 completed passes, Pitt target V'Angelo Bentley of Glenville had the longest reception of the night, a 31-yarder. Bentley—a cornerback prospect—also rushed for 23 yards on nine carries.
Pitt commit Darryl Render finished up with four tackles for losses, and was in on two sacks including the final play of the overtime period, where he sacked Glenville quarterback Quan Robinson, then stripped the ball to end the game. Pitt targets Willie Henry and Alex Pace each had two tackles for losses for the Glenville defense. Henry played both sides for the entire game, moving around to play left tackle, left guard, and at times right tackle, where he matched up against Render. Render also had a pass deflection from his defensive end spot.
Friday night in Tennessee, Knoxville Catholic defeated Cleveland 37-21. Cleveland, led by Pitt commit Chad Voytik, falls to 0-2 on the season. However, the Blue Raiders open section play this weekend against Ooltewah. Voytik rallied his team late, but it wasn't enough to catch up. He threw for a 71-yard touchdown pass, finishing with 241 yards in the air. He was also his team's leading rusher with 68 yards on 16 carries. He scored on a 1-yard touchdown run as well.
St. Xavier had impressive 30-7 win over Springfield. The Bombers outgained Springfield 237-11. The second player to commit to Pitt's 2012 class, Brandyn Cook, is the starting center for St. Xavier. The Bombers take on Pickerington Central next week in Columbus—the second time in as many weeks that St. Xavier will play in a Division I football stadium.
Pennsylvania and Maryland teams will open their regular seasons this coming weekend. One of the highlights—from a Pitt perspective—will be the I-95 Kickoff Classic where Devon Porchia's Gilman will line up against Oscar Smith on Friday night at 7:30.
A couple notes on some of the western PA scrimmages. Robert Foster caught two touchdowns, as Central Valley scrimmaged Baldwin on Friday. Wayne Capers threw for a touchdown pass in a scrimmage against Aliquippa, also on Friday.