In Division V my picks were Gahanna Columbus Academy over Delphos St. John's. In the other game I chose Warren JFK over Amanda-Clearcreek.
The JFK and Clearcreek game I felt was the hardest game to pick on the night. Both teams were equal on both sides of the field and were playing some of the best football from around the state. Well I missed on this one. Amanda-Clearcreek one this game in double overtime 10-7.
It's too bad someone had to lose, both teams gave everything they had and its sad to see a teams season end in a double overtime lose. The star of the game tonight was Carlos Del Angel who kicked the game winning score in the second overtime to advance Clearcreek to the state finals. In what saw a scoreless game for 4 quarters, the Aces scored in the first overtime when Kent Phillips ran for a 5 yard score and a 7-0 lead. JFK answered with a 17 yard pass from John DiFiore to Jimmy Kokrak on a 4th and 7 play and send the game into overtime for a second time. Del Angel hit his field goal when JFK couldn't score in the second overtime. Del Angel could have won the game in regulation twice. In the third quarter he missed a 22 yard field goal and then with 6 seconds left in the game a bad snap went over the head of his holder.
In the other game I felt that Academy wouldn't score its 60+ point average, but they would come out of this game with a victory with little room to spare. Well you can't get much closer than this one. 41-35 in overtime with Academy coming out on top and getting the victory and a trip to the State Championships to face Amanda-Clearcreek. Big time recruit Ray Jones scored the winning score with a 1-yard run in overtime. The Academy saw its defense come up large when linebacker Matt Reis stopped Kyle Spieles on third and three and then safety Steve Butt also stopped Spieles on fourth down to give the Academy the trip to the finals next week.
My picks were Cleveland Benedictine over Steubenville and Kenton over Newark Licking Valley. How did I do? Well I must say that I was perfect on this one.
Newark Licking Valley saw its dream season close with a 42 - 21 lose at the hands of two time defending Division IV state champion Kenton. Not many would have given Kenton a chance in the preseason, they have proved they were more than a one man team with this run in the playoffs. They advance and will face maybe the best team in the playoffs at any division. This year quarterback D.J. Underwood has picked up right were the team left off last season. Underwood passed for 338 yards and two touchdowns, he also scored on two more with his feet. On the night Underwood hit on 23-30 passes without an interception. The Wildcats also got some defensive play from Shea Newfer who scored on a 50 yard interception return. Licking Valley star Nathan Clark saw his great post season end with 128 yards on 27 carries with 1 touchdown running and 1 receiving.
In the other game I chose Cleveland Benedictine over Steubenville. While I didn't expect the one sided score 47 - 7, I felt Benedictine had just too much offense and athletic ability as compared to Steubenville. The Bengals used the running of Ray Williams (163 yards) in recording there 13th victory with only 1 defeat in 2003. The Bengals got early scoring from Jon Huddleston's 78 yard punt return and then Williams took over the game. The Big Red saw its only score when Corey Lyons' hit pay dirt with a six yard run.
I started with Avon Lake over Chardon and Trenton Edgewood over Columbus Brookhaven. How did I do? Well again I was perfect in this division.
Avon Lake advances with a 48 - 8 victory over Chardon. Trenton Edgewood beat Columbus Brookhaven 33 - 13 to advance. This could be the hardest game to pick in the finals next week.
Avon Lake was lead by Matt Kostelnik on both defense and offense. He caught a 37 yard touchdown and also intercepted 2 Chardon passes in the victory. Avon Lake is now 14 - 0 and showed its defensive power with 6 turnovers on the night. During the playoffs the Shoremen have only given up a total of
Trenton saw its dream season keep rolling with its victory over Brookhaven. With Josh Glancy and Ryan Williams running for two touchdowns each for the Cougars. Trenton scored on three of its first four possessions to give them a lead they wouldn't give up. Calvin Weaver and Rodney Holmes put Brookhaven on the board for their only scores. Up next for the Cougars is Avon Lake is what is sure to be a battle.