• CB C.J. Barnett, Clayton (Ohio) Northmont – It wasn’t against typical Greater Western Ohio Conference powers Huber Heights Wayne or Centerville, but Northmont’s 16-7 victory at Kettering Fairmont was the biggest of the season for the Thunderbolts.
Northmont’s win gave the T-Bolts (8-1, 4-0) at least a share of the GWOC Central Division title.
“Everybody thought the game over there in Centerville (against Wayne) would be the game for the championship,” Northmont cornerback C.J. Barnett said. “It’s nice to win.”
The T-Bolt defense had to hold off the Firebirds (7-2, 3-1) late. Trailing 13-7, Fairmont was drive for a potential go-ahead score, but QB Marc Pedro’s possible touchdown pass to Jamaal Everett was just too high to catch.
“We had an opportunity,” Fairmont coach Brian Blevins said. “We had a guy wide open in the corner and we just missed it.
“If we get that, I think we win the game. It (would have been) 14-13, and they hadn’t done anything since the second quarter. But, we were that close.”
Fairmont was going to settle for a field goal on the drive, but a holding penalty pushed the Firebirds out of the kicker’s range. Then Barnett knocked down a fourth-down pass from the Northmont 23.
A 33-yard field goal by Northmont’s Joe Inkrott with 2:06 remaining iced the game.
Chase Belton led Northmont to two first-half scoring drives. Lineman Brian BenVenuto picked up a fumble for the T-Bolts’ first score, and Kevin Ringer added a 2-yard drive to make it 13-0.
Fairmont added a touchdown on a 95-yard drive just before halftime, but the Firebirds got no closer.
• WLB Dorian Bell and CB/WR Corey Brown, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway – Winless Connellsville allowed seven touchdowns in the first half as Gateway cruised to a 56-3 Foothills Conference road victory.
Bell scored one of those touchdowns on a 6-yard run. Gateway (8-0, 5-0) built it’s commanding first-half lead via a touchdown pass from Robbie Kalkstein to Josh Vermeulen, two touchdown runs by tailback Brian Williams, a 15-yard scoring run by Davonne Nunley, a 6-yard plunge by Orne Bey and Bell’s touchdown scamper.
• DT/OG Adam Bellamy, Aurora, Ohio – The Greenmen stayed on course to win the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division with a 35-6 rout of visiting Pepper Pike Orange.
Brendan Gallagher led the Aurora offense with a 10-for-18 passing performance for 126 yards and two scores. Bellamy and the Greenmen defense silenced Orange (3-6, 1-5). The only touchdown allowed by the Greenmen (7-2, 6-0) came in the final quarter.
• RB Jaamal Berry, Miami (Fla.) Palmetto – The Panthers cruised to a 24-8 victory over Miami Varela at Florida International University despite 23 combined penalties.
Palmetto’s Kevin Kurpiak scored the first half’s lone points on a 30-yard field goal, but the Panthers (5-1) pulled away in the second half. Kurpiak threw for 71 yards and added a touchdwon pass to Jeremy Smith in the fourth quarter. The rushing attack led the way for the Panthers. Jeremy Williams rushed for 135 yards on 19 carries and Wilfred Butler added 176 on nine carries. Both Williams and Butler each scored a touchdown as well.
• LB/FB Zach Boren and DB/WR Jamie Wood, Pickerington (Ohio) Central – The Tigers defeated Grove City, 37-19, to earn at least a share of the Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division title, but that was not Central’s biggest win of the week.
That came when the Ohio High School Athletic Association decided to not force the Tigers to forfeit any victories despite their use of two ineligible players. The OHSAA suspended the players and the unnamed pair will not be able to participate in OHSAA competition for a year. The school was not punished because the players’ addresses were falsified without the school district’s knowledge.
As for the on-field win over visiting Grove City, Central used two quick touchdowns in the fourth quarter to break open what was a six-point game. Wood scored on a 16-yard run with 9:18 left, and two plays later, he forced a fumble that eventually led to a Nick Raymond 1-yard score.
Wood had a big game. In addition to the score and the forced fumble, he blocked a punt that was recovered by Zach Clouse in the end zone for a touchdown in the first quarter. Wood also caught three passes for 35 yards and ran for 55 more.
“I’ll play wherever,” Wood told the Columbus Dispatch. “Last week, I was returning punts, but coach saw something this week and wanted me to rush the punter.”
Boren and the rest of the Central defense pressured Grove City QB Mike Mayers and held the Greyhounds to 60 yards of total offense in the second half. Boren caused a fumble with a sack that led to a 21-yard touchdown when Paris Wadlington recovered the loose ball late in the fourth quarter.
“That one goes to our D-line, which did a nice job of picking off blockers and letting me shoot the edge,” Boren said. “I didn’t get touched and had a clear shot on the QB.”
• WR Duron Carter, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas – Carter caught a 65-yard touchdown and the Raiders turned what was supposed to be a tight battle between two of the top teams in Florida into a 65-10 rout on national television.
Aquinas built a 44-3 lead at halftime and embarrassed the rival Bucks. Deerfield Beach head coach Art Taylor was asked after the game if Aquinas was the best team he had ever seen.
“The best, the best? I don’t know,” Taylor told the Miami Herald.
He then paused and said, “Yeah, yeah probably.”
The blowout victory served as revenge for the Raiders, who had lost to the Bucks in their previous two meetings. That included a loss on a last-season field goal last season. That setback was the last one suffered by Aquinas.
“This is even better than I thought it would be,” quarterback Ryan Becker said. “There’s no words to describe it. There’s just no way to explain how the team is feeling right now.”
Becker completed 9 of 11 passes for 183 yards with two passing touchdowns and one rushing.
• CB Dominic Clarke, Frederick (Md.) Tuscarora – Tailback Zach Zwinak scored two touchdowns and Linganore remained unbeaten with a 35-7 home win against Tuscarora.
Tuscarora saw its four-game winning streak come to an end. The Titans (5-2, 2-1 MVAL Chesapeake) managed only 173 yards of total offense.
Zwinak almost matched that total, rushing for 163 yards on 13 carries.
Tuscarora’s lone score came after a goal-line stand on defense. The Titans drove 99 yards on 14 plays, capped by a 33-yard touchdown pass by Josh Marshall to Fabian Gonzalez.
• DE Melvin Fellows, Garfield Heights, Ohio – The Bulldogs fell to 0-4 in the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division with a 48-14 loss at Stow.
Quarterback Nick Vitt led Stow (3-6, 1-3) by throwing for 157 yards and three touchdowns. Running back John Markulis added 168 yards on the ground with two touchdowns.
Garfield Heights fell to 4-5 overall.
• WR Chris Fields, Painesville (Ohio) Harvey – The Harvey defense could not stop Gates Mills Gilmour Academy's offense in a 56-13 non-conference loss for the Red Raiders.
Gilmour (8-1) scored touchdowns on eight of its first 10 possessions, including a one-play drive that closed out the first half. The Lancers compiled 443 yards of total offense. Harvey (3-6) finished with 256 total yards, but could not answer the Gilmour offense.
Fields caught nine passes for 56 yards.
• TE/OL Reid Fragel, Grosse Pointe (Mich.) South – South could not stop Chris Tatti in a 33-7 loss at Port Huron.
Tatti ran for 202 yards and two touchdowns and added two field goals for Port Huron (6-2, 4-1 Macomb Area Conference Blue Divison).
Jordan Galanos added 158 passing yards and scored two touchdowns, one passing and one rushing.
South fell to 4-4 overall and 3-2 in conference with the loss.
• CB/WR Justin Green, Louisville (Ky.) Male – Quarterback Dexter Britt passed for 240 yards and Pookie Story added 143 rushing yards as the Bulldogs (5-2) beat Louisville Butler 42-22.
Male improved to 5-2 with the win.
• RB/CB Jordan Hall, Jeannette, Pa. – The unbeaten Jayhawks celebrated Senior Night with a 40-15 victory over visiting Mt. Pleasant.
Jeannette (8-0, 8-0 Interstate Conference) scored on its first six possessions to quickly take command. Special teams led the way early. Hall returned the opening kickoff 66 yards to set up a score. Hall later added a 14-yard punt return into Mt. Pleasant territory to set up another score. This time it was Hall reaching the end zone himself on a 2-yard run.
Next up for the Jayhawks is a showdown with Greensburg Central Catholic. The game will be for first place in the Interstate Conference.
“Jordan is a horse on special teams,” Jeannette head coach Ray Reitz told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “He’s tough to bring down.”
Hall helped make it 19-0 later in the first quarter thanks to a 22-yard punt return to the Mt. Pleasant 22. He later added a 2-yard touchdown in the second quarter as Jeannette built a 40-3 lead at halftime.
• LB/FB Adam Homan, Coldwater, Ohio – Coldwater remained unbeaten in the Midwest Athletic Conference with a 48-0 shutout victory at Minster.
Quarterback Cory Klenke led the Cavaliers’ attack by completing 9 of 11 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 39 yards rushing with another score.
Coldwater (9-0, 7-0) allowed Minster only 182 yards of total offense, all on the ground. Two of Minster’s nine pass attempts were intercepted.
• FB Carlos Hyde, Naples, Fla. – Despite almost allowing Barron Collier to turn a 27-point deficit into an upset, Naples escaped with a 42-28 victory.
After rallying to within seven behind the rushing of Quin Thornton, Barron Collier was driving for a game-tying touchdown before the Naples defense stepped up with a big play. The defense halted the drive and four plays later, the Eagles scored a touchdown and halted the Barron Collier momentum.
Hyde got Naples (6-1) off to a good start in the second half of the non-district game, scoring a 56-yard touchdown on the second play after halftime. That put Naples ahead 34-7, but Thornton helped get the Cougars back into the game. The tailback finished with nearly 200 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
Hyde finished with 136 yards rushing on 13 carries.
• WR/CB James Jackson, Grand Ledge, Mich. – Grand Ledge won the Capital Area Athletic Conference Blue Division championship with a 48-34 come-from-behind victory against Holt.
The Comets (8-0, 6-0) trailed by two touchdowns in the first half before rallying prior to halftime. Then on their first possession after the break, Grand Ledge used an 18-play drive that ended with a go-ahead touchdown.
Jackson caught three passes from quarterback Nick Kissane for 79 yards and a touchdown. Jackson also returned a punt 67 yards for another score. Kissane completed 18 of 29 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for two other scores.
Next up for the Comets is Charlotte. Grand Ledge can finish the regular season 9-0 for the first time since 1992 with a win.
• LB/RB Storm Klein, Newark (Ohio) Licking Valley – Michael Shackleford returned the opening kickoff 72 yards and that set the tone for the Panthers in a 42-7 Mid-State League Ohio Division win over host Newark Catholic.
Licking Valley (8-1, 6-0) raced out to a 35-0 lead and scored three touchdowns in the first quarter. Klein scored three touchdowns and finished with 105 yards on 14 carries. He scored on touchdown runs of 12 and 15 yards in the second quarter as the Panthers took command.
The Panthers can clinch their fourth straight undefeated season in conferecne with a win next week against Columbus Academy.
• OG Corey Linsley and J.T. Moore (junior), Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman – What was a 5-0 start to the season continued to turn sour for Boardman thanks to a 21-20 loss to visiting Canton McKinley.
Boardman scored a late touchdown with 32 seconds left, but the Titans were stopped on a two-point conversion that would have won the game. The Bulldogs (6-3, 6-1 Federal League) fell behind Boardman (5-4, 2-4) twice in the first half but rebounded each time.
• OT Sam Longo, Bellbrook, Ohio – The Golden Eagles fell just short in their bid to post their first conference victory and in their hopes of spoiling rival Oakwood’s title hopes.
Robby Sherk’s fourth running touchdown, a 1-yard plunge in the second overtime, proved to be the game-winning score in a 41-35 win for the Lumberjacks (7-1, 4-1 Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division). The score was one of five Sherk recorded, four rushing and one throwing.
Bellbrook (4-5, 0-5) is still winless in conference play.
• DB Bradley McDougald, Dublin (Ohio) Scioto – McDougald reached the end zone four times in Scioto’s 42-14 victory at crosstown foe Dublin Jerome.
McDougald scored three rushing touchdowns and one receiving score to lead Scioto (5-4, 4-2 Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal Division). His rushing scores came on runs of 5, 7 and 5 yards. McDougald also caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from Charlie Suich in the third quarter.
Suich completed 10 of his 15 pass attempts for 207 yards and two touchdowns.
• OL/DL Jack Mewhort, Toledo (Ohio) St. John’s Jesuit – Walt Anderson scored four times and St. John’s Jesuit scored in each quarter in its 47-28 victory over visiting Toledo Start.
Anderson completed 8 of 17 passes for 141 with touchdowns passes of 53 and 29 yards. He also rushed for 118 yards on 15 carries with touchdowns of 7 and 1 yard. Mike White caught both of Anderson’s touchdown passes and finished with 77 receiving yards. P.J. Wimberly led the rushing attack with 147 yards on 17 carries.
St. John’s (6-3, 5-1 City League) piled up 420 yards of total offense, 279 coming on the ground thanks to Mewhort and the offensive line.
• DE Jonathan Newsome, Cleveland Glenville – The Tarblooders improved to 9-0 with a 47-0 rout of Cleveland East Technical.
After managing only a 7-0 lead after the first quarter, Glenville (6-0 Senate Athletic League) scored 26 second-quarter points to take control. Michael Edwards scored twice for the Tarblooders, and Shane Wynn added two more scores.
• DT Johnny Simon, Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney – Cardinal Mooney’s offense struggled to get on track in a 10-7 loss at crosstown Youngstown Ursuline.
Donald D’Alesio caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Alex Zordich for the Cardinals’ lone touchdown, but it came with 1:23 remaining in the fourth quarter. A first-quarter field goal and a third-quarter touchdown built a 10-0 lead for the Fighting Irish (9-0), and that was enough against Mooney (7-2).
• LB Jordan Whiting, Louisville (Ky.) Trinity – The Shamrocks (6-1) compiled 423 yards of total offense in a 56-27 rout of Pleasure Ridge Park.
Cameron Smyth had an impressive night, completing 14 of 15 passes for 213 yards and four scores.
Marcus Brown ran for 119 yards and threw two touchdown passes for Pleasure Park Ridge.