In the past, we’ve awarded game balls to high school football players and teams based on their outstanding performances on Friday and Saturday nights.
These weren’t actual game balls, mind you, but I can assure you that did nothing to tarnish the honor.
I gave some thought to helmet stickers, but then I became worried that coaches might get upset with “First and 10” stickers popping up on head gear all over Central Ohio.
So, with that in mind, I’ve decided to create the weekly “First and 10 Honor Roll” in 2012. These are smart, well-rounded players, who certainly don’t have to look up the word facetious in the dictionary.
So, with that…here is the “Honor Roll” for week one of First and 10.
If you watched First and 10 on Friday, you would have heard Dom Tiberi say the name Joey Longhino about a dozen times, and with good reason. The Olentangy Liberty quarterback ran for three touchdowns, and threw for another along with 298 yards passing. He rallied the Patriots from a 21-6 halftime deficit for a 43-21 win over Olentangy Orange.
Legendary (Thornville) Sheridan coach Paul Culver earned his 300th career win last night in a 53-0 win over Lakewood. The Generals are a perennial Perry County power, and Culver is now just one of three coaches in the state with 300 or more career victories.
Westerville South is well known for turning out some fine offensive football players, such as Ki-Jana Carter, Rocky Pentello, Rocco Pentello, Jayshon Jackson, Lance Moore, etc. etc. While multi-purpose weapon Marcus Ball got a lot of pre-season pub, it was senior quarterback Nick Renzetti turning heads Friday night, completing 21 of 28 passes for 389 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 55-14 win over Groveport. Garry Brown caught ten of those passes for 199 yards and two scores.
Some were ready to hand Mifflin the City League North title this year, and there is still plenty of time for the Punchers to accomplish that. However, Independence pulled the mild shocker with a 32-19 win. The Sixers, despite having a solid program, are often overlooked in the City League South, thanks to Marion-Franklin, Eastmoor and Walnut Ridge.
Pickerington North’s Godwin Igwebuike is headed to Northwestern, and he did a lot of North and South running Friday against St. Charles. He ran for 260 yards and four touchdowns on just 20 carries in the 50-22 win over St. Charles.
In one week of the 2012 season, Westland has already matched its 2011 win total. Jalen Brown ran for 246 yards and a score in the Cougars 32-27 win over the Columbus Crusaders. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, he also threw for 114 more with a touchdown pass.
You know your coach always told you to be ready, because “you’re only one play away”? Well, Gahanna back-up quarterback Ronald Robinson heeded that advice. With starting quarterback Alec Tuohy sidelined for a play (new helmet rule), Robinson calmly entered the game and tossed a 29-yard touchdown to Jeremy Walls, tying the game a 7-7. The Lions won 13-10 in triple overtime.
In an era where spread offense and aerial attacks have become the rage, there are still some programs that enjoy deploying troops on the ground. Grove City Christian racked up 508 yards of rushing in a 61-24 victory over Berne Union, while Hartley had 506 yards rushing in a 42-0 win over Amanda-Clearcreek. Lofty numbers that almost dwarf Lancaster’s 441 yards on the ground in a 42-7 triumph over Logan.
Word on the street is that Harvest Prep’s Zach Yousey caught the attention of the Ohio State coaching staff during a summer camp. He certainly didn’t go un-noticed against Bexley, scoring three times in the 34-6 win. He ran for 77 yards with two touchdowns, and also found the end zone on a 90-yard kickoff return.
Congratulations to all on the “First and 10 Honor Roll” for week one. Your bumper stickers are in the mail.