The exciting thing about the third week of the high school football season is that you are able to start to see which teams have the potential to get deep into the playoffs.
Several of those schools are represented here in this week’s “First and 10 Honor Roll”.
Gahanna has strung together three impressive wins, beating DeSales, Strongsville and now this weekend a huge 45-7 pounding of Upper Arlington. The Lions could conceivably begin the year 8-0, with two whoppers to close the year…at Pickerington North and at home against Pickerington Central.
Speaking of Pickerington North, they served notice that they are for real with a convincing 41-13 win over a solid Fremont Ross team.
I’m going to take an unprecedented step here, and place the entire city of Hilliard on this week’s honor roll. Bradley, Darby and Davidson are a combined 8-1; with the lone loss coming in a head-to-head meeting (Darby beat Davidson last week). The Wildcats bounced back with a tough 14-13 win over Beavercreek, preventing a two-point conversion in the final 30 seconds to preserve the win.
Darby trounced Toledo St. John’s, usually a very strong program but now 0-2 in 2012, 56-22 in a game called with six minutes still to play (impending storms). The Panthers racked up 499 yards of offense.
Bradley was solid in a 42-0 shutout of Westland. Tommy Horn threw for 222 yards and a touchdown in the victory.
Westerville South’s offense might be the most explosive in the area. The Wildcats outlasted Grove City 42-20, thanks to a three touchdown third quarter. Nick Renzetti threw for 233 yards and three touchdowns, while Noah Prentiss had 264 on the ground and another three scores.
Watterson is making it look like that disastrous 2011 season was a fluke. The Eagles are now 3-0 after a 13-7 win over Walsh Jesuit.
Olentangy Liberty trailed by two touchdowns at the half, before rallying for a 35-28 win over Uniontown Lake. Quarterback Joey Longhino passed for 313 yards and three scores.
Fairfield Union likely isn’t going to make the playoffs, but the Falcons deserve the honor roll after snapping a 15-game losing streak dating back to 2010. Fairfield Union beat Williamstown, West Virginia, 46-14.
Just as it was a good weekend in Hilliard, Friday was the right night to be a quarterback at a Dublin school. Scioto’s Evan Demars threw for a mind-boggling 409 yards on 26 of 34 passing, including five touchdowns in a 51-27 pasting of Marysville.
Coffman’s James Walsh, who is Ohio University bound, completed 23 of 32 for 313 yards and three scoring strikes in a 40-7 romp over Massillon Perry.
While were in Dublin, let’s recognize future Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Donovan Wilson, who ran for 255 yards and six touchdowns in a 49-14 Celtics win over Delaware.
St. Charles kicker John Colosimo believes in second, and in his case, third chances. After missing twice earlier in the game from 46 yards, he nailed the game-winner from that exact distance with just under 36 seconds to play, providing a 20-18 win over Beechcroft.
There were some impressive all-around efforts on Friday, as well. South’s Dion Lindsey ran for 181 and added 89 receiving for a total of 270 in the 34-13 win at Centennial.
Almost everything the Reverend Alan Watson (YouTube or Google “Coming to America”) touched turned to gold for New Albany’s Eagles. He ran for 193 yards on just ten carries with four touchdowns. He also returned the opening kick-off 93 yards for a score, giving him a total of 286 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns in the 56-22 win over DeSales.
Licking Height’s Josh Ausberry found the end zone four times, including an 83-yard kick return in the Hornets 42-21 doubling up of Teays Valley.
Let’s add Wesley Fearing, Mecca Swain and Markel Davis to the list for combining on the winning touchdown for Groveport with 9 seconds left. You might be asking yourselves how can three players combine on a touchdown, and that’s a good question. The answer is when it is a halfback pass, thrown by Swain, caught by Davis. The Cruisers won 21-20 over Walnut Ridge.
Things get a lot more interesting in week four, as nearly everyone in Central Ohio begins league play. We’ll be there, too, Friday night for another edition of First and 10.