There always seems to be one of these Friday nights every single year during high school football, when storms interrupt games, causing delays, and in many cases, suspension of games.
The first entry for this week’s “First and 10 Honor Roll” goes to the equipment managers, trainers, coaches, parents, grandparents, guardians, bands, cheerleaders, etc. who all had to get a couple dozen teams ready to come back and finish games on Saturday, often with less than 12 hours or turnaround time. Well done, gang.
What a story in Reynoldsburg, where the Raiders had a 20-7 lead over Pickerington Central late in the third quarter. Still ahead 20-14, Reynoldsburg chose to go for it on fourth and one from the two, but was stopped. The Tigers then converted a third and 6, and picked up a pass interference call on fourth and 10. The score was tied at 20, thanks to an incredible touchdown catch by Andrew Meyer on a pass from Colby Simkins with 1:12 to play in the game. However, weather moved in, and the point after attempt could not be tried, and the game was ultimately suspended until Saturday morning. Freshman Devon McMillin converted the PAT, and Pick Central pulled off the 21-20 comeback.
Another top team in the area rallied for a come-from-behind win, as Westerville South triumphed over Hilliard Bradley 28-16, after trailing 16-7. Darien Miller replaced the injured Noah Prentiss, and ran for 168 yards and three scores for the Wildcats.
Westerville Central head coach John Magistro earned his 200th career win with the Warhawks 29-17 decision over Worthington Kilbourne. Magistro also patrolled the sidelines at Bellaire.
Former Buckeye running back Butler By’note is 199 games back of Magistro, but you have to start somewhere. The Briggs head coach picked up his first career victory with a 28-22 win over Africentric.
After a 2-8 season in 2011, Mt. Vernon has bounced back to begin 2012 at 4-1 following a 34-21 win over Watkins Memorial.
Northridge ended a 26-game conference losing streak with a 33-26 win at Utica. Running back Jacob Burke ran for 289 yards and four touchdowns for the Vikings.
On a night when over a dozen games had to be finished on Saturday morning, Amanda-Clearcreek and Canal Winchester showed off under clear Fairfield County skies. The two battled into four overtimes, before Noah Ising put the icing on the Indians’ cake with a 29-yard field goal and a 24-21 win.
Staying in the Mid-State League, Circleville knocked off Hamilton Township 36-15, behind 222 yards rushing from David Burroughs. The signal called also completed 3 of 5 passes, including a 21-yard touchdown.
Licking Valley might be the most under-rated “power program” in Central Ohio. The Panthers got to the state championship game in the Storm Klein days, but Randy Baughman always has a solid team. The 2012 version served notice with a 19-14 triumph over Granville.
Normally, a quarterback who only completed four passes wouldn’t make the “Honor Roll”. However, we’ll make an exception for Walnut Ridge’s Marquez Toney, because all four completed passes went for touchdowns. That’s efficiency.
Speaking of city league quarterbacks, all hail Beechcroft’s Maurice Hale. He accounted for 317 yards and five touchdowns in a 43-6 win over Whetstone.
With that, we’re at the halfway point of the regular season. Five down, five to go. We’re starting to see who the top teams in the area are, and they’ll be trying to shore up computer points to assure a playoff spot, while schools in the middle of the pack will try to find a way to get in.