We’re not quite to mid-terms yet for the 2012 high school football season, but league play has began around Central Ohio.
There were certainly some eye-opening scores on Friday night, reflected in this week’s “First and 10 Honor Roll”.
We begin with Dublin Scioto, which improved to 3-1 thanks a 34-14 win over previously unbeaten Westerville Central. The War Hawks had been impressive in the early part of the year, but the Irish blew open a close game with 24 unanswered points in the second half. Tim Shadoan was Mr. Everything, gaining 259 all-purpose yards.
Hilliard Davidson has controlled its rivalry with its Northern neighbor, Dublin Coffman recently, winning eight of the past ten meetings, including the playoffs. Well, the Shamrocks dominated the Wildcats for a 33-10 win on their home field.
While we’re in the Northwest I-270 corridor, let’s recognize Dublin Jerome, as well. The Celtics hung on for a 28-26 victory over previously undefeated Hilliard Bradley. Donovan Wilson (Georgia Tech commit) ran 36 times for 242 yards and a score, while adding an 81-yard touchdown catch.
Revenge was also the theme in Grandview Heights, although it did not go in favor of the home Bobcats. Instead, it was visiting West Jefferson getting the last laugh. Last season, it was Grandview winning at West Jeff, setting the tone for the Bobcats perfect regular season. The Roughriders got 254 yards passing from Seth Casto in a 35-117 victory.
Olentangy isn’t getting a lot of attention, but that’s not the Braves fault. In a Delaware County battle, Olentangy converted three fourth quarter interceptions into 20 points and a comfortable 40-24 win over a solid Big Walnut squad.
After opening with an 0-2 start, New Albany is coming on strong. The Eagles beat up on Olentangy Orange 53-33 on Friday, with OSU recruit Darron Lee doing much of the damage. Lee scored a total of six touchdowns (four rushing, two passing) in the contest.
One of the area’s most under-rated rivalries is Circleville and Amanda-Clearcreek, and they did not disappoint last year. The visiting Tigers won 18-3 to improve to 3-1 in the year, while the Aces slipped to 2-2.
Checking out some other outstanding individual efforts, and once again Westerville South quarterback Nick Renzetti is impressive. He threw for 365 yards against Worthington Kilbourne, which is almost becoming routine. He entered the school’s record books (never easy to do, especially on offense) with a 99-yard touchdown pass to Torrodd Carter.
Derrick Schneider had 355 yards rushing for Fisher Catholic in a 35-26 triumph over Berne Union, adding three touchdowns.
Ready’s Akili Taylor ran for 220 yards on just 14 carries in the Silver Knight’s 48-3 win at Grove City Christian.
Meanwhile, Fairfield Christian’s Ben Tobin makes the honor roll with a 281 yard, two touchdown performance against Williamsburg.
On the defensive side of the ball, Newark Catholic’s Kevin Bourne, forged quite an identity with a 105-yard interception return for a score against Heath.
Hartley’s Ja’Wuan Woodley is Toledo bound, and he gained 201 yards on 31 carries in the 42-10 win over Akron Hoban.
Brenden Kemp at Watkins Memorial had a memorable night with 225 yards rushing and four touchdowns in a 56-28 win over Delaware.
Congratulations to all those on the “honor roll” for their hard work. Week five, the half-way point of the regular season, is next week already. Hard to believe, isn’t it?