Let’s start this week’s honor roll with an apology, to you, the reader. With the holiday weekend, and the first Ohio State game of the season, the “committee” (i.e. me) had a tough time getting together and formulating this list.
Anyways, better late than never, as the saying goes, so here is the First and 10 Honor Roll for week two of the high school football season.
The Panthers of Hilliard Darby have beaten cross-town rival Davidson before (21-10 in Crew Stadium back in 2007), but had not even scored against the Wildcats in the past three meetings, won by a combined 79-0 Davidson advantage. The Panthers snapped the Wildcats 21-game regular season winning streak, and kept them out of the end zone to boot, sporting a 17-3 triumph.
While we are on the topic of neighborhood rivalries, Olentangy put away a very solid Olentangy Liberty outfit 28-16. Of particular note was the Braves near-eight minute touchdown that bridged the third and fourth quarters.
Look out for the Silver Knights of Ready, who have pulled off impressive wins in the first two weeks, winning at Newark Catholic, and then besting always-tough Fredericktown at home. Ready held the Freddies to just 55 yards rushing. Kelly Culbertson makes the list, as well, for his three interceptions for the Silver Knights.
Speaking of defense, let’s call up Bloom-Carroll’s to the stage. The Bulldogs only allowed 57 yards of offense to Whitehall in a 21-3 victory.
Westerville Central will have a tough road this season, thanks to a move to the OCC Cardinal Division, which also features Hilliard Darby, Worthington Kilbourne, Dublin Scioto and Westerville South. The Warhawks knocked off former OCC Capital rivals New Albany23-20 in overtime.
Making the honor roll isn’t always about winning. So, in spite of falling 62-54 to Athens, Watkins Memorial gains the week two honor, as does Athens. Those two combined for 116 points and 1,171 yards of offense in a thriller in Pataskala. The Warriors trailed by 27 (54-27) at half before a furious rally. Brenden Kemp ran for 321 yards and five touchdowns, while Athens QB Joe Burrow went 15-32 for 322 yards and 4 touchdowns.
This might not be the deepest or most talented team that Ryan Wiggins has had at DeSales, but these Stallions sure play with the spirit and passion of a championship-caliber club. Trailing 18-3 to half to Karl Road brethren Brookhaven, DeSales rallied for a 32-26 victory.
Whetstone may have broken the scoreboard at Africentric, posting an 84-26 victory. Ramroth Finnegan threw for 426 yards and five touchdowns.
Pickerington North’s Godwin Igwebuike is a repeat performer from week one. He had 201 yards rushing and two scores, which is impressive enough, but consider this…that all came on just eight carries. The Panthers won 41-20 over Cincinnati Princeton.
Vincent Rambo came out of the weeds (bad Sylvester Stallone joke) to rush for 268 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-0 Independence victory over Central Crossing.
Granville has turned out some fine quarterbacks in the past 10-15 years, and it looks like David Fraley is the latest. The Blue Aces ace (this works off of Granville’s nickname or the former drummer for KISS) went 15 for 23 with 287 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-0 shutout over Utica.
River Valley’s Dylan Kelley was flowing freely on punt returns, meandering for touchdowns of 46 and 64 yards in the first half of the Vikings 49-0 win over Cardington.
Not playing a game in week one can be a bit like jumping onto a moving treadmill, but that was the challenge for Beechcroft, taking on Dublin Jerome. Maurice Hale was in mid-season form, throwing for 268 yards and two touchdowns in the 18-10 win over the Celtics.
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