We are hitting the home stretch in high school football; with just weeks left before final examinations (otherwise known as the playoffs) begin. Teams are studying hard, making sure they do well in the examinations, or in some cases, just get the opportunity to take the test.
With that, let’s unveil the “First and 10 Honor Roll” for week six.
There were some schools that made statements this past weekend, and none were bigger than Pickerington North’s victory over cross-town rival Pickerington Central. That the Panthers were victorious isn’t a huge shock, even though they had never beaten the Tigers. It was the domination fashion in which Pick North triumphed, 37-0. Selling out to stop running back Godwin Igwebuike, Pick Central was instead beaten by the arm of quarterback Mason Olszewski, who threw for 273 yards and three scores on 18 of 28 passing. The Panthers now may very well be the area’s top Division I squad.
Coming off a 2-8 season in 2011, Dublin Scioto figured it was in for better things this year. A 42-35 win over explosive Westerville South proved that, as the Irish are now 5-1 in 2012. Tim Shadoan had 180 yards of total offense and five touchdowns in the winning effort.
It will be state championship or bust for Hartley this year, but that doesn’t mean the Hawks can’t enjoy the journey along the way. Playing Watterson for the first time since 1996, Hartley beat the Eagles for just the fourth time in 33 all-time meetings.
You have to applaud the resiliency of Reynoldsburg, which lost a heart-breaker a week ago to Pickerington Central (the game where the winning PAT came on Saturday following a weather delay). The Raiders bounced back to hand Gahanna its first loss of the year, 21-7.
Mount Vernon stayed in a first place tie in the OCC Capital with a 21-14 overtime win over Olentangy Orange. Jordan Crabtree hauled in the winning score from Greg Briggs in the extra session.
It hasn’t been the kind of season that DeSales is used to, but some things never change for the Stallions. They defeated St Charles 28-16, the 36th straight win in the series for DeSales.
Turning toward some individual efforts, Dublin Jerome’s Donovan Wilson (Georgia Tech commit) rushed for 264 yards and 7 touchdowns on 31 carries in the Celtics 63-14 win over Westerville North.
Maurice Hale continues to amaze at Beechcroft, completing 22 of 35 passes for 343 yards and 5 touchdowns in a 43-6 triumph over Linden. His favorite target was Khaleed Franklin, who had 10 receptions for an even 200 yards and two scores.
The Columbus Crusaders duo of Kyle Nowak (17-25 for 317 yards and 5 TD) and Tyler Sharp (8 catches for 200 yards and 3 TD) were on the same page all night; however it came in a losing effort (48-42) at Marion Harding.
The Eastmoor defense prevented Briggs from moving the ball, allowing just 24 yards of offense in a 68-0 victory.
Fairfield Christian’s Ben Tobin toted the rock 30 times on Saturday in a 56-14 win over Corning Miller, totaling 407 yards and five touchdowns.
Congrats to this week’s teams and players honored. Display your fake awards prominently!