The high school football season is now into October, making it officially the stretch run. For most teams, the season will end this month. For those fortunate enough to reach the post-season, November awaits.
For now, we’ll list our “First and 10 Honor Roll” recipients for week seven.
You have to marvel at the improvement made by New Albany from week one to now. After a slow start from the Eagles, they’ve come on strong, as evidenced by the 33-14 win on Thursday over previously undefeated Olentangy.
One school that did reach 7-0, and isn’t getting the attention it maybe deserves is Hilliard Darby, a 28-14 win at Westerville South.
Staying in the OCC Cardinal division, Dublin Scioto’s 2012 resurgence continued with a 42-23 win over cross-suburb rival Dublin Jerome. The Irish remain tied for the division lead with Hilliard Darby.
Independence declared its domination on offense by scoring 76 against Briggs…in the first half. The 76ers went on to post an 88-6 victory.
Marion-Franklin also lit up the scoreboard in a 73-20 win over Africentric. The Red Devils held the Nubians to -45 yards rushing.
East Knox scored the tying touchdown with no time remaining, and the two-point conversion that followed was the difference in a 28-26 win over Fredericktown. The Freddies had scored a go-ahead touchdown with just 40 seconds remaining. Dylan Wears caught the tying score, and ran it in for the two-point conversion.
I’m not sure an honor roll is sufficient enough for Hilliard Davidson’s E.J. Jennings. After his 35 carry, 301 yard, six touchdown performance in the 42-14 win over Upper Arlington, the least Davidson can do is name the practice field after him. Jennings was the Wildcats offense in the first half, carrying the ball on all 31 plays. Davidson did not attempt a single pass in the game.
Thomas Worthington fell 39-21 to Marysville, but Tony Harvard sure looked smart with a 238 yard rushing performance, with two long (66 and 90) scores.
The so-called “Harvard of the Midwest” is Michigan. Future Wolverine Jake Butt caught seven passes from his tight end position for 93 yards and three touchdowns in Pickerington North’s 49-27 win over Reynoldsburg.
Beechcroft’s Maurice Hale is becoming a regular here. In a 34-19 win over Mifflin, the Cougars quarterback combined for 365 yards of total offense and five touchdowns.
Newark’s Grant Russell threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns, as the visiting Wildcats beat Groveport 16-14.
Up in Marion County, River Valley knocked off Pleasant for the first time in nearly 20 years with a 35-21 triumph.
Some big games again next week, including Eastmoor at Walnut Ridge, DeSales at Watterson, Big Walnut at New Albany, Dublin Scioto at Hilliard Darby, Westerville South at Westerville Central, Hilliard Davidson at Olentangy Liberty (Thursday) and West Jefferson at Licking Heights